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01 August 2012 @ 09:05 am
making print on demand files  

I spent most of yesterday (work-time, anyway) turning the ORRSP and Year of Miracles into a POD for my non-e-reader family members. With a few minor exceptions that I may not be able to defeat because I’m using Open Office instead of a Proper Layout Program, I’m quite happy with it. In another life, this is what I do for a living.

The exceptions, in case anybody knows how to fix them, are as follows:

- I’d like the page numbering/headers to not start until the first page of the stories, which happens to be page 13
- I would like to remove the header information on each individual page that the stories begin on
- I’d like to be smarter than the table of contents and get it to line up in a nice 2-column layout, but hell if I can manage it o.O

Other than that, though, yes, quite pleased with myself. And having done it once will make doing the NO DOMINION limited edition easier, which is my excuse for having spent a whole day doing that, although really I just wanted to do it. :)

(x-posted from the essential kit)

ruford42 on August 1st, 2012 02:34 pm (UTC)
Sorry, I don't know the answer questions. Though, it sounds
like you're trying to replace both Word and PageMaker/FrameMaker
with OO Writer. I'm no expert...heck, I' not even a bumbling
newbie, but wondering if you've looked at the free, open source
layout programs like Scribus?
kitmizkit on August 2nd, 2012 08:23 am (UTC)
Nope, not familiar with Scribus, but perhaps I'll give it a poke, thanks!
axisor on August 1st, 2012 03:24 pm (UTC)
I don’t know about Open Office verse MS Office but as for the page numbers, you could at least get it to start the story at page 1 if you set it to start at 1 for a new section and set it up so that is the next section. There is also a “this page forward” option in page set up which may or may not be able to be restricted for headers and page numbers. I know it does work for margins and such.

As for the Table of Contents, I would recommend using the Column features as that could also be used for alignment. It also works fantastically for special projects if you realize you can click a box and keep it from restricting the column sizes to being the same size.
kitmizkit on August 2nd, 2012 08:22 am (UTC)
Re: Perhaps....
Yeah, columns theoretically works, but for some reason I can't manage to do one page that has columns and the rest don't. I just make a hash of it. No idea why. :)
axisor on August 2nd, 2012 11:06 am (UTC)
Re: Perhaps....
Several of my coworkers have that issue. At least in MS Word, if you select only the text you want, it limits the columns to that. Also, it might be useful to know that if you press ctrl+shift+enter you force a column break. I find having special characters on (ctrl+shift+8) makes it easier for me to see how the formatting is working.

hope that helps
Dan/Дмитрий: The Sign at the End of the Universeicedrake on August 1st, 2012 03:57 pm (UTC)
This might be of use: http://openoffice.blogs.com/openoffice/2005/12/different_page_.html Looks like this might take care of both the header and the numbering issues in one swell foop. (I'm testing in OOo 3.4)

I haven't tested the second one (baby demanding attention by getting into trouble, you know how that is), but the menu links look roughly the same in 3.4 as they do in the instructions, eventhough those are for 2.1

Hope that helps!

kitmizkit on August 2nd, 2012 08:22 am (UTC)
Baby demanding attention is at least part of why I've been unable to suss out the numbering thing myself! Thank you, I'll give this a go. <3
Dan/Дмитрий: The Sign at the End of the Universeicedrake on August 1st, 2012 03:58 pm (UTC)
So, um... I left a comment, but I guess links are frowned upon by the spam filter. Look in the spam folder :)
kitmizkit on August 2nd, 2012 08:22 am (UTC)
Got it! :)