FitPlot print layout helper
Mac OS Graphics & Design
FitPlot is a simple to use, yet powerful, Mac app for layout and prepress which makes easier the daily work with printers and plotters.
What FitPlot can do?
FitPlot extends the capabilities of your printer devices.
In FitPlot you can place, resize, rotate, duplicate, and much more, images and documents of all graphic types (tif, jpg, png, gif, psd, pdf, eps).
This is done quickly and accurately, right on the virtual paper on which you are going to print.
You can place images of the types listed above, also you can drop images or use the copy / paste directly into the FitPlot page (for example drag and drop from a browser or copy and paste elements from a graphic application).
Why to use FitPlot?
Because it is an application that is fast, practical and precise at the same time.
You can get immediately results achievable only with more expensive programs, and, unlike these, in a much more straight and intuitive way.
In addition FitPlot provides a set of specialized tools for every need:
• Quick and precise layout: of existing images / PDF or dragged / pasted images (from a browser or another graphic app), exact positioning, duplication, rotation, enlargements and reductions, aligning, batch operations and more…
• Packing / nesting of the images: you can fill images in the available space (in a sheet of given width and variable-length [roll] or in one or more sheets of fixed size).
• Merging of PDF elements: taking advantage of the transparency to white, characteristic of the PDF, you can merge, for example, a sheet of letterhead paper (PDF) with the raw text of a letter and export the resulting image in a new PDF to be sent for e-mail.
• Imposition: given a multipage PDF, you can arrange the pages on the canvas so that, after print, folding and trimming, you get a brochure fully paginated.
• Business Cards Imposition: you can easily impose a large number of business cards (or similar jobs) in a prepress layout, automatically composing front / back for you.
• One-click resize of images to standard sizes.
• Create posters of any size composing the pieces printed on single sheets, taking care of print margins and overlaps.
• Resizing scale drawings: you can translate a drawing scale into another easily. You can even determine the drawing scale just knowing one real dimension in the drawing.
• Last minute image retouch: raster images in a FitPlot document can be adjusted directly. You can adjust brightness, contrast, saturation, exposure, tinte and color space.
• Print log: FitPlot keeps a chronology (log) of print jobs it has performed. Each print is a (record) that keeps all is needed to quantify the job: page size, copies, date, inserted files, sheet coverage area.
• Color management: FitPlot gives you the control in the color flow chain that starts with the camera / scanner and concludes with the final print, including your display device in between.
• Lessons / examples showing the program usage are published on a dedicated YouTube channel:
1. Contact Sheet…:
This new command performs a kind of "Nesting" suitable to arrange images in rows and columns, commonly known as contact sheet.
You can find this command inside [Tools -> Contact Sheet…] menu with [cmd + J] as keyboard shortcut.
When launched, the program shows up a dialog where we can set all needed variables; if you are lazy, I've just prepared some quick menus (with presets suitable for the vertical formats A4 / letter or similar).
These "quick menus" are in the [Tools -> Predefined Contact Sheet]:
• Portrait 3x3 [ctrl + 4]
• Portrait 4x4 [ctrl + 5]
• Portrait 5x5 [ctrl + 6]
• Landscape 2x4 [ctrl + 7]
• Landscape 3x6 [ctrl + 8]
• Use Saved Preferences… [ctrl + J]
2. Predefined nestings:
Some quick menus (with relative keyboard shortcuts) allow to perform nesting of images in a FitPlot document in an only move.
These are the items you can find in the [Tools -> Predefined Nestings] menu:
• Less Paper on Wide Format [ctrl + 0]
• Less Paper on Single Sheets [ctrl + 1]
• Less Cuts on Wide Format [ctrl + 2]
• Less Cuts on Single Sheets [ctrl + 3]
• Use Saved Preferences… [ctrl + K]
3. Menu [Object Print Style -> None]:
The first item of the [Object Print Style] menu is now the "None" style. Choosing this item will cause the removal of all styles applied to one image (or more images, in case you are using the contextual menu) in a single operation.
4. Improvements in the "Import settings from…" command:
This command allows to import settings such as page format, for example, from other documents or templates. With this improvement you can now import also images and magnetic guides that are present in the file to import. The images, if present, are, upon request, placed above or below images that are already on the current document.
5. Added the new file type "fitplot bundle template":
This kind of file will be, from now on, proposed as the FitPlot model document default (the documents to save in the templates folder).
This file type has the advantage to save all images in a self contained "package" with guaranteed portability. It is stil possible to save in the old "fitplot template" file, for retro-compatibility, but it is no more the default type.
6. Improvements and bugs fixing:
When a packing fails, the program shows more deeply where the problem hides and offers the chance to try again (suggesting the change of some parameters).
Some minor problems have been fixed.