Archive for September, 2005

September 30, 2005

Help Center Tips and Tricks #2

If you haven’t read what we call “Help on Help” there is another cool little help feature that you might not be aware of. That is the “Compact View.” It was designed so that you could be checking out a help topic while you were using your application. The Compact View button is in the upper right hand corner that looks like this Compact Mode Button. It will turn the help window into a much smaller version that you can still use. When you are done, click the corresponding button the Compact View to go back to the full view.

Coming Soon, AHC 2.0 features and tips… And Adobe’s first Podcast (if someone doesn’t beat me to it).

Next time you are using Help (versions one or two), give it a try.

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September 27, 2005

Adobe Help Center 2.0!

It’s here! Well, it will be here soon. I’m glad to finally be able to talk about it, it seems like forever since we shipped Adobe Help Center 1.0. It was really only a few months ago, but it seems like ages to me. AHC 2.0 will be appearing with the newly announced Photoshop Elements 4.0 and Premiere Elements 2.0. I’ll be talking about some of the cool stuff we added to 2.0 in upcoming posts. Right now I’m just happy to publicly say Adobe Help Center 2.0.

Adobe Help Center 2.0

Adobe Help Center 2.0

(I’m just repeating it for effect)

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September 20, 2005

Adobe Help Center tips and tricks #1

Over time, I hope to make this a series. Just quickie tips and tricks for those who are interested.

For those who don’t know Adobe Help Center, it is currently shipped with all the CS2 products. It is how these products display their help content.

My first post will be a tip, but there are many secret tricks with AHC too (as I’ve noticed some of you pointing out in the User To User Forums).

Did you know that in addition to searching within the product that you are displaying that you could also search against all the products whose help is installed with AHC?

If you click on the little magnifying glass icon to the left of the search text box, you will get a pop-up menu letting you search against all installed products, or just the current product.

The cool thing about this is that you can see how features in different products relate to each other. For example, you can see how color specifying is different in Photoshop and InDesign easily.

Not only will you search against multiple products (Illustrator, InCopy, etc…), but if you have help installed in multiple languages, you will get the matches across languages too, which may or may not be useful, but is important to know.

Hope that this was informative.

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September 16, 2005


Hello all! I’m delighted to round out the first dozen of the public Adobe blogs. I’m a software developer in Adobe’s Core Technologies team working in the Center Of The Universe (also known as the neighborhood of Fremont in Seattle, Washington).

CoreTech (as we call it) is responsible for some of your favorite stuff in your favorite Adobe products. We make sure that colors map correctly in Photoshop and that your separations print well in InDesign.

Since joining Adobe last year, I’ve mostly been working on Adobe Help Center which made its debut in Photoshop Elements 3. I’m working on some other new technologies as well, but they are still super secret…

With my Adobe blog, I’m hoping to cover a wide range of issues. I plan to talk about technology (especially Adobe Technology), the internet, cross platform software development and I’ll probably talk a bit about Help Center as well.

More next week…

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