Since the iPad was launched in April 2010, we at WoodWing have been at the forefront of the digital publishing revolution. We helped publishers from around the globe publish their content successfully to the various tablet platforms; first the iPad, then Android tablets (and phones) and to the iPhone as well. Hundreds of apps went live. In November 2011 we announced our digital publishing partnership with Adobe and by now the vast bulk of apps have been moved onto the Adobe DPS platform. But a major challenge remains: making money through advertising.

Since the iPad was launched in April 2010, we at WoodWing have been at the forefront of the digital publishing revolution. We helped publishers from around the globe publish their content successfully to the various tablet platforms; first the iPad, then Android tablets (and phones) and to the iPhone as well. Hundreds of apps went live. In November 2011 we announced our digital publishing partnership with Adobe and by now the vast bulk of apps have been moved onto the Adobe DPS platform. But a major challenge remains: making money through advertising.

GEO shines, GEO is audible, GEO moves – this is the motto GEO carries for its monthly iPad issues. GEO is the largest monthly magazine in Germany, published by Gruner+Jahr in Hamburg (GEO is also an international institution, available in 20 national editions in Europe – but this post is about the German edition “only”).

GEO shines, GEO is audible, GEO moves – this is the motto GEO carries for its monthly iPad issues. GEO is the largest monthly magazine in Germany, published by Gruner+Jahr in Hamburg (GEO is also an international institution, available in 20 national editions in Europe – but this post is about the German edition “only”).

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. 
 

Adobe Creative Suite CS6 offered a wealth of new features to users of InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator.

Adobe Creative Suite CS6 offered a wealth of new features to users of InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator.

Adobe Photoshop CS6 benefited from some greatly enhanced video creation and editing features, and anyone designing interactive documents for the iPad and other tablets should get familiar with these new features. Other Adobe applications for creating video and motion graphics have used timelines for quite some time, but now photoshop users can leverage the power of a timeline effectively without necessarily having to learn another application.

Update: if you really want to go deep into the video editing features in Photoshop and learn them end to end, here's a great resource by Photoshop guru Colin Smith.

With the development teams now joined at the hip, WoodWing speeds up Elvis DAM development. We're off to a good start in 2013 with Elvis DAM 3.6, the first update since the acquisition of Elvis DAM by WoodWing. Major features like Taxonomy and Sharing have been added, with a lot more underway for the near-future roadmap. 

With the development teams now joined at the hip, WoodWing speeds up Elvis DAM development. We're off to a good start in 2013 with Elvis DAM 3.6, the first update since the acquisition of Elvis DAM by WoodWing. Major features like Taxonomy and Sharing have been added, with a lot more underway for the near-future roadmap.