Archive for March, 2007

[type] Indents, Hyphenation, Leading, Finding Fonts…

Posted in type on March 31, 2007 by Samuel John Klein Portlandiensis

747 Everyone has questions on the titular subjects–especially those thoughtful designerly types who love the “high-end type controls” that modern layout applications obtain.

The fact is that most people introduced to those controls–leading, kerning, &c &c, have so much to adjust now they either spend a lot of time twiddling or almost none. Or, if you’re late to type obsession, as aim I, you invariably forget something, and look back at the finished piece and go “gahhh….wish I had that to do over.”

Irene Strizver at CreativePro.com gives you a rocket ride around four common things and has good advice served up: Tabs vs Indents (hint: use 1st line indent, not tabs); Hacking Hyphenation; a nifty Auto Lead vs no Auto Lead that’ll help you control leading with characters of varying point sizes, and timely tips for font searching.

It’s all at CreativePro.com here.

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[type] Indents, Hyphenation, Leading, Finding Fonts…

Posted in type on March 31, 2007 by Samuel John Klein Portlandiensis

747 Everyone has questions on the titular subjects–especially those thoughtful designerly types who love the “high-end type controls” that modern layout applications obtain.

The fact is that most people introduced to those controls–leading, kerning, &c &c, have so much to adjust now they either spend a lot of time twiddling or almost none. Or, if you’re late to type obsession, as aim I, you invariably forget something, and look back at the finished piece and go “gahhh….wish I had that to do over.”

Irene Strizver at CreativePro.com gives you a rocket ride around four common things and has good advice served up: Tabs vs Indents (hint: use 1st line indent, not tabs); Hacking Hyphenation; a nifty Auto Lead vs no Auto Lead that’ll help you control leading with characters of varying point sizes, and timely tips for font searching.

It’s all at CreativePro.com here.

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[type] Indents, Hyphenation, Leading, Finding Fonts…

Posted in type on March 31, 2007 by Samuel John Klein Portlandiensis

747 Everyone has questions on the titular subjects–especially those thoughtful designerly types who love the “high-end type controls” that modern layout applications obtain.

The fact is that most people introduced to those controls–leading, kerning, &c &c, have so much to adjust now they either spend a lot of time twiddling or almost none. Or, if you’re late to type obsession, as aim I, you invariably forget something, and look back at the finished piece and go “gahhh….wish I had that to do over.”

Irene Strizver at CreativePro.com gives you a rocket ride around four common things and has good advice served up: Tabs vs Indents (hint: use 1st line indent, not tabs); Hacking Hyphenation; a nifty Auto Lead vs no Auto Lead that’ll help you control leading with characters of varying point sizes, and timely tips for font searching.

It’s all at CreativePro.com here.

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[design] Extensis: The Quiet Giant Amongst Us

Posted in design on March 31, 2007 by Samuel John Klein Portlandiensis

746 I didn’t know it when I started studying GD, but one of the big names in creative software lives right here in good old Stumptown.

Extensis is a name familiar to a lot of digital creatives and Mac addicts: its flagship applications have been the Suitcase line, which was one of the first applications I bought for my then-new PowerMac G4, as Suitcase X1.

I no longer have Suitcase X1, in as much the big hard drive crisis wiped it from my drive back in November. I remember enjoying using it, however.

Portland’s Extensis seems to be very committed to the Adobe CS3 platform, recently announcing upcoming free font-activation plugins for Suitcase Fusion for Indy CS3 and Illy CS3, which is undoubtedly fine.

I have not had the chance to upgrade to Suitcase Fusion (though I have had the opportunity to review it for Designorati) and I liked what it had to offer.

And they have a cool blog, which I read (soon to be blogrolled). I think it’s pretty cool to have a company like that in Portland.

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[design] Extensis: The Quiet Giant Amongst Us

Posted in design on March 30, 2007 by Samuel John Klein Portlandiensis

746 I didn’t know it when I started studying GD, but one of the big names in creative software lives right here in good old Stumptown.

Extensis is a name familiar to a lot of digital creatives and Mac addicts: its flagship applications have been the Suitcase line, which was one of the first applications I bought for my then-new PowerMac G4, as Suitcase X1.

I no longer have Suitcase X1, in as much the big hard drive crisis wiped it from my drive back in November. I remember enjoying using it, however.

Portland’s Extensis seems to be very committed to the Adobe CS3 platform, recently announcing upcoming free font-activation plugins for Suitcase Fusion for Indy CS3 and Illy CS3, which is undoubtedly fine.

I have not had the chance to upgrade to Suitcase Fusion (though I have had the opportunity to review it for Designorati) and I liked what it had to offer.

And they have a cool blog, which I read (soon to be blogrolled). I think it’s pretty cool to have a company like that in Portland.

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[design] Extensis: The Quiet Giant Amongst Us

Posted in design on March 30, 2007 by Samuel John Klein Portlandiensis

746 I didn’t know it when I started studying GD, but one of the big names in creative software lives right here in good old Stumptown.

Extensis is a name familiar to a lot of digital creatives and Mac addicts: its flagship applications have been the Suitcase line, which was one of the first applications I bought for my then-new PowerMac G4, as Suitcase X1.

I no longer have Suitcase X1, in as much the big hard drive crisis wiped it from my drive back in November. I remember enjoying using it, however.

Portland’s Extensis seems to be very committed to the Adobe CS3 platform, recently announcing upcoming free font-activation plugins for Suitcase Fusion for Indy CS3 and Illy CS3, which is undoubtedly fine.

I have not had the chance to upgrade to Suitcase Fusion (though I have had the opportunity to review it for Designorati) and I liked what it had to offer.

And they have a cool blog, which I read (soon to be blogrolled). I think it’s pretty cool to have a company like that in Portland.

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[design] Adobe Creative Suite 3: Now It Can Be Told

Posted in design on March 27, 2007 by Samuel John Klein Portlandiensis

745 Yes, Creative Suite 3 is announced…and we know what’s going to be there. We don’t quite exactly know when it’ll be officially on sale, and we know it’s gonna be sa-weet.

I am, of course thrilled. And it’s nice to be able to breathe again–for the past several months, while I’ve been TE’ing an upcoming book and learning up on CS3, I’ve been under NDA about these things. However, now me (and some others) can tell the world: I’ve written already about the CS3 and InCopy/InDesign CS3 here and here and I’ve got more coming up (I’m particularly excited about Adobe (neé Macromedia) Flash® CS3 Professional).

They say “feature-packed” a lot in the software biz, and I think it’s profitable for any regular user to be a little bit jaundiced when that phrase that gets flung about. But Adobe does not use this in vain. At the first “here” link above (or at the end of this link if you don’t feel like scrolling back up) at at least 10 reasons why I’m (and I think you) should be excited about CS3, at least the Design Collections.

Almost all of it will run on PowerPC as well as MacIntels; certainly the Design Collections will. You’ll need a MacIntel for the Production Collection, but the core apps, InD, InC, PS, Illy, Dreamweaver, Flash, are all Universal Binaries, so live can be equally as sweet for PowerMac and MacIntel users alike.

Altho I think Quark, Inc would do well to take note here. IMHO, it’s QuarkXPress catch-up time again.

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