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  • BionicBen commented on BionicBen's instructable Page-a-day Photo Calendar2 weeks ago
    Page-a-day Photo Calendar

    There is probably a way to use the Google software to do it, but I've not explored it. Another option is to use some kind of Android app, if your Chromebook allows it. I know Microsoft did release an Android version of its office software; so I believe it's possible to run PowerPoint as an Android app on a Chromebook. I do provide a PowerPoint template now. (I've actually converted over to using PowerPoint instead of OO myself.) But again, I'm not familiar with how capable that Android version of PowerPoint is. It might take some trial and error to find a method that works for you.

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  • BionicBen commented on BionicBen's instructable Page-a-day Photo Calendar6 months ago
    Page-a-day Photo Calendar

    I'm unsure what you mean by getting "adobe" to print 4 per sheet, but I do know what you mean about all the white space if trying to print directly from powerpoint using the "4 slides per page" option under the print settings in powerpoint's print menu. Yeah, for some reason, even if you select the "scale to fit paper" option (which helps a little), Microsoft's layout makes the slides really small on the page. That's why you really need to use a PDF virtual printer. By sending the full page slides to print from that virtual printer, it allows the virtual printer settings to scale down and layout the 4 pages/slides per sheet of virtual paper (in the PDF) instead of powerpoint, resulting in less white space. Of course, the abilities of different virtual PDF p...

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    I'm unsure what you mean by getting "adobe" to print 4 per sheet, but I do know what you mean about all the white space if trying to print directly from powerpoint using the "4 slides per page" option under the print settings in powerpoint's print menu. Yeah, for some reason, even if you select the "scale to fit paper" option (which helps a little), Microsoft's layout makes the slides really small on the page. That's why you really need to use a PDF virtual printer. By sending the full page slides to print from that virtual printer, it allows the virtual printer settings to scale down and layout the 4 pages/slides per sheet of virtual paper (in the PDF) instead of powerpoint, resulting in less white space. Of course, the abilities of different virtual PDF printers vary. I've had outstanding luck with CutePDF on Windows over the years, but I know there are others. "Your mileage may vary," as the saying goes.

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  • BionicBen commented on BionicBen's instructable Page-a-day photo calendar1 year ago
    Page-a-day photo calendar

    Good news. It looks like I may have spoken too soon about PowerPoint. While using the slide format "Picture with Caption" seems to produce a picture box that does not auto-scale the images, using the format "Title & Content" (where the content is the multi-format/media content box) produces a placeholder content box that will indeed scale the images correctly (when using the Picture button), just like Open Office.I'll work on converting the OO template over into PowerPoint and post it to the instructable in the next couple of days.

    Okay. There is now a PowerPoint template on Step 3.

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  • BionicBen commented on BionicBen's instructable Page-a-day photo calendar1 year ago
    Page-a-day photo calendar

    The OO template will convert into PowerPoint, but the picture/media frames don't seem to translate, and that's the crucial part. It's certainly possible to use PowerPoint to make the template. (Just make sure you lay it out in standard aspect and not widescreen.) The only difference I see is that PowerPoint's picture boxes do not auto-scale the inserted pictures by default. They get auto-cropped. This can be overridden by selecting the crop button (on the picture tools in the ribbon) and changing the fit of the picture (from Fill to Fit.) Unfortunately, fill seems to be the default for picture frames, and I can't find a way to set to Fit by default. That means any portrait-mode photos will be annoyingly cropped until/unless you manually override them (and so will any other photos that d...

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    The OO template will convert into PowerPoint, but the picture/media frames don't seem to translate, and that's the crucial part. It's certainly possible to use PowerPoint to make the template. (Just make sure you lay it out in standard aspect and not widescreen.) The only difference I see is that PowerPoint's picture boxes do not auto-scale the inserted pictures by default. They get auto-cropped. This can be overridden by selecting the crop button (on the picture tools in the ribbon) and changing the fit of the picture (from Fill to Fit.) Unfortunately, fill seems to be the default for picture frames, and I can't find a way to set to Fit by default. That means any portrait-mode photos will be annoyingly cropped until/unless you manually override them (and so will any other photos that do not fit the aspect of the picture box.)All in all, once pictures are inserted, the remainder of the project shouldn't be any different. Print to PDF with 4 pages per sheet of standard letter-size paper in landscape. It should turn out roughly the same.

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  • BionicBen commented on BionicBen's instructable Page-a-day photo calendar1 year ago
    Page-a-day photo calendar

    I stumbled across that service a few years ago. While the price is decent and the results look good, the last time I tried their process I encountered a few drawbacks. Foremost, it presumes all photos are pre-cropped or are square already. If you have portrait and landscape imagery, they will be automatically cropped dead center. (There is no way to selectively crop in their app, nor will your photos simple scale to fit their square aspect ratio.) There are a few other minor inconveniences as well. I believe their service is heading the right direction, though. Let's hope it continues to improve. I did re-evaluate them this past winter before embarking on my own calendar again but decided to stay with my process, as I didn't want to pre-crop 366 photos.

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