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The Beauty of Xero's Cloud-Based Accounting Software for SMBs

The Beauty of Xero's Cloud-Based Accounting Software for SMBs

The Beauty of Xero’s Cloud-Based Accounting Software for SMBs — How the SaaS Brings Efficiency & Visibility to Business Management Imagine a busi­ness own­er who employs one oth­er full-timer, a few part-timers, and, depend­ing on the time…

Custom-Designed or DIY Personal & Professional Sites with Web.com

Custom-Designed or DIY Personal & Professional Sites with Web.com

DIY or Done-Just-For-You Sites by Web​.com — A No-Code, Low-Cost Means to Establishing a Personal or Professional Online Presence When my sister-in-law, Katy, earned her real estate license she real­ized bring­ing home buy­ers to her was…

Site Owners and Developers Gain Deep Insight Into Visitor Demographics with Quantcast

Site Owners and Developers Gain Deep Insight Into Visitor Demographics with Quantcast

Quantcast: How Deep Insights Into Visitor Demographics Help Drive Decisions for Website Owners and App Developers In the Western world it’s near­ly impos­si­ble for the aver­age Internet user to have nev­er vis­it­ed, or at…

Top 5 Pain Points Tripping Up Your QuarkXPress to InDesign Game

Top 5 Pain Points Tripping Up Your QuarkXPress to InDesign Game

Coming from pro­fi­cien­cy in QuarkXPress, how­ev­er, some fea­tures of InDesign seem coun­ter­in­tu­itive and can be con­fus­ing and down­right frus­trat­ing. So what are you to do? Stand in line for­ev­er, wish­ing you were walk­ing inside…

Tab Leaders (Part 6): Tips and Tricks

Tab Leaders (Part 6): Tips and Tricks

This is the last install­ment in the back-to-basics-and-on-to-advanced “Tab Leaders” series. If you’ve been fol­low­ing the series, we began by insert­ing tabs and dot lead­ers in colum­nar text (Part 1); moved on to for­mat­ting…

Tab Leaders (Part 5): Fixed-Width Floating Tabs/Spacers

Tab Leaders (Part 5): Fixed-Width Floating Tabs/Spacers

Although I had planned to make part 5 the last in this series, a read­er ques­tion prompt­ed me to push the tips and tricks out a week and cov­er anoth­er top­ic this week. After read­ing the first few…

Tab Leaders (Part 4): Automatic Styling

Tab Leaders (Part 4): Automatic Styling

First, in part 1, we talked about sep­a­rat­ing columns of text with dot or oth­er kinds of lead­ers. Next, in part 2, “Formatting Leaders,” we learned that tabs and their lead­ers can be styled…

Tab Leaders (Part 3): Fill-In Blanks in Paragraph Text

Tab Leaders (Part 3): Fill-In Blanks in Paragraph Text

In parts 1 and 2 of this series we dis­cussed insert­ing and for­mat­ting tab lead­ers in colum­nar text. The process of sep­a­rat­ing columns of text is extreme­ly straight for­ward: hit the TAB key on…

Tab Leaders (Part 2): Formatting Leaders

Tab Leaders (Part 2): Formatting Leaders

Last week in the first part of this back to basics series on tab lead­ers we dis­cussed cre­at­ing dot­ted tab lead­ers in the Tabs palette to sep­a­rate colum­nar text. Now, let’s talk about for­mat­ting…

Tab Leaders (Part 1): Separating Columns of Text with Dots

Tab Leaders (Part 1): Separating Columns of Text with Dots

Way back in Podcast 25 lis­ten­ers asked ques­tions about under­lin­ing text and cre­at­ing tab lead­ers. After hear­ing the same ques­tions recent­ly from col­leagues, I thought the top­ic was worth revis­it­ing. Vanessa from Australia asked: I…

Change Typefaces without Using the Mouse

Change Typefaces without Using the Mouse

Here’s a quick tip for chang­ing the font of text quick­ly in all ver­sions of InDesign and InCopy–and with­out ever touch­ing the mouse. Let’s begin by estab­lish­ing two facts: First, CMD+T/CTRL+T opens or clos­es the…

Discretionary Line Breaks

Discretionary Line Breaks

There are so many new fea­tures in InDesign CS3 that it’s easy to lose track of some of them. One I’d like to draw your atten­tion to is the new dis­cre­tionary line break. Like…

Find/Change Objects and Attributes in InDesign CS3

Find/Change Objects and Attributes in InDesign CS3

Among many excit­ing new and improved fea­tures in InDesign CS3, the total­ly re-imagined Find/Change func­tion is among my favorite top five. The first time I opened the Find/Change dia­log I was lit­er­al­ly stunned into silence (shut­ting…

Change Measurement Systems on the Fly

Change Measurement Systems on the Fly

You prob­a­baly already know that you can type into just about any of InDesign’s mea­sure­ment fields a val­ue based on any mea­sure­ment sys­tem InDesign under­stands. For instance, if the doc­u­ment uses pica for mea­sure­ment, you…

Matching Portrait Head Sizes

Matching Portrait Head Sizes

When lay­ing out por­traits or head­shots close togeth­er, such as in a news­pa­per or mag­a­zine arti­cle or pub­li­ca­tions like mem­ber­ship direc­to­ries and year­books, the gold­en rule is that all pho­to sub­jects’ heads should be the…

Measurement Field Secrets

Measurement Field Secrets

A trio of (occa­sion­al­ly use­ful) tips for work­ing with mea­sure­ment fields to resize and trans­form type, frames, and oth­er objects. Resize, Move, and Transform by Percentage Ever find your­self in need of cut­ting some­thing…

Share Swatches Between CS2 Applications Without Recreating Them

Share Swatches Between CS2 Applications Without Recreating Them

In Creative Suite 2 Adobe intro­duced the Adobe Swatch Exchange (.ASE) file for­mat. With it, you can cre­ate cus­tom swatch col­ors in InDesign, Illustrator, or Photoshop, and import them into the rest with­out hav­ing to…

IC3D Suite: Product & Packaging Design in Half the Time, Easy to Use as Adobe Illustrator

IC3D Suite: Product & Packaging Design in Half the Time, Easy to Use as Adobe Illustrator

IC3D Suite is arguably the most ben­e­fi­cial tool to come along for prod­uct devel­op­ment and pack­age design pro­fes­sion­als since Adobe Illustrator. It address­es three dis­tinct but relat­ed needs bet­ter than any oth­er tool on…

Fill InDesign's Fixed-Layout EPUB Gaps with CircularFLO

InDesign is the world’s great­est lay­out appli­ca­tion, but to be the world’s great­est ebook cre­ation platform—especially for fixed-layout ebooks—it needs the help of CircularFLO. With CircularFLO, the options for cre­at­ing fixed-layout ebooks for all gen­res and ebook­stores are wide open.

Overcoming the Top 5 Pain Points of Switching from QuarkXPress to InDesign

Overcoming the Top 5 Pain Points of Switching from QuarkXPress to InDesign

A lot of design­ers are mak­ing the move from QuarkXPress to Adobe’s InDesign. But if you’re a pro­fi­cient QuarkXPress user, some fea­tures of InDesign seem coun­ter­in­tu­itive, con­fus­ing and down­right frus­trat­ing. Below, learn how to over­come…

What is a JPF file and how do you use it?

What is a JPF file and how do you use it?

What is a .JPF file? JPF is the file exten­sion for a JPEG 2000 file, which, at its most basic, is the next gen­er­a­tion of JPEG (aka JPG). The JPEG file for­mat was cre­at­ed in…

Taking A Client To Court

Taking A Client To Court

Disclaimer: I am not an attor­ney, nor am I qual­i­fied to pro­vide legal advice. The below is based on my 15+ years pro­fes­sion­al expe­ri­ence as a graph­ic design­er and design agency prin­ci­pal. Use it as a guide­line. Before engag­ing…

Creating Contracts:  Project Milestones & Materials Delivery Responsibilities

Creating Contracts:  Project Milestones & Materials Delivery Responsibilities

Writing effec­tive, pro­fes­sion­al client con­tracts is one of the top five most request­ed and most con­fus­ing busi­ness tasks fac­ing graph­ic design­ers, web design­ers, and oth­er cre­atives today. Designer Contracts is an ongo­ing series of…