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Old 06-12-2009, 08:21 AM   #4
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Page layout programs usually do not store raw text, but they all work with it. My clients usually send Word files, which is a bit problematic (I strip out all the Word junk to create a plain text file). Then I place (not cut and paste) the text in the layout program, and format it. Text is normally stored in the layout file.

So you could do that as well. Do your writing and editing in a text editor, save the file, place it in PageStream (not sure what PageView might be), and arrange it there.

As for the artwork — bits of music, say — those should also be prepared separately and placed in the layout as illustrations. These are usually linked to, not actually present in the file. If you use fonts to prepare the images you should still save each one as an EPS file (not TIFF) to preserve the arrangement of the characters and keep them sharp when printed rather than fuzzy.

For all I know, some of the music notation programs in my other message will do just that. Accented alphabetic characters are formed as composites but behave as fonts when used. Whether any would be more manageable than Finale is something you will probably have to test.

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