Introduction

Welcome to MultiAd Creator Professional version 8—the publishing software that excels in producing advertising, marketing and promotional documents through a full set of design and productivity features. MultiAd Creator Professional is a powerful cross-platform program that combines premium page-layout capabilities with drawing, illustration and image-manipulation tools so you can assemble your documents quickly and professionally. With Creator, you don't have to switch between three or more applications to complete a single page and it's intuitive enough to be used right out of the box. The more you use Creator, the easier it will become to automate your everyday tasks. Creator is one of the few programs on the market that is fully scriptable for Mac OS and Windows. This means you can script frequently used actions and commands, giving you a dynamic set of time-saving tools.

Using the Check Spelling as You Type Command

Creator makes it easy to correct any spelling errors you may have in your document. You can check the spelling of all the text in a document or just a selection of text. In addition, you can set up your own user dictionary. There are now two ways to check the spelling: You can use the Check Spelling command or you can use the new Check Spelling as You Type setting.

Displaying shapes with anti-aliasing

Occasionally, some monitors do not have enough resolution to display shapes containing fine lines, resulting in a jagged appearance of the lines on the screen or lines that seem to disappear. Anti-aliasing improves the appearance of these fine lines.

The General panel of Preferences in Creator Professional 8 now has a new checkbox named "Smooth frame drawing (antialias)." When you choose this setting, Creator will render shapes in a higher quality and very thin frames will not appear jagged or disappear.

Using the new Find All command

If you open a document that has links to graphic files and Creator cannot locate the file, the Locate the File directory box will appear. You can use the new Find All command to locate all missing graphics in the Find File dialog that appears when a document is opened.

Customizing Interface Elements

The Preferences dialog has a new panel for setting the colors of various interface elements. You can specify colors for the Pasteboard, Container windows, Group windows, Paper outline, Printable area outline, page shadow and magic wand selection and specify the Magic wand frame style.

Checking for Updates

The Preferences dialog has a new panel for setting the colors of various interface elements. You can specify colors for the Pasteboard, Container windows, Group windows, Paper outline, Printable area outline, page shadow and magic wand selection and specify the Magic wand frame style.

Toggle invisibles

Invisibles make it possible to see things (elements and text formatting) that are normally represented by empty space. Invisibles do not print. Specify the invisibles that you want to display in the Document Settings dialog box. When you are done, you can toggle them on or off from the View menu.

Placing Graphics into a Container

The Place Graphic Into Container menu item allows you to locate graphic files and place them directly into a container on your document. You can also use the Add to List and Add All buttons to add graphic files to the Files palette, which you can then place on your document at a later time.

Using the Baseline Grid

When you create text in multiple columns or with multiple text blocks across your layout, you might want to lock all of the copy to the baseline grid to improve the appearance of the text. The baseline of text is the invisible line on which letters and numbers rest. Since headlines and body copy may not share the same point size, you can align their baselines to a grid to ensure that they line up across your layout. A baseline grid can be applied to a selected page or to a Master spread.

Creating Text in Multiple Columns

When you create a new text block, the text block has one column by default. You can now create multiple columns within a text block by entering a value in the Number of Columns field and determining the gutter width between each column. Text will automatically flow from one column to the next.

Editing text in the upright position

A new checkbox has been added in the Text panel of the Preferences dialog named "Edit text in upright orientation." Choose this option to edit text in its upright position when it has been rotated, flipped or skewed. Deselecting the check box will cause the text block to draw in the correct rotated, skewed or flipped orientation.

Changing the starting point of text on a path

The text on a path feature allows you to apply text to the contours of a Creator shape element (rectangles, ovals, polygons and paths). The insertion point will default to the beginning of the path. You can now change the starting point of the text by repositioning the handle.

Changing the weight of text underlines

Creator gives you several typographical options for creating a document with the look that you want. Choosing the right typeface, type style, size and spacing are some of the ways you can improve the appearance of your document. The Character Attributes dialog box lets you apply existing type styles or specify character attributes for selected text, including applying an underline. The weight of text underlines can also be changed.

Locking Text Flows

You can use the Text Flow Settings dialog box to specify default tab settings, the first baseline offset in each text block, and you can now lock or unlock the text flow so that it cannot be cut, cleared or reformatted.

Sorting Text Flows

Creator provides you with several methods for sorting text in an active text flow. The Sort dialog box allows you to designate a sorting criterion as an entire paragraph, a range of characters, a single word or a single column in ascending or descending order.

Creating soft shadows on text, graphic elements and shapes

The Blur field allows you to specify a value to soften the edge of the shadow applied to text, graphic elements and shapes. The Shadow effect of Character Attributes lets you specify a number of shadow attributes when applying shadow text styles to selected characters including boldness, slant, offset and scale. You can now also apply a blur to create a soft edge on the shadow./span> The Shadow effect of elements lets you specify horizontal and vertical offset and outset, and now also apply a blur radius to create a soft edge on the shadow.

Preserve Frame Position

Select Preserve Visual Bounds or Preserve Actual Bounds to set the frame position of the converted path for rectangles, ovals and starbursts. Because paths and lines are center-framed and other shape elements are inside-framed, this setting will compensate for the change in frame position when the element is converted to a path. Choose Preserve Visual Bounds to tell Creator to inset the path by half the pen weight, which will cause the resulting path to appear to be in the same position as the original element. Choose Preserve Actual Bounds to tell Creator to leave the bounds unaltered. The new path will appear to grow by half the pen weight.

Drawing elements from the center

You can create custom shapes using the eight Creator drawing tools. By default, Creator will draw the shape from one side to the other. You can now hold the option key (Mac OS) or Alt (Windows) to draw the shape from the center.

Using the Contextual Menu for Selecting Master Spread Elements While in a Document Spread

The contextual menu for control-clicking a master spread element while in a document spread contains a submenu called Master Spread Exception. Through this submenu, you can select any master spread element under the mouse while in a document spread, even though it is contained in the master spread. Selecting an element from the Master Spread Exception submenu will copy the element from the master spread to the active document spread. The copied element will be dissociated from the master spread and can be edited in the active document spread without affecting the element in the master spread. If the copied element is later deleted from the active document spread, the original master spread element will once again appear in the active document spread.

Marking Elements as Unfinished

The Mark as Unfinished command allows you to denote any element selected as a placeholder for elements that require additional input. An X is placed over all selected elements to indicate that they have become placeholders. Mark as Unfinished can be used to indicate a placeholder for art (such as photographs) that is physically pasted into the document after it is printed. Mark as Unfinished can also be used to create a placeholder to remind you to add the element later. When the document is printed, the placeholder will print exactly as you see it on screen.

Container Panel

The Container panel appears in the Element Info dialog boxes of rectangles, ovals, starbursts, polygons and paths. This panel allows you to define the default size and scale of an element you place inside the element when used as a container.

Printing Spreads in User Order or Press Order

In the Print Defaults panel of the Document Settings dialog box, you can specify how the document will appear on a printout. The settings include positioning the document on the paper, printing pasteboard items, setting bleeds, designating ornaments and choosing to print a single page or a whole spread. You can now choose the order in which the pages will print by choosing either user order or press order.

Container Panel

The Container panel appears in the Element Info dialog boxes of rectangles, ovals, starbursts, polygons and paths. This panel allows you to define the default size and scale of an element you place inside the element when used as a container.

Export JPEG quality field

The JPEG command lets you export spreads, elements and pages to JPEG (Joint Photographic Experts Group) format. This format is commonly used to display photographs and other continuous-tone images over the World Wide Web and other online services. A new field has been added beside the Quality slider in the Export JPEG dialog and the PDF panel of the Export PDF dialog, so the quality can be entered manually (0-100%).

Restoring Creator's default settings for EPS and PDF exports

The PDF Export Options dialog box and EPS Export Options dialog box has a Settings pop-up menu that provides easy access to customized settings. This feature allows you to quickly save, choose and delete the settings that you have specified in the three panels. A new menu item named Default Settings has been added to the Export Settings popup in the Export EPS and Export PDF dialogs. Choosing it will restore Creator's default settings for that dialog.