I am close to a decision to use Pageplus to create a monthly newsletter.
I want to add it to a Newsletters section of my website (where eventually it will be archived) and also email it to a subscriber list.
Ideally I'd like to send the email as plain text; but could easily be convinced that HTML would be better.
Has anyone done this yet ?
Any ideas from the Serif staff, please ?
PagePlus would be a great way to make a periodic newsletter; I've done that for several years in printed paper form.
If you E-mail your PagePlus file (filename.PPP) to your "subscribers", or put the PPP file on your web site as a link, then the only people who will be able to open the file are those with the same or newer version of PagePlus that you used to create the file.
For web purposes, I've used either of three methods to distribute "printed" materials:<OL><LI>Convert the completed document to HTML (by merely switching to PP's Web Publishing mode) and uploading the document as a (portion of a) web site.<LI>Convert each page of the document to a GIF or JPG file and upload each page as a seperate file/page in your web site.<LI>Convert the document to PDF and create a text or graphic link to the file so anyone interested can D/L it.</OL># 3 is probably the easiest.
There might still be a <I>free</I> PDF converter available from * WWW.CTRLP.COM * Once you signed in and registered on their web site, you D/L the 5DtoPDF program, and you will receive an "unlock key" via E-mail so you could install the program. It installs as a printer driver, so it will work with virtually any Windows-based program, including PagePlus.
Hey, Jim, I've just tried your link in the hope of getting the free PDF prog but found they have merged with another company and it looks like the only way you get the software now is to use their services - ie. have some printing done! If I'm wrong I'd love to know, but that's how it looked. Shame, but I don't blame them!! Thanks anyway.
I believe you can still get GhostScript/GhostView for free. It is a bit complicated to download and install, but it can make PDFs.
I can't help wondering, though, if the newsletter can be sent as plain text, why bother to use other than a text program to produce it? Of course, using PP and PDF would enable pictures to be used, and make the whole thing much more attractive.
5D was taken over by Jaws Systems earlier this year.
There was a loop-hole which allowed those with a serial number from the ctrlp software to have a "free" version of the upgraded "Jaws" software. Jaws seems to have become aware of this after a couple of weeks of the release of the updated software hence the current state of affairs at the Ctrlp website.
The Jaws software of version 2 compared to Ctrlp's version 1.
I think that the best way around this is to look for other "free" pdf creators as there is no longer a free version of this particular software. Having said that, even if you chose to buy "Jaws", it is still hugely less expensive than Acrobat I don't know, however, if the work-around to get the free Jaws software still works, but take this to email if you want to discuss it more fully with me.
I have, and still occasionally use, GhostScript/GhostView from Aladdin software. This is free for personal use. A web-search for "Ghostscript" will do the trick. You will also need to install a driver for a "postscript" printer. GhostScript/View works on PS files so you need to make one before converting this to the PDF.
I use the HP LaserJet 4050 PCL6 PS driver available for free download from the HP site (for so long as they remain HP!). Seems reliable enough but it is a two-stage process to create a pdf.
I have done some of what you plan to do at http://www.pcorker.freeserve.co.uk. The website is rather tatty as it needs updating and because I have designed it to be readable by people who have set their computers to "Large Fonts" as well as those using "Normal Font size" That's a big problem with PP7 websites and adds a lot of time. I think that you would want to make the Email as small as possible - how about just doing a "what's new on the website" outline Email?
I have an alternate idea. Since your readers appearently have Email, don't send them copies of the newsletter at all. Simply e-mail a notice when new editions are posted and let them go to the website.