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I prepare various panels/pages for placement in our club magazine. The person who produces the magazine uses Quark on a PC....
You are printing a PostScript file from InDesign 6 and running it through Distiller? What .PPD file are you using in InDesign 6 and what version of Acrobat are the Distiller PDFs? You could try a different .PPD file or a different "compatibility" setting in Distiller (Acrobat 4.0, Acrobat 5.0, etc.).
 


Thanks for the replies about using Acrobat in place of Photoshop. I obviously wasn't clear: I'm not just replacing Photoshop, I'm moving away from Adobe altogether. I am currently still on Creative Suite 6 on Mojave, and that's the end of the line – I won't be subsidizing Adobe's subscription model if I can help it.

Dennis, thanks so much for the suggestion about PDF Expert; it looks like this may solve my problem. It can even handle psd files!
 


Earlier this week, I cancelled and uninstalled my Adobe CC Photoshop subscription on my 27" iMac running Mojave. I gladly went back to working with Photoshop CS 6. As of yesterday, Photoshop CS 6 no longer works, and I am getting reminders to re-subscribe to Creative Cloud. I was in the middle of a project and had to finish it up. The only way I could get CS 6 to work was to resubscribe to CC. (Bloody pirates!)

I've owned and used Photoshop since version 2.5, and this hijacking of my license seems a bit out of touch with how the real world works.

Any suggestions on how I can get CS 6 to work again (outside of CC)?

(I'm now actively looking at GIMP, Affinity and Pixelmator Pro.)
 


Does anyone here know of an alternate method of easily creating a multi-page PDF from a number of photos? I realize I could make a book in Publisher, but that would not really qualify as an "easy" solution. Thanks in advance.
I use the "New PDF from Images" action in an Automator workflow.
 


Does anyone here know of an alternate method of easily creating a multi-page PDF from a number of photos? I realize I could make a book in Publisher, but that would not really qualify as an "easy" solution. Thanks in advance.
Here is a manual procedure to create a fixed-page-size booklet using the built-in Preview.app that I cobbled together when Acrobat Pro / Adobe tools were not installed:

1) Open a single image in Preview, choose File > Export as PDF...​
2) Replace the pre-loaded image name in the Save As field with a name for the booklet, then click the Show Details button at bottom-left of the dialog.​
3) Select a Paper Size and Orientation (logic underlying rotation of image on page is unclear, so try portrait first, then repeat and switch to landscape if needed). This first page will determine the orientation of all the pages to follow. Click Save.​
4) Open the exported PDF page in Preview, choose Edit > Insert > Page from file...​
5) Select all the other images you want included, then click Open. Each image is added as a new page in alpha-numeric order by name. Save.​
6) Go to V> Thumbnails to open the sidebar. You can drag the thumbnails to rearrange the page order. Save again.
Not as quick and easy as the Photoshop, Acrobat or Automator methods, but it does the basic job with zero cost for 3rd party software.
 




As one might expect, there are several ways to combine multiple images into a single PDF using Lemke Software's excellent GraphicConverter.

In GraphicConverter's "Browse" view, there is a "Combine into PDF" command. You also can open a bunch of images and use the "Merge open Pages into one Document" command from the "File" menu.

There are other ways to do this in GraphicConverter and to automate the process as well. It's worth poking around the software and its very good downloadable manual to explore the possibilities.

For large PDF output, it may be worth running through a PDF optimizer, like PDF Shrink.
 


Between PDF Expert, Automator, and PDF Shrink, I am now good to go; thank you to all who responded, and on a weekend, no less!

PDF Expert and Automator made files of the same size, which were 3 times the size of the PDFs I was making with Photoshop. I could not find a way to make a similar size; it was either too big or too small from PDF Expert. But a little fooling around with PDF Shrink resulted in a perfect file size for the PDFs I needed. Two quick steps to replace the one step in Photoshop; I can happily live with that, and it looks like Affinity can replace Creative Suite for me (well, once I get used to the different workflow, obviously).

I shall also investigate GraphicConverter, which for some reason has retreated into the backroads of my memory, to use a phrase from John Hartford.

Thanks again, Ric, for this site, which I support monthly, and urge others to do the same when they can.
 


Earlier this week, I cancelled and uninstalled my Adobe CC Photoshop subscription on my 27" iMac running Mojave. I gladly went back to working with Photoshop CS 6. As of yesterday, Photoshop CS 6 no longer works, and I am getting reminders to re-subscribe to Creative Cloud. I was in the middle of a project and had to finish it up. The only way I could get CS 6 to work was to resubscribe to CC. (Bloody pirates!)
I've owned and used Photoshop since version 2.5, and this hijacking of my license seems a bit out of touch with how the real world works.
Any suggestions on how I can get CS 6 to work again (outside of CC)?
(I'm now actively looking at GIMP, Affinity and Pixelmator Pro.)
Got it to work by uninstalling all CC apps plus CS 6, which is not a CC app. Then I reinstalled the app from the original DVD. Everything works fine now.

Purchased Affinity Photo, and I have it running several of my Photoshop plug-ins. I think, in the long run, I will switch and say that Adobe looks really good in the rear view mirror.
 



Does anyone here know of an alternate method of easily creating a multi-page PDF from a number of photos? I realize I could make a book in Publisher, but that would not really qualify as an "easy" solution. Thanks in advance.
In Preview's Images preference pane select the radio button titled "Open groups of files in the same window". That will create a multipage PDF document with a photo on each page.
 


In Preview's Images preference pane select the radio button titled "Open groups of files in the same window". That will create a multipage PDF document with a photo on each page.
Using Preview, opening the group of files in the same window does, indeed, place them in one "window," but I can find no way to group them together as a PDF. They are still individual files, although I can scroll through them all.

If I select them all, and choose Export, it will only export the one that is showing in the main window; if I choose Export Selected Images, it exports all the files individually. Choosing Save As... also only saves one image as a PDF, even with all "pages" selected.

This is the behavior in Mojave, at any rate. Choosing "Open all files in one window" from the preferences results in the same behavior.
 


Using Preview, opening the group of files in the same window does, indeed, place them in one "window," but I can find no way to group them together as a PDF. They are still individual files, although I can scroll through them all.
If I select them all, and choose Export, it will only export the one that is showing in the main window; if I choose Export Selected Images, it exports all the files individually. Choosing Save As... also only saves one image as a PDF, even with all "pages" selected.
This is the behavior in Mojave, at any rate. Choosing "Open all files in one window" from the preferences results in the same behavior.
With the multiple-image window open in Preview, go to File > Print… and from the print dialog window, pull down the pop-up menu PDF > Open in Preview. This will create a single document containing all the images in multiple pages.
 


Ric Ford

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With the multiple-image window open in Preview, go to File > Print… and from the print dialog window, pull down the pop-up menu PDF > Open in Preview. This will create a single document containing all the images in multiple pages.
That's a good tip, but when I tried it (in macOS 10.12), images in landscape orientation were rotated on the resulting pages. I had to go back through the process and uncheck "Auto Rotate" in the print dialog to fix that.
 


That's a good tip, but for what it's worth, when I tried it (in macOS 10.12) landscape-orientation images were rotated on the resulting pages until I went back through the process and unchecked "Auto Rotation" in the print dialog.
Easy, as long as you’re not dealing with a great number of images/pages. One keystroke combination will rotate the active page clockwise (cmd-R) or counterclockwise (cmd-L). You can also select multiple non-consecutive pages from the thumbnails sidebar (cmd-click) and apply the rotation to them all at once.
 


Any suggestions on how I can get CS 6 to work again (outside of CC)?
Although it has been a few years since I have done this, the last time I installed an "out of date" version of their software that wouldn't activate, I called their customer service department and explained the situation. I was then given a code to enter, and CS worked fine. They also explained that it was old software and blah blah blah… and that they couldn't guarantee they could activate it again.
 


For those of you still using Adobe software, there is a Contact Sheet feature in either Photoshop or Bridge. It's a very powerful, customizable, relatively simple way to create PDFs of large groups of images. I believe it was part of Photoshop in CS6 and moved to Bridge for Creative Cloud.
 


For contact sheets, I've been using Contact Page by Badia Software. It's a stand-alone app but can export directly to PDF, images, slideshows, Quark or InDesign. You design and fine-tune the layout as you wish, and it shows you a wire-frame preview of the contact sheet pages before you begin processing. When exporting into Quark/InDesign, you can easily modify the layout after processing (ie: to resize a picture box). It has worked very well.
 


A friend of mine wrote a handy little app called Manual Labor which is designed to take a directory of images and produce a PDF from them.

The program is $10 shareware. Before registration, it limits its output to 10 pages but is otherwise fully functional. It's many years old, but it should still work, since it is a 64-bit Intel app. I would suggest downloading and trying it out to see if you think it is worth the price.

The author provides contact information on its home page if you have any questions.
 


Earlier this week, I cancelled and uninstalled my Adobe CC Photoshop subscription on my 27" iMac running Mojave. I gladly went back to working with Photoshop CS 6. As of yesterday, Photoshop CS 6 no longer works, and I am getting reminders to re-subscribe to Creative Cloud. I was in the middle of a project and had to finish it up. The only way I could get CS 6 to work was to resubscribe to CC. (Bloody pirates!)

I've owned and used Photoshop since version 2.5, and this hijacking of my license seems a bit out of touch with how the real world works.
Any suggestions on how I can get CS 6 to work again (outside of CC)?
(I'm now actively looking at GIMP, Affinity and Pixelmator Pro.)
The reason this happens is that there were Creative Cloud-only updates for Photoshop version 13 (CS6). Photoshop version 13.1 and beyond was only for Creative Cloud users. Creative Cloud adopts perpetual installations of Photoshop 13 and updates them to Creative Cloud-licensed versions. Although this is unexpected (and unpleasant if one stops paying for Creative Cloud and wants to return to their previous perpetual license of Photoshop 13), Adobe's argument would be that they're providing Photoshop 13 updates that have been paid for via Creative Cloud.

The proper way to handle this is to uninstall Photoshop 13.1.x and reinstall Photoshop 13.0.x.
 


For those of you still using Adobe software, there is a Contact Sheet feature in either Photoshop....
The extremely versatile GraphicConverter image editing app from Thorston Lemke ($35.00) has long had the built-in ability to produce a wide range of so-called "contact sheets", proof sheets, or, as Lemke calls them, "catalogs."

I find this feature more than essential, since you can easily customize what you want the format of the final product to be — Print to PDF, export as HTML, or any other image format you choose.

Example: I typically provide clients with a set of 8.5 x 11 color laser prints with up to 30 images per page (usually less, printed as landscape or portrait format) with the file name and any sort of other metadata you care to include under each image. Each page usually has a text header and text footer. You can produce a proof sheet from a folder of images or nonlinear selections from GraphicConverter's excellent Browser.

Indispensable to me, it's included with every copy of GraphicConverter and the thousand other things it can do.
 



I use iSmartPhoto as an alternative to Adobe Bridge or the Graphics Converter browser and other image browsers. Unfortunately, the developer has disappeared. My version works fine under Mojave, but it is a 32-bit program.
 


Using Preview, opening the group of files in the same window does, indeed, place them in one "window," but I can find no way to group them together as a PDF. They are still individual files, although I can scroll through them all. If I select them all, and choose Export, it will only export the one that is showing in the main window; if I choose Export Selected Images, it exports all the files individually. Choosing Save As... also only saves one image as a PDF, even with all "pages" selected.
This is the behavior in Mojave, at any rate. Choosing "Open all files in one window" from the preferences results in the same behavior.
I should have continued with "do a print to PDF to get a PDF file with a photo on each page."
 


Does anyone here know of an alternate method of easily creating a multi-page PDF from a number of photos? I realize I could make a book in Publisher, but that would not really qualify as an "easy" solution. Thanks in advance.
Using Preview, opening the group of files in the same window does, indeed, place them in one "window," but I can find no way to group them together as a PDF. They are still individual files, although I can scroll through them all.
If I select them all, and choose Export, it will only export the one that is showing in the main window; if I choose Export Selected Images, it exports all the files individually. Choosing Save As... also only saves one image as a PDF, even with all "pages" selected.
This is the behavior in Mojave, at any rate. Choosing "Open all files in one window" from the preferences results in the same behavior.
With the multiple-image window open in Preview, go to File > Print… and from the print dialog window, pull down the pop-up menu PDF > Open in Preview. This will create a single document containing all the images in multiple pages.
I just discovered a very fast method to create an image-per-page PDF from a group of images selected in Finder! With images selected, just right-click/control-click and choose Quick Actions > Create PDF. Done!

The resulting PDF is dropped into the same folder as the source images and named with the first image's name plus a date stamp. In my tests, the pages are letter-size and portrait orientation with images scaled to fit. The PDF file size will be a total of all the images plus a bit more.

To quickly reduce the PDF file size, open the new PDF in Preview and go to File > Export..., select PDF as the Format and Reduce File Size as the Quartz Filter. This will cause some reduction of quality and resolution. If the result is not ideal for your needs, the ColorSync Utility provides an interface to tweak the Quartz filters under its Filters tab.
 



I'm slowly coming to the realisation that if it weren't for the need to support my Hasselblad Flextight scanner and its 32-bit software, I could happily proceed from this point with Linux Mint alone. Were I to sell that scanner, and rely on my Nikon 9000 and VueScan, the only remaining issue would be to replace my Photoshop/Lightroom subscription. I've used other photo editing software and I know I could live with alternatives, even just Gimp. But what to do with the thousands of images that I have scanned and doctored in Adobe products (95% of my photographs are still on film, and using film is still most of the fun for me)? I guess I'd have to export the original scans, and the final edited images in pairs for import into a replacement app. If I wanted to go back and rework a scan at least I'd then have a starting point and a reference as to what it looked like after editing. Perhaps I'm dreaming of something unattainable, but wouldn't it be nice if there were an app that could take such a pair and produce a third version automatically that recreated the final version with its tools and adjustments, and had all the steps it took available, as in a Photoshop/Lightroom history?
 




I just went to mess with a photo on my phone, because I’m not in front of my computer. I decided to use Adobe Photoshop Fix, which I’ve used in the past a few times. It now appears that it will automatically sync photos via Creative Cloud. I don’t want to use Creative Cloud’s cloud features, so I went to turn it off in preferences, and lo and behold, there was the preference but it was kid-proof. There is absolutely no way to turn it on or off, it just was.

I have really come to detest Adobe as a company. I am with them now because I have been using and teaching Photoshop for 25 years, but I will not be with them forever. Their arrogance makes most other companies look humble.
 


I just went to mess with a photo on my phone
Love or hate Google, its free Snapseed photo editor is powerful, friendly, and easy. I use it on iPad and my Android LG G8.

Best I can tell, Snapseed isn't intrusively sending photo data up to Google, but that's more an observation about the Android version than iOS.

Snapseed was built on the Nik software Google bought, milked, then sold on to DxO.
 


I just went to mess with a photo on my phone, because I’m not in front of my computer. I decided to use Adobe Photoshop Fix, which I’ve used in the past a few times. It now appears that it will automatically sync photos via Creative Cloud. I don’t want to use Creative Cloud’s cloud features, so I went to turn it off in preferences, and lo and behold, there was the preference but it was kid-proof. There is absolutely no way to turn it on or off, it just was.
I have really come to detest Adobe as a company. I am with them now because I have been using and teaching Photoshop for 25 years, but I will not be with them forever. Their arrogance makes most other companies look humble.
Photoshop Fix is a mobile application. It is Adobe's assumption that users are going to want files edited by Fix to be synced to the desktop. If you disagree, your viewpoint is perfectly valid; just don't use Adobe mobile applications. I don't use Fix, but I like Lightroom Mobile and the nascent Photoshop Mobile on my iPad Pro because of their ability to sync back to my desktop Macs. I'm not yet ready for an all-mobile solution; Lightroom Classic on my iMac is my hub, everything else is an extension.

As for detesting Adobe, that word is a bit strong for me. I find much to dislike about Adobe, in particular the arrogance that you cited. That includes their refusal to name the various Photoshop and Lightroom applications in a coherent and easily-understood way.
 



Ric Ford

MacInTouch
And did you all notice that Markzware now has an InDesign-to-Affinity Publisher convertor available? Works great.
Are you talking about IDMarkz? Here's a user guide:

https://cdn.manula.com/user/15337/19141_21067_en_1568150775.pdf?v=20191125124339

Here's a video tutorial:

Open in Affinity Publisher

(It seems a bit ironic for the converter to cost at least 4x what Affinity Publisher costs...
Oh, but hey, there's apparently a 50% off promotion through tomorrow (Dec. 5) only, via promo code IDMarkzLaunch.)
 


Are you talking about IDMarkz? Here's a user guide:

https://cdn.manula.com/user/15337/19141_21067_en_1568150775.pdf?v=20191125124339

Here's a video tutorial:

Open in Affinity Publisher

(It seems a bit ironic for the converter to cost at least 4x what Affinity Publisher costs...
Oh, but hey, there's apparently a 50% off promotion through tomorrow (Dec. 5) only, via promo code IDMarkzLaunch.)
What am I missing here? Publisher opens PDFs. InDesign exports PDFs. Bingo, and its doesn't cost anything extra.
 


Re an Adobe InDesign -> Affinity Publisher convertor costing 4x the price of the Affinity app alone, ever the cynic, I have to say [that it's] probably worth it for a good-sized graphics house or successful designer to have, but it won't reach down to my level anytime soon at that $200 price point. As in never.

For one thing, Serif is really reluctant to release its inner workings of proprietary file commonality across all three of its graphic programs, and that is understandable for all the years of effort developing the system. Thorston Lemke over at GraphicConverter has said he's not able to get Serif to open up the format for conversion (yet). But an InDesign to Publisher convertor is extremely desirable. Converting ID docs to an intermediate PDF file to open in Publisher is a less than ideal compromise. There were no other alternatives until now. (I'm still dealing with converting my old QuarkXpress 3.3 -4.11 docs to more modern files. Thank the gods that shareware LibreOffice opens old Claris/ Appleworks docs pretty faithfully.)...
 


What am I missing here? Publisher opens PDFs. InDesign exports PDFs. Bingo, and its doesn't cost anything extra.
I haven't played with the IDMarkz convertor yet, but I would assume that if you have complicated templates for brochures, newsletters and so on, that your structures (threads and so on) won't survive an export to a PDF and import to Publisher.
 


(It seems a bit ironic for the converter to cost at least 4x what Affinity Publisher costs...
Oh, but hey, there's apparently a 50% off promotion through tomorrow (Dec. 5) only, via promo code IDMarkzLaunch.)
From a value perspective, it makes a lot of sense (provided you don't set value based on time used rather than time saved).

At their heart, conversion products only do one thing, and often the 'trip' is entirely one way. Yet they provide an extraordinary value by enabling you to not have to recreate your work.

Consider a conversion that takes a minute or two. Then you open up the newly converted file, and it is almost immediately usable. Calculate the amount of time it would take to recreate the file by hand. Let's say a few hours. The converter just 'gave' several hours you can do something else.

I honestly think any product should be evaluated based on import / export capabilities. I have a colleague who makes a database conversion product that sells to the Filemaker market, and he sells a lot of licenses because some portions of Filemaker files are stored in a proprietary, binary format that 'locks in' your work. Or you have other products that only let you export in a format that dramatically reduces the usability of what you are exporting. It is an unfortunate but predictable practice among many tech companies that the more they lock you in and maximize their market share, the more they can change their business models on a whim without fear of losing your business.

And, yeah, I love the new Affinity products, too.
 


Are you talking about IDMarkz

(It seems a bit ironic for the converter to cost at least 4x what Affinity Publisher costs...
Oh, but hey, there's apparently a 50% off promotion through tomorrow (Dec. 5) only, via promo code IDMarkzLaunch.)
I tried the upgrade link for the perpetual version, but after success with recognizing my MarkzTools license, the resulting shopping cart page states
IDMarkz (1 Year Subscription) Mac - 1.01
Not sure I need a subscription...
 


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