What's New


Changelog


FitPlot 6.2.0

2017-07-15
  • Trim marks control New command Trim Signs Control…
    You can use this command to set up trim signs suitable for optical reading to be used with cutters Fotoba® DIGITRIM [go to the site]
    For a closer look on the usage of these markers inside FitPlot, a special page has been created.
  • Units of measure: the unit mm (millimeters) has been added in the FitPlot main window.
  • Snap object on their borders / bounds. You can switch between these two modes with the keys combination [cmd + \].
    Borders and bounds of an image are different when a style is applied to an image.
    Usually objects snapping is made considering their hot points (handles).
    With the "snap on bounds" activated, you can move and hook images with Fotoba® markers (see point 1. above) between them, in way to overlap the shared trim marks.
  • Bug fixing. In this version several problems has been fixed, thanks to users feedback. We strongly invite you to collaborate by communicating problems, as well as ideas that may be included in future versions of FitPlot.
    Just use the form at the bottom of each page of the site.
    Thanks for collaboration.

FitPlot 6.1.0

2017-01-25
New packing / nesting option: Interface improved:
  • Automatic guides: when this option is activated and you're moving an object around, you should see / snap temporary guides connecting the moving object to the one(s) it is approaching to, allowing an easy alignment to sides / centers points.
  • A new option allows to snap object to the border of the page and to the margin sides.
  • Guides can now snap to objects on the page, even if the objects are not selected.
  • New object display mode (shape only): only the shape and the average color (with a light transparency) of an image are shown on the screen. This allows a quicker video refresh and an easier use of the new automatic guides option.
    There are now three display modes: low resolution, high resolution and shape only, you can toggle the three from the toolbar or via menu.
  • Optimized refresh: the program is more responsive.
Bug fixing
  • The 6 version has required a rewrite of large parts of the code. This has caused the emerging of unwanted errors in some of the program's functions, errors which, unfortunately, passed the control before release.
    With version 6.0.2 I remedied to the most serious ones.
    Finally, with this version (6.1.0), I hope that there are no remaining errors.

    I welcome your feedback, good or bad, as well as any suggestions you may have to improve the FitPlot experience.

  • Crash with Business Cards imposition fixed
  • Occasional crash with multiple selections fixed
  • Minor problem discovered and fixed

FitPlot 6.0.1

2016-10-19

    Important: from this version, FitPlot runs on MacOS X 10.9 or more

  • Color Management Panel New color management panel to give you more control in the color flow chain that starts with the camera / scanner and concludes with the final print, including your display device in between. See full topic here.

  • Adjust Image Panel Adjust Image panel revised. [See image adjust topic].
    1. Histogram image in place of the color space pop-up that is now outdated by the new color management.
    2. New effects filter (color lookup table) in the image adjust panel, to give a touch of style to your RGB images. A page with samples of the 35 effects is shown here.

  • Crops dialog Crop spaces dialog, allows to change side crop spaces an all selected images at once.
  • New set of icons in the toolbar, fully refurbished for the retina displays [Icon made or inspired by Freepik from www.flaticon.com ].
    New toolbar icons

  • Export Single Image Export Single Image: with this command it is possible to export the [super]selected image, saving it as TIF. The saved image will reflect both the current image adjust settings (brightness, saturation, contrast, exposure, tinte, CLUT effect) and the color space currently in use (according to settings in the color management panel).

  • Bug fixes

FitPlot 5.8.0

2016-06-30
  • Export as TIFF [email protected] with color space control

    This menu command export the current FitPlot document page in a tiff file. The saved tiff will have a depth of 16 bit at 300 dpi and will have the color profile chosen in the export dialog.
    This feature has been introduced as an experiment to meet professional users that prefer to manage the color flow control with other softwares, but want to maintain the power and flexibility that FitPlot gives composing the layout.
    The menu will show a dialog where we can choose work and destination profiles (to apply to all images), with relatives rendering intents.

    Note: in the next coming versions I will try to implement a better color management in order to print directly from FitPlot with professional results, without the need to use another software for this last step.

  • Dialog export tiff @ 16bit
  • Import from connected devices

    It is now possible to import images in FitPlot acquiring them directly from a connected scanner or picking them from iPhone, iPad or memory card's libraries.

    1. File -> Import from Connected Devices…
    2. File -> Import from Scanner
    Acquired images are directly inserted on the FitPlot sheet and the relative files are saved on the disk.
    Images acquired from cameras are saved in a user selected folder, while images from scanners are saved, with a progressive numbering, in the temporary folder inside the FitPlot sandbox (it will be required, when saving, if you want to write them permanently elsewhere on the disk).

  • Items List Panel improved

    The Items List Panel has been localized in Italian and has been very improved on visibility and functionality.
    It's now possible to move images on the level stack (bring up/down) just with a click / drag / release of a row.
    Has been added a contextual menu for the most common operations and a new feature has been added: Revert Stack Order, see the next item.

  • Revert Stack Order

    This menu command [Tools -> Arrange -> Invert Stack Order] reverts the stack order of the images inserted in the document. This can be useful to obtain that images with the same size are correctly ordered after packing. For a discussion on this subject see the relevant page where you can find also a video demo of the usage.


FitPlot 5.7.2

2016-03-19

Since version 5.7.2, FitPlot will be available with the following options:

  • + FitPlot (Full), the unlimited version, available on the Mac App Store
  • + FitPlot Lite, a very low price version with limited features, available on the Mac App Store
  • + FitPlot Demo, with all the features available, limited by a watermark printed on outputs;
    the app is downloadable for free starting from this page
  • - FitPlot Free will be soon removed from the Mac App Store (replaced by FitPlot Demo, downloadable for free from the program official website)

More…

  • New icon
  • Bugs fixed


FitPlot 5.7.1

2016-02-19

Just some bug fixes:

  • Missing preview in the pages panel (for multipage documents) at the opening - Fixed
  • Stripes / checkers backgrounds were showed only on the first page (in case of multipage documents) - Fixed
  • Image's style text tags were not printed - Fixed
  • Possible crash when there are not printers installed and the Printer Palette is in front - Fixed

FitPlot 5.7.0

2015-10-20

This update is needed to grant full compatibility with Mac OSX 10.11 (El Capitan).
Potential bugs were discovered and, hopefully, they have been fixed. Moreover you'll find small interface changes (all utility panels have abandoned the HUD look, that was more elegant, but, under some circumstances, less clear).

Most relevant fixed bugs:

  • Possible crash during pdf duplication (only on Mac OSX 10.11) - Fixed
  • Histogram in the ICD panel was unreliable (only on Mac OSX 10.11) - Fixed
  • Magnetic guides: where not saved with the document - Fixed
  • Magnetic guides: the cursor (when over a guide) was showing only if an image was selected - Fixed

Magnetic guides management improved:

  • It is now possible to create a grid of magnetic guides opportunely spaced. The grid can be useful in many jobs.
  • New menu items lock / unlock guides avoid / consent the moving of the guides while clicking on images.
  • Locked guides are easily recognisable by the dash style.

FitPlot 5.6.0

2015-06-15

FitPlot bundle document type:
Now there are 2 ways to store FitPlot files to suit the way you work and you can decide which will be the default. Previously, your FitPlot docs only included links to the files you inserted and this kept the FitPlot doc size as small as possible. The new variation is a FitPlot Bundle, a single files that includes full copies of each file you insert into the FitPlot doc. Sure it's a bigger file but much more portable.

Which method is better? That depends on you and either can be set as your default. Do you only work on one computer and keep all the source files in fixed locations? An ordinary FitPlot doc will work fine for you. Do you often need to move FitPlot docs from place to place or computer to computer? Do you regularly send files to colleagues or customers? Then FitPlot Bundle is for you because all the inserted files are already packed and ready to go.

Of course, you can switch between doc types, a FitPlot Bundle can be saved as a plain FitPlot doc and a plain FitPlot doc can be saved as a Bundle for the times when you do need to share or send. FitPlot doc leaves everything where you put it and FitPlot Bundle packages everything together so however you work, FitPlot has you covered.

You can set your new documents default type from the preferences panel, attributes tab:

Preferred file type option

New ICD dialog containing also RGB histogram and preview of the examined page.

ICD panel

QuickLook plugin updated to accomplish new document type.

• Small interface retouches and bugs fixing.


FitPlot 5.5.0

2015-04-07
  • export As ImageExport as image: from this version it is possible to export the current showed page in various raster image's formats like png, jpg, tif and raster pdf. A new tool in the toolbar (see toolbar customization) or the Export as Image… command in the File menu will show the dialog where to choose the image file format.
  • Show / hide image: with this new property, each element inserted in FitPlot may be hidden [hide Image] or showed [show Image] for editing purposes (for example to reveal an object that is covered by another). This is obtainable from the info panel, from the items list panel or from the Tools menu.
  • Pinch zoom for Macs equipped with trackpad. Use two fingers diverging / converging on the trackpad to obtain a zoom in / out of the view.
  • Smart zoom for Macs equipped with trackpad. A double tap with two fingers toggles view from fit the window to fit the selected object (if any) or zoom to width.
  • Resize to Photo Standard Sizes: this menus constraints selected images to a size from standard international sizes (as from wikipedia table, see a copy here in the tools section.).
    These commands are available under the Tool menu or as contextual menu [right click on image].
    See just below (New Image Relink Options) for Fit / Fill behaviors;
    resize to standard menu

  • New image relink options: until now, when replacing an image, using the relink feature ([change] button in the info panel or double click on the image), the replacing image inherits scale, rotation, crops etc. from the source.
    From now there are three options that you can select in the preferences panel, insert tab:
    new relink options
    1. Same source scale %: this is the old behavior, the replacing image assume the scale % of the source.
    2. Fit source box: in this case the replacing image is scaled to match opportunely one side of the box, centering the image in the box and leaving blank the exceeding spaces.
    3. Fill source box: with this option, the box is entirely filled by the replacing image, scaling it opportunely and cropping the exceeding part to maintain the source ratio.
  • Small interface retouches and bugs fixing.

FitPlot 5.2.1

2014-12-01
  • Business Cards Imposition toolbar button Business Cards Imposition: with this new feature FitPlot winks to the typography's world and becomes, even more, a powerful and economical instrument for prepress operations.
    This tool allows to easily impose a large number of business cards (or similar jobs) in a prepress layout, automatically composing front / back for you.
    This new feature has so many customizations that calling it "business cards' imposition" it is limiting.
    In fact it can be applied in every situations where you have a front / back's composition of cards (or sheets) of the same size.
    The topic is treated here.
  • Crop marks on sides: crop marks are now independent for each side of an image.
    Crop marks can now be set singularly (on four sides) from the info panel, from styles menu and, automatically, from the new "business cards' imposition" and from the old imposition (booklets).
    The info panel has changed as showed here below:
    Pannello informazioni: rifili
  • Imposition improved: as just said in the previous point, also the Imposition (booklets) command Imposition tool benefits of the novelties introduced with the Business Cards' Imposition feature, that is option and controls of crop marks and magnetic guides.
  • Grid of magnetic guides: both the "business cards' imposition" that the old imposition (booklets) have, in their dialogs, the possibility to create (or remove) a grid of magnetic guides to help in manual editing.
  • Scale and transformations: the Scale and transformations tool Scale and transformations inherits, in its dialog, options / controls on crop marks introduced in this and in the previous version.
  • Minor problems fixed, some optimization in the interface.

FitPlot 5.1.0

2014-10-10

Many news in this version.
Thanks to the users (FrankBaz, MarkdotT, Shibli313) that suggest me some features I am sure all the FitPlot community will like.
It's for this reason I invite anybody who is searching a solution for practical problems, repetitive tasks or so, about printing of PDF and images, to share it with me and to find together a solution, if any.
Submit your suggestions, feedback and question using your preferred social channel: Blogspot Facebook Twitter YouTube Email Google+ Linkedin Feedback

  • Imposition: Added the option "reverse page order". In some languages the binding is on the right side of the book and to successfully print a book you will have to create your imposition in reverse order.
  • Imposition: 2 Up Saddle Stitch has now the option to group the imposition in booklets. In this way it is possible to subdivide the multipage PDF in parts (booklets) with a fixed number of pages (from 4 to 32 pages, steps of 4). You still have the option to make a single booklet composed of all the PDF pages (as it was until this version).

    Imposition Dialog: 2-up saddle stitch mode 2-up saddle stitch options

  • Movable trim marks: trim's signs are no more limited to the image border, now they can be traslated inside or outside of a custom distance value.
    Just set the trim marks ON (for the selected image) using the style pop-up, then expand the info panel to reveal the trim offset field. Here you can type a value in the current unit of measure. Positive values will move trims outside, negative values let slide the trims on the border, toward the center of the image.
    Info Panel expanded: Trim offset Field
    Segni di rifilo: Trim offset = 0
    Trim offset = 0

    Trim offset = -1cm
    Trim offset = -1cm

    Trim offset = +1cm
    Trim offset = +1cm

  • Import Settings from…: it is possible to change the document settings (page size, page margins and ranges, nesting preferences and other settings) with a simple click (menu File->Import Settings from…), getting the new ones either from a saved model (in the templates folder) than from an existing file.
    In this way it is easy, for example, set, if necessary, the current document from A2 to A1 page size. It is sufficient to have pre-organized the template folder with the set of preferred page sizes or to have a saved FitPlot document that you know to have the page size you need.
  • About panel: renewed. The push button friving to the App Store (inviting to review) is more evident. Added a push button to leave suggestions and feedback, see point below.
  • Feedback: added menu Help->feedback… that open the browser to the feedback page specially created with the Feedbackisqus service, in order to get a space of discussion with the FitPlot community.
  • Improvements and bugs fixing: particularly interested sections are Undo management, trim marks not drawed in printing, preference recording, imposition folio gap.

FitPlot 5.0.2

2014-08-15

This is a fixing update!

  • Fixed occasional bug with PDF export
  • Other minor problems solved
  • New page background color / pattern options in the preferences [Environment]:
    Now you can choose between three kinds of background patterns [Page Aspect popup]:
    1. Solid background Solid
    2. Checkers background Checkers
    3. Stripes background Stripes
    The colors are now controlled by two selectors [Page Colors] that allows two distinct choices for stripes and checkers.
    The "Solid" background color is chosen by the first color selector only.
    nuovi controlli sfondo pagina

FitPlot 5.0.1

2014-07-22
  • Groups: From now on it is possible to group more images in FitPlot in order to use them as a single unit when moving, resizing, rotating, nesting and other operations.
  • Open PDF: FitPlot is now able to "open" PDF files.
    Opening a PDF in FitPlot has the same effect of inserting, that is, when you have a FitPlot doc in front and you File -> Open a PDF document, that PDF will be inserted in the current window. Whenever FitPlot has no document currently opened, an Untitled one will be opened (with the same characteristics of the last one used) and the PDF will be inserted in it.
  • Send PDF to FitPlot*: thanks to the new Open PDF feature, it is now possible another property: FitPlot can be launched simply by dropping a PDF on its icon.
    This property can be exploited by other applications that are normally used to produce the PDF (that we feed to FitPlot).
    We can, for example, choose to send a PDF to FitPlot from the print dialog of our preferred CAD application. The produced PDF will be automatically inserted in the FitPlot document currently open (if any) or in an Untitled document with the same characteristics of the last one used.

    Note: to add this feature it is required a small procedure that necessarily has to be performed from the Finder.
    Instructions about the procedure are available in a video or in a text starting from this link.

  • Real bounds: Until this version, images in FitPlot had boundaries that were corresponding to the minimal rectangle containing the image itself (or its clipping, if any). Effects due to syles as trims, text tags, shadow or strokes were not at all considered.
    Since now, both groups and nesting functions, take into account the real bound of the image. Moreover strokes are drawn "after" the image and not "before" as in previous versions. As a result, the stroke thickness appears doubled and occupies both inner and outer of the image border.
  • Fixed bugs and other optimizations: better nesting: if a multipage nesting fails (due to some impossible chosen settings), blank pages, generated while attempting the nesting, are no longer created.
  • Icon of the program renewed.

FitPlot 4.8.0

2013-11-11

This is a fixing update!

  • Mavericks ready: the app has been compiled for the new MacOS 10.9 [Mavericks] still remaining fully compatible with older system versions (from the 10.7.3 on)
  • Improvings
    1. Now you are able to edit document and images names in the Log panel
    2. It is even possible, in the log panel, to delete a record selecting the row and clicking the delete key (backspace)
    3. Automatic job name recording when printing untitled documents (if the FitPlot document that is printed contains one image only, the image name is assigned to the job in the log record). The printing of untitled files, with more than one image inserted, will prompt a dialog to input the name to assign to that job in the log file
    4. Added the menu item Show… templates folder to easily reach the folder where your models are saved by default in the Finder
  • Bug fixing
    1. Fixed the misbehavior in the items list panel
    2. Fixed occasional crash after saving a template
    3. Added an alert that appears in case FitPlot is trying to open the log file saved in a shared disk that is not reachable
    4. Other minor bug fixed

FitPlot 4.7.0

2013-08-01
  • ICD: [ink coverage density] testify the ink coverage per square unit (density), and is useful to calculate the analytic cost of a printing. You can see the scenario Calculating price of your print jobs (point 11) in this same page or read the full article on this subject here.
  • Log Browser panel. Now it is possible to see the print jobs log directly inside FitPlot, having a look at all those parameters that are useful to make bills, statistics and so on. You can see the scenario Tracking your print work (point 10) in this same page or read the full article on this subject here.
  • Pages Browser panel. Starting with this version, FitPlot offers a utility panel for browsing pages in a multipage FitPlot document. The panel replaces the pop over of the latest version and the drawer of the oldest versions. The advantage is that the new panel can permanently stay in front even when editing the document, since it can count on a very optimized refreshing. To know more, visit the pagination topic.
  • Improvings
    1. Fit to object view and general re-organization of the view menu
    2. Sandbox dialog (when opening file) can now be cancelled
    3. Progress bar (with long operations) is more reliable
  • Bug fixing
    1. Corrected bug in the log folder selection (printers panel).
    2. Corrected error in the size / resolution computations in the image adjust panel
    3. Corrected bug when selecting white as background color in the preferences panel.
    4. Other minor bug fixed

FitPlot 4.5.0

2013-02-15
  • Sandbox: at last it is no more needed to save FitPlot document into the sandbox reserved area.
    Apple has released, from MacOS 10.7.3 on, new features to programmers that have allowed to better implement the "sandbox experience". To know more about sandboxing on FitPlot, see the apposite section here.
  • Monitoring plotter
    printer control panel
    Starting with this release we have thought to take advantage of the data recorded in the log files (each print job has parameters that are recorded in log files since version 2.7).
    The idea (experimental) is to count paper consumed to know, for example, if the paper remained on the plotter roll is enough to perform the printing of the current document.
    More info here.
  • Full screen: as any other OS 10.7 mac app FitPlot supports the full screen mode.
    When in full screen the old page drawer (when operating in multipage documents) has been replaced by the latest trends, the pop over.
  • Image adjust panel improved:
    the image adjust panel
    The panel has been reduced in size and a couple of features have been added:
    1. Rendering Intent: when changing the color space of a raster image we can specify the rendering intent to be applied.
      Moreover, color spaces now includes not only printers spaces, but video and other special spaces too (blue tones, sepia, black and withe, web safe colors etc.).
    2. Resolution control:
      This is an utility to control the optimal resolution for raster images inserted in a FitPlot document.
      The resoultion DPI field shows the print resolution of the currently selected image, calculating it starting from resolution and size of the original, according to reduction / enlargement applied. We note that, varying the image size makes resolution change. A quality indicator (from very poor, passing by optimal, to redundant) will inform us about the quality we expect to obtain when printing. Optimal quality is intended 300DPI.
  • Bugs fixed and improvements:
    1. Scroll wheel Zoom improved
    2. Added view menu for fit to window, real size and other short cut zooms
    3. Editing handles are now visible even in case the handle is covered by another image on the foreground
    4. Popover in substitution of drawer to see pages (in FitPlot multipage documents)
    5. Image adjust panel less bulky
    6. Page background checkered (Photoshop@'s style)
    7. Other minor fixing / improving

FitPlot 4.2.0

2012-09-01
  • Sandbox: According to Apple rules regarding all applications on the Mac App Store, FitPlot has been "sandboxed". Sandbox is a security issue that will pertain Mac OS X 10.7 and more. To know more about sandboxing on FitPlot, see the apposite section here.
  • 64 bit: The program is now 64 bit. This means that there is no more limit to the memory the program can use (as long as there is space available in RAM and in the hard disk). So there should be no more crashes or problems due to memory leak (when dealing with many images or big files). This prevent crashes but, of course, if you RAM is completely used and the program uses the disk space as virtual memory, you should note a slow down of the responsiveness because data access from hard disk is slower.
  • Memory management improvement: Together with the 64 bit adoption, a lot of work have been done about memory consumption. You should note real speed up in multipage PDF's operations (such as imposition), images duplication etc..
    The user experience should take advantage also in the adoption of determinate progress bars (whenever it has been possible) that makes long operations waiting no more uncertain.
  • New nesting algorithm: Based on the work A Thousand Ways to Pack the Bin - A Practical Approach to Two-Dimensional Rectangle Bin Packing by Jukka Jylänki. This new algorithm combines the usual FitPlot simplicity with better results. For technical explainations see the MaxRect Algorithm in the preferences (nesting) topic.
  • Orientation menu: in the Tools menu. It rotates (selected) images in portrait, landscape or even in their original state. This may be useful, together with auto resize and nesting, whenever you want to print a set of imported photos in a grid (2x2 or more images per page).
  • FitPlotLog (beta)
    FitPlot log The application is available (free) in the joblog topic section of the site.
    With this app you can browse and edit the logs files produced by FitPlot when printing.
    Further explainations and the download link are in the joblog topic page.
  • Bugs fixed and improvings:
    1. All that was said before falls into the improving category!
    2. Fixed a bug when doing imposition with resized PDFs (other than 100%).
    3. Some minor bug fixed.

FitPlot 4.1.0

2012-06-01
  • Imposition is now more friendly, with PDF/page size fit behaviors (three options):
    1. Do nothing (old behavior), it's up to you preset the page size to accomodate the chosen signature
    2. Resize the page size to contain the chosen signature
    3. Resize the PDF in order to fit the chosen signature in the current page size
  • Tool Trim Tool trim: when a page is resizable (you set, in printer margins dialog the min and max paper fields), this tool trims unused paper around the image (or images, according to the answer to the uprising dialog).
  • Image Capture Screen capture captures the entire screen, a selection or a window, placing the resulting image directly in FitPlot.
  • FitPlot YouTube channel FitPlot lessons available at this link. Here you can watch FitPlot performing its typical tasks.
  • Bugs fixed and improvings:
    1. Fixed problem with cursors. Now they works like a charm.
    2. Pivot coordinates in the info panel now reflects their real position.
    3. Some minor bug fixed.

FitPlot 4.0.2

2012-03-05

First release on the Mac App Store®. Some adjustement to be ready for the store.
At the same time a 4.0.2 shareware version has been released and it is reserved exclusively to registered users.

Warning: minimum system requirements MacOSX 10.6 or 10.7, from now on, the shareware version will be discontinued.


FitPlot 4.0.0

2012-02-29

This release establishes the last update in the shareware history of FitPlot. It is reserved exclusively to registered users. Nextcoming FitPlot releases will be available only by Mac App Store. The minimum system requirements are MacOSX 10.6 or 10.7, (this has been a necessary step to be accepted on the App Store).

  • General speed and reliability improving.
  • New nesting option for multiple pages with fixed page size (resize to best fit the available area).
  • New item's list panel.
  • Info/edit panel revised.
  • New Rescale tool (derived from CAD programs), see scenario #2 and this dedicated section.
  • Zoom expanded (from 0.01x to 100x).
  • Better editing cursors and handles.
  • Removed splashScreen.

FitPlot 3.5.1

2011-04-11

Bug fixed. No more crash when reopening FitPlot documents containing multipage PDFs.


FitPlot 3.5

2011-03-13

Since this version the minimum version is MacOSX 10.5. This is due to new features and underhood changes.

  • Adjust image panel
    Adjust Image Panel
    As promised in the 3.2 version, the adoption of the core image technology brings new possibilities in image retouching directly from inside FitPlot. Adjusting comprehends color spaces, brightenss, contrast, saturation, exposure and tinte (just to start…). These functions are exclusively for raster images (jpg, tif, png…) and not for vectorials (pdf, eps, ps).

    Note: Image retouching is applied inside FitPlot. The source image (inserted in the FitPlot document) is not affected by the adjusting at all.

  • Attributes Copy and Paste (edit menu and contextual menu)
    Now you can copy and paste attributes from an image to another in the FitPlot document.
    You can copy size (area), angle, shadow, line, dash, label and all image adjust settings.
    Attributes to copy / paste are determined by the new attributes preferences tab.
    Copy/Paste attributes preferences
    Note: In the image adjust panel there is a special push button to copy and paste only the color spaces, brightenss, contrast, saturation, exposure and tinte values.
  • Quick templates menu
    If you have organized your FitPlot templates in the templates folder then you should be able to see all your files divided by folder (printer) and file name, as in the snapshot below.

    The New from Templates… menu
    If you haven't organized your templates yet, here's some suggestion:
    1. Start FitPlot, choose new document from the file menu.
    2. Go to the page setup menu, select printer, dimensions ant orientation, then click Ok.
    3. Now you have a FitPlot document of the given size (for the given printer). You can complete the template setting printer margins (Tool menu) essential for correct automatic resizing in nesting algorithm, and finally placing images, logos etc. you want to be present when opening from this template.
    4. Now choose Menu->Save as Template…, you will be bringed directly in the Templates folder.
    5. Click on the New Folder button if you need a new printer folder.
    6. Finally give the document a self-explaining name (such as A4, A3, 32"x42" etc.).
    7. Do the same for other printers / sizes and you'll have the File -> New From Model… menu populated with your items (needs to restart FitPlot!).
  • Pasteboard images (images inserted in FitPlot via Copy and Paste from other application via Drag and Drop from a web browser)
    The pasteboard images policy (used in earlier versions) has been changed in order to apply them the new image adjust functionality (it was not possible on images not resident on the local disk).
    The old pasteboard behavior panel in the preferences has disappeared.
    Now it will works this way: when you paste or drop an image from another program or web browser, the image is inserted in the FitPlot document and, at the same time, it is saved on the disk (as temporary file). Saving the FitPlot document, you'll be requested to store all the used temporary images in a folder that is up to you to choose and with a name composed by a prefix (you decide it, too) and an automatic progressive numbering.
    If you can decide to discard the document, doing so, while quitting FitPlot all unused temporary images will be erased.
    As a side effect of this (r)evolution, when pasting objects copied from a vectorial program (such as Pages® or Illustrator®), the resulting image will mantain its vectoriality (the temporary file will be, in effect, a PDF), with all the advantages of a vectorial image (enlarging without loss of quality).

  • Low Res image (for editing). Added a control in the preferences (environment) to set the image's resolution to be used during editing and while in low resolution mode.
    Low Res adjustment
    In the window toolbar there is a low / high resolution button High resolution OFF High resolution ON to render images to screen in low or high quality. Printing is not affected by this control, of course.
    In high resolution mode High resolution ON it is always used the best resolution available for the image.
    Low quality mode High resolution OFF (for editing) is set by this slider between 0.1 (rough) and 1 (fine).
    Images in low resolution are useful to speed up video refreshing while editing. Even in high resolution mode, while editing (move or crop), the low resolution image is used.

  • Minor changes
    1. Improved batch image replacing: while replacing one or more images, the new one will retain (where possible) all the attributes of the replaced one.
    2. Nesting: you can optionally include printer margins in the area for nesting calculation.
      In this way, for example, if you have images of 21x29,7cm (A4) you can pack them one per page in an A4 paper size (before, if printer margins were set, the result was a nesting not possible message).
      Here's the new nesting dialog:
      The new nesting dialog
    3. Added menu (contextual, too) to change link / reveal an image in the Finder.
    4. Constrained movement (shift key) of images strongly improved.
    5. Added tool buttons to show / hide info and edit panels. Edit Panel Tool Button Image Adjust Panel Tool Button
    6. QuickLook very improved. Now it shows attributes and image adjusting in the preview / icon of the document.
    7. Added splashScreen. The new splash screen
  • Known bugs fixed
    1. Drag & drop moving (alt - cmd drag) of an image on the page drawer (to move the image to the page where dropped), now works correctly.
    2. Some setting (preferences) are now saved in the document file itself; only general purpose preferences are stored in the preference file (com.pamarcu.fitplot.plist in Library/preferences in the User folder).
    3. Avoided possible bug when setting the snap preferences to 0 (now is no more possible to be mistaken!).
    4. Other fixing / optimisation not worthing to mention.

FitPlot 3.2

2010-08-25
MacOsX 10.4 Universal, 10.5, 10.6

This long waited version brings many fixes and optimisations as well as a couple of new functions still under development.
These are the new features:

  • More color space control:
    You can change / assign directly the color profile on each inserted raster images (not PDF or eps!) via the info panel. Further explainations in the Usage/About color matching section.
    new color control
    Technical note:
    this feature is obtained with the Core Image technology adoption. With Core Image adoption future versions of FitPlot will avail themselves of a series of filters (brightness, contrast, exposure, as well as distortions, blurs etc.), and the ability to take advantage of the graphics card's GPU* processing that perform the calculation faster and lightening CPU task.
    * Available on FitPlot future versions and with benefit only for computers with compatible GPU.
  • Batch image substitution tool
    You can usually substitute an image double-clicking on it and choosing another one from the file browser. The new feature allows to change all copies of the same images (on the current document) at once. The program knows that an image is present in more than one instance and asks the user if he wants to substitute all same images or just the double-clicked / selected one.
    If the image to change is a multipage PDF, each page will mantain the same number in the substitute image (if multipage too) unless that page number does not exists, in such case the page number is set to 1.
  • PDF multipage expansion:
    PDF expansion tool
    This feature "expands" and distributes the PDFs with more than one page, creating the needed pages (in one column) and inserting the relative PDF page in each FitPlot page. This could be done in previous versions, but not in a single step.
  • Registration Marks:
    Useful feature in multipage mode. Setting the number of pages, for example 2x3=6 pages, with an overlap of 3 cm (both vertical and horizontal), you have the option to print registration marks very useful to re-join the printed pages. The marks are printed on the four corner of each page (the distance is halfway the overlap value, 1.5 x, 1.5 y from each side) and numbered with a row/column identificator. Other marks are printed alongside in number of one each 4 inches or 10 cm or 250 pts (according with the current unit of measure). See Pagination section for further details.
  • Quick look support:
    Quick look technology, introduced with Apple® MacOs X 10.5 (Leopard), lets you instantly preview the content of a FitPlot file without ever opening it. Just select the FitPlot document in Finder and press the space bar, a window appears, showing you the contents of the file instantly (well, it depends on the more or less heavyness of the file's content!). Quick look is even able to set the file's icon according with the file's content.

These are the fixes / optimisations:

  • Imposition -> 2Up saddle stich: pages disposition minor problem corrected.
  • Nesting -> Add new pages: solved a (major) problem that, in some situations, caused a "loop" with consequent program hanging (rainbow cursor).
  • Pagination -> Undo/Redo: now works correctly.
  • Undo on images insertion, works again.
  • Image insertion in multipage mode, now the image is inserted correctly in the current page, not in the page 1 like before.
  • Minor bug fixed not worthing to mention.

FitPlot 3.0

2009-09-14
MacOsX 10.4 Universal, 10.5
  • Memory improvements: to encounter the needs of many users working with very big photographic files, I have (hopefully) fixed some memory leaking problem. The program now requires an amount of RAM equal to the sum of the image's sizes (raw sizes, as when opened in Photoshop®) plus the memory occupied by the document undo stack (see the new menu "Clear Undo Stack" here below). That is, more RAM you get, more big images you can import.
    Furthermore, copies of the same image on the document, share the same cached original image giving big benefit in duplications and serial duplications jobs.

    WARNING: usage of very big images is limited by the impossibility due to the operating system to allocate enough contiguous memory. This limit, in 32 bit systems, is 4GB (virtual), practically there may be problems even with 1GB images if the contiguos space in RAM or virtual RAM is unavailable; in 64 bit systems (when FitPlot will be compiled for the 64 bit architecture) the virtual memory limit rises to 16EB (Exabyte = 2^63 bit) theoretical, practically speaking it should be easy to find some terabyte contiguous.
    CAUTION: opening a FitPlot document with very big images or inserting one or more very big images could cause memory leaking problems! You notice this by seeing your images appearing as white rectangles or showing (inappropriately) the file not found logo. In such situations you have incurred in a memory leak error (FitPlot is unable to allocate enough memory for your big images). Quit FitPlot, try to reduce images dimension and, to recover memory room, close all unneeded apps. Then relaunch FitPlot ant try again.

  • New tools added:
    1. export PDF tool buttonExport PDF (corresponding to the File->Export PDF menu item).
    2. Advanced insertion ON export PDF tool button / OFF export PDF tool button. You can choose to apply or not automatic operations at insertion directly from the tool bar, no need to go in the preference panel. See Advanced Insertion section to know more.
  • New menus added:
    1. Clear Undo Stack… menu. This new command allows to regain memory resetting the Undo Stack.
      It often happens that, inserting and removing many images, especially big ones, these continue to consume memory because you can recover them scrolling back the undo chain. The "Clear Undo Stack…" command clears completely the Undo stack freeing memory, but causing the impossibility to recover again actions done until this point.
    2. Help menu extended to all the main FitPlot topics.
    3. Check version updates. From the 2.9 version you can verify directly from inside FitPlot if a new release is available and, in case, download it (needs an active internet connection, of course!).
  • Magnetic guides: usability very improved.
    1. To create a new guide, just click on a ruler area and drag the mouse on the drawing.
    2. Click and drag a guide to move it elsewhere.
    3. Guides snaps on objects leading points (objects must be selected to "attract" guides).
    4. The fasten between guide and point (and vice versa) is evidenced by "snap" sound.
    5. To place exactly a guide, just double-click it and set the value in the showed field
      .
    6. To get rid of a guide, just drag it out passing over the parallel ruler.
  • Improving in interface:
    1. The selected page in the drawer (when pages in the document are more than 1) is now well evidenced.
    2. Added a pop up button in the margins dialog to get automatic margin values from the chosen printer (see Printer Margins Setup section).
    3. Print and Page Setup dialogs now open as "sheet" tied to the window they refer.

FitPlot 2.9 beta

2009-06-01
MacOsX 10.4 Universal, 10.5

Beta version, not released publicly, has been used to testify the important improvements in memory policy contained in the following 3.0 version.


FitPlot 2.8

2009-03-10
MacOsX 10.4 Universal, 10.5
  • Magnetic guides: just clicking in the rulers area (vertical or horizontal), you get a magnetic guide. Objects sides easily snap to guides.
    To move a guide simply drag its position tracker (triangle) along the ruler.
    At the same way, to get rid of a guide, drag its indicator out of the ruler.
    Snap distance and guide color are customizable in the preferences panel.
    Guides usage
  • Drag&Drop enhanced: beyond the drag&drop toward FitPlot, it is now available the drag from FitPlot to the desktop or other apps.
    You just have to press the alt key (or the alt+cmd keys together) before starting to click and drag the object.
    In the first way (alt), releasing the object on the desktop, you'll get a copy of the original referenced image, the other case (alt+cmd), will create an alias of the referenced image.
    Dropping objects from FitPlot to other graphic applications should cause the opening of the app or the insertion of the image in the specific program work area.
  • Drop on the pages drawer: the same way as above, we can drop an object (from the Finder or from FitPlot itself) on any page in the opened pages drawer (see pages drawer in Pagination section).
    Dragging an image from the FitPlot area toward the pages drawer, with the same keys combination as seen before, will cause respectively a copy or a displacement of the dropped object in the destination page. The position, relatively to the new page, will be preserved.
  • Nesting: nesting algorithm offers some new options.

    1. First of all, to the existing nesting modes (single page printer or plotter) it is added the pack in area (the area is user defined describing a rect with the mouse when prompted).

    2. Second point, now you can choose to perform nesting on all elements in the document (as it has been before now) or just on a selected set. This way, combined with the pack in area, lets you fill a particular area with some selected images avoiding unwanted move of already placed objects.
  • Page setup…: a button on the main window (next to the custom sizes and SET controls) makes easier to pick one from the printer driver's page sizes lists. It has the same effect of the File -> Page Setup… menu.
  • Move object dialog improved: it is now possible to move the current selection of objects (cmd+M) making a copy of it. A further option in the move dialog allows to move the selection to a given page (to choose between the available pages), eventually making a copy.
  • Other Improving to the interface and some bug fixed:
    1. Cursors in manual editing (when the mouse approaches the pivot handles) are now perfectly reliable.
    2. Grid snap when resizing in now working fine (limited to the sole X snap).
      Snaps comprehends also the just implemented magnetic guides.
    3. Keyboard event manager has been revised. Added the turn page with the keys Page Up, Page Down, Home e End (when pages drawer is opened).
    4. Fixed possible bug with color preferences (selections, grid etc.).
    5. Fixed some discovered minor bug.

FitPlot 2.7

2008-12-20
MacOsX 10.4 Universal, 10.5
  • Log files. Fitplot creates and updates (by default) a couple of file to keep track of your printed jobs. Each printed FitPlot document is recorded in a text file with its informations such as images being printed, paper consumption, date, etc.. These informations can easily be post-elaborated in a spreadsheet or database program for billing or statistic purposes.
  • Custom text tag. You can enter a text to be displayed as caption for each image.
  • Adjustable text tag. The new custom text and the other available strings (date, size, file name and file path) can be displayed in a caption adjustable on any of the 4 image's sides.
  • Constrain max dimension. When you perform a resize by Transformation dialog or even at insertion with auto resizing on, you can choose to constrain the max between height and width to a given value.
  • Move dialog. Now you can move all selected objects, of a given value, just type command-M and fill the delta X and Y values.
  • Folders insertion. When inserting images, choosing them from the file browser, now you can select a folder to have all its images content inserted (included the content of nested folders). This works also when dropping a folder to the FitPlot area.
    A dialog will be presented to warn you when the content exceed a certain amount (currently 10 files or 1024Kb) and the operation can take a long time.
  • Insert options temporary exclusion. Insert options, if activated in the preferences panel, can be temporarily excluded if, when dropping an image, you hold down the command key.
  • Linked images tracking. From the 2.1 version was introduced the symbolic link to allow the connection to an image even if it was moved (not removed!). This works fine! The problem, as you may have experienced, arose when, for example, copying the FitPlot document and the linked images on an USB removable device, and opening it on another computer, you noticed all images loose their link.
    Now a further improvement has been made. When you save a FitPlot document, even the "relative" path to the linked images is saved, so, if you transfer your work on another independent device, when reopened, images are searched relatively to the FitPlot document new position.
    The only advice is now to maintain the relative path between the FitPlot document and its inserted images, for example keeping all the job in a folder.
    As a further help, if any images still has not been found, an alert shows up presenting two choices: continue or browse. If you choose to browse, select a folder where the image should reside, all nested folders will be examined (unless the image is already been discovered).
  • BUG FIXING
    1. Fixed problem affecting 2.6 version and template files that do not opened as "Untitled".
    2. Fixed problem affecting nesting multipage on more pages. In some peculiar circumstances an infinite loop could occur.
    3. Fixed problem with "phantom" text tags that could have been seen in some circumstances.
    4. Improved behavior with "broken link" images (see above).
    5. Improved constrained resize. Now, correctly, resizing is made on displayed image size (considering crop, just in case).

FitPlot 2.6

2008-09-01
MacOsX 10.4 Universal, 10.5
  • New insert options allow to perform resizing, rotating, styling, nesting operations on newly inserted images.
  • Revised nesting algorithm. Now there are two ways, one suitable for single page printers and the other for sheet roll printers (plotters).
  • New transformations tool (takes place of the previous scale command). You can edit / transform a set of selected images changing their sizes / rotation / style in a single operation.
  • Preferences dialog revised (now it is organized by tabs and comprehends nesting and insertion preferences).
  • New text styles added. Now you can add to images a text tag showing the relative file name, path, size (Kb) and date.
  • Zoom improved, now you can magnify up to x4. Boxed zoom + and - are available through keyboard (space+command or space+option+command) and click-drag a box around the interested area.
    Furthermore you can live zoom using the mouse scroll ball (or scroll wheel) while holding the alt (option) key.
  • New FitPlot unlocking code system (see here for details).
  • Other improving in the interface:
    1. Zoom + is centered on the screen portions currently displayed.
    2. Numeric fields in the info panel now accept localized decimal point.
    3. Added contextual help buttons where considered appropriate.
  • Fixed some discovered minor bug.

FitPlot 2.5

2008-05-31
MacOsX 10.4 Universal, 10.5
  • Introduced pagination concept: a FitPlot document is no more limited to one page only.
    See pagination paragraph.
  • Along with the possibility to have more than one page, the export as pdf behavior has been extended to all pages in the FitPlot document. This has obliged me to abandon the 10.3.9 support (technically speaking, the PDFKit framework is not supported prior the 10.4 system release). Older FitPlot versions, until the 2.2, shall continue to work, of course, on MacOSX 10.3.9 too.
  • Alignments etc.: now alignments, centering and nesting refers always to the currently active page (if there are more than just the default one).
  • Imposition tools: this is a valuable tool (at least in my daily work). With imposition you can control the layout of a multipage PDF to obtain a disposition on your printer sheet to have a ready to stich booklet. See imposition paragraph.
  • Numerical clipping available from the info/edit panel. Now is possible to clip numerically, not only manually, all 4 sides, typing the value in the respective fields.
  • The site and help files have been completely revised. FitPlot has grown too much to reside in a single HTML page. Now you can find a more logic "by topic" subdivision.
  • Bug fixing: paste from other programs fixed and enhanced.
  • Editing much more responsive. When working in HiRes, each manual editing (moving, clipping, rotating, scaling) will be made in LoRes during the operation. Also the continuos updating of the thumbnail image that caused slowdowns, especially with large PDF images has been fixed. Now thumbnail image is updated only when strictly needed.

FitPlot 2.2

2008-03-01
MacOsX 10.3.9, 10.4 Universal, 10.5
  • New clipping function: now you can manually clip an image just clicking and dragging the side's handles.
  • Nesting. Now the name of the application "fits" better its meaning. I have introduced a first raw attempt of nesting algorithm. Clicking on the nesting tool (or choosing the nesting menu item), you can obtain a nesting of the images placed in the sheet toward the top of the page, optionally giving the chance to the paper to auto-resize.
  • Scale menu (more objects at once). Now you can scale objects in a selection in a single operation (menu scale).
  • Export as pdf. Now available from the file menu.
  • Interface improving:
    1. Now an indeterminate progress indicator ( spinning wheel) is showed while computer is taking its time (importing images, nesting etc.).When importing / dropping multiple images, they will be placed with a 10x10 pixels offset from each other (before they where placed overlapped).
    2. Flip operations now have the undo counterpart.
    3. As above, the style operations have their undo.
    4. Other not worthing to mention.
  • Bug fixing: some (not important) bug discovered has been fixed. Nothing worth to mention.

FitPlot 2.1

2007-11-16
MacOsX 10.3.9, 10.4 Universal, 10.5
  • Pasteboard images behavior enhanced: pasteboard images now can be saved: this is discussed in the preferences panel paragraph.
  • Use of symbolic link: a symbolic link allow to connect a file to its path even if it has moved (not removed!). It uses the alias technique.
  • New styles: styles has been deeply revised. Now you can choose to have trims, shadow, transparency (on pdf, tiffs with mask, png with transparency), dashes and strokes of various flavours on each image. According to this, the shadow and transparency options in the general preferences has been removed, since they have become individual images options. You can set a style on a selected set of images (all images are modified at once) from the tool -> object print style menu (or contextual menu), or on the super-selected image with the info panel (style popup).
  • New tools: added the cut, copy, paste, duplicate, open, save, new, undo, redo tools.
  • added the tool insert (to insert an image browsing the disk, instead of the drag & drop way).
  • added the serial duplicate tool: to reproduce one (or even more) images in rows x columns at user distance (x and y).
  • Revised preferences:
    1. Page color joins the other color settings.
    2. Grid step configurable for the three units available.
  • GUI enhancements: now the program use menu and tools validations. Menus and tools are enabled / disabled according with the what you can do in that moment.
  • Bug fixing: undoing after an object movement (with snap to grid on), caused the object to be repositioned slightly distant from where it was. Now it works correctly!

FitPlot 2.0

2007-10-19
MacOsX 10.3.9, 10.4 Universal, 10.5
  • Revised the graphic interface with the introduction of a customizable toolbar in perfect Apple style. Here you can choose your preferred tools and settings. More tools will come in future versions and on user suggestions.
  • Manual editing: added a free object transformation. With this option enabled you can freely resize and rotate images around a chosen pivot ( ). Selecting an object, 9 handles appears on the image borders (and center). Around the handles there are sensible areas where you can see your mouse cursor change according with the operation you can perform on that object. Click and drag to perform operations.
  • Added custom page size input fields to avoid the tedious Page Setup dialog. At the moment it is not possible to save the new page size int the known page sizes list (visible in the Page Setup dialog). It is possible, however, to save it as FitPlot template.
  • Added width and height fields in the info panel to constrain either W or H to a given length. The scale, at this moment is always proportional (scale X = scale Y).
  • Box selection. Added the possibility to select objects clicking dragging a box with the mouse.
  • Added undo on the change link operation.
  • Fixed some minor bug.

FitPlot 1.9

2007-09-07
MacOsX 10.3.9, 10.4 Universal
  • FitPlot is now localizable. Italian version joins the original English version.
  • Added flip horizontal and vertical transformations.
  • Added center in the printable area (alignment menu).
  • Added reveal in Finder push button.
  • Added new object styles.
  • Fixed some interface bug:
    1. Info window position is now saved in the preferences.
    2. Undo while moving / scaling / rotating object via edit fields in the info panel now acts correctly.

FitPlot 1.8

2007-07-06
MacOsX 10.3.9, 10.4 Universal
  • Universal, at last! FitPlot has been compiled for the Intel based Macs. Several bugs involving the use of the program under emulation has been fixed.
  • Enhanced info panel. The info panel has been expanded with an extra drawer showing path, image type, size (Kb), dimensions and bounds of the selected image (if any).
    1. Added a thumbnail of the selected image.
    2. Added a Change link push button to replace the selected image with another (see below, editable link).
  • Added a preference panel to set/save general preferences (common to all open documents).
  • Lock / Unlock. Added the possibility to lock / unlock objects to prevent unavoided movements.
  • PDF/tiff multipage support. A new very important feature is the possibility to select via info panel the desired page in a multipage pdf (or tif).
  • Multifile dropping. Another important improvement is that now you can drop on the program window more than just one file at once.
  • Resolution switch. Now you can set high / low screen resolution for the displayed objects. Printer devices, as always, use their best resolution.
  • Editable link. Last, but not least, double click on an object brings up the file browser letting you substitute the image with a new one.
  • User experience has been improved introducing move view and zoom controls with the mouse:
    1. move view tool: clicking on the spacebar you can move the view around (as in Adobe Photoshop).
    2. zoom tools: click with the mouse while holding down space+command keys to obtain a one step zoom+. Click with the mouse while holding down space+command+option to obtain a one step zoom-.
    3. According to the above, cursors have been revised so you will see a simple arrow while mouse is in a neutral area and a pointing hand while the mouse is over an object.
  • Some discovered bugs have been fixed and some minor aesthetic changes have been done (for example, selection ring weight now is no more tied to zoom or scale values, and so are trim lines and contour).

FitPlot 1.5

2007-02-14
MacOsX 10.3.9, 10.4 sotto Rosetta
  • In 1.5 version an info/edit panel has been introduced. With this tool you can control numerically position, rotation, style and even scaling of each object.
  • Scaling objects is another important feature introduced in FitPlot 1.5.
  • Rotation is no more limited to 45/90 degrees, but it is free (via the info window).
  • Both rotation and scaling take the "pivot" as tie for operations
  • Some discovered bug has been fixed, the most important was the drag-copy of objects. The copy was not consistent with the original, but a low resolution copy. Now this it has been fixed, more, the copy reflects scaling, rotation and style of the original.

FitPlot 1.1

2006-12-28
MacOsX 10.3.9, 10.4 sotto Rosetta
  • FitPlot is now a full document based application. Now you can save your work for later printing.
  • Undo / redo is now available for all objects operations.
  • Now you can save and collect your models (templates) to easy retrieve them. A new template file architecture enables you to prepare as many format as you want for any printer/plotter to have them quickly at your disposal (avoiding to call the page setup each time you need a new sheet format).
  • The program has become shareware. A watermark will be printed on the center of the sheet unless you request the password to avoid this.

FitPlot 1.0

2006-12-12
MacOsX 10.3.9, 10.4 sotto Rosetta

First public release. Free.