printouts of current production plans adorning the wall

Many editorial offices still have printouts of current production plans adorning their walls. With good reason: it's crucial to view the flow of all pages of a print object next to each other in order to obtain a sense of the flow throughout the entire object, not just individual pages or double pages. There are repeats, reworks and loss of traction.

One of the most important features of pageplanr is its ability to give you an instant overview of the appearance and rhythm of your page designs. If your design project lives in a single layout file, it's probably not such a big deal for you. However, if it's a larger project, your designs will be split across multiple layout files. Even more so if you work in a team.

Generate layout images

The first step is to create the images from your pages. You could just take screenshots. On the Mac this is done with the Command-Shift-4 shortcut, on Windows press the Print Screen key on your keyboard. Or you can use one of the many available utilities to take screenshots.

If you use Adobe InDesign, it is much easier to use the built-in export function. Open your layout file, select "Export" from the File menu and choose JPEG as the format at the bottom of the dialog box. In the Export JPEG dialog box, select which pages you want to export (Selection Range, All or Spreads), choose the desired quality setting, and enter the desired resolution of the JPEG. Click the Export button and you're done. Whichever way you choose, please keep in mind the 500px page size limit when creating the images.

Upload images

Once you have created your images, you can easily upload them to your Pageplanr project. It's best to arrange the windows on your computer so that you can see the pageplanr page plan and the folder where you have just created your images side by side. Then simply drag and drop the images one after the other from your file folder to the page you want in your pageplanr.

Upload an image to a page of your page plan


If you want to upload multiple images, it would be somewhat tedious though to drag and drop each image individually onto the pageplanr pages with drag and drop. That's what the "Multi-Upload" is for: In the Finder (MacOS) or in the File Explorer (Windows), select up to 16 image files and drag them onto the upload area below the inspector on the right side of the screen. You can then use the mouse to place the uploaded images one after the other onto the desired pages. Simply click with the mouse on a page and the image shown next to the mouse cursor will be placed on the clicked page.

You can cancel the operation at any time by pressing the Escape key.

Upload multiple images and apply them to the pages

Files that cannot be processed (because they are too large or are not image files) are ignored by the multi-upload.