Archive for April, 2010

Go Test-Drive Adobe CS5

The 30-day free trial versions of Adobe CS5 products are now available for download on www.adobe.com . The trials are fully functional so you can try out all of the new tools and features.
If you need some tutorials to get you started check out tv.adobe.com .
Video: Spot Healing Brush tool – with the amazing new Content Aware option turned ON.

Looking to wrap up your school year in style, use an Acrobat PDF Portfolio

Don’t leave school until you’re organized. Before you check out, check this. Read more at the Acrobat in Education Blog

Desktop Publishing Teachers Rejoice! InDesign CS5 Supports Multiple Page Sizes

InDesign CS5 supports multiple page sizes within a single document! This new option allows your students to create various projects within one InDesign document by simply using the new “Page Tool”.
I’ve spoken to a number of DTP teachers who have their students design a corporate identity package as part of their curriculum.
An example assignment would look something like this:

  • design an envelope,
  • design matching letterhead
  • design matching business cards

Prior to InDesign CS5 the students would have had to create an InDesign document for each project. Students can now simply create a single InDesign CS5 document containing three (or more) different page sizes!

Fixed and overlaid banner at bottom of HTML page

I was intrigued by the banner at the bottom of the webpage of the WMPoweruser web site: http://wmpoweruser.com/. So I experimented with Dreamweaver and played with some CSS. After some trials, I found a solution that is simple to implement:
#banner {
height: 100px;
width: 640px;
position: fixed;
bottom: 0px;
background-image: url(bannerImage.png);
}
With the above CSS, the banner always stays at bottom of the page, whether the page is resized or scrolled. Note that I used png as the background image because I like to have a bit of transparency effect to see behind the banner.
Try this out. It is easy. Tested with both IE 8 and Google Chrome.

ePUB and the iPad

Following up on a great post by Brian Chau on epublishing from InDesign.
I’d like to direct you to Terry White’s Tech blog. His recent tutorial is a fantastic overview on using InDesign CS5 to publish books in the ePub format and distribute them to iPhones and iPads.
The ePub format is supported by a number of devices, including the Nook, Sony Reader, and iPad.
Adobe Digital Editions can be used to view ePubs on any computer and preview an eBook during the creation phase or for students to view an ePub library.
If the Kindle is your target device the ePub format can be converted. I’d suggest visiting Adobe’s Labs site to download an interesting technology call Workflow Lab. One of the workflows outlined is creating eBooks for the Kindle. A step by step guide for publishing from InDesign to the Kindle.
A great place to start building a unit on ePublishing.

Publish eBook with InDesign

There seems to be increasing interests in eBook in my conversation with teachers. I have recently started experimenting with publishing eBooks using InDesign. The process was easier than I thought. Yes, there are some guidelines to folllow, like how to layout images and text, how to create chapters and TOC, etc…The docs at: http://www.adobe.com/products/indesign/epub/howto/ are excellent reference materials.
I then tested and published a sample eBook in EPUB format. It displayed well in my laptop running Adobe Digital Editions. And when I connected my HTC Touch Pro 2 phone which runs Windows Mobile 6.5 to the laptop, the Digital Editions let me sync (copy) the eBook onto the phone. The phone comes with the HTC eReader which registered the eBook and displayed it perfectly! Wonderful.
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Updated: I have been testing with the various settings in InDesign CS5 and found that you don’t have to create books to have chapters appear in new page. The TOC settings at the EPUB dialog let you specify each chapter to appear in a new page. So one InDesign CS5 doc will do.