Pressedit  is  useful  for combining  Press  files  together, selecting
certain pages from a Press file, or adding extra fonts to a Press file.
The general command format is illustrated in the following example:

 pressedit  ←  2  5  3  to   7  9

This means  "make a  Press file from  all pages  of,
pages 2 and 5 of the Press file, and pages 3, 4, 5, 6, 7  and 9
of; add font  TimesRoman10 to the fonts defined  in".
The resulting file will be arranged in the same order as  the component
input files.


To extract pages 3 and 17 from a Press file, and put them in

 pressedit ← 3 17

To add fonts logo24 and helvetica14 to

 pressedit ← logo24/f helvetica14/f

Here the arguments on the right hand side of the arrow may be  given in
any order.

To make  a blank,  one-page Press  file containing  all three  faces of

 pressedit    ←    timesroman10/f   timesroman10i/f

To append  to the  end of  all the  Press files  with names,, etc:

 pressedit ← fig3-*.press

Caution:  when  you  combine  files  with  Pressedit,  try  not  to use
different sets of fonts, or  the same fonts in different  orders.  This
will result in proliferation of  font sets, making the file  more bulky
and creating other minor sources of inefficiency.

Merging  Press files  together: Pressedit  allows any  number  of Press
files  to be  merged onto  the pages  of another  Press file.   This is
useful  for  inserting  illustrations  in  a  formatted  document.  The
following description assumes that the user wishes to  add illustration
figures,, . .  . . to a  document file

Illustration files should  be of one  page only; Pressedit  will ignore

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all  but the  first page.   The document  file may  have any  number of
pages.  The  illustrations are  placed in  position on  the appropriate
page with the aid  of an ARROW.  The  document file must have  an arrow
for every occurrence of  an illustration; every illustration  must also
have an arrow.  Pressedit aligns  the pairs of arrows when  merging the
files, and removes the two arrows.

In the document file, arrows have the form:


In other words, the name  of the illustration file is preceeded  by the
string <==< and is followed  by the character <. NO SPACES  are allowed
before the arrow, but you may use tabs to position it if you wish.

In the illustration files, arrows have no file name:


Again, no spaces before the arrow, please.

To merge the files, run Pressedit with a /m switch:

 pressedit/m  ←  .... fig

This command can of course be typed more concisely as follows:

 pressedit/m ←

for the  command interpreter  to expand.   All illustration  files must
thus be included in the input file list, preceded by the  document file
name. The  same illustration  may be inserted  on several  pages, using
arrows in  the document  file containing  the same  file name.  In such
cases, it is not necessary  to mention the illustration file  more than
once in  the command file.  For example, if has an  arrow on
every page referring to, it is sufficient to type:

pressedit/m ←

When merging files, Pressedit uses a special third pass during which it
types out the  page numbers containing  illustrations and the  names of
merged files. If the merged file was not listed in the command  line or
was found not to contain the necessary arrow for positioning, Pressedit
will complain, and will omit the illustration.

Three limitations

It  is not  currently  possible to  merge  with selected  pages  of the
document file, thus

 pressedit/m ← 2 to 6

Instead you must select the pages and merge in separate operations.

Illustrations  may include  any legal  Press entities,  but  at present
there are likely to be difficulties with very large images.

Certain  illustration  files  will give  Pressedit  problems,  and will

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result  in  the  message   "negative  origin."  This  means   that  the
illustration  was drawn  near the  top of  the page,  and is  now being
inserted near the bottom, causing  the "origin" to move off  the bottom
of the document  page. This happens only  in rare cases of  Press files
created with obsolete  versions of Draw.  If you should  encounter this
problem, get an up-to-date version  of Draw, read the Draw file  in and
write it out as a new Press file: the problem will go away.

ArrowLess Merging:  There are some  special situations, such  as adding
borders to each page  of a Press file,  in which it is  inconvenient to
have to fool around with the arrows that Pressedit/M requires.  To take
care of  this situation, there  is a more  limited but simpler  type of
merging of Press files provided by the /A switch, where the  "A" stands
for "ArrowLess Merge".  You invoke an arrowless merge by a command that
looks pretty much like a normal /M merge command:

 Pressedit/A ← illus*.press

What happens  is this: each  page of  will consist  of the
corresponding  page of, along  with a  copy of  all the
images on every page of every one of the illustration files.  No arrows
are necessary, and any arrows  that are present will be ignored.   As a
consequence, the illustration  images can't be  shifted on the  page as
part of the merge process.  Since there is no way to  specify shifting,
arrowless  merges  aren't as  powerful  as normal  /M  merges.   But an
arowless merge is a very convenient way to add a border or logo to each
page  of  a  document in  a  standard  place on  the  page.   Note that
Pressedit/A can also be used to combine any number of single-page Press
files into one  single-page Press file in  which all of the  images are

Page Numbers:

Pressedit will add page  numbers to the output  file if you use  the /p

 pressedit/p ←

The /p switch may be used on partial and multiple input files.  It will
omit the page number on the first page, and number the  remaining pages
starting at 2. Numbers  appear about 3/4 inch  down from the top  and 1
1/4 inches in from the  right. To change these default  options, append
any of the following paramenters to your command line:

xxx/o omit  numbers on the  first xxx pages.   (default 1)  xxx/s start
numbering at xxx (default 2) xxx/x x coordinate of number, in 100ths of
an inch (default about 675), measured from the left edge of  the paper.
xxx/y y  coordinate of  number (default about  1025) measured  from the
BOTTOM edge of the paper.

Thus to  start numbering  on the  third page  (i.e. omitting  the first
two), numbering from 17, with  the number positioned at x =  6.5 inches
and y = 10 inches, use the following command:

 pressedit/p ← 2/o 17/s 650/x 1000/y

Any and  all of the  page-numbering paramenters may  be omitted  if the
default value is OK.