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Last post Author Topic: Mini-Review of Fineprint (Virtual Printer)  (Read 133280 times)

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Re: Mini-Review of Fineprint (Virtual Printer)
« Reply #75 on: January 16, 2007, 05:55:11 AM »
I use FinePrint a lot at work. It's perfect for printing journal articles with two pages on each sheet of paper (or actually four since I print on both sides of the paper).

One thing I miss in FinePrint: being able to print three (partly overlapping) pages on one sheet of paper! That would be very useful when printing much web content, since the rows are often shorter for articles on the web. Printing such content with the two pages option in FinePrint results in a lot of unneccessary white borders. Since three full pages on one row would not fit on the sheet, FinePrint should add an option to overlap the pages horizontally by some user customizable measure. The user could then tune the overlap setting so that only the white borders, not the actual text, overlap.

Another thing I miss: I'd like an option to get the header tool in FinePrint to behave like the watermark tool. That is, stamp headers onto the page image and not above it. The latter means that the page gets shrunk and moved down a bit even in cases where there's enough white border space on the printed page image to fit the header.

Does anyone know if Clickbook or any other software can do these two things?

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Re: Mini-Review of Fineprint (Virtual Printer)
« Reply #76 on: April 09, 2007, 07:12:05 AM »
Does anyone know of a similar tool to FinePrint and Clickbook that is FREE?

It doesn't need to have all the features in these apps, but have similar capabilities...

yes, it's a long-shot, but I'd much appreciate it :)

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Re: Mini-Review of Fineprint (Virtual Printer)
« Reply #77 on: June 06, 2007, 01:19:04 AM »
Quote from: Bits Du Jour discount preview
"Wednesday, June 13: FinePrint - You asked for it - we got it! Save money, save time, save the earth, all at once. Check out FinePrint to use your printer's resources so effectively! "

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Re: Mini-Review of Fineprint (Virtual Printer)
« Reply #78 on: June 06, 2007, 02:06:38 AM »
ahhh tuckndar ty for that, was just thinking as my cartridge ran out that i should look at that again lol

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Re: Mini-Review of Fineprint (Virtual Printer)
« Reply #79 on: June 06, 2007, 04:40:40 AM »
Fineprint will be on offer at Bits du Jour on Wednesday June 13th 2007 - see their preview


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Bits du Jour: Discounted software and programs - One Deal a Day
"Complete Printing Control
FinePrint

Regular price: $49.95
Bits du Jour Today Only price: $34.97
You save:     30%"
http://www.bitsdujour.com/

Only about 18 hours left - Grab it while you can

See also comment by Darwin at :

"Bits du Jour has FinePrint on offer this coming Wednesday. FinePrint has been reviewed here by Patteo and was offered as a donationcoder giveaway and as a donationcoder discount early this year. I took advantage of the discount and find FinePrint indispensible - don't know how I lived without it! If the discount is over 10% this is a must have in your arsenal of software!"
http://www.donationc...80.msg64774#msg64774

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Just noticed that fence sitters have yet another chance for a great software.

It's has been on all weekend - but just noticed it with 14 hours or so left.

"Complete Printing Control
FinePrint

Regular price: $49.95
Bits du Jour Today Only price: $34.97
You save:     30%"
http://www.bitsdujour.com/

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Re: Mini-Review of Fineprint (Virtual Printer)
« Reply #82 on: October 15, 2007, 11:50:44 PM »
Fineprint just told me they like the review so much they bump the link for the review right up to the top of their Homepage (News section).

Hopefully, that may bring along some new friends to www.donationcoder.com as well  :D

It is indeed a great piece of software.

Unobtrusive, only appears when you most need it and then steps aside when you are done, just like a good personal assistant does.

Truly a Work of Art that does what you want and does not cost you two arms and two legs that most like most work of art but instead saves you money each time you print and makes you wonder, "How did I survive without it ?"

FinePrint Software
"FinePrint - A Work of Art"
http://www.fineprint.com/

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Re: Mini-Review of Fineprint (Virtual Printer)
« Reply #83 on: October 15, 2007, 11:55:52 PM »
maybe now would be a good time to contact them about a repeat discount for our members and a few donated copies for us to give away? patteo might you inquire about it?

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Re: Mini-Review of Fineprint (Virtual Printer)
« Reply #84 on: October 16, 2007, 12:04:58 AM »
OK, I will give it a shot.

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Re: Mini-Review of Fineprint (Virtual Printer)
« Reply #85 on: October 16, 2007, 02:39:42 AM »
I too use Fineprint all the time (it is set as my default printer). I find it really useful - esp. for web printing to get a proper preview of what is actually going to be churned out and it is simplicity to delete the bits you really don't need. But that only scratches the surface of what you can do. Definitely worth checking out (I paid full price before there was any discount and I am very happy).

By comparison ClickBook is (IMHO) ClunkBook

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Re: Mini-Review of Fineprint (Virtual Printer)
« Reply #86 on: July 31, 2008, 05:12:35 AM »
Fineprint 6 is now available!

http://www.fineprint.com/fp6upgrade.html
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In FinePrint 6, you will find improvements in every area of the product. Here are the highlights:
improved user interface with toolbar and larger preview
enhanced zoom with panning
customizable Layout tab and toolbar
colored stamps
rearrange pages
printer nicknames
customizable printer list
copies indicator
visible binding indicator
improved driver settings including compression, margins and resolution
delete page icon on toolbar
page preview window when scrolling
Open dialog box contains recent list and preview
fp5upg1[1].jpg

FinePrint is a really good product. I still think it is a COMPLETE MYSTERY that no fairly good clones have cropped up for either windows or linux.

I also wish that the FP would have a feature that lets us delete segments of the pages (not just entire pages) before printing.

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Re: Mini-Review of Fineprint (Virtual Printer)
« Reply #87 on: July 31, 2008, 05:27:29 AM »
Fineprint 6 is now available!


I also wish that the FP would have a feature that lets us delete segments of the pages (not just entire pages) before printing.
I'd support that!!

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Re: Mini-Review of Fineprint (Virtual Printer)
« Reply #88 on: July 31, 2008, 07:00:39 AM »
I also wish that the FP would have a feature that lets us delete segments of the pages (not just entire pages) before printing.
I'd support that!!

Ditto.

Anyone tried version 6? Is it worth the upgrade?

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Re: Mini-Review of Fineprint (Virtual Printer)
« Reply #89 on: July 31, 2008, 08:55:01 AM »
I also wish that the FP would have a feature that lets us delete segments of the pages (not just entire pages) before printing.
I'd support that!!

Ditto.

Anyone tried version 6? Is it worth the upgrade?

Ditto as well...

I upgraded because version 6 now lets you rearrange pages. The feature isn't as useful (at least not so far) as I imagined. I'm really waiting for the deleting segments of pages feature mentioned above. So far, I can't say that I can report any compelling reason to upgrade - unless you've got upgradeitis like I do...  :-[ I fact, version 5's GUI is better, in my opinion, that the touted updates in version 6. It's cleaner and simpler in the new version but I found the old GUI very intuitive. A lot of the power is now hidden.
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Re: Mini-Review of Fineprint (Virtual Printer)
« Reply #90 on: July 31, 2008, 08:56:33 AM »
PS The removing graphics feature is a step in the right direction. I honestly can't recall if it was available in version 5. If it was, I never saw it!
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Re: Mini-Review of Fineprint (Virtual Printer)
« Reply #91 on: July 31, 2008, 09:07:25 AM »
Thanks Darwin - I'll leave well alone unless there is a special offer!

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Re: Mini-Review of Fineprint (Virtual Printer)
« Reply #92 on: July 31, 2008, 12:17:17 PM »
I'm testdriving FP6 on my scrap computer. The changed GUI and the "remove graphics" options seems to be the largest changes. There's a video here where you can see some of the GUI changes:
http://www.fineprint...int/video/index.html
The other two videos doesn't seem to be available yet.

I hoped they would have added more features, especially for such a major version change. One more feature that I hope they'll add is a mode with three pages per sheet. As I think I've mentioned before, when printing many PDF text documents, like academic journal articles, placing three pages in three columns could give small but still very readable output, given heavily cropped margins. That would give us six pages per sheet of paper if double side printing is used!

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Re: Mini-Review of Fineprint (Virtual Printer)
« Reply #93 on: July 31, 2008, 03:54:26 PM »
Unless i'm missing the point there is a remove graphics option in version 5

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Re: Mini-Review of Fineprint (Virtual Printer)
« Reply #94 on: August 06, 2008, 12:55:30 PM »
Yes, version 5 has the remove graphics option.

fprg.pngMini-Review of Fineprint (Virtual Printer)

Here's a list of changes:
http://www.fineprint.../update_history.html

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Re: Mini-Review of Fineprint (Virtual Printer)
« Reply #95 on: August 09, 2008, 01:11:22 PM »
 :o I had somehow completely missed the remove graphics feature in previous versions. But now I'm very aware of it ;D

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Re: Mini-Review of Fineprint (Virtual Printer)
« Reply #96 on: August 09, 2008, 04:47:35 PM »
Here's a list of changes:
http://www.fineprint.../update_history.html

funny, it doesnt give any changes for version 6
Tom

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Re: Mini-Review of Fineprint (Virtual Printer)
« Reply #97 on: August 09, 2008, 04:50:10 PM »
That's what I thought when I looked. Are the changes just limited to the new interface and a few bug fixes?

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Re: Mini-Review of Fineprint (Virtual Printer)
« Reply #98 on: August 09, 2008, 07:08:19 PM »
Well... it appears that they went for over five years without a major update, so one can't begrudge them rolling out a paid update. Anyway, nod5 pasted in the relevant bit, which is similar to the blurb they sent out announcing the new version in early July:

In FinePrint 6, you will find improvements in every area of the product. Here are the highlights:
improved user interface with toolbar and larger preview
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Re: Mini-Review of Fineprint (Virtual Printer)
« Reply #99 on: August 29, 2008, 08:06:49 PM »
So, did anyone take the plunge and buy this new version?  If you did could you let us know if its worth it, or if we will save more by using their old one?

Thanks
George