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What's New in Print Wizard 4

Note: This page is derived from content in the file "whatsnew.txt" that is installed along with Print Wizard 4, and is accessible from the Start Menu.

Print Wizard 4.0 is a MAJOR update, with hundreds of small improvements and
quite a few major ones. Here are some highlights.

1. PDF as input

   Prior versions of Print Wizard could read only very simple image PDF files.
   This version can read a wide variety of text and image PDFs as main file or
   as overlay. This includes support for multiple graphics formats, multiple
   colorspaces, multiple embedded font formats, various page sizes, multiple
   compressions, multiple encryptions, and so forth. We won't claim to support
   *all* PDFs, but we believe we've covered the vast majority. If you have one
   that Print Wizard won't handle, please email it to us.

   You can use a PDF as the main file to print (or view, or fax, etc.)m or you can
   use a PDF directly as an overlay. You can attach a PDF to a fax or to an email.

2. Multi-page, page mode preview.

   Prior versions had a text-mode Print Preview feature, that allowed the
   user to manipulate margins, linespacing, etc. This worked for raw text
   files, PWML files, and simple PCL files, and continues to work for
   those. Version 4 adds another previewer for image files, PDF files, EMF
   files, SPL files, and complex PCL files, where the contents can be previewed
   as assembled pages. The user can navigate through the pages.

3. Multi-page "ink"

   The new page mode preview can accept "ink" (on PCs with TabletPC feature)
   independently on every page. This allows signing documents as well as
   marking up in other ways. With Print Wizard on a TabletPC, you can, for
   instance, capture a purchase order or other document, display it on the
   screen, read it, navigate between pages, and sign it directly on the screen.
   Then you can output it to PDF, without it ever hitting paper.

4. "Viewonly" mode

   A new preview mode allows Print Wizard to function as a document reader,
   with no output options. Set your laptop on your piano, with your sheet music
   showing, and "flick" between pages!

5. Document and overlay placement

   The main document and the overlay can include placement information, to
   specify where the document goes on the page. In other words, each can be
   panned and zoomed. The user can adjust the form (overlay) to fit within
   printer's printable area, for instance. Then the user can easily adjust main
   file placement to line up with the form. Changes to placement can be done by
   dragging the boundaries of pages, by zooming with the mouse wheel, or by
   using a novel "thumbtack mode" - pinning one spot down and adjusting the

6. Screen calibration

   In order to get Print Wizard to print things in exactly the right spot, it
   can be helpful to have the screen show the document in true size. With
   larger monitors becoming more affordable, this becomes possible. Print
   Wizard's preview screen now has a simple way to match the screen display to
   the paper, and to retain that information.

7. Touch support

   Print Wizard 4 includes support for Windows 7's touch and multitouch
   features, on PCs that support these features. The user can use a finger or
   stylus to "flick" between pages in the Preview window, or use *two fingers*
   to adjust the placement of the main document or the overlay.

8. Profile writeback

   When the user has made changes to placement, text metrics, or preview window
   location on the screen, they are given the option of saving that information
   into the current profile, or into a new profile. Thus the next time this
   profile is used, placement changes (etc.) will be retained.

8. Replacing multi-part preprinted forms.

   A major focus of Print Wizard 4 has been to allow customers to retire their
   dot matrix printers. Often these are being used to print invoices, purchase
   orders, statements, medical claim forms, government documents, etc. on
   multi-part preprinted forms. These forms can be quite expensive, and also
   require special printers and special handling. Replacing this setup with a
   laser printer and plain paper, while *not* changing the program that
   generates the printout, required multiple new features in Print Wizard:

   a) Some installations depend on the dot matrix printer being preset with
   the print head at a certain point *below* the top edge of form. Print
   Wizard's "bottompad" setting addresses this.

   b) Print Wizard can now translate and respond to control codes for
   Microline, Epson and Oki printers, while printing to any Windows-supported
   printer (or fax or PDF).

   c) Print Wizard can now use a PDF file directly as a form image.

   d) The user can now preview all combinations of input type and output type,
      to make sure they're right.

   e) The user can adjust the placement of the overlay (form). It might need to
      be shrunk a bit, for instance, to fit within the printable space of the
      laser printer.

   f) Once the overlay is in a good place, the text (i.e., the main document)
      may not be right. Print Wizard lets the user adjust the placement
      on-screen and very easily line things up.

   g) The "Test Print" button prints out just the first page, to double check

   h) When everything is right, the user can save configuration into a profile.
      The next time the user prints that kind of report, with that profile,
      everything will print the same.

   i) Sometimes you want the output in "sets", meaning four copies of page 1,
      then four copies of page 2, etc., to mimic your 4-part forms. For this
      scenario, Print Wizard offers "page-repeat".

   j) Sometimes you want your output "burst", so that all the customer copies
      are first, then all the file copies, etc. For this scenario, Print
      Wizard offers "job-repeat".

   k) To differentiate the various copies of each page, you may want a
      different overlay on each copy. One overlay might say "Customer Copy" and
      another might say "File Copy". The shipping copy might black out the
      prices. Print Wizard can do all this.

   l) If you have a multi-bin printer, you may want to pull pink paper from one
      bin, yellow paper from a different bin, etc. Or you might buy
      pre-collated multi-color paper. Print Wizard can handle all of this.

   m) A PCL main file or overlay might include codes to specify the input bin.
      Print Wizard can be told to override this.

   n) Print Wizard can be told to print each "set" as a separate print job (to
      Windows). Then, if your printer has a stapling feature, that can be
      selected, so each set comes out stapled.

   o) If purchase orders must be signed, the responsible party can sign *on the
      screen* in Print Preview, either once per page or one time for all pages.

   p) If you need standard terms and conditions (boilerplate) on the back of
      certain pages, Print Wizard can do that.

   q) Instead of printing an invoice, you can create a PDF and email it. You
      can even digitally certify it. The PDF can include the overlay(s).

   r) Or, fax the output directly, or via a fax server. With the overlay.


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