Author Archive: Adam Pratt

Migrating Acrobat 8 Tracked Reviews

I don’t know how common this is, but a customer recently asked me how to migrate a tracked PDF review in Acrobat from one computer to another. Scenarios include upgrading from Acrobat 7 to Acrobat 8, upgrading to a new computer, or tracking reviews from a laptop if you travel. If this sounds interesting, here’s the solution:

  1. Copy the file "Workflows" from this location on the old Mac HD/users/username/Library/Preferences/Acrobat/(version number)/Collab/Workflows to the same location on the new machine. The file path on Windows should be similar under the "Documents and Settings" folder.
  2. Relaunch Acrobat.
  3. Now copy the tracked PDFs from the old machine to the new machine. If the PDFs have the exact same file path on the new machine as they did on the old machine, then you’re done. If they don’t have the same file path, then just click their filename in the Tracker window and Acrobat will prompt you to tell it the new file path.

That should take care of it!

Tip for GoLive>Dreamweaver Migrations

As a follow-up to my recent post about new tools to help you migrated from GoLive to Dreamweaver (if you want to) I wanted to offer an extra tip that will hopefully help some of you. I recently learned that the GL2DW extension assumes (for better or worse) that your GoLive site is in good working order and using the new site folder organization scheme that’s been in use for the last few versions.

If that’s not the case, the GL2DW extension can hiccup in the conversion process. To tidy things up before running the extension, open your site in GoLive and choose Site>Convert Site to New Structure. If the menu command is grayed out you’re in the clear. If it’s available, you should let ‘er rip.

Migrating from GoLive to Dreamweaver?

GoLive is not dead (you’ll be seeing a new version layer this year) and you don’t have to switch if you don’t want to, but if you’re thinking about migrating from GoLive to Dreamweaver, then there are some good resources you need to know about. Click on over to http://www.adobe.com/products/dreamweaver/switch/ and check out the goods, including a 17-page migration guide written by me (Adam) and my long-time writing partner and GoLive expert, Lynn Grillo. The migration guide supports a new extension that is included with Dreamweaver CS3 that helps convert your GoLive sites to be Dreamweaver-ready. Please let us know if these resources are helpful.

If you’re using GoLive and don’t plan to switch to Dreamweaver, we also want to hear from you! Is it emotional? A specific couple of features? A certain workflow? Let us know!

Indianapolis InDesign User Group Inaugural Meeting

They’re popping up everywhere, and the newest one’s in Indianapolis, Indiana. Noha Edell (presenter extraordinaire) from Adobe will be there on April 24, 2007 to shows off CS3, and it’s a great way to network with other designers in the area. The meeting starts at 6:30PM, runs until 9PM and the location is:

Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance
225 South East Street
Indianapolis, In 46202
United States

Get more details and sign up online. Enjoy!

CS3: Creative License Conferences Across North America

Now that CS3 has been publicly announced, we’re getting our engines revved up to hit the road and sweep North America with several one- and two-day conferences. Whether you work in print, web, video, motion graphics, or mobile, there will be something for you. Come see all the components of the new Suites, including Design, Web, and Video Production. Dates range from May 16 to June 26, so check out the details and register.

Two-day Conference Cities
One-day Conference Cities

Placing InDesign files in InDesign Files

No, that title is NOT a typo. One of the coolest new features of InDesign CS3 is the ability to place InDesign documents (INDD) inside other InDesign documents. I think it will take folks a while to get their heads wrapped around that one, but I can’t wait to see how folks end up using it. Lots of collaboration possibilities come to mind, but let us know what comes to mind for you.

In the meantime, I’ve been doing some testing and conferring with the InDesign team and I’ve dug up a few nuggets that should help you get acclimated to the possibilities:

1. InDesign CS3 can be used to place any version of InDesign document, all the way back to version 1.0.

2. Some folks are freaked out by this possibility and they want to know how to turn it off. Well, for better or worse, the same import filter that enables the placement of InDesign documents also enables the placement of EPS files. I really don’t think you want to be turnin’ that one off.

3. If you want to edit the original InDesign layout, just Option/Alt-double-click to edit the original layout in InDesign. The placed INDD looks great in the layout, but you cannot edit the individual pieces. If you need that functionality then I recommend an old standard: Copy and Paste.

There’s more where this came from, but in the meantime, how do you imagine using this new capability?

TypeFitter Plug-in for InCopy Now Free

If you’re not familiar with Teacup Software, they put out some great plug-ins for InDesign and they also do custom plug-in development. Among their various plug-ins is a sweet little gem called TypeFitter which makes it easy to tweak word spacing, letter spacing, and glyph spacing to stretch or shrink a story to fit. I’m sure there are purists who will say we shouldn’t be doing this, but why not accept the reality AND make it easier?

The plug-in isn’t new, but what is new is that the fine folks at Teacup are now giving away the InCopy version for free! It supports the Mac and Windows versions of CS1 and CS2. If you want the plug-in for InDesign it’ll cost you $59US, and I’d say it’s worth the price if only for it’s ability to instantly find all widows and overset text!

New PDF-to-InDesign Plug-In Announced

I’m getting caught up from the flood of Macworld, and I wanted to highlight a few gems I found at the show. My first discovery of the week was a new PDF to InDesign conversion plug-in from Recosoft. They were demoing the plug-in live on the show floor and I was impressed with the results. The plug-in runs inside InDesign and converts a PDF into an editable InDesign layout. The conversion results will of course be constrained by how the original document was designed and how the PDf was created, but even their beta build showed off quite well.

In a perfect world, you would always have access to all original source files. In lieu of perfection, this new plug-in might save your butt. Recosoft says they’ll ship this plug-in in Q2 2007 for Mac and Windows users.

So I’m curious, have any of you needed a solution like this? Anxious to get your hands on this plug-in?

InDesign Does Multiple Page Sizes

Thanks to our great partners over at DTP Tools, InDesign can now be used to create multiple page sizes in a single InDesign document with their new PageControl plug-in. Now there have always been workarounds such as cobbling together multiple files in the Book palette or using various page arrangement tricks, but this new plug-in makes it much simpler.

The plug-in has been in the beta stage for about a month, but it was finally released yesterday and it’s lookin’ great. Perhaps the best part about the plug-in is that it doesn’t create any new palettes or menus. Instead, it integrates with the existing Pages palette in InDesign and let’s you create and manage multiple page sizes, multiple master pages, and so on.

I have to admit that this isn’t a feature I’ve yearned for, but I’ve met enough folks who are gonna be thrilled with this announcement. The only “catch” with this plug-in is that anybody attempting to open these “modified” InDesign documents must have the free reader plug-in installed. The reader plug-in is in fact free, but we all know it will still trip up a few folks. In that case, you can export your InDesign layouts with multiple page sizes directly to PDF and the results are fantastic.

Can I just make one suggestion? No matter how you deliver your InDesign files to your printer, will you promise me that you’ll call your printer and give them a heads-up first? Talk about a curve ball! :-)

Set Sail for the ADIM Conference

Ahoy there, mateys! The tenth annual Art Directors Invitational Master (ADIM) Class is ready to set sail. The new Web site launched today with full conference details and registration information. This year’s event is slathered in a heavy coat of pirate theme and will be held at the Hayes Mansion in San Jose, CA from April 25-28, 2007.

You’ll have so much fun at this unique conference that you won’t even realize how much you’re learning about the latest Adobe software applications. Did I mention that your registration fee includes a copy of Creative Suite 3.0 Premium? Yes, 3.0. It’s not a typo!