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Postby lger » April 3rd, 2007, 11:51 am

Hi,

I'am using Swift Publisher demo and I would like to know if I can use it to do little books (50 to 100 pages), with 1 or 2 images per page (technical tutorials to be published as PDF). I know that I can't do Table of Contents and I know that Swift was not projected to be a book tool. But I don't want to spend the money the big boys ask for ther big softs and I like Swift more than Pages.

Thanks,

Luis
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Postby lger » April 3rd, 2007, 12:04 pm

Sorry, wrong forum...

Luis
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Postby Jean-Jacques Boutaud » April 4th, 2007, 3:09 am

Hi Iger,
Here's an previous topic about making "books" with SP.

With SP v2.0x, we have some new great features like:
- Master Pages to help us managing different layouts for different parts/pages of a document (cover, left/right page…)
- imposition to print book(let)s easily

But imho (as an average SP user, I'm not a member of the BeLight Team :^), there're some serious drawbacks when making "big" document with SP 2:

1. the way SP handles Text Styles:
-- of course, we may create/edit Text Styles but after you have applied a text style to part of text, there's no "link" between this part of text and the text style you use!
If you edit the text style, you have to re-apply it to all texts using this style.
So, with a 50/100 pages document, it may be a real headdache (especially if "someone" wishes to change font/font size and others two times a day :^( ).
More, there's no character styles, only paragraph ones.

2. there's no easy way to control orpheans/widows.
You may simulating this by adjusting the height of text boxes (a little time consuming!).

3. Working in CMYK is a little tricky, see these posts:
http://www.belightsoft.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=580
http://www.belightsoft.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=1462

4. "Object causes wrap" can't work on left and right sides at the same time (you may not place an object in the middle of a text box and wrap the text all around this object (see this post about this: http://www.belightsoft.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=48).

So, depending the way you work:
- are you the only one working on this project?
- is it a work for a customer?
you may find these "drawbacks" bearable or not.

Don't forget that the demo is fully functional!
You may save, print, export your document.

Hope this helps.
(and don't forget, it's just mho :^).
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Postby lger » April 4th, 2007, 8:38 am

Hi Jean-Jacques

Thank you for the very informative answer. I will have to think a little more to make a decision. Thank you.

Luis

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