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7.2 how to format project for flash cards

Posted: 29 Mar 2016, 01:30
by Gator
Hi. can anyone tell me how to set up a project for making flash cards...2 columns and 4 rows on each page? I've only worked with Quark before after someone else had set up a project that I edited. Thanks for any help.

Re: 7.2 how to format project for flash cards

Posted: 29 Mar 2016, 11:34
by MikeWenzloff
I would need to know what goes into the flash cards. Are they images? Text boxes?

Mike

Re: 7.2 how to format project for flash cards

Posted: 30 Mar 2016, 01:08
by Gator
Thanks Mike. Just text boxes. Right now I have 8 to a page (2 columns and 4 rows). I have an ebook I did but someone had already set it all up and I edited it. I know how to add text boxes and text and also make new pages if I know how big to make each page, but don't know how to initially set up a project.

Re: 7.2 how to format project for flash cards

Posted: 30 Mar 2016, 19:41
by MikeWenzloff
Hi Gator,

Whom will be printing this?

If it is going to be professionally printed by a place that can impose pages, I would set up the page size for a single card. Do one project for questions, another project or separate file for the answers, then make two separate PDFs to hand off. Name them accordingly. They will then impose so the individual answers line up with the corresponding questions. As well, be sure to talk with them regarding this project.

If you will be self-printing, it takes a bit of forethought. You need to determine the printable margins imposed by your particular desktop printer. Then you need to input those margins for the page setup so you do not accidentally place text that may not get printed. You will be also limited on page size according to your printer. Let me know if you are printing these to your local printer, what the printer make/model is and I can look up the printable area if you do not know what that is.

Further on printing it to a desktop printer, how the information is entered matters so the fronts/backs line up properly. Questions are entered left to right, top to bottom. But on the next page, answers are entered right to left, top to bottom. Unless you have an imposition plug-in for Acrobat or as a standalone application. Depending on the paper size, there is one free one (page size limit) and there are some low-cost ones.

Mike

Re: 7.2 how to format project for flash cards

Posted: 30 Mar 2016, 23:02
by Gator
Hi Mike. Wow...lots of great information. Thank you so much.I plan to have them professionally printed. Too hard to cut them all the same and plan to sell them to students. Made some calls about someone doing this for me, but they wanted several hundred dollars which I thought was crazy. I'm a bit of a do-it-yourselfer on most projects and can't see why if I have the page formatted that I can't just import the text myself. As I said, I added new pages and edited my online book once it was set up so I'd like to do it myself if possible. Not sure what "impose" means but I assume you mean the printer will make sure the proper answer goes on the back of the corresponding card with the question. Makes sense Thanks again.