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A Quick Introduction


IDimager integrates a full featured printing module with WYSIWYG (What you see is what you get) support. You can visually design your print output and see the output on-screen. As you design your print pages you will be able to generate them based on pre-defined sizes, and later fully customize it, add captions, add borders, rotate the images, add background images, and much more.


Each page consists of so-called "slots". A slot is a placeholder for your image.


To open the Print Module in IDimager you select the thumbnails first that you'd like to have printed. Then press [Ctrl]+[P] or select "File | Print" from the main menu.




By default, the application will add all selected images and generate pages for them based on a 5" x 3.34" slots. The center of the page displays your page design. Below that there are navigation buttons to step to the next/previous or first/last page. Simply click these button to step to a new page. With the <+> button below the page design it is possible to add new pages, or delete existing pages.


The images on your pages are displayed in a "draft" quality as the default. In this mode, the application uses downsized versions of your images so that the page design is more responsive to work with. Of course the application will use your full sized images when you start the output to the printer. It is possible to preview the page in "print quality". Do that by selecting that option below the page design. While it is possible to customize your print design in "print quality" mode, this is not recommended as the designer will be less responsive in this mode.


Above the page design you see a filmstrip of your selected images. The thumbnails in this filmstrip will either display a red or a green star icon. The green star icon indicates that that particular image is on one of the pages in the page design. A red star icon indicates that that image still needs to be added to one of your pages. By right clicking on a thumbnail in the filmstrip it is possible to quickly jump to the page for that image (if applicable). It is possible to have the same image on multiple pages.


At the left of your page design you see the Control Panel.




The Control Panel allows you to select a printer, change your printer settings, change color management settings, change the page orientation and the page print resolution.




You can also switch the fit-mode for every slot, on every page.

Click the first icon to switch all slots to a "best fit" mode. In this mode, the image is fully displayed in its slot and if the ratio of the slot is different from the image's ratio then white space is introduced.


Click the second icon to switch all slots to a "crop to fit" mode. In this mode, the image is completely fit into its slot. If the ratio of the slot is different from the image's ratio then the image is cropped to the ratio of the slot so that it fully fits.


Click the third icon to switch all slots to a "stretch to fit" mode. In this mode, the image is completely fir into its slot. If the ratio of the slot is different from the image's ratio then the image is stretch to fit into the slot anyway. Keep in mind that this could lead to malformed images as the ratio of the image could change.


The Control Panel also includes the "Page Creator". The Page Creator offers you features for quick reporting. The options available here apply to *all* pages and are intended to offer you some quick tools to create a report. If you need custom reporting then you'd typically don't use the Page Creator but use Templates or direct slot customizing.




The Page Creator allows you to customize all pages in the current design.




It allows you to change the page color for every page. You can also change the margins for every page or add a texture as the background for every page.




You can also define a page header, a page footer, sub text for each slot, or on image captions.




By default, each image will get a slot so there are as many slots as there are images. It is possible to specify how many copies of each image you want. If you check the check box in front of the count selector then the application will add the same image to each slot on the page. In other words, one page per image.




Use the grid to generate new pages based on a predefined slot size. Simply click on the slot size. The last two entries in the grid (Full Page and Templates) have custom behavior. Full Page allows you to select a number of slots on a page and the application will fill the complete page with that number of slots. No spacing between the slots. Templates allow you to select a stored template (page design) from file.




Check the Borders checkbox if you want all images to get a border. By using the slider below the checkbox you can size the slider. By default the border will have a yellow color. Use the Border Color button to change the border. By default the borders are equally sized, meaning that the top/bottom and left/right will be equally sized. If you disable this feature then the border will respect the ratio of the image, meaning that the left/right size, compared to the top/bottom ratio will have an equal ratio of the image (not the slot, but the image in the slot).




Use the Spacing slider to change the spacing of the slots on the page. When the link icon to the right is clicked then you get another spacing bar, one for the horizontal spacing and one for the vertical spacing. If the link icon is not clicked (default) then the application will use an equal spacing for horizontal as well as vertical.




Using IDimager you can print a single image, print contact sheets (also known as thumbnail sheets or index sheets), and print template sheets (predefined layout pages)