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PTXPrint

Info updated: 2020-05-01
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XeTeX based macro package for typesetting USFM formatted (Paratext output) scripture files

Typesetting in minutes, not months

PTXprint is a new tool (still in development) to help teams produce adequate quality printed output from Paratext for the purpose of trial publications (for checking). It aims to hide all the complexity of XeTeX froom the user, and presents an extensive range of options through a simple click-to-enable user-interface.

What does it do?
Everything that Paratext's PrintDraft can do, and a whole lot more, and a whole lot easier! You have complete control over just about everything, from Page Size to Line Spacing. From Picture Positioning to Paragraph Adjustments. Fancy Intro Outlines and Table of Contents for multi-book PDFs. Features can easily be toggled, or tweaked, and the resulting PDF is regenerated within seconds.

Configurations for different kinds of outputs can be carefully crafted, saved, and shared with other Paratext users of the same project - making it easy for them to create whichever trial publications they need to create as PDFs.

Not yet perfect, but highly useful even now...

Currently lacking documentation, but with tooltips for all the settings, you have "in context help".

Currently in Beta testing - comment here if you want to be added to the distribution list.

Things to be mentioned:

  • Hide Advanced Settings
  • Named Configurations (Saved and automatically Shared with PT's Send/Recv function)
  • Fonts (including Graphite-enabled fonts), and faking missing typefaces
  • Include illustrations/pictures
  • Picture Positioning through PicLists - (we welcome ideas on how to improve this feature)
  • Columns, scripts
  • Script flow: Left-to-Right (LTR), Right-to-Left (RTL) as well as Top-to-Bottom (TTB-RTL)
  • Verse number position (incl marginal verses)
  • Footnotes - paragraphed, mixed \fn & \xt, (can even include glossary entries for comprehension testing situations)
  • Fancy Intro Outlines
  • Table of contents if multiple books are included
  • Front and Back matter in PDF form can be appended to the final PDF

Still very rough, but improvements are coming soon

  • Diglot (two scripts - side by side)
  • Fancy borders
Demo of PTXprint

Support free, email author
Status Stable/Production
SIL Status Unsupported
Runs on Windows, Linux
Unicode compatible Yes
Tasks
Features
Interface language(s) English
Developed by Mark Penny, Martin Hosken, David Gardner
License MIT
Download page tiny.cc/ptxprint (for latest Windows installer), GitHub site (for source code)
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