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  • OMG it’s 2014!
  • Mao Mao, Mao Mao…..
  • Check out We Are Kittens! I am putting effort into that thing!
  • Creative Cloud! Now it’s the only option!
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InDesign CC 2014: Export to HTML

2014/10/16 Leave a comment

HTML and pubs are pretty similar. Here are some options when exporting as HTML

  • Styles preserved as CSS
  • Supports Stories, Images, SWF, footnotes, text variables, lists, cross references, hyperlinks(text or webpage), Tables, .h264 video
  • Not supported: hyperlinks(anchors), XML, books, bookmarks, Page transitions, index markers, pasteboard objects, materpage items.
  • Export the document, or just the selected object!
  • File > Export >HTML
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InDesign CC 2014: Improved Epub output

2014/10/16 Leave a comment

The big big feature for InDesign CC 2014, and in fact for InDesign CC 2014 October, is the improvements to epub outputs. Specifically speaking, fixed layout output, better CSS support, and better metadata updating.

Fixed layout support is great for books that are more interactive, like children’s books, and support Javascripts for interactive elements… lots of good stuff

  • File > Export > Epub (Fixed Layout)
  • Epub 3 standard
  • Converts to image format
  • CSS support
  • Javascript for interactivitiy.
  • Assign viewing apps
  • Customizable object width & Height in CSS (object export options dialog box)
  • Table & Cell styles also now maps appropriately to CSS

For details look at this doc, (or if you have to make an epub for real

http://helpx.adobe.com/content/dam/help/en/indesign/InDesign_EPUB_Changes_CC_9.0_to_9.2.pdf?scid=social17374714

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InDesign CC 2014: Minor Enhancements..

2014/10/16 Leave a comment

Enhanced Data merge for QR Code

I’ve only used the data merge feature in design on occasion. Infrequenly enough that I have to figure it out every time. But from the times that I’ve used it, it’s been incredibly handily and a total time saver. In InDesign CC 2014, the Data Merge function has been enhanced and has better support for QR Codes. Now you can place a data source containing QR code in a merged document! Unique AR codes can be generated for each merge! Object > Generate QR Code Object > Edit QR Code I’m not going to try this just to get a screenshot, so you’ll just have to believe me.

Enhanced Footnotes

Now you can apply text wrap to an anchored object that is part of the foot note

Scalable Effects

Screen Shot 2014-10-15 at 5.20.38 PM

Now there is an option to scale transparency effects. Choose

  • Adjust effete when scaling
  • adjust stroke weight when scaling
  • in the transform panel pull out menu

Remember, there’s a difference between scaling, and just doing a transformation (dragging and resizing) an object!

Illustrator CC 2014 October: Area Type options – auto resizing text box!

2014/10/14 Leave a comment

InDesign CC 2014: Package Improvements

2014/10/09 Leave a comment

For InDesign CC 2014, Adobe has improved the packaging function. It’s nothing earth shattering, and certainly nothing that you can’t do by hand. But for practically every job that’s sent out, a PDF accompanies it. Well, now InDesign can generate PDF (and you can select the PDF Preset) and an IDML during the packaging stage! This is actually kind of nice too, because you know you’ll have a hot off the press PDF to go with your package!Screen Shot 2014-10-08 at 9.02.12 PM

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InDesign CC 2014: Color Groups

2014/10/09 Leave a comment

Screen Shot 2014-10-08 at 7.34.05 PMBetter manage and organize your color swatches by enabling logical grouping as well as retain swatch groupings from other applications.

Really? I really don’t see the need for color groups in InDesign, but I suppose it doesn’t hurt. InDesign already has pretty good color swatch management, and the ability to save swatches out as ASE files, and retain groups from other programs (probably illustrator)

But until there’s some edit/apply color thing like in illustrator, this feels like a kinda nice feature to help organize some things, but not really the type of thing I would pay money for.

InDesign CC 2014: Table Improvements

2014/10/09 Leave a comment

Screen Shot 2014-10-08 at 5.39.31 PMIt’s easier than ever to work with tables. Now, you can drag and drop (and duplicate) rows and columns within a table with ease.

Just select a row or a column, then, when your mouse is over the highlighted area, it turns into a cursor with a couple of table cells in the corner. From here, you can simply click and drag the column/row to a new location.

And of course, if you add the alt/opt keyboard shortcut, you can duplicate the row/column! easy and simple!

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