InDesign CS 5.5
Company: Adobe
Upgrade, single application, suite, and academic pricing available

I begin the second part of the review of Adobe InDesign 5.5 covering Interactive PDFs and ePubs with the same caveat as in the  Review Part 1. Adobe builds this application to fit the needs of the most demanding professional author and graphic artist. My review is from the standpoint of a casual user, someone who wants to learn the software to build an ePub or delve into the world of interactive PDFs.

You may even have something you can turn into an ePub right off the bat. I did! Since I had worked with InDesign for print publishing, I was excited about venturing into the digital publishing world. I imported some pictures into the program, added a bit of text, saved it as an ePub onto my Desktop, dragged it into iTunes, and then synced it onto my iPhone and iPad! I could not believe it when I had my own ePub with turning pages, bookmarks, and more! If you are not sure whether this program is for you, here is my review that I hope will explain a lot of information and encourage you to go forth and publish.

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Acrobat Pro X

On February 28, 2011, in Macintosh, Review, by Neale Monks

Acrobat X Pro
Company: Adobe
Price: $449 (upgrade, $199)

PDF files have been used since 1993 to share documents with the absolute certainty that the recipient will see the same formatting as the sender. Initially at least, PDF files were created using Acrobat, sometimes directly, but more often using Acrobat to convert word processor files into PDF files. At the other end of the chain, the person reading a PDF file had to use Acrobat Reader, a small application that could be used either on its own or as a web browser plug-in.

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Total Leopard Superguide ebook

On February 6, 2008, in Book Review, by David Weeks

Total Leopard Superguide ebook
$12.95 downloadable ebook PDF
$15.00 PDF on CD-ROM via mail
$24.95 printed

Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard has been out long enough for various help books to hit the stores. My current favorite tome is David Pogue’s Mac OS X Leopard: The Missing Manual.

Various web sites have been filling cyberspace with Leopard hints, tips and tricks.

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Untangling The Web
My Mac Magazine #15, July ’96

On July 4, 1996, in Opinion, by Brian Harniman

As much as I love the web, I know that some things about it, well…as Butthead might tell you..suck. (I can say that thanks to the new U.S. District Court decision on the CDA!) The web is extremely good for information dissemination. If you have a list of facts or figures that you need to distribute, there really is nothing to stop you from throwing that info out onto the web for all to see.

But if you create your own newsletter, catalog, or album of pictures, the web really isn’t a great place to put it. Why? Because it is real hard to make sure that your web pages look anything like what you started from. Think about it. If you have a grammar school newspaper or a corporate catalog, you might use Word Perfect or Microsoft Word to set the type. You can make your headlines in Bold and your bylines in Italics. You can change the fonts and place pictures in the appropriate spots. If you use a
program like PageMaker or PowerPoint, you have even more control over your layout. You can throw in all sorts of fancy pictures and typesets. But unless you learn scads of HTML coding, let’s face it, if you put that newspaper on the web, it will look boring, maybe even just plain bad. HTML gives you some control over font size and now font color. It lets you go Bold or Italic, and it gives you some layout control, but it just doesn’t do enough for you.

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