Frequently Asked Questions

As users will submit their questions and comments, we will create a list of themes concerning various aspects of GLYPHOTEXT which require particular explanations.

  1. Importing GLY files
  2. Exporting to MS Word™ (or to other applications)
  3. How to produce a PDF document from your Glyphotext document
  1. Importation of GLY files

    Q: Once a GLY document is imported, several signs of errors (the ? ) remain in the text. What is happening ? And what to make of it ?

    A: The method of importation of Glyphotext is rather powerful. On the other hand, the limits imposed by the codes of the Manuel de Codage are sometimes impossible to solve. There are some inconsistencies in the logic of the system on which we do not have any control. The same applies to liberties sometimes too broad allowed to users in typing the codes. As for the groups modified or created by the users of Winglyph, the problem is well known: the description of these groups remain on the user's hard disk, the document not transporting them.

    Note that it is possible that our import engine still has some faults. It will then be necessary for you to contact us, sending us some codes from the original GLY document and the same from the imported document. We will then react swiftly.


  2. Exporting hieroglyphs to MS Word™:

    Q : How to export hieroglyphs to Microsoft Word™

    1. Select the document sequence containing the glyphs you want to export
    2. If you intent is to export only specific quadrats, these will need to be selected in the hieroglyphic editor, by clicking on the first quadrat you wish to export, then, holding down the SHIFT key, clicking on the last quadrat you wish to select. At this point, all quadrats between the first and the last you clicked should be selected.
    3. From the main menu, select File->Export->As Graphics
    4. Select the desired options:
      • Source: Specify whether only selected glyphs or the whole sequence should be exported.
      • Destination: Specify whether you want to save the result to a an EMF file, or copy to the Windows Clipboard.

        If you export to a file, specify the file name by clicking the "..." button and browse to the desired folder and enter the file name.

      • Options: Specify the line height and the pen width that Glyphotext should use to draw the glyphs. Specify also if only black and white should be used.
    5. Click Ok. If you have exported to a file, it will now be created on your disk, at the location you specified. If you exported to Clipboard, it now contains the graphics image of the exported glyphs.
    6. To import in Word: If you have exported to file, you can simply execute (from Word's main menu) Insert->Picture->From File... and select the file you exported to.

      A simpler way is to export to Clipboard, switch to Word, and select from the main menu Edit->Paste Special.... A dialog box appears, and asks you to select how to paste the Clipboard image. Select "Picture (Enhanced Metafile)" and click Ok.

    Please note that any application that supports the EMF file format can also import the hieroglyphs that you export from Glyphotext.


  3. How to produce a PDF document:

    Q : How can a Glyphotext document be converted to PDF?

    Virtual Windows printers exist that work exactly like real printers, but generate PDF documents instead of actually printing to paper.

    All you need to do is install one of these printers on your system. Some are commercial and some are free. Here are 2 that we have tested and recommend:

    • PDF Creator (free - download version 0.8.1 with file name PDFCreator-0_8_1_AFPLGhostscript.exe.)

    • Primo PDF (free - Click on Download Now on their home page)

    Once installed, these printers work the same way as a real printer (select the printer in the print options dialog.