Archive for January, 2007

Solutions on Adobe InDesign Server

It is indeed challenging to explain to prospective customers what InDesign Server is, what it can do and why is it the product that will drive a change in how publishing works.

One of the easiest way to explain how InDesign server works is by simply showing your prospective customers available solutions. There are lots on the web right now… take a look at our Partner showcase
The value of InDesign Server is its power to deliver visually rich content in an automatic manner. All the capabilities of InDesign Desktop, such typesetting, color controls, transparency effects etc, are supported in InDesign Server. Watch this introductory presentation about InDesign Server, as well as the Overview to the InDesign SDK

I am only an email away, so if there’s anything you guys need that I haven’t provided in this blog, please just send your inquiries or your requests my way.

Here’s the developer documentation and some sample code

If you still don’t have the debug version of InDesign and if you still don’t have the SDK, please get them here

See ya!

All about CSS

It was a blast… yesterday’s CSS event. I was so happy to see a fully packed room with an audience that didn’t sleep through the coding sessions we did. I don’t think it was me… CSS is just such an interesting piece of technology. I myself got hooked on it within 15 minutes of reading Adrian Senior’s tutorials.

Some of the best website I’ve found during my encounter with CSS are A list Apart, very nicely done sites and pleasing to the eye… with content that is very valuable. Today they talk about how to make prototypes with Photoshop… check it out… And if you’d like to know, this is also the place where i found some code guides on how to make CSS drop down menus! Delicious!Eric Myer on CSS cannot be missed… if anyone is to help you wrap your head around css, it’s definitely this guy… And another favorite one is GLISH, which gives all the tips for all things CSS.

An inspiring CSS exercise that any beginner shouldn’t miss is Dave Shea’s CSS Zen Garden. Not only do you learn about CSS basics in the simplest, easiest to understand manner, you also get to see what other people have done with CSS, by using the same content. You can even put up your own CSS design on tha page to share with everyone!

I really got a high yesterday doing my first CSS presentation. Coming from a print background, the group of people I had engaged with is a different crowd… but fun and very interesting just the same. I sometimes feel like i’m too geeky because I brighten up with eyes twinkling at how amazing the clear property is, and what floats can do… and I have to stop myself before I start to turn into a blabbering mongrel.

Anyway, if you really do wanna know more about CSS, the best place to get started is of course Adobe’s Developer Page on CSS Technology,
Man, these are the kinds of days I wish I wasn’t working (considering how i am so addicted with my work!), i just wanna play with css… please!

Ta-tah!

InDesign Scripting Resources on the Adobe Web

The first few entries in this category will mainly list all the resources that will become your favorite place to check in on information or technical details.

Please bookmark this link for scripting in InDesign.

Basic skills requirement is a strong background on programming logic. And then you’re good to go. Given three ways to script InDesign (as well as all other Adobe Programs) you can pick the one that suits you best. Choose from coding in JavaScript, VBScript or AppleScript (only on the MAC of course).

Try your hand at doing the simple and customary “hello world!” and then move up into making your own nifty scripts (either for fun or for more efficiency in your work).

If you’d like to see some samples, you can visit the Adobe Studio Exchange where you can also upload your scripts to share with fellow InDesign Users.

Trust me, if I had time, I’d be making my own sudoku game in InDesign! But wait, someone already did that… and it’s here!

ta-tah!

CrossMedia Resources on the Adobe Web

This week, your serving is on Cross Media Publishing. Let’s talk about
XML and InDesign.

Found on this link are a few pieces of information and tutorials to get
you started

http://www.adobe.com/products/indesign/crossmedia.html

To be able to develop, you mostly need a lot of background on how bits
and pieces of the technology works. XML is one of them.

The new hub for the Info Basket

This category will primarily be for the South East Asia group of developers focusing on solutions built on and around InDesign/InDesign Server and InCopy. Other complimentary technologies including Flex, Apollo, Javascript, AppleScript and VBScript may be discussed.

This category will mostly be just a basket of information that usually resides in the Adobe website. In the hopes of making finding relevant information easier, I’ll be posting the links in the category for different topics related to developing/exploring solutions around Media and Publishing here in this blog.

As this blog also accepts comments, I definitely would like to hear from my group and invite you to share your resources as well…

Happy reading! Always be inspired!

A Closer look at the Best Practices of CSS

And I thought I would leave this blog for dead. My deepest, deepest apologies.

Let me take this opportunity though to revive it with this entry. And to let everyone in Singapore know that there is a series of Adobe Creative@Work seminars going on in the island country.

For January, we will be spending a full afternoon at the posh Orchard Hotel to talk about CSS. I am no expert in Dreamweaver (yet!) but rediscovering CSS in Dreamweaver was magical on its own. I’ll be sharing some tips that i’ve picked up from the MAX2006 Conference (where there were a handful of impressive CSS topics we could attend) as well as cover some of Adrian Senior’s tutorial series at the Adobe Developer Center.

From what i hear, the number of registration and the waiting list is threatening to burst at the seams (or already have) and our marketing team have already increased the intake rate. Don’t be disheartened though, try your luck and pass by if you have time…

The more the merrier!

For more details of the event click here.

See you there :)