Archive for January, 2011

Adobe InDesign: What’s the Difference Between the Single-Line Composer and the Paragraph Composer?

by Barb Binder Most layout programs and word processors set the line breaks in a paragraph by evaluating a single line of type at a time. As you edit a paragraph, you will notice the text reflowing on the line you are working on, and you will likely notice the text reflowing through the lines below […]

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What’s inside an EPUB file

In this video, Gabriel Powell tell you what’s inside an EPUB file. If you peek inside an EPUB file, what components can you expect to find, and how they are organized!

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This video is an extract from the Creating eBooks with Adobe InDesign CS4 & CS5 :An In-Depth Guide to Mastering eBook Production.

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New script to output single pages to Interactive PDF

Keith has created a simple set of scripts that let you choose to output single pages or reader spreads when you export to Interactive PDF.

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New Script for Applying Object Styles While Placing Images in CS5

CS5 users can now apply object styles as needed while placing images, with the aid of a new script.

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Save screen space with Adobe InDesign’s convenient Control Panel

With more and more designers opting to use laptops for their work, screen real estate becomes more of an issue. One unfortunate side-effect of using Adobe Creative Suite applications like InDesign is the plethora of panels a designer keeps open on the screen in day-to-day work. But Adobe does make efforts to lighten the load of panels you have to keep open for convenience. Here’s how you can save a little space while still having convenient access to a few often-used tools.

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Adobe InDesign CS5: Tool Hints (or How to Remember Shortcuts!)

by Barb Binder A lot of my Adobe InDesign CS5 students want to use keyboard shortcuts and tool modifier keys, but feel like they just can’t keep them all straight in their heads. By the time they remember (or look up) the shortcut, they may as well have just used the menu command. In the past, […]

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Maintain High Quality Display When Cropping and Resizing Frames

Jerky movements, pixelated graphics, all point to one culprit: Live Screen Redraw

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Advertising engagement in digital magazines

On the Adobe Digital Publishing blog, Dave Dickson, Product Marketing Manager, Adobe Digital Publishing wrote about a report that describes how readers engage with interactive ads in digital magazines. If you’re undecided about your digital publishing endeavor, this report will surely help.

Titled “Digital Ad Engagement: Perceived Interactivity as a Driver of Advertising Effectiveness,” (PDF – 260KB) and conducted by Alex Wang, Ph.D. (Univ. of Connecticut) the study exposed participants ages 18 to 32 to print or iPad versions of advertisements featured in a past issue of a digital magazine. It then surveyed them to measure perceived interactivity, perceived engagement, message involvement, attitude towards the ads, and purchase intent, and compared the results.  Overall, the research discovered that readers are more likely to engage with interactive than static ads, as well as have a more favorable attitude to the ad and greater purchase intent. See a summary of the results below; participants responded using a scale from 1-9 and considered both all ads in the magazine, as well as a specific ad presented to them.

Read the entire report here.

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Working with Tabs in InDesign

Ever wondered how to get tabs to work (for you) in InDesign?

By popular demand Ive added a series of videos explaining the key areas of working with tabs, including: Working with the tabs panel, setting tabs, editing tabs, working with right indents and leaders, aligning to decimals and Working with first line indents.

Hope this helps!

For more information on this topic via Adobe help click here.

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Working with the tabs panel
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Setting Tabs
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Editing Tabs
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Right Indent Tabs & Leaders
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Aligning to Decimals
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Indents & First Line Indents
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CS5 bug with anchored objects on spreads

Beware of this bug that can make anchored objects fail to print or output to PDF in CS5.

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