I recently found a tracking problem when Pagemaker prints. I have done
some tests and found a work around but don't fully understand the problem
since the same PICT text will print properly in Canvas, Clarisworks,
MacDraw, Simpletext, Superpaint and WriteNow. However, when imported into
Pagemaker what should print as
Firstname Lastname will print as
F i r s t n a m eL a s t n a m e with the e & L overlapping
What I find is that letters are further apart than they should be and the
space between words disappears and the letters overlap.
I conducted a series of tests with cursive fonts that I use which include
proportional Type 1 fonts: CoventryScriptFLF , Freestyle Script,
PalaceScriptMT , PreludeScriptFLF , RegencyScriptFLF, SnellRoundhandScript
, and ZephyrScriptFLF as well as the proportional TrueType font Signature.
It does not matter what PageMaker preferences I select (i.e. "use ATM", TT
line spacing, TT character shape). However, it is very sensitive to
whether tracking is on and whether I have selected type style BOLD.
Here are the results.
No problem with tracking turned off except for one Type 1 font,
SnellRoundhandScript, which when used with type style BOLD, the spacing
between letters became too great when printed but looked great on the
With tracking turned on to normal, there was a problem with all fonts and
no matter what type style was selected. The space-character seemed to
vanish on printed text, but there was no problem on the screen. The
spacing between letters was still too great for the SnellRoundhandScript
when type style BOLD was selected during printing but was OK on the
My work around is to 1) not use tracking, and to 2) not use BOLD with
Specifics: PageMaker 4.2, System 7.1, Update 2, ATM 3.6, Duo 230,12M Ram,
HP DeskWriter C with driver 6.0.
Cheers, Steve Henning in Reading, PA USA