Illustrator: Multiple Artboards

23 11 2010

A lot of us are used to working with Quark and multiple pages side by side for layouts or just when exploring different variations of a design/document.

I’ve recently discovered that Illustrator can now do this too, not sure how long ago they added this features (i believe it was CS4), but I hadn’t noticed them till recently. This is why I thought I’d make a post about it so that I don’t forget and to help anyone else who might need help setting it up.

It’s quite painless for Illustrator, I expected it to be hidden in some weird non related panel.

I have found two ways:

1. At the start of a project when you define the document size you will see an extra field for artboards (See figure 1).

Figure 1

2. If you already have a document and you need an additional artboard you can add more by click the windows menu option at the top of the screen, then select Artboard from the menu list (See figure 2). This will open a panel for manipulating artboards, where you can add delete or even rearrange your artboards (See figure 3).

Figure 2

Figure 3

I hope this helps and if you need further help check out the Adobe Help pages,
Here is a link to the artboards help for CS4 and above.

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Fontplore

28 07 2009

A new interactive table similar to the Microsoft Surface, but this one is for searching and exploring font databases. Using this table you have the option browse, preview, compare and print the fonts you are interested in. The advantage of exploring like this compared to a computer screen, you can use the larger screen table and invite your client to join you over a coffee, plus it looks damn cool!

Fontplorer

Fontplorer

Check out the link for full details including a video of the UI. http://www.fontplore.org/

Thanks to http://rufdog.wordpress.com/ for the link





Zensify: Keep track of your social life

4 06 2009

Zensify UII’ve been using this new app on my iPhone for the past couple of weeks, called Zensify.

Similar to TweetDeck on the desktop, well kinda, it’s like TweetDeck on steroids but on your iPhone/iTouch. Allows you to update your status on Facebook and Twitter at the same time or independently, as well as post photos and it works not only with Twitter and Facebook but also with Flickr, Digg, Delicious, YouTube, 12seconds and Photobucket.

You can view all your social networks in one timeline, I’m still trying to get used to this view as it can get crowded, but the benefit of it is I see status updates from friends that I don’t usually see on facebook status page itself.

Another cool feature is the Tag Cloud so you can track/discover/follow discussion trends. But the best thing is that the app is FREE, available in the App Store.

appstore_onUpdate:
They are working on new features for the app to include multiple Tag Clouds as well as multiple Twitter accounts, woooo!





Cool and Playful site

27 04 2009

Who says websites are not as cool as they used to be?

http://www.bio-bak.nl/ have a fun site that uses illustration and sound to amuse you, very funny and will have you sending it to everyone you know. I won’t give any more away, thanks to bravelittlememe for the link.





Adobe Flash secures set-top deal

20 04 2009

Adobe have secured a deal to put it’s Flash software into many of the chips that go inside TVs and Set-top boxes.

This will enable developers and content providers to create interfaces and applications to deliver web-based content to TV screens, and the 1st applications should hit the TV sets in early 2010. The deal does not cover TVs made by Sony and Samsung, as they already use Yahoo’s media platform of widgets instead of Flash.

Source: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/8008070.stm





TuneGlue┬░ Musicmap

16 04 2009

Another cool visualiser, sure they have been done to death now, but i still like it.

This is a nice way of exploring relationships between music artists and genres by Onyro. All results are linked to Amazon for quick links to buy the releases from each artist. Data for the site is provided by Last.fm and Amazon

tuneglue

http://clients.onyro.com/tuneglue/