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Posted 03/28/2012   10:01 am  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add Redhawke to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Does anyone have any recommendations for page building software? I would like to be able to add information about each stamp on my album pages such as designer, inspiration, date and subject matter of each stamp. This is for my topical Native American album.
Thanks for your help.
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Posted 03/28/2012   10:37 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add PostmasterGS to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I use MS Publisher.

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Posted 03/28/2012   4:03 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add ldhaber to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Redhawke,

I'd agree with PostmasterGS (and congratulations on post number 500!).

If you'll assume that the needs for constructing your own pages at home are similar to those of individuals preparing pages for exhibits, then MS Publisher would seem to make sense. Amongst Windows oriented exhibitors, it appears to be the software of choice.

I don't use Windows and am very happy using Pages on my Mac.

There are many other choices, but both of these are accessible to the novice and are flexible enough for most people's needs.

-Larry



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Posted 03/28/2012   5:25 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Redhawke to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks to both Postmaster GS and Larry. I use a PC with Windows so I will give the MS Publisher a look. Both your pages look very nice, I especially like Postmaster GS page, really cool.
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Posted 03/29/2012   10:04 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add raywrio to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
PostMaster,

How did you create the border? Did you design it yourself or is it a preset download?
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Posted 03/29/2012   2:22 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add PostmasterGS to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I got the corners from a long-forgotten program several years ago. I then manually drew the wide connecting lines and the thin inner lines in Publisher.

I can share the corners if anyone wants them.
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Posted 03/29/2012   2:28 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add clintd to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I would like a copy of the corners, if you could email it to me. Thanks! in advance.
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Posted 03/29/2012   2:45 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add BeeSee to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I did this page in MS Publisher too. My corners were originally drawn in AutoCAD, tracing some scroll work from a Gilbert & Ellice stamp and converted to a JPG. I have also done complete pages in AutoCAD.



I have since corrected the spelling error in "Slovenska"
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Posted 03/29/2012   3:45 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add chipg to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
as an alternative, I use PowerPoint to do my pages. You set the slide/page size to 8.5 x 11 (or anything else). Each ppt deck is a collection/country. It has just about all of the graphics tools one would need. It has a few capabilities that also make it good for me:
- I use PowerPoint a lot at work and am pretty good with it (never used Publisher)
- You can view the whole deck/collection as thumbnail pics and move pages around til you're happy with the order
- You can save an individual page as a .jpg and use it later on a webpage or anywhere else you want.
- You can change the page size to match the blank pages for any album and print on to them (as was done with the third image)

Side note - if you're going to exhibit, you probably don't want a border. When you have a bunch of pages up, the borders become overwhelming. Also, you lose real estate on the page you could otherwise use.





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Edited by chipg - 03/29/2012 9:59 pm
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BeeSee:
There ain't no such word as "imperforated."

A stamp is "imperforate" (noun), until you "perforate" (verb) it. Then it is "perforated" (noun). The only way you might have something that is "imperforated" is if you actively cut the bumps off a perforated stamp. Don't think that happened in your case.

late edit - should be (adjective) rather than (noun). The stamp is the noun, the amount of perforations modifies the noun, so it's an adjective. "imperforate stamp" or "perforated stamp." But I still don't like "imperforated" as a use.
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Edited by chipg - 04/05/2012 11:37 am
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Posted 03/29/2012   9:21 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add kirks to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
That was cruel, Chip....

Now he won't be able to sleep until he reprints that page

KirkS
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Posted 03/29/2012   9:29 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Puzzler to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
You people and your great works all make me want to make my own pages and get away from my Varios.

I may misspell a word here and there also just to see if anyone is paying attention. lol Points for noticing!
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Posted 03/29/2012   9:42 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Russ to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I use MS Word for my pages. There is a lot of programs that will work for page design, it is what you feel comfortable with.



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Posted 03/31/2012   06:41 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Horamkhet to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply


Hi to all
At the moment I am experimenting.
I have used Microsoft Excel 2010 and Geographics Letterhead paper 110gsm with a blue foil stripe.
I could put a border on as well.
Also you could probably use Windows and use a border from clip art or there is a program which I found in a thrift shop called Master clips which has 202,000 different art designs on disks, and includes a lot of borders.
I never thought of using publisher, but that is another option
Regards
Horamakhet
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Edited by Horamkhet - 03/31/2012 07:49 am
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Posted 03/31/2012   10:17 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add PostmasterGS to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
If anyone wants to try Publisher, you can download and try it for free for 60 days.
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Posted 03/31/2012   11:37 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Horamkhet to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Hi BeeSee

"There ain't no such word as "imperforated."

I hate to differ, but chipg is correct.
In my copy of the Funk and Wagnells DIctionary of 1874 they list the word imperforated, although obscure it is a legitimate word, and I am sure that the 26 Vol OXford Dictionary would list it as well.
Regards
Horamakhet
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