The Kleper Report on Digital Publishing - Issue 10.1-2 January / April 2005


Issue 10.1-2 January / April 2005

Contents


Multimedia/Graphics Reviews

iView MediaPro 2.6.3 (MAC/WIN)
iView MediaPro 2.6.3 is among the most advanced media cataloging applications available. It enables a user to store information about media files in catalogs that can be searched and organized. The catalogs contain thumbnail images, media information, tags and descriptions (called annotations), the media path, and more. A catalog can be used independent of the digital assets it represents. The program supports all of the usual file types as well as fonts and movies. Some of its features are:

* The royalty-free, cross-platform iView Catalog Reader which enables those receiving an iView catalog to view it and slide shows without the need to buy the full application.
* The rapid assignment of media annotations using drag-and-drop. Media can be assigned annotations by simply dragging and dropping them over existing annotations.
* Slide shows can be configured with individual media items set for timing, media scaling, transition effect, and grid display. Slide shows can be exported as QuickTime movies.
* New image enhancement tools for cropping, under/over exposure, low contrast, backlighting, red-eye reduction, grain removal, rotation, and more.
* Auto-Importing of items added to watched folders.
* Assignment of custom themes for HTML export.
* Customized production of catalog PDFs using the PDF Maker.
* Assignment of voice annotations.
* Conversion of image and movie files.
* Output as contact sheets, PDF, slide shows, Web pages, printing, and CD-ROM.

$160

Contact: iView Multimedia Ltd., 36 Cambridge Mansions, Cambridge Road, London SW11 4RU, England, http://www.iview-multimedia.com, e-mail: info@iview-multimedia.com.


Apimac Slide Show 6 Professional (MAC)
Apimac Slide Show 6 Professional provides a versatile tool to display, either manually or automatically, multimedia files, movies, and still images along with narration, music, and sound effects. The program supports a wide range of media file formats including JPEG, TIFF, PICT, Photoshop, PNG, MacPaint, GIF, Windows BMP and SGI, and QuickTime movies, QuickTime VR, MP3, MPEG, AutoDesk Animator, AIFF, AU, WAVE, DV, and OpenDML.

The program has a simple, intuitive user interface with tabs to Choose Files, Customize Presentation, Choose Background, and Create Standalone. A unique aspect of the program is its capability to produce slide shows that can be distributed as stand-alone applications for either Macintosh OS X or Classic, or Windows. $49.95

Contact: Apimac, http://www.apimac.com, e-mail: support@apimac.com.



Digital Audio

Big Dog Music Design Library (MAC/WIN)
Big Dog Music Design Library is a collection of seven CDs, each a self-standing compilation based on a theme. The discs include Rock, Jazz, Electronica, Ethic, Acoustic, Rockslide-Guitar Textures, and TV Muse. Each disc has between 14 and 59 tracks with lengths from approximately 30 seconds to two minutes. The tracks are performed by professional musicians using acoustic and electronic instruments, and written for creative looping and editing.

Purchase of the library, or individual volumes, is a full buyout, with no further royalties nor fees due for commerical use in videos, CD-ROMs, multimedia, television, film, or radio. Cuesheets for ASCAP/BMI or an international body are required for broadcast use with no cost to the licensee. Individual CDs are $49.99, the collection of seven CDs is $225 (a discount of $125).

Contact: Big Dog Music Design, 11271 Ventura Blvd., Suite #310, Studio City, CA 91604, 818 915-2812, http://www.bigdogmusicdesign.com.


Instant Music (MAC/WIN)
Instant Music is a hardware and software solution for converting any analog audio source, such as cassettes, LPs, TV, radio, etc., into a digital format (such as MP3, WAV, WMA, and AAC). Once converted, the content can be burned to CD. This device is essential for digital publishers who have archives of analog music, and voice and sound recordings, that they need to convert easily, and at high quality, into digital formats.

The Instant Music device plugs directly into a USB port on a Macintosh or Windows computer. The back of the unit contains RCA stereo and S/PDIF (Toslink) inputs and outputs. Windows users can use the included Nero Mix, for recording, playback, and burning CDs; Nero SoundTrax, for compling, mixing, and editing tracks; and Nero Wave Editor 2, for optimizing audio tracks and applying filters. Macintosh users can use Instant Music with Garage Band or Sound Studio 2.1. A six foot USB cable and six foot LR RCA with ground adapter cable are included. $49.99

Contact: ADS Technologies, 12627 Hidden Creek Way, Cerritos, CA 90703, 800 888-5244, 562 926-1928, http://www.adstech.com, fax: 562 926-0518.



Hardware Reviews

Store 'n' Go Pro USB Drive (MAC/WIN/LINUX)
Store 'n' Go Pro USB Drive flash drives from Verbatim, available in sizes from 256MB to 2GB, provide over 90X (14MB/sec) the write speed of a CD, and 150X (23MB/sec) the read speed. A user can transfer a 100MB folder from a host system to the drive in less than 7 seconds.

The drives have several unique features, including: V-Safe Security Software with a user-adjustable security partition, anti-tamper password entry, and secure data encryption; V-Key File Synchronization Software providing an easy to use on-screen interface for synchronizing data between devices; customization options to add a volume name, device icon, or preferred audio sounds; an ultra sleek design making it easier to stack multiple drives in tight USB port configurations; 2 color LEDs provide instant drive status; a user label area with included labels; and individual serial numbers to make each drive easily identifiable.

Reliability is ensured through the use of an on-board 32 bit ARM-7 microprocessor that manages the I/O operations and many of the drive's technical features. Prices range from $74.95 for 256MB to $599.95 for 2GB.

Contact: Verbatim Corporation, 1200 West W.T. Harris Blvd., Charlotte, NC 28262, 800 421-4188, 704 547-6500, http://www.verbatim.com, fax: 704 547-6609.



Additions/Extensions Reviews

Primatte 2.0 (MAC/WIN)
Primatte 2.0 is a Photoshop plug-in that enables chromakeying in blue and green screen to produce a transparent mask by extracting a single background color. This process is commonly used in graphic design and still photography to isolate the foreground image and replace the newly produced transparent pixels with a substitute image. The program provides specialized tools to deal with image irregularities, such as inconsistent lighting and objectionable image artifacts. It provides exceptional control over maintaining fine detail in the foreground image, such as strands of hair, smoke, and glass. $269

Contact: Digital Anarchy, 218 Cordova Ave., San Francisco, CA 94112, 415 586-8434, http://www.digitalanarchy.com, e-mail: info@digitalanarchy.com, fax: 415 358-4874.


eZeMotion for iMovie (MAC)
eZeMotion for iMovie is a plug-in that enables the production of animated text, graphics, and movies over a DV clip. A user can set up to ten layers, with each element set to follow its own path. Path points can be edited, and the user can adjust opacity, rotation, width, and height. $49

Contact: eZedia Inc., 2-396 Assiniboine Ave., Winnipeg, MB R3C 0Y1, 877 408-0195, 204 984-9764, http://www.ezedia.ca, e-mail: info@ezedia.ca, fax: 204 956-4960.


c/fx iMovie plug-ins (MAC)
c/fx iMovie plug-ins are a collection of low-cost special effects applications that enhance the operation and output of Apple's iMovie program. Among them are:

* Chromakey Static: Enables compositing using blue/green screen technique so that a static picture can be used as a background. It includes several user options. $3

* Chromakey Movie: Enables the user to select a color in their movie to set as transparent so that another movie can be composited within it. $3.50

* Frame Edit: Enables the user to edit every individual frame of a movie to retouch, repair, or annotate. $4.50

* Timer: Enables the user to add a variety of on-screen timers, including real-time, real-time count-down, time dilation/compression from 1:10 to 10:1, count-down to any stop value, time calculation, all in 11 different timer formats. The user can also place the time anywhere on the clip, scale the time with the mouse without the need to apply font sizes, use any available font, use any color, place an optional panel behind the time for inproved contrast, and more. $5.50

* Typewriter/Computer: Enables the user to add a typewriter or computer printing effect on a clip, letter by letter. The user can control the speed of the printing; place it anywhere on the clip; set the font size, color, and font typeface; choose from 100 levels of transparency; select from three different cursors; and more. $5.50

* Simple Caption: Enables the user to place short text messages anywhere on a clip. Options include placing the text anywhere, using any font, setting any font size, using any font color, selecting any color background panel, and applying any of 100 levels of transparency. $3.50

* Lens Filter: Enables the user to apply a digital filter to alter the appearance of a clip. The publisher claims that the user can create "millions" of possible effects. $5.50

Contact: cf/x, christian franz, universitatstr. 93, ch-8006 zurich, switzerland, http://www.imovieplugins.com, e-mail: info@imovieplugins.com.


Machine Wash (MAC/WIN)
Machine Wash is a set of 60 filters that are applied using a custom action script in Adobe Photoshop. The filters provide a wide range of aging effects such as rust, crackle, aged, wooden, and eroded. Any image can be aged instantly and realistically. An interactive test drive of the filters is available at
http://www.misterretro.com/machine_wash_filters.html. $32

Contact: Mister Retro, 2493 Arnold Palmer Drive, Blaine, MN 55449, http://www.misterretro.com.


Machine Wash II (MAC/WIN)
Machine Wash II is a set of 60 image filters that are applied using a custom action script in Adobe Photoshop. This set complements the original set of Machine Wash filters. The filters provide a wide range of aging effects such as chalk, friction, old bag, trash, and hockey ice. Any image can be aged instantly and realistically. An interactive test drive of the filters is available at
http://www.misterretro.com/machine_wash_filters.html. $32

Contact: Mister Retro, 2493 Arnold Palmer Drive, Blaine, MN 55449, http://www.misterretro.com.



Image Collection Reviews

Arabesque Masterpieces (MAC/WIN)
Arabesque Masterpieces is an exquisite collection of 50 EPS (scalable to any size) images representing beautifully intricate intertwining designs. The designs are reminiscent of the complex patterns created by highly skilled artisans. The floral and geometric motifs are provided in a wide variety of designs. The designs can be seen at
http://www.aridi.com/masterpieces.htm. $399

Contact: Aridi Graphics, 17630 Squaw Valley Drive, Dallas, TX 75252, 800 755-6441, 972 381-1300, http://www.aridi.com, e-mail: sales@aridi.com, fax: 972 381-1301.



Instruction/Learning Reviews

Total Training Presents: Microsoft® Office in a Day (MAC/WIN)
Total Training Presents: Microsoft® Office in a Day is a three disc set of professionally-produced training videos, in QuickTime format, providing instruction in the use of Microsoft Office 2003, comprised of Outlook, Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Access.

The 7.5 hours of training and instructor-led tutorials are presented by Laurie Ulrich Fuller, an author and Office expert. Through the attractive user interface, the learner maintains control over the presentation of the topics using VCR-like controls. The compact package of discs is readily available for learning new skills and reviewing old ones. It is a handy learning resource that offices should have available for their employees.

The three discs include: Microsoft® Office Jumpstart: Outlook & Excel; Express Yourself with Microsoft Word; and the Power to Persuade & Inform: PowerPoint & Access. The second disc includes a collection of PhotoSpin, Inc. professional photographs valued at over $100. The included work along project files are Windows only. $129.99

Contact: Total Training Inc., 1819 Aston Ave., Suite 101, Carlsbad, CA 92008, 800 546-9620, 760 517-9001, http://www.totaltraining.com, e-mail: info@totaltraining.com, fax: 760 517-9060.



Utility Reviews

PDF Bee (MAC)
PDF Bee is an application that utilizes a hot folder for creating PDF files from InDesign files that are dropped into it. The program creates single page PDFs using distilled PostScript files. The program can load fonts if necessary, if Suitcase X1 is in use, and generate a PostScript file for each page and then distill them.

The program can work directly, one file at a time, or use a hot folder that can support up to 89 networked computers. Although PDFs can be generated directly from InDesign, PDF Bee uses Acrobat Distiller using user-selected job settings. The program uses AppleScript which can be user-modified or customized by the software author. The program requires InDesign, Distiller, and for font support, Suitcase X1. $50

Contact: Chris Paveglio, Foil, Graphics, & More, http://chris.paveglio.com, e-mail: cpav@ptd.net.


Picture Rescue (MAC)
Picture Rescue is a versatile data recovery application that provides extraordinary capability to reclaim pictures from digital camera memory cards. The program works with all media card formats and adapters, and with any USB or FireWire camera.

The user interface is incredibly simple. The user selects a source where the missing photos reside, and then the program displays a thumbnail of every picture that it finds, including JPEG, TIFF, GIF, PNG, Raw, and even movie file formats, such as AVI, MPEG, and MOV. The user selects among the thumbnails...not all found photos need be recovered. The selected images are then recovered. We know of no other way to do this. $59

Contact: Prosoft Engineering Inc., 4725 First St., Suite 270, Pleasanton, CA 94566, 866 428-3282, http://www.prosofteng.com.


Data Rescue PC (WIN )
Data Rescue PC is a drive recovery utility that effectively reads and moves data from a hard drive that has become corrupted. The program is provided on a bootable CD so that the user can bypass a failed start-up drive. The CD does not require installation. When the CD is booted, the user is guided through the process of recovering data step-by-step, using a graphical interface. Data can be restored to an external USB or FireWire drive. It does not attempt to repair the subject drive, but instead does the more urgent job of reclaiming valuable data.

The program can work with drives that have been accidentally formatted, files that have been deleted or corrupted, software crashes, and virus attacks. A valuable tool for every Windows-using digital publisher. $129

Contact: Prosoft Engineering Inc., 4725 First St., Suite 270, Pleasanton, CA 94566, 866 428-3282, http://www.prosofteng.com.



Digital Video Reviews

DVDxDV Pro (MAC)
DVDxDV Pro is a valuable tool for reclaiming video that has been burned to a nonencrypted DVD when the original files are unavailable. Video can be converted from the DVD to any of a number of Apple QuickTime video formats from which it can be re-edited and then burned again to a new DVD.Video can be resized from 768x576 down to 240x180 and cropped as necessary; widescreen 16:9 format can be resized.

Multi-channel, high-quality DVD-bound audio can also be extracted. Each channel in a sound track can be exported to an individual 24-bit AIFF sound file.

Unlike other DVD convesion programs, DVDxDV Pro is intuitive, and easy to learn and use. The video clips are automatically loaded, and the user simply chooses the video to be extracted. The original quality of the image is maintained throughout the conversion process. $80

Contact: DVDxDV, http://www.dvdxdv.com.


BTV Pro (MAC)
BTV Pro enables a user to capture, view, and edit video as well as generate stop-motion animation. The program works with any video source connected to the computer. A captured movie can be played back in its own window or at full screen size. The controller bar is used for selecting parts of the movie, and edits are made through copy-and-paste or click-and-drag. The Frame Position window shows the elapsed time and the frame count. Movies can be exported using a variety of compression settings, and to add filters. $40

Contact: Ben Software, http://www.bensoftware.com, e-mail: support@bensoftware.com.


DV Rack (WIN )
DV Rack is a professional level application composed of ten powerful video components that exist in a virtual rack that resembles that which is found in the real world. A DV camera along with a laptop running DV Rack, provides a studio-worth of production tools in a portable package. As video is shot it can be recorded directly onto the laptop hard drive. These tools include:

* Professional Field Monitor: This is a virtual monitor that accepts direct DV input and shows how that video will appear when recorded. The screen shows safe area display, underscan, and letterbox. Tools include freeze, zoom, dual light/dark zebras and split screen. The computer or laptop can be set to broadcast color bars.

* Digital Video Recorder: This recorder enables fast clip review and the writing of DV files that are compatible with a wide variety of editors.

* DV Waveform Monitor and Vectorscope: These tools provide views of industry-standard signal monitoring and direct DV signal input.

* SureShot Module: Provides the user with a four-step process to calibrate a camera using specially printed calibration charts which are included.

* DV Quality Monitor: Using quality thresholds set by the user, this tools evaluates video and audio input, marking potential problem areas. The problems can be reviewed using a single click.

* DV Grabber: This tool enables the user to capture single frames of high-resolution video from live DV or clips. The single frames can be used for reference, client approval, or storyboarding.

* Audio Spectrum Analyzer: This tool provides the user with the capability to see audio that can not be heard through a headset. It provides feedback that can be used to properly place a microphone.

* Video Analyzer: Providing more than traditional scopes, this tool lets users monitor down to the pixel, in real-time, and in any of five color spaces: RGB, HSV, and YUV.

* Timer/Clock Module: This tool displays a time-of-day production clock as well as a stopwatch and clip timer.

The program supports output in AVI and QuickTime so that the video can be edited in most non-linear editing systems, including Adobe Premier, Avid, Canopus, Final Cut Pro, Matrox, Pinnacle, and others. $495

Contact: Serious Magic, 101 Parkshore Drive, Folsom, CA  95630, 916 985-8000, http://www.seriousmagic.com, Fax: 916 985-8095.



Productivity Reviews

DEVONthink (MAC)
DEVONthink is a captivating combination of an information manager, freeform database, digital asset archive, and Web bookmark manager. It is a flexible repository for almost every kind of textual, image, and multimedia element. It is the ultimate research tool, enabling the user to easily amass and organize all of the components for almost any kind of project. Digital publishers will find this program to be the Swiss army knife of content management.

Users can add almost any kind of file (either linking to it or moving it into the program) through drag and drop, import, or by using the built-in browser. Files, such as Excel, which would not ordinarily be compatible, can be exported directly into DEVONthink as PDF files using a provided plug-in.

The collection of files for a particular project can be grouped and arranged, viewed and edited, and saved and exported. It is a rich environment for the rapid assembly, organization, and management of massive amounts of data. Users are provided with the capability to index and classify content, create concordances and cross-references, and link files to other files.

The listing of documents for a particular project can be manipulated like an outline, with tools to arrange and label each listing as needed. This view is very helpful in creating a global view of the data, and for acting on specific components.

The program contains an integrated Web browser which enables the user to view, capture and search Web pages. Web page contents can be saved as listings in the outline. The program is also closely integrated with DEVONagent, the intelligent search agent. $40

Contact: DEVONtechnologies LLC, 401 Front Avenue, Suite 204, Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814, http:// www.devon-technologies.com, e-Mail: info@devon-technologies.com.


DEVONthink (MAC)
DEVONthink is a captivating combination of an information manager, freeform database, digital asset archive, and Web bookmark manager. It is a flexible repository for almost every kind of textual, image, and multimedia element. It is the ultimate research tool, enabling the user to easily amass and organize all of the components for almost any kind of project. Digital publishers will find this program to be the Swiss army knife of content management.

Users can add almost any kind of file (either linking to it or moving it into the program) through drag and drop, import, or by using the built-in browser. Files, such as Excel, which would not ordinarily be compatible, can be exported directly into DEVONthink as PDF files using a provided plug-in.

The collection of files for a particular project can be grouped and arranged, viewed and edited, and saved and exported. It is a rich environment for the rapid assembly, organization, and management of massive amounts of data. Users are provided with the capability to index and classify content, create concordances and cross-references, and link files to other files.

The listing of documents for a particular project can be manipulated like an outline, with tools to arrange and label each listing as needed. This view is very helpful in creating a global view of the data, and for acting on specific components.

The program contains an integrated Web browser which enables the user to view, capture and search Web pages. Web page contents can be saved as listings in the outline. The program is also closely integrated with DEVONagent, the intelligent search agent. $40

Contact: DEVONtechnologies LLC, 401 Front Avenue, Suite 204, Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814, http:// www.devon-technologies.com, e-Mail: info@devon-technologies.com.



Communication Reviews

Acrobat 7 Professional (WIN )
Acrobat 7 Professional extends the capabilities and usefulness of the PDF standard significantly, adding many new features that are of particular interest to digital publishers. These include the capability to:

* Easy keep track of PDF documents using the new PDF Organizer interface which lists a history of previously viewed PDFs. * Search PDFs on the Internet. * Combine multiple application files into a single PDF document. * Enable users of the free Adobe Reader 7.0 to annotate PDF documents and become involved in the review process. * Utilize preflight, preview, and correction tools to help ensure that PDF files will print properly. * Include 3-D embedded data so that 3-D objects can be viewed. * Streamline the document security process. * More quickly convert AutoCAD, MS Outlook, MS Publisher, MS Access, and Visio into PDF format. * More quickly convert hard copy documents into PDF format. * Export comments from a PDF that has been made from an MS Word document and commented upon in the Acrobat environment, and return the comments to the original Word document. This feature requires Windows Word 2002 or 2003. * Repair errors that are uncovered in preflight. These include converting color space from RGB to CMYK, creating trap settings, adjusting stroke weights (hairline fix), and more. * Create PDF documents from any application that has a print option. * Display and navigate using pan and zoom, split-window view, dynamic zoom, viewing layers, layer management, New Window, and the use of the Loupe tool. * Self-heal by detecting problems within an Acrobat document and repairing them. * Support a variety of multimedia formats including MP3, Flash, Windows Media, and Real Media (Windows only). * Generate PDF documents that are PDF/X-a:2003 and PDF/X-3:2003 standard compliant for print production. * Create JDF product definitions. * Create intelligent PDF forms that resemble paper forms using the Adobe LiveCycle Designer 7.0 (Windows only).

PDF is the de facto standard in digital publishing workflows, and a significant release such as this must be considered as an essential upgrade. $449

Contact: Adobe Systems Inc., 345 Park Ave., San Jose, CA 95110-2704, 408 536-6000, http://www.adobe.com, fax: 408 537-6000.


Page Sender 3.3.1 (MAC)
Page Sender 3.3.1 is a complete fax solution that enables Macintosh users to send faxes and PDFs directly from the Print dialog box. Anything that can be printed can be faxed. Faxes can be received using a fax modem. AppleScript can be used to automate fax sending and receiving. The program makes use of the Apple Address Book, Entourage, Now Contact, and Outlook Express, making it quick and easy to locate those likely to be fax recipients. $29.95

Contact: SmileOnMyMac, LLC, PMB 281, 25 NW 23rd Place, Suite 6, Portland, OR 97210-5599, http://www.smileonmymac.com, e-mail: info@smileonmymac.com, fax: 408-884-2320.



Internet Reviews

Webstractor (MAC)
Webstractor redefines the way that the Web can be browsed, providing a rich environment in which to capture, edit, compose, and share content. It broadly extends the means by which the Internet can be mined, capturing pages as they are browsed, and enabling the user to easily and quickly navigate among them, reorder them, edit them, and digitally distribute or print them.

Users can track the status of selected sites and maintain multiple versions of targeted pages. The program can detect when a page has changed. The captured pages can be searched and analyzed, and maintained over time. In addition, Webstractor pages can be edited using a built-in word processing tool set. Special tools are provided to easily crop areas that are not needed, convert colored text to black, remove background colors, compress content to fit the page, and generate a table of contents, all useful when composing content for print or to generate a PDF file. In addition to managing Web content, the program supports the importation, through drag-and-drop, of Microsoft Word files, text, images, and RTF and RTFD files.

The program maintains thumbnail images of each browsed page in a vertical drawer to the right of the main window. Pages can be selected for viewing by simply clicking on a thumbnail. The contents that reside in the program are independent of the original Web site, and can be viewed off-line.

The program is perfect for anyone who routinely views Web content and has a need to document it for any reason. It is of special value for researchers, educators, writers, students, scientists, librarians, and anyone who has a need to collect and compose Web-based information.

In addition to all of its other capabilities, the program makes it possible to capture pages that are many screens deep, a feat which is impossible for any screen capture program, and one that is of particular interest and usefulness to digital publishers. $79

Contact: Softchaos Limited, 14/18 Ham Yard, London W1D 7DT, +44 (0)20 7434 0775, http://www.softchaos.com, e-mail: info@softchaos.com, fax: +44 (0)20 7434 0776.


DEVONagent 1.6.1 (MAC)
DEVONagent 1.6.1 is a search agent that easily and quickly locates Web-based information based on user search data. It simulates the kind of searches that would be executed by a professional librarian, processing multiple search criteria across a wide variety of search engines, and then saving and summarizing the results. It provides a rich environment for longitudinal searches conducted over time, supporting the means to determine how data has changed from previous queries.

Searches are conducted easily in the intuitive interface. Results are are displayed in either a Digest, Pages, or Log view. The Digest view displays a listing of associated topics on the left, along with a graphic scale showing their relevance, and a numbered listing of pages with their URLs and up to two lines of text on the right. In the Pages view the user sees a graphic representation of the relevance of the result, the date of the posting, its size, its URL, the page name, and initial page text. Clicking on a listing results in a view the page contents with the search terms highlighted. The Log view shows a list of the pages which were filtered out for one of several reasons, such as it was already archived, it contained no useful information, it contained spam, it contained an advertisement, or any of many other errors. The program provides a new and useful way to mine data from the Internet. Its usefulness can be extended with the use of DEVONthink, which supports the manipulation of the captured data. $35

Contact: DEVONtechnologies LLC, 401 Front Avenue, Suite 204, Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814, http:// www.devon-technologies.com, e-Mail: info@devon-technologies.com.



Digital Imaging Reviews

PrintDevizor (MAC/WIN)
Soft proofing, or the use of a computer monitor to view a job prior to sending it to press, has become commonplace. The benefits of the printer and his or her client being able to view the same job from any distance, no matter how remote; the availability of powerful on-screen proofing, mark-up, and annotation tools; the elimination of expensive overnight analog proof shipments; and the dropping prices of LCD displays, along with the continuous improvement in their quality; all contribute to the popularity and growth of the soft proofing process.

According to Keith Hevenor, writing in Electronic Publishing magazine (September, 2003), "A host of surveys, studies, and other research has shown that digital proofing is not only accepted, but fully embraced in the industry today." Although soft proofing has enjoyed a significant acceptance in the printing industry, its two-dimensional quality does not completely replace the need for viewing a proof in three-dimensional space. The surface of the substrate, as well as any special finishing processes, such as embossing or varnishing, cannot be seen, and therefore cannot be "proofed."

The static nature of the typical soft, or digital, proof, does not make allowances for the surface of the paper that will be printed on, nor the on-press or post-press treatments that the printed surface may be subjected to. For certain kinds of work, such as packaging, magazine and book covers, greeting cards, and others, which undergo one or more of these operations, their appearance cannot be represented in a two-dimensional space on a computer display. At least not until now. PrintDevizor, a cross-platform print visualizer system, is a novel application that enables realistic on-screen viewing of special inks and decorative finishes in a three-dimensional space. This remarkable, and unique, application enables the user to rotate a printed page model a full 360 degrees, in any direction, panning and zooming, and utilizing any of a variety of lighting conditions. The movement of the print model in this viewing environment allows the user to assess easily, and accurately, the print and finishing appearance of the job as it will appear when complete.

It is, in fact, quite expensive to produce mock-ups or on-press proofs of jobs that must undergo several specialized printing and finishing steps. PrintDevizor eliminates that need by providing a realistic environment in which to apply, modify, and view these effects without the time, labor, and cost of producing expensive hard proofs.

To use PrintDevizor the user prepares a job with their standard 2D design software, such as Photoshop. Design images are used as masks onto which are applied the PrintDevizor options. Within the PrintDevizor environment substrates can be selected (paper/board, colored, matt/satin/mid-gloss/glossy, smooth, textured), and a variety of print effects (process color, spot color, metallic, and fluorescent inks) and finishes (foil blocking, embossing, debossing, varnishing, laminating, glitter, and flitter) can be applied.

The user interface is clean and direct, and the results are immediate and compelling. The color of the background can be selected, and any of six viewing environments can be selected. Print models can be saved and sent to clients who have the PrintDevizor or PrintDevizor Lite software, or images (in JPG, PSD, PNG, TIF, TGA, or BMP file formats), animations, or interactive QuickTime VR views can be e-mailed.

A free trial of the software is available at http://www.stonecube.com/downloads/pd-full/. The sophisticated PrintDevizor viewing environment requires a fast graphics board. Stonecube, the creator of the software, provides a free hardware test at the same URL. $695

Contact: Stonecube Ltd, West View House, 15 Church Lane, Old Sodbury, Bristol, BS37 6NB, UK, +44 (0)1454 320 400, http://www.stonecube.com, e-mail: sales@stonecube.com, Fax: +44 (0)1454 311 666.


ID Image Catalog (MAC)
ID Image Catalog is an application that provides the user with the means to create an image catalog within InDesign of either a folder's complete contents, or user-selected files. The catalog can be printed or generated as a PDF file. The image catalog is composed of one image frame per image, with the number of image frames per page specified by the user. Each image is accompanied by a text frame, immediately below it, containing image information of either the image name or path. Images can be scaled up or down to fit the image frame. $20

Contact: Chris Paveglio, Foil, Graphics, & More, http://chris.paveglio.com, e-mail: cpav@ptd.net.



Book Reviews

Adobe Acrobat 7: Tips and Tricks
Baker, Donna L.

A collection of 150 of the best tips and tricks for efficiently and effectively using Adobe Acrobat 7 Professional. Tips are grouped into 18 chapter categories, including Organizing, Searching, and Cataloging; Printing; Enhancing PDF Accessibility; Touching Up and Modifying a Document; Reviewing and Collaboration; Working with Multimedia; and many more.

Available for on-line ordering at http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/redirect?tag=thekleperreporto&path=ISBN%3D0321305302

0321305302 404 pp. $19.99

Contact: Adobe Press, Prentice Hall, 113 Sylvan Ave., Englewood Cliffs, NJ 07632


Adobe Reader 7 Revealed
Padova, Ted

Adobe Reader 7 introduces a number of advanced capabilities that enable PDF recipients to do much more with the files that they receive. Users can add comments, collaborate via e-mail or Web browser, convert a logo or message into a custom document stamp, and much more. This book, by the world's most accomplished Acrobat book author, contains virtually everything that an Adobe Reader 7 user would need to know.

Available for on-line ordering at http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/redirect?tag=thekleperreporto&path=ISBN%3D0321305310

0321305310 374 pp. $24.99

Contact: Adobe Press, Prentice Hall, 113 Sylvan Ave., Englewood Cliffs, NJ 07632


AppleScript: The Missing Manual
Goldstein, Adam

This useful, easy to read book, written by a 16 year old high school student, provides essential information in a clear and nonthreatening way. The author, a strong advocate of the AppleScript language, has written a book that enables the nonprogrammer to create scripts to accomplish just about anything that can be done on a Macintosh. A sample chapter, "Controlling Files." is available online at: http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/applescripttmm/chapter/index.html.

Available for on-line ordering at http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/redirect?tag=thekleperreporto&path=ISBN%3D0596008503

0596008503 325 pp. $24.95

Contact: O'Reilly & Associates, Inc., 1005 Gravenstein Highway North, Sebastopol, CA 95472, 800 998-9938, 707 829-0515, http://www.oreilly.com, e-mail: info@oreilly.com, fax: 707 829-0104.


Classroom in a Book: Adobe Acrobat 7.0
Adobe Systems Inc.

This is Adobe's official training manual for learning the major capabilities of Acrobat 7.0. The book consists of sixteen lessons which include converting files to PDF, creating PDF from Web pages, customizing PDF output quality, modifying PDF files, editing PDF files, using Acrobat in the document review cycle, adding signatures and security, creating multimedia presentations, creating PDF forms, using Adobe Acrobat for professional publishing, and more.

The book includes a cross-platform CD-ROM containing the lesson files.

Available for on-line ordering at http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/redirect?tag=thekleperreporto&path=ISBN%3D0321294009

0321294009 565 pp. $45

Contact: Adobe Press, Prentice Hall, 113 Sylvan Ave., Englewood Cliffs, NJ 07632


iPod & iTunes: The Missing Manual, Second Edition
Biersdorfer, J.D.

Digital publishers who have lusted for an iPod can find job-related justification in this book by New York Times tech columnist, J. D. Biersdorfer. The author shows how to use the device as a hard drive, a PDA, an e-book reader, and more.

Available for on-line ordering at http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/redirect?tag=thekleperreporto&path=ISBN%3D059600658

059600658 349 pp. $24.95

Contact: O'Reilly & Associates, Inc., 1005 Gravenstein Highway North, Sebastopol, CA 95472, 800 998-9938, 707 829-0515, http://www.oreilly.com, e-mail: info@oreilly.com, fax: 707 829-0104.


Secrets of the iPod, Third Edition
Breen, Christopher

A collection of insider tips and tricks for extending the utility of the Apple iPod.

Available for on-line ordering at http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/redirect?tag=thekleperreporto&path=ISBN%3D0321223713

0321223713 310 pp. $19.99

Contact: Peachpit Press, 1249 8th St., Berkeley, CA 94710, 800 283-9444, http://www.peachpit.com, fax: 510 524-2221.


Teach Yourself Beginning Databases in 24 Hours
Perpetual Technologies, Inc.; Ryan Stephens, Ron Plew

Twenty-four lessons, each requiring one hour or less, that provide the reader with knowledge of database fundamentals for designing and building efficient database solutions. Each lesson includes step-by-step instructions, quizzes, and activities.

Available for on-line ordering at http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/redirect?tag=thekleperreporto&path=ISBN%3D067232492X

067232492X 456 pp. $24.99

Contact: Sams, 201 West 103rd St., Indianapolis, IN 46290.


Teach Yourself Windows XP All in One
Perry, Greg

A guide to using Windows XP to do practical tasks that are enabled through the operating system. The book deals more with doing things with Windows XP rather than dwelling on how the operating system works.The author guides the reader on the process to connect and use digital cameras, scanners, and printers; play CDs and view DVDs with Windows Media Player; burn CDs and DVDs with music, photos, and video; participate in on-line chats; effectively utilize the Web; send and receive e-mail; and much more.

Available for on-line ordering at http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/redirect?tag=thekleperreporto&path=ISBN%3D0672327287

0672327287 782 pp. $34.99

Contact: Sams, 201 West 103rd St., Indianapolis, IN 46290.


Typographic Workbook, A
Clair, Kate

The author provides the reader with a complete education on the evolution and use of type. Numerous examples of typographic treatments are presented, along with appropriate exercises and projects to develop composition skills.

Available for on-line ordering at http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/redirect?tag=thekleperreporto&path=ISBN%3D0471292370

0471292370 371 pp. $39.95

Contact: Wiley, Professional/Trade Group, 111 River St., Hoboken, NJ 07030, http://www.wiley.com.


Using FileMaker 7
Lane, Steve; Bob Bowers, Scott Love, Chris Moyer

The largest, most impressive, and in-depth book on the subject of FileMaker ever published. This book has virtually every facet of the application covered.

The accompanying CD-ROM contains sample database files, SharePoints for OS X users (enabling sharing of any folder in OS X), and the entire book in PDF.

Available for on-line ordering at http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/redirect?tag=thekleperreporto&path=ISBN%3D0789730286

0789730286 1082 pp. $44.99

Contact: Que Corporation, 11711 North College Ave., Carmel, IN 46032, http://www.quecorp.com.

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