My Favorite New Photoshop Feature

I’m finding that the new Photoshop CS4 feature that I’m using the most is the shortcut for modifying brush size and brush hardness. I like it better than using other methods, because it’s fast and gives you a nice visual indicator of both size and hardness.

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InDesign 2 Flash: Part III

Representing AIM in Flash

When InDesign exports into SWF or XFL, it needs to describe objects using the Flash object model, rather than the Adobe Imaging Model (AIM).

As a general rule, InDesign attempts to use matching native Flash constructs whenever possible, and when that is not possible, it uses whatever means available in Flash it can to maintain the visual appearance of the source objects in InDesign.

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InDesign 2 Flash: Part II

In this post I begin a more detailed discussion of the technical background of InDesign’s SWF and XFL export processes. This series will be based largely on a white paper researched and written by Adobe’s Matt Laun.

Both of InDesign’s Flash export formats are designed to represent InDesign content as accurately as possible, with emphasis placed on preserving the visual appearance of the InDesign document.

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InDesign 2 Flash: Part I

InDesign CS4 delivers the ability to move your InDesign layouts to the web and beyond via SWF and XFL export features. The former creates a web-ready .swf file that’s intended to be the final form for delivery, and not editable. XFL, on the other hand, is a new, XML Flash native file format. The purpose of this export path is to enable you to take your InDesign layouts and convert them into a native Flash CS4 documents that can then be opened and enhanced with all the powerful interactive capabilities of Flash CS4.

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Singapore

We finished our Asian CS4 launch tour in Singapore. Thanks to everyone who turned out. Paul, Karl and I had the privilege of showing much of what’s new in the CS4 Design, Web, and Production suites.

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Kuala Lumpur

We had a full house in KL, and a very responsive crowd. It’s a pleasure to be able to present to groups like we had there.

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CS4 Launch Tour: Mumbai, Hong Kong, Taipei

I (and my colleagues Paul Burnett and Karl Soule) would like to thank the Adobe teams in Mumbai, Hong Kong, and Taipei, as well as all of the great people that turned out for our CS4 launch events. The events were a blast, and it was a pleasure seeing old friends and making new ones. A big, heartfelt "thank you!" to all of you who turned out to share the day with us in all three cities.

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Useful Flash Extension

Ajar Productions has produced a free extension for Flash that combines multiple selected text frames into one text frame for easier editing.

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The Second Most Important New Feature

Also new in InDesign CS4 is a completely re-written and re-architected Links feature. Some of the changes are obvious when you see the new look Links panel the first time you open it in CS4.

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Get the InDesign CS4 SDK

The new InDesign CS4 SDK is available here. If you click on the Documentation tab, you’ll find the links to the IDML documentation at the bottom of the page.