Balance Ragged Lines InDesign Layout Stopping Full Margin Layout

Apr 25, 2013 by

Balance Ragged Lines InDesign Layout Stopping Full Margin Layout

We’re working on the layout of John Ed Mathison’s EPUB version of When God Redefines The Possible, now completed as a book for iPad and nearly ready for submission to Apple.

But our wonderful client also wants versions for Kindle & Nook and so we’re working on an EPUB version as well using InDesign.

But there was a problem in layout that happened from importing the text.

Adobe PDF

The manuscript we received from the client was in the form of a PDF.  It had to be copied and then loaded into TextEditor on the Mac and from there, loaded into iBooks Author and then over into Adobe’s InDesign for EPUB formatting as you can’t go from an iBooks Author format to EPUB.  It just doens’t work.

So when we imported the document from TextEditor into InDesign, it soon became apparent that there was something amiss.

And after some time in Lynda.com videos, I finally sent it to one of my InDesign gurus and asked what was up.

The answer came back quickly.

Turn Off Balance Ragged Lines

With Preview on, this became immediately apparent and quite honestly, this is something I never would have found without asking.  There simply are thousands of options within InDesign and sometimes, if you don’t know what you’re looking for, you’d never find it.

So for future InDesign layout work. If you have paragraphs that are not going the width of the page from margin to margin, try turning off the Balance Ragged Lines option in Paragraph Styles.

Here are two photos of how this fixed the problem.  Before and then after….

Balance Rugged Lines On

Balance Rugged Lines On

And After

Balance Rugged Lines Off

Balance Rugged Lines Off

 

As you can see, the lines of the first two paragraphs now go all the way across without wrapping.  Even with Show Hidden Characters On, there was no indication of what was causing this issue.

 

 

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iPhone Portrait Lock – I’ve Been Missing This

Apr 10, 2013 by

iPhone Portrait Lock – I’ve Been Missing This

There have been many a days and nights while lying on my bed or the sofa, etc. when I’ve begun texting someone or looking at my iPhone and because of it’s orientation, it spun around. I’d move the phone and it’d move again. And I’d move the phone and it’d move again. Finally, I just had to sit up and type out whatever I’d wanted to do out of frustration.

When iPad came along, I was glad to see they just added the switch on the side near the volume.  That was a lot of help.  But alas, no such button on the iPhone.

Now most of you reading this know I’m pretty up-to-date on the latest offerings from Apple. But this one apparently slipped past me.  So how do you lock the screen on an iPhone so it won’t turn while you’re lying down or whatever?

HOME BUTTON

By pressing the button on the left, you can now lock the portrait orientation on an iPhone.

By pressing the button on the left, you can now lock the portrait orientation on an iPhone.

My 16-year-old daughter about jumped out of her chair in jubilation that she knew some Apple thing that I did not. But here’s what you do.

Push the HOME button, the button on your screen in the middle at the bottom, TWICE while the phone is open.  A menu of options will appear–it’s actually all the apps that you currently have open on the phone. (If you hold down an app it will start jiggling and a red circle with a – sign will appear if you want to close the app.  This can be helpful if your phone starts running slowly and you have three dozen apps open….)

But if you slide the app icons to the right, you will come to a screen much like the one pictured here in the post.  See the icon with the circle and the arrow in the circle?  Tap that and it will lock your orientation on the iPhone.  You can then press the Home Button once again to return to the screen/app you are active in.

It’s that simple.

And yes, I felt a little silly cos I didn’t know that.  But it’s a great feature and I’m glad Apple finally has added it to the mix.

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Mad Men Season 6 Facebook Cover

Mar 19, 2013 by

I took some of the AMC promo art and made a perfect 850 x 320 pixel Facebook Cover. You’re free to download it and use it.

Download this Facebook Cover for MadMen Season 6.

Download this Facebook Cover for MadMen Season 6.

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The Realities of the Current Social Media Trend–Write An eBook

Mar 9, 2013 by

The Current Social Media Trend–Write An eBook

Back in 2006 or 2007 when I began my blog with the now defunct, dadscenter.org, I had a mission to become one of the best and most prolific dad bloggers on the Net. When Twitter came along I was one of the early adopters and remember thinking how amazing it was that in no time, I had 300 followers. Then 600. Then 1,000….  Today I have 12,773 followers, most of whom I have zero time to regularly engage on @DaddyClaxton and another 1,700 on @ClaxtonCreative that are a challenge to regularly interact with as well. (Don’t forget to follow me!)

English: A Picture of a eBook Español: Foto de...

English: A Picture of a eBook Español: Foto de eBook Беларуская: Фотаздымак электроннай кнігі Русский: Фотография электронной книги (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Then came the trend to jump on Facebook and have your tweets going straight to your Facebook wall. People got tired really fast about seeing everything you tweeted on your Facebook wall.  Oh, then came the need to have a Facebook Business Page. (Don’t forget to LIKE us while you’re here.

Then came Google +. (Join my circles!)

In between all that came the Mommy Blogger craze, and in 2010, many of us dads started saying, “Hey, we buy stuff, too,” and so we had the dad blogger phase.

With the advancement of each new platform has come the hype and the craze. “YOU CAN GET RICH IMMEDIATELY DOING (insert name of latest new thing!!!!)

But as Ted Murphy pointed out at the Modern Media Man conference in Atlanta in September 2010, the precious few who are going to get struck by lightning and make millions having a blog, using Twitter, using Facebook, having a Facebook Business Page, having a Google + community going, etc. etc. and etc. are just that.  A precious few.

That’s not a throwing in the towel of admission, it’s just the factual reality of all this and if you’re one of those precious few, congratulations.  if you’re not, I encourage you to never give up.  But it’s clear the latest trend is here and that’s what this post really was intended to be about.

The Latest Trend–Write an eBook

And so it goes, the latest trend clearly on the Net is to write an eBook, self-publish it, and ride away to prosperity and peace and comfort.

Again, we’re not discouraging the practice, we just want to temper that with some practical common sense, which seems to be lacking in the blasts of trumpeting this latest, newest, easiest and most important phase–(again, like in all other previous phases.)

Writing an ebook  or regular book, for that matter, is a time-consuming and a time-honored practice. There is/was a reason why so many manuscripts were sent to print publishers that never got printed throughout the course of time. They just weren’t going to sell in the long run and the publisher didn’t want to take a risk in publishing something that was not going to sell.

Now as an individual, yes, many out there just have this incredible desire to part with their wisdom knowing convincingly that what they have to say is going to be something some massive numbers of people have been sitting around waiting to be published throughout the course of human history. You probably know that from the long line of people who stand at your front door or office door each day waiting for you to make your next prolific statement about life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

What? They’re not there?

Now, again, don’t read that as a negative, just read it as a practical point. If you undertake the process to write an ebook, it’s going to take a lot of time, effort and sacrifice. Ultimately, you may not make any money at all from the process and unless you are one of the precious few, that’s likely to be the case.

On top of that, 10,000 other people are going to be releasing their new ebook on the same day as yours, (remember, this is a wide-open trend at the moment) and you are going to be in that mix.

How are you going to market your book? Who is going to buy it? How are you going to get it to them?  The odds are that the 10,000 other people who publish their ebook on the same day as yours aren’t going to buy your book that day.  They’re going to be focused on one thing–trying to get the other 999,998 people involved to buy it, and those people are going to be like you and the one other….

There are dozens of questions to ponder, but seriously, before you even get down to that, recognize the “write an ebook” trend for what it is.  We’ve been here with blogging, Twitter, Facebook, Facebook Business Pages, Google +, (you could throw in Instagram, Pinterest, and several others I can’t even remember the names of at the moment) and we’re here again with the premise of “write an ebook.”

In a few months, it’s going to be something else…. Just wait.  You’ll see.

CLAXTON CREATIVE

We feel comfortable writing this piece because the focus of our work isn’t on the production of eBooks. No, our work is in interactive books for iPad that include video, 3D animations, interactive widgets and much more. There’s a huge difference and that’s where we see the future of books going.  To us it seems so many are focused on getting a version of some prose published for Kindle or Nook.  We see that as a huge, tactical mistake. 

 

 

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Skype Counseling Sessions & Google Alerts Earned Us Media Coverage

Mar 5, 2013 by

Friday we saw a Google Alert of a FOX News story of counselors offering Skype Counseling Sessions. A quick email to our client revealed what we’d not previously known. Two counselors are offering Skype counseling sessions–one even to a client in Russia, and they’re working out well.

Skype Counseling Services offered by PrestonPlaceCounseling.com.

Skype Counseling Services offered by PrestonPlaceCounseling.com.

So after a quick email pitch to KDFW FOX 4’s Shaun Rabb here in Dallas, we had a date set for this afternoon at 1 p.m.

The piece on FOX 4 is stellar.

We’re bringing this to your attention because we simply used Google Alerts to find a subject matter that applied to a client and then sought to localize the coverage.  We’re told that KDFW is actually going to put the video on the FOX ONO system–meaning it’s going to be sent to FOX stations around the country for them to slip in during their coverage when they need a news story.  You really can’t beat that kind of exposure for a client.

So here’s the link to the FOX 4 story.

http://www.myfoxdfw.com/video?clipId=8556567&topVideoCatNo=237008&autoStart=true

And here’s a link to our client’s site: http://www.prestonplacecounseling.com, where they also added a blog post about their feelings involving Skype counseling sessions.

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Press Club of Dallas Book For iPad–Making the $$ Work

Mar 2, 2013 by

Press Club of Dallas Book For iPad–Making the $$ Work

press club dcAttached is the link to my book for iPad, which was my presentation to the Press Club of Dallas on March 2, 2013.  Feel free to download the book. Once it’s on your desktop, drop it into iTunes and then sync your iPad.  The file is about 130 MBs so it will take a few minutes to download.  To use on your iPad, you will need at least iOS 5.1 and iBooks 2.

 

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