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Adobe® PageMaker® 6.5 offers tools for each person in the publishing cycle: graphic artists and designers; writers and editors; production artists, typesetters, and prepress professionals. With PageMaker, you can integrate text and graphics from many sources into virtually any kind of publication, from newsletters and brochures to color catalogs and magazines to Web pages, with maximum precision and control.


Before beginning to use Adobe PageMaker Classroom in a Book™, you should have a working knowledge of your operating system and its conventions. You should know how to use the mouse and standard menus and commands. You should also know how to open, save, print, and close files. If you need to review these techniques, see your Windows 95 or Macintosh documentation.

About Classroom in a Book

Adobe PageMaker Classroom in a Book teaches you all the basics, as well as many advanced techniques, that you need to know to get the most out of PageMaker. The publications you will assemble include a flyer, letterhead, booklet for a CD jewelcase, pamphlet, newsletter, catalog, and book, as well as PDF and HTML Web pages.

Unlike a real work environment, Classroom in a Book lets you move at your own pace and even make mistakes! Although you create a specific publication in each lesson, there is room for exploration and experimentation. You may follow the book from start to finish, or pick the lessons that interest you most.

How to get started

Before you begin using Adobe PageMaker Classroom in a Book, you need to make sure that your system is set up correctly, and that you have installed the required software.

The Classroom in a Book CD does not include the Adobe PageMaker 6.5 program. You must purchase Adobe PageMaker 6.5 separately. To install the program, refer to the Adobe PageMaker 6.5 Getting Started book which comes with PageMaker.

Minimum system requirements

Make sure your system meets the minimum system requirements needed to run Adobe PageMaker 6.5, as detailed in the Adobe PageMaker 6.5 Getting Started book. You must allow additional hard-disk space for copying the project folders to your hard disk.

Installing new PageMaker .bin file (Windows only)

On Windows systems, you need to replace a .bin file, which improves the way PageMaker performs its automatic layout adjustment.

From the WIN_fix folder on the Classroom in a Book CD, copy the file ALRules.bin to C:\PM65\RSRC (where C:\PM65 is the drive and folder containing PageMaker 6.5). When prompted to replace the existing ALRules.bin file, click Yes.

Copying Classroom in a Book files

The Adobe PageMaker Classroom in a Book CD includes files for all ten lessons, each in its own project folder. Copy the folders for your platform (Windows or Macintosh) to your hard disk before you begin the lessons. If disk space is limited, copy each project folder only as needed, but be sure to install the fonts as required by the lesson.

Important: The files on the Classroom in a Book CD are not locked. Once copied to your hard disk, it is possible to make and save changes to them. If you make unwanted changes to a file, you should recopy it from the Classroom in a Book CD.

Making sure ATM is installed

Before you begin these lessons, make sure you have Adobe Type Manager®(ATM®) 4.0 (or later) installed. ATM is a font utility included with PageMaker 6.5.

Required fonts

In addition to using some commonly used fonts, all projects included in this book feature Adobe Originals® fonts. The Adobe fonts are found on the Classroom in a Book CD in the Fonts folder. The standard fonts you should have are:

Windows Arial, Helvetica, Times New Roman, and Symbol.

Macintosh Geneva, Helvetica, Times, and Symbol.

Note If you have not installed a font used in a project, you may receive font substitution requests when you open the final files at the beginning of a lesson. For information on font substitution see Appendix B in the Adobe PageMaker 6.5 User Guide.

Installing fonts in Windows

In Windows 95, you must install the fonts using ATM. The default location for fonts is the psfonts folder on your hard disk. You may have specified a different location.

Note If you have ATM Deluxe, follow the instructions in its user guide.

  1. Choose Start > Programs > Adobe > Adobe Type Manager. In the ATM window, click the Fonts tab.

  2. Make sure Browse for Fonts is selected for Source, and locate the Win\Fonts folder on the Classroom in a Book CD.

  3. Select the fonts you want from the list on the right. Then click Add.

  4. Choose File > Exit to exit ATM.

Installing fonts on the Macintosh

On the Macintosh, fonts require no special installation to be used by ATM. To add fonts, quit any open applications and drag the individual font files into the Fonts folder within the System Folder. To remove fonts, drag the font files from the Fonts folder.

Installing PPDs (Windows only)

Adobe PS Driver andIn Windows 95, you need the Adobe PS driver 4.1.1 and two PPDs installed: the AGFA-Pro9800 and the HP LaserJet 5Si. Even though you may never print to these printers, you must specify these printers as the final output device in several projects.

Before you begin any project that you plan to take to a service provider, you must know which final output device the provider will use and, from the start, select that device for Compose to Printer in the Document Setup dialog box, even if you plan to print drafts on your own printer. (You'll learn how to do this in the lessons.) In PageMaker for Windows, font choices and sizes, resolution of text and graphics, and the print area depend on the device you select.

To ensure that you get the expected results in these lessons, install these printers now. Although these projects are composed for a specific printer, you can still print them on your own printer by selecting your printer and its PPD in the Print dialog box.

The Adobe PageMaker 6.5 CD includes the driver, the PPDs, and an installer. Follow these steps to install them:

  1. Exit all programs, and turn off virus-detection and screen-saver software. (This frees memory and prevents conflicts between the installer and other programs.)

  2. Insert the Adobe PageMaker 6.5 CD, and click Install PS Driver 4.1.1 (Win95).

  3. Click Next. In the Install Setup Program, select Yes or No depending upon if you want the driver setup program installed on your hard disk, and then click Next.

  4. Select Local Printer (even though you will never connect to it), and then click Next.

  5. Under drives, open the drive containing the Adobe PageMaker 6.5 CD. Under directories, open PSDriver\PSdvr411\PPDs\agfa. Select AGFA-ProSet9800, and click Next.

  6. Accept the default port LPT1: and click Next.

  7. Select No for both "Do you want to use this printer as your default printer?" and "Would you like to print the test page?" Then click Next.

  8. If you have an earlier version of the driver, the setup program will list the files that need to be updated. Click Next.

  9. Click OK in the AGFA-ProSet9800 Properties dialog box.

    You have successfully installed the driver and added the AGFA PPD to your system.

  10. When prompted, click Add Another.

  11. Repeat steps 5 to 9, but in step 6, open the Hewlett-Packard folder within the PPDs folder (instead of agfa) and select HP LaserJet 5Si.

  12. Click Exit to close the installer.

    You now must place a copy of each PPD in the PageMaker PPD folder.

  13. Copy Agpro981.ppd and Hplj5si1.ppd from C:\Windows\System, and paste the copies in C:\PM65\RSRC\Usenglsh\Ppd4.

Installing Acrobat Reader, Acrobat Distiller, and an Internet browser

To open the PDF files on the CD, you must have Acrobat Reader 3.0 (or later) installed. Lessons 9 and 10 both require Acrobat Reader, Acrobat Distiller 3.0 (or later), and an Internet browser compatible with Acrobat Reader, such as Netscape Navigator 3.0 or Microsoft Internet Explorer 3.0. The Acrobat software is included with PageMaker 6.5; you need to obtain the Internet browser from a third-party.

PageMaker tutorial movies

The Classroom in a Book CD includes five QuickTime movies that each present a new PageMaker feature. When a lesson uses one of these new features for the first time, it will refer you to the appropriate movie.

The movies are located in the Movies folder on the Adobe PageMaker Classroom in a Book CD. Each movie is in a separate folder with a companion PDF file. The PDF file includes step-by-step instructions to create a project using the features shown in the tutorial. You can print the PDF file if desired.

Playing the movies

To watch the movies, you need QuickTime™ 2.1.2 (or later) for Windows or QuickTime 2.5 (or later) for Macintosh, including its Movie Player application. Both are included with PageMaker 6.5.

To play the movies, in either Windows Explorer or the Finder, locate the movie file and double-click it. In the QuickTime Movie Player window, click the play button.


For best results viewing these movies, set your monitor to at least 256 colors.

Adobe products and services

For more information about Adobe products and services, you can use forums on CompuServe® and America Online, the Adobe home page on the World Wide Web, or Adobe's own bulletin board system.

To open the Adobe home page, from the World Wide Web, use the URL http://www.adobe.com.

To use the Adobe bulletin board, call 206-623-6984. Forums and availability vary by country.

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