The "Edit Paper Templates" Dialog

The "Edit Paper/Printer Templates" Dialog

This dialog allows you to edit the sizes and positions of individual labels on sheets of label paper (or on the templates for direct-to-CD printers). There are a couple common circumstances when you might want to do this:

* when you're printing directly onto a printable CD or DVD and your discs don't have a standard printable diameter or hole diameter (118 millimeters and 41 millimeters, respectively, for CDs and DVDs), you can use this dialog to set the diameters to match the printable discs you're using.

* when your printer doesn't feed a particular label efficiently, and as a result, the farther down or across the page you go, the less well aligned your labels are. Label sheets that are folded in half to fit in the box you buy them in are particularly prone to this problem. When this occurs, you can use this dialog to resize or reposition the particular labels that don't line up correctly in your printer.

Why would I use this dialog instead of the Alignment dialog (the one you can launch from the Print dialog or the Preferences dialog)?

The regular Alignment dialog makes changes that only apply to a particular printer, but to all labels on all paper types (except plain paper and printable CDs) that you print with that printer. So it works best if your printer has an alignment problem that always manifests itself in the same way no matter what kind of paper you're using. This dialog, on the other hand, lets you make changes that apply to all the printers you've got, but only to particular labels on particular paper types. It's best for changing the diameters of printable CDs and DVDs to match the media you're using, and for quirky alignment problems that only occur with particular types of paper.

The Top Half of the "Edit Paper Templates" Dialog:

The top half of the "Edit Paper Templates" dialog contains controls for choosing the label you want to edit.The listbox under the "Template Name:" heading lists all the paper types & direct-to-CD printer templates installed in the software. Scroll through and click on the paper type you want to edit, and a thumbnail of the paper's layout will appear on the right side of the dialog. The currently selected label on your selected paper type will be highlighted in green on this thumbnail; to edit a different label, just click on its image in the thumbnail. 

The "Front of Sheet" checkbox will usually be disabled. However, if you're editing a paper type that has different labels on the front and back of the sheet, this box will be enabled and you can click on it to toggle between views of the front and back of your selected label paper. If you've got a label such as a jewel case insert that prints on both the front and back of the sheet, you won't be able to select it on the back-of-the-sheet view; if you need to edit it, you'll have to edit it from the front-of-sheet view. 

The Bottom Half of the "Edit Paper Templates" Dialog:

The "Adjustments for Selected Label" section is where you can change the size and position of the label you've selected. Here's a summary of the controls on this part of the dialog:

Move by (left/right): This allows you to move a label to the left or right on the page -- or more accurately, to make the label maker behave as if the label has moved. Units are in millimeters. The label's position on the thumbnail in the top half of the dialog will update as you change the amounts, so if you're confused about what left and right mean in this context, just play with the control, and you'll soon see.

Move by (up/down): This allows you to move a label up or down on the page. Units, again, are in millimeters.

Diameter (mm): This allows you to edit a CD, DVD, or mini-CD's diameter, in millimeters. The label maker will automatically center your size changes against the original center of the CD. Which might sound a bit confusing, but just means that if you change your disc diameter from, say, 118 millimeters to 110 millimeters to fit the type of printable CD you've got, you don't need to also change the left/right and up/down settings to keep your resized disc from getting printed off center. It's taken care of already. If this still isn't clear, just try playing with the diameter setting, and you'll notice that the label's thumbnail in the top half of the dialog stays centered in the same spot.

Hole Diameter (mm): This allows you to edit the center-hole diameter of a CD, DVD, or mini-CD. The label maker will automatically center the hole on the disc, no matter what disc or hole diameters you've set.

Width (mm): Allows you to change the width of a label (for non-CD/DVD labels only; for discs, you adjust the diameter instead). Units are in millimeters.

Height (mm): Allows you to change the height of a label (for non-CD/DVD labels only; for discs, you adjust the diameter instead). Units are in millimeters.

Reset: If you mess up your settings so badly that you just want to start over, click the Reset button and the current label will get reset to its original, unaltered settings. Not that you would ever need this. This is strictly for our other, less gifted users.

Print a Ruler: If your desk resembles ours, you might have a ruler on it someplace, but who would ever know? There could be a Yeti under that mountain of stuff, happily using the ruler for a backscratcher, and it wouldn't surprise you. For people like you (and us), we present the Print a Ruler button. Click it to print a brand new ruler that you can use for all the fine-grained calculations that this dialog allows.

OK: Happy with the changes you've made in this dialog? Want to keep them? Then click the OK button.

Cancel: Having second thoughts? Did you open this dialog and do things that you're afraid could alter the nature of space & time and unleash gophers from another dimension onto our unsuspecting planet? Just click the Cancel button, and it'll all go away like a bad dream.

Help: Something tells us you've already figured out what this button does.

When you save changes you've made in this dialog, the label maker saves them in text files under your "My Documents" folder. In particular, your "My Documents" folder should have an "Acoustica" subfolder, and the "Acoustica" subfolder should have a "paper align" subfolder. Here you'll find your adjustments, saved in text files with a .paj extension and a file name matching the paper type you were editing. If you're running the label maker on multiple computers and you want to copy your alignment adjustments from this dialog to another computer, just copy these files and place them in the same folder on the other computer.

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