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.