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Post #1  Postby Julian D. A. Wiseman » November 1st 2009, 7:42am

Being new at WineBerserkers, it seems polite to come bearing gifts. This is the first of two (the second).

From time to time, being more often than medically recommended but less often than wanted, I help organise port tastings. Especially if not blind, it is useful to have a placemat, that elegantly labels which glass is where.
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I have written a some software that makes such placemats, and associated tasting-note pages, and foldable pages to ‘label’ the people. The software is open source, written in PostScript, and free: £0 = $0 = €0 = ¥0. The manual is available via www.jdawiseman.com/placemat.html, and the PostScript code itself at www.jdawiseman.com/papers/placemat/placemat.ps.

Regular attendees of our tastings think them excellent. The code took a lot of writing, but takes not much using: it should be used more. Please, share and enjoy. And if you need help, just ask.

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Post #2  Postby Todd F r e n c h » November 1st 2009, 8:11am

Welcome, JDA! (don't forget to add your first name in your signature, please)

Those placements look fantastic! Thank you.
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Post #3  Postby Julian D. A. Wiseman » December 15th 2011, 2:07pm

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Post #4  Postby Julian D. A. Wiseman » December 26th 2015, 5:13pm

Hopefully people won’t object to a gentle bump of this thread. The placemat software is still free (not freemium, completely and utterly zero-cost free), and has been much improved over the last four years. More features; better defaults; output that is more functional and more beautiful.

Indeed, some WB regulars think well of them — you can too. Use and enjoy.
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Post #5  Postby andy velebil » December 26th 2015, 8:35pm

Julian is a good friend and his program is quite easy to use even for my non-computer tech savvy self. For those who've been at any of my tastings most likely have seen me use his program.
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Post #6  Postby Julian D. A. Wiseman » December 27th 2015, 10:05am

Thank you Andy. Though maybe a 1975 horizontal wasn’t the classiest demonstration of it. Two others:

A horizontal of 1985s:
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‘Port Fit For a Queen’, on the day that Elizabeth II became the long-reigning monarch of the United Kingdom:
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(Though these are on A4 or A3, the software copes perfectly with 8½″×11″, with 14″×8½″, and with 17″×11″.)
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Post #7  Postby Drew Goin » December 27th 2015, 11:20am

This is so cool!!!
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Post #8  Postby Julian D. A. Wiseman » December 27th 2015, 11:47am

Drew Goin wrote:This is so cool!!!
Thank you. I’ll respond with more examples.

A simple blind tasting:
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A splendid horizontal, with the vintage as a kerned background:
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Post #9  Postby Julian D. A. Wiseman » January 3rd 2016, 3:52pm

And the placemats for tomorrow’s drinking of some motley young Ports. (Free for beer then Port in London on Mon 4th Jan 2016? Contact me.)

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Post #10  Postby Mark Mason » January 6th 2016, 12:56pm

Thank you Julian, I can see using these at my next party!
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Post #11  Postby Julian D. A. Wiseman » January 6th 2016, 1:07pm

If you need help using it, just send me a message or an email (contact details). If you want to request features or changes or anything else, the discussion thread is on www.ThePortForum.com Image. Or, if you prefer, you can be one of the unknown number of anonymous users.

But it is excellent software, even if I say so myself, and deserves to be more widely used.
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Post #12  Postby J a y H a c k » January 7th 2016, 3:37pm

Hey - aren't you TPF guys supposed to come to New York so that we can share the bottle of 1978 Nacional that is sitting in my cellar that I bought at auction?
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Post #13  Postby Corey N. » January 7th 2016, 3:42pm

VERY COOL Julian, thank you!
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Post #14  Postby andy velebil » January 11th 2016, 6:38pm

J a y H a c k wrote:Hey - aren't you TPF guys supposed to come to New York so that we can share the bottle of 1978 Nacional that is sitting in my cellar that I bought at auction?

I've been trying to get them to come to this side of the pond for years. They're scared :P
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