Features

This page describes the most important features of iCalamus.

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Contents

  • Loads all image formats supported by OS X.
  • Loads all text formats supported by OS X.
  • Imports image data from scanner.
  • Imports image data from digital camera.
  • Supports all fonts useable with OS X.
  • Loads URL based contents (URL or file path).
  • Snapshot from web pages into frame (as image).
  • Typeless frames = content defines frame type.
  • Frame and vector shape object are identical (frame shape can be edited as vector object).
  • Frame shape can be used for clipping.
  • All contents (text, images, graphics) can be output with stepless opacity.

Tools

Tools

  • Selection tool (select frames or grab points, move)
  • Vector path editor tool
  • Rotation tool
  • Text tool (text editor)
  • Image tool for easy import of image frames
  • Freehand vector tool (draws vector paths)
  • Frame tool (creates typeless frames)
  • Line shape tool
  • Hand tool (movings)
  • Magnifier tool (zoom)

Pages

Pages

  • Double page / Single page mode can be chosen.
  • Add pages (take layout of existing layout pages optionally).
  • Remove pages.
  • Move layout pages (resorting).
  • Assign master pages to layout pages.
  • Manage master pages with indicator colors.

Layers

Layers

  • Unlimited number of layers for Layout and master pages.
  • Layers can be added, moved and removed.
  • Layers can be switched visible/invisible.
  • Layers can be protected.
  • Manage layers with indicator colors. Guides of elements in the according layer will then be shown in the indicator color.

Frames

Frames

  • Various frame shapes (may be enhanced by plug-ins).
  • Various line shapes
  • Various line end types (can be scaled separately)
  • Corners can be set to Miter/Round/Bevel.
  • Path rotation direction can be defined
  • Outline can be switched visible/invisible.
  • Outline width can be defined.
  • Outline shape can be used for content clipping optionally.
  • Many vector shapes can be adjusted (e.g. stars with adjustable number of rays)
  • Gradient blend colors can be assigned to frame shape and content separately.
  • Gradient blend angle can be adjusted (for shape and content separately).
  • Shadow can be defined with transparency, blur radius and offset.

Frame handling

Frame handling

  • Group frames and ungroup frame groups.
  • Grouped frames are sub elements of frame groups like an image is sub element of a frame.
  • All sub elements of a frame can be accessed by opening the frame (transparent editing).
  • Frames and vector grab points can be selected at the same time (thus you can operate them simultaneously).
  • Selected guides can be moved with other selected frames or grab points at the same time.
  • Snapping on various guides (guide grids, page guide columns, normal guides).
  • Frames can be moved backward and forward in a layer's frame hierarchy).

ColorsColor Blends

Colors

  • Supported color modes: RGB/CYMK
  • Color gradient blends with unlimited colors.
  • Colors can be sorted.
  • Colors can be deleted.

Text styles

Text styles

  • Text styles can be named and managed with indicator colors.
  • Adjustable parameters: font, font size, kerning, fill color.
  • More assignable parameters: underlined, strikethrough, outline, shadow (with adjustable color each), superscript and subscript.

Text rulers

Text rulers

  • Text rulers can be named and managed with indicator colors.
  • Adjustable parameters: horizontal justification, first line indent, line distance, left and right indent, space before and behind paragraphs, fixed or variable line height.
  • Tabulators: left, right, centered, numeric point
  • Each text ruler can have a text style (paragraph styles).

Inspectors

Inspectors

  • Context-sensitive inspector for frame contents
  • Geometry inspector, supporting X/Y/W/H, rotation, mirroring, scaling, shearing and optional geometry protection
  • Frame inspector offers outline, shape and shadow parameters
  • Align inspector (supports distribution and alignment)
  • Textwrap inspector
  • Color inspector for outline, content color, shadow and text color
  • Text inspector for creative work without styles
  • Text style inspector
  • Text ruler inspector
  • Page inspector
  • Layer inspector
  • Numbering inspector (free page number formats)

Output

Output

  • Output on printer
  • Output to PDF file
  • Exchange via system pasteboard
  • Drag 'n' drop support
  • Print marks in bleed area: cut'n'crop marks, color and grayscale controls, info line

Support

  • Modular system
  • Unlimited Undo/Redo
  • Zoom up to 10,000%
  • Unicode
  • OS X Spell Checking support
  • Document grid, adjustable
  • Page guides and guide columns can be defined
  • Multiple views (in one or more windows, realtime updated!)
  • Document-specific information can be saved for Spotlight.

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