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Yamahako
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Hi Everyone,

I've been working on some software with my brother that I use to generate print sheets for cards - for play testing and professional printing. It's pretty easy to use, and I thought it would be cool to try and make it good enough to be a real product that people could use.

I've set up a version of this software for external use.

How it works:
You create a BASE Card front in a PNG Format - like the Frame of a magic card - as an example
You create a Card Back in a PNG Format
You create a CSV file (tab delineated [MS] or space delineated [Google]) where each column is a standard - this is just a normal spread sheet.

For example - you might have columns like
Card Number | Picture | Card Name | Card Text | Cost |

Then just fill in the data in the rows of the spreadsheet. If what you want is to be an image, just put a unique name for the image (anything you want) you will attach a picture to that name later in the process.

Then choose "Create Set" from the top menu, and upload those three things.

Then go to "Edit Set" and select your set from the drop down box. on the right hand side you will see the columns from your spread sheet. You can click the Pencil to edit the properties (font, color, font size) or change it to an Image field. When you click the name and move your mouse over to the card front, you can drag out a box, this will be were the item in question will appear on all the cards. Each of the columns are in their own layer, you can drag them around to make sure the right thing is on top of whatever you want it to be. The top of the list is the top layer.

If you have images in your set, click on "Tag image" at the top, then choose your set. You will see all of the unique pictures from the columns you set to image in the edit set section. Select each one, and then upload the picture associated.

To make the pages, go to "Generate Set". You have a few options - to generate a single card, or a sheet of cards. choose the format you want (PNG or PDF) and the DPI you want (I recommend sticking with 300, the other's can take a long time to generate), and whether you are trying to get a sheet of the front side, or the back side of cards.

This is still a work in progress and there are MANY features we wish to implement, but I thought in the mean time this might be useful to some of you - and I'm sure you'll have ideas and thoughts I've not even thought of yet.

For right now, there is one common database that all the sets live in, that means that when you're logged in you will be able to see everything everyone has posted. If you ever wish to delete content you've posted, you can do this from the "Edit Set" option under "Edit Set". Please be respectful and don't mess with content another person and uploaded. This will change to individual accounts at a later date - likely with "shared" logins.

I have 20 test accounts that people can use, if you're interested, please PM me and I'll give one to you (first come first server). I used this to build the cards for my first produced game Orbit, and I think they came out really good (from a professional printer). One thing to note - we are hosting this site from our residence and we haven't purchased a security certificate yet. Due to the nature of our internet service, we have to put the site out as an https:// site - this means that IE (and others) will warn you that the certificate is invalid. There's nothing bad about this site - but if it makes you feel uncomfortable to continue to the site, I understand.

It works perfectly in Chrome, and for the most part works in IE, we haven't tested significantly in other browsers.

Feel free to provide feedback and questions in this thread, as well as e-mail me at Benj DOT Hamilton AT gmail DOT com.

https://www.infinyx.net/cardmaker_test

Tenelen
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Message sent :) Definitely

Message sent :)

Definitely looking forward to checking this out; I would love it if somebody had a good system set up for this, as it would save a lot of time.

seo
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I just checked the link and

I just checked the link and doesn't seem to be working.

Yamahako
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Your web browser will throw

Your web browser will throw an error when you try to get to the site - its a warning that the certificate is invalid. This is because we have to host it as an HTTPS site, due to it being hosted locally on residential internet. There should be a link that says "continue to website (not recommended)" in your browser that you can use to get further, although the next page will require a log in - so let me know if you want a test account!

Tenelen
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Need some help

This idea sounds great, but I am a little confused as to how it works.

I have uploaded a picture of front and back of a card, and then added a CSV file. Past that I am a little lost. I have added the fields onto the cards, but it seems that I cannot actually generate anything.

Yamahako
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You did good! I didn't

You did good! I didn't explain something very well I'm sure :-)

You didn't drag the boxes out, when you click on the heading on the right, then click on the card, hold down the mouse button and drag out a box where you want the text to go (or the space you want the image to take up). I did this for you just to show you what it looks like when its done - you can redo any of them by clicking on the name again

Although it looks like you don't have any data in your spreadsheet (aside from column headers)- so it doesn't generate any preview cards. But that may be an issue with the program, so let me check on that.\

I uploaded a card spreadsheet and was able to do a generation, so it looks like its working. Do you have the CSV file filled out?

Tenelen
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Holy cow!

Alright so I got everything working and I have to say that this is pretty nifty. It's definitely a ton faster than what I was doing, and way easier than working on a bunch of layers in Photoshop trying to make a print page.

The only thing I don't like is that once you place a box you can't move it around, you have to recreate a new one if you don't like the placement. That's not even a huge deal, so overall I think this is awesome software.

Once I tried again today and actually entered data onto my CSV file it was perfect and super easy. The only thing I was unaware of was the dragging the boxes onto the card, but once you said that everything else was pretty easy and self-explanatory.

Yamahako
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Tenelen wrote:Alright so I

Tenelen wrote:
Alright so I got everything working and I have to say that this is pretty nifty. It's definitely a ton faster than what I was doing, and way easier than working on a bunch of layers in Photoshop trying to make a print page.

The only thing I don't like is that once you place a box you can't move it around, you have to recreate a new one if you don't like the placement. That's not even a huge deal, so overall I think this is awesome software.

Once I tried again today and actually entered data onto my CSV file it was perfect and super easy. The only thing I was unaware of was the dragging the boxes onto the card, but once you said that everything else was pretty easy and self-explanatory.

Awesome, glad to hear it. The ability to move a box around (as well as define is exact size in pixel) is on our "To Do" list. This is no where near completed - and if you have any other ideas please feel free to suggest them. That's exactly the kind of thing that helps us out :-)

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