Sun, 6 March 2011
Database and spreadsheet publishing; Obscurity of the Week: ATC (Adobe Type Composer)
Listen in your browser: InDesignSecrets-145.mp3 (16 MB, 29:43 minutes)
See the Show Notes for links mentioned in this episode. The transcript of this podcast will be posted soon.
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Links mentioned in this podcast:
> Check out the web sites of the third-party database publishing products we talked about: InData, InCatalog, EasyCatalog, DataLinker, AutoPrice, DesignMerge, XMPie
> Steve Werner wrote a series of three great blog posts here on using InDesign's Data Merge feature: Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3
> Michael Murphy (The InDesigner) also did a great videocast on Data Merge
> It was written back in 1995, but Adobe's "Adobe CID Fonts" PDF white paper on CID and ATC fonts is still good