Help! I've just had Windows 7 installed. I have downloaded June graphics onto desktop, but now I don't know how to get them into main body of newsletter. I use Publisher. I think I used to edit>copy>edit>paste. Can anyone tell me how to get things across? Struggling even more!
Not too sure. I use Windows but not yet on 7. I always download graphics as a tif document which saves to my pictures. When I want one I open a document in word, go to insert, then pictures and scroll down to the one I want and press insert.
Ditto to Jay Jay in that I haven't got Windows 7 either. I download as tif files too and save it to magazine folder then just choose, insert/paste into Publisher and resize as I wish.
I have Windows 7 and use Publisher and do the same as above as I have always done.
You could try using the Publisher icon to draw a picture box on your page; pull down Insert; click insert "picture"; click insert "from file"; then find your file on the desktop and click. Might work. Good luck!
Thanks to everyone who has replied. I'm still trying. Will be back in touch.
I have used a Serif program called PAGEPLUS X2 for some time and it makes desktop publishing easy - once you have learnt the basics. Brilliant for church posters too. As far as downloading graphics is concerned I recommend Google Chrome as your explorer (just download from the web) and it simplifies searching the web and when you see a graphic or picture you want you just click on it and it copies to a folder of your choice - I use one called 'downloads' on my desktop so that are easy to find again. Try it it really works. Then to insert in your page simply copy (Control C) and paste (Control V) where you want the image to go. Resize in the usual way by dragging the corners. Thanks for the site Cheers, John
When using Office 2007 Publisher in Vista I simply create several empty text boxes in the magazine document, never knowing quite how much space an article will take up, then I copy and paste from the downloaded Parish Pump document file, that I keep in my downloads folder until I've finished with it. I much prefer creating our magazine in Word, because you don't get the text overflow problem, but Publisher makes a prettier magazine at Christmas and for our Summer Special edition.
I use windows 2007 and Office 2007 Publisher. Like a number of other people above I download the tif version of the graphics to my monthly mag folder. Then use insert picture from the publisher menu to put it into the magazine. I usually convert the image to a JPEG image first to reduce file size for the email version of the mag.
In regard to Mr Hinks' comment about searching the web for graphics, it must be noted that many items are not free to download and doing so could break copyright and lead to unfortunate consequences. Whilst in most cases for church mags. with a small circulation it probably would not be noticed and may be too small to pursue, but I understand that a number of churches have been caught out; so take care. Better to buy a clip art collection - IMSI and "The Big Box of Art" are very good.
Thank you for removing page breaks and indents from text this month i.e. October. With these away I can reduce the size of all editorial and use the layout I use in our magazine I have no kproblems down loading and have no troub le taking the TIF clipart and converting each item to Jpegs - using Paint Shop Pro in which Serif has a hand nowadays. Is there still any chance of the jpg format - save me a lot of time converting to Jpegs for our printer - he prefers them and we loose nothing in black and white (or greyscale) Thanks for al you provide - even if I am having this little niggle regards Des+
Nobody seems to know/use Page Plus by Serif! A great program, totally flexible. (I have used it since it was shareware! (20+ years.) Why not just take digital photos and insert them? I hardly use any downloaded stuff at all - would not know where to look other than PP! CL
I also have used (Serif's Page Plus for more years than I care to remember both in business and for our Parish Magazine and have always found it to be a good program with lots of flexibility. However, since I have moved to an Apple Mac I have been forced to use a different desk top publishing program as Serif don't cater for the Mac. I now use Pages, which is just as flexible and have had great results. We publish an A4 monthly magazine, running sometimes to 84 pages (including advertising pages) with our front cover in colour, and print some 650 magazines every month. We charge 80 pence per copy (£8 if you subscribe for the year). We don't charge for any charity entries but of course our advertisers do pay for either 1/4, 1/2 or full page adverts. Using digital photos is great and gives a lot of scope and looks good too as long as you get the resolutions right (300DPI is the minimum if you want to have sharp images). I have been editor of our Parish Magazine for 5 years now and during that time Parish Pump has been a blessing for me as I can use most of its graphics, adapt some of its editorials to suit our congregation and have used front cover photos to enhance our magazine. Look forward to some great editorial and graphics this coming year. Have a great 2013 to all Parish Pump staff.
I have also used Page Plus for many years. I started with Version 3, and it is now (depending on how you count) version 13! And I have found it very easy to use. Because I buy it myself, it is also important that it does not cost too much. The Page Plus Starter Edition does not have all the bells and whistles of the paid for version, but it beats Word as the tool to lay out the magazine!
I use Page Plus as well, have done for years, and its now up to X7 which is version 17! I started on version 8/9 and wouldn't be without it. I also use the other Serif Progs, Draw, Movie and Photo. One of the best tricks with Page Plus is that you can edit PDF's that get sent over, a drawback is not being able to touch .pub files sent from old computers because Windows insist you have the latest version of publisher, Kacheeng! I get round that by sending the .pub file to ZamZar on the web and it's sent back via email in PDF. Serif is windows only, and my computers are Linux by default. When I need to use graphics programs I switch to windows on the boot up selection and continue as normal but without the connection to the internet, so no viruses. and all files are accessible through Linux when I switch back for emails and the Web. Our parish newsletter, The Messenger, has a run of 3,500 copies A4 and I have just become responsible for 17 sides of content! (there's two pages of adverts that are an annual subscription too) It looks like it might be an interesting job getting this newsletter published each month as long as content is in in time each month BEFORE the deadline.
I have a copy of PagePlus X7 but it's such an effort sorting out the layout from scratch for an A5 magazine with its main styles, that I've not got round to trying it - I stick to the DTP program I've used for years, OvationPro. What I could do with, is an X7 Template file for an A5 mono format, so that I wouldn't have to start from scratch. Then I might be able to get someone else to share the editorial/DTP work with me or even alternate the task.
I have been using Page Plus since Version 3, and I am now using version X8 (actually version 18!). I find it very easy to use. To prepare the monthly newsletter, I created my own template, with the pages set to the right size, the headings for my regular articles in place, all the main fonts that I use set up and so on. It is quite easy to do; 1) Start a new publication with the right general layout, but do not use one of the templates (unless it is very close to what you want). "Side fold booklet" is probably closest to what most of us use. 2) Make up the fixed elements of the front and back covers. You may want to add 'place markers' for the variable bits such as photos. 3) Adjust the master page definitions to show page numbers and anything else you need on every page. 4) Put titles for the regular articles - minister's letter, news of the fellowship, prayer diary, etc - on the relevant pages. Again, you can use place markers for photos or the body of the articles. 5) Save the resulting file as a template. You can carry on tweaking the template as much as you want, by changing the default settings for all sorts of things, but that is enough to get you started. When you are ready to prepare each month's magazine, you just open the template and carry on. For those of you who are worried about spending money buying the software, there is a free version that does more or less everything a church magazine editor wants. Download it from I have no association with the publishers, except as a long standing customer.