InDesignSecrets Podcast 189

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  • News: PEPCON networking site and Facebook page, New Adobe pricing for Creative Cloud
  • Vectors vs. Bitmaps: What they are, how to get them, when to use one over the other
  • Obscure InDesign Feature of the Week: Show Linked Files

12 Comments on “InDesignSecrets Podcast 189

  1. Okay, I couldn’t wait for your answer. Of course it does!

    I placed a Word doc in InDesign w/WordsFlow on, and Show Linked Files in MiniBridge jumped me over to the .doc file.

    Any file that appears in the Links panel .. images, placed InDesign files, placed PDFs, InCopy stories … all are revealed with Show Linked Files in MiniBridge or Bridge.

  2. Glad to see you’ve talked about the Aussie & NZ price reduction for CC I emailed you. :) Worth noting though is that they haven’t reduced the price if you buy rather than subscribe…

  3. BTW in case anyone is wondering where the Rasterize command is in Illustrator (that I mentioned in the podcast), there are actually two that I had in mind. One is the flat-out Rasterize command in Illustrator’s Object menu, the other is in the Effect menu. I almost always use the one in the Effect menu because it keeps the selection’s paths and points editable.

  4. Just a note: you described vectors accurately as mathematical drawings. The word you should have used instead of bitmap, is raster. A bitmap image is a type of raster image. A raster image is compiled of pixels that can be of may colors and depths. A bitmap image is a raster image made of pixels, but are either 100% fill or 0% fill for each pixel.

  5. @John: Yes, while a “bitmap” is a 1-bit image (on/off, black/white), a “bitmapped image” is synonymous with “raster image” in common usage. You can argue with me if you want, but you can’t argue with common usage. If I said “bitmap” in the podcast, I would have been wrong. (I don’t recall, but I have been known to be sloppy with that, especially when my coffee is poor.) The problems with “raster” are that a) it sounds too geeky and people wrinkle their nose at you; b) it sounds too much like “rasta.”

  6. To make a vector rectangle (using Postscript level 2) the code would be very short, especially compared to the code needed to make the same rectangle in a raster document. You’d write something like this (note the x, y, width, and height numbers at the end):

    /R2 { % x y w h R2 –
    gsave newpath
    4 -2 roll moveto
    dup 0.0 exch rlineto
    exch 0.0 rlineto
    neg 0.0 exch rlineto
    closepath stroke
    } bind def
    200 600 200 100 R2

    David does this look about right? I copied it out of an old Postscript book I have.

  7. Does it really take the threat of legal action and parliamentary involvement, country-by-country to make Adobe price their products reasonably outside the US?

    Until the UK price for cloud is more in line with the US (instead of 200% more expensive) I’ll reluctantly remain where I am? It’s exactly the same product after all.

    I find it crazy that Adobe abuse their loyal customers in this way ? if it were an English company overcharging their US customers there would be outrage!

  8. Really behind on my podcasts but I noticed that you mentioned that you could join the forums for PEPCON even if you are not attending. Unfortunately, that is not true. The only registration I could find for the forums is the same for registering for the conference. Please let me know if I am wrong.

    • Hi Diane, I don’t recall exactly what we said, but I think there was a misunderstanding. We have a discussion area at available for conference attendees. But we have forums here at InDesignSecrets that are free (you have to be signed in as a member, but you can choose the free option). Does that help? Of course, it would be great if you could join us at PePcon, and then you’d have access to both! :)

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