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Coming soon: Typefi for Adobe InDesign 2021

Coming soon: Typefi for Adobe InDesign 2021

Adobe announced the launch of Creative Cloud 2021 at this week’s Adobe MAX conference, with hundreds of new features designed to outfit creatives for the challenges of 2020 and beyond.

Our engineering team is currently working on Adobe InDesign 2021 compatibility updates for Typefitter, Typefi AutoFit, and Typefi Designer.

If you’d like to receive an email notification when new versions of Typefitter and AutoFit are released, please subscribe to our Typefitter and AutoFit Users mailing lists.

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Accelerate styling with Typefi Writer 64-bit edition!

Accelerate styling with Typefi Writer 64-bit edition!

Today we’re thrilled to announce the launch of Typefi Writer 8.7.0 for the 64-bit version of Microsoft Word!

More than two years in the making, our engineering team has completely rewritten this version of Typefi Writer from the ground up to be compatible with modern 64-bit applications.

As the tech industry moves towards universal adoption of 64-bit processing, this update brings Typefi Writer into line with current technology and offers a level of future-proofing for Typefi Writer publishing workflows.

Typefi Writer users will feel right at home, as the 64-bit edition offers the same user interface as Typefi Writer 8.7.0 for the 32-bit version of Word, with the addition of one major new feature—floating style panels.

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Why we love our global publishing community!

Why we love our global publishing community!

Shanna Bignell
Marketing Manager, Typefi

One of the things I most enjoy about working at Typefi is being part of a global team.

From our head office on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia, I have the opportunity to work closely with colleagues in the USA, England, the Netherlands, Sri Lanka, Romania, Ukraine, France, Spain, and South Africa.

The Typefi team gathered in a rooftop courtyard with Baltimore buildings visible behind them.
Typefi team members from around the world in Baltimore in 2019.

There’s great joy in learning about, celebrating, and sharing a few laughs about the differences in our cultures, our food, and the way we use language! But what’s truly remarkable is that, no matter how varied our day-to-day lives may look, we are alike in so many ways.

Without exception, my Typefi teammates are incredibly smart, interesting, and genuinely nice people who care deeply about our shared goal of helping Typefi customers DO MORE with their publishing.

More broadly, we’re proud to work with a diverse range of customers and partners in publishing around the world, including BookMachine in the UK, who are encouraging us to celebrate My Global Team Day on Friday, 28 August 2020.

With that in mind, I asked some of the team to share what they love about being part of the global publishing community.

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Q&A: End-to-end automation with eXtyles Arc and Typefi

Q&A: End-to-end automation with eXtyles Arc and Typefi

Typefi recently joined forces with Inera to present a free webinar showcasing a fully automated end-to-end article publishing workflow.

Since we ran out of time to answer all questions from the audience, we’ve teamed up to answer them here!

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7 simple ways to make your Word documents more accessible

7 simple ways to make your Word documents more accessible

Guy van der Kolk
Senior Solutions Consultant, Typefi

There is nothing like a global pandemic to highlight the fact that not all information is available equally.

While we are being bombarded with more information than we can process, a lot of that information cannot be consumed at all by people with disabilities, because it has not been produced with accessibility in mind!

I know that a lot of us who advocate for accessibility can be quite vocal and active and possibly even a bit… obsessive… about what we do. Sometimes, I think that is actually detrimental to our message.

So, in this post I want to focus on the human experience, and look at some simple things that anyone can do when creating written content to make a difference for visually-impaired people who use assistive technology to read.

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The silence of the image

The silence of the image

Huw Alexander
Managing Director, textBOX

“The drawing shows me at one glance what might be spread over ten pages of a book.”

The words of Anna Sergeyevna, from Turgenev’s 1862 novel Father and Sons, echo across the ages and apply more than ever in our own time.

With an estimated 1.4 trillion photographs forecast to be taken globally in 2020, the digital world is becoming an ever more visual place.

A picture can indeed tell a thousand words, but how can images be conveyed to those who cannot see them?

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Book excerpt: JavaScript for InDesign

Book excerpt: JavaScript for InDesign

There are many repetitive and labour-intensive Adobe InDesign tasks that can be solved with scripting.

If you want to learn how to access Adobe InDesign’s hidden scripting riches, Peter Kahrel’s book JavaScript for InDesign is a great place to start!

Thanks to the team at InDesign Secrets, you can now download an excerpt which first appeared in the April 2020 edition of InDesign Magazine.

Title page of of the JavaScript for InDesign Book Excerpt in the April 2020 issue of InDesign Magazine. There is a short block of text, a photo of Peter Kahrel, and a shot of the book cover.

The excerpt also includes an exclusive set of simple one-liner scripts that Peter came up with to give you a quick taste of success!

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One team, many locations: Successfully managing a remote crew

One team, many locations: Successfully managing a remote crew

Jason Mitchell
VP Customer Experience, Typefi

Whether your team has recently been asked to work from home due to the coronavirus outbreak, or you’re simply new to managing a remote team, leading a group of geographically-dispersed professionals can be a challenge.

Typefi's EMEA team stand smiling around a classic European car.
Amsterdam, 2018: Jason (centre) with Typefi team members from the Netherlands (Guy & Gabriel), England (Peter, Kevin & Stephen), France (Marie), Romania (Vlad), South Africa (Damian), and Australia (Chandi).

I’ve been remotely managing Typefi’s globally-distributed Professional Services team since 2015, and have a few tips on how you can turn this into a successful experience for you and your team.

Who knows? You may find that working remotely becomes a blessing in disguise that greatly improves your team’s productivity and makes them all much happier human beings.

It definitely works for us!

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COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Update: 31 March 2020

The Typefi team is adapting well to the changes necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic, and most of our day-to-day operations are business as usual.

The Sri Lankan office is closed while our team members observe curfew, but the Australian office remains open with a skeleton staff. The majority of Typefi team members are now working from home with full access to workplace systems.

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A typesetting treasure trove

A typesetting treasure trove

At first glance, it may not look like much—but Peter Kahrel’s extensive online repository of free scripts is an essential resource for anyone who works on long documents in InDesign.

Lines of JavaScript code overlaid on a photo of a laptop with a glowing gold light coming from the screen.
An online goldmine.

After hosting the script repository on his own website for many years, its future was in doubt late last year when Peter made the decision to relocate from the UK to Spain. His UK ISP refused to let him keep the site, or even set up redirection links.

Fortunately, David Blatner at CreativePro Network came to the rescue, and the repository now has a new home at CreativePro.com.

In this interview, Peter shares insights into the repository’s history, and some of the ways that InDesign typesetters can use his free scripts to make their lives easier.

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