PAGEPRODIGY DESIGNER HELP

    Welcome to PageProdigy, a Cloud Alternative for Desktop Publishing, offering all the basic design features of a downloadable program plus a variety of other great features designed for the digital world we live in. PageProdigy offers the ability to print at home, create a PDF, or even publish directly to an ePublication. You can even share with your friends, partners or clients any project you're working on with a click of a button.

    Our design program lets you choose from many pre-made templates to help you design your publication. You can, of course, build from scratch. There is nothing to download or save to your computer. "Save" your work and come back to your designs when you choose. It's all stored online, including your uploaded graphics. When you're done, hit the "Print or Publish" button. Only $1.00 per page. Subscription users can publish unlimited ePublications as well.

    PageProdigy has many functions and below is a description of every tool and tab within the Designer and how to use them. Ideally, we recommend that you read the entire tutorial before you begin. However, it's also easy to jump right in and start designing and use this tutorial when you need help.

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    TUTORIAL

    NEW FEATURES AND UPGRADES

    Alignment Tool - You can now align text boxes, shapes, and images just by moving them. As you move an object, snap lines will appear when an edge is aligned with an edge of another object. The same process will work to help you center objects with each other. With all upgrades to our system, you may need to do a hard refresh on our Designer to reload it properly from our servers in order to take full advantage of this fantastic new feature.

    IMPORTANT TIPS REGARDING OUR CLOUD DESIGNER

    USING DIFFERENT BROWSERS: Regarding primarily Chrome, IE and Firefox. Our templates were designed in Chrome, so they will place most accurately using Chrome. However, our templates place nearly accurately in all browsers. You may have to do some minor text adjustments. Once you adjust anything and save, it will open exactly as you saved it--if you are using the same browser you saved it in. Inconsistencies may show up only if you are saving and working on your design in various browsers. If you have people working on your design from various computers, we suggest that they all use the same browser.

    We also offer the following tips for a great design experience:

    1. For larger screen working area, hit F11 when you have opened the designer work canvas.
    2. When you're finished designing, simply hit "Print or Publish" in the tab below the site logo on the upper left and your options will automatically show!
    3. Be sure to save your design occasionally as you design.
    4. For best reproduction, we recommend 300 dpi images and photographs and at minimum 150 dpi black and white and 200 dpi color. The more you enlarge your picture once it is uploaded, the less quality it will have. All uploaded images are the responsibility of the user.
    5. To tell if your image is print quality or not, your image will be uploaded and resized to 300 dpi. This means your image may look smaller on the canvas than you expected if it is less than 300 DPI. Enlarging it will decrease your image quality which may reflect in print.
    6. We recommend that all smaller text be in black for easy reading.

    DESIGNER TOOLS OVERVIEW

    For the most part, our tools work like any other word processing or desktop publishing software. Any differences are explained below. Please read carefully. The ENTIRE GREY AREA SURROUNDING THE PAGE IS A NON-PRINTABLE AREA. If you put any text or objects within this area, they will not print. You can set your margins and your page size. Page sizes can be chosen from pre-set sizes or you can customize your page size.

    DESIGNER CANVAS AREA

    Add/Delete Pages

    When you enter the Designer, you are automatically offered 1 page to design with. A Maximum of 32 pages is currently available with the Designer. At the top of the page that you design on, you will see (on the top left) 1 tab number and a larger tab that says, "Add a Page." These number tabs are your page numbers. Click the "Add a Page" tab and 1 more page will appear on the top. You can do this up to 32 pages. When you add pages, a new tab will show that says "Delete Last Page" on the top right of each page. This allows you to delete the last page you created. Remember, if you delete pages, any designing you have done will be lost.

    Move Pages

    Move your cursor over any page number tab, grab, and drag the tab to the place that you want the page. For instance, if you want to move page 2 to page 3, grab the tab of page 2 and slide over and on top of the tab of page 3. When you release your cursor, the page will be moved and the page numbers will automatically be recalculated. Page 2 will now be Page 3. If you want to delete page two and you have 3 pages, you need to move Page 2 to Page 3 and then delete it.

    The Rulers

    There is a ruler along the top and left side of your design area. When you grab any object, text box, picture or image, the dimensions of what you've grabbed will show in a darker shade of grey within the rulers. This will allow you to know what size you are dealing with and also allows for better alignment. To change the units displayed in the ruler, click on "Document Settings" and change the "Units."

    The Gray No Print Zone

    Anything in the gray "No Print Zone" will not print or show up in a PDF or ePublication. You may move objects to those area as a temporary holding area, but we recommend that you delete any object you are not going to use. There may be times, however, when you want only part of an object to show--such as a circle. In such cases, positioning the object in such a way so that only part of it will print may be advantageous.

    Right Click Feature

    Right clicking on any object will show a list of convenient options such as copy, paste, delete, undo, and spell checking for text.

    Arrow Nudging

    When an object is selected, you can nudge it in any direction with your arrow keys. This is beneficial if you need to line something up and just need to nudge one object or another. Click on an object and then hit the arrow key in the direction you want to nudge it.

    FIXED PAGE TOOLS

    On the top right of your Designer you will see several fixed functions. These will show at all times as you design and move around the Designer.

    Projects and Account

    Click here to see a list of your projects, open a project in the design area, download any created PDFs, access ePublications, share a project, start a new publication, sign out, and make changes to your account. Once clicked, you can then choose any project, and once that project is selected, you will see more options.

    Save

    Save any project you are working on. When you choose this tab the first time, it will ask you to name your publication. After the first time, use this tab to save as you build your publication.

    Save As

    Use this tab to save a current design project under a different name.

    Close a Publication

    This feature lets you close down your project and you will return to the main website.

    Share a Publication

    There may be times when you wish to share your design or publication with someone else--a friend, a relative, a co-worker, or a business partner. Simply click "Share." You may share the project with anyone you wish and give them read-only access. They will be able to see this project's latest version. A link will be provided. Copy the link and send it to whomever you wish to share your project with. They will be able to load the project in and see it, but will not be able to save it and overwrite your own work.

    Alignment Grid

    To aid in aligning various objects with each other, an alignment grid is available for your use. Simply click the grid button and the grid will appear in the background of your project. If a picture is covering the entire canvas, you will not see the grid. The grid cannot be moved forward or backwards at this time.

    Send to the Back

    Any text, image or picture can be sent behind other objects. This feature lets you send it to the very back (back behind multiple objects).

    Send Backwards

    This allows you to send an object or text back only one layer rather than to the very back (back behind only one object rather than behind multiple objects).

    Bring Forward

    This allows you to bring an object or text forward only one layer rather than to the very front (in front of only one object rather than bringing forward in front of multiple objects).

    Bring to the Front

    This feature lets you bring it to the very front (in front of multiple objects).

    Copy Current Object

    Allows you to copy a text box, image or picture and paste in elsewhere on the page or in another page.

    Paste Copied Object

    Allows you to paste a copied text box, image or picture anywhere on the page or another page.

    Delete Current Object

    This tab allows you to delete any text box, image or picture.

    Undo Last Action

    Choose this feature when you want to undo an action, such as you deleted something you realize you now need. It will undo your last 10 actions .

    Zoom In and Zoom Out

    Use this feature to zoom in and out of your publication. 300% zoom is equivalent to 300 dpi and is the most accurate representation of your publication. We recommend using this zoom for alignment and determining picture quality.

    PRINT OR PUBLISH

    This button will allow you to print or publish your publication. You can print on your home printer, create a PDF, or create an ePublication(this last requires a subscription).

    Print

    Use this option to print on your home or business printer.

    Make a PDF

    Use this option to create a downloadable PDF. The PDF can be used to print from locally or through a print shop.

    Make an ePublication

    Use this option to create an ePublications that will appear in a flip-viewer. This is handy if you want to show it digitally in a professional platform. This requires a subscription.

    DOCUMENT SETTINGS

    These options will allow you to make changes to the document you are working on. You can change the page size, margin size, and the unit of measurement.

    Units of Measurement

    Use this option to change your units of measurement to inches or millimeters.

    Document Size

    Use this option to change the size of your document. There are a variety of preset sizes to chose from, or you can choose a custom size. When you select "custom" two more fields will appear that will allow you to chose the exact page size you want.

    Orientation

    Use this option to change the document of a non-customized page size to either landscape or portrait orientation.

    Margin Settings

    Use this option to change the margins of your document. The margin lines appears as a blue line around your page.

    INSERT TEMPLATE

    Our Designer allows for Templates to be loaded on each page of your publication.  You can keep inserting as many as you like until you find the one you like.  Remember that each time you insert a template any information already on that page will be deleted, including a previous template or pictures.  Once you find a template you like, you can begin designing.

    Choose Type

    Once you have clicked on the "Insert Template" tab, you will be shown a menu that lets you choose from several options such as type, size, orientation, theme, and margin. Each selection narrows the list of templates to choose from. Initially, all templates will show. When you find one you like, simply hit the "Insert Template" tab and it will load on to your page.

    Remember, you are not restricted to using templates from just one category for each publication you are designing. For instance, you may choose a front page of a Wedding template, but then choose an inside page from a Church template. You are in full control of using any of our templates from any category at any time for each page of any one publication. You can even use templates that are the wrong size and adjust them at your convenience.

    Choose Template

    While you may choose from any template from any category to use on your publication, we have highlighted certain themes that work together.

    When you arrive on the template page, you will see thumbnails (small pictures) of each or our templates. Beside each thumbnail there is a small explanation of what kind of template it is, such as whether it is a front, back or inside page, a multi-use page, what theme it is, how many columns are used. Other explanations may exist.

    Once you have decided on what template you want to use, simply click "Insert Template" and a few moments later the template will show up on the page you are currently designing in. In many cases, such a Newsletters, you will find several pages with the same theme.

    You can immediately start replacing text and images with your own.

    Remember, you do not have to stay with the template format. You are free to delete, move or add in any way you choose.

    TEXT TOOLS

    Includes all features regarding using and adding text. It is located on the left side of the Designer. When you switch from other functions to any text function, the menu at the top will show all text tools that are available. Choose the Text Tools tab to begin.

    Add Text Box

    Put your cursor inside the "Add Text Box" icon at the top of the page. Drag down the icon into the Designer and place in any area of the page of your choosing. Release, and a text box will show. Click within the text box to start adding, deleting or placing text.

    Move Text Box

    Select a text book with your mouse. You can move the text box by grabbing the exposed 4 arrow blue box on the top left of the text box. Drag to where you want it placed. There are four small boxes on the border that are off center and represent "un-snapping" movement. Snapping is a feature of the alignment tool and will automatically snap to an alignment edge. To move the text box without snapping, use these four "un-snapping" boxes for smooth movement. You can also use your arrow keys.

    Align a Text Box with Another Object

    To align a text box with another object, grab any border and begin to move it. As it moves, a snap grid line will appear as edges align with the edges of other objects. The text box will "snap" to the edge when close for you, providing you with a perfect alignment of two objects. The same process works when centering a text box with another object.

    Stretch Text Box

    Select a text box with your mouse. You can stretch the text box by placing your cursor on the right border or the bottom border of the text box where a blue double arrow will appear. Drag either left or right to create a larger or smaller text box. You can also grab the bottom right corner of the text box and stretch the box height and width at the same time.

    Text Fonts: Style, Size and Color

    From the top menu you can choose what type of font, size and color you desire. You can choose these options before you drag down a text box or after. If the text box is already created, highlight what text you would like to change and then change your options.

    WARNING: Changing the size of text within the same line or the same text box may cause the text to look ragged in height. We strongly recommend that you keep the text in any particular text box the same. Use a different text box for different fonts and sizes.

    Text Bold, Italicized and Underline

    Highlight your text and choose.

    Text Justify: Left, Right, Centered and Full

    Click anywhere in the text box and choose. Our Designer does not allow you to choose different justification within the same text box.

    NOTE: Because browsers offer no "full justify" tools, a true full justify is problematic at the moment, though we have created an 'almost' full justify, which is much better at aligning columns than just a left justify. We are continually working on creating a true full justify for the coming near future.

    Line Height (Leading)

    Use this tool to increase or decrease the space between your lines of text. This may help in fitting more text within a textbox or to fill a space. DESIGN TIP: using this tool sporadically can make your project look messy.

    Spell Checking

    When a word is underlined in a RED ragged line, our spell checker cannot find that particular word in its dictionary and is marking it as possibly misspelled. Right clicking on a misspelled word will provide you with several options to correct it. Merely click on the correct word and it will replace the misspelled word for you.

    You can turn spell checking on or off by clicking the "Spell Check" icon under text tools.

    Copy and Paste Text

    To copy and paste WITHIN the Designer, highlight the text and then right click and select "copy text." Move to a new text box or to another location within the same text box and right click and then click "paste text."

    To copy and paste TO or FROM ANOTHER PROGRAM (such as Microsoft Word), select the text and then hit CTRL-C on your keyboard to copy it. Use CTRL-V to paste it. The right click feature does not work for text to and from another program--only the shortcut keys on your keyboard will work.

    PICTURE TOOLS

    Includes all features regarding using and uploading pictures and photos. Located on the left side of the Designer. When you switch from other functions to any picture or photo object, the menu at the top will show all picture tools that are available.Choose the Picture Tools tab to begin.

    Add Picture

    Put your cursor inside the "Add Picture" icon at the top of the page. Drag icon down into the Designer and place on any area of the page of your choosing. Release and a dialogue box will show to chose and upload your picture.

    Move Picture

    You can move any picture by grabbing and dragging to where you want it placed. There are four small boxes on the border that are off center and represent "un-snapping" movement. Snapping is a feature of the alignment tool and will automatically snap to an alignment edge. To move the picture without snapping, use these four "un-snapping" boxes for smooth movement. You can also use your arrow keys.

    Align a Picture with Another Object

    To align a picture with another object, grab any border and begin to move it. As it moves, a snap grid line will appear as edges align with the edges of other objects. The picture will "snap" to the edge when close, providing you with a perfect alignment of two objects. The same process works when centering a picture with another object.

    Stretch Picture

    You can stretch any picture by placing your cursor on any border of the picture. Select a picture. Drag to increase or decrease image. You can also grab the bottom right corner of any picture and stretch the height and width at the same time. Use the SHIFT key to shrink or grow the picture proportionally.

    WARNING: Stretching a picture may cause the picture to lose quality. Always check a picture at 300% zoom to see its true quality.

    Rotate Picture

    Lets you rotate the picture in any way that you choose.  Shows to what degree you have rotated chosen picture.

    Crop Width

    Crops picture from either the left or right hand side. Move slider in tab (from left or right side) and watch picture for results. A memory of your full picture is retained and the full picture can be un-cropped at any time.

    Crop Height

    Crops picture from either the top or bottom.Move slider in tab (from left or right side) and watch picture for results. A memory of your full picture is retained and the full picture can be un-cropped at any time.

    SHAPE TOOLS

    Includes all features regarding using and adding lines, boxes and circles.Located on the left side of the Designer. When you switch from other functions to any shape object, the menu at the top will show all shape tools that are available. Choose the Shape Tools tab to begin.

    Add Rectangle, Circle or Line

    Put your cursor inside the Add Rectangle, Circle or Line Box Icon at the top of the page.Drag the icon down into the Designer and place on any area of the page of your choosing. Release, and object will show.

    Move Rectangle, Circle or Line

    You can move any object by grabbing and dragging to where you want it placed. There are four small boxes on the border that are off center and represent "un-snapping" movement. Snapping is a feature of the alignment tool and will automatically snap to an alignment edge. To move the shape without snapping, use these four "un-snapping" boxes for smooth movement. You can also use your arrow keys.

    Align a Shape to Another Object

    To align a picture with another object, grab any border and begin to move it. As it moves, a snap grid line will appear as edges align with the edges of other objects. The picture will "snap" to the edge when close, providing you with a perfect alignment of two objects. The same process works when centering a picture with another object.

    Stretch Rectangle, Circle or Line

    You can stretch any object by placing your cursor on any border of the object. Drag to increase or decrease image. You can also grab the bottom right corner of any rectangle and stretch the box height and width at the same time. Use the SHIFT key to shrink or grow the shape proportionally.

    Fill

    This allows you to fill any object with a color of your choice.

    Border

    Allows you to change the line size of any object and the color of that line.

    Rotate

    Lets you rotate the object in any way that you choose. Shows to what degree you have rotated chosen object.

    TROUBLESHOOTING PROBLEMS

    If you are experiencing difficulties with our Online Cloud Designer, try some of the following troubleshooting techniques.

    Functionality Issues

    Please be aware that the speed of our Designer is somewhat dependent upon the speed of your computer processor.

    1. Most problems will be solved when you update your browser to the latest version. Our Designer is built on the latest technology and will be constantly updated to ensure compatibility with the latest versions of internet browsers. Older versions have been proven on numerous occasions to be incompatible with our Designer.
    2. Disable any addons you may have installed on your browser. Addons may have an effect on the fluidity of our Designer.
    3. Try a different browser. In most cases, this will not be an issue, but for some who can not update their browser, switching to another browser may solve various issues. The Designer and the templates were primarily created in Google Chrome.

    Picture Issues

    Picture issues usually occur because you have made a picture larger than it really is. Whatever size the picture is inserted into your design, that is its true size. Making it larger can create a number of problems. The most obvious problem is that the picture can become grainy and fuzzy since you reduce quality when you make a picture bigger.

    You can easily crop or shrink a picture, but try to avoid making them bigger.

    Text Issues

    Text that appears to be irregularly placed (up or down in the sentence) is due to having different sizes of text or different fonts in the same text box. To avoid this, use a different text box for different sizes of text or different fonts.

    Text in other languages may not be able to be written directly into our Designer. You may need to write it on a word processor and copy the text into our designer directly.

    Bullet points are not offered on our designer currently. To achieve bullet points, you will need to write in a different word processor and then copy and paste it directly into our Designer.

    You will not be able to copy fonts from a word processor into our designer. Text will be converted into whatever the default font is for a particular text box.

    If you are having trouble copying and pasting text from a word processor into the designer, try to use keyboard short-cut keys. CTRL-C is copy and CTRL-V is paste.

    Saving Issues

    If you notice that some of your information is missing or didn't save, this may be due to the fact that you left or closed out the browser before the file completely saved. When you click the "save" button, our system gathers all the information together and then saves it. This is a two part process. The first part prevents you from continuing to work while it is gathering the information. When it is actually saving, you may continue to work on your design. A dialogue box appears in the upper left corner of your screen indicating this. If, however, you close the browser while it is trying to save may prevent all of your information from being saved. You need to wait until the saving dialogue box closes.

    Other Issues

    If you are experiencing a problem that is not solved by any of the methods listed, please report it to us as quickly as possible. Please include what browser and version you are using as well as the specifics of the problem. Email the information to support@pageprodigy.com.