I’m sure you’ve seen and heard the flap over the Air Force One NYC flyover photo-op. It may merit the creation of an entirely new word for “stupid.”
But don’t you think it’s a great opportunity for a Photoshop ad?
I’m an advocate of neatly-trimmed filenames — I use InterCapsAsVisualSeparators or underscores_as_physical_separators. You should avoid using the special characters that are often used to represent ?/@#$*\&! profanity, not to be polite, but because some of these characters have special meaning to operating systems.
For example, a period at the start of a filename drives it to the top of a directory list on a Mac, but if that file is uploaded to a Unix server, it becomes invisible. Whee! We’re no longer limited to the old eight-dot-three strictures (eight alphanumeric characters, then a period, followed by the three-letter extension, for you young folks out there), but excessively long filenames are truncated by some systems, which could munge your file linking in an InDesign file. (Where’s that file named “Rhododendrons in the mountains in Spring New Final Image.psd”? Oh, it’s now named “Rhododendrons in the mo~.psd”. No wonder InDesign is confused.)
For the most part, long names and special characters become an issue only when jumping platforms, but I discovered today that Illustrator CS3 and CS4 won’t allow you to place a file with a forward slash (/) in the filename. It allows you to select the file, but when you click to “deposit” it in the Illustrator file, nothing happens: there’s no error message — it just sort of turns up its nose, digitally speaking. (It has no objection to a file with a backslash (\) in the name, however.)
Oddly, InDesign and QuarkXPress don’t care; just Illustrator.
This won’t affect you, however, because you’re conscientious about your file naming, aren’t you? 🙂
I presented a seminar on InDesign and Photoshop CS4 in Birmingham, AL last week, for the delightful folks at EBSCO Media. It’s always fun doing events with them because they’re technologically wise, and have a great collective sense of humor. They drum up large and lively crowds for the events, which makes for a lot of positive energy.
During one of the breaks, one of the attendees came up to me and said “Rufus says hello.”
I ask, “You know Rufus? How is he?” The attendee says “No, I don’t know him; I was tweeting about being here at this seminar, and he picked up on it on Twitter, and tweeted back ‘tell Claudia hello for me.'” It was like a tap on the shoulder from across the world.
I’m so unhip — I confess I’m behind the curve on social networking; I should have started blogging long ago. I was dragged unwillingly onto Facebook (and it’s proving to be more of a time-vampire than a truly useful professional tool). And I think I’m too verbose to be a Twitterer. Tweeter? Twit? (I don’t know what Twitter participants are called…) But I’ll confess it was kind of cool to be on the receiving end. Maybe I’ll give it a shot: is there a “Twitter for Dummies”?
Just looked on Amazon: sure ’nuff, the “Dummies” book is due in July 🙂
Oh, and hi, Rufus, wherever you are.
This has nothing to do with print: So I offer this purely in the spirit of fun.
I don’t go to movies often; I venture out, oh, maybe twice a year, if it’s a compelling big sci-fi production. (Sometimes you just have to get away from the keyboard.) “Monsters vs. Aliens” looked like fun, but I wasn’t sure about the 3D version: would I get a headache? Would it have the brain-cramping effect of the red-and-blue cardboard glasses? Would I be deeply disappointed?
I’ll cut to the punchline: WOW!
The glasses are polarized, I suppose (darn; I should’ve kept them. But the “Recycle Your Glasses” sign was compelling so that I felt a pang of guilt, so I dropped ’em in the canister), with gray lenses, and perfectly comfortable. The 3D effect seemed natural and realistic; there was no period of adjustment, nor a sense of “getting used to it.” It may have have helped that I went in a bit early and picked a seat smack dab in the middle of the row, about halfway back in the theater. I meant to move and see how things looked from the side, but, well, I sorta forgot to be clinical in my assessment.
Is it Great Cinema? Oh, probably not: after all, it didn’t make me cry, or send me home with a deep despondency, which it seems that Great Films are intended to do. It was cute, though, and I laughed out loud (excuse me: LOL’d) a few times. Stephen Colbert as the President is priceless, and it’s a perfectly good Do The Right Thing message flick, with sufficient amusement for kids and parents alike. Yes, the 3D shows are more expensive than the 2D presentations of the movie, but it really is worth the difference. Go have some silly fun!