Organising icons in AddaCaption Desktop

Here’s a handy way of having access to icons for your designs when making up new captions

Hitting the above icon will open up the droppable items toolbar on the right (icons, watermarks, bands and custom elements)

There are four folders, by default at C:\TheCardProject\AddaCaption but you can update this to point to your own locations in settings:

Rather than scratch around for icons each time you need one, it’s a good idea to round up some in categories. I have two social media folders (one for mono icons and one for colour) – and by placing icons in these folders they will appear in the toolbar in AddaCaption Desktop, you can just drag and drop them onto your design!

 

Turn your single sided card printer into a duplex printer!

If you use AddaCaption Desktop to design and print plastic cards, you can make a double sided design even if you only have a single sided printer. Using image scripting you can quickly set the design to only print one side, then re-present the card to the printer (upside down) and run another script to set the reverse side to print

Here’s how

AddaCaption Desktop

With your design in the editor, you can create both sides of the design. When you’re ready to print the card, enter the text in the scripting pane shown on the right. To print the front, click on the line where it says

printfrontonly

The hit F5 to run the script. The name of the file in the title bar should now have [F] at the end, indicating that it is only going to print the front of the card. Now click on the line:

savecardfile

This will save the design, this needs to be done before it can be printed. Once saved, hit the print icon and a single sided card will be printed. Reload the card into the printer, the orientation will vary from model to model so this will be something to figure out just the once. Once loaded, run

printrearonly

savecardfile

You’ll see [R] in the card file name in the title indicating that it will print rear side only. Hit print and the card will, if you have loaded it correctly into the hopper, be printed both sides!

Hello!

I’m Richard Green, a freelance software developer working in South Yorkshire, England

This website is all about the stuff I get up to with the AddaCaption systems I’ve made

I love working on ways of getting text, captions and branding onto images easily so that you can get more visually appealing messages to your customers and to save you from having to be a designer too!

I’ve made desktop software which I use to manage all of my image templates, this software is available for free at https://desktop.addacaption.net. It’s a bit buggy because it isn’t commercial software, but it might just help you out

There’s also a website where anybody can quickly add a caption to an image and edit the text: https://addacaption.net.