Edinburgh EH4 7AG
+44(0)131 336 2849
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over forty years Harry McIntosh has serviced a nucleus of select
customers with a fully comprehensive range of typesetting
facilities and typefaces to suit all of their requirements. He
has recently (2013) sold a large part of his Monotype collection,
but has kept back more than enough to retain a strong presence in
Monotype hot-metal typesetting – see the list below. Thanks
to MacTronic, he can offer this service to everyone. Harry has
been using MacTronic to produce punch-tape since 1986, and later,
in 1996, direct to caster – no paper tape!
a great deal of testing and extra features, the long-awaited Mark
3 has now arrived. It is available to all interested parties who
want a well-tested, reliable, self-contained unit that is
customised to their requirements – NO coding or DIY and
certainly no reliance on Internet connection!
(as well as LibreOffice, InDesign, Word,
etc.) is used to input text in conjunction with very versatile
software and an easy-to-install, clamp-on unit – no paper
tape and ready to go without disturbing any caster adjustments!
Just think – no more reliance on worn, badly adjusted
pneumatic keyboards, justification drums, sticky stopbars and
keybars with all their idiosyncrasies; and, of course, no need
for expensive, scarce paper tape and re-keying – mistakes
and revised specifications are easily rectified with a few
keystrokes. The ‘Windows’ environment is used with
USB connection and, due to a long experience in computing and
typecasting, there are many new features – all rigorously
tested! Having abandoned the use of R-Pi/Arduino in favour of a
Windows 10 tablet (Linx 1010 tablet is included and ready to
go!), all tried and trusted programs can still be used –
everything (including software) is in the box! If attached to a
normal monitor and keyboard, the tablet can be used as a desk-top
PC that will give easier viewing to rest of programs –
OpenOffice, DiecaseLayout and WinJp.
development allows word-processor disks, data files, e-mails, or
copy that can be either scanned or keyboarded into a computer to
be converted into Monotype hot-metal or 31-channel punched tape.
OpenOffice (as well as
etc.), is now used to control text input. This means
complete control of accuracy, word spacing, hyphenation, line
breaks, page breaks, etc. – you get what you see on your
MacTronic system comprises of a text output from OpenOffice
(as well as LibreOffice, Indesign, Word, etc.). Special
hot-metal fonts are used to control line-endings, hyphenation,
etc. When a satisfactory result has been achieved, a PDF file is
generated to give a hot-metal facsimile. This PDF can be sent to
customer for checking, and any last-minute alterations can be
done before commitment to caster. After any corrections, the file
is processed through a Justification Program (including diecase)
to produce a final hot-metal file with complete control of galley
length by line/page and auto-generated galley lines with stop
quads. This is sent to caster, through Cast Driver Program and
Interface, to create perfectly justified galleys of type.
extensive selection of classical Monotype typefaces have been
retained for the use of the discerning publisher, press or design
studio - see the list below. Traditional skills and quality
control are used throughout all services. For further information
regarding spool setting, typesetting, digital setting, or even
letterpress printing, please contact us.
(169) - 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14pt
Bembo (270) - 6, 8, 9,
10, 11, 12, 13pt
Bodoni (135) - 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 11D, 12,
Bulmer (469) - 11, 12pt
Caslon (128) - 10, 11,
Garamond (156) - 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12pt
(262) - 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14pt
Gill Sans Light (362) -
6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12pt
Grotesque Light (126) - 5, 6, 8, 9,
10, 11, 13pt
Grotesque (215) - 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11,
Helvetica (765) - 6, 8, 9, 10, 12D
Imprint (101) - 6,
7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 11D, 12pt
Modern (1) - 6, 8, 9, 10, 11,
Modern (7) - 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12pt
Octavian (603) -
Old Style (2) - 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12pt
(151) - 8, 9, 10, 11, 12pt
Perpetua (239) - 8, 9, 10, 11, 12,
Plantin (110) - 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14pt
Light (113) - 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12pt
Rockwell Light (390) -
6, 8, 9, 10, 12pt
Rockwell Medium (371) - 6, 8, 9, 10,
Sabon (669) - 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12D
Scotch Roman (46) -
8, 9, 10, 11, 12pt
Scotch Roman (137) - 8, 9, 10, 11,
Times (327) - 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14pt
Light (685) - 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12D
Univers Medium (689) -
6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12D
Univers Bold (693/696) - 6, 7, 8, 9,
10, 11, 12D
well as Cyrillic, Greek and even Hebrew and 4-Line Maths! - and,
of course, Sorts and Ornaments up to 14pt, Spoolsetting and
MacTronic. I no longer have the facilities to cast display type
or lead and rule.
uses OpenOffice (as well as LibreOffice, Indesign,
Word, etc.) with all their text functions to produce
hot-metal text that is justified, ragged left, right or centred
on any Monotype composition caster. This means instant on-screen
text recognition – no coding!
layout can be used (16×17, 15×17, and 15×15).
Any set size; measure up to 60 ems; unit-adding, letterspacing,
unit-shift; automatic high space when character in layout
requires it; auto-generated ligatures; when word space in line is
over wedge limits, extra spaces are auto-generated until within
limits (usually in very narrow measures).
are various left, hanging and right indents; also margins for
hanging punctuation and short leads. The tables of the
wordprocessors have been utilised to produce hot-metal tables
line/page length control with galley lines auto-generated with
stop quad and blank line through any length of file
– usually per chapter.
to the limitations of matrix-case layouts, punctuation, etc. can
be shared between fonts or changed to deliberate wrong characters
for hand alteration. Accents, pi-characters, etc. are only
limited by the capacity of the matrix-case. Any layout can be
generated, and, if the caster has the unit-shift facility, even
15×15 and 15×17 layouts can be unit-shifted.
‘wrong’ normal wedge can be substituted to produce
the same results as a correct wedge, utilising unit-adding and
unit-shift (if available) or single justifying to obtain the
correct character width.
facility can be used to kern characters – plus 1-9 units,
minus 1-2 units (depending on type size).
using a simple text file, a sorts galley can be produced by
number of lines or characters of any font, size or measure –
these can even be kerned.
latest capability is to mix italic, Greek, etc. from different
diecases – not only of the same set, but different sizes
within the limits of the wedges. This is very useful in large
composition where there is only one font per diecase, or where a
different size or language such as Greek, Fraktur, etc. is
required throughout the text.
to the ease of creating PDFs, these ‘proofs’ can show
customers how a job will look in hot-metal and enables any
changes to be made before commitment to casting.
3 in action at
the webpage for Harry McIntosh's own Chepman
& Myllar Press.
of Harry's customers is The
Old School Press.