InDesign Certification Exam Revised and Updated

People seeking Adobe re-certification on InDesign raised some red flags regarding some of the certification test content. Adobe looked into the certification tests and agreed that the latest test had some problems. The InDesign test has now been reviewed, corrected, and re-written. The distribution of the new test raises a handful of questions that I’ll address here:

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Adobe Reader Pre-Release Program

Interested in participating in the Adobe Reader Beta Program? It’s the best way to get an early peak at future versions of the product and provide valuable feedback into the development process.

You can sign up now right here.

InDesign Conference, Miami Beach: Recosoft

I’m attending the combined InDesign, Acrobat and Vector conferences this week in Miami Beach. Today I spoke with Paramjit Chadha, Managing Director of Recosoft, the company that developed the very cool PDF2ID product.

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Layout Zones 1.0b14 Now Available

Martinho da Gloria of Automatication has updated the Layout Zones script to fix a font problem and a menu location issue on Windows. You an get the latest version at InDesign Secrets.

Layout Zones How-To

Installing the Layout Zone script:

  • Unzip the script and put the Layout Zones folder in the root level of InDesign’s Scripts folder.

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Cool (free!) Layout Zones Script

Today Martinho da Gloria of Automatication is releasing the first version of a script that enables a use to select InDesign page elements and convert them to a placed InDesign file automatically.

The script enables a workflow in which different InDesign users can work on different sections of the same page simultaneously.

In addition, the script also enables the user to convert the placed InDesign file back to native objects…in other words, it enables you to "round trip" the page elements into a placed InDesign file and back to native elements again.

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InDesign & Leopard: Update VII

Anyone having problems with InDesign on Leopard will have observed by now that the 10.5.2 update doesn’t fix the NavSvcs or Hide problems. From what I’ve been able to learn from our own technical people, the changes necessary on Apple’s end to fix the NavSvcs problem involve a re-write of the relevant portions of Leopard’s code, and as such it’s an involved process. That, along with competing priorities, accounts for the absence of that fix in 10.5.1 and 10.5.2. Unfortunately, no word yet on when Apple anticipates delivering this fix.

InDesign & Leopard: Update VI

Upon further review, the people working on the Nav Svcs problem think that there may be something to the strategy of uninstalling Version Cue if you can.

Among the problems we’ve identified and reported to Apple is hanging behavior associated with Spotlight
while the system was sending off file system events in response to the contents of the hard disk begin updated.

This hang later seemed to lead to repeated crashes in the InDesign dialogs.

Uninstalling Version Cue would significantly cut down on the number of such system events being posted and therefore cause the environment to be more stable.

So, from our perspective then it appears worth a try for those of you experiencing the Nav Svcs crash problem on Leopard to unintsall Version Cue to see if it reduces or eliminates the crashing behavior in those dialogs. If it does, please let us know up here on this blog.

InDesign & Leopard: Update V

I wanted to do a full-blown post to discuss a comment on an earlier post suggesting that uninstalling Version Cue will fix the Nav Svcs crash problem. Our developers think it’s highly unlikely that this is an effective way to solve this problem for the following reason: InDesign uses some Version Cue code for the operation of dialogs that navigate the file system whether Version Cue is installed or not, and whether it’s turned on or not. This code is built into InDesign. So, uninstalling Version Cue does not in any way change what happens when one of those dialog boxes is invoked. It’s possible, however, that the uninstall process might, as a side effect, delete a Leopard cache somewhere that temporarily causes the problem to go away. Our internal testing, however, proves that the Nav Svcs problem can occur whether Version Cue is installed or not.

There does seem to be a tangible link between the occurence some Nav Svcs crashes and use of Leopard’s Spotlight feature. So, if you do experience one of these crashes, please include information about your Spotlight use if you are kind enough to send us a crash log.

We are continuing to work with Apple directly on the Nav Svcs issue, and all I’m at liberty to say at the moment is that progress is being made.

InDesign & Leopard: Update IV

I’ve been keeping tabs with engineering regarding reported issues with InDesign on Leopard, and here’s current situation:

  1. There’s a problem hiding InDesign or other applications.
  2. There’s an intermitent problem copying and pasting vectors out of InDesign CS3 and into Illustrator CS3.
  3. The most serious issue is the Nav Svcs problem that can cause a crash when interacting with the file system via InDesign CS3’s Place, Export, Save, re-Linking etc. dialog boxes. This problem occurs far more often on PPC machines running Leopard. Some users experiencing these crashes have reported that trashing their InDesign Preferences temorarily removes the problem for them. Our testing has not confirmed that.

There is also a known problem using PDF printer from InDesign CS3, but that’s an Acrobat compatibility problem. That issue should be addressed when an update to Acrobat 8 is released.

In the case of items 1 thru 3 above, we have been pursuing these issues with Apple and are having to wait on their engineering teams for information on the source of the problems and the ways they can be fixed. We are not able to debug Apple’s system code to diagnose the source of these problems, so we have no choice but to wait for them to do the work on their end and let us know what they find.