This Week in InDesign Articles, Number 56
Okay, so it's been a little busy around here... Adobe announced CS5.5 and registrations for the Print and ePublishing Conference have been going crazy! It's clear that we'll sell out before the May 23 conference -- it's just a question of how quickly. If you're thinking about attending this awesome event, now's the time to jump!
So the upshot of all this is that I'm behind in getting these great articles, videos, and whatnot to you... well, better late than never!
- Mike Rankin and I wrote an article about making smaller InDesign and PDF files (reducing file sizes) for InDesign Magazine. It was recently "reprinted" for free at creativepro.com... hope you enjoy it!
- This is a great explanation by Harbs of why it's so hard to save back to earlier versions in InDesign. He's right.
- Keith Gilbert offers this set of good tips for copyfitting text in InDesign. By the way, Keith also has two new ipad apps out, which you can read about here.
- Are you an InDesign scripter? Here's what's new with scripting in 5.5.
- Everyone knows that Acrobat is the best program for viewing PDFs, but not everyone uses it. But how good (or bad) are other PDF viewers? The folks at VIGC put a bunch of PDF viewers to the test.
- Curious about who (and how many) are using which version of InDesign? Rorohiko thinks they know.
- Ornaments and ornamental glyphs are so fun. Check out how to make them even more useful in this article by Jim Felici.
- For all you printers out there: Definitely read this white paper on Adobe's new APPE2 (adobe pdf print engine 2).
EPUB and Interactive
- Hot off the press, Liz Castro has figured out how to embed fonts in EPUB docs for ipad, iphone, and nook!
- Here's a great wiki on epub. It's far from complete, but there is some interesting info there.
- Speaking of great EPUB tips, check out this massive brain dump!
- If you're into Adobe's DPS solution for tablets, you have to watch Colin Fleming do a sneak peek of the new Overlay Creator panel.
- Vikrant goes into lots more detail about what's new in CS5.5 regarding EPUB export. And here's his blog post on what's new with 5.5 accessibility (I'm very, very happy they fixed this stuff!).
- While Adobe continues to push it's DPS technology for tablet publishing (including bundling some of the tools with 5.5) there are a number of competitors out there, including those who base their stuff on InDesign. A new one is magplus, spun off from the folks who created the Popular Science app.
- Woodwing -- probably the biggest dps competitor -- has proposed a very cool idea: What if there were an open standard for tablet publishing. They suggest (surprise!) their own format, which they dub OFIP.
- Need a script to move all your buttons to a single layer? (Scripters definitely need to check out his explanations.)
The Kindle export plug-in got updated a few weeks ago (I told you I was behind!). Here's the release notes.