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The option that wasn’t

One of the things I like—a unique feature, as far as I’ve seen—about Kobo’s e-reader software for iPhone OS is that it gives you a choice between vertical scrolling and traditional pagination. Because, really, what do pages mean on a digital reader where the text can reflow according to user preferences? Great. So, I selected […]

That part of the future which is here today

That part of the future which is here today

As you may have gathered, if you’ve been following along, the reason I no longer post much around here is that I’m in grad school, in a program that doesn’t have anything to do with books. Not usually, anyway. It’s a two-year master’s deal, and I have to come up with a thesis sometime in […]

California, here I come!

California, here I come!

Now I know what I’ll be doing next time I’m in SF: Tim James of Taurus Bookbindery has opened the American Bookbinders Museum. The Chronicle reports. In the museum sits an 800-pound Imperial arming press from 1832 that James bought and had shipped from France three years ago. Asked how expensive that was, he answers […]

When, not if

When, not if

Today over tea I was holding forth about backup methods, which reminded me that I’ve long meant to post something about how I’ve been handling it. To wit: right now, I’ve got a two-part system—constant partial backup online via SugarSync and less frequent but complete offline backup using Time Machine and an external hard drive. […]

Indexigning

Indexigning

Via e-mail, Lars R. asks, “Would you consider doing a write-up on your blog on the production of indices and how indexing relates to the design process as a whole?” Some topics I’m interested in include – The usefulness of InDesign’s indexing feature (as opposed to third party programmes if they exist, or simply manually […]

The future of publishing is here today!

The future of publishing is here today!

The oddest thing about the newly announced winner of Bookseller magazine’s annual Diagram Prize for Oddest Book Title of the Year is not its title, The 2009–2014 World Outlook for 60-Milligram Containers of Fromage Frais, but rather that its author, Professor Philip M Parker of the French business school Insead, has produced more than 200,000 […]

Attn.: InDesign Salvage Operations Team

Attn.: InDesign Salvage Operations Team

Justin asks, do you have any tips for recovering “damaged” files? when i try to open a layout i was just working on, it prompts me to fix the file from recovered data, then notifies me that the file may be damaged; it starts to recover, but then the program quits altogether. [. . .] […]

In like a lion, out like a lamb

In like a lion, out like a lamb

I spent a ridiculous amount of time yesterday converting two files: one Quark XPress 6 document to InDesign CS4, and one WordPerfect document to MS Word 2004. Part of the time-suck was because my apartment is disorganized and I couldn’t, um, find one of my laptops. Most of it, though, was because I’ve forgotten a […]

Am I going blind?

Am I going blind?

Happy New Year! Here’s my first lazyweb request of 2009: Can you see the guides in this screenshot? How about the control points on the path? Because I can’t, and it’s making me nuts.

Hitler’s subtitler starts moonlighting in Web development?

Hitler’s subtitler starts moonlighting in Web development?

And, speaking of parodies, did anybody else just get this e-mail from FontLab?