Figures in InDesign CS5.5 and Accessibility

After reading David’s blog-post on InDesign Secrets, titled “Building an Org Chart or Flowchart in InDesign“.  I thought… “How does building illustrations in InDesign impact the development of Accessible PDF with InDesign CS5.5?” InDesign CS5.5 introduced significant new features for EPUB/HTML and PDF export. Building Accessible PDFs is now much, MUCH easier… It’s not yet…

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InDesign CS5.5 7.5.2 Update fixes EPUB issues

Amongst a list of issues that’s been resolved with today’s Adobe InDesign CS5.5 7.5.2 update release are a couple of EPUB issues. Notably: An issue in the DOCTYPE of the EPUB, where InDesign would insert an extra space, which in turn caused iBooks to return an error and stop rendering the EPUB. The iBooks rendering…

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CSS shaders: Cinematic effects for the web

Advances in HTML5 and CSS (for example transitions, animations, transforms, text shadows, box-shadows, gradients, SVG) have improved the graphical and interactive richness of HTML. SVG filter effects are now moving to Filter Effects 1.0 to become available in CSS and HTML, in addition to SVG, and will bring effects such as grayscale, sepia tone, or…

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Adobe Acquires Web Typography Innovator Typekit

Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced that it has acquired privately held Typekit Inc., a leader in the delivery of hosted, high-quality fonts for use on websites. Available as a subscription-based cloud service, Typekit’s vast font library gives designers and developers creative license to deliver beautiful type that enhances the Web experience. Today, more than…

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The Whys And The Hows Of Textures In Web Design

Texture is becoming integral to design. It’s gone beyond being a trend — it’s now a simple and effective way to add depth to a website. Wielding the power of texture is a great responsibility. It increases the effectiveness of websites and is a quality tool in the arsenal of designers. It can guide the user’s eye…

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Newsletter: The Monday Morning Creative Briefing

Get informed, be empowered! The Monday Morning Creative Briefing is a customizable email newsletter that will start your week right with the deep coverage of the latest news, articles, tutorials, and resources you, as a creative professional, need to succeed.… Keep reading Newsletter: The Monday Morning Creative Briefing on Pariah Burke Publishing & Design Consulting…

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An In-Depth Study Of Symbols In Illustrator CS5

For drawing and painting digital illustrations, Adobe Illustrator is a favorite among designers for many reasons. One of the reasons is some of the amazing time-saving features that come with it. The Symbols feature in Illustrator does just this: it saves valuable time by creating a “symbol,” or copy, of an object. This means that…

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Building A Better Pathfinder

It’s true. Many of you have heard me utter the words “Pathfinder is dead to me”. I’m surprised I haven’t even received death threats from the Illustrator faithful for making such a remark. In all honesty, I made that remark when I discovered the power of the Live Paint feature that was added to Illustrator…

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Bates-stamping over several sessions

Bates-stamping is important if you want to keep track of documents you produce. If you don’t have all of the documents ready at the same time, you’ll need to conduct several production runs. In this article, PDFforLawyers.com’s Ernest Svenson discusses the related issues and suggests one way to accomplish Bates-stamping over multiple sessions…

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Possible alternative to Acrobat for Mac users

Learning how to manipulate PDFs is critical if you want to efficiently capture and process digital information. Acrobat is the most obvious tool for the job, but the story is a bit more complicated for Mac users. If you don’t need all of its features, Acrobat Pro is somewhat pricey, and Acrobat Standard is unavailable…

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Quark’s iPad App Creation Tool Finally Ships for QuarkXPress

Quark has been tantalizing QuarkXPress users since January with news of a tool for turning page-layout files into applications that run on Apple’s iPad. Now that capability has finally come to QuarkXPress 9 with the free 9.1 update, which includes a new layout space called App Studio. Jay Nelson, who reviewed QuarkXPress 9 for CreativePro.com…

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The Lost Art Of Design Etiquette

  Endless layers in Photoshop. Overstuffed image folders. That jQuery plug-in that has 12 files associated with it. Hundreds or thousands of individual pieces go into making a website. No wonder we go off the deep end when we can’t find a closing div — er, section tag. We work with a ridiculously large number of things, and…

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Mastering Photoshop Techniques: Layer Styles

  Layer Styles are nothing new. They’ve been used and abused again and again. Despite their ubiquity, or perhaps because of it, many designers do not yet realize the full potential of this handy menu. Its beauty lies in our ability to create an effect and then copy, modify, export, hide or trash it, without degrading…

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Quark sold to merger and acquisition company | Macworld

Quark, which is privately held, was previously owned by the Ebrahimi family, which bought it from founder Tim Gill in 2000. On August 1, the children of Farhad (Fred) Ebrahimi, who retired in 2005, completed a transaction in which they sold all of their Quark shares for cash, and handed over control of the company…

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EDITORIAL: The next “PDF-killer”

The release of the new Computable Document Format (CDF) has been reported by some as ringing the death-knell of PDF. In this article, Dan Shea talks about the strengths, obstacles and possibilities for the new “PDF-killer”…

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Advanced eBooks: Fixed Layout Picture Books & Children’s Books (from QuarkXPress)

You will learn the process and techniques of creating fully illustrated (full-page image) picture books and children’s books using industry standard desktop layout software Adobe InDesign. We’ll also use Photoshop to prepare images for publication. (Open this page for examples of fixed layout, fully illustrated picture and children’s books.) Keep reading Advanced eBooks: Fixed Layout…

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Advanced eBook Design

The best, most stylish, most interesting ebooks (ePUB, Mobi, iBooks, Kindle, more) are not those that use the default formatting and styling exported by InDesign, QuarkXPress, Pages, Word, or another program. The ebooks that people respond to most use different fonts, colored text, dropcaps, headings and subheads, embedded video, improved typography, and other enhancements we’ll…

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InDesign

Adobe InDesign Training with world renowned InDesign guru Pariah Burke is an essential part of designing successful print and digital publications. Keep reading InDesign on Pariah Burke Publishing & Design Consulting & Training…

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Mastering InDesign CS5 for Print Design & Production

“Pariah Burke’s explanations of the points he is making is very clear and understandable. I would recommend it to anyone that wants to master InDesign for an efficient workflow. This is definitely a book that will stay on my shelf as a reference after I’m done reading it.” —J. Hinds Keep reading Mastering InDesign CS5…

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