My relationship with this computer program goes away back to my early days in the Baptist ministry here in Northern Ireland in 1973. At that time I had been given a loose-leaf Bible that I inserted my handwritten sermon notes into. Unfortunately my handwriting deteriorated to such an extent that I had to purchase a portable typewriter so that I could read my notes in the pulpit! Shortly afterwards I bought my first computer!
One day I was looking through a computer magazine when my attention was drawn to a small paragraph commenting on the benefits of a new program created by a company called Bookmaker which they named Clickbook. I read the précis with interest but set it to the one side because I thought it was much too expensive. In the end I managed to get a free copy as a result of purchasing some special paper for my church. From the time I first used it until today it has gone through several versions and over those years it has improved beyond recognition so that I have been able to use it for several different jobs with tremendous effect.
So what is Clickbook?
Clickbook is a powerful printing utility that lets you print from any application and turn the printed results into booklets, day planner pages, greeting cards, tri-folds, wallet books, bookmarks, CD jewel case books, doll books, posters, banners and more. The newest version will also create PDF books, posters and banners. Clickbook is extremely easy to use. From any application just choose File-Print…..and then choose “Clickbook Printer”. From there you can choose how you want your document formatted and then print it.
How then does this program work?
Clickbook works by intercepting print jobs that would normally go to your printer. Clickbook will collect the print jobs into a list. Then based on what options you select, Clickbook will scale and rotate the pages to create a booklet (or other layout) and then send the pages to the printer.
You can then re-arrange the order of the print jobs in Clickbook by dragging and dropping them above or below other print jobs. You can also uncheck print jobs that you don’t want printed in your booklet. If you choose Pages, then you will see an entire list of pages and you can choose just the pages you want and re-order them.
Clickbook formats your document in some or all of the following ways, depending on the printer layout you select and any modifications you may make to it:
- Shrinking to fit several pages on one sheet of paper.
- Expanding it to “poster” sized and printing it on multiple pages.
- Arranging the mini pages so they come out in numerical order after cutting and assembling.
- Printing double sided.
- Adding Clickbook margins.
- Adding extra space for binding.
- Adding headers, footers and watermarks.
Clickbook needs to know how to print pages on both sides of the paper so that you can create booklets, tri-folds and much more. Since each printer is different and may have a different paper path, it is important that a Clickbook printer is set up before you use the program.
How do I setup Clickbook?
Like other computer programs one has to initially run the setup program to install Clickbook on your hard disk.
Once you install the program Clickbook will prompt you to set up your printer/s. If you have more than one printer you may want to set them all up at once.
Hit File- “Printer Setup”, and Clickbook will look for new printers to configure. It will use a database of printers from BlueSquirrel, the owners of Clickbook, to setup your printer. If it doesn’t get it exactly right you can run the Custom Printer Setup by choosing your printer and hitting the setup button.
The Custom Printer Setup will walk you through a series of steps and print pages on your printer. It will ask you to pick your pages up (don’t separate them) and put them back into your printer. Then it will ask you a series of questions about what was printed. From this information, Clickbook creates a custom printer path for your printer. You should only have to set up a printer once.
Clickbook’s Main Screen.
From this screen you can do all that requires to be done with Clickbook. It contains a Menu Bar, Toolbar, Print Jobs, Status bar and Print preview allowing you to make modification to layouts and a lot more besides.
What are some of the benefits of Clickbook? – Here are five but I’m sure there are many more!
Paper Saving – When you print booklets with Clickbook you will be printing more than one page on a piece of paper. This of course will result in a saving of lots of paper.
Portability – A document that has been printed through Clickbook is much more portable. One common use is to print a document as a booklet which is a convenient size for carrying or storing in a day planner.
Turns an ordinary printer into a duplexing printer. – Using Clickbook you can use both sides of every sheet of paper. If you have a duplex attachment on your printer then duplexing can be used automatically.
Convenience – It is much easier to read and store documents that have been printed with Clickbook. They are smaller and can be put on a bookshelf or fitted into a laptop bag, backpack, purse or wallet.
Money Savings – If you were to have a professional printer create items you can print with Clickbook such as business cards, tri-folds etc. you could spend hundreds of dollars. However with Clickbook you could print all these things and many more for pennies.
Why I love……. Clickbook.
The one big reason is because of its many uses. This program contains more than 170 various layouts that can accomplish any conceivable job.
- Home – Home uses might include e-books, Greeting cards, Door hangers, CD Jewel cases, Happy birthday banners/posters.
- Education – Hand-outs, Personal publishing, children’s books, Bookmarks, Certificates, Posters.
- Business – Meeting notes, Presentation hand-outs, Reference material, Web pages, calendars, advertising banners
- Kitchen – Canning labels, Recipes, Name cards.
- Church – From the perspective of those of us involved in church work the uses to which Clickbook can be put are endless. Here are some of them:
- Sermon Notes – From experience A5 has been my preferred size for the notes I bring into the pulpit. When you print you sermon through Clickbook an A4 sheet becomes four A5 sheets and when folded in two it gives the preacher a nicely sized and handy document. The four sides are sufficient for a full sermon and after use the sermon can be easily stored away for future use.
- Sermon Hand-outs – Print fill-in-the-blank sermon hand-outs to allow attendees follow along during the sermon.
- Church Bulletin – You can print the Sunday schedule into a booklet with only one click.
- Memory Verse Cards – You can use the Business Card layout to give children a memory verse each week.
- Church Member Directory – Details of each other like names, phone numbers, email addresses and their home addresses.
It is one fantastically useful program. I can even print Christian Computing Magazine each month and keep a library of copies on my bookshelf for future reference! Get a free trial and prove it for yourself. http://www.bluesquirrel.com/products/clickbook/.
– By Pastor Gerald Rodgers