Taking the Leap

I’m a self-confessed gadget geek, and this applies to software, too. Heyday recently took the leap and purchased Adobe Creative Suite 4, and I just installed it on my computer. New toy alert!

For you non-techies, CS4 is the industry-standard nuts-and-bolts magic potion that helps us designer-types transform wonderful content from authors, editors, poets, artists, and photographers into the wonderful books that sit on your bookshelves and coffee tables. CS4 programs like InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator are the backbone of the desktop publishing world, allowing not just professionals but also amateurs–with a little know-how, a lot of creative passion, and a mouse—to create beautiful books.

Ok, so CS4 isn’t exactly new (it’s been available since 2008), but Heyday, being a nonprofit and all, well, it takes us a while to get around to things like this. Until yesterday, I’ve been using CS2, that old dinosaur. But thanks to the generous folks at Adobe and TechSoup.org, we’ve now caught up to the digital age! (Or at least until CS5 is released, which rumor says will be soon. Sigh. Just when we think we’ve made it…)

I’ll just share one little nugget that will rock my world with CS4. As a designer, the last thing you want to hear is that the printer has called saying there is a problem on press. The file you sent has something wrong with it–a low-resolution photo, a missing font, a bleed set up wrong, an incorrect color space. It’s the moment when you start to pull your hair and ask yourself, “How did I miss that?!”

InDesign has a built-in preflight function that is supposed to find these things for designers before we pass the files along to a printer, and the improvement in the feature between CS2 and CS4 will make a huge difference. In CS2, the little go-cart putters along, checking for three or four problems, but so much slips under the radar. CS4 is a Mazarati in comparison. We can check for dozens of problems, customize the settings, and, rather than running just one check at the end, we can see in real time exactly what is going on with our documents.

Ah, geeked-out bliss…

Comments

  1. heydaybooks.com says:

    Taking the leap.. Tiptop 🙂

  2. heydaybooks.com says:

    Taking the leap.. Slap-up 🙂