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May 27, 2004 - 3:00am

Quark 6.1 Projects vs. Layouts

The first concept new Quark 6.1 users need to get their heads around is this program's unique (as far as I know) ability to combine multiple client projects in one file.

The file that you create in 6.1 by going to "File -> New" is called a Project (a project can contain multiple projects?) which doesn't help. :-)

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InDesign Easter Eggs

These work on Mac or Windows in InDesign 2.X or CS:

Bounce: Choose "About InDesign" from the menu, and when the splash screen comes up, type BOUNCE.

SVG: Same as above, but instead of typing BOUNCE, type SVG (Adobe's interesting vector/web image format)

Rainbow: Choose Stroke Styles from the Stroke palette menu, and create a new striped stroke. It doesn't matter what it looks like, just make sure to name it "Rainbow." Apply the stroke to an object.

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New Panther is Available

If you're running Mac OS X Panther, your Software Update should catch this, but if not:

About the Mac OS X v10.3.4 Update
<http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=25764>;

You can download it from there if you want, and you can also read the various things it fixes, including the latest OS X Security issues.

  

Great PostScript Error References

Multiple layouts, transparency support, embedded vectors, PDF workflows … whatever the newest bell or whistle or workflow paradigm may be, it all comes down to PostScript in the end.

If you've ever wondered what those cryptic error messages mean ("dictstackunderflow" ???) when Distiller balks, or when you open a flaky EPS in Illustrator, or that your printer spits out at you, here's a great reference:

About PostScript Errors
<http://www.quite.com/ps/errors.htm>

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