MacFlatplan for OS X - Complete Magazine/Publication Layout at a Glance

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[] Helsinki, Finland - Independent developer Heikki Ohvo today is pleased to announce MacFlatplan 1.0 for Mac OS X, his low cost pagination solution for magazines and other publications. The application enables the user to view a color-coded map of all the pages of their publication, providing a complete overview of the relative location, page number, and category of content of every page. Page sizing is adjustable, print sections of a fixed number of pages may be specified, and page content may be color-coded by 1/4, 1/2, or full pages. While it is not a magazine desktop publishing program such as QuarkXpress or InDesign, MacFlatplan can be used to keep track of the order of finished pages and empty pages/space remaining. It can also provide an invaluable guide to the printer during pre-press planning.

Visit the editorial offices of any publication, and one is likely to find a wall devoted to a paste-up of the book. This always-changing display allows the editor/publisher to arrange and sequence pages, and keep track of advertising pages as they are sold. As the publication deadline approaches, it is not uncommon that much trial and error is required to conform the advertising and editorial content into a fixed number of smoothly flowing pages free of gaps, holes, or blank pages. This display function and re-arranging process is now available on the desktop with MacFlatplan.

Feature Highlights:
* An easy to use flat plan solution for small publishing houses and design companies
* Unlimited number of pages per publication
* Import the colors and publication information from any MacfFlatplan document
* Handle the publication as a number of print sections or as one whole
* Quickly track available space remaining
* Easily display pagination, facing pages, print sections, and flow
* Use as a guide for pre-press planning and layout
* Color-code ID every ad and article, or use color codes for categories

The application offers a variety of options which allow the user to customize its operation to best suit the project. MacFlatplan permits the user to specify page dimensions or use a generic size. Color coding, the primary feature of the program, is very easy to create. The user selects any color, for example, yellow, and then assigns it a label, such as "Advertising." He may then go on to create any number of additional color codes for Stories, Editorials, Art, Photos, Features, Masthead, Subscription Information, Specific Articles, etc. Another option is the ability to work with the entire book as a whole, or specify print sections containing a fixed number of pages. For example, many publications use print sections of eight pages, requiring the number of total pages to be a multiple of eight. There is no limit to the number of pages, print sections, pages in a print section, or color codes.

At their option the user may have each page displayed whole, as two halves, or as four quarters. In this way they may display up to four different color codes per page. The user simply selects any page or page part and then clicks on one of the color codes in the color library, a separate window. Instantly, the selection is color-coded. Re-ordering pages is a similarly straightforward, select and drag operation. All preference settings, specifications, and color codes may be easily imported from a previous project.

"MacFlatplan is a perfect flat plan creation tool for anyone who does magazines or publications," stated developer and owner Heikki Ohvo. "MacFlatplan's color-coding keeps design and pagination simple and intuitive."

Language Support:
* US English and Finnish

Device Requirements:
* Mac OS X Version 10.4.11 or later
* PowerPC or Intel processor
* 1 GHz or faster processor
* 30 MB Hard Drive space

Pricing and Availability:
MacFlatplan 1.0 is $39.00 (USD) for a single user shareware license, and available for purchase directly from the developer's website. Review copies are available upon request.

Located in Helsinki, Finland, developer Heikki Ohvo has been in programming business for over a decade, and specializes in educational applications, especially in the graphic design field. He has also produced several database solutions for various customers. Copyright (C) 1997-2010 Heikki Ohvo. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, and Mac OS X are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. Other trademarks may be the property of their respective owners.


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