Browsing articles from "October, 2008"

Spark 5.4 in November 2008

Oct 28, 2008
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Just a quick note to say that we are on target to ship version 5.4 of Spark to you in November 2008. This update has a lot of user feedback addressed and will be a great release!
So you have an idea of what to expect, here are a list of the confirmed features – but there are many many more coming…

  • WIP overview now lets you re-allocate directly in the overview screen.
  • Updated JCR shows which invoice number the items have been billed on
  • Under user preferences, you can set your default labour item for the timesheet
  • You can copy invoices – great for regular monthly billing
  • Customer specific pricing – for labour and material items! So now you can do tailored pricing structures for each customer, and Spark will manage it for you.

There is a whole lot more in the testing pipeline – so as we get closer to the release date, we will update you via this blog.

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New Macbook and Macbook Pro

Oct 17, 2008
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Apple have released the latest design for the Macbook range which is based on a machined lump of aluminum. Of course there are faster processors and brighter screens – but the new technology is that the Trackpad has no buttons – yes, the whole thing is a button. The entry level Macbook is no longer made of white plastic is appears to be just a smaller version of the Macbook Pro.

For more information, check them out here

Adobe TV – Caffe Fibonacci

Oct 13, 2008
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This is a great episode from Caffe Fibonacci with Tim Cole and Rufus Deuchler. Have a look and check out the rest of the series here

Microsoft and Cloud computing?

Oct 13, 2008
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I came across an interview last week where Steve Balmer (Microsoft CEO) hinted at where Microsoft are looking to develop Office in response to Google Docs and where cloud computing is heading.

“There’s a reason. I think what people want is something as rich as Microsoft Office, something that you can ‘click and run’, if you are not at your own desk. Something that is compatible, document-wise with Microsoft Office and something that offers the kind of joint editing capabilities that is nice in Google Docs and Spreadsheets. Will Microsoft Office offer that? Yes! Standby for details in the next month.”  Steve Balmer. 

Check the full interview out here.

Tips, Tricks and Goodies

Oct 10, 2008
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Here’s a few interesting things that we have come across lately

Creating Booklets from PDFs
Booklet Creator is a free online tool that lets you create a booklet from a PDF. For example a PDF set up as pages 1-8 would be saved as a new PDF with spreads 1-8, 2-7, 3-6, 4-5 allowing you to print it out and check your layout. With Booklet Creator being web based all you need to make use of it is a web browser and a PDF.

Folded documents in InDesign challenging enough for you?
If you have ever had trouble setting up documents correctly that allow for folding then you should check out FOLDrite. They can produce InDesign template files that contain all the correct trim and fold calculations for complex folded documents and could save you hours of anguish making sure your inspired design will work. There are 2 ways you can utilise their product.

  • FOLDRite Template Master – Is an InDesign Plug-In which is purchased as an application and run inside your copy of InDesign.
  • Foldfactory.com – Is an online InDesign web product that allows you to create and purchase FOLDRite templates online and then download them to your computer for use in InDesign.
Although purchasing the Template Master isn’t cheap it does contain 80+ unique variations on folding themes. Otherwise the online option allows you to generate a single template for a specific job and takes a lot of the educated guesswork out of the process. Check their website for more info on how these options work and how they could help you produce some unique and accurate folded InDesign masterpeices.

Ever been asked “what font do you think this is?”
WhatTheFont has been around for a while but it is such a great resource when you’re trying to match fonts. Simply upload a file containing the font you need to identify and it matches up the characters to it’s huge  database of fonts. If it can’t find a match submit it to the WhatTheFont Forum and let the resident font geeks help out.

Welcome to our Blog

Oct 8, 2008
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It’s been a long time coming but we have finally added a blog to our communication tools. We come across so many cool people, gadgets and information we figured a blog is a great way to let everyone know about them.

Speaking of cool people, we had Mike McHugh from Adobe Australia with us over the last couple of days. Mike was in town last week to launch Adobe CS4 at Crow Bar in Auckland, and came back this week to help launch the Auckland chapter of The InDesign User Group. There are currently 38 InDesign User Groups running in 12 countries with Auckland being the latest addition. Martinho da Gloria heads up the Auckland chapter and put on an amazing night with a fantastic venue and a great speaker. Everyone who attended came away amazed at the new features added to the latest version of Adobe CS4.

We had a great turn out for our first meeting which was attended by 43 people and held at the Giltrap Prestige Audi showroom. The Auckland InDesign User Group will be a fantastic resource for people who make a living out of InDesign. Don’t be shy sign up here, it’s free and keep yourself informed on all the cool stuff happening with InDesign.

Top 5 InDesign CS4 features

  1. Smart Guides
  2. Live preflight
  3. Improved link info palette
  4. Spread Rotation
  5. Smart text reflow
  • Content aware scaling – if I could explain it I would, but you just have to see it to believe it!

If you want to see some of these features in action have talk to one of our team and we can arrange a demo.
Keep checking in with us as we look to keep you informed on what’s going on at Digital Arena.