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A key feature of Photo Organizer is the ability to print labels and brochures. Two formats are currently supported, Postscript (PS) and Portable Document Format (PDF). Photo Organizer actually generates Postscript files natively, and must rely on a third party utility (ps2pdf) to convert the PS document into PDF.

Printing Labels

To print a set of labels, first select some photos via the appropriate checkboxes, then select the Label item in the print combo box, and press the Print button. This will bring up the label selection dialog, where you can select from over 60 pre-defined types. You can define your own types via the My Profile tab.

After selecting a label, the appropriate label dimensions are updated in the dialog, which can be manually adjusted if needed. You can also customize the information printed on the label; you might not want to include the barcode, or the shooting data. Uncheck those items you don't want to be printed.

If any selected photos have duplicates the system will list all duplicates so that the user can decide which duplicates to print. After setting up the printing dialogs, press Print and the browser will start downloading the printout in the selected format.

Note that for the ps2pdf utility will not convert the PS document into an exactly scaled PDF document. The PDF document is always slightly smaller and that causes trouble when printing labels. For now, to make sure that you print with the dimensions you want I advise you to chose the PS format when printing labels. Today, all printers come with a PS interpreter so all you have to do is to send the file to the printer, which will automatically recognize it and print nice labels for you.

If the barcode is selected to appear on the printout, two labels will be printed for each photo. The first one will consist of the CODE-128B bar code encoding the unique photo identifier with a space (to ease the input of multiple codes when using a bar code scanner), the photo unique identifier in human readable format in the left bottom corner and the storage identifier in the bottom right corner.

The other label will have the copyright information, some of the shooting data, and as much of the caption as possible.

Printing Brochures

Printing brochures is very similar to printing labels, except that instead of selecting a label type, you have to select a brochure format and layout (paper size, margins, rows, orientation).

You can also select what information you wnat to print in the brochure. These include the color image, barcode, the shooting data and the photo caption.

podoc/print.txt · Last modified: 2006/11/28 00:07 by pizza