Browsing articles from "March, 2010"

Auckland InDesign User Group – Adobe CS5!

The Auckland InDesign User Group has got their act together quickly and announced the next meeting to be one day after the official unveiling. So, go to the Auckland Chapter website, register and we’ll see you there!

When/Where:  6pm, Tuesday 13th April at the Media Design School. 242 Queen Street.


06:00 PM – Doors Open – sign in on level 10 first then mingle

06:30PM – Double Act from Heather and Marcus on:
• InDepth Dive into InDesign CS5
• Overview of the rest of CS5 new features

07:55PM – Industry announcements
08:00PM – Drinks and Nibbles whilst drooling over CS5 new features

I’m sure you will see a fantastic demonstration of the all-new Adobe CS5!

If you know someone who should be there – but may not be registered – forward this post to them!


Countdown to Adobe Creative Suite 5

Mar 24, 2010
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Adobe has revealed the launch date for Adobe Creative Suite 5 to be Monday the 12th of April, that’s Tuesday the 13th in New Zealand. You can sign up for the event on the CS5 Launch website.

Here’s a sneak peek of content-aware fill coming to Photoshop;

Spark 5.5 Announcement!

Mar 22, 2010
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Spark 5.5 is ready! We will be deploying it to our hosted Spark setup within the next few days – and then begin the roll out to the onsite Spark installs. Please read the release notes below, and take a look at the visual guide (link below)

Major changes to the User Interface.
1. All date fields are now replaced with a mini calendar pop-up
2. Menu, Buttons, Fields have all been updated (your browser will dictate how much change you see)
3. Internet Explorer 6 may have display issues. Please update to Internet Explorer 7 or higher.

– Jobs can now have multiple people in Allocated To. Means more than one designer can be allocated to a job.
– Search Jobs and Work in Progress now displays a Time Used bar to visually check timesheets against proposals.
– Work in Progress has new sorting and view options.
– WIP Overview can display by Person or Location.

– NEW – Purchase Orders can be moved from one job to another by the Administrator.
– Time/Materials move allows you to select items rather than move the whole lot.

– Time and Materials entry has been separated and simplified.
– NEW – Multi-Time Entry lets you enter time against multiple jobs in one screen
– My Timesheet now has a Delete button to remove entries.

– Accruals report now includes a split out by GL code for easy entry into your accounting system.
– People and Product report now shows how much has been billed and unbilled.
– NEW – Full support for Xero online accounting software.
– NEW – All Invoice and Purchase Order numbers transferred into MYOB start with S to reduce conflicts with manual entries.

– Tested and supported on iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Google Android devices (Google Nexus One, HTC Hero and more)
– Includes all patches since v5.4.5

Visual release notes here

InDesign Justification by Mike McHugh

Mar 20, 2010
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If you have ever wanted to control how full justfication behaves in Adobe InDesign, have a look at this Adobe TV episode from Mike McHugh.

Adobe Photoshop 1.0 Demonstration

Mar 16, 2010
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Watch John Knoll demonstrate some of the features of Photoshop 1.0.

Google Nexus One

Mar 8, 2010
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What would the Google Nexus One (aka: the SuperPhone) be like running on New Zealand’s networks? Well, we have the answer! We have had a Nexus One for a while now and have prepared a simple “review” of how we have found it.

The first things you notice when you get the Nexus One out of the box is how well built it is. It is very similar to the iPhone in size and weight. Once powered on, we loaded up a Vodafone SIM and started testing. During the tests, we loaded up a 2degrees SIM and found that worked perfectly – and a Telecom XT SIM. The Telecom XT SIM worked in the city centers, but is not supported outside of city limits.

Making a call is just as easy as the iPhone and the sound quality is excellent. The screen is very bright (although in very bright sunlight, the iPhone is a bit better). Using the interface is similar to the iPhone – although the Android operating system is a bit “geeky” compared to the iPhone.

Everything is synced through – but you can use an application called Doubletwist to sync details on both Mac and PC. The Nexus One is also supported by Kerio Connect.

The Android Market is full of applications which can be downloaded and installed on your phone.

So, is it better than the iPhone? No, it is just different. If you are a true “geek” then the Google Nexus One might be a better solution for you.

How to get the most from “Get Info”

Mar 6, 2010
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Great little article from which goes through the details of the Get Info (command I) panel. Very useful for changing which application is opening which file types. For example, if (for some reason) you want Preview to open all your PDFs instead of Acrobat – you can change this here.

Check it out here

Spark 5.5 – coming soon

Mar 2, 2010
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Spark 5.5 is about to come out of testing and then deployed to clients. This is an important upgrade as it includes a number of improvements including:

  • The ability to assign multiple people to a job
  • New “multi-time” entry screen to quickly add time to multiple jobs in one screen
  • Visual progress bars of time usage
  • New views and management for WIP
  • The ability to move purchase orders from one job to another
  • The ability to bulk move some time/materials from one job to another
  • An updated user interface

An announcement email will come out soon!