Monday, February 16, 2015

10 things you can do with the Creative Cloud desktop app

1. Launch an app. Click on Apps, and then choose the app you want to launch.

2. Uninstall an app. Click on Apps, hover over the app you want to uninstall, and choose Uninstall from the drop-down menu next to the gear icon.

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3. Access tutorials. Click on Apps, and click View tutorials under any app name.

4. Discover and download new apps. Click on Apps, and scroll down to the Find New Apps section.

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5. Locate and install older versions of apps. Click on Apps, scroll down to the Find New Apps section, click on Filters & Versions, and choose Previous Version from the drop-down menu.

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6. View the files in your Creative Cloud storage. Click on Assets, then Files. From there, you can either open your local Creative Cloud folder, (the folder that syncs with Creative Cloud), view your assets on the Web, or view archived versions of your files.

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7. Manage your synced TypeKit fonts. Click on Assets, then Fonts. There you will see all the TypeKit fonts that you've currently synced. Click on Add Fonts from Typekit to add new fonts or Manage Fonts to remove synced fonts.

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8. Search and download free assets from Creative Cloud Market. Click on Assets, then Market. CC Market contains thousands of pre-built design elements such as UI elements, patterns, icons, brushes, vector shapes, and product and packaging mockups.

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9. Quick access to the Bēhance community. Click on Community. From there you can post new work to Bēhance, search Bēhance, view your activity feed, and more.

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10. Pause File Syncing. Click on the gear icon in the upper-right corner, and choose Pause File Syncing from the drop-down menu. If you use the Creative Cloud file syncing feature you many want to pause syncing when you are in environments with limited bandwidth such as airplanes or coffee shops.

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Monday, January 26, 2015

The best way to mirror an iPad screen to a Macintosh screen for presentation or recording

The best new feature of Mac OS X 10.10 (Yosemite) is tucked away in QuickTime Player that provides a rock-solid, reliable way to display an iPad or iPhone screen on the screen of a laptop or desktop computer. 

Requirements:

* A Macintosh computer running Mac OS X version 10.10 or later

* The QuickTime player app (installed with Mac OS X, should be in your Applications folder)

* An iOS device with a Lightning connector running iOS 8 or later (devices with the old 30-pin connector will not work)

* A Lightning to USB cable

How to:

1. Connnect your iOS to your Macintosh with the Lightning to USB cable

2. Run QuickTime Player

3. Choose File > New Movie Recording (command-option-n)

4. In the display that appears, choose iPad for the Camera in the drop-down menu. This will cause the iPad to mirror onto the Macintosh screen. If the iPad screen doesn’t appear on the Macintosh screen, you may have to swipe once on the iPad screen to make it appear.

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The advantage of this approach over wireless solutions that use Airplay is that it doesn’t require access to wifi. 

Friday, January 02, 2015

What you need to know about logging into the DPS Folio Builder panel

When you create article content for Adobe Digital Publishing Suite projects, you will probably need to use a different Adobe ID to log into the Folio Builder panel than you use for your Creative Cloud account. If you are a designer creating DPS content for a client, the client may provide you with a specific Adobe ID to use for the project. If you are working on a DPS project for your company, you will want to create a separate Adobe ID for each DPS app that you create. You can learn more about this here.

If you are running InDesign CC, you will be logged into Creative Cloud with the Adobe ID associated with your Creative Cloud account. You can verify this Adobe Id by looking in the Help menu where you will see Sign Out (YourAdobeID)

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When you first open the Folio Builder panel in InDesign, InDesign will attempt to log you into DPS with your Creative Cloud ID. If this is not the Adobe ID you want to use, you will need to choose Sign Out from the Folio Builder panel menu:

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And then choose Sign In from the Folio Builder panel menu:

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When you choose Sign In, it can be confusing because the dialog box that appears says “Creative Cloud” at the top. But you can sign in with any valid Adobe ID that is associated with a DPS account.

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Once you have done this, the next time you start InDesign, the Folio Builder panel will automatically sign you in again with the last Adobe ID that you used.

This can be confusing if you are working on multiple DPS projects which require different Adobe IDs. Here are a couple small visual cues that can help you with this.

First, you can tell at a glance if you are signed into the Folio Builder panel by looking to see if the bullseye icon is displayed. If it is, you are signed in. 

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Second, you can hover over this icon to see which account you are signed in with. Unfortunately, it doesn’t display the actual Adobe ID, just the name associated with the account, but it may still be helpful.

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Friday, December 12, 2014

How to install an .ipa file on an iPad or iPhone

When you build an iOS app using Adobe Digital Publishing Suite, Adobe’s DPS App Builder generates 2 files, a “Developer app”  in the form of an ipa file, and a “Distribution app” as a zip file.

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The Developer .ipa file is intended to allow you to test the app on your iPad or iPhone before you send the .zip file to Apple for review. To test the .ipa file, you need to install it on your iPad/iPhone. Unfortunately, you can’t use AirDrop, Dropbox, or a similar service to install the file. Apple provides 2 ways to do this. One way is to add the .ipa file to your iTunes library on your computer, and then sync your iPad/iPhone with iTunes. But if you have a lot of content on your device, this process can be maddeningly slow. It may take 5 or 10 minutes or more to complete.

A far faster, simpler way is to use Xcode. Xcode is a free Apple development tool used to build apps for Mac and iOS. But you don’t need to know anything about Xcode or app development to use this tool to quickly and easily install an .ipa file on your iPad or iPhone. Here’s how to do it with Xcode 6.1.1

1. Download and install Xcode.

2. Run Xcode. You’ll find it in your Applications folder.

3. Wire your iPad or iPhone to your Mac with a USB cable.

4. In Xcode, choose Window > Devices, or press command-shift-2. You should see your device displayed in the Devices window. 

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5. Either drag your .ipa file into the “Installed Apps” section, or click on the plus sign and select your .ipa file. This will install the development app on your device. There is a bug that sometimes causes the error message below to appear. If you get this message, and you have the correct device attached, just click the OK button and try again. It should work the second time.

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

New output platform for Adobe DPS

Yesterday Adobe released version 32.3 of Adobe Digital Publishing Suite. This version allows you to publish your DPS app to the Windows 8.1 platform. If you do this, anyone running any Windows 8.1 device (except Windows phones) can download your app from the Microsoft Store and run it on their device. Windows 8.1 runs on desktop computers, laptop computers, the Microsoft Surface, and tablets from Microsoft partners such as Dell, Acer, Lenovo and others.  

Since Windows 8.1 supports touch, most new Windows laptops have a touch screen, which enables users of those devices to swipe and tap their way through your content.

With this addition, and proper planning and setup, you can publish DPS folio content to three platforms simultaneously: iOS, Android, and Windows 8.1.

Instructions on how to publish your DPS app to the Windows Store can be found here.

Instructions on how to publish your DPS app to Google Play can be found here.

Instructions on how to publish your DPS app to the Apple App Store can be found here.