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This module serves for the definition of the basic data of a layout (page format, page and chapter numbering) as well as for working with complete pages and layouts.

The Page module is divided into three function groups: The first is for working with normal document layout pages, the second is for working with so-called master pages.

The third function group offers all basic possibilities for using layers in your documents.

Master pages

Master pages are like style sheets. They allow you to establish elements which will appear on one or more related document pages. Here are examples of such elements:

  • Header and footer areas of a page: Lines, text, and even graphics can be used here. The only condition: They must look the same on several pages.
  • Manual registration marks
  • All kinds of guidelines

Each document must have at least one master page. All the elements on the master page will appear on all the document pages related to it (that's why they are called master elements). A master page can – and should – apply to several document pages, but must contain only the elements which should appear on every page (for exceptions, see below). Text frames that will be filled only later with text can not be created on master pages, because these will look different on every page; body text should be created on the document pages themselves. It is possible to use more than one master page in a document, but any single page has only one master page which applies to it, so can only adopt the elements of this one master page. These master page elements are divided into master frames, guidelines and layout rulers.

Master frames appear on document pages exactly as defined on the master page. You cannot change master frames on document pages, but you can turn them all on or off, or move them to the background or foreground. Registration marks too can be defined as elements on master pages, by putting together suitable raster areas and lines. However, it is simpler to use special functions provided for this (see below, Set layout/working area). You can also generate crop marks with this and have some additional functions available.

There is one exception to the rule that all master frames must look the same: This concerns the page number. Below in the description of page numbering, and in the Text module / Tools function group, we mention that for page numbering you basically only use a placeholder, which Calamus will automatically convert to the correct page number. You can also use these placeholders on the master page, and Calamus will handle them correctly. The frames are then really identical (each has the same placeholder), but Calamus will assign different values to the placeholders on each page during output.

Likewise, guidelines (see Guideline module) and page layout rulers (see Frame editing module / Display function group) can also be defined on the master page, but you can change them on document pages. However, if you change them, you will change them not just on the current page, but also on the relevant master page and all other document pages that use this master page.

When you add a new page, you must specify which master page it should use. To do this, you give every master page a name which you can use to call it up again. You can also delete a master page which is being used by other document pages, but you must specify a replacement master page for it.


Layers are a further method to structure documents in an elegant way. In Calamus you have nearly unlimited possibilities to work with layers.

  • Each document page and each master page can contain any number of layers.
  • The layers are not tied to a fixed sequence order.
  • Layers can be assigned flexibly to layer groups.
  • Layers and layer groups may be protected.
  • Layers and layer groups may be switched to be invisible, in which case they are not output with the rest of the document during printing.

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Last updated on June 24, 2015

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