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Defining Graphic Image Terms (1)

Fran Adams Building a digital philatelic study relies heavily on the use of graphics. Some of our readers may not be not familiar with terms used to describe graphic images or their properties, so let’s define some of these image

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Multiple Document Formats for Viewers

Fran Adams Regardless of the software you finally choose to produce your study, the best option is to convert it into more than a single file format. Files are typically produced in either in Microsoft PowerPoint (ppt) or Microsoft Word

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Naming Digital Files

Fran Adams Our Digital Philatelic Study (DPS) files typically will be stored on our computer’s hard drive. Ensuring we can find them easily among our other files can be problematic unless we use a filing system. Finding them is the

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How Hyperlink Navigation Works

Fran Adams Reading books and magazines means turning pages, typically in sequential order. If we reference the book or magazine’s Table of Contents (ToC), we often jump directly to a specific section or page, normally based on a page number.

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File and Folder Organization

Fran Adams Having all the necessary files present is important when your digital philatelic study must be portable. Nothing is worse than getting to a show in a strange city — with dealers that have your gems — and having forgotten

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Integrating Images into Digital Studies

Fran Adams Identifying and making images an integral part of the digital study requires a few rules as well. In this ongoing series of articles on creating a digital philatelic study, we’ll look at how to make images play nice

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Can You Read Me

Fran Adams Choosing the right typeface for the digital study is a big step. Remember, we’re developing for a computer screen, so things are a little different than producing printed media. Your viewer should not struggle reading the text. The

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Philatelic Exhibiting Bibliography

Fran Adams Many collectors starting out in the digital philatelic exhibiting arena don’t always know what background reference material exists for the art of traditional philatelic exhibiting. Digital exhibiting is based on the traditional exhibiting discipline and therefore we offer

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Do’s and Don’ts for Layout

Fran Adams In page design and layout, we can do many things right, but we can do a lot of things wrong. The viewer will either not notice the layout (we did our job well), or they will feel something

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Getting Text into your Computer

Fran Adams Preparation of text for use in Digital Philatelic Studies is a must. With prepared text as your building blocks, the assembly of your work will go a lot smoother and result in a much more presentable DPS. Word

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DPS Page Size and Layout

Fran Adams As is often said, but rarely practiced, “Planning is Everything.” In developing a DPS, that quote is an invaluable piece of advice. If suggestions in the preceding articles have borne fruit, you now have a reasonable subject, goal

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Do DPS Your Way

Fran Adams Perspective is your unique spin on your little piece of the wide, wide world of philately. It’s how you arrange your material and knowledge into the final presentation using a fresh angle only you can create. It’s the

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Structure and Content

Fran Adams Structure is good, but without logically aranged content, it’s nothing. Level 1 – ‘Splash’ (Title) Page The ‘splash’ page of the study is at the apex of the pyramid, the main entry point for the study. A ‘splash’

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Structure and Organization

Fran Adams After a successful week of note taking, let’s organize your dream. You do not have to, nor should you, immediately execute every minute detail you’ve written down. The Main Ideas Review your notes and pick out perhaps four

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A Dream + 3 Questions = The Goal

Fran Adams To realize a Digital Philatelic Study (DPS) you’ll need a dream and a few questions that result in a goal to achieve that dream. A Dream This part can be the most fun and picking your subject carefully

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A Few Key Points

Fran Adams The following are points I’ve come to recognize as being helpful in my efforts to produce digital philatelic presentations. Bear in mind that this list is not all inclusive, nor is every personal opinion included; but, it may

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Planning a Digital Study

Fran Adams Once a collector turns to exhibiting, the requirement to increase one’s philatelic knowledge expands exponentially, typically as a result of the need to display that knowledge to further an award level. Accumulating reference material is not the goal

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DPS Critique – Mega-Event 2007

Bob Odenweller, David Herendeen and Fran Adams The following is a general letter provided as feedback to the participants of the 2007 DPS Competition. “The jury for Digital Philatelic Studies (DPS) entered in the 2007 Mega-Event in New York reviewed

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DPS Competition

The Fall American Stamp Dealers Association Inc. (ASDA) Mega-Event includes a new form of philatelic competition. Participants may submit a Digital Philatelic Study (DPS). Such studies allow collectors to broaden the basis for the presentation of their research and knowledge

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Defining Digital Philately

Fran Adams My philatelic bookshelf is never wide enough for the number of reference books I aspire to. Binders with magazine cuttings don’t fit there and it never fails that some articles end up in the recesses of a bottom

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