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DesignGeek #45

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October 4, 2005 - 2:00am

Adobe Bridge Tricks for Designers

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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InDesign and InCopy CS2 Patches Released

Heads-up that Adobe posted bug fix updates for both InDesign CS2 and InCopy CS2 a couple weeks ago, bringing both programs up to version 4.01. The patch eliminates a few of the strange little bugs I've seen people reporting on the forums, such as Unexpected Quits during spell checks and missing inline images. You can read the list of all the fixes in this PDF:
http://www.adobe.com/special/indesign/id401update/Adobe_InDesign_CS2_4.0.1_ReadMe.pdf

The easiest way to download Adobe updates and install them is to use the Adobe Update Manager, which is like Mac OS X's "Software Update" feature for all the applications in the Creative Suite. To access the Adobe Updater program, open any program in the suite and choose Help > Updates. After consulting with Adobe's web site, the program will list all the updates available for the Suite programs you have installed. You can set it to download and install them, or just download them but install them later, or ignore them altogether.more >

New Font Utilities for OS X

Almost a full year ago, I wrote a DesignGeek story about how to edit screen font suitcases in OS X:
http://designgeek.com/designgeek31.php

I said there were two choices: Morrison Software's FontDoctor, and <ack> Font/DA Mover 4.1, old old Macintosh system software that runs in Classic.

Both solutions are still viable … but let's leave Font/DA Mover behind, shall we? I can't remember the last time I booted Classic. Luckily, FontDoctor is up to version 7 and is available for Windows, too. The Mac version costs $69.99 and the Windows version only $49.99, for some reason:
http://morrisonsoftdesign.com/with_fl/index-1.html

But what I find exciting is that Insider Software, the makers of the highly-regarded font management utility, FontAgent Pro, came out with their own Suitcase Editor a couple weeks ago: more >