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Adobe Creative Suite 3 Info

March 30, 2007 - 12:02pm ||| 0 Comments | Add new

The big news this week in the world of digital design has to be Adobe's announcement of their new line-up of Creative Suite applications, dubbed CS3. I watched the live webcast of their launch shindig in New York City this week, even sat through the unplanned 20-minute "we're pausing for technical difficulties" portion when they were having A/V problems.

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Acrobat 8 Converts Plain PDFs to Forms

November 14, 2006 - 2:00am ||| 0 Comments | Add new

I used to go insane in QuarkXPress and InDesign, selecting URLs in the text and setting up hyperlinks to web sites when I wanted the resulting PDF to have live links. Neither layout program makes it easy to do so.

A few years ago I discovered that Adobe Acrobat had a nifty "detect and convert" feature that scanned through the PDF and converted any web URL or e-mail address into a hyperlink on its own. You don't have to create links in the layout program first, just make a PDF out of the document and let Acrobat do the work.

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Saving Form Data in Adobe Reader

July 27, 2006 - 1:00am ||| 8 Comments | Add new

I clearly recall the day years ago when I filled out my first neat-o PDF form in Reader — it was an "application for vendor status" form I downloaded from a new client's web site — and it dawned on me that there was no way I could save my entries in the PDF. No Save command. No Save As command. Weird! I had never seen a program without a Save command, I thought it was impossible.

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A Ton of New Content on DesignGeek Central

December 5, 2005 - 2:00am ||| 0 Comments | Add new

My assistant, Sherri, and I just wrapped up a months-long effort of updating the content in DesignGeek Central, the section of my web site that contains my software resource pages (as well as DesignGeek back issues):

Check out the resource pages for Photoshop, Acrobat, InDesign and Illustrator, especially; as we found great new books and a sheaf of new Adobe white papers (in-depth guides in PDF form) for each of these programs, which were buried in various places on Adobe's web site. Also of note, the OpenType Resources page has links to new Type 1 to OpenType conversion guides and glyph charts, and I added two new resource pages, one for Adobe Bridge and one for Version Cue.

As before, each resource page contains links, artwork, and pithy commentary about what I consider to be the best information available for the program or topic in question, and best of all, many of the resources are free. A typical resource page includes links to relevant DesignGeek articles, best books and magazines, Adobe/Quark/Apple white papers and tutorials, user groups, mailing lists, forums, video and on-line training, third-party web sites, blogs, podcasts, plug-ins, actions, XTensions, and kitchen sinks.more >

Adobe Bridge Tricks for Designers

October 4, 2005 - 1:00am ||| 0 Comments | Add new

I confess, like a lot of graphic designers, I've been a little underwhelmed with Adobe Bridge, the free file management hub application that comes with every CS2 program. Until recently, my feelings ran along the line of "Are you kidding me? Yet another program to learn? Forget it. Let the full-time Photoshop geeks figure it out. I have publications to design."

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Acrobat's Own Special Browser

August 10, 2005 - 1:00am ||| 0 Comments | Add new

With all this brouhaha (2 points for using "brouhaha") about CS2's new workflow management program, Adobe Bridge, and all the cool things it can do and if it's a good or bad thing that it's replaced Photoshop's File Browser and yadda yadda, I find it interesting that few people mention how Acrobat 7 Pro has been left out of the party, even though it's part of the Creative Suite 2 Premium package.

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Web Design Tricks in the Creative Suite

July 27, 2005 - 1:00am ||| 0 Comments | Add new

I just came back from the first-ever Creative Suite Conference, five straight days of non-stop information, tips and techniques about every program in the Adobe Creative Suite:

My head is about to explode from information overload. In a good way.

Of course, the fact that it was held in Las Vegas — Caesar's Palace, specifically — didn't help my synapses. Unlike most of the other speakers and attendees who were able to control themselves in a mature, professional manner, picture me getting off the plane with lucky 7's instead of eyeballs … I was like, "Vegas! Five days! Oh, mama!"

I hit the tables for a couple short visits every day — after lunch, during session breaks, on the way back from dinner — it was a novel experience having a full-blown casino just an escalator ride away from sessions on Version Cue and Photoshop Smart Objects.more >

Capture Web Sites as PDFs

July 27, 2005 - 1:00am ||| 0 Comments | Add new

Recent vintages of Acrobat Pro offer the ability to convert live web sites to multiple-page PDFs, but hardly any web designer I've worked with knows about it. In my studio, we've been using the feature for years to archive iterations of client's sites, and to have a convenient "web site on a CD" to carry around for reference.

You don't need to know a web server password or anything; if you can see it in your browser, you can capture it in a PDF. During the seminar I captured the first two levels of Apple's site and a few pages of eBay as well … cool!

With each new version of Acrobat, the feature gets better and better. It captures drop-down menus in forms, translates "includes" into page content, understands CSS, keeps links intact and can even grab GIF animations, Flash interfaces and Quicktime movies.more >

First Occasional DesignGeek Bookmarks Issue

November 23, 2004 - 2:00am ||| 0 Comments | Add new

Every day in my normal workflow, as I come across interesting web sites that may be worthy of a DesignGeek story, I add them to an ever-growing list of URLs I maintain just for this purpose. I've been collecting these URLS over a year now — the dropdown menu for them goes way beyond the bottom of my screen — and really only about 10% of them ever make it into an article.

So much content, so little time.

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InDesign CS's Auto-Trapping

November 2, 2004 - 2:00am ||| 0 Comments | Add new

A friend of mine, a meticulous designer (and a relative newbie to ID) e-mailed me two simple questions a few days ago: Does InDesign automatically trap, like Quark? And can you see those traps when you preview separations (in Window -> Output Preview -> Separations)?

The answer to the first question is yes. Sort of.

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