Adobe InDesign Released for iPad, iPhone, and iOS

Adobe InDesign Released for iPad, iPhone, and iOS

Apr 28

Adobe InDesign

Adobe is shipping InDesign CSios, a version of InDesign specially designed to be run on iOS systems, such as the Apple iPad and the iPhone.

InDesign CSios is essentially the same as the the current version, CS5, with some modifications due to the nature of the iOS. Adobe InDesign Senior Product Co-Manager, Chris Kitchener, said “obviously, we were unable to port over some panels that are rendered with Flash in the Windows and Mac versions, such as the kuler panel and that other one, I forget what we call it.”

Adobe’s other Senior Product co-Manager for InDesign, Kiyo Toma, added, “We’re very excited with the easy-to-remember gestures we came up with to replace keyboard shortcuts (since there is no keyboard). For example, two fingers in a clockwise circle now opens the Pages panel, dragging three fingers in a backward L-shape jumps to the first spread. To right-click, firmly grasp the upper left corner of the device with one hand while keeping your thumb pressed on the page object, and then use your other hand to gently stroke under the lower right corner of the device until the contextual menu unfurls like an orchid in bloom … And we predict that power users will be especially pleased with how we’ve integrated the iPad’s built-in gyroscope to InDesign. Just tilt and rotate the iPad itself to float a paragraph into centered alignment or re-crop an image in a frame.”

To read the full article go to indesignsecrets.com

Helvetica vs. Arial App.

Helvetica vs. Arial App.

Apr 27

If you have an iPhone and you’re a graphic designer or you move in the world of graphic arts, Helvetica vs. Arial is your app. This is a game for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad to test our knowledge about typography, differentiating between Helvetica and Arial in texts, accumulating points for each correct answer.

Helvetica vs. Arial

To get this app. click here.

Typetester: A Better Way To Choose A Font

Typetester: A Better Way To Choose A Font

Mar 30

The typography selection process for a new design project became easier now with Typetester.

Typetester is a website that provides you the ability to compare several typefaces at once, with a set of different parameters and sources so you can compare and choose the most suitable font for your design.

Typetester

InDesign CS5 to EPUB, Kindle, and iPad

InDesign CS5 to EPUB, Kindle, and iPad

Mar 21

If you are interesting in create eBooks in EPUB format for Kindle and iPad, have a look in the tutorial “Lynda.com – InDesign CS5 to EPUB, Kindle, and iPad” from Anne-Marie Concepción. It shows publishers and designers how to use the software they already use to create print books and apply it to the emerging eBook market. The course shows how to prepare existing InDesign files for optimal EPUB and Kindle conversion, as well as how to design new projects for a dual print/eBook output, and apply professional text formatting, add links, and include search engine-friendly metadata. Instructions are also included for validating EPUB and Kindle files and setting up accounts at the major ebook distribution channels, including the Apple iBookstore, as well as selling ebooks directly to readers.

Constrained Ball

Constrained Ball

Mar 15

“Constrained Ball” is a drawing aid created by Korean designer Giha Woo. Once attached to the pen, this device helps to draw straight lines without using a ruler, measuring the drawn distance at the same time.
Constrained Ball 1
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Constrained Ball 2
Constrained Ball 3
Constrained Ball 4

‘Wallaby’ Prerelease Flash-to-HTML5 Converter

‘Wallaby’ Prerelease Flash-to-HTML5 Converter

Mar 09

Last October (see my Adobe Shows Off Flash-to-HTML5 Converter post), Adobe demoed new conversion software that could allow Flash developers to port their content to a combination of HTML5 and related non-Flash technologies, making it considerably easier for developers to make their content available for platforms such as iOS that do not support Flash.

Adobe has now published a prerelease version of the technology known as “Wallaby”.

“Wallaby” is the codename for an experimental technology that converts the artwork and animation contained in Adobe Flash Professional (FLA) files into HTML. This allows you to reuse and extend the reach of your content to devices that do not support the Flash runtimes. Once these files are converted to HTML, you can edit them with an HTML editing tool, such as Adobe Dreamweaver, or by hand if desired. You can view the output in one of the supported browsers or on an iOS device.

As detailed in the release notes, not all features are currently supported, but Adobe has clearly made significant progress in moving many basic Flash features such as buttons, fills, layers, and text to HTML. The current focus of Wallaby is on converting Flash-based banner ads to non-Flash, as that is one of the most-requested features with a rather straightforward implementation generally requiring only a subset of supported features.

Wallaby is currently available as a free download as Adobe seeks to gain feedback on its performance and utility. As refinements continue, the company will consider whether or not to include the functionality in future versions of Flash Professional.

New iPad 2

New iPad 2

Mar 03

Apple announced the next generation of its popular tablet device. The iPad 2 will have the same 9.7-inch display but will be 33% thinner than the previous model. It will have front-facing and rear-facing cameras and Apple’s new 1GHz dual-core A5 processor.

Steve Jobs in the iPad 2 keynote address

Steve Jobs in the iPad 2 keynote address

“With more than 15 million iPads sold, iPad has defined an entirely new category of mobile devices,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “While others have been scrambling to copy the first generation iPad, we’re launching iPad 2, which moves the bar far ahead of the competition and will likely cause them to go back to the drawing boards yet again.”

With the addition of cameras, the next-generation iPad will be capable of making FaceTime calls with other FaceTime-capable devices. The rear-facing camera can capture 720p HD video. Despite its thinner casing, the iPad 2 will have the same battery life as the first generation of 10 hours and 30 days of stand-by time.

Apple has designed new accessories for the next-generation iPad, including cases called Smart Covers and an HDMI adapter. The Smart Covers will attach magnetically to the iPad 2 and will automatically wake the device when opened and put it to sleep when closed.

The iPad 2 will run iOS 4.3 which will be released for other iOS devices on March 11.

The iPad 2 will be available starting March 11 in the U.S. and will come in two colors: white and black. Pricing and capacities have not changed from the first generation of the iPad with the Wi-Fi models coming in at $499 for 16GB, $599 for 32GB, and $699 for 64GB. The Wi-Fi + 3G models will cost $629 for 16GB, $729 for 32GB, and $829 for 64GB.

You can watch a QuickTime video for the iPad 2 keynote address here. Steve Jobs made a surprise appearance at the event and hosted the keynote.

The announcements included:

– Apple Releases iTunes 10.2

– Apple Announces iPad 2: A5 Dual Core, 2 Cameras, Thinner

– Apple to Launch iMovie and Garageband for iPad on March 11th

– iOS 4.3 to Launch on March 11th

The Smart Finger – Digital Measuing Tool

The Smart Finger – Digital Measuing Tool

Feb 18

The Smart Finger - Digital Measuing Tool

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The Smart Finger – Digital Measuing Tool

Smart Fingers turn your hands into ruler. It uses two fingers, the pair of plastic tubes slip over your real fingers and measure the distance between themselves. The distance is displayed on the side of one of the fingers, you can store it in memory for transfer to a PC.

Designed by Choi Hyong-Suk, Jung Ji-hye, and Yoo-Jin Park. Currently it is just a concept.

Tether DSLR to iPad

Tether DSLR to iPad

Feb 16

Tether DSLR to iPad
If you’re a photographer and an iPad owner, this is for you. Tethering your DSLR camera to your iPad is particularly useful in scenarios where you have clients previewing the shots that you take. The iPad alleviates the need for cords and you can simply connect up to a clients iPad and send the images directly. Just like the iPhone, the iPad also memorizes your wi-fi login so it makes it easy on you and automatically connects to your network.
You have to purchase the Eye-Fi Connect X2, the card allows your camera to work on a wi-fi network, purchase from Amazon. Your range from iPad to camera is also much better because you have a router as a middle man.

New Flash Player 10.2

New Flash Player 10.2

Feb 10

Adobe announced that Flash Player 10.2 has exited the beta testing stage is now available for general consumption for Mac, Windows, and Linux. As previously noted, Flash Player 10.2 includes Adobe’s new “Stage Video” technology to leverage hardware acceleration for smoother playback with significantly lower CPU consumption.

Stage Video lets websites take advantage of full hardware acceleration of the entire video pipeline. This builds on the H.264 hardware accelerated decoding in Flash Player 10.1. Stage Video hardware acceleration means that Flash Player can play even higher quality video while using dramatically less processing power, giving users a better experience, greater performance, and longer battery life. In our testing across supported systems, we’ve found it’s up to 34 times more efficient. Put another way, Flash Player using Stage Video can effortlessly play beautiful 1080p HD video with just 1-15% CPU usage on a common Mac or Windows computer working across platforms and browsers, it will enable the best video experience for the most people.

Stage Video compatibility does require that website update the video players used on their pages, so it may take some time for the improvements to become widespread, but major video-focused sites such as YouTube and Vimeo are already well on their way to supporting Stage Video. Other notable improvements in Flash Player 10.2 include support for multiple-monitor full-screen display to allow for multitasking, improved sub-pixel text rendering, and support for custom native mouse cursors.