New extension: printing-marks

Bug #301776 reported by jazzynico
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This is a "crop marks" extension. Its goal is to draw crop marks, and optionaly center marks and bleed marks on the canvas, calculated with the document size. As this is my first python and inkscape code, it probably needs some proofing...
I've tried to copy Scribus' cropmarks behaviour, which seems to be a good start. If needed, I can add an optional test gradient and a comment line. Let me know if you think that that kind of feature would be interesting.

An example can be seen here :

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jazzynico (jazzynico) wrote :

Extension updates.

Here's what's working now:
. Crop Marks (with a default 7mm plus offset);
. Bleed Marks (with different top, bottom, left and right margins);
. Registration Marks (updated to use V shaped multicolor marks).

What's not working yet, but planned:
. Page information (date, title...);
. Colour bars;
. Use the bounding box of the selection to define the size of the extra marks (boolean).

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Guillermo Espertino (Gez) (gespertino-gmail) wrote :

Thaks for your work in this useful extension.
I'd like to know if you considered applying the marks to a selection (using the bbox rectangle as limit) as an option.
Applying the marks to the artwork area is fine, but in certain situations you need to use the paper area as a container for several originals (for instance, placing front and rear of a brochure in a same document).
Of course there's an easy workaround, and it only takes to create a document sized as one of the originals and reuse the crop marks in the other, but crop marks to selection would be very useful anyway.
Another interesting feature would be using guides as placeholders for fold or die-punch marks.

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jazzynico (jazzynico) wrote :


Yes, we plan to add an option allowing users to apply the marks to a selection.
For fold and die-punch marks, it isn't planned yet.

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jazzynico (jazzynico) wrote :

New files (option test error...)

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mahfiaz (mahfiaz) wrote :

I like the submenu name "Printing", I think "Perfect Bound Cover" from "Generate Template" should be moved over to "Printing".

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jazzynico (jazzynico) wrote :

You're right.
Aurélio just changed the menu to "Printing".
The extension will also be called "Printing marks".
(file update later)

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jazzynico (jazzynico) wrote :

New files. Tabbed.

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Aurium (aurium) wrote :

This extension replaces my cut-marks extension. The features are being united with a new name: printing-marks.

Changed in inkscape:
assignee: nobody → aurium
status: New → Fix Committed
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Alexandre Prokoudine (alexandre-prokoudine) wrote :

Thank you, everybody involved!

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Vladimir Savic (vladimir-firefly-savic) wrote :

Thank you... everybody. I really like this extension.

Is it possible to make color bars repeat in one line and between cut marks. This would be abstract representation of what I am thinking of:

Now you should have rough idea :)

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Aurium (aurium) wrote :

Hi Vladimir,

That is possible, but... That is not cool have a lot of options in the user interface, so we need a usage example where it is really useful. May you show that? Thanks.

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Vladimir Savic (vladimir-firefly-savic) wrote :

Maybe I was too cryptic in my previous writing. Sorry about that.

I own, pretty old, printing presses where you must take care of almost everything. There are no built-in densitometers and such. Operator usually needs to measure saturation/tint of colors on sheet. It can be a bit tricky to get colors correctly that way, as you can imagine. Having only one stripe of 10 tints of a color is usually sufficient for quality works - you are never sure if the correct amount of color have been transfered to paper.

Most of the time I do prepress work and have to setup everything the easiest way possible (for my operators). Placing color bars parallel to wider paper size in specific manner, that is. It's something I've tried to explain in my previous comment. Not successfully, I'm afraid. :)

I haven't invented this "workaround". Therefore, I've thought it's common. Maybe I'm wrong...

Thank you for your comment,

Changed in inkscape:
status: Fix Committed → Fix Released
jazzynico (jazzynico)
Changed in inkscape:
importance: Undecided → Wishlist
milestone: none → 0.47
tags: added: extensions-plugins
removed: extension
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