Adobe Creative Suite 6 Roadshow for New Zealand and Australia

Jun 21, 2012
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The Adobe Creative Suite 6 Roadshow has been announced for New Zealand and Australia. This is a great opportunity to experience what is new in Creative Suite 6. The roadshow will feature top speakers from Adobe including Paul Burnett, Michael Stoddart and Karl Soule. There will even be a chance to win CS6 software.

Event Highlights

• Interactive media – create adaptive layouts, animations and interactions using the latest HTML5/CSS3 standards and frameworks across all platforms

• See how the new features of Adobe Dreamweaver® CS6, Adobe Fireworks® CS6 and Adobe Flash® Professional CS6 will streamline and enhance your workflow

• Digital video – Adobe’s vision for broadcast and video post-production

• In-depth view of the new Adobe Premiere Pro® covering performance and editing enhancements

• Adobe® Photoshop® CS6 tips and tricks

More info here.

Event Details

Date: 17th July
Time: 9.00am – 4.30pm (Registration from 8.30am)
Venue:Viaduct Events Center
181 Halsey Street, Auckland 1141

Register here.


New Apple products unveiled at WWDC

Jun 12, 2012

Tim Cook and his merry elves at Apple have delivered a flurry of updates, upgrades and new products.

iOS6. Coming out later in the year, iOS6 will feature an upgraded Siri that can recognize more commands, knows more about restaurants and sports results, understands more languages, Siri will also be able to tweet for you. Apple is also working with car manufacturers to bring a Siri button to their cars.

Facebook will also integrate into iOS6, much like Twitter does now. The Maps App will have the existing Google Maps replaced with Apple’s offering that includes turn-by-turn navigation. Passbook is a new App that will replace all of your loyalty cards, coupons, movie tickets and boarding passes.

More info here.

OSX Mountain Lion. Most features have already been announced, however a “Power Nap” feature will allow compatible Macs to run backups and software updates when the Mac has been put into sleep mode. Also expect a greater set of voice for commands and dictation as well as Facebook integration.

More info here.

iCloud. Apple’s iCloud has a few new features including the ability to synchronise your open tabs in Safari between iOS and OSX and will also be able to synchronize documents. Expect more features to appear in iCloud with the release of OSX Mountain Lion.

MacBook Pro with Retina display. Most interesting of the new hardware released is the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display, basically a beefed up MacBook Air. It will feature an amazing display, thin design, flash drives, but will come without a Superdrive or ethernet (though these can be purchased as external add-ons).

More info here.


Apple has revised it’s existing notebook range with upgraded processors, USB3 and Thunderbolt ports across the range. The Mac Pro even received an upgrade with improved processors, including an option for two 6-core processors. The Airport Express has been given a make-over, it now looks like a white AppleTV. The 17-inch MacBook Pro has quietly left Apple’s product line.

Digital Arena’s Adobe Certified Experts

Jun 8, 2012
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Congratulations to Craig and Marcus for successfully gaining their Adobe Certified Expert (ACE) certification for Adobe InDesign CS5. Craig and Marcus have demonstrated a professional level of proficiency with InDesign CS5. Both are now eagerly awaiting for the InDesign CS6 re-certification exam to become available.

This is a huge achievement, well done guys.



Nikon Auckland Photo Day 2012

Jun 8, 2012
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Nikon Auckland Photo Day 2012 is a competition asking photographers to “capture an image which reflects their Auckland”. The competition is run over a 24 hour period, which is this Saturday the 9th of June.

Check out the competition details here, Digital Arena’s own Wayne James is all set to enter.

Spark – New release of our Job Management Software

Jun 6, 2012
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We are excited to announce the forthcoming release of our popular Job Management Software. Spark v5.9 is to be released July 2012, this update will feature –

• Easier, quicker closing of jobs
• Improvements in Print Options
• Enhancements to Project Proposals
• Google maps and more…

Watch this space over the next few weeks for further details and we’ll be in touch early July with Spark administrators to book in preview sessions.



InDesign CS6 and Adobe Digital Publishing Suite

May 24, 2012
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Watch this video to see what is new in InDesign CS6 and the Adobe Digital Publishing Suite. This includes a great demonstration of liquid layouts, a very powerful tool in InDesign CS6 to create alternate layouts automatically.


Retail Australasia Summit and Expo

May 18, 2012
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Digital Arena are a proud Gold Sponsor of the Retail Australasia Summit & Expo being held in Auckland. The event is being held at the Aotea Convention Centre, Auckland on the 23rd – 24th of May.

“Retail Australasia is New Zealand’s annual event for the retail industry featuring a two day conference and industry expo that brings together major local and international retailers who will discuss and provide valuable insight into this dynamic industry.”

Neil McGowan from Digital Arena will be presenting about Marketing Automation on the Wednesday afternoon. Neil will be covering:

– Significantly reduce your production costs
– No more re-writing copy
– Eliminate inconsistent copy across your marketing outputs
– No more searching for the right product image
– Reduce errors and reduce your proof versions

We encourage anyone in the retail, marketing, or advertising to attend. For more information and to register for the event visit the Retail Australasia website.

Event venue:
Aotea Centre
50 Mayoral Drive
Auckland, New Zealand

Documents created with InDesign CS 6 and down-saving for earlier versions

May 9, 2012

Here’s a popular tip for those about to move to InDesign CS6.

InDesign Documents (.indd) created in InDesign CS6 can’t be opened with earlier versions of InDesign, there is however an easy solution. With InDesign CS6 simply select “Save As…” then from the Format pull-down menu select “InDesign CS4 or later (IDML)”, click “Save” and your new IDML file can be opened with InDesign CS4 or later.

In the past if you needed to exchange files with people using an earlier version if InDesign you had to select “Export” from the “File” menu to export your InDesign Document to an InDesign Markup file (.idml).

If you are still on an earlier version of InDesign and try to open an InDesign CS6 Document you will get the following error:

‘Cannot open “filename.indd”. Please upgrade your plug-ins to their latest versions, or upgrade to the latest version of Adobe InDesign.’.

iOS 5.1.1 Software Update now available

May 8, 2012
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Apple has released iOS 5.1.1 Software update for compatible iPhone and iPads. This update fixes numerous annoying bugs related to HDR photos, AirPlay playback, Safari syncing and App Store purchases.

You can install the update ‘over the air’ now by tapping on Settings, then General, then Software Update and tapping Download and Install. The update takes about 10 minutes to download and install, make sure your device has plenty of battery charge left before running the update.



Digital Arena presents Adobe Creative Suite 6 & Adobe DPS

May 3, 2012

Over the next week we are running a series of Adobe Creative Suite 6 preview presentations to demonstrate and discuss what’s new in CS6 and Adobe DPS.

Marcus Radich will be presenting a feature tour covering Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign as well as some of the services available with the Creative Cloud. We are running these presentations in a series of small groups to invite discussion and spark imaginations for what we can create with Adobe’s latest Creative Suite and Adobe Digital Publishing Suite. Marcus will also  be covering Adobe DPS workflow and how InDesign can be used for Digital Publishing.

If you’ve attended one of our presentations we would love to hear what you found valuable and what has caught your attention. Please add a comment to this blog post below.