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    Mar. 14, 2012
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    Free to try; $35.00 to buy
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"Simple & very good for booklets but needs..."

January 28, 2004  |  By Steve9988

2004-01-28 20:15:00  |  By Steve9988

 |  Version: BookLightning 1.1.1


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One of the previous posters encouraged me to try this seriously and I'm glad I did. The lack of good instructions had discouraged me when it first came out, and that's still a problem. The developer thinks I know more than I do. I encourage others to try. Maybe this will help: For a test, I used a 17-page Word document with 40 footnotes and a picture but without other sophisticated formatting. I opened it, and in Page Setup I selected "Half Letter" as a paper size, which my printer blessedly allowed. (I suppose I could have created a custom paper size.) I doubled-checked the reformatted doc for glitches, which were easily corrected. I found the standard margins didn't look well, so in Format under Document I changed them to T/B=1"; L/R=0.6; gutter=0.7; no mirror. Your mileage may differ. Under Print, I selected Make PDF. After making sure that BookLightning's preferences called for "Letter," I dropped that PDF file on BookLightning's icon. Presto...a correctly-paged, conveniently-sized booklet. I even think that by going to the obscure "Paper Handling" command in the final Print dialogue, one could select "Print Odd," flip the stack, then "Print Even," and get double-sided, even without an automatic double-sided printer. Very interesting. Photo came out only OK but it may have been the poor paper I used. I've been looking for an OS X ClickBook (which is still OS 9 and is the same $49 price as BookLighning), and this may well be IT. It's a one-trick pony (makes one-fold booklets) but seems to do it well. I'm going to give it a try. Thanks to previous posters.

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Full Specifications

What's new in version 1.7.5
Version 1.7.5 restores some functionality lost due to Mac AppStore compliance.
Publisher Metaobject
Publisher web site
Release Date March 14, 2012
Date Added March 14, 2012
Version 1.7.5
Category Digital Photo Software
Subcategory Photo Sharing & Publishing
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.4 Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.5 Intel/PPC
Additional Requirements Mac OS X 10.4 or higher
Download Information
File Size 3.1MB
File Name External File
Total Downloads 452
Downloads Last Week 1
License Model Free to try
Limitations Not available
Price $35

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