I finally got around to implement proper countersheet layout configuration to my Inkscape effects. It is now possible to create a layer (that must be called countersheet_layout) containing rectangles that describe how to layout the countersheet, ie to match a die for diecutting, or if you for some other reason don't want the counters to just fill up the document in one big rectangle. The example shown above (front and back) is just a simple template with two rectangles. When there is no more room on the countersheet new layers are automatically created for another one and so on until all counters have been created. The idea is that the front and back sides should line up perfectly for double sided countersheets, but II would do a few test printings and punchings without using this to create anything for mass production. (You can see a small part of the layout rectangles on the back countersheet image above. That is because the layout is not centered on the page. Nothing wrong, but I probably should have hidden the layout layer when printing the backside..)

As always let me know if you find any bugs or have any ideas about what more features to add.

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Comment by Pelle Nilsson on April 6, 2008 at 6:58pm
0.93 has been uploaded.
Comment by Pelle Nilsson on April 6, 2008 at 8:39am
I fixed some bugs today by the way, and added one new major feature (output of each countersheet side to its own PNG file). However as the webserver I use is down for maintenance this weekend I have no way of uploading this new release (0.93) yet.
Comment by Pelle Nilsson on April 6, 2008 at 8:35am
I'm using OpenOffice to edit the CSV files for use with this plugin.

These effects are just Python scripts that read a SVG file and outputs another SVG file.

I experimented earlier today with calling these scripts directly from the command line. That worked just fine. You still have to use Inkscape to create the SVG file to use for input, but I'm sure it would be possible to execute the effect from within OpenOffice somehow. But I just keep an OpenOffice window and an Inkscape window open and rerun the effect in Inkscape after making changes to the values in in OpenOffice.
Comment by Steve Dixon on April 6, 2008 at 7:31am
Any possibility of doing this as a template/plugin for OpenOffice? (www.openoffice.org)
Comment by Pelle Nilsson on April 3, 2008 at 12:16am
That's the way selection works in Inkscape. If you don't want to move the thing you point at you'll have to hide or lock the layer that thing belongs to. It would be quite frustrating to work if you always had to change layers to be able to move something. I have most layers locked most of the time when editing.

Another way is to press ctrl-a to select everything in the current layer. Then you can move everything using the arrow keys (or drag with the mouse if you find some small visible part of that layer you can touch with the mouse).

But then again to just have a look at the various layers created the easiest way is to hide the layers on top of it. There should not be much need to move the created counters.
Comment by Lewis Goldberg on April 2, 2008 at 8:35pm
Okay, now I am able to run the countersheet effect, and I get a countersheety-looking thing. I notice there are counters below the visible counters. I can see the lower layer of counters if I move a higher one, or if I use the layer tool, it only seems to move the top row, even if I have selected the bottom row :-0
Comment by Pelle Nilsson on April 2, 2008 at 4:59pm
Sounds great! Hope you find use for it some day, and please let me know if you do.
Comment by Don Lazov on April 2, 2008 at 4:47pm

Thanks for all the tips and understanding. I'll read up on Inkscape it seems so far much easier then The Gimp, plus you created this nice template and I really do understand CSV / XML file a lot so if I can manipulate the graphics via the CSV/XML then so much the better.

No hurries on your end it will take me some time to get use to this tool.

Thanks again.

Comment by Pelle Nilsson on April 2, 2008 at 4:34pm
Oh, now that I checked out countersheet1 again I noticed that 0.91 introduced a bug that makes the effect only create the backside for one counter when you have many identical ones (like in countersheet1, but not in most other examples). :( Well, it should be quite easy to fix, but it may have to wait a few days.
Comment by Pelle Nilsson on April 2, 2008 at 4:28pm
BTW thanks for providing these screenshots. :)

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