Contents of the README.TXT file
21 May 88
Over the past months I've accumulated a multitude of graphics art that
will work with Ventura Publisher. I've been plagued with the usual
problem of not exactly remembering what the picture is that the file
title reflects. My past method of seeing what file title reflected what
picture was to collect pages of printouts of the graphic. This has led
to a rather large file and it's rather difficult to browse through it to
select an appropriate piece of art for a Ventura application.
To reduce the confusion and number of varied sheets of paper, I developed
the GRAPHICS.CHP file with it's own unique style sheet. The purpose of
this chapter is to load in and print six graphics pictures at a time on
one page with the file names reflected under each picture as a caption.
These pages are then placed in a loose-leaf notebook. It is now much
easier to browse through the booklet, select the art I desire, look up the
appropriate floppy disk in a catalog and go from there. I do keep all
my graphics art on floppies to save hard disk space. An added benefit
of using this procedure to print out my existing art, is that I take
advantage of the fact that Ventura makes it's own working image of the
file if it is not originally in an Image format. I save all of the
created images on separate disks. This saves time and disk space when
the IMG file is used rather than the original. I still have the
originals on other disks so if I need to edit, change or touch up the
original I can, and then make up another new IMG file for normal use.
The chapter is called GRAPHICS.CHP and should be originally placed in
the "A" drive. You may then use the Multi-chapter option to relocate
it to any desired directory on your hard disk. I keep the set of files
in a directory called GRAPHICS so I can remember where it is located.
Regardless of where you keep the files, make the GRAPHICS.CHP active.
Go to the FILE menu, Select LOAD TEXT/PICTURE, select the appropriate
type of graphics images you desire to print, select SEVERAL and click
on the OK. Select the graphics from where-ever you have them stored.
Originally, the program will look on the "A" drive for the art, but
you can easily change to the location you desire. I select six pieces
of graphic art (since that is the number printed on each page). Once
you have added the desired files to the left side menu, cancel file
selection and you will be back in the normal screen mode. (By the
way, I do use the reduced CTRL-R mode for these activities - you can
see the entire page at a time.)
Next, select the frame you desire for the first piece of art and click
on the file name to move it into the frame. Once the picture is in your
frame, click on the FRAME menu and select Anchors and Captions. Use your
down arrow key (or mouse) and type in the name of your art as a caption.
If you can't remember the exact spelling, note the active name at the
lower left of your screen. Once you've typed in your caption name, either
hit a Carriage Return or click OK. Repeat this process for the
remaining five graphics. Once you've filled the page, simply move over
to the FILE menu and select TO PRINT, make sure you are set for your
appropriate printer, click OK or hit a Carriage Return, sit back and
in few minutes your picture page will be printed.
To continue to print more pages, select the FILE menu, pick ABANDON,
click OK to abandon (or a Carriage Return), and your screen will clear
back to the six blank boxes, ready for you to select more files for
input. If you don't want to print more graphics, simply select QUIT and
don't save your changes to the chapter. This will leave it free to
input new art the next time you desire.
Hope this has proved to be of some benefit. It takes a while to build
up your graphics files this way, but at least it provides some organization
and makes it easier to find graphic art. I'll leave the disk catalog
program for you to find. There are many out there in the Public Domain
that work quite well. I release this particular application to any who
desire to use it.
P.S. The OUTPUT.WID file with this chapter is set for the HPLJ+.
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