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By day, I am the Director of Publishing Technology at Jones & Bartlett Learning. I spend most of my time in Xcode and Applescript.

At night, I am a degree candidate at Harvard University, Extension School working towards a Bachelor of Liberal Arts with a concentration in Computer Science.

The rest of the time, such as it is, I futz around with my website, Oatmeal & Coffee.


May
28
comment Photoshop CS6 - Get width of paragraph text in pixels by script
Good idea, though that also assumes the text is by itself on a layer and alters the document like mine.
May
28
comment Photoshop CS6 - Get width of paragraph text in pixels by script
@JohnB: I think you're right, but TextItem appears to be the lowest, most atomic object in the hierarchy. I think the values being returned are a bug (shocker) because they have no basis in reality from what I see.
May
28
comment graphic design - high or low resolution
I would add that web design itself could be done at a high resolution to ensure the art, and even a mock-up of the site, could be printed if need be (it happens), but also as you note to help support Retina (and similar) displays.
May
28
comment What's the name of the font used in alphanet?
You are likely not going to find an exact match. Text-centric logos like that can be, will be, and usually are modified from the original font to bring a unique look to the text.
Jan
31
comment What is the font in the Profmat logo?
Have you tried contacting the company to see if they have a hi-res or vector version of the logo they can supply? If the logo is being used legitimately, they should be happy to provide a better version than having it redrawn, possibly violating their own branding guidelines.
Jul
2
comment How to protect against third-party claims when using free stock images?
@user568458: IANAL = "I am not a lawyer"
Jun
26
comment What's the point of converting RGB images to CMYK TIF/TIFF before placing them in InDesign?
@360path: Conversion does not necessitate a loss in quality as that event depends on the formats being converted to, from, and the settings made at the time of conversion. For example, with JPGs loss in quality is likely, but necessarily as the compression can be set to highest quality or balanced with file size and quality that a typical user will not notice (or even care, for that matter). Besides, if quality is a potential issue if not a requirement, then JPG shouldn't be the first choice anyway. In color space, going from RGB to CMYK can easily shift, but maybe not at all CMYK to RGB.
Jun
26
comment What's the point of converting RGB images to CMYK TIF/TIFF before placing them in InDesign?
@360path: This all could be read as more a toe-may-to vs. toe-mah-to kind of thing, but I still disagree with the above commenters. In our workflow, the vast majority of our art is intended for print, with most re-use there as opposed to web. Even though we know the art is more than likely to be used for web, we still create art in CMYK if only because the press is far less forgiving then the web. As we see it, converting art after it has been placed in pages equates to back-tracking and therefore lost time, if not just simply creating a new opportunity for errors. To me, it makes no sense.
Oct
15
comment How to Create a Leather/String Lace texture or stitching effect
Welcome to the community! Whilst your answer may theoretically answer the question, it would be preferable to include the essential parts of the article in an answer below, and provide the link for reference.
Oct
13
comment Adjust Vertical Position of a Single Character in InDesign?
Simple "how to" questions are off-topic per the FAQ.
Oct
13
comment InDesign: How do I automatically style body text differently depending on the prior paragraph style?
Thanks for the clarification.
Oct
13
comment InDesign: How do I automatically style body text differently depending on the prior paragraph style?
Do you mean automatically? Otherwise, this is a really basic question that is off-topic.
Oct
12
comment Any ideas on how to fill a blank sidebar?
I'm leaving this open. It isn't asking what to do with the site in general, but a specific area of the site. The question has led to an unexpected but valid theme: put the white space down and back away slowly.
Oct
12
comment Where to find resources on christmas invitation cards?
@Marcus: Please understand that the scope of the site has changed over time, and particularly recently. What may be idea-gathering and still open was either missed by the mods or is an older question that got in before the scope changes. It's nothing personal.
Oct
12
comment Where to find resources on christmas invitation cards?
@Marcus: Fine, I was wrong; I give up. But that doesn't change the fact that the question, especially with the edit, is off-topic for the site because now it is straightforward idea-gathering and/or brainstorming. You need to come to us with a more specific problem, like if a layout choice isn't working, you need a critique about your color choices, or something specific like that after you have settled on a general idea. I posted a link below to Programmers that contains some good and intentionally bad starting points. It's a good read.
Oct
12
comment Where to find resources on christmas invitation cards?
That's rough, but not atypical sadly. It represents a fundamental misunderstanding of a lot of things on management's part. I recommend reading this Q&A over at Programmers: programmers.stackexchange.com/q/22244/6419. There are some ideas, none of the good (though that appears to be intentional), and the second-highest answer recommends outsourcing. Good luck!
Oct
12
comment Where to find resources on christmas invitation cards?
@e100: Fair enough. I have family in the UK, but I rarely spend time there around the common holidays (plane fare is expensive enough as it is), so I have forgotten that aspect of living there. But, that doesn't change the fact that, overall, this question isn't any good.
Oct
12
comment How to manually identify a font when the automatic services fail?
@e100: That is so cool. Too bad it is sold out (at least there). I've seen other type specimen books elsewhere, but they all look to be outdated. The book that I have was killed, more or less, by a particular type company who shall not be named because of rights issues.
Oct
12
comment Where to find resources on christmas invitation cards?
"and christmas is something almost exclusively all Swedes celebrate": Your use of "almost" should be enough of a flag for you to guide your approach to this project.
Oct
12
comment Where to find resources on christmas invitation cards?
If this is going to be outward-facing, then the project should come out of the company's Marketing budget, especially since you don't entirely know who you are going to be sending a Christmas card to.