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

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Posted 06/16/2019   6:59 pm  Show Profile Check clivel's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add clivel to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

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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." "")

Actually, there is a very simple fix, with a slightly less simple explanation.
The fix is to remove the 2 extra sets of double quotes between "1 C" and "This is ....".

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." "")



The explanation.
Prior to V3.8, the STAMP_ADD command required three text items for three lines of text inside the stamp, and another three text items for under the stamp for a total of six text items.

As a way of simplifying the command, while at the same time adding functionality the STAMP_ADD command now requires only four text items; one for inside the stamp and three for under the stamp. It also now processes "\n" new line indicators inside text items to generate multiple lines of text inside or under the stamp.

However, in order to maintain backwards compatibility with older albums, if a STAMP_ADD command has 6 text items, it is processed in exactly the same way that an older version of AlbumEasy would process it. If it has 4 text items, it is treated as the new command.

I was considering issuing a warning if older syntax was detected, but with older albums containing hundreds of STAMP_ADD commands, the user would be absolutely swamped by the warnings so decided not to.

I had thought that I had updated all the example files to use the new syntax, but somehow I must have missed the Steiner example, I better check them all.
Clive



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Posted 07/24/2019   5:18 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add gmot to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I spent some time with AlbumEasy today and what a great program - thank you.

It was impressively easy - just after looking at a few examples - to replicate exactly a page I made earlier using Word, and I can already see this being so much more efficient moving forward. Thanks again.
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Posted 07/24/2019   7:05 pm  Show Profile Check clivel's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add clivel to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Great to hear that you find it useful gmot
Please shout if you have any questions.

Clive
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Posted 04/28/2020   09:43 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add PMStamp to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I have just started playing around with AlbumEasy and I am very impressed. I have watched your introductory tutorial and that made things a lot easier to start. One question I cannot seem to find an answer for is how can you adjust the spacing between stamp "boxes" in a row? If I adjust the horizontal and vertical page settings, the vertical changes are obvious, but the horizontal stays the same regardless of the value I change the setting to. What am I missing? Thanks.
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Posted 04/28/2020   10:40 am  Show Profile Check clivel's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add clivel to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Hi PMStamp,
The horizontal page setting controls the distance that page elements such as stamp boxes or text will be separated from the left and right borders.
To control the amount of space between stamp boxes, use the ROW_START_FS command to set the spacing between the boxes in the row.
One can also insert "blank" stamp boxes in the row to further adjust the spacing if so desired - to insert blank stamp boxes use the STAMP_ADD_BLANK command
Clive
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Posted 04/28/2020   2:05 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add kirks to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Clive. I just want to say thanks for this amazing software you provide to benefit our entire community.

Your work is appreciated,
Kirk
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Posted 04/28/2020   7:04 pm  Show Profile Check clivel's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add clivel to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks Kirk,
I appreciate that.
Clive
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Posted 04/28/2020   10:16 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add PMStamp to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Thank you Clive for your quick response. That solved my problem and my first 2 pages are created and printed. Really nice software. Thanks.
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Posted 07/24/2020   08:00 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add MaryMonty to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I also downloaded AlbumEasy these days and I'm beginning to familiarize with it. Even if I absolutely hate coding the language remains fairly simple.
Is it possible to force the vertical centering of the page as in the example to the right?

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Posted 07/24/2020   08:36 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add GeoffHa to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
As someone who doesn't use Clive's system, but pen and ink, I'd underline the desirability of centring the content on an album page - it's one reason why Steiner pages look wrong. In fact, if you were a picture-framer, you'd usually a slightly larger margin at the bottom than the top, but that is probably balanced on an album page by the country title.
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Posted 07/24/2020   1:25 pm  Show Profile Check clivel's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add clivel to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

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Is it possible to force the vertical centering of the page as in the example to the right?

Hi MaryMonty,
There is no facility for doing this automatically, but you can adjust the vertical spacing by means of any of the PAGE_TEXT commands. These accept an optional vertical spacing parameter that controls the amount of space after the text
e.g
PAGE_TEXT_CENTRE (HN 12 "This line of text is followed by 35mm of blank space" 35.0)

It can also be used with blank text to just insert vertical space:
e.g
PAGE_TEXT (HN 1 "" 35.0)

The vertical spacing parameter can also be negative which will move the next item up:
e.g
PAGE_TEXT (HN 12 "The top of the next item will be placed 15.5mm ABOVE the bottom of this line of text" -15.5)

Hopefully, that is of help,
Clive
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Posted 07/24/2020   3:19 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add MaryMonty to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Thank you, Clive!
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Posted 07/27/2020   7:32 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add banknoteguy to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
How do you use a Font other than the standard ones? I don't see how to figure out a two character abbreviation or set up a new one or just use the font name? No example that I can find in the Help either.
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Posted 07/27/2020   9:01 pm  Show Profile Check clivel's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add clivel to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Hi, banknoteguy,
This video shows how to use fonts:

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I recommend, that if you decide to watch it that you do so full screen. Unfortunately, the audio quality is not great, but hopefully, it will give you the general idea.

The Fonts.txt and International.txt example albums included with AlbumEasy are also intended as examples of how to use fonts.

Please shout if you have any more questions,
Clive
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Edited by clivel - 07/27/2020 9:02 pm
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Posted 07/28/2020   06:59 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add banknoteguy to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks that got me going.
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