FACTS! FAX! 189 (02/12/99)
a clergyman coping with the growth of material available for church services I
find that I am producing more and more occasional service booklets. Everything
from Sunday morning services to weddings, funerals, baptisms, blessing of pets
you name it, if we can have a service for it then we need a service sheet.
Coupled with this is the decline in religious knowledge. By that I mean that as
people attend church services less frequently we can no longer take for granted
that those coming will know such things as The Lords Prayer or responses to
prayers that we might have assumed 10, 20 or 30 years ago. Consequently I find
that the best way of making worship accessible is by producing a service
booklet which contains everything that is needed; words, prayers, hymns,
readings, the lot. Obviously with the excellent PC's and scanners we have now
this is fairly easily done. However I am finding that what was a short time ago
a two-page booklet is some times now three and four pages long. This raises the
tricky task of getting all the text in the right order before printing so the
pages when folded it make into a presentable booklet. Do you or any of your
readers know of a piece of software that can automate this process? I am using
Word 97 so perhaps there might be a macro that would do the job?
printing is not one of Word's strong points. It can be done, using linked
textboxes, where pages are laid out in landscape format and divided into
separate sections. They can then be folded and stapled into a booklet and text
will flow in a logical sequence on numbered pages, but it's all a bit of a
fudge. There's a helpful article on the Microsoft Support web site at: http://support.microsoft.com/
honestly you would be better off using a word processor like Lotus Word Pro 97,
which has a booklet printing template. Word Pro is part of Lotus SmartSuite 97
and has been featured on a number of computer magazine cover discs recently.
looking for a typeface that includes Roman Numerals, as I need them to prepare
several clock faces.
may well be specialist software and typefaces for making clock faces however a
standard Windows True-Type font like Times New Roman can produce authentic
looking Roman numerals in almost any size using the characters I, V and X. Most word processors will allow you to
adjust character size and spacing and some like Word have drawing facilities
for positioning and rotating text objects. A good graphics program, like
Paintshop Pro makes it even easier to design a clock face from scratch. A
decent quality inkjet or laser printer can produce a finished face on thin
card. (Clock restorers use dilute wood stain to give new faces an aged look).
It also occurs to us that horological reference books contain hundreds of clock
face designs; images can be scanned into a graphics program and re-touched if
necessary, before re-sizing and printing. If anyone has any other useful tips
or knows the whereabouts of any clock face design software please let us know
and we'll gladly pass it on.
Pearson (F!F!F! November 18) will find his dagger and double dagger symbols in
Word by clicking Insert then Symbol. It is possible that he may not immediately
recognise them in the Symbol chart because, until they are actually selected
they not look very much like the daggers which we normally see in text and
footnotes etc. In my software (Word for Windows) they are located in Row 4
Columns 20 and 21. Even after insertion, they often look weak in small font
sizes. However, converting to bold face, makes them clearly stand out as Dagger
and Double Dagger symbols.
and double dagger symbols are available in most common fonts - Arial, Courier
New, Times New Roman, etc. - Alt+0134 (†) and Alt+0135 (‡).
dagger and double dagger symbols are available in a font that comes with Lotus
Word Pro called "Lotus WP Type".
knew they were in there somewhere…
do I get icons from? Windows 3.11 had a selection of pictures to choose from
but my version of Windows 95 appears to have none.
Mawer, Bridgerule, Holsworthy, Devon
95 (and 98) has a hidden stash of icons in a file called pifmgr.dll, which
resides in the System folder in the Windows directory. To access it right-click
on a desktop shortcut, select Properties then the Shortcut tab and the Change
Icon button. Use the Browse button to navigate to the pifmgr.dll file and see
if there is something you fancy. Incidentally you can easily create your own
icons in the Windows Paint program by renaming any bitmap image file (*.bmp)
with the extension *.ico. There are also tens of thousands of icons and
'themes' on hundreds of Internet web sites covering just about any subject you
care to name. Just type your particular interest, followed by the word 'icon'
or 'theme' into the Find field of any search engine and be prepared to waste an
hour or two sifting through the choices!
might help Michael Cromey-Hawke (F!F!F! November 18) who was looking for a way
to view the fonts on his PC. I've discovered a brilliant program
called FontLister at www.theill.com/fl/
It seems like it would be much more versatile (and more fun) than the Microsoft
macro you suggested. It can display all your fonts whether they are installed
on the PCs hard disc or on a CD-ROM. You can even insert your own text to see
what the effect is with different fonts and at the size you want to use. You
can then print out selected font examples.
program can also be used to install fonts from a CD or delete fonts just
by clicking on an icon. Each font can be displayed in an ANSI table together
with the keyboard shortcuts for the various letters and the means of enlarging
individual characters for easier viewing. FontLister is shareware but only
costs $5 (or more, if you like!). I reckon it's worth far more.
have found a very useful program called akFontViewer 3.1. This is a font viewer
for Windows that displays all the fonts, along with a sample, a full character
map -- to see all the possible characters in a font – plus the ability to see
fonts in any style (bold, italic, etc) and size, and print them out. The
program is very compact and quick to download from: http://attend.to/anatoly
a program from the Microsoft Office update site (www.microsoft.com) called 'Wordware'. This
puts a number of tweaks on your Word toolbar, one of which creates a Word page
giving examples of all the Fonts available on your computer. It's quick and
easier to use than the macro you mentioned.
for those very useful suggestions