Special Report: InCopy CS2: In Production

A special six-part series introduces InCopy CS2, reviews the features and limitations to the InDesign/InCopy workflow, and explains why design and editorial both need to use InCopy CS —beginning yesterday.

The InDesign/InCopy workflow is an extremely simple, powerful, and, in collaborative creative-editorial environments like periodicals and books, important leap forward with massive bottom-line ramifications.

Every InDesign user knows that InDesign by itself boosts creative freedom, streamlines production methodologies, and increases efficiency and productivity, but it brings little to the dynamic of design and non-design collaboration. This one-sided advantage is a barrier to widespread InDesign adoption in high-volume periodicals and other workflows in which creatives and non-creatives work simultaneously on projects. Adding InCopy to the workflow unlocks the true productive potential in environments where editorial and creative collaborate to build a single publication. Yet in any InDesign 2, CS, or even CS2 books, InCopy rarely rates more than a brief mention in a resources appendix.

Few professional trainers and consultants have ever seen InCopy, let alone employed it to produce mission-critical publications in a professional collaborative environment and can offer experienced, workflow-specific instruction in it. We found less than a handful, and I am one of them.

Even most articles and Websites that mention InCopy contain little more than pointers back to the basic resources on Adobe.com. InCopy has never been given the attention it deserves. After having used InCopy CS2 in our own projects and having replaced clients’ slow, redundancy-plagued workflows with efficient, intuitive InDesign-InCopy systems, we here at Quark VS InDesign.com feel like walking door-to-door among the publishing and advertising world, handing out free copies of this amazing application. Obviously can’t do that, so we’re going to do what we can do: We’re going to not only tell you about InCopy CS2, its function and features, we’re going to show you how to use it—first from the perspective of a designer making assignments and using assigned content in InDesign, then from the perspective of a writer or editor, opening InCopy and working with assigned content.


Insider Software Announces Free FontAgent Pro 3 Auto-Activation Plugin for InDesign CS2

New free plugin provides font auto-activation for InDesign’s most recent update

On 6 October 2005, Insider Software, maker of FontAgent™ Pro 3 and the new font management utility Smasher, released a plugin for InDesign CS2’s most recent version, 4.0.1. This plugin update provides automatic font activation for users of FontAgent Pro 3. Insider reports that it is fully compatile with suitcases created by leading vendors as well as those created by Insider’s Smasher.

It is a free download, available from Insider software at this link.


Jupitermedia Launches Adobe LiveCycle Developer Center

New skills-based portal focuses on premier intelligent documents platform.

A key component of Adobe’s Intelligent Document platform as well as Adobe’s vision of the paperless future, Adobe LiveCycle is the suite of technologies and desktop and server applications that drive PDF form-based data collection processes. Adobe LiveCycle is a family of products including LiveCycle Designer, the forms creation application bundled with Acrobat 7 Professional, and the Adobe LiveCycle Policy Server, a robust J2EE system that, with the Adobe LiveCycle Reader Extensions, enables distribution of secured and dynamic PDF and XML eforms that can be filled out, interacted with, and digitally signed by any user with Acrobat or the free Adobe Reader.

Made possible largely by the integration of technologies resulting from the 2002 acquisition of Ottawa-based Accelio corporation and the 2004 acquisition of Q-Link Technologies, maker of Java-based business process management software, the platform-neutral Adobe LiveCycle is suite is poised to power all the digital document and data collection aspirations of the world’s governments, enterprises, and, eventually, small businesses.

In order to reach its potential, however, Adobe LiveCycle must be made accessible to developers and IT managers, with plenty of documentation, case studies, and specifications to enable customized tasking of the technologies.

Enter “Adobe LiveCycle Developer Source”.


“Q” and “A”: Which One Of These Things is Not Like The Other?

Quark rebranding turns heads, but not just because of new approach; community notes close similarity with other logo treatments, and a nearly identical existing logo belonging to the Scottish Arts Council.

Top: Quark’s new signature “Q”; Bottom: the stylized lower case “A” of the Scottish Arts Council (courtesy Quark and SAC, respectively)

Some have said that there are only a limited number of concepts, for instance, only six or seven truly different story ideas, and all other ideas are merely variations on the theme. This may or may not be true. What does seem to be true is that for every logo or brand design idea, eventually something will seem to suddenly surface that is similar if not identical to that idea.

For Quark, Inc, the elapsed time was less than two days.

On Friday, 9 September 2005, Quark unveiled a completely new graphic approach, complete with a new logo, a stylized “Q” in Pantone 386–a.k.a “Quark Green”. Astute logo scouters quickly noted near hits with such logo treatments as the logo of PhotoObjects.com and Akademiks brand apparel.

Then, in the late afternoon of the 10th, Jeff Fisher, logo maven and engineer of creative identity of Jeff Fisher LogoMotives, sighted the direct hit: The logo of the Scottish Arts Council, whose graphic element save for a somewhat smaller counter and a different color fill (Pantone 2925) is a dead ringer for Quark’s stylized “Q”.


Adobe Hosts Publishing Expo for Creative Professionals, IT Managers and Print Professionals

Day-Long Conference Focuses on Enhancing Publishing and Creative Workflows; Expo Showcases Industry Leaders and the Latest Publishing Tools and Technologies

Press Release

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Adobe Systems Incorporated is bringing its successful Partners in Publishing Conference & Expo to San Francisco. More than 40 Adobe customers, partners and sponsors including Xerox, EMC Documentum, HP, Woodwing, Artesia, and MEI will showcase their latest publishing tools at a day-long conference on September 27 at San Francisco’s Westin St. Francis Hotel. The conference will introduce creative professionals, IT managers and print professionals to a publishing platform that increases creative control while streamlining workflows for efficiency. For the first time in the Bay Area, Adobe will demonstrate its award-winning design publishing environment Adobe Creative Suite 2, which integrates Adobe InDesign CS2, Adobe Photoshop® CS2, Adobe GoLive® CS2 and Adobe Illustrator® CS2. Select partners in Adobe’s pilot program for Adobe InDesign Server CS2 will also be offering sneak peeks at solutions they’re building on the new server platform for design-driven, automated publishing.