Lately I have been getting more print jobs again, and I have a coupe of suggestions:
1) when I place or import an image in an A4 document, the ppi settings of the images are not respected at all. I would expect two images with the same pixel resolution, but with different ppi settings (let's say 300ppi and 72ppi) to be placed with very different dimensions on the page.
A bitmap at 1106x1600px @ 300ppi should be placed in a 300ppi A4 at 93.641mm x 135.467mm. The same file at 72ppi would be placed at 390.172mm x 564.444mm.
This is how it works in other dtp apps:
This does not happen. Both files are placed with an arbitrary size depending on the size of the drawn rectangle, and that makes it extremely difficult to work with print images. Any other dtp related application will calculate the placed bitmap's dimensions on the basis of the documents base ppi/dimensions, and the placed image's ppi.
Solution: a simple checkbox in the settings for this tool to tell it to keep this relationship intact or use the box's dimensions as a base for its placed size.
2) a ppi field (like the one for the document properties) should be added, so the user can see what the placed image's ppi is in relation to the document. For example, if option (1) is implemented, the EFFECTIVE (calculated) ppi of this layer should be displayed, as well as the file's embedded ppi. A bit like this:
These could be added to the layer properties of a bitmap layers and placeholder layers.
3) It would be extremely useful to be able to change the effective (calculated) ppi of a layer, and Photoline will then automatically recalculate the size of the layer.
4) in "new document" the correct English word for "distance" between columns is "Gutter".
5) Photoline uses "dpi" everywhere when it really means "ppi". It's a common mistake - when talking about resolution of images while working on a screen, "ppi" is the correct term. When talking about a print on paper or the output quality for a particular print device, "dpi" is used.
6) master pages support would be great for the pages panel... Not only for print, but also for screen and web design.
7) an automatic guide calculator option would be awesome - both for pages, as well as for selections. Perfect implementation: http://guideguide.me/
it would be extremely useful if we could have guides added to specific layers, and show or hide them that way. Far more guide control that way. Also a way to select multiple guides and move those with the mouse.
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