One of the joys of being a parent is in discovering and sharing books with your child. Both I and my daughter have been consistently charmed and delighted by the work of Oliver Jeffers. His books, including The Day The Crayons Quit, The Great Paper Caper and The Incredible Book Eating Boy, are beautifully illustrated but have a quirky, sideways view of the world which is surreal, amusing and thought-provoking.
Jeffers has recently become a Dad himself and his new book, Here We Are, is an introduction to Planet Earth for his own child.
Creating accessible PDF’s can be a tricky business especially when it comes to understanding how to handle non text or image elements. In this article, Adobe’s Rob Haverty explains how to use Artifacts in your accessible PDF workflow.
If you have a full Creative Cloud or just an Acrobat DC subscription, you’ll be interested to know that Adobe has just launched Adobe Scan. Scan is a free document scanning app (available on iOS or Android) that uses Optical Character Scanning (OCR) to convert text in images into editable text. All you need to do is point your device at a document, the app takes a picture and uploads it to the Document Cloud Servers. When you access the PDF version from any device, you’ll find the text selectable and editable.
On a first test we found the process simplicity itself though the resulting text was subject to some random and missing characters so we recommend making sure your document is positioned completely flat in a well-lit area to minimise conversion errors.
The New York Times takes a look round Amazon’s newly opened brick and mortar store. No coffee, no cash, very little browsing and data mining used to direct customers to the most popular titles. It all sounds very slick and high-tech but not like any bookshop we’d want to bother with.
We’ve been noticing an increase in screen redraw glitches, specifically in InDesign, since the last few updates to CC. While they’re pretty cool (if you like random distortions) and can produce effects like the above, they’re actually a sign of bigger issues and something you should check out.
The glitches are caused by compatibility issues with the GPU Performance function which Adobe started introducing to Creative Cloud applications In around 2014. The idea was to enhance performance by enabling applications to access the GPU processor on video cards, thereby boosting screen redraw, animation and video. You may have noticed when Photoshop started to do that dizzying animated zoom effect.
The problem is, not all GPU chips are compatible or supported. This can present as interesting and intriguing screen redraw glitches, such as the ones illustrated here, but can have more serious effects such as random quits and crashes, documents appearing in black and white, jagged artwork and pop up error messages about “GPU Performance Features are not available”.
The immediate solution is to turn off GPU support by clicking the GPU icon
or by selecting GPU Performance in the application preferences. Turning GPU Performance off should solve the issues right away though you may also notice a slowdown in application performance.
You can then try Adobe’s suggested troubleshooting steps to see if you can restore the GPU functionality.
If you’ve been paying attention to your Creative Cloud subscription you’ll know that you have access to an online library of fonts called TypeKit. today Adobe announced a major increase in fonts, adding over 1500 to the sync service meaning they are available for desktop use. There are also 446 fonts completely new to the service. Find out more at the TypeKit blog.
Here’s another great list by Stefano Bernardi over at redokun. This one compiles plugins and utilities for InDesign. If you’ve ever wanted InDesign to do something a bit more specialised or even just a little bit better, here’s bound to be something on this list for you.