IfixitBIG-- FYI: You can get rid of those little green triangles on your tickets by disabling Error Checking. Excel thinks that there might be a problem in the cell (even though there isn't). I believe the feature is disabled in Excel 2002 by going to Tools/Options and selecting the Error Checking tab.... then deselect the box that says something like "Enable background error checking." Sorry... I don't remember if that's it exactly. I've got Excel 2000 here at home. Alternatively, you can hover your mouse over the individual cells and a pop-up will ask you if you want to fix the cell.... and you can tell it to pound sand... or something to that effect. :-)
(Maybe others can correct me here, if I didn't get those directions quite right... )
I noticed that you posted a .bmp of your ticket. Did you know there is a button for automatically saving your ticket as a .gif? It says "Save Ticket 1 as a GIF." It should save it as "Ticket1.gif" in the directory where you have saved the TicketMaker .xls workbook.
(Just a helpful hint.... since gifs and jpgs are generally more browser-friendly when posting images in the forum.)
Thanks for the tip. I'm not printing these as I don't have a good printer so the format I'm saving them in hasn't been that important to me as I'm just emailing them out. That said, I had just cut and pasted the ticket from your program into Paint in order to add some other graphics which after reading Ifixit's posts I realized I didn't need to do. Then when I saved from paint it defaulted to a .bmp file.
Going forward, I'm just going to use the add image function in Excel to tweak the graphic. And I'll remember to save as a .gif.
To your point about the 'Save ticket 1 as a .gif' button, I don't use it as I like to keep copies of all of the tickets I make. May be a suggestion for later to have the option to "Save as" and then pick a filename. Otherwise, each time you use the program to create a ticket you're overwriting previous work. May not be a big deal to some but I like to have the old ones.
To your point about the 'Save ticket 1 as a .gif' button, I don't use it as I like to keep copies of all of the tickets I make. May be a suggestion for later to have the option to "Save as" and then pick a filename. Otherwise, each time you use the program to create a ticket you're overwriting previous work.
I had considered doing the Save As..., but thought this would be more user-friendly.... maybe not though. I didn't think people would be keeping their tickets, so I went the other way (plus the coding was easier). As an alternative, you can always rename the Ticket1.gif after it's saved, so you don't overwrite it next time. I've added this to my "issues log" for the next version.
Thanks for the 'disable error checking' tip. You got it right.
Good to know. Thanks for the follow-up. FWIW-- this issue was raised in a previous thread about the Ticket Maker, but I can't seem to find that thread. DOH!
how can i easily put a picture in the backround? (star wars ticket on page 7)
Unfortunately, you can't do backgrounds with the Ticket Maker. I'll have to check if Excel 2003 is any friendlier with background images (possibly for the next version), but it can't be done with Excel 2000 and earlier. The tickets with backgrounds are done using a Photoshop template (also available in this thread).
This thread shows why this is the best forum. Great talent and resources on every aspect. Several years ago I was trying to figure out what the hell was 5.1. Now I'm trying to figure out how to print tix for my soon to be completed theater.