Monthly Archives: September 2007

Free Video: Helping QX Users Learn How to Use InDesign

If you know any QuarkXPress users who are trying to learn InDesign, you might point them to a new video that I made with It’s free and about an hour long. While Adobe’s description says it’s for people who are considering InDesign, it’s really more like an “introduction to InDesign, plus some of my favorite tips & tricks.” The whole thing is designed to be used in conjuction with Adobe’s InDesign CS3 Conversion Guide, which you can also download from that page. (It’s good, but no, I didn’t write that.) I hope you like it!

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Grayscale PDF From a Color Layout

Q: Our office periodically needs to create a grayscale PDF for one of our clients, even though their jobs are done in CMYK plus spot plates. There?s no place to choose ?grayscale? in the Export to PDF dialog box. We tried printing to the Adobe PDF printer instead, since the Print dialog box does offer Composite Gray as an Output choice, but some of the graphics didn?t convert ? they stayed in color. We really don?t want to have to re-create these files in grayscale, as some are over 200 pages long!

A: InDesign can convert colors to grayscale during the process you describe only if it can ?get? to them. It does fine with any color created in InDesign itself (CMYK, RGB or Lab; process or spot), as well as placed color TIFFs and PSD files, even if the PSD has a spot color channel. However, InDesign won?t change placed color EPS and PDF images into grayscale.

The good news is, through a simple hack, you can force InDesign to convert those recalcitrant images too…

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Honestech Introduces Claymation Studio Deluxe, the Affordable Stop-Motion Video Studio for Consumers

Honestech, Inc. today announced the release of "Claymation Studio Deluxe" an easy-to-use stop-motion authoring studio which enables novice users to create claymation, stop-motion video, animation and cell-based videos from imported images, photographs, music audio and recorded sound tracks. Honestech, (, a leading developer and marketer of digital video and Internet Protocol (IP) software technology for […]

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OKI Printing Solutions Now Shipping C8800 Series of Affordable Wide-Format Color Printers that are Compact Enough to Fit on a De

Oki Data Americas, which markets its products under the OKI® Printing Solutions brand, today announced the availability of the C8800 Series digital color printers, high performance color printers that produce a wide range of media up to 11×17 from a compact desktop design. Priced significantly lower than competitive models[1], the C8800 Series establishes a new […]

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HP Indigo and HP Large-format Printing Solutions Support Newly Announced PANTONE Goe System

HP today announced support of the new PANTONE Goe System palette. HP Indigo and HP Designjet product lines will support PANTONE Goe in future digital front end tools and raster image processor (RIP) products. With the large-format printer and digital press support for PANTONE Goe, designers will enjoy the advantages of the larger color selection […]

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Corel Introduces Painter Essentials 4

Corel Corporation (NASDAQ: CREL; TSX: CRE), a leading developer of graphics, productivity and digital media software, today unveiled Corel® Painter™ Essentials 4, the latest release from the company’s digital media portfolio. Based on Corel Painter, the world’s most powerful painting and illustration software, Corel Painter Essentials 4 includes everything new users need to set up […]

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Digital Watermarking Alliance Grows to 17 Members

The Digital Watermarking Alliance (DWA), an international group of industry leading companies involved in commercializing digital watermarking solutions, today announced the DWA has grown by 40 percent since its founding one year ago, bringing the total number of DWA members to 17 organizations from around the world. The five new member companies are: DataMark Technologies […]

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