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Contact Sheet for CS5

Greetings fellow thrill-seekers!

Today I can finally announce a Contact Sheet for InDesign script for CS5!

There are a couple of new features you’re going to love (I hope). First is the addition of Bridge ratings to the caption feature. You can now show your Bridge ratings (0-4 stars and in color) in your Contact Sheet captions.

The second one is really cool. The biggest limitation of the CS2, 3, and 4 scripts was that the script always laid out all pages in the same grid of images. Always. Nothing you could do about it.

Now you can create a “custom” template, placing your own image rectangles and caption frames on master pages/spreads. You select one master spread to be the “first page” spread. You can select a second master spread to be applied to all pages after the first.

This allows you to put logos, splashes, whatever on your first page, as well as including a few images. Then, pages 2 through whatever will use a second page design, presumably one that’s more image dense.

Better yet, I’ve created an InDesign extension that helps you make custom templates, and that’s included in the script distribution.

Here’s a video of the new features and how to use them:

The script hasn’t been added to store yet, but they’ll be up there as soon as I remember how to do it!

Enjoy the CS5 version and the new features


Add comment July 8th, 2010

Back in the saddle again!

Just wrapping up at Adobe’s Developer Summit in Seattle. Twas a great event, and I very much enjoyed meeting so many of the people I’ve been corresponding with over the years.

Now that CS5 is out I can finally post about what I’ve been working on since joining Adobe last year.

I’ve been with Developer Technologies working on the latest Creative Suite extensibility tools, specifically Creative Suite Extension Builder and the Creative Suite ActionScript SDK.

With these tools Adobe has raised the bar in terms of what you can do, and at the same time lowered the barriers to entry for suite extension development.

Over time I’ll be making regular posts, showing off some code and extensions, and trying to expound on what makes this move so incredibly powerful.

In a nutshell, by enabling Flash extensions to the Creative Suite, the capabilities of the Flash platform have been added to the tool bag in one fell swoop.

Do you need to connect to a web service? No problem. Well, not just no problem – point Flash Builder at the WSDL and in 30 seconds you have a complete code library including strongly typed AS classes to contain your server side data in 30 seconds or less. What used to take a long, long, looooonnnnnggg time, now takes a minute.

Check out the new tools at, the SDK is free, you’ll need Flash Builder (trial is fine). We also have a tool for developers that automates much of the process, Creative Suite Extension Builder. That product is free to developer program members. The developer program is well worth it! Both programs include Flash Builder, which pays for the cheaper program by itself.

You need to check this technology out. What it can do for you will blow you away.

Add comment May 7th, 2010

eCommerce thing is working again

I decided to just go with simple. Searching through the hosting environment details for a Yahoo hosted site is a little like trying to find a needle in a haystack.

When I managed to track the installed versions of things down, it turned out that there really isn’t a slick WordPress shopping cart that will work with the stuff I’ve got.

I took the easy way out. PayPal. You don’t need a PayPal account (but it’s not a bad idea regardless), and the site now uses PayPal’s shopping cart directly.

Simple. Easy. But (one t) ugly.

Add comment November 1st, 2009

Another Handy Flex Project

Free stuff now includes a Flex project for receiving APID events in PatchPanel

Continue Reading Add comment July 31st, 2009

Another Geek Alert

Just prior to my joining Adobe a post on the PatchPanel forms (Adobe Labs) got me wondering how one could receive events from Rorohiko’s APID plugin. I fooled around with it a bit and came up with an effective solution.

I have posted that Flex project in the Free Stuff page. So all you geeks that want to know how I did it, some and get it.

Add comment July 31st, 2009

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