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Degristling the sausage: BBEdit 11 Edition

Degristling the sausage: BBEdit 11 Edition

Almost two years ago, I wrote a post called “Degristling the sausage” to explain my method of using BBEdit to get a list of which CSS classes are actually applied in a given EPUB file, out of the sometimes hundreds that are included in the stylesheet. Apparently I’m not the only person who needs to […]

Manually editing ruby on Chinese characters in InDesign

Manually editing ruby on Chinese characters in InDesign

WARNING: The following is exceedingly geeky, but I’m posting it here so that six months from now, when I’ve utterly forgotten how I did this, I can look it up. And who knows? Maybe someone else will want to know how to do this, too. Or will want to tell me I’ve been doing it […]

PDFs in EPUBs: Test results

PDFs in EPUBs: Test results

What a thing was this, too, which that mighty man wrought and endured in the carven horse, wherein all we chiefs of the Argives were sitting, bearing to the Trojans death and fate! —Homer, Odyssey (translated by A.T. Murray, 1919) A couple of weeks ago, Hugh McGuire tweeted this: [blackbirdpie url=”https://twitter.com/hughmcguire/status/231068424506322945″] and then he blogged […]

Degristling the sausage

Degristling the sausage

One of the things I do at my job is clean up and beautify e-books that have been produced by a “meatgrinder”—the sort of automated conversion process that an outsourcer uses. My company has worked with a couple of conversion companies, and there are definite differences in the quality and markup philosophy of the files […]

“you will need to pick an attractive font”

“you will need to pick an attractive font”

An amazing opportunity! If only I were a cover designer . . . Book Cover Designer Needed For Regular Work (Anywhere) Date: 2010-09-13, 9:43AM EDT Reply to: job-u6jz9-1951195804@craigslist.org We are looking for a book cover designer for regular work. Have 10 book covers that will need to get done immediately. Note that we will provide […]

Vanessa Davis, computer whiz and more!

Vanessa Davis, computer whiz and more!

The charming and talented Vanessa Davis has a new comic about past jobs, good and bad, over at Tablet, which is Nextbook’s reconceived, redesigned, and mostly restaffed* online magazine: Vocation, All I Ever wanted! Vanessa’s also, after a long period of dormancy, reorganized and relaunched her own website, Spaniel Rage. With a blog and everything! […]

Nextbook’s swank new pad

Nextbook’s swank new pad

My erstwhile coworkers have been toiling their little hearts out for months, rethinking and rebuilding Nextbook’s online magazine, the former Nextbook.org. The shiny new publication, which launched today, is called Tablet, and it was designed by Prem Krishnamurthy and Rob Giampietro. Tablet‘s Liel Leibovitz has posted a little slideshow in which the designers talk about […]

We love Vanessa Davis so much

at my workplace that we asked her to do a monthly column. The first installment was posted today: Vanessa also did a holiday comic for us that I was too frazzled to blog when it went up: Crispy Christmas.

Flattery Will Get You Nowhere

Flattery Will Get You Nowhere

They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, so I should feel jazzed that a person I used to work with, who at that time did not know InDesign from Address Book, is still using my files as templates for new books today in his busy freelance design business. Being a spiteful, negative, […]

Flash vs. substance

A few weeks ago, Rachel Sugar, one of my coworkers, had an idea—based on a book called Jews and Shoes—to present some illustrated factoids about footwear in Jewish tradition. Staff favorite Vanessa Davis was nominated for the art portion of the project, and I asked if she’d be interested in working on what was then […]