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DPS: Stop a video at the last frame

By Keith Gilbert

A technique being used by many publishers of content-rich tablet apps such as magazines is to have a video play on the cover or the first page of a feature, and then have the video “freeze” at the last frame. This can be done using Adobe Digital Publishing Suite. Johannes Henseler first documented…

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Compressing video for use in DPS

By Keith Gilbert for Gilbert Consulting blog

Use the following checklist to ensure that video content is optimized for tablet apps you create with Adobe Digital Publishing Suite (DPS).

[ ] Save the video in .mp4 format with .h264 encoding

[ ] Scale and crop the video to the exact size that you want it to play in your DPS app before placing it

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Photoshop Extended for DPS

By Keith Gilbert

If you are planning creating apps with Adobe InDesign and Adobe Digital Publishing Suite, I strongly recommend that you have Adobe Photoshop CS5 Extended in your tool set. Here’s why.If you’re not aware, Adobe Photoshop CS4 and newer comes in two “flavors”: Photoshop and Photoshop Extended. Both…

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How to resize pages in InDesign

By Keith Gilbert on Gilbert Consulting blog

Imagine you have a document consisting of a number of pages that contain text and images. Now you need to change the page size to be smaller or larger.One way to do this is to choose File > Document Setup, change the page dimensions, and click OK. While this works, it gives you no control over over where the extra page width or height is added or removed. But, in CS5, you can control this behavior…

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Copyfitting InDesign text

By Keith Gilbert on the Gilbert Consulting blog

I’m in Abuja, Nigeria this week doing InDesign and InCopy training for one of the media companies here. One of the things that I’ve taught is the various ways to make text fit a fixed amount of space in InDesign.Here’s a list of the ways that I can think of to adjust body text so that it will…

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Preventing a compound word from breaking at the hyphen

Amy wrote and asked:Is there a way to set InDesign to keep “ACME-PRO” together and not insert a line break after the hyphen? There are at least two ways to accomplish this:1. Type ACME-PRO with a discretionary hyphen at the beginning (immediately before the A). A discretionary hyphen is typed as…

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iPad layout templates for the Adobe Digital Publishing Suite

Designing in Adobe InDesign CS5 for the upcoming Adobe Digital Publishing Suite entails creating a document that’s 1024 x 768 pixels or 768 x 1024 pixels. But the Adobe Viewer obscures a 6 pixel vertical region on the right side of the screen with a vertical scroll indicator, and the Viewer…

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Missing the point?

I’ve been working extensively with the upcoming Adobe Digital Publishing Suite with a handful of clients. I’m excited about publishing content on the iPad and other tablet devices in general, and about Adobe’s solution in particular.The iPad has been hailed as the “Savior of News” and the “Savior…

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Magazine publishing on the iPad

I’ve been heavily involved in the upcoming Adobe Digital Publishing Suite as a beta tester. I’m working directly with a couple of clients to help them repurpose their magazine content for iPad versions. One of the best ways to learn what is possible and what works well (and not so well) in this…

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ePub best practices: Capitalization

The ePub format has a number of formatting restrictions. When designing documents that may one day be repurposed for ePub output, it’s in your best interest to follow some InDesign page layout “best practices”.One such “best practice” is in how capitalization is handled. It’s not uncommon for…

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