Another Free Excerpt from “The Adobe InCopy CS2 Book”

The Adobe Design Center has doled out another free excerpt from our book “The Adobe InCopy CS2 Book.”

This sample is admittedly pretty similar to the first excerpt, but it covers “Working with .rtf and .txt files in Adobe InCopy CS2.” We hope you appreciate the material and there’s more where this came from throughout the rest of the book. Enjoy!

Don’t Lose More than a Minute of Work

Have you ever taken advantage of the Automatic Recovery feature in InDesign? If you’re especially lucky you’ve never had a corrupt font, bad RAM, application crashes, or a power outage. For the rest of us, the Automatic Recovery feature can save a lot of grief and hassle.

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Pasting from Illustrator into InDesign

500 separate paths or shapes is the maximum allowed when copying and pasting editable paths from Illustrator into InDesign. If a set of paths is too complex, ID will place the paths as an embedded EPS rather than editable vectors. When using Illustrator’s Live Trace feature, pay attention to the number of paths listed in the lower right just below the Preview button (number of anchor points is irrelevant…ID isn’t looking at those). 501 or higher will get embedded as an EPS. When you plan to copy and paste into ID, 500 is the magic number.

Thanks to Tim Cole for this tip.

Strokes on text converted to outlines in InDesign

Q: If text is stroked and then converted to outlines in InDesign CS the stroke just pushes too much into the text. Is there a way to avoid this?

A: When text is still text, ID is designed to draw the stroke on the outside of the path IF the text has a fill color applied. If you assign a fill color of none, then the stroke will draw centered on the path, just like any ID frame. When you convert the text to outlines, it’s now a frame, and so the stroke draws centered on the frame path. You can make the stroke draw outside the path (or inside the path) using the stroke alignment buttons on the stroke palette. Then it will look like stroked live text with a fill color.

Thank to Tim Cole for this info.

Mousepose Enhances Presentations on a Mac

I spend a lot of time presenting/demoing/teaching/training Adobe software to our customers, and 99% of the time it’s done on a Mac. If that sounds like something you do, then you should check out the new Mousepos√© 2 from Boinx Software. Essentially, it’s a Mac-only application ($10) that allows a presenter to draw the audience’s attention to the curent cursor location. It’s a great way to locate a cursor on a large screen or focus on a complex user interface element.

I’ve been using the first version of this great little app for a while, but now with version 2 they’ve add some nice enhancements including feathered cursor highlight (user customizable, of course), animated highlight (subtle, not obnoxious), and “visible” clicks (just try it).

Bonus Tip: Set the cursor opacity to zero percent and enable the mouse clicks option. Now when you invoke Mousepose you won’t see the cursor highlight but you’ll see concentric circles (in the color of your choice) to indicate the number of clicks.

It’s really a great teaching/training tool. All you ACE trainers out there are gonna love this!

Total Training for Adobe InCopy CS2 Now Shipping

I’m very excited to announce that Total Training for Adobe InCopy CS2 is now shipping! It took a lot of hard work, a week of recording, and a great team of partners over at Total Training to make it happen and I’m very pleased with the final product.

It’s six hours of training that covers the features of InCopy for writers and editors, what InDesign users need to understand about InCopy, and then how to marry them together in a publishing workflow. All the video and sample files come on one DVD-ROM that works on both Mac and Windows computers.

This training resource will normally costs $99US, but Total Training is offer a special summer discount of 20% which knocks the price down to $79US. You can check out a course outline (HTML, PDF) to see if you think it will be a helpful resource for your team. There are even a few sample clips you can check it out and kick the tires.

Lens Baby Macro Fun

While I was away from a work for a while, I did a lot of shooting of one of my favorite subjects. I received a Lensbaby 2.0 this spring as a gift and I’ve had a lot of fun playing with it. The recent addition to my Lensbaby is their Macro Kit. It’s two little screw-on lenses that can be used alone or together for more macro goodness.

I’ve really enjoyed the Lensbaby Macro Kit and it gives me results that just can’t (reasonably) be created in Photoshop. I hope you’ll indulge me a few examples.

Excerpt posted from “The Adobe InCopy CS2 Book”

The responses that Mike Richman and I have received on our InCopy book have been really positive and we hope the user community is benefitting from this new resource. We’ve posted a free excerpt that covers a bit about working with Microsoft Word documents in InCopy.

If you like what you see, consider getting a few copies of The Adobe InCopy CS2 Book for your staff. In the spirit of full disclosure, I co-authored this book. While it would make me very happy if you bought a copy (or a case), I receive no royalties or other compensation from sales of the book.

New InCopy Training Video Resource

Hey folks, it’s been a while since I’ve posted, but sometimes there are more important issues to attend to. Anyway, I’m back from sabbatical and have a bunch of pent up energy/posts that I want to share with you.

I’ll start with the exciting news that my Total Training InCopy training videos are almost complete. I recorded this six-hour series back before my sabbatical and the post-production is just about done. The movies are presented in a very nice interface and distributed on DVD-ROM. The price is $99 and you can pre-order if you’re the eager type. This is just one more InCopy training resource in addition to my InCopy CS2 Book and the InCopy training videos recorded by me team member, Colin Fleming, for

Update: The course outline has been posted so you can see how it stacks up and if you think this would be a good resource for you and your team.

FreeHand to Illustrator Migration Guide

A new document has been released that will be helpful for anybody considering the switch from FreeHand to Illustrator. The 6.5 MB PDF is 44 pages long and can be downloaded from here.

Now I’m sure some folks are going to jump to conclusions and think that Freehand is dead, but that’s not the case. The real story is that this document was in development long before Adobe acquired Macromedia. It was conceived as a competitive “switcher” guide. As you know, some projects drag on longer than you wish, and this was certainly one of those. So the document was done, the acquisition was complete, and the Illustrator product team decided to publish the guide anyway.

Some folks will read more into it than is true, but for the rest of us, this is a well-written and helpful document. I’m not interested in more speculation or feature debates, but I am interested in feedback! For the intended purpose of this guide, did you find it valuable? Are there other “conversion guides” that you’d like to see published that would help you use Adobe’s tools more effectively?