A new Adobe Magazine rises Down Under in PDF
Adobe Pacific offers online variation of company's former monthly printed publication

10 July 2002

By Kurt Foss, Planet PDF Editor

If you thought you'd seen the last of Adobe Magazine when the company pulled the plug on its printed publication several years ago, look again.


The logo bears the same name, and the pro-Adobe subject matter looks strikingly similar to that featured in the monthly printed magazine that was once published by Adobe Systems and distributed -- first for free, toward the end by paid subscription -- to registered users of its products. It folded after the Nov/Dec 2000 issue, with Adobe explaining that it was shifting its customer communication focus to its Web site. Back issues and articles from 1995-2000 remain available for download -- in PDF, of course -- from the Adobe.com site.

So what's with this recently distributed edition?

First off, this 14-page, designed for on-screen reading, Deja Vu issue comes courtesy of Adobe's Pacific and South Asia group, not from the US-based offices. And it's gone back to its roots -- it's a freebie ... if you register, future issues will be delivered via email. If you register before August 25, you're eligible to enter a drawing to "win an Adobe product of your choice." One other difference -- according to the fine print, this new electronic publication is not actually produced by Adobe, but rather "by Metamedia Solutions on behalf of Adobe Systems."

The recently distributed Winter 2002 issue (keep in mind the difference in seasons!) features the types of user-based information that made its namesake popular, including:

  • Fast facts -- from 3D worlds to handheld PDFs
  • Web development -- it's all about teamwork
  • Artist profile -- Tara Gilbee
  • Repair damaged images with Photoshop's Healing Brush
  • Make your PDFs as slim as possible
  • Create rollovers with ImageReady
  • Use ligatures, swashes, and real fractions and ordinal numbers
  • Build tables without the hassles
  • Must-see events in winter 2002


Acrobat afficianados, whether located Down Yonder or Over 'n' Up, might be especially interested in the "Mini Me" [not to be confused with 'My MINI'] article on ways to reduce PDF file size. Among other tips, it includes step-by-step instructions for creating and using a virtual Postscript printer under Mac OS X:

  1. Open Printer Center (in Utilities, in Mac OS X's Applications folder).

  2. Choose Add Printers from the Printers menu and then LPR Printers Using IP from the pop-up menu.

  3. Type "localhost" (no quote marks) as the printer's IP address and choose any printer (not Generic Printer) from the Printer Model pop-up menu.

  4. Click Add, then click Continue when you get an error message, then Click Add again.

  5. Return to the document that you will convert to Postscript format, and select Print from the File menu. In the Print dialogue box, ensure "localhost" is selected on the Printer pop-up menu, then choose Output Options from the Copies & Pages pop-up menu. Select Save as File, select Postscript from the Format pop-up menu, and then click Save to save a copy of the file in Postscript format with a ".ps" file extension.

You can download the current issue of the new Adobe Magazine from the Adobe Pacific Web site's archive and also register if you want to start receiving future issues in its electronic-only reincarnation. Or you can download the Winter 2002 issue [PDF: 526kb] from Planet PDF, re-posted with permission.


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