This Month in Articles, May 2016
You may have seen than I’ll be climbing Mt. Rainier next month. It’s a crazy thing for someone like me (who spends almost all my time in front of a keyboard) to attempt. Note that I did not say I was doing to get to the top; I’ll try my best, but no promises! However, I do promise one thing… that this list of articles has all kinds of good stuff that InDesign users will be find interesting:
- Mastering typography is one thing… mastering the combination of type and color is quite another!
- Dr. Scripto (David Morgan) is at it again, with a bunch of new free scripts (but as always, if the scripts save you money, consider clicking the Donate button on his site!)
- Someone sent you an InDesign file, but they use a later version than you own? ixsaveback appears to be a free service that will convert the INDD file to an IDML that you can open.
- Confused about the difference between the Knockout Group and Isolate Blending features in InDesign’s Effects panel?
- This is a terrific video of a talk given by PugPig founder Jonny Kaldor about 5 trends in mobile publishing.
- I love print. And one of the coolest parts about print is the ink, which most people don’t think much about. Watch this video and you’ll never think about print in the same way again.
- Watch out: Adobe has reduced the length of its Creative Cloud trial from 30 to 7 days.
- Erica explains some of the ins and outs of using scripts in InDesign
- Adobe finally fixed the biggest problem with CC Libraries collaboration: You can now make “read-only” shared libraries so you can update the assets but your team can’t mess them up)
- InDesign beginners: Here are a couple of short movies from Claudia McCue on how to create a flyer from scratch (and then publish it).
- Are you really into fonts and typography? Here are two great conferences you should check out: Typographics (June 17–18 in New York), and TypeCon (August 24–28 in Seattle).
- I love finding alternate glyphs/characters in a font. It’s like hidden treasure!
- I don’t agree with everything David Hicks says in this piece about the future of app/mobile publishing (and how it relates to InDesign), but you should at least consider his excellent points.
- You have to read this fun piece about InDesignSecrets contributing author Keith Gilbert
- I think it’s important for InDesign users to learn about other forms of publishing, including what Adobe is doing with Spark. Here’s a simple (and slightly ironic) example of a Spark page created by my friend Jeff Carlson.