Ovation Pro Reference Manual
This is the main manual for Ovation Pro, consisting of 20 chapters and nearly 300 pages. Each chapter and Appendix is held in a separate Ovation Pro document. You can load these and print them out. The documents are set out on A4 size pages, it may be convenient to use the pamphlet or galley print formats to print them out. They can be found on the CD at:
The files are also available in PDF format at:
The links below are to the sections in PDF and Ovation Pro document form (DPD). The PDF versions will probably appear in your web browser using the PDF plugin. The Ovation Pro documents have to be opened and Ovation Pro must be installed to view them. The Ovation Pro documents are a good example of how to use the program.
Contents DPD or PDF
1 Introduction DPD or PDF
2 Getting Started DPD or PDF
3 Working with Text DPD or PDF
4 Adding Style DPD or PDF
5 Formatting Text DPD or PDF
6 Defined Styles DPD or PDF
7 Document View DPD or PDF
8 Drawing and Editing Objects DPD or PDF
9 Working with Objects DPD or PDF
10 Working with Pictures DPD or PDF
11 Pages, Chapters and Master Pages DPD or PDF
12 Printing and Mail Merge DPD or PDF
13 Commercial Printing DPD or PDF
14 The Spelling Checker DPD or PDF
15 Customisation DPD or PDF
16 Defined Colours DPD or PDF
17 Macros DPD or PDF
18 Applets DPD or PDF
19 Script Language DPD or PDF
A Font Management DPD or PDF
B Character Sets and Escape Sequences DPD or PDF
C Key and Constant Macros DPD or PDF
D Date and Time Format DPD or PDF
E Keyboard and Mouse Short-cuts DPD or PDF
F Defining Borders DPD or PDF
G Defining Colour Charts DPD or PDF
H Glyph Names DPD or PDF
I Document Description Language DPD or PDF
J Expression Evaluation and Units DPD or PDF
Glossary DPD or PDF
Index DPD or PDF
Complete Manual as one big file PDF
Example files for Chapter 12:
All examples in a zip file
The Tutorial directory is located on the CD at:
It contains all the files used by the tutorial guide supplied with Ovation Pro. It also contains the Tutorial guide as an Ovation Pro document.
Tutorial Guide DPD or PDF
Tutorial in document form with examples, source material etc. in a Zip archive
Script Language Reference Guide
Location DavidPilling\Documentation\Script DPD or PDF
This manual contains information on the Ovation Pro script language and other programming details. It is suitable for competent programmers. Ordinary use of the program is possible without understanding this document.
Quick Reference Guide
Location DavidPilling\Documentation\RefCard.dpd DPD or PDF
The Quick Reference card supplied with Ovation Pro.
The directory Documents contains a selection of Ovation Pro documents that demonstrate many of its facilities.
All example documents in a zip file
Copy of a magazine produced using Ovation Pro.
Location Others\Hallas\Resources\Risc User
This directory contains a set of thirteen articles which appeared in
RISC User magazine, volumes 11 and 12. The articles concern various
aspects of desktop publishing using Ovation Pro, and were all written
by Richard Hallas.
All documents in a zip file
A frequent requirement is for label templates there are a number on the CD, these are standard Avery labels, the width, height (in mm) and number of labels are given.
L7651.dpd L 7651 38.1x21.2x65
L7651Link.dpd L 7651 38.1x21.2x65 with linked frames. Linked frames are useful for mail merging.
L14.ddl Avery L14 Labels
L7160.dps L7160 63.5x38.1x21
L7160_L.dps L7160 63.5x38.1x21 linked
L7162.dps L7162 99.1x34x6
L7162_L.dps L7162 99.1x34x6 linked
L7664Write.dps L7664 Diskette 70x71.9x8
L7159.ddl L7159 64x34x24
L7159_L.ddl L7159 64x34x24 linked
L7161.ddl L7161 63.5x46.6x18
L7161_L.ddl L7161 63.5x46.6x18
L7164.ddl L7164 63.5x72x12
L7164_L.ddl L7164 63.5x72x12
Contains a collection of useful templates and examples of how to achieve certain effects.
All documents in a zip file
A series of two articles written by John Pettigrew on using the Ovation Pro script language published in the February and March 1999 editions of Acorn User.
A series of three articles written by John Pettigrew on writing Ovation Pro applets published in Acorn User in 2000.
A series of three articles by Tony Howatt on writing Ovation Pro applets published in Risc User in 1998.
A Foundation RISC User article on writing scripts and applets by Gavin Crawford.
Note that these articles are about the RISC OS version of Ovation Pro, most they say applies to the Windows version. However not all the example programs can immediately be run on Windows. For this reason they are supplied in RISC OS format zip files.
Acorn User articles appear by kind permission of John Cartmell editor of Qercus - firstname.lastname@example.org www.qercus.com Qercus: a fusion of Acorn Publisher & Acorn User magazines. Thanks also to John Pettigrew and Steve Turnbull editor of Acorn User at the time.
Risc User articles appear by munificence of Sheridan Williams of Beebug, and I'd also like to thank the editor of Risc User at the time Richard Hallas and the author of the series Tony Howat.