Category: Software

A look at new (and overlooked) software tools to enhance your digital life (and perhaps waste your time)…


The Quark Alternative

On Friday, November 8th 2002 I made the switch to InDesign. After spending the week building a print flyer for a local drugstore chain in QuarkXPress 5, I sat down to export a press-ready PDF. Three frustrating hours later I still hadn’t managed to squeeze a PDF, or even a usable postscript file out of the buggy XPress release. I threw up my hands in despair and that moment decided to spend the weekend learning InDesign and rebuilding my job.


Cranbrook BC printer adds 3D printing to the mix

Based in the city of Cranbrook, BC, Rocky Mountain Print Solutions (RMPS) has been serving the East Kootenays for more than 40 years. Owner/proprietor Don Wik and his team have navigated the turbulent waters of print evolution by taking their business into new directions. Recently RMPS added 3D printing to the mix with the installation of a MakerBot Replicator capable of printing high-resolution objects with a build volume of roughly 10 x 8 x 6 inches. How has the new technology affected their business?


Illustrator and InDesign evolve in the Creative Cloud

Earlier this year Adobe unleashed the first major upgrade to their Creative Cloud applications since the Suite launched in May 2013. While Photoshop CC enhancements such as support for 3D printing, perspective warp tools and linked smart objects grabbed the spotlight; new features were also added to both Illustrator and InDesign applications.


Photoshop CC review in Print Action

In the biggest single upgrade since the launch of the Creative Cloud, Adobe recently introduced more than 20 new features to Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign. In the April edition of Print Action magazine I review Adobe’s recent update of Photohop CC. New features have been added such as support for 3D printing and 3D object manipulation in addition to a new Perspective Warp tool and Linked Smart Objects–but are they really useful?

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