November 3, 2009

Create an Interactive PDF/Flash Gallery with Adobe InDesign

The goal of this tutorial is to create an interactive Flash gallery using the tools available in Adobe InDesign CS4. What? InDesign? Isn't InDesign for print layout? Well, hmm... no, not only, not any more. What you'll be doing here is to create a Flash image gallery in InDesign to be deployed on a web page. Although this whole procedure also works for creating very cool interactive PDFs (see my example here: ID_PDF_Gallery.pdf [657KB]). Imagine that technique used in a book, or magazine layout!
This idea came to me when I saw the "Show/Hide Buttons" action in the Buttons Panel... Why on earth would you want to hide your buttons? Well, what if the buttons were in fact not buttons?
Very often designers (or their Clients) have more images than will fit into a layout. So here's a quick way to publish them all to an interactive PDF or SWF.

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October 22, 2009

CSInsider | Design - Adobe Bridge CS4

In this tenth episode of CSInsider|Design, I will show you how to use Bridge as a content management system to help organize and deploy your files.

I always call Adobe Bridge "the control center for all of my assets"; and this is truly it. There I can preview all sorts of files, add metadata, watch movie clips, control image quality and create order out of chaos. Another thing I love about Bridge, is that you can create collections of files in a tidy folder, no matter where the files are on your hard drive. But, there is more, and I just realized I did not talk about it in this episode of CSInsider...

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September 18, 2009

John Warnock and Chuck Geschke awarded National Medal of Technology and Innovation

National_Medal_of_Technology.jpg"These scientists, engineers and inventors are national icons, embodying the very best of American ingenuity and inspiring a new generation of thinkers and innovators," President Obama said. "Their extraordinary achievements strengthen our nation every day--not just intellectually and technologically but also economically, by helping create new industries and opportunities that others before them could never have imagined." (Source)

"Dr. John E. Warnock and Dr. Charles M Geschke for their pioneering contributions that spurred the desktop publishing revolution and for changing the way people create and engage with information and entertainment across multiple mediums including print, Web and video." (Source)

Wow! Congratulations!

September 14, 2009

Creative Suite Live! in Mexico City

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On September 28 and 29, Greg Rewis and myself will be talking at the Creative Suite Live! conference in Mexico City. This is the first time for me in Mexico, so I am really excited!

Creative Suite Live! is the most complete conference for designers using and wanting to master the Adobe Creative Suite. Covering sessions from Illustrator to InDesign, Photoshop, Bridge and Acrobat Professional, all the way to Dreamweaver, Flash and Fireworks. Further information in English.

Creative Suite Live! es la conferencia más completa para diseñadores que utilizan y quieren dominar las aplicaciones de Adobe Creative Suite. Con sesiones que cubren desde Illustrator a InDesign, Photoshop, Bridge y Acrobat Professional. Más información en español.

One Time CS4 Event in Zürich

As part of the Adobe Masters Tour 2009 throughout Germany and Austria, together with Greg Rewis and Jason Levine, there will also be a one time special event in Zürich: Adobe Cracks @ Publicis - Friday, September 18 2009 from 11am to 6pm at Theater Stadelhofen.
During three 90 minute sessions we'll be showing how to best leverage the new features of Adobe Creative Suite 4 Master Collection, and how to create content that will be published to various media such as print, web, and video.
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