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Albumeasy V4.0 Just Released - Free Software For Creating Custom Stamp Album Pages

 
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Posted 06/14/2019   4:57 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add clivel to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I am pleased to announce AlbumEasy V4.0. This release contains many more enhancements than I had originally intended, but hopefully, there is something for everyone and it will find favour with the majority of users:

Some example pages - to highlight some of the new features and not as an example of good page design :)




  • New: AlbumEasy now includes a built-in text editor with syntax highlighting. The editor can be disabled for users who prefer to use an external editor.

  • Enhancement: Improved language support - Unicode (UTF-8) support has been expanded to now include support for the majority of world languages including Asian languages such as Chinese, Japanese, Korean etc.

  • Enhancement: Improved font support - a much wider range of TrueType fonts are now supported by AlbumEasy

  • New: PAGE_TEXT_PARAGRAPH_START and PAGE_TEXT_PARAGRAPH_END commands for adding large paragraphs of text. The text can be left or right aligned, centred, or fully justified text.

  • New: The STAMP_ADD_TRIANGLE and STAMP_ADD_TRIANGLE_INV commands now accept an optional apex parameter to allow for the creation of trapezium (flat top or bottom) shaped stamp boxes.

  • New: CORNER style has been added to the STAMP_BORDER_STYLE command. This can place one or more small corner markers in place of a frame.

  • New: COLOUR_STAMP_BACKGROUND command to set the background colour inside stamp boxes (rectangular stamp boxes only).

  • New: STAMP_INNER_BORDER command add support for double frame-line stamp box borders (rectangular stamp boxes only), along with associated COLOUR_STAMP_INNER_BORDER and STAMP_INNER_BORDER_STYLE commands.

  • New: ALBUM_PAGES_FOOTER command has been added for inserting text into the page footers.

  • Enhancement: PAGE_COLUMN_START now accepts an optional value which can be used to set the padding between columns.

  • Enhancement: Much improved help organisation and text.

  • Bug fix: Fixed the incorrect column vertical spacing for a second group of columns if it appeared immediately after the previous group of columns in column mode.

  • Bug fix: Previously pressing File Open, and then cancelling would disable the Generate and View-PDF buttons.


For examples of many of the new features please refer to the NewExamples.txt sample album which can be found in the examples directory.

As always, versions for Windows and Linux as well as the source code may be downloaded from http://www.theStampWeb.com

Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or come across any bugs.
Regards,
Clive
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Posted 06/14/2019   9:15 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add StatesmanStamper to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Those are some terrific features. I had downloaded an earlier version of AlbumEasy. Looks like I'll be installing this new version over the weekend.

Thanks for your hard work.

Dale
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Posted 06/14/2019   10:46 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add uboatnut to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Got mine already. Great piece of ever-evolving software. Thanks, Clive.
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Posted 06/15/2019   09:15 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add spain_1850 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Oh man!, Gotta get this new version and give the inner box feature a try.
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Posted 06/15/2019   10:00 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Al E. Gator to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Can you please post a link for download? Thanks!
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Posted 06/15/2019   10:11 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Petert4522 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Al, go to www.thestampweb.com ,

Peter
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Edited by Petert4522 - 06/15/2019 10:12 am
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Posted 06/15/2019   4:12 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add BKing to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
When I start downloading this program Norton Antivirus popped up an alert warning me not to run the program. Over the years I have learned that "free" programs usually are loaded with spy-ware, which is, I assume, what the warning was about.
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Posted 06/15/2019   4:34 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add StatesmanStamper to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
BKing,

My Norton also popped up a warning when I downloaded the latest version this morning. I believe this was due to it being a relatively new file with not many people having downloaded it yet.

I went ahead with the install and haven't run into any issues. The choice is yours, of course.

I have seen similar warnings in the past when installing newer software and
so far haven't had any problems.

Dale
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Posted 06/15/2019   5:55 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add clivel to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

Quote:
When I start downloading this program Norton Antivirus popped up an alert warning me not to run the program. Over the years I have learned that "free" programs usually are loaded with spy-ware, which is, I assume, what the warning was about.

I can assure you that AlbumEasy contains absolutely no spyware whatsoever.

When a new application is released, most virus detection software that does not recognise it will automatically flag it as problematic, flashing up a big bold warning to the user.

Once I am informed by someone that AlbumEasy has been flagged by any particular virus software I submit it to the virus company for analysis and "whitelisting". This can take anywhere from a few hours to a few days depending I assume on how busy they are.

Yesterday I was informed that both Malwarebytes and Microsoft Windows Defender were flagging AlbumEasy as a potential virus threat. In both cases, a few hours after submitting the program to the respective companies for whitelisting, it was given a clean bill of health by both. The change would take effect on the user's machine as soon as their local virus definition file was updated which normally occurs automatically after a certain period (I think the default for most virus programs is every 24 hours).

Anyway, to cut a long story short, now that I am aware that AlbumEasy is being flagged by Norton Antivirus, I will submit it to them for whitelisting.
Clive


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Posted 06/15/2019   9:45 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add apastuszak to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Great, I HAD things I wanted to get done this evening. Now I have to tinker with AlbumEasy.





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I want to use this and hove not yet. Where is the setting to make a wider margin from the center- fold part?
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Is the STAMP_ADD "below center" attribute limited to just one line of text?
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Free Ukrainian Stamp Album and modified Mystic Stamp Album Pages - http://www.stamphacks.com


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Posted 06/16/2019   12:21 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add clivel to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

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When I start downloading this program Norton Antivirus popped up an alert warning me not to run the program

I submitted AlbumEasy to Symantec who have confirmed that the program is not malicious. They have added it to their "whitelist" stating:
Note: Whitelisting may take up to 24 hours to take effect via Live Update


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I want to use this and hove not yet. Where is the setting to make a wider margin from the center- fold part?

If you are using the "Wizard" to create a new album, in the page margins box, use a larger value for the left margin. If you would like the margins mirrored on opposite pages, check the "Mirror on even pages" box.


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Is the STAMP_ADD "below center" attribute limited to just one line of text?

As many as you like, the text can contain new-lines indicated by the two characters: \n
e.g
"line one\nline two\nline three"

Clive
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I tried that. It didn't work.

I got one line with the \ns in it. I will post the code and the output in a minute. It's on another computer in my house.
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Ok, I took the Steiner example and modified this line:

STAMP_ADD (28.0 31.0 "1 C" " " "" "" "This is center text.\nLet's see how it works.\nIt appears to be taking up a lot of space." "")

When I generate the PDF, I get this:



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Posted 06/16/2019   5:29 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Perfin_RK to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
looking good Clive, thank you, busy on the user manual will post when done.
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