iCalamus offers an easy approach to DTP, and is an excellent choice for creating simple posters to complex magazines, scientific works and for book publishing. iCalamus is the multi-lingual, frame-oriented desktop publishing solution for Mac OS X.
Working with precise measurement units is a breeze. Out of the box, iCalamus offers flexible masking options with many predefined, dynamically changeable frame shapes. Users may build virtual copies for multiple document elements and change them afterwards with just a few mouse clicks.
iCalamus can import all image and text formats which are supported by Mac OS X. Easily grab text content from large PDF documents for further text processing. Images from digital cameras, scanners or iPhoto libraries can be imported, as well as complete web pages. Print output supports all printers, and iCalamus can optionally output documents in various PDF formats (e.g. PDF-X, encrypted PDF, PDF Fax).
Want to order printed photo books and calendars online? Not a problem – create them first in iCalamus.
Or import your photo books and calendars from iPhoto 08/09/11 or Aperture 3.
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“Produce your photobooks with iCalamus”
iCalamus offers a plug-in called Photographerbook which you can use for typesetting and purchasing photobooks in various versions directly in iCalamus. We have developed this plug-in for our partner FRIEDMANN* PRINT DATA SOLUTIONS who will ship your photobooks produced in professional digital print quality directly to your home – even if you order only one item!
Photographerbook is a service exclusively offered to Apple users with Mac OS X by FRIEDMANN* PRINT DATA SOLUTIONS. We are so glad to support this service with iCalamus right now by combining the easy-accessible typesetting and layout possibilities of iCalamus with the high production quality of Photographerbook.
Create your own personal photobook with the current version of iCalamus. Release your creativity. There are no limits wether you are a pro or beginner. Partially enrich your book with effect-lacquer – This looks really gorgeous.
“But I use iPhoto already for my photo books.”
Great! Simply import your iPhoto photo books and calendars into iCalamus and order them at Photographerbook – at what we think is an even better price and quality. Try it yourself.
And the best part about the new Photographerbook plug-in: You get it for FREE! – It’s already in the app! No matter if you have already registered iCalamus or not – you can create and produce these photobooks with at least 8 pages at any time. The Photographerbook prices start at 5.90 EUR.
Overview Of The Most Important Features of iCalamus
Easiest Frame Editing
Never has opening and closing of frames been as easy as it is in iCalamus. Each object has a tiny triangle in the upper left. A click on it opens the object and makes the content editable.
Another click, and it’s closed again. This way we save the Object Selection Tool and you save a lot of time.
This means you use an intuitive approach to frame content without having to change tools first.
“I want to print a dozen copies of this business card on a sheet. But what if I want to change something?”
No big deal. iCalamus offers virtual copies. When you copy a frame virtually, it will then behave exactly like the source frame which it was copied from. Don’t think about Parent & Children relationships here. There is nothing like that for virtual copies. When you change one of them, you change them all at once. No fumbling.
This means fast production and care of documents.
Watch the demo about Virtual Copies.
Easiest Vector Text Editing
“Text is text. Period! Right?”
It doesn’t have to be. In iCalamus, you can convert text into vector graphics at any time and edit the graphics afterwards. Even a few mouse clicks change a simply written word into a logo or a graphic very quickly.
This means formal freedom in the creative process, down to a single vector point.
Watch the demo about Easiest Vector Text Editing.
Update web pages in your document
“Stop, stop, stop … Are you telling me that I can place web pages in my doc?”
Yes. Just do it. No big deal. – OK… No big deal with iCalamus.
Open dialog, enter URL, import page. But the best of all: you can update the web page in your document at any time with a single mouse click. Can you imagine what people will do with this?
This means new options for documentation and content layout.
“I’ve heard about the Live Masking in iCalamus. What the heck is that for?”
Masking means to use e.g. just a portion of an image, without destroying the original image data. Rectangles? Everybody can do those…
Masks become exciting when you can choose a free shape for them. In iCalamus, each vector object can be used as a mask.
It’s even more exciting, when you use multiple masks at once. iCalamus offers fascinating mask effects. You can change them at any time – easily. See the changes immediately in your document, in real-time, live!
This means saving time on masking and more juice for your own creativity.
Watch the demo about Live Masking.
“And what about transparencies? Can I use transparies? What for?”
Images, PDF content, text, lines, frames, colors, gradients – simply Anything and Everything.
From nothing to absolutely opaque.
Create Text Wrap Paths With Tracer
“Masking? Understood. But how do I get really cool masks?”
In iCalamus, you can create professional vector masks from images which bring alon transparency informations (in their alpha channel). The Content Inspector offers the function ‘Create opacity based outline’.
That doesn’t only work with images, but also with PDFs!
This means efficient working in just one application – iCalamus.
Edit Frames, Objects, Vector Points at the same time
“Frames, objects, vector points??? I can’t make a point on this!”
iCalamus is easy. Why shouldn’t you be allowed to edit objects or single vector points in an open frame and also work on other frames at the same time.
In iCalamus, you can. No limitations…But you don’t have to.
This means easy editing of all document elements.
Who’s telling you that a shadow has to be gray? And do shadows always have to fall in the same direction?
iCalamus offers you the freedom to set up shadows however you like.
This means freedom on the shade side.
Mirrorizing Text Shadows
Who’s telling you that a text shadow must always fall from here to there, even equal for all text lines? And who’s telling you that a shadow has to be gray always?
iCalamus lets you create text shadows as you like.
“Will I get lost in the program’s user interface with so many functions?”
The clever and practical inspector windows manage themselves if you don’t do it. If there is no more space left for opening all inspectors, the unused ones close themself again.
And – the inspectors are smart. If some stuff is not required, it’s not shown or grayed out.
The most diligent one is the Content Inspector.Like to take a look?
This means you can concentrate on your work.
Blend Modes for Frames
“Blend Modes? This blows my mind! There’s a lot iCalamus can do – Is this something like Blind Modes?”
No, keep cool. iCalamus supports all blend modes as supported by the PDF specification. This means you can define by a mouse click how two frames should be blended. Date structures keep totally untouched. You can’t damage anything.
Think about printing a document area in inversed colors, creating color shifts or filter effects or simply fade out areas temporarily without having to erase or move frames.
Gives you the fastest possible results without a high learning curve in image editing.
ICC Profile Support
“What happens with images when I have assigned an ICC profile to them in Photoshop?”
When you import images into iCalamus documents, all assigned ICC profiles are kept. These ICC profiles are considered not only in print output, but also in PDF output.
(How should I visualize this? Kind of a Before-After image? Great before, great afterwards? No, not really.)
This means secure productivity for you!
“What is LinkBack?”
A link is a reference to another place. A backlink is a reference back to the source of an object. The LinkBack technology offers all the necessary steps to let a program like iCalamus, the publisher for Mac OS X, recognize when you have placed objects from a LinkBack supporting program like e.g. Barcody in a document. When you select such a barcode object, iCalamus “knows” that the object originates from Barcody and iCalamus can call Barcody for you, hand over the object to Barcody for editing and update the barcode object in the document immediately after you have saved changes to the object.
Read more about editing LinkBack objects in iCalamus.
Get more information about the LinkBack project.
iCalamus requires Mac OS X v 10.4.5 or later.
Note: Gatekeeper on Mountain Lion is not yet supported due to the ongoing Mac OS X Tiger support. Please accept iCalamus on first launch.
Available in: Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Latvian, Polish, Spanish, Swedish (and counting)
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About invers Software: Located in beautiful Loeningen, Germany, invers Software is a privately funded company founded in 1998 by Ulf Dunkel. Leveraging his longtime experience from the desktop publishing and services field since 1991, Ulf´s mission is developing best-of-breed publishing tools for the Mac platform, complemented by first-class support.
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