Archive for October, 2007

InDesign & Leopard: UPDATE II

If you’re having problems running InDesign on Leopard, please submit crash logs to Adobe. They are being examined as they arrive.

We are noticing that we are receiving crash logs for Leopard that indicate that users are using pre-release builds (i.e., builds with numbers lower than 458). No one should be using a pre-release build on any OS, let alone the new Leopard release.

You can find the build number by simply clicking on the application icon in the Finder. The build number is the three digit number after the version number:

When you check your build number, you should see either the number 458 (which would correspond to InDesign CS3/5.0) or 624 (which is the build number for InDesign CS3/5.01).

If you’ve got a pre-release build (which you should not), then don’t be surprised if it behaves in unpredictable and aberrant ways, and don’t be surprised if we don’t support it on Leopard.

If, however, you’re using either release builds 458 or 624, then we definitely want to get your crash reports and bug reports. Please send us the crash logs when option appears, and (as previously requested) take the time to submit a bug report here that includes the details of your Leopard installation process.

InDesign and Leopard: UPDATE

We have yet to hear about a problem with InDesign CS3 on Leopard from users who can confirm they’ve done a clean reformat and install with Leopard. I’ve had numerous reports from individuals who have done a reformat and clean install of Leopard that InDesign CS3 runs without any problems.

If you’ve done a clean install of Leopard and experience any stability problems running InDesign CS3, please report them on the Adobe website and tell us exactly how you installed Leopard.

The error message about InDesign encountering a serious error and shutting down may be due to the method used to install Leopard. There may be problems caused by using the archive and install process, in contrast to doing a completely clean installation, so detailed input from users encountering problems is important to help isolate the cause(s).

InDesign, InCopy and Leopard

Adobe has released a FAQ regarding Creative Suite compatability with OSX Leopard. The good news for InDesign CS3 users is that InDesign CS3 will not require an update to run without problems on Leopard, and neither will InCopy CS3. According to the FAQ document the following applications will require compatibility updates:

Adobe Acrobat 8 Professional and our professional video applications, including Adobe Premiere Pro CS3, After Effects CS3 Professional, Encore CS3, and Soundbooth CS3. We expect to publish free Leopard compatibility updates for the video applications in December 2007 and for Acrobat 8 Professional and Adobe Reader 8 in January 2008.

The FAQ contains an excellent table that explains compatiblity of the various Adobe applications with Leopard.

InDesign CS2 and InCopy CS2 were not designed and tested for Leopard, and the official Adobe statement is that trying to run those versions on Leopard will likely result in “issues for which there is no resolution.”

Celebrity Keyboard Shortcuts: Casey D’Andrea

Casey D’Andrea is an InDesign expert, trainer, consultant, and the patron saint of keyboard shortcuts. Casey has done his own makeover of InDesign CS3’s keyboard shortcuts, functional area by functional area. In addition to creating his own customized keyboard shortcut file, Casey also produced a layered PDF file that hi-lites his changes, and adds some color commentary to explain many of his changes.

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Thumbnail Icons?

InDesign Secrets received a great question from a user in Geneva, Switzerland:

I’m sure you’ve replied to this question a hundred times.
Do you know a way to make InDesign CS3 files show a preview icon instead of the generic InDesign file icon? Wasn’t this possible in previous versions? I’ve been googling around with no success.

You can see this kind of preview in Bridge if you have set InDesign’s preferences to include a thumbnail image in the document’s metadata. It would be possible to see a thumbnail in InDesign’s Open dialog if we grabbed that thumbnail in the metadata as well, but at the moment we’re not doing that and Bridge is your best alternative.

Getting a thumbnail in the Finder or explorer is a more complicated proposition, and right now it’s not supported. The Mac and Windows operating systems have different methods of enabling this type of thumbnail, and in the case of the Mac OS, this support has been inconsistent from version to version so it hasn’t been pursued.

IFRA 2007

I was at the IFRA 2007 in Vienna all this last week. It was impressive to see the amount of activity around publishing solutions built on InDesign and InCopy. There were too many solutions to photograph, name, and describe, but here are a few of the hi-lites:

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Transformation Tips

David Blatner has posted a nice summary of the way transformations work in InDesign CS3. The transformation code was rennovated for CS3, and InDesign product manager Mike Ninness sent David a summary of how the new version works.

One minor addition to the tips mentioned there: in addition to being able to select all the points on a frame path with the direct select took by clicking on center handle, you can do the same thing by option/alt + clicking on any point on the frame path.