It's rare that I cannot follow a discussion on a particular topic. No matter what your opinion is you can usually empathize with the reasons that made up the different minds involved in the discussion.    However, there is currently a debate in the media world, which I can hardly understand. Media experts around the world are discussing whether quality journalism on the Internet is possible or not. (Image © Ssogras - Fotolia.com)  

It's rare that I cannot follow a discussion on a particular topic. No matter what your opinion is you can usually empathize with the reasons that made up the different minds involved in the discussion. 
 
However, there is currently a debate in the media world, which I can hardly understand. Media experts around the world are discussing whether quality journalism on the Internet is possible or not. (Image © Ssogras - Fotolia.com)
 

Ever since we started developing Elvis DAM, we knew that a great performance needed to be one of our strong points. Especially since a lack of search performance in most legacy DAM systems was one of the most frequently heard complaints when we were discussing our original ideas for Elvis with customers.  In the last 4 years, we increased the Elvis performance with every major release. But the asset repositories of our customers did increase as well.. So we recently decided to test Elvis DAM to see how it performs with large numbers of users and large repositories.   

Ever since we started developing Elvis DAM, we knew that a great performance needed to be one of our strong points. Especially since a lack of search performance in most legacy DAM systems was one of the most frequently heard complaints when we were discussing our original ideas for Elvis with customers. 

In the last 4 years, we increased the Elvis performance with every major release. But the asset repositories of our customers did increase as well.. So we recently decided to test Elvis DAM to see how it performs with large numbers of users and large repositories. 

 

In my previous blog  I promised to discuss a scripting sample. Well, here it is.

In my previous blog  I promised to discuss a scripting sample. Well, here it is.

A common problem in production systems is the following: there are many template layouts, all having the same style definitions. Once you need to update a style definition, you need to make the change in every single template layout, which is a lot of work.

(BTW Instead of creating many different template layouts having the same styles, you could also create a single template layout with multiple masters in it. This prevents the duplication of style definitions and you would not have the problem above).

The manual method of updating all templates would be:

  1. designate one of the template documents as the master in which you have made the required style changes
  2. query all template documents 
  3. open the first template document
  4. update the style definitions by importing all (text) styles from the designated master document
  5. save and close the template document
  6. repeat this for all other templates

Let's turn this into a script which automates the task. 

Reading the remainder of the blog requires a basic understanding of programming, preferably in javascript. Please make sure you have access to Adobe's InDesign Scripting Guide and the Smart Connection Scripting guide. 
 

The last quarter of the year was an interesting time for observers of the German newspaper market. Mid November, the publisher of the highly respected daily Frankfurter Rundschau filed for insolvency. Four weeks later, the publishing house Axel Springer launched the paywall for Die Welt – with a reach of 862,000 readers one of the leading daily newspapers in Europe.  Paywalls in the German newspaper market are not extraordinary anymore – on its Web site the Federation of German Newspaper Publishers currently lists 31 daily newspapers running a paywall. Interestingly, most of them rely on a hard paywall, only 5 use a metered model, granting free access to a specific number of articles per month.  

The last quarter of the year was an interesting time for observers of the German newspaper market. Mid November, the publisher of the highly respected daily Frankfurter Rundschau filed for insolvency. Four weeks later, the publishing house Axel Springer launched the paywall for Die Welt – with a reach of 862,000 readers one of the leading daily newspapers in Europe. 

Paywalls in the German newspaper market are not extraordinary anymore – on its Web site the Federation of German Newspaper Publishers currently lists 31 daily newspapers running a paywall. Interestingly, most of them rely on a hard paywall, only 5 use a metered model, granting free access to a specific number of articles per month.
 

Working for a technology company, and being surrounded by a marketplace that is full of technology developers and vendors asking for ones attention, it’s easy to to forget that technology is not the ultimate goal, it’s there to help you reach a goal - the creation of quality publications. 

Working for a technology company, and being surrounded by a marketplace that is full of technology developers and vendors asking for ones attention, it’s easy to to forget that technology is not the ultimate goal, it’s there to help you reach a goal - the creation of quality publications.