In honor of the holiday, I’ll be taking today and tomorrow off from posting, but I’ll probably still be posting links and comments on The Graphic Mac’s Facebook Page.
Category: Site News
This week is Font Week here on The Graphic Mac. I’ll be featuring a free font each day from FontFabric, a small font foundry in Bulgaria, which offers some great fonts for free and for purchase. Be sure to stop by each day and grab the highlighted font, as well as take a look at the FontFabric collection of commercial fonts while you’re there.
Jim Kidwell, Product Marketing Manager at Extensis, will share some excellent font news and links. I’ll also have a brief review of Suitcase Fusion 4, the latest version of Extensis’ font management application for Mac OS X. I’ll also have some other font-related articles throughout the week, so check back each day!
Life was much easier back in the days when everyone used Points and Picas for measurements in the design field – most readers probably have probably never used them, but I assure you it was much easier. Inches is a ridiculous measurement system, particularly in our business. Has anyone ever been told to provide a 6 59/64 wide ad or poster? For years I’ve used this fraction-to-decimal chart, keeping it tacked to the wall next to my monitor for quick reference.
You can download the free fraction-to-decimal chart here.
I’m closing up shop for the weekend to spend some much-needed time with the family for Christmas weekend, and I hope you do the same. Have a very Merry Christmas everyone!
For the last-minute Christmas emails, be sure to grab the free Christmas Stationery Pack for Mac OS X Mail.
My goal was to de-clutter the entire site, making it easier for you to read, and for me to maintain. Gone are a few features that didn’t get used much, such as the community links section in the sidebar. I’ve also disabled comments on posts.
The major change, beyond the appearance, are the addition of “Post-Types.” Next to each post headline you’ll find a small icon that indicates what type of post it is. There are several different types available, including picture, link and standard posts (as seen in the image at the right), as well as audio and video.
For the most part, you’ll find standard post icons (like the one for this article), and link icons. Link posts are simply links to other sites, which you access by clicking the title of the post right from the homepage.
Because the new Post Types are easier to work with, it is my goal to post content more often.
To make finding similar posts easier, a search box is available in the sidebar and the footer, as well as a tag cloud in the footer. Of course, you can always just click a topic link in the sidebar.
I hope you like the new look of The Graphic Mac, and continue to visit the site daily. If you have any feedback, you can.
Thanks to everyone who offered support, sent me software announcements and article ideas, clicked an ad in the sidebar or footer, or simply sent an email to say thanks for the site. You guys are the reason this site exists!
Using fonts on your website was a pipe-dream just a short while ago. Plugins were introduced that allowed you to use Flash to load fonts on the fly, but the results were less than spectacular, and quite cumbersome to work with. But recently introduced technologies have made it possible for designers to display fonts on your web page using little more than a snippet of code.
Today I want to introduce you to VectorScribe, the latest plugin from Astute Graphics. VectorScribe allows you to quickly and easily create and manipulate vector paths in Adobe Illustrator CS3 to CS5 through the use of several new tools and panels.
Because there are two versions of VectorScribe, Designer and Studio, and the tools are so incredibly powerful and in-depth, I’m just going to briefly overview them here. But before I do, let me just say that if you’re the type of Illustrator user who only opens AI once or twice per month to quickly edit an existing logo, VectorScribe probably isn’t for you. But if you spend a good amount of time in Illustrator, working as a logo designer, architect, illustrator, or cartographer, then you’ll definitely enjoy this plugin! (more…)
For those of you who reside in the United States, I would like to take this time to wish you a happy and safe Memorial Day weekend. Enjoy your extended weekend with family and friends – just be sure to exercise great judgement if consuming alcohol is part of your celebration plan this weekend.
For those outside the U.S. who are not familiar with Memorial Day, it is a United States federal holiday observed on the last Monday of May. Formerly known as Decoration Day, it commemorates men and women who died while in military service to the United States. First enacted to honor Union and Confederate soldiers following the American Civil War, it was extended after World War I to honor Americans who have died in all wars.
Regular posting to The Graphic Mac will resume on Tuesday.