Post by PostmasterGS on Jan 3, 2014 11:39:05 GMT -5
For those who design their own album pages (or would like to), here's info on some software I wrote to assist in the process. Works on PC, Mac, and Linux. Latest version is here.
Video demos are here (basic album building functions) and here (photo straightening function). (enlarge and switch to HD for best viewing).
The PMGS Stamp Album Page Generator for Scribus v1.04
Scribus (free here) OpenOffice (free here) or LibreOffice (free here) Fiji (free here) -- required only if using photo straightening function Java SE (free)p here) -- required only if using photo straightening function
What it does and how it works
The package includes an OpenOffice/LibreOffice spreadsheet, a couple scripts, and a couple text files necessary for it to work. The basic album-building portion allows you to populate a spreadsheet with stamp info, the use the spreadsheet to select which stamps you want to build boxes for:
Post by PostmasterGS on Jan 3, 2014 11:43:45 GMT -5
And when you insert the photo into the spreadsheet, the dimensions auto-populate.
So overall, it's now easier to process the scans (no more manual realigning in Photoshop) and get their dimensions (no more trying to find where I laid my ruler).
There are a few limitations for which I haven't yet found a workaround (hard-coded scan resolution being the big one), but overall, a neat little addition to the package. I also need to work on the processing algorithms to make them faster and more accurate, but that's a longer term project.
This is a long-term labor of love, so if you encounter any bugs or have any suggestions, don't hesitate to let me know.
Post by PostmasterGS on Mar 5, 2015 13:43:07 GMT -5
The PMGS Stamp Album Page Generator for Scribus v1.1 is now available.
Changes from v1.04 1. Removed the feature allowing you to automatically crop and straighten stamp scans due to reliability/compatibility issues. 2. Added ability to set top and bottom padding independently of each other. Ditto for left and right padding. 3. Added the ability to generate single boxes for sets, both horizontal and vertical.
This was a major re-write, and each additional feature increases the combinations of frame/photo/text placements exponentially. Because of this, there's no way I can manually check every combination to ensure the math is correct. If you spot something that isn't lining up as you expect is should, please let me know.
Post by PostmasterGS on Mar 8, 2015 15:11:16 GMT -5
The PMGS Stamp Album Page Generator for Scribus v1.2 is now available. Download here (1MB Zip). If you just want to see the manual first, it's here.
This was an almost-complete rewrite of the script. The original script was designed to do something very basic, and as a result, every additional feature led to an exponential increase in the code. More code, more potential for errors -- the v1.1 code had about 4,600 lines of code, the v1.2 has about 1,800 to accomplish the same tasks, plus some. So, I rewrote about 90% of the code to be faster and to allow for future expansion. If you note any bugs, please let me know.
Changes from v1.1 1. Per request of ClassicalStamps on SCF, added ability to general Internal frames (style similar to SG New Imperial Album) 2. Fixed numerous small bugs and placement errors. Math is hard.
Here's a sample of what the Internal frame style looks like compared to the full size of a stamp. The frame doesn't generate in the red color -- I changed it so it was more visible in the pic.
On the page, it should look something like this.
For the next version, I'm working on a couple things. Perhaps the most useful is preset styles.
I'm attempting to modify the Settings spreadsheet so you can select from a list of standard frame designs. For example -- if you like boxes in the SG New Imperial style (Internal frame with simply a catalog number below the stamp), you'll be able to click a button and automatically fill the settings blanks with the proper settings. Ditto for Mystic style, etc.
For example, these are actual boxes from a Lighthouse page.
And these are from a preset designed to replicate the Lighthouse style.
This should prove helpful for those who use different designs on different countries' pages.
If anyone is interested in having a particular preset, you can really help me out. If you've used the script to generate a standard style, send me the settings you use and I'll see if I can include them. If you haven't used the script but you use a particular style of page, send me a high-quality scan of the stamp boxes with and without a stamp in the box (and if possible, with measurements in mm of the stamp and box so I can set the padding/margins). I can get close based on a good quality scan.
As usual, comments and suggestions are appreciated.
Post by PostmasterGS on Mar 8, 2015 16:32:40 GMT -5
If you didn't re-download, please do so. I failed to include something in the original file, and if you got the version that was up for about 10-15 minutes before I re-uploaded, it won't work properly.
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