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Adobe logoSince we just released our newest version of Suitcase for Windows that is compatible with Windows Vista, you might be asking yourself, “What about my Adobe applications?” Well, Adobe has released a document (PDF) detailing the level of support of their products under Vista.

The two Adobe applications for which we have created font auto-activation plug-ins seem to run well under Vista – InDesign and Illustrator. They are not officially supported by Adobe to run under Vista, and each has a few known issues. Adobe recommends that you search their support knowledge base to locate any specific issues before installing them in a Microsoft Vista environment.


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Adobe MagazineI just came across the premier issue of the new Adobe Magazine today. I still remember the days, oh so long ago, when purchasing an Adobe product entitled you to subscription to a wonderfully designed, printed magazine. (short pause for reminiscence…) Well, even though those days are now long gone, this new magazine in PDF form is still beautifully designed and contains all of the interactive features that we’ve come to expect in ultra-moden PDFs.

For you font-o-philes, Thomas Phinney showcases a few of his favorite fonts from the 2006 Type Directors Club typography competition on page 21.

Download your very own PDF here.


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It’s a dilemma that everyone faces in the digital age. That box sitting under your desk, or laying across your lap has a half life. As software becomes more powerful, and contains more of the features that you need, inevitably, the next version of your software can outgrow the power of your computer.

One of the next big software releases affecting creative users will be the release of Adobe CS3. At Macworld Expo this year, we surveyed participants in our booth to find out how the new release would be affecting their technology purchasing decisions.

Is your company postponing technology purchases based on the availability of CS3?
Macworld users postponing hardware purchases

The results are about what I would expect, if not a bit low. Knowing how central Adobe applications can be to a professional creative workflow, any workflow slowdown caused by sluggish software performance can be more than just annoying. Heck, it could even be a good argument for a shiny new Mac Pro…

Are you postponing the purchase of a new computer while you wait for the inevitable release of CS3?


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Chez Kelly is a VERY Disney-friendly household. We go to Disneyland on a semi-regular basis, we’re subscribed to podcasts, we check out some rumor sites and such. It’s more a Mister Kelly thing than it is my thing, but my soft spot for Pixar doesn’t hurt.

Anyway! As a pop culture consumer I spend a decent amount of time reading Rolling Stone and various other magazines where Annie Liebowitz’s work shows up. So when I saw Annie was doing a Disney ad campaign and not only were three images released but more are on the way I was even more pleased. And the photos really are fantastic. But then, as Mister Kelly pointed out, how much of it is her taking a good picture and how much is Photoshop?

It is definitely a valid question. Take the Prince Phillip photo of David Beckham-Yeah, that’s really Beckham, and that’s probably a real horse, but how much of the cape and the flames just happened that way and how much got worked out after the fact? Is that photo a triumph of photography or a triumph of digital manipulation? Is there a difference? If there is a difference, does it matter? Does it being well done negate the entire conversation? What do you think?


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Nothing seems to bring out the consternation of software users more than the details. Right now one of the biggest controversies in the design world deals with product icons. For the next release of the Adobe Creative Suite, Adobe has done a complete conceptual redesign of all of their icons based on a color wheel / periodic table model. It’s an interesting concept, yet has left many users feeling that their favorite applications are now branded with a boring, nondescript chip of color.

New Adobe CS3 icons

In what seems to be an effort to sway Adobe’s mind about their choice of icons, the site Quark vs InDesign is holding an icon design contest. There are quite a few fabulous prizes (OK, here’s a question, why are prizes always fabulous? Can’t they be something else? I think that I’ll make up a word here… Jamtastic! Yeah that’s it.) So, there are many jamtastic prizes, some of which we contributed!

Creating good icons is a skill that I highly admire, and unfortunately do not possess. So, if you’ve got the creative chops to work on a pixel-by-pixel basis, I recommend checking out the contest.


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Font Management UniversityThis is the second of two panel discussions that we recently presented on the show floor at Macworld Expo. The first focused on the art of type, and this second one focuses on working with type in design applications.

This lively discussion included Adobe product manager Thomas Phinney, design expert and author Andrew Shalat and our very own Extensis VP of Corporate Solutions, Martin Stein. The junction of good design, applications used to create good design and type is a critical. Check out what our experts thought about the issues:

Introductions

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What makes a design application good when it comes to typography?

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What does OpenType mean to the design world?

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What are the differences between design applications and those that are made for layout?

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What is type design? It’s functional and aesthetic.

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Is OpenType the “now” for designers, or is it the future?

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Fonts, software and creativity

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Foundries and the cost of OpenType fonts

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OpenType, font management and font corruption

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Fonts, clients, font ownership and the risks of passing on fonts to others

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Are most foundries creating OpenType fonts?

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What the panel experts most want you to know

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Suitcase for WindowsToday we announced the next version of our professional font management for
the Microsoft Windows® platform.

This release of Suitcase™ for Windows® adds a number of new font auto-activation plug-ins, an innovative font vault, as well as compatibility with the next operating system, Microsoft Vista.

Auto-activation plug-ins can be extremely helpful. Basically, when you open a document, the auto-activation plug-ins use our Font Sense technology to ensure that you’re using the exact version of the font that was used when the document was created. We’ve created plug-ins for the most popular design utilities. These include in Adobe InDesignCS2, Adobe Illustrator CS2 and QuarkXPress 7.

For the full scoop, read our official press release.


Where’s my CS3?

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Yesterday on the show floor we discovered that nearly a third or you are holding out on technology purchases for the release of Adobe CS3.  Makes perfect sense.  No one wants to upgrade hardware or software when a mission critical application is not yet compatible. (note: the Photoshop CS3 beta is live now, so the wait is likely almost over.)

PA Polling results

 

 

 

 

 

We also discovered that the vast majority of you have no idea if the fonts in your library are properly licensed. I’m not the font police, but perhaps you should look into that? (Best to do it before the font police start knocking)

More interesting tidbits as we close out today’s sessions. Thanks to everyone who participated!

 


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Font Management UniversityWell, after all of the research, planning, and input from you, we’ve nailed down the formal details about what’s happening at the Extensis booth at Macworld.

We’ll be focusing heavily on typography, design and font management. And, as I talked about in previous posts, we’ll have a number of prominent industry experts speaking and participating in panel discussions. With all of your input, we’ll be able to guide the topics to what interests you most. Thanks again for your help!

Experts who will be participating include:

For the complete press release that includes presentation times and dates, please visit this page.


Macworld Expo BUZZ Blog

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MacWorldBUZZYou want to go, we know it. And of course you want to stay abreast of the most important happenings, changes and improvements at the Expo. And who better to keep you informed than the Paul Kent, the VP in charge of the event. So why don’cha check out his Macworld Conference & Expo BUZZ blog. It’s chock full of bloggity goodness and helpful info.

Oh, and don’t forget, if you want to get a free pass to the Exhibit Hall, be sure to leave a comment on the previous post. We hope to see you there!


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