We’re On the Same Page – No Matter its Size or Orientation
By Jeff Brand | February 15, 2011
Depending on your industry, companies adopt popular document formats such as letter, legal, A4 and A5, and popular orientations such as landscape and portrait. Given all the format sizes and orientation possibilities, it can be challenging for companies to apply stamping (headers, footers, watermarks) to documents that have multiple page sizes and orientations. Adlib makes it easy by performing all of the measurements and calculations automatically.
Fixed-width items may appear appropriate in one orientation, such as Landscape:
… or inappropriate, or even cut off, in another orientation, such as Portrait:
So, how can we resolve this? One method would be to analyze the size of each page in the document, and vary the stamping parameters for each page, so that the document has a consistent appearance by ensuring:
- The left part of the headers and footers are aligned with the left edge of the page with some margin
- The center part of the headers and footers are aligned with the center of the page
- The right part of the headers and footers are aligned with the right edge of the page with some margin
- The headers and footers are aligned with the top and bottom of the page
- Watermarks are contained within the page size
Advanced document transformation software such as Adlib can automate this task by providing left, center and right header and footer text objects which automatically stick to the edge of the paper and allow for the definition of the desired margin from the top, side and bottom edges.
Now, let’s say you need to create a header or footer with a mix of text and graphics, how could you still use elasticity? By using HTML.
By creating an overlay with HTML, you can take advantage of the table object in HTML to create a header or footer which has the same type of elasticity, but also provides the ability to stretch to the page size.
Adlib’s document transformation engine will create an overlay with the correct dimensions for each page of the document, as well as updating variable data such as page #, date, time, etc. enabling the concept of elasticity when more advanced document stamping is required.
With advanced features such as these, it’s easy to see why Adlib is the document transformation solution of choice for organizations with flexible yet enterprise-class requirements.
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