Adobe Bridge Smart Collections Ease File Management for Digital Publishing Suite Projects

While having a large number of InDesign files open concurrently can be a bit unwieldy there are times when it’s not only handy but downright necessary. Case in point: You need to make some type of  global change to a Digital Publishing Suite (DPS) project. Whether you want to add some type of interactivity to all of the articles or perform a global find/change, having all of the documents in your folio open is going to make it easier.

But what if you’ve got 20 or more files to open? You won’t find them all in the recent files list and not only do DPS projects require that each article not only be a stand alone InDesign file, but each of them must be in their own folder, as well. Because of that, opening all of those files can be a bit of pain requiring a search in the folio’s parent folder each time you need to work on them.

Bridge Smart Collections to the Rescue

Before I begin, I’m going to guess that most of you don’t even use Bridge. That’s really a shame since it’s a fabulous way to manage all of your files and hopefully this tip will convince you to explore Bridge a bit more. Now, back to the topic at hand.

While you can perform the aforementioned search for all INDD files in the parent folder from Finder or Windows Explorer, that gets a bit tedious after doing it say, 100 times or so. With a Smart Collection in Bridge, you do it once and save it. Here’s how it works.

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Adobe Quietly Confirms the End of Boxed Creative Suite Software Sales

Over the last few days there’s been some unconfirmed chatter via several blogs about the discontinuation of boxed versions of Adobe’s Creative Suite Software. This morning, with very little fanfare, a new entry was added to Adobe’s Creative Suite FAQ:

Why is Adobe discontinuing boxed copies of Creative Suite?

As Adobe continues to focus on delivering world-class innovation through Creative Cloud and digital fulfillment, we will be phasing out shrink-wrapped, boxed versions of Creative Suite. Electronic downloads for Creative Suite products will continue to be available – as they are today – from both Adobe.com, as well as reseller and retail partners.

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Digital Publishing Suite 101: Single Edition vs Multi-Folio Apps

Like a ring binder, a DPS multi-folio app is empty until the user downloads the content.

Like a ring binder, a DPS multi-folio app is empty until the user downloads the content.

Despite the best efforts of Adobe to educate their customers one of the questions I see posted quite often in the User to User forums revolves around the difference between Digital Publishing Suite (DPS) Single Edition and the multi-folio apps like those found on Apple’s Newsstand.

The best analogy I can offer is to compare a hard cover book with a ring binder where Single Edition is the hardcover book and the multi-folio app is the ring binder. How so?

The Single Edition apps are self contained. There’s the viewer that is akin to the cover and the folio which is the content of the book. These are permanently bound together while a multi-folio app is actually empty and has the ability to download issues which will appear in the app library.  Like a binder, it can contain whatever it is that you put in it. If you’ve used the Adobe Content Viewer, you should be very familiar with the library view.

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Students and Teachers Can Save on Creative Cloud Until March 11

Update: This offer has been extended until April 7!

I haven’t exactly been shy about my support for Adobe’s Creative Cloud. I consider it a no-brainer for any creative professional because there’s just no way to duplicate what you’re receiving on a subscription basis by purchasing perpetual licenses every year. And now, until March 11, if you happen to be a student or teacher, is a very good time to jump in. As I mentioned in my What Will it Take to Move Everyone to Creative Cloud? post, Adobe is making a difficult-to-resist introductory offer of only $19.99 per month for the first year. That’s a 33% savings over the regular academic price of $29.99 per month and a 60% savings over the commercial price of $49.99 per month.

When you consider all of the expenses that a student has, this is as compelling as it gets for anyone even remotely thinking about or studying for a career as a creative professional. Another positive is that based on Adobe’s current 12-month upgrade cycle the next major version of Creative Suite will likely be released before the summer (Creative Suite 5.5 and Creative Suite 6 were released in spring 2010 and spring 2011) and Creative Cloud members will automatically have that next version made available to them immediately. No need to think about whether to wait and no need to worry about budgeting for an upgrade.

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Do You Want 50 Gigabytes of Free Cloud Storage?

Raise your hand if you love free stuff! Okay, you can put them down now.

BoxIn my last post I raved about Dropbox, and it continues to be a workhorse for me. But I have a paid plan which provides me with 135 gigabytes of storage for $100/year which I consider money well spent.

For folks with more modest needs, however,  it might be overkill. That said, a free Dropbox account only provides two gigabytes of storage which may be enough for someone saving a few spreadsheets or documents but for digital photos and music, it doesn’t take long to blow right through that. So where to turn for something that’s still free but offers adequate storage? The answer, at least for now, is Dropbox competitor, Box. Continue reading ‘Do You Want 50 Gigabytes of Free Cloud Storage?’ »

Why I Always Work in a Dropbox Folder and Why You Should, Too!

“I accidentally saved over a file and I need to get the old version back…
HELP ME, PLEASE!”

I see it all too often in the User-to-User forums. A frantic cry for help from someone who saved over a file or deleted one by accident and was desperate to get it back. My answer is always the same, if you have no back up, you’re pretty much out of luck. This scenario is even sadder given how simple it is to avoid.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve already heard of Dropbox. This is only my third post and the second one that involves using it. It’s that important a tool for me. Continue reading ‘Why I Always Work in a Dropbox Folder and Why You Should, Too!’ »

What Will it Take to Move Everyone to Creative Cloud?

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Will you continue buying or will you move to Creative Cloud?

Things in the software business have changed dramatically over the years. From floppy disks packed with thick user manuals to CDs and DVDs with PDF manuals and finally to software downloads via the internet there’s been a steady progression in the way we buy our software. But the biggest change is happening now and it has nothing to do with packaging and everything to do with licensing.

In the past we’d buy a program and use for however long we wanted or needed. If a new version came out and we felt it worth the upgrade cost we bought it. If not, we skipped that version or maybe even a couple. But then Adobe got a bright idea. A couple of versions back, they offered users the ability to rent software by the month. I’m not sure how successful it was but I can honestly say I don’t know of one single person who “took advantage” of the offer. Not to be dissuaded, Adobe kept at and about a year ago introduced Creative Cloud. Continue reading ‘What Will it Take to Move Everyone to Creative Cloud?’ »

Create a PDF from a Digital Publishing Suite app

It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of Adobe’s Digital Publishing Suite (DPS) but that doesn’t mean I think it’s all sunshine, lollipops, and rainbows. There’s plenty of room for improvement especially when it comes to client reviews. While anyone you share a DPS folio with can readily view the app on an iPad, it’s not quite so simple for them to send you feedback.

With other types of workflows, you could just export a PDF out InDesign and in a matter of a few seconds you have something for the client to review and add comments to. That’s not so simple with a DPS app because most of the interactivity for the app won’t be visible in the PDF, even if you choose interactive PDF as the output. Continue reading ‘Create a PDF from a Digital Publishing Suite app’ »

Welcome to a Work in Progress

Well, that title pretty much says it all. I’ve been meaning to do this for quite some time and I’ve finally gotten around to it. Yay for me!

welcome-matSo, what’s this site going to be all about you may ask? Good question. And the answer is, I don’t know for sure, yet (hence the title for this post), but the only way I’m going to find out is to start at the beginning and see where it takes me. Continue reading ‘Welcome to a Work in Progress’ »