iCalamus offers an easy approach to DTP, and an excellent choice for creating simple posters, to complex magazines, scientific works and book publishing. iCalamus is a multi-lingual, frame-oriented desktop publishing solution for Mac OS X.
Working with precise measurement units is a breeze. Out of the box, iCalamus offers flexible masking options with many predefined, dynamically changeable frame shapes. Users may build virtual copies for multiple document elements and change them afterwards with just a few mouse clicks.
iCalamus can import all image and text formats which are supported by Mac OS X. Easily grab text content from large PDF documents for further text processing. Images from digital cameras, scanners or iPhoto libraries can be imported, as well as complete web pages. Print output supports all printers, and iCalamus can optionally output documents in various PDF formats (e.g. PDF-X, encrypted PDF, PDF Fax).
Want to order printed photo books and calendars online? Not a problem – create them first in iCalamus.
Or import your photo books and calendars from iPhoto.
»Produce your photobooks directly with iCalamus«
iCalamus offers a plug-in called Photographerbook which you can use for typesetting and purchasing photobooks in various versions directly in iCalamus. We have developed this plug-in for our partner FRIEDMANN* PRINT DATA SOLUTIONS who will ship your photobooks produced in high professional digital print quality directly to your home – even if you order only one item!
Photographerbook is a service exclusively offered to Apple users with Mac OS X by FRIEDMANN* PRINT DATA SOLUTIONS. We are so glad to support this service with iCalamus right now by combining the easy-accessible typesetting and layout possibilities of iCalamus with the high production quality of Photographerbook.
Create your own personal photobook with the current version of iCalamus. Release your creativity, there are no limits to it, no matter if you are pro or beginner. Use the probably unique possibility to partially enrich your book with effect-lacquer. This looks really gorgeous.
“But I use iPhoto already for my photo books.”
So what? Simply import your iPhoto photo books and calendars into iCalamus and order them at Photographerbook – at an even better price and quality, as much as we have tried. Try it yourself.
And the best of the new Photographerbook plug-in: You get it for free – it’s already in the app! No matter if you have already registered your iCalamus or not – you can create and produce these photobooks with at least 8 pages at any time. The Photographerbook prices start at 5.90 EUR.
Overview Of The Most Important Features of iCalamus
Easiest Frame Editing
Never before the opening and closing of frames was easy like in iCalamus. Each object has a tiny triangle in the upper left. A click on it opens the object and makes the content editable.
Another click, and it’s closed again. This way we save the Object Selection Tool and you save much time.
This means intuitive approach to frame content without being bored by changing tools first.
»I want to print a dozen copies of this business card on a sheet. But what if I have to change a bit?«
This is no big deal. iCalamus offers virtual copies. When you copy a frame virtually, it will then behave almost absolutely like the source frame which it was copied from. But don’t think about Parent & Children relationships here. There is nothing like that for virtual copies. When you change one of them, you change them all. At once. No fumbling.
This means fast production and care of documents.
Watch the demo about Virtual Copies.
Easiest Vector Text Editing
»Text is text. Period!«
Doesn’t have to. In iCalamus, you can convert text into vector graphics at any time and edit the graphics afterwards. Even a few mouse clicks change a simply written word into a logo or a graphic very soon.
This means formal freedom in the creative process, downwards to a single vector point.
Watch the demo about Easiest Vector Text Editing.
Update web pages in your document
»Stop, stop, stop … You tell me that I can place web pages in my doc?«
Yes. Just do it. No big deal. – OK, no big deal with iCalamus.
Open dialog, enter URL, import page. But the best of all: you can update the web page in your document at any time with a single mouse click. Can’t imagine what people will do with this.
This means new options for documentation and content layout.
»I heard about the Live Masking in iCalamus. What the heck is that for?«
Masking means to use e.g. just a portion of an image, but without destroying the original image data. Rectangles? Everybody can do.
Masks become exciting when you can choose a free shape for them. In iCalamus, each vector object can be used as a mask.
It’s even more exciting, when you use multiple masks at once. iCalamus offers fascinating mask effects. You can change them at any time – without big efforts. See the changes immediately in your document, in real-time, live!
This means saving time on masking and much space for your own creativity.
Watch the demo about Live Masking.
»And what about transparencies? Can I use transparies? What for?«
Images, PDF content, text, lines, frames, colors, gradients – simply everything.
Stepless from nothing to absolutely opaque.
Create Text Wrap Paths With Tracer
»Masking? Understood. But how do I get really cool masks?«
In iCalamus, you can create professional vector masks from images which bring alon transparency informations (in their alpha channel). The Content Inspector offers the function ‘Create opacity based outline’.
This means comfortable working in just one application – iCalamus.
Edit Frames, Objects, Vector Points at the same time
“Frames, objects, vector points??? I can’t make a point on this!”
iCalamus is consequently easy. Easy for you. Why shouldn’t you be allowed to edit objects or single vector points in an open frame and also work on other frames at the same time.
In iCalamus, you may. No limitations. But you don’t have to.
This means most comfortable editing of all document elements.
»What is this now?«
Who’s telling you that a shadow has always to be gray? And do shadows always have to fall in the same direction?
iCalamus offers largest possible freedom to set up shadow as you like to.
This means largest possible freedom on the shade side.
Mirrorizing Text Shadows
Who’s telling you that a text shadow must always fall from here to there, even equal for all text lines? And who’s telling you that a shadow has to be gray always?
iCalamus offers largest possible freedom to set up text shadow as you like to.
This means largest possible freedom even on the shade side of text life.
»Do I get lost in the program’s user interface as there are so many functions?«
We don’t think so.
The clever and practical inspector windows manage themselves if you don’t do it. If there is no more space left for opening all inspectors, the unused ones close themself again.
And – all inspectors think along. If some stuff is not required, it’s not shown or grayed out.
The most diligent one it the Content Inspector (it really has a lot to show.) – Like to take a look?
This means you can concentrate on your work.
Blend Modes for Frames
»Blend Modes? This blows my brains. There’s a lot iCalamus can do. Is it something like ·Blind Modes·?«
No, keep cool. iCalamus supports all blend modes as supported by the PDF specification. This means you can define by a mouse click how two frames should be blended. Date structures keep totally untouched. You can’t damage anything.
Think about e.g. printing a document area in inversed colors, creating color shifts or filter effects or simply fade out areas temporarily without having to erase or move frames.
This means fastest possible results without a high learning curve in image editing.
ICC Profile Support
»What happens with images when I have assigned an ICC profile to them in Photoshop?«
When you import images into iCalamus documents, all assigned ICC profiles are kept. These ICC profiles are considered not only in print output, but also in PDF output.
(How should I visualize this? Kind of a Before-After image? Great before, great afterwards? No, not really.)
This means secure productivity for you!
»What is LinkBack?«
A link is a reference to another place. A backlink is a reference back to the source of an object. The LinkBack technology offers all necessary steps to let a program like iCalamus, the publisher for Mac OS X, recognize when you have placed objects from a LinkBack supporting program like e.g. Barcody in a document. When you select such a barcode object, iCalamus “knows” that the object originates from Barcody and iCalamus can call Barcody for you, handle over the object to Barcody for editing and update the barcode object in the document immediately after you have saved changes to the object.
Read more about editing LinkBack objects in iCalamus.
Get more informations about the LinkBack project.
iCalamus requires Mac OS X v 10.4.5 or later, supporting Leopard and Snow Leopard!
Available in: Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, French, German, French, Italian, Latvian, Polish, Swedish (and counting)
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About invers Software: Located in beautiful Loeningen, Germany, invers Software is a privately funded company founded in 2002 by Ulf Dunkel. Leveraging his longtime experience from the desktop publishing and services field, Ulf’s goal is developing best-of-breed publishing tools for the Mac platform, complemented by first-class support.