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Posted 12/26/2020   6:24 pm  Show Profile Check clivel's eBay Listings Bookmark this topic Add clivel to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I am happy to announce the release of AlbumEasy V4.2. Just barely sneaking it in before the end of the year.

This release contains a few enhancements, bug fixes, and a few new features that I hope you will find useful.
I had planned on releasing this version much earlier in the year, but for various reasons was unable to do so until now.

Changes for this release:
  • New: STAMP_ADD_HEXAGON and STAMP_ADD_OCTAGON commands for hexagonal and octagonal stamp boxes.

  • New: PAGE_BACKGROUND_IMG command adds a background image to the page.

  • New: PAGE_START_GROUP_BEGIN and PAGE_START_GROUP_END commands to define a group of commands that are output at the start of each new page.

  • New: TEXT_LINE_LEADING command to adjust the leading or spacing between the lines of text in a multiline text item such as a paragraph.

  • New: PAGE_VSPACE to add vertical spacing between elements on the page.

  • New: ALBUM_PAGES_HEADER and associated commands for placing text into the top margin of the page in a similar manner to the existing ALBUM_PAGES_FOOTER commands that operates on the bottom margin.

  • New: COLOUR_ALBUM_DECORATIVE_BORDER to set the line colour for decorative borders.

  • Enhancement: STAMP_ADD_IMG now supports placing both text and images simultaneously inside stamp boxes.

  • Enhancement: Added configuration options to disable the prompt to save the album when generating an album and to also disable the prompt when exiting the application.

  • Bug fix: The ALBUM_STAMP_IMG_SETTING command has been replaced by the ALBUM_STAMP_NEW_IMG_SETTING to correct a calculation error. The old command has been retained for backwards compatibility.

  • Bug fix: Image file names that included international characters could sometimes generate an error on Linux and Mac operating systems - now fixed.

  • Bug fix: SaveAs on MacOS was not always functional. Now fixed.



As always, versions for Windows, Linux and the Apple Mac may be downloaded from https://www.thestampweb.com/albumeasy/download

Clive
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Posted 12/26/2020   7:18 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add uboatnut to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks, Clive.

Christmas comes a day late .... or maybe 364 days early; depends on your point of view.
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Posted 12/26/2020   7:20 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add gmot to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Some nice changes - the PAGE_VSPACE in particular looks useful for my layouts. Thanks for continuing to enhance this great program!
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Posted 12/26/2020   7:20 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Turff49 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
This is awesome! Thanks!
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Posted 12/27/2020   11:40 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add apastuszak to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Playing with this now.

Have a few questions.

I am using the following 2 commands:

ALBUM_STAMP_NEW_IMG_SETTING (5.0 7.5 false) 
STAMP_ADD_IMG (40 38 "USA-5530.jpg" "" "" "" "5503\n\n\n\n\nHanukkah" -5 25)


And it's producing the following output:




How do I get Hannukkah centered?

And is there any way to have a different font size on each line?
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Posted 12/27/2020   2:26 pm  Show Profile Check clivel's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add clivel to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Hi

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How do I get Hannukkah centered?
The plan was to have the text in the box centred horizontally by default except if a horizontal offset was applied to the text, in which case, the lines of text would be left-aligned with the first line.

Unfortunately, a last minute change broke that.

I have now fixed it, I just need to update the documentation and then build for all three platforms to have V4.2.1 ready for distribution either later today or tomorrow.


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And is there any way to have a different font size on each line?

Unfortunately not.

Clive

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Posted 12/27/2020   4:38 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add apastuszak to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Does your software use LaTeX or TeX?
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Posted 12/27/2020   6:56 pm  Show Profile Check clivel's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add clivel to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

The software doesn't use TeX or LaTeX, but is similar in the sense that it reads commands from a text file which it processes to generate print-ready output.

In the case of AlbumEasy the output is a PDF format file.

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Posted 12/28/2020   3:40 pm  Show Profile Check clivel's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add clivel to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

AlbumEasy v4.2.1 is now available for download

I must apologise for another release so soon after the last, but I wanted to get a bug fix out as soon as possible.

This release only corrects a single bug: Text, when combined with an image in a stamp box was not being centred correctly.

If you have already installed V4.2.0, then there is no compelling need to install the V4.2.1 release, unless you wish to include both text and images in stamp boxes.


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Posted 01/01/2021   11:57 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add apastuszak to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Are there plans to add support for otf or Type 1 fonts in AlbumEasy?
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Posted 01/02/2021   12:14 pm  Show Profile Check clivel's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add clivel to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I don't have any plans to add Type 1 or OTF front support in the near future - so little time and so much to do.

However, if the font you want to use is only available as one of these, I believe that there are free tools that can convert these fonts to TTF.

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Posted 01/02/2021   12:36 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add apastuszak to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Most fonts these days are in otf containers. I'll play around with some conversion.
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