Suitcase Fusion 4 gains Adobe Creative Suite 6 compatibility

Suitcase FusionI reviewed Suitcase Fusion 4 just about a month ago and mentioned that Adobe CS6 compatibility was surely on the way. This week, Extensis released an update that does just that.

The update brings auto-font activation to InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop CS6, as well as the new Font Panel plugin for ID and AI (a Photoshop version is in the works).

If you’re a current Suitcase Fusion 4 user, simply visit the Suitcase Fusion menu and select Check for Updates to get the latest update. If you haven’t tried Fusion 4 yet, download the demo and give it a shot.

Extensis to host free font management webcast for creatives

Extensis, makers of Suitcase Fusion 4, is hosting a free instructional webcast about managing fonts in the creative workflow. In this webcast, Extensis font expert Jim Kidwell will show you practical management techniques and helpful tips that can tame your unruly font beast.

Jim Kidwell will be available for a live Q&A at the end of the webcast

Managing Fonts in Modern Digital Design Workflows
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
11:00 AM Pacific / 2:00 PM Eastern

To participate:

8 handy Safari keyboard shortcuts I use every day

Apple Safari

  • View current page in Reader – Command + Shift + R
  • Scroll down by one screen – Spacebar
  • Scroll up by one screen – Shift + Spacebar
  • Empty browser cache – Command + Option + E
  • View page source – Command + Option + U
  • Show Reading List – Command + Shift + L
  • Open link in a new tab – Command + Click any link
  • Mail current web page link – Command + Shift + I

These are just my favorite shortcuts, but you can view a full searching for ‘shortcuts’ under Safari’s Help menu.

Photoshop CS6 interface color keyboard shortcut

Photoshop CS6 introduced a new interface option which allows you to choose from four shades of brightness while working in the app. It was jarring at first, but once I got used to it I loved it. Still, there are times when I want to leave the new dark interface and use something a bit lighter. Adobe made it easy with a handy keyboard shortcut.

Photoshop CS6 interface

Photoshop CS6 offers interface brightness flexibility

Simply hit Shift + Function + F1 to lighten the interface, or Shift + Function + F2 to darken it.

InDesign CS6 adds link indicator badges for easy troubleshooting

InDesign link indicator badgeAdobe InDesign CS6 added a great feature to help designers quickly located missing or edited images and other placed objects without the need to visit the Links panel.

When you’re working in a document and an image or placed graphic is missing or has been edited but not updated, InDesign places a small colored badge at the top of the object to indicate its status. In the case of my missing logo in the screenshot, InDesign has placed the red alert badge on the object box.

This method of badging is handy because most designers probably don’t think about the status of their placed objects until the project is finished. If an object has changed enough, it can mess-up the overall layout. With these new badges, you can see problems on the fly with no interaction necessary.

Learn your keyboard shortcuts with CheatSheet for Mac

CheatSheetKnowing and using keyboard shortcuts can save an incredible amount of time over the period of a full work day. Not to mention it doesn’t stop the flow of creativity.

Having used the Mac since the mid 80s, and Adobe Creative Suite apps just as long, my brain is trained to use keyboard shortcuts. I can’t remember the last time I moused up to the menubar for something that has a keyboard shortcut available.

Learning keyboard shortcuts can take a long time, but a clever Swedish developer has created CheatSheet for the Mac OS X 10.7 that displays all the available keyboard shortcuts for the app you’re working in with the click of a button.


Learning keyboard shortcuts is made easy with CheatSheet

CheatSheet is a faceless application. There is no interface, no preferences to set. You simply hold the Command key down and a large white overlay appears which displays all the keyboard shortcuts. CheatSheet runs on Lion only, and is free.