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...
Read more

Examples And Tips For Using Illustrator’s Warp Tools

Adobe Illustrator is one very useful program for creating vector artwork. The tools and features available in Illustrator make it easy to create digital illustrations, whether from scratch or by tracing a photograph. But this is not all Illustrator can do. Businesses can create impressive graphs using Illustrator’s Graph tools. Marketers can use the impressive...
Read more

EDITORIAL: Control versus convenience with eBooks

There has been a lot said, printed, blogged and tweeted about eBooks over the years, both good and bad. Recently, the main focus of this discussion has been the issue of copyright, along with its close companions, document security and piracy. In this article, Dan Shea takes a trip down memory lane and outlines his...
Read more

Raising the bar

Frank Rem from TallComponents writes about his experiences with PDF forms. Specifically, he sought to include a QR barcode on a PDF form, and to have it dynamically updated with the value of another form field. This article chronicles his trial and error efforts to accomplish this task in Acrobat...
Read more

How will Acrobat’s new sandbox play with my workflow?

Following the addition of sandbox technology to Adobe's flagship product, people (including we at Planet PDF) have been keen to nail down the practical implications of the move. Sure, it makes PDF viewing safer, but how will it affect my elegant PDF document workflow? In this article, Dan Shea takes a look at some of...
Read more

Latest Acrobat patch beefs up security, adds sandbox

Unfortunately, exploiting security vulnerabilities in Adobe's PDF products has become something of a growth industry. In response, Adobe has released major security updates to Reader (last November), Acrobat (two weeks ago) and their corresponding web browser plug-ins. These updates integrate "sandboxes" to isolate the software from system resources...
Read more

A Web Developer’s Guide To Adobe InDesign

Over the past several years, there has been a big divide between designers: those who work in print distribution and those in digital distribution. The irony is that, despite the disputes, name-calling and flat-out arguments between the two camps, their techniques and methods are far more common than many believe. Both sides of this communications...
Read more

Searching for PDFs on the web

Given the sheer amount of content on the web these days, it can be useful to filter results based on file format. In this PDF article, Dan Shea has a quick look at a recently released PDF-only search engine, explains how to find PDFs quickly using Google, and briefly compares the two...
Read more

InDesign Secrets: creative Place and Story Linking

InDesign CS5.5 introduces a new feature called Linked Stories. I’ve just posted a contributor blog-post on InDesign Secrets that gives one example of how you could use this new feature. Cari Jansen - Training, Print & Electronic Publishing Consultancy, Technical Writing/Editing, Public Speaking...
Read more

Best Acrobat keyboard shortcuts — a handy list

Acrobat is a powerful program with a lot of features. Unfortunately, this can mean that it can also take a little while to find the features that you want via the classic mouse-based approach. To help users get the most out of Acrobat, PDFforLawyers.com's Ernest Svenson has made a list of his favorite keyboard shortcuts...
Read more

Creating PNGs from Illustrator

We all get this question as designers: “Can you provide us with a copy of the logo or masterhead design in a format that we can use in Microsoft Word”… or “PowerPoint”? Illustrator CS, released back in 2003, introduced the Save for Microsoft Office command. (File menu), which converts your Illustrator artwork to a 150ppi...
Read more

How to Make Your Website Mobile Friendly

Now-a-days mobiles become one of the main necessities in our daily life. The modern phone sets are capable to browse the web, to watch videos and download important information’s. For that reason most companies started rebuilding their websites mobile compatible. Today we present 15 Tutorials to help you developing websites for mobile compatible. Enjoy!...
Read more

EPUB Export & Relative to Page Size

Updated 7 June 2011 (added additional notes ). One of the new InDesign CS5.5′s EPUB Export Option features is the ability to control whether images are exported with Fixed width or Relative to Page Size setting. In this blog-post I’m running through a few findings. I’m only looking at the Fixed / Relative to Page...
Read more

Reader Extensions: Under the hood

If a PDF document has Reader Extensions enabled, then certain features that are normally only available in Adobe Acrobat are also available in the free Adobe PDF Reader. These features include saving (form) data locally and applying digital signatures. Frank Rem takes a look "under the hood" to gain a better understanding of how Reader...
Read more

InDesign Character Styles & EPUB

I’ve been head deep into EPUB… and wanted to share another finding with InDesign CS5.5. A short post only, because I’m in the middle of work InDesign CS5.5 now recognises character styles that are applied through nested styles and GREP styles during EPUB export.  That’s very cool!  It adds a span tag with class references...
Read more

Multi-Find/Change 1.02 Released

Martinho da Gloria (www.automatication.com), this week released the 1.02 update for the Mulit-Find/Change plug-in he developed for InDesign. About this plug-in Whether it’s to fix common formatting issues in manuscripts you import in InDesign for book and EBook publishing, such as removal of double tabs, spaces, paragraph returns, conversion of hyphens to en or em-dashes...
Read more

Useful Photoshop Tools and Techniques For Your Workflow

  Productivity is a crucial asset of professional designers. Photoshop is an extremely powerful application for photo processing and image manipulation, and we can make it even more powerful by using handy tools, actions, plugins and templates to save time for solving mundane regular tasks. The better our professional tool set is, the more time we...
Read more

What are you putting in your PDF files?

PDF files are generally judged on how they appear. The problem is that a well-crafted PDF (basically, one that works) and a horrible PDF (one that doesn't) can look identical onscreen. Mark Stephens from IDRsolutions explains how to spot the difference and why it matters...
Read more