I'd like to have a simple flyer generator on my site but don't know where to start. Are there any pre-created generators out there that I can download, customize and incorporate into my site? Or tutorials on how to create my own? Or... ?
Yeah, I wasn't quite sure where to post this question, so I apologize if I'm in the wrong forum. I don't know what a print design object is, but here are a couple examples of what I'm looking for:
OK. That's a little clearer. Thanks. Those are great links, by the way.
The first link (http://www.petbond.com/flyerentry.php) uses a script written in PHP called flyermaker.php. You could do a google on this. It might be a free script or at least readily available. The second (http://www.bestfriends.org/nomorehomelesspets/resourcelibrary/flyermak er/flyermaker.cfm) uses what probably is a proprietary script to Best Friends. At least it is a script hosted on their site.
You could try google'ing "pdf scripts". This is not a simple undertaking. You would be better off finding a package designed for this.
Hope this helps. Sorry I couldn't be of more help.
Well, I've been Googling endlessly for days now and am not finding a thing in either ready-made scripts or tutorials. There's just GOT to be something out there to get me started. I've searched every combination of terms I can think of, and looked at several (free/purchase) script sites to no avail. Any help?
Well, I just did a Google on "flyermaker.php" and it came back with a lot of results, including
I initially searched "flyermaker.php" days ago and also came up with lots of results. The problem I found was that most sites offered downloads for allowing me to create flyers, not scripts to copy and use on my website to allow my users to create flyers. Maybe I'm totally misinterpreting these sites?:
On the SoftwareGeeks site, the EVH Flyer Creator is software I can download to create my own desktop flyers;
The Petbond site allows me to create my own flyer online;
The Freelancer site is requesting bids to create the exact thing I'm searching for.
If you are a non-profit, you might be in a good position to ask.... I looked a little more at those links, and your interpretation was correct. I will try some other searches, but am not very hopeful.
In the meantime, have you thought about alternatives?
If your visitor creates a flyer from your site, s/he will probably want to download and print it. Most people can not print anything larger than 8 1/2 x 11 or 8 1/2 x 14. It would be a lot easier to create a web page that the visitor could then print. Not the easiest task, especially if you keep the number of options relatively restricted (i.e., do you need 20 styles of borders?). You could do this as if it were an email. Actually doing it that way would save the user from having to download the flyer. There are many scripts and options for doing email like this.
What do you think?
I really appreciate your ongoing correspondence and suggestions while I look into this.
I can make the forms, I just need the script to process them. I am a non-profit and did ask one organization who said I could copy their script, but the script wasn't included in their code and I didn't pursue it. I haven't come across many flyermakers I necessarily liked, so even with script in hand, I'd have to modify it to do what I want.
What I currently have is several images that link to Word .doc's that people can click on, open and edit. Since a lot of people don't have Word, I suggest they search for free downloadable word processing programs. I also offer making the flyers free of charge and emailing them in .doc and/or .pdf formats. I would love to have an interactive alternative as well. My layouts are extremely simple: very large print that fills an 8-1/2" x 11" page, black and red, two font styles, and most have room for a photo.
In my search, I came across one website that offered just what you are talking about. The user fills out a form that submits to a new webpage with a printable flyer created. I like the idea! Although, when I tested and printed the page, the whole document was stretched horizontally and it looked terrible. I wouldn't want that to happen!
So the scripting is done AS IF it were email, but actually creates a new webpage? What type of scripts do that?
Again, I really appreciate your thoughts and suggestions. I just cannot believe how hard and unsuccessful it has been searching for scripts to do this!
The .doc is definitely a dead end. As you said, many do not have MS Word.
Can you supply a link to that site that generates flyers but whose output is distorted? That shouldn't happen. There might be a pretty easy way to keep from doing so. Sounds like it might be a graphic gone awry.
I think what is making this hard is that you are trying to do a print job in a non-print medium. It's difficult enough to get webpages to print nicely. Not many designers ever think that someone might want to do that to their page(s).
Whether email or webpage, you are still dealing with the same html, with one big difference: email programs do not allow the use of css style sheets, so all coding has to be done in-line. Among others http://www.webassist.com offers an email generator. It is easy to use. As I recall, it is relatively inexpensive. With what you describe as your formatting needs, it should work quite well.
Hope this helps.
Thanks, Barry. I can't find that website at the moment and can't backtrack since my history is cleared, but if I find it again, I'll post.
In my search, I did come across another idea of having users fill in the blanks of a ready-made, printable .pdf document (I've created lots of these). Only problem is, photos can't be incorporated or inserted so far as I know, so that's pretty much useless unless the user doesn't have or need a photo.
I create my own email newsletters from scratch in HTML and inline CSS, so I'm quite saavy in that but it's a lot of work. A standard flyer would be a lot easier, however, by just replacing a couple words and a photo... I'll keep that idea in mind.
Do post that link when you find it. Just curious.
I'm a little surprised at not being able to insert an image in a .pdf file. And I should think that 's a pretty important part of the flyer. Do you have Acrobat Pro 9? I saw something in the forum about the Pro's SDK. Look at this http://forums.adobe.com/message/1921432#1921432.
It sounds like you're pretty much all set. Let us know if you run into any problems along the way.
I do have Acrobat 9 Pro, so I'll check it out. I'm only assuming a photo can't be inserted by the user, but would love to find out it can! My experience is with older versions of Acrobat, so lets hope version 9 allows it. Thanks for the link to that article - I'll check it out.
And thanks again for all your input, I'm sure I'll be back.
I realize this is an old thread, but I'm trying to do *exactly* the same thing as the OP—even looking at the same script (flyermaker.php).
Have you found a solution to this? What I'd like to do is to create my own free "lost dog" flyer generator, but with a different design. I can manage to tinker with the CSS to change the appearance, but I have no idea how to make my own flyermaker.php.
Thank you so much for any input!
I haven't pursued it much further but it's still on my list of things to do. I did dabble a bit in creating my own generator in Acrobat, but found it was going to take a LOT of time and work.
Currently, I offer "sample" flyers that I created in Word for users to download, save and edit to their needs. I also offer free tailored flyers upon request that I create myself and email in .pdf and/or .doc format -- a labor of love and passion for what I do, if you will.
One thing I didn't like about the generators I found out there was lack of control over multiple font sizes and object placement. With downloadable Word flyers, users can manipulate and change anything they like.
Sorry I couldn't help further!
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