I am in desperate need of your help. I'm doing a 70+ page, 8.5x11
publication that will include, on each page, 1 b&w photo, two text blocks,
and a graphic block (this latter a pedigree in horizontal graph format
imported from Power Point).
I was most disappointed that the MS Pub to PM 6.5 converter did not work.
Apparently it's because I did last year's booklet in MSPub 2000; the
converter did handle a simple, one-page file I had done in MSPub98.
Anyway, I believe I can edit all of my MSPub pages in MS Word (I may have to
do them one at a time rather than as a block).
Q #1: If I am successful in that, can I then import the Word document (s)
into PM 6.5? And if I do that, would I be smarter to import it all in what
we used to call "galley format" -- e.g., in one long column that could then
be chopped up into separate pages (Is there anybody here old enough to
remember when you got typeset copy back in galleys? If so, you may recognize
my dilemma here.)
Q #2: Is there an easier way? I tried to export my MS Pub documents into
.pdf format (Print to PDF option in my Printers List in MS Pub) but I could
not open them in the Adobe Distiller (so I guess It distills other things to
PDF and not vice versa).
I just read where PDF is the native format for Adobe Illustrator 9.0.
Perhaps I could open my pages in Illustrator and edit them, but how would I
then get them into PM?
Q #3: When I edit the PowerPoint graphic in MSPub, It takes me back into
Powerpoint for any corrections I need to make. Will PM be able to do that?
Q #4: I need to have a watermark on each page -- that consists of a logo
that covers the bottom half of the page. I'm thinking I can probably do this
with layers. Am I right? And if so, where do I go to learn more about layers
Q #5: I would like to put a small piece of art and the name of the
publication on the outside edge of each page -- the art at the top the text
at the bottom. I'm quite certain this is not a challenge for PM -- but it is
a challenge for me. I admit I haven't examined the templates thoroughly to
see if there's a newsletter or something that might have these components.
...As you can see, I'm quite a dummy when it comes to PM. I've had PM going
all the way back to 4.0 -- but have never bitten the bullet to learn how to
use it, especially when MSPub came along that would suffice for most of my
projects. Now I'm in a pickle. Any suggestions (short of a crash course at
the local community college) would be most welcome!!
Thanks in advance and good wishes...