Thomas McGrath III
3mcgrath at adelphia.net
Fri Dec 16 09:05:15 EST 2005
These are all things on my wish list as well. Some are 'trickable'
and doable but with some effort.
On Dec 16, 2005, at 6:01 AM, Sivakatirswami wrote:
> As one who is spoiled by options for very precise control over type
> all these years (Quark and now InDesign) the challenges of making
> text look good in a Revolution field seem daunting.
> I was wondering if any one had "rolled their own" typesetting
> functions. I would rather not have to create multiple flds and then
> group these with some being centered and others align left... so I
> was thinking that one could, for example, center type but getting
> some measurement of the len(the selection) and then inserting
> something like
> (an algorithm that needs real code:)
> the total length of the line -(the length of type to be centered)/2
> = (some number of spaces to insert in front of the text)
> I may be dreaming about cheddar on Mars, because I don't see from
> the docs any syntax that can provide a"real" correlation between len
> (fooString) and pixelwidth(fooString) that can be translated back
> into a tab width or number of spaces...as the pixel width of
> fooString will vary by the charWidths of the chars in the string
> and again, this has no correlation to the width of a space... and
> tabs are out anyway, since you cannot set tabs on a per line basis.
> (I hope this is on the feature list as a bare minimum upgrade to
> text handling in the next version of rev) etc. etc. round in circles.
> a typical thing one would like to be able to do, besides centering
> type on a line in a field... would be formatting like this:
> someTextLeftAligned [tab or string of spaces] SomeTextRightAligned
> I'm hoping some of you may have already "been there done that and
> yes it can be done... here's how"
> My actual context is rolling credits in a single field with
> centered headers for each section followed by
> staff country
> photographer country
> now I can center all this and it looks fairly decent if you give up
> aspirations for any more control and think "well the do it like
> that in the movies and if you don't care about things lining up its
> just fine..." But this may not fly when it goes up for review...
> or I will have to say "sorry, this is all we get in Rev. we have to
> live with it like this for now...
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Thomas J McGrath III
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