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DesignGeek #74

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February 27, 2009 - 2:00am

President Obama's PDF Team Could Use Some Help

So … the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (aka "the stimulus bill" aka "H.R. 1") … have you downloaded it yet? You can do so by going to this page and clicking the link to the PDF:
http://www.whitehouse.gov/the_press_office/ARRA_public_review/

You don't have to download it right now, but just know that it's a regular PDF, very long (575 pages), full of text. 

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Force the Search Panel to Open in Reader/Acrobat

The problem we're solving here is that few end users realize you can run Google-like searches in a PDF you've sent them, even from Reader. The Search command is buried in the Edit menu, while its weaker cousin, Find, gets its own field in the default toolbar, along with the well-known Command/Ctrl-F command.

You can force the Search feature's interactive panel to open by default whenever the PDF is opened, making it QUITE OBVIOUS that the PDF is searchable. It works even if the PDF is opened in the browser window … well, in Safari, at least.

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Last Day to Save $200 on Adobe CS4

Adobe released the latest iteration of their Creative Suite, CS4, last October, and back then, their "limited time upgrade offer deadline" of February 28, 2009 seemed so far off, didn't it?

And now … the end is near … and so we face … the final daytosave200dollars …. (that was me imitating Frank Sinatra).

Here's the skinny: If you're upgrading from CS3 to CS4, there is no deadline to worry about. The upgrade price remains the same as it's always been, $499 for CS4 Standard and $599 for CS4 Premium.

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Handy Em Chart for Web Designers

Professional web designers do a lot of translating. Not language translating, but translating a "look and feel" Photoshop, Illustrator or InDesign web page design into something a web browser would understand.

So they do a lot of measuring with pixel rulers — how many pixels wide is this sidebar? how many pixels between the bottom of the headline and the top of the body copy? and so on — and then include those measures in the CSS, the style sheets that do the web page formatting.

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