This Week in InDesign Articles, Number 43
It's blustery and rainy! A good day to stay inside and work with InDesign. Of course, no matter where or who you are, there is always more to learn about InDesign... fortunately, besides a bunch of blog posts this week, we have lots of other resources available for you.
- I just saw a post on our forums that a 6.0.6 patch for InDesign CS4 has come out. Nice to know that Adobe is still working on bug-fixing earlier versions.
- Who doesn't love fonts? If you want to dig up some of the great modern history of fonts, you need to read the old back issues of U&lc, now available as PDF. Not the best scan quality (parts cut off) but it's better than nothing! (An uncle of mine, the late New York typographer Mac Baumwell, was, I believe, an editor of U&lc at some point in its history. Looking forward to finding those issues.)
- Interested in XML? Dorothy Hoskins strikes again with this InDesign XML Publishing: College Catalog Case Study.
- Look: InDesign is great software, but if history is any judge, it will probably be knocked off its throne within 5 to 10 years by some other software. Fortunately, folks at Adobe are already looking at how to perhaps reinvent the page-layout app themselves, and have released a beta version of an AIR app called ROME. You can check out ROME here. (Mike Rankin has already used the "after all, it wasn't built in a day" pun with me... oy!)
- Do you like to keep up with what's happening in the Creative Suite, but you don't know where to look? Bookmark the Adobe Creative Suite Updates blog.
EPUB and Interactive
- You know you want to make EPUB files! Everyone does! Now there's a new eBook about making eBooks, from our friend Rufus Deuchler: How to Create an eBook with Adobe® InDesign® CS5. There's more info about it here, too.
- Rufus also wrote up a great little piece on CSS tags you can use in ePubs. Yay!
- Of course, Woodwing has been creating iPad magazines for a while now, and their customer base is growing all the time. Take a look at their gallery of iPad apps!
- I'm curious about some of the other companies who are making publishing solutions for magazines, books, and so on for the iPad. For example, ScrollMotion are the folks behind the iPad version of Esquire magazine.
- Interesting stats on the number of iPad magazines sold recently... good numbers, but not lifechanging.
- Note that there are a number of epub- and interactive-based training events coming up (each one with its own focus and each presenter with their own perspective):
- For example, Liz Castro is presenting two webinars (produced by InDesignSecrets):
- Also Gabriel Powell is presenting a couple of seminars for CS-Magic. InDesignSecrets readers get a discount by using the code IS-001
- And Pariah Burke, Sally Cox, and Steve Dolan are presenting two days on the ePublishing Workflow, including discussions of not just InDesign, but Word, QuarkXPress, and other software.
- And for those of you who missed the Adobe MAX keynote presentation yesterday, there is a nice write up of it here in The Register. And an article about Adobe's new Digital Publishing "Suite" here at pcworld.