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DesignGeek #54

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June 27, 2006 - 2:00am

InDesign/InCopy 4.03 Patch Released

Late last week, Adobe quietly released software updates for InDesign CS2 and InCopy CS2. According to the ReadMe file that accompanies the installation, the 4.03 update fixes a number of pesky anomalies and glitches in both programs, including ones involving incorrect font remapping, weird EPS output, unexplained slowdowns and unexpected quits.

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Using CSS in HTML E-Mails

I personally never opt to receive a company's e-mailed communications as HTML — I always choose the "Plain/Don't Know" option. It's not because I have a slow connection or I'm a Luddite, it's because my e-mail program, Eudora, completely sucks at interpreting HTML. It's a fantastic program in just about every other regard, so I continue to use it. I think of it as a wonderful husband who has one large, annoying flaw, like being an ex-felon, or even a White Sox fan.

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Quark's Own Blog

Adobe staff members have been blogging merrily away for months now, I’ve cited some of their posts in previous issues:
http://blogs.adobe.com/blog-list.html

But whither Quark? Why haven’t they jumped on the bandwagon?

Why, they have, but quietly, on little cat-feet, and tentatively, like they’re not sure what a blog is for:
http://www.quark.com/products/xpress/seven/blog/

I’ve been monitoring this page since the first post went up in March, hoping at some point it’d really take off. Sometimes weeks will pass without a post, and I’m sure I’m going to get a 404 Not Found error when I mosey by for a visit. But nope, it’s still hanging on by its fingernails.

It feels like they’re so close to turning around their corporate culture, opening up communications with end-users, taking the leap into the Web 2.0 world, but they’re … just … not … quite … there yet.

If they’d allow comments — even moderated ones, like Adobe’s — you can be sure I’d be posting “that-a-boy, Quark!” comments to the entrepid writers, Marc Horne and Jonathan Ferman.

I know Marc’s a DesignGeek subscriber, so I’ll say it here: At-a-boy, Marc! Keep writing!

My Recent InDesign Tips

For the past month, David Blatner and I have been "stocking" our new InDesignSecrets.com blog (the one that hosts our podcast) with some useful articles. It's like moving into a new house and having to stock the pantry with staples. Once that's done then we just need to buy the weekly groceries.

Here are a few staples I've written that you might find useful — I think you can figure out the topic by the URL:
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