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Tips and Tricks for Medias and Master Pages

This is a small collection of tips & tricks specifically related to the use of Master Pages and Medias, along with the Sheet Configuration properties for any sections.

Adding a Blank page in the back on odd-paged duplex jobs

If you’ve been using PlanetPress Design 7, you might be wondering where the “Force Front Page” option went, or how to add a blank page on odd-numbered page duplex jobs to avoid the following record printing on the “back” of that last page.

Fear not, Connect does this all for you. Whenever a job is set to “duplex”, if it so happens that the number of pages is odd, a blank page is automatically inserted in the job in order to prevent this sort of thing. We can do this simply because we know exactly what a record is and how many pages it produces, we control the overflow, so it becomes trivial to set this up.

Note: Here, the “blank” page means “blank from contents”. The master page will still be present on the back, but nothing will appear on it.

Adding a "Terms and Conditions" page on the back of the first sheet

This is a pretty common setup for a lot of service companies: At the back of the first sheet, a terms & conditions page (generally, a static one) appears, with the invoice (or other transactional data) continuing on the front of the second sheet. And, of course, the T&C page shouldn’t be counted in the pagination, right? Of course not.

The setup for this is simple enough:

  • Create a Master Page called, for example, Terms and Conditions. Enter your text, design, formatting, etc. Make sure it all fits on that single page.
  • Right-click on your Section 1 in the Print Context, and click Sheet Configuration.
  • Check the Duplex option at the top of the dialog.
  • Untick the Same for all positions checkbox.
  • In the First Sheet section, use the following options:
    • Allow content on: Front Only
    • Master Page Front: Master 1 (or whatever is your usual master page)
    • Master Page Back: Terms and Conditions.
  • Setup the rest of the pages as usual.

Because Allow Content is sent to only place contents on the front, but a master page has been set to the back of the page, the T&C will appear without any contents. Overflow of transaction items will thus flow from Page 1 (First Sheet, Front) to Page 2 (Second Sheet, Front)!

Additionally, if doing pagination, the Content Page Number (Insert > Special Character > Markers > Content Page Number) and Content Page Count does not count pages that do not “Allow Content”. This means the T&C page would not appear as “Page X of N” when generating output. Cool, eh?

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