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InDesign CS6 | Export to PNG

You could always save your layouts as JPEG, but sometimes the results were less then pristine because JPEG, by design, is a lossy format. In today’s web and device dominated world, if anything you need a lossless format such as PNG. And in InDesign CS6, you can do just that. Read on to figure out how to save from InDesign as PNG. This is the Save as PNG capability that you’ve been waiting for.

 

Export as PNG

  • To export as PNG, choose File > Export (Ctrl/Command + E)  and then select PNG from the Save as Type drop down list.

Export options

PNG Export options dialog box

PNG Export options dialog box

You can export a selection, a range, or All pages/spreads in your document. Additional options lets you specify, quality, resolution (ppi), color space etc.

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Have you taken the PNG export for a spin yet?  Have you tried InDesign CS6 ? Download a trial. Incase you need it, see the instructions to install a trial.

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InDesign CS6 | Grayscale preview and export

Among the various new features in InDesign CS6, Grayscale Preview and Export should come in really handy to all print designers. For any print jobs that also need a grayscale output, you no longer need to maintain a separate file. You also don’t need to send the full color PDF to the printer and cross your fingers that they’ll do a proper conversion. This feature gives you proper control on your design, and reduces extra work for maintaining different layouts.

 

Grayscale Preview

Several Dot Gain profiles are available with InDesign CS6 that you can use to preview your layouts. Using this feature you can avoid maintaining different layouts for full-color and grayscale outputs.

  1. Use Proof Setup (View > Proof Setup) to specify grayscale proof options, and choose a Dot Gain or Gamma destination.
  2. After you’ve setup the proof, choose View > Proof Colors to toggle between grayscale and color output.

Export Grayscale PDF

When you export a grayscale PDF all page items, irrespective of their original color space, are converted to grayscale while exporting to PDF.

  1. Export document to PDF (Print)
  2. Click the Output tab in the PDF export options dialog box.
  3. From the Color Conversion list, choose Convert To Destination.
  4. Under Destination, choose a Dot Gain or Gray Gamma destination.
PDF Export Options dialog box

PDF Export Options dialog box

Have you tried out this feature yet?  Let us know what you think. Do you think that you can use it for other workflows as well?

Have you tried InDesign CS6 ? Download a trial. Incase you need it, see the instructions to install a trial.

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InDesign CS6 | Indic support and preferences

With InDesign CS6, you have the ability to create documents using indic text. Adobe World-Ready Composer (WRC) provides correct word shaping for many of the non-Western scripts, such as Devanagari. Adobe World-Ready composers in the International English version of InDesign, support several indian languages including Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati, Tamil, Punjabi, Bengali, Telugu, Oriya, Malayalam, and Kannada.

 

Hunspell spelling and hyphenation dictionaries are included in InDesign CS6, and so is the Adobe Devanagari font family.

Adobe World-Ready Composer

Enable the Adobe World-Ready Composer through a paragraph style (Paragraph Style >Justification > Composer) or using the Paragraph panel menu.

Indic preferences

InDesign CS6 also provides a script that you can use to set Indic preferences. This script does the following:

  • Sets Adobe World-Ready composer as the default composer.
  • Specifies using Adobe World-Ready Composer for [No Paragraph Style]. This enables you to import content into InDesign.
  • Sets the font locking preferences. This means typing in Indic script in a font that doesn’t support Indic will switch to one that does.
  • If you try to change text that has Indic to a font that doesn’t support those glyphs will bring up a warning.
  • In addition, it also changes the default page size, and snap zone

Set Indic preferences

Set Indic preferences to work on indic scripts, and correctly import content into InDesign.

  1. Choose Window > Utilities > Scripts
  2. Double-click indicPreferences.js
  3. Open a new document or restart InDesign

To dump indic preferences, simply revert to the default preferences.

  • On Windows, press Shift +Ctrl+Alt and then start InDesign CS6
  • On Mac OS, press Shift+Command+Alt and then start InDesign CS6

Have you tried InDesign CS6 ? Download a trial. Incase you need it, see the instructions to install a trial.

 

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Adobe Creative Cloud | How it can change the way you work

This blog post is about why I think Adobe® Creative Cloud™ has the potential to change the way we work, the problems it solves, and effect it may have on the way the traditional digital media businesses operates.

 

What is Creative Cloud?

Adobe® Creative Cloud™ is the digital hub that lets you download and install every Adobe Creative Suite® 6 application; access online services for file sharing, collaboration, and publishing; and benefit from new apps and features as soon as they’re released — giving you the freedom to create anything you can imagine.

Adobe Creative Cloud

A lot has already been said about the offering:

At the heart of it, Adobe Creative Cloud it offers compelling value to designers.

But the more I think about it, I see it as an agent for change. As it rolls out and touches other parts of the digital media ecosystem, it has the potential to simplify business and streamlines operations. So that you can concentrate on doing what you do best: Design!

Offers compelling value

Typically, you use several tools and platforms in your day to day lives: Creative Suite Software, tablet applications, cloud storage such as DropBox or Google Drive etc. If you add up the cost of all software that you use, you’ll be way over the subscription cost for Adobe Creative Cloud.

So, in brief, Creative Cloud is:

  • Creative Suite applications. All of them. You can install as many (or as few) as you want.
  • Access to latest software. For example, Adobe Muse and Edge Preview.
  • Adobe Touch tools for tablet devices
  • Services such as  TypeKit, and Digital Publishing Suite
  • Cloud storage
What makes it even more compelling is:
  • Multi-platform. Yes, both Mac OS and Windows
  • Integration between the various components. For details see the Creative Cloud product page.

For more information, head over to the Buying Guide and see how it stacks up.

Access to latest software

In today’s fast paced world where technology changes in the blink of an eye, you need the latest tools. The speed with which you adapt to new technologies plays a crucial role in how successful you are. Adobe Creative Cloud ensures that you’ll always have the latest and greatest software. As updates are released, they’ll reach you. If new software is added to the offering, it’ll reach you. You’ll never have to fork over extra cash for these new features, or wait for the next upgrade.

If you operate your own business, or talk to your accountants, you’ll also appreciate the simplicity of this model. No mores accounting hassles. No more additional purchase orders or invoices to track. No planned budget overruns.

Expand service offerings

Traditionally, folks specialized in particular arts or mediums. The video people are different from print guys, and web guys are ones with long beards in the basement hacking away at the keyboards, and tablet folks are geeks with all the Objective C and stuff.

Adobe Creative Cloud, in its own way erases these boundaries. (OK, does not erase them but lowers the barriers to entry.) You can now expand into adjacent markets, and offer services in areas that you earlier were not operating in. As there is no upfront cost of acquiring new software, it is less expensive for a print specialist to move into digital publications for tablet devices. (and maybe later evolve into video production). This also empowers you to create true multi-media deliverables that were expensive due to upfront software costs.

Adobe Creative Cloud, by leveling the field, will probably hot up some competition. All providers in the market will have access to the same tools.  And talent will shine through sooner, rather than later.

Remove fragmentation

If you’ve ever sent a file to the printing service, and have them call back and say that they can’t open the file, you already know what I’m talking about. Adobe Creative Cloud has the potential to standardize the entire ecosystem to the same version of software tools. You can continue to push the boundaries and operate on the cutting edge, safe in the knowledge that your designs can be opened by others. No one will ever complain about not being able to open the files, or god forbid open the file in a version higher than yours and effectively lock you out.

As the Creative Cloud concept picks up, I suspect that the entire tools and plugins ecosystem will also adopt this model. Your favorite plugin vendor will probably move to the subscription model and you’ll have access to the latest and greatest plugins. As software vendors won’t really have to spend all that time and effort maintaining old code, you’ll probably get more features and a bigger bang for your buck.

Training will also evolve, and your training partners will offer updated courses as new features are released.

It’ll probably happen. It’s just a matter of time.

So, what do you think?

I’ve tried to elaborate on what I think the value proposition is—value to designers, and the industry as a whole. I’m sure there is more to think about, but this is enough for now.

  • For questions you haven’t even thought of yet, see Creative Cloud FAQs. You’ll probably find an answer there.
  • Looking for some more information, join the conversation at the Creative Cloud Forum.
  • To receive a notification, when Creative Cloud is available, Sign-up.
  • You could Pre-order now.
  • Share your opinion. Leave a comment below.

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Why Illustrator is more relevant than ever

 Illustrator CS6 is here, and I’m excited! I’m no designer; I pretend to be one sometimes, but I’m really not. What I can sometimes call myself, though, is a technologist; and what I see in Illustrator CS6 excites the technologist in me. Let me tell you why, I think, Illustrator is important, and why, in this time and age it is more relevant than ever.

Size does matter

 

John Warnock

Dr. John Warnock

Let’s start from the beginning, a good place to start. 25 years ago, John Warnock created Illustrator. In the years that followed, print was the dominant medium and size was important. You wanted your artwork on a postcard as well as a billboard on Times Square. Vector graphics were the way to go; Illustrator was the tool of choice. Of course, it helped that Adobe also pioneered PostScript®—used together, they provided a pretty exciting package that helped designers push boundaries.

The infant web

Flash forward to the infant web: Illustrator lost some of its sheen and appeal. It became a niche tool for designers and illustrators. The early internet was mostly raster.

Raster vs Vector

Folks consumed most content within the browser. GIF/JPEG ruled the roost for a long time, mainly because that’s what worked really well on those slow and unreliable dial-up connections. Internet was like the wild-wild-west, and the pioneers were happy with what they got. Then bandwidth exploded, Moore’s law and economies of scale made powerful computers available to more and more people, a better image format was needed. PNG emerged the winner: raster was, and in most cases still is, good enough.

Adobe SVG

Adobe’s SVG format was, I think, a little ahead of its time. Average folks didn’t really care about vector graphics and graphic fidelity just yet. Why would they? They were still used to crummy text. The web didn’t even have proper typography! If you saw bad typography everywhere, would you complain about pixelated graphics?

Size does matter. Again.

In the era ushered in by the Apple iPhone, HTML5 and then by the iPad and a plethora of Android devices, we’re now completing a circle. Size is relevant again. Just like you wanted to scale your design from a postcard to billboard, now you want the content to scale from an iPhone to a giant 104” HDTV, and everything else in between. (plus that postcard and that billboard.) Needless to say, the consumers now expect fidelity.
Infant tablets were happy with raster images. PNGs worked fine, just like GIFs had for the infant web. The early tablet and smartphone processors, were able to display images just fine, but didn’t pack enough punch to draw vector graphics. To give consumers the illusion of speed, technologists probably decided that PNGs are just fine.

Image Courtesy: Adobe Canada blog

As we found out recently, after the retina display was launched, we also need to account for platform and device fragmentation. For example, PNGs that worked well on the iPad 2 started looking really crummy on the retina display. Higher resolution PNGs break compatibility with older hardware, and require significantly higher bandwidth. There is nothing inherently wrong with this approach, but to remain relevant, we’ll surely need infinite resolution pretty soon. (If you didn’t already, now you know the Illustrator team’s blog is http://blogs.adobe.com/infiniteresolution/)

Soothsaying

Don’t predict the future, unless you know. But it’s safe to hazard an educated guess.

Manufacturers are adding multiple cores, and faster RAM. You have more processing power in your pocket than NASA had in 1969#1; we can aim higher than the moon! We need to ensure pristine content on any class of device: phones, tablets, computers, TVs, or the emerging content-consumption devices such as smart-watches, smart-glasses, and whatever inventors will dream up next. Who knows, how soon you’ll be reading the morning news on your coffee cup?

To be successful, the content will have to be scalable. Which output format will finally prevail is open for discussion. We’ll need to wait a while to find out.

   

Whether content will be HTML5, SVG, PDF, Flash, or something else entirely, I don’t know. But it will be created in Illustrator, that I’m sure.
Illustrator has evolved immensely in the last 25 years. And today, it is poised to transform the world’s content, yet again: one path at a time.


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 It's probably true, but I can't be sure; Apollo 11 had a 2.048 MHz CPU.

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