poster title software

Dr. Ernst Molitor UMT602 at ibm.rhrz.uni-bonn.de
Thu Oct 27 08:23:45 EST 1994

In article <38lu1n$e2g at umd5.umd.edu>
bwilliam at oyster.smcm.edu (Bill Williams) writes:
>Common, ordinary, everyday Microsoft Word works fine, at least on the
>Macintosh.  It's quite easy to make letters of arbitrary size for laser
>printing, and it's not even terribly difficult to include things like
>logos.  I would bet most modern laser-aware word processors would do
>it, although the Mac's WYSIWYG standard might make Mac processors a bit
>easier to work with.
>We often print in an outline font and fill in the letters in color by
>hand (no color laser printer on campus) -- looks nifty!
>Bill Williams
>bwilliam at oyster.smcm.edu
>Dept. of Biology
>St. Mary's College of Maryland
No doubt, this is a way to arrive at a nice headline for a poster.
Under Linux (and, probably, other UNIX operating systems...), I
very much like to use Xfig (by Supoj Sutanthavibul, many thanks
to him !) together with fig2dev (many thanks to Micah Beck, Frank
Schmuck and Conrad Kwok). With Xfig, you can work with a (scaled)
version of your poster (that is, you really see what you get...) and
use PostScript fonts; fig2dev is able to transform the *.fig-file
generated this way into PostScript with a most useful feature: it
is able to have the parts of your headline that are printed near the
edges of your paper (e.g., DIN A4, or whatever...) repeated on the
next page(s). It is, due to this nice feature, no problem that many
printers leave the outmost 3mm or so of the paper white: just put
the printed pages together, overlapping at their edges, an cut them
with a scalpel (no need to arrive at very straight lines...): you can
put the pages edge to edge and fix them. No need to worry about the
right way of dividing the headline into parts, each fitting on one
page: fig2dev will print everything on as many pages as needed...
Many thanks to all involved in creating those nice programs and
making them available _for free_!
ernst.molitor at uni-bonn.de

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