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The purpose of this thread is to share AlbumEasy code snippets/complete code/methods with other AE users.

The URL for the AlbumEasy program is:

https://www.thestampweb.com/albumeasy

For this first example, I want to design a simple album page, 8.5x11 inches, 3 hole punched, using a true-type font of my choosing (must be compatible with AlbumEasy) and I want a black background for the stamp boxes because I use clear mounts.

Here is the commented code to accomplish the above:

ALBUM_PAGES_SIZE (215.9 279.4) #Set the page to 8.5x11
ALBUM_PAGES_MARGINS  (25.0 12.0 12.0 12.0) #Adjustable (of course)
ALBUM_PAGES_BORDER   (0.7 0.15 0.0 0.55) #Makes Steiner Border Clone
ALBUM_PAGES_SPACING  (4.0 6.0)
ALBUM_DEFINE_FONT(ZZ "Bohemian Typewriter") #Define Your True-Type Font
ALBUM_PAGES_FOOTER (ZZ 10 R "#C1-10") #A method to denote scott catalog numbers at bottom right of page
STAMP_BOXES_SIZE_ADJUST(0) #The boxes for the stamps are the exact size indicated
COLOUR_STAMP_BACKGROUND (black) #Black background for stamp box - looks nice for clear mounts.
ROW_ALIGN_MIDDLE
PAGE_START
PAGE_TEXT_CENTRE (ZZ 16 "DENMARK AIR POST");
PAGE_TEXT_CENTRE (ZZ 12 "Airplane and Plowman, 1925-1929");
ROW_START_FS (ZZ 8  0.1 5.0)
STAMP_ADD (35 41 "" "10o" "" "yellow green")
STAMP_ADD (35 41 "" "15o" "" "violet")
ROW_START_FS (ZZ 8  0.1 5.0)
STAMP_ADD (35 41 "" "25o" "" "scarlet")
STAMP_ADD (35 41 "" "50o" "" "light gray")
STAMP_ADD (35 41 "" "1k" "" "chocolate")
PAGE_TEXT_CENTRE (ZZ 12 "Towers of Copenhagen, 1934");
ROW_START_FS (ZZ 8  0.1 5.0)
STAMP_ADD (32 49 "" "10o" "" "orange")
STAMP_ADD (32 49 "" "15o" "" "red")
STAMP_ADD (32 49 "" "20o" "" "prussian blue")
ROW_START_FS (ZZ 8  0.1 5.0)
STAMP_ADD (32 49 "" "50o" "" "olive black")
STAMP_ADD (32 49 "" "1k" "" "brown")


When I generate the above code in AlbumEasy, it makes a PDF file which looks like this:



After I mount my stamps, the page looks like this:



I invite other AlbumEasy users to post their ideas/examples in this thread.

John

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For this example, I want to make a simple gray quadrille page, 8.5x11 inches, 3 hole punched, with the country name and date at the top, using a true-type font of my choosing. My border will approximate the look and feel of a Steiner page.

The following is the commented AlbumEasy code:

ALBUM_PAGES_SIZE     (215.9 279.4) #Set the page to 8.5x11
ALBUM_PAGES_MARGINS  (22.0 10.0 10.0 10.0) #Adjustable (of course)
ALBUM_PAGES_BORDER   (0.7 0.15 0.0 0.55) #Makes Steiner Border Clone
ALBUM_PAGES_SPACING  (2.0 2.0)
ALBUM_DEFINE_FONT(ZZ "Bohemian Typewriter") #Define Your True-Type Font
ROW_ALIGN_MIDDLE
PAGE_START
ROW_START_FS (ZZ 14  0.2 5.0)
PAGE_TEXT_CENTRE (ZZ 14 "AUSTRALIA - 1973") #Country name and year or whatever
TEXT_CHAR_SPACING(0.15)
PAGE_VSPACE(1)
COLOUR_PAGE_QUADRILLE(gray)
PAGE_QUADRILLE(0.0 6.0 6.0 CENTRE)


Only 13 lines of code!

When generated by the AlbumEasy program, the following PDF page is created:



It looks a little strange in the above size thumbnail, but if you click on the image above you will see how it looks full size.

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John,
what an excellent idea, and what nice examples. Thanks for sharing.

About the only thing I would add, for those unfamiliar with AlbumEasy, is that the first ten or so lines, up until just before the PAGE_START, are only required once for an album and are not necessary on every page.

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Thank you, Clive!

For my next example, I want to build a simple, fully illustrated album page for my USA Commemorative stamp collection, using a true-type font of my choosing. It will be 8.5x11 inch in size and I intend to 3 hole punch it. I want the border to look like a Steiner border.

When building a fully illustrated page, you must have an images folder located in the same directory as the AE source code file (this is a text file). In this images folder, you will place the images that you will be using for your pages. They can be JPG or PNG format, color or grayscale, in any size (bigger than the box size is better). For this example, I used grayscale PNG images. The program will automatically scale the image for the album page.

Here is the commented AlbumEasy code:

#EXAMPLE OF A (SIMPLE) FULLY ILLUSTRATED ALBUM PAGE
#GRAYSCALE IMAGES ARE LOCATED IN THE SAME FOLDER AS THE AE TEXT FILE
#IN THIS EXAMPLE, THE FOLDER NAME IS "images" AND THE IMAGES ARE IN PNG FORMAT
ALBUM_DEFINE_FONT(BA "Palatino Linotype") #Define true-type font
ALBUM_DEFINE_FONT(BB "Palatino Linotype Bold") #Define true-type font (Bold)
ALBUM_DEFINE_FONT(BI "Palatino Linotype Italic") #Define true-type font (Italic)
ALBUM_PAGES_SIZE  (215.9 279.4) # Page Size Letter, 8.5x11
ALBUM_PAGES_MARGINS  (25.0 12.0 12.0 12.0) # Margins   Left = 25 Right = 12 Top = 12 Bottom = 12
ALBUM_PAGES_BORDER   (0.7 0.15 0.0 0.55) #Steiner Border Clone
ALBUM_PAGES_SPACING  (5.0 6.0) #Space Between Stamp Boxes & Rows in mm
ALBUM_PAGES_TITLE    (BB 14 "United States Commemorative Stamps") #title on every album page, font and size
# The stamp boxes in this album are sized 4mm larger than the actual stamps giving a 2mm border
# To have the boxes drawn the actual stamp size use STAMP_BOXES_SIZE_ADJUST(-4.0)
# To increase the border, e.g by 1mm use STAMP_BOXES_SIZE_ADJUST(2.0)
STAMP_BOXES_SIZE_ADJUST(0) #see above 3 comments
ALBUM_STAMP_IMG_NEW_SETTING (4.0 4.0 false)#image size will be 4mm smaller than the box
ROW_ALIGN_BOTTOM #align each row of stamps
PAGE_START
PAGE_TEXT_CENTRE (BA 10 "1901 Pan American Exhibition");
ROW_START_FS (BA 7  0.1 5.0)
STAMP_ADDX_IMG (33.0 26.0 "images/203.png" "1c" "" "green & black" "" "" "")
STAMP_ADDX_IMG (33.0 26.0 "images/207.png" "2c" "" "carmine & black" "" "" "")
STAMP_ADDX_IMG (33.0 26.0 "images/206.png" "4c" "" "deep red brown & black" "" "" "")
ROW_START_FS (BA 7  0.1 5.0)
STAMP_ADDX_IMG (33.0 26.0 "images/205.png" "5c" "" "ultramarine & black" "" "" "")
STAMP_ADDX_IMG (33.0 26.0 "images/202.png" "8c" "" "brown violet & black" "" "" "")
STAMP_ADDX_IMG (33.0 26.0 "images/204.png" "10c" "" "yellow brown & black" "" "" "")
PAGE_TEXT_CENTRE (BA 10 "1904 Louisiana Purchase Exposition");
ROW_START_FS (BA 7  0.1 5.0)
STAMP_ADDX_IMG (39.0 29.0 "images/242.png" "1c" "" "green" "" "" "")
STAMP_ADDX_IMG (39.0 29.0 "images/241.png" "2c" "" "carmine" "" "" "")
STAMP_ADDX_IMG (39.0 29.0 "images/238.png" "3c" "" "violet" "" "" "")
ROW_START_FS (BA 7  0.1 5.0)
STAMP_ADDX_IMG (39.0 29.0 "images/240.png" "5c" "" "dark blue" "" "" "")
STAMP_ADDX_IMG (39.0 29.0 "images/239.png" "10c" "" "red brown" "" "" "")
PAGE_TEXT_CENTRE (BA 10 "1907 Jamestown Exposition");
ROW_START_FS (BA 7  0.1 5.0)
STAMP_ADDX_IMG (33.0 26.0 "images/237.png" "1c" "" "green" "" "" "")
STAMP_ADDX_IMG (33.0 26.0 "images/235.png" "2c" "" "carmine" "" "" "")
STAMP_ADDX_IMG (33.0 26.0 "images/236.png" "5c" "" "blue" "" "" "")


The AlbumEasy program produces the following PDF page:



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For this example, I want to design a simple album page for my Books and Authors on Stamps topical collection. It will have a Steiner border, and be centered on the page, because I intend to use a page protector. It will also be fully illustrated. For topical pages, I like a sparse layout.

Here is the commented AlbumEasy source code:

#Example of 8.5x11 topical stamp page, fully illustrated.
#Steiner border clone, centered on the page - for inserting in a page protector.
#image folder located in same directory as AlbumEasy.
#the name of the image folder is "tales".
#Images are Jpegs (JPG) and are grayscale.
ALBUM_PAGES_SIZE     (215.9 279.4) #Set the page to 8.5x11
ALBUM_PAGES_MARGINS  (15.0 15.0 15.0 15.0) #Adjustable (of course)
ALBUM_PAGES_BORDER   (0.7 0.15 0.0 0.55) #Makes Steiner Border Clone
ALBUM_PAGES_SPACING  (20.0 10.0) #nice open layout
ALBUM_DEFINE_FONT(ZZ "Bohemian Typewriter") #Define Your True-Type Font
ALBUM_PAGES_FOOTER (ZZ 10 R "#246-51") #A method to denote scott catalog numbers at bottom right of page
ALBUM_PAGES_MARGIN_TXT (ZZ 10 "Books and Authors on Stamps" L CENTRE UP)#identifies this topical category
#STAMP_BOXES_SIZE_ADJUST(0) #The boxes for the stamps are the exact size indicated
# The stamp boxes in this album are sized 4mm larger than the actual stamps giving a 2mm border
# To have the boxes drawn the actual stamp size use STAMP_BOXES_SIZE_ADJUST(-4.0)
# To increase the border, e.g by 1mm use STAMP_BOXES_SIZE_ADJUST(2.0)
STAMP_BOXES_SIZE_ADJUST(0) #see above 3 comments
ALBUM_STAMP_IMG_NEW_SETTING (6.0 6.0 false)#image size will be 6mm smaller than the box
ROW_ALIGN_MIDDLE
PAGE_START
PAGE_TEXT_CENTRE (ZZ 16 "HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN (1805-1875)"); #title of page
PAGE_TEXT_CENTRE (ZZ 12 "FAIRY TALES");#sub-title of page
PAGE_TEXT_PARAGRAPH_START(ZZ 10 JUSTIFIED)#introductory text, justified
This set was issued by Denmark in 1935 to celebrate the centenary of the first installment of Hans
 Christian Andersen's Fairy Tales.\n\nAndersen's fairy tales, consisting of 156 stories 
 across nine volumes, have been translated into more than 125 languages. They have become 
 culturally embedded in the West's collective consciousness, readily accessible to children 
 but presenting lessons of virtue and resilience in the face of adversity for mature readers
 as well. His most famous fairy tales include The Emperor's New Clothes, The Little Mermaid,
 The Nightingale, The Steadfast Tin Soldier, The Red Shoes, The Princess and the Pea, The Snow
 Queen, The Ugly Duckling, The Little Match Girl, and Thumbelina. His stories have inspired
 ballets, plays, and animated and live-action films.

PAGE_TEXT_PARAGRAPH_END  
ROW_START_FS (ZZ 8  0.2 20.0)
STAMP_ADDX_IMG (29.0 32.0 "tales/1.jpg" "5o" "" "light green" "" "" "The Ugly Duckling")
STAMP_ADDX_IMG (29.0 32.0 "tales/2.jpg" "7o" "" "dull violet" "" "" "Hans Christian Andersen")
ROW_START_FS (ZZ 8  0.2 20.0)
STAMP_ADDX_IMG (29.0 32.0 "tales/3.jpg" "10o" "" "orange" "" "" "The Little Mermaid")
STAMP_ADDX_IMG (29.0 32.0 "tales/4.jpg" "15o" "" "red" "" "" "Hans Christian Andersen")
STAMP_ADDX_IMG (29.0 32.0 "tales/5.jpg" "20o" "" "gray" "" "" "Hans Christian Andersen")
ROW_START_FS (ZZ 8  0.2 20.0)
STAMP_ADDX_IMG (29.0 32.0 "tales/6.jpg" "30o" "" "dull blue" "" "" "Hans Christian Andersen")


When run through the AlbumEasy program, the following PDF page is produced:



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My contribution using the COLUMN command and SIDES B option for stamp border. (pages inspired by John's ASFEC album)

ALBUM_PAGES_SIZE (215.9 279.4) #Set the album page size to US Letter (8.5 x 11)
ALBUM_PAGES_MARGINS (25.0 15.0 20.0 20.0) #left, right, top and bottom page margins
ALBUM_PAGES_FOOTER_PAD (1.5)
ALBUM_PAGES_SPACING (1.0 4.0) #set horizontal & vertical spacing for elements on a page
STAMP_BORDER_STYLE (SIDES B)
COLOUR_STAMP_BACKGROUND(ghostwhite)
# ===========================================================================
# Kazakhstan
#=============================================================================
PAGE_START
PAGE_VSPACE (-8)
PAGE_TEXT_CENTER (BSB 18 "Kazakhstan")
PAGE_VSPACE (-2)
PAGE_RULE_H (0.3 0 0)

PAGE_COLUMN_START (40 0 0 0 0)
ROW_START_ES (BA 6 0.1 1.0)
STAMP_ADD_IMG (50 50 "\images\kaz_wmap.jpg" "" "" "" NO_FRAME)
PAGE_TEXT_PARAGRAPH_START (BA 10 CENTRE)
Region: West-central Asia
PAGE_TEXT_PARAGRAPH_END

PAGE_COLUMN_NEXT
PAGE_TEXT_PARAGRAPH_START (BA 11 LEFT)
The northern portion of Turkestan, in west-central Asia, the territory of Kazakstan was conquered by Russia during the 18th and 19th centuries. In December 1991, it became an independent republic.
PAGE_TEXT_PARAGRAPH_END
PAGE_TEXT (BSB 11 "Timeline")
PAGE_VSPACE (-4)
PAGE_TEXT_PARAGRAPH_START (BA 11 LEFT)
xxxx -
PAGE_TEXT_PARAGRAPH_END
PAGE_COLUMN_STOP

PAGE_VSPACE(2)
ROW_START_FS (BA 9 0.1 4.0)
STAMP_ADD (40 35 "+" "" "Kazakhstan 1992 -" " ")
PAGE_TEXT_CENTER (BI 10 "Prior to 1992 see Russia, Union of Socialist Soviet Republics.")

#PAGE_QUADRILLE(0.1 5.0 5.0 centre)




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# ------------------------------------------------------------------------------
# TITLE PAGE
# ------------------------------------------------------------------------------
PAGE_START
PAGE_VSPACE (60)
PAGE_TEXT_CENTER (BSB 32 "Stamps from Every Country")
PAGE_VSPACE (8)
PAGE_TEXT_CENTER (BSB 24 "Postage Stamp Album")
PAGE_VSPACE (25)

ROW_START_eS (BA 6 0.1 1.0)
#STAMP_ADD_IMG (150 87 "WORLD_map.png" "" "" "" NO_FRAME)
STAMP_ADD_IMG (152 80 "\images\WORLD_map2.png" "" "" "" NO_FRAME)

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Great idea for a thread. This is going to come in handy.

John and Angore your examples are beautiful. And thanks for sharing the code. You have me rethinking my vanilla Album Easy pages.
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Thanks, Mainer.

There are numerous examples of what people are doing with AlbumEasy in many (many) different threads here on SCF.

At least with the start of this thread, they will be in one place (hopefully).

I encourage others to contribute and show off their efforts - with code!

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I was working on this yesterday (proofing pages) and not final as the boxes are too close to bottom. Style matches Steiner (border, expanded space between characters)

This also uses COLUMN command to avoid dealing with headers, It also has auto page number and the PAGE GROUP command to repeat something at top of every page. You have to use a lot of \n to get text inside the box so cat number at bottom of box.

For the x in perforation 1514. I use character Alt 0215. (Tip from someone else); It would look better of kerning was better.

My technique is getting everything added and not worry too much about layout
(spill over, etc) then go back and tweak layout.


ALBUM_PAGES_SIZE (215.9 279.4) #Set the page to US Letter (8.5 x 11)
ALBUM_PAGES_MARGINS (20.5 11.0 10.0 10.0) #Match Steiner
ALBUM_PAGES_BORDER (0.6 0.13 0.0 0.6)
ALBUM_PAGES_SPACING (1.5 5.0)

TEXT_CHAR_SPACING (0.2) #expands text to match Steiner
ROW_ALIGN_BOTTOM
ALBUM_PAGES_FOOTER_NUMBER (HN 9 R)
STAMP_HEADING_PADDING (-1.5)

PAGE_START_GROUP_BEGIN
PAGE_TEXT_CENTRE (HN 12 "\nGREAT BRITAIN" 3.0)
PAGE_TEXT_CENTRE (HN 9 "QUEEN ELIZABETH II MACHIN DEFINITIVE STAMPS" 5.0)
PAGE_START_GROUP_END

PAGE_START
PAGE_TEXT_CENTRE (HN 9 "1998" 3.0)

PAGE_COLUMN_START (-25)
PAGE_TEXT_CENTRE (HN 9 "Litho Questa. \n\nPerforated 1514 Syncopated" 5.0)
ROW_START_FS (HN 6 0.17 4.5)
STAMP_ADD (25.0 29.0 "\n\n\n\n 1ST \n BRT ORG RED \n\n\n\n 1671-Q" "" "" "")

PAGE_COLUMN_NEXT
PAGE_TEXT_CENTRE (HN 9 "Gravure Walsall. \n\nPerforated 1514 Syncopated." 5.0)
ROW_START_FS (HN 6 0.17 4.5)
STAMP_ADD (25.0 29.0 "\n\n\n\n 30P \n DP OLIVE GREY \n\n\n\n Y1694-W" "" "2B-B" "")
PAGE_COLUMN_STOP

PAGE_TEXT_CENTRE (HN 9 "Gravure Questa. Perforated 1514 Syncopated" 5.0)
ROW_START_FS (HN 6 0.17 4.5)
STAMP_ADD (25.0 29.0 "\n\n\n\n 1P \n CRIMSON \n\n\n\n Y1667-QEME" "" "2B-EME" "")
STAMP_ADD (25.0 29.0 "\n\n\n\n 20P \n BRT GREEN \n\n\n\n Y1685-QEME" "" "CB EME" "")
STAMP_ADD (25.0 29.0 "\n\n\n\n 26P \n RED-BROWN \n\n\n\n Y1691-QEME" "" "2B" "")

PAGE_TEXT_CENTRE (HN 9 "Gravure Questa. Perforated 14 Syncopated." 5.0)
ROW_START_FS (HN 6 0.17 4.5)
STAMP_ADD (25.0 29.0 "\n\n\n\n 2ND \n BRT BLUE \n\n\n\n 1664a" "" "CB" "")
STAMP_ADD (25.0 29.0 "\n\n\n\n 1ST \n BRT ORG RED \n\n\n\n 1667a" "" "2B" "")

PAGE_TEXT_CENTRE (HN 9 "Gravure Walsall. Perforated 14 Syncopated." 5.0)
ROW_START_FS (HN 6 0.17 4.5)
STAMP_ADD (25.0 29.0 "\n\n\n\n 2ND \n BRT BLUE \n\n\n\n 1665" "" "RB" "")
STAMP_ADD (25.0 29.0 "\n\n\n\n 2ND \n BRT BLUE \n\n\n\n 166Ec" "" "LB" "")
STAMP_ADD (25.0 29.0 "\n\n\n\n 10P \n DULL ORANGE \n\n\n\n Y1676a" "" "" "")
STAMP_ADD (25.0 29.0 "\n\n\n\n 43P \n SEPIA \n\n\n\n Y1717a" "" "" "")

PAGE_TEXT_CENTRE (HN 9 "Gravure Walsall Perforated 15x14 Syncopated. Self-Adhesive" 5.0)
ROW_START_FS (HN 6 0.17 4.5)
STAMP_ADD (30.0 33.0 "\n\n\n\n 2ND \n BRT BLUE \n\n\n\n 2039b" "" "CB" "")
STAMP_ADD (30.0 33.0 "\n\n\n\n 1ST \n BRT ORG RED \n\n\n\n 2040b" "" "2B" "")

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angore,

It is exceedingly difficult to truly mimic/clone a Steiner page, but I think you've nailed it. I've tried dozens of times, and gave up on it . Now, I'm glad I quit trying...

It is amazing to me what is possible to do in AlbumEasy.

To be able to construct pages that will seamlessly integrate with established pages is a big deal.

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For this next project, I want to design a simple gray quadrille page for my Harris Worldwide Stamp Album. The page size is 9x12 inches. I want the country name and date in the header. I also want a small centering guide (cross) on the page. For this page, I will need to print using a large format printer.

Note: Using the ALBUM_PAGES_SIZE and ALBUM_PAGES_MARGINS command, you could easily adjust to create a MINKUS quadrille, SCOTT quadrille, etc. You just have to know the page dimensions and then convert to mm...

Here is the commented AlbumEasy code:

#Simple Harris Quadrille Page
ALBUM_PAGES_SIZE     (228.6 304.8) #Set the page to Harris size (9x12 inches)
ALBUM_PAGES_MARGINS  (22.0 10.0 10.0 10.0) #Adjustable (of course)
ALBUM_PAGES_BORDER   (0.3 0.0 0.0 0.0) #One Line Thin Border
ALBUM_PAGES_SPACING  (6.0 4.0)
ROW_ALIGN_MIDDLE
PAGE_START
ROW_START_FS (CN 6  0.2 5.0)
PAGE_TEXT_CENTRE (HN 14 "\nGREAT BRITAIN - 1974")#name of country and date or whatever
PAGE_TEXT_CENTRE (HN 6 "+") #places a small cross to aid with centering
TEXT_CHAR_SPACING(0.15)
PAGE_VSPACE(1)
COLOUR_PAGE_QUADRILLE(gray)#note: many colors are available
PAGE_QUADRILLE(0.0 6.0 6.0 CENTRE)


When run through the AE program, it produces the following PDF album page (click on the image to see what it actually looks like):



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Similar to the previous example, this project features a Harris gray quadrille page to take to a commercial printer for volume printing/hole punching. I don't have a wide format printer, and I prefer to use labels or handwriting on my quadrille pages.

Here is the commented AlbumEasy code:

#Simple HARRIS gray quadrille album page (9x12 inches) to take to a commercial printer
ALBUM_PAGES_SIZE     (228.6 304.8) #Set the page to Harris size (9x12")
ALBUM_PAGES_MARGINS  (22.0 10.0 10.0 10.0) #Adjustable (of course)
ALBUM_PAGES_BORDER   (0.3 0.0 0.0 0.0) #One Line Thin Border
ALBUM_PAGES_SPACING  (6.0 4.0)
ROW_ALIGN_MIDDLE
STAMP_BORDER_STYLE (SOLID)
PAGE_START
PAGE_TEXT (HN 6 "\n")#this just inserts a space
ROW_START_FS (CN 6  0.2 5.0)
STAMP_ADD (110.0 12.0 "" "" "" "")#This is the header box for labeling or handwriting
PAGE_TEXT_CENTRE (HN 6 "+")#places a small cross to aid with centering
TEXT_CHAR_SPACING(0.15)
PAGE_VSPACE(1)
COLOUR_PAGE_QUADRILLE(gray)#many colors are available
PAGE_QUADRILLE(0.0 6.0 6.0 CENTRE)


The AE program produces the following PDF page (click on the image to see how it will actually look):



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This was an early test page. Clive showed me how to put title over border using VSPACE command using a white image (allwhite.png) to block part of the border from showing (layering of elements) and also shows an example of STAMP HEADING command. I do use a lot of blank lines in my code to space it out,

The country on border was to maximize page space. I was also experimenting with different fonts.

STAMP_ADD_IMG (68.0 10.0 "allwhite.png" "" "" "" NO_FRAME)

The image size would need to be adjusted for each country,
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ALBUM_PAGES_SIZE (215.9 279.4)
ALBUM_PAGES_MARGINS (15.0 15.0 15.0 15.0 )
ALBUM_PAGES_BORDER (0.5 0.1 0.0 1.0)
ALBUM_PAGES_SPACING (5.0 5.0)

PAGE_START

PAGE_VSPACE(-6)
ROW_START_ES (HN 6 0.1)
STAMP_ADD_IMG (68.0 10.0 "allwhite.png" "" "" "" NO_FRAME)

PAGE_VSPACE(-14)
PAGE_TEXT_CENTRE (HN 16 "GREAT BRITAIN" 15.0)

ROW_START_FS (HN 6 0.2 4.0)

STAMP_ADD (25.0 29.0 "\n\n\n\n 8P \n ROSINE \n\n\n\n X880" "" "RB" "")

STAMP_ADD (25.0 29.0 "\n\n\n\n 8P\n ROSINE \n\n\n\n X880" "" "RB" "")

ALBUM_DEFINE_FONT(ANN "Arial Narrow")
STAMP_HEADING_PADDING (-1)
ROW_START_FS (ANN 6 0.2 4.0)
STAMP_ADD (25.0 29.0 "\n\n\n\n 8P \n ROSINE \n\n\n\n X880" "2B" "Harrison" "Type II")
STAMP_HEADING (TB 8 "Harrison \n Type II")
STAMP_ADD (25.0 29.0 "\n\n\n\n 8P \n ROSINE \n\n\n\n X880" "Harrison" "Type II" "2B-Y")
STAMP_ADD (25.0 29.0 "\n\n\n\n 8P \n ROSINE \n\n\n\n X880" "Harrison" "2B-Y" "Type II")

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In this simple example, I want to make a fancier gray quadrille page for my Vatican City Album. It will have the country name and papal seal on top. It will be 8.5x11 inches in size, and have a Steiner border clone. I have set the margins for three-hole punching. I have chosen grayscale for the top image only because I have a monochrome printer. A full color image is possible, along with different colored quadrilles/borders, of course.

The first step is to design the top image. The next step is to place it in the "images" folder.

The commented AlbumEasy source file looks like this:

#Example of gray quadrilles page, 8.5x11, with a country name and seal at the top in grayscale.
ALBUM_PAGES_SIZE (215.9 279.4) #Set the page to 8.5x11
ALBUM_PAGES_MARGINS  (22.0 10.0 10.0 10.0) #Adjustable (of course)
ALBUM_PAGES_BORDER   (0.7 0.15 0.0 0.55) #Makes Steiner Border Clone
ALBUM_PAGES_SPACING  (2.0 3.0)
PAGE_START
PAGE_TEXT_CENTRE(HN 4 "") # some vertical spacing
ALBUM_STAMP_IMG_SETTING (0 0 false) # image will be drawn with no space between the frame and the image
ROW_START_FS (HN 6 0.1 0.0)
STAMP_ADD_IMG (56.0 30.0 "images/top.png" "" "" "" NO_FRAME) #the header image, located in the "images" folder
PAGE_VSPACE(0.2)
COLOUR_PAGE_QUADRILLE(gray)
PAGE_QUADRILLE(0.0 6.0 6.0 CENTRE)


When run through the AE program, the following PDF file is produced (click on the image for a bigger size):



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John and Al,
Thanks for sharing so many excellent examples :)
I am sure that they will prove useful to anyone trying to get to grips with AlbumEasy,
Clive
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AlbumEasy - Free software for creating custom stamp album pages
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