Saturday, December 27, 2008

From 20081224_Christmas

Christmas Rainbow on our drive back from visiting my Mom in Cathedral City

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Send your own ElfYourself eCards

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Getting the house decorated for Christmas !

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Happy Holidays!

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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Support Disabled Veterans

Did you buy yours today ?

Friday, October 31, 2008

I am testing a new Web 2.0 tool named ScreenToaster.

It lets you record your screen and publish that recording online instantly.

The ability to record audio is coming soon!

Here is the an embeded video I created for the IQColour CIE comparison tool.

Recorded with

here is a direct link to the Video;

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Well, there you have it, so now you know how I am going to vote.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

On Monday, September 15th, I presented at the Inter-Society Color Council
2008 Annual Meeting
. There were some very interesting presentations, many pure science (several far over my head) and others more relevant to what I am most familiar with - print. I think one of the best was a presentation by Scot Fernandez of Hallmark Cards, Inc. on developing and using a custom RGB color space - for authoring - and a 5 colour output profile - for sending device dependednt PDF to printers - was a great example of overcoming the competition by doing better color and not following the lock step CMYK SWOP or Gracol printing "standards" !

My presentation was about specifying color and a project I am working on with Dr. Ed Granger at IQColour

Here is a link to my presentation;

Sunday, September 07, 2008

Picasa version 3.0 provides the user with a way to quickly create a colage of digital images and post them on your blog.

These are images from a recent trip up to Navato, CA to visit with Ed Granger of IQColour.

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Sunday, August 03, 2008

Of my Todd Tibbets Iinterview, Todd wrote - "Graphic Communications industry visionary, surfer, globe-trotting presenter/performer, PDF evangelist, trickster. I interviewed him at the 2008 CRE8 Conference in Orlando, Florida, USA."

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Friday, July 18, 2008

Well, it is that time of year again - I say

PDF for President !

Enjoy this years "Time for Some Campaignin" JibJab - where YOU can Star alongside Barack Obama and John McCain in JibJab's Election 2008 political video! Be in the movie!

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Saturday, July 12, 2008

We are learning Japanese here in the Jahn family.

I have discovered a wonderful web community that enables

This enables you to type and read, and offer to correct - also, many people have skype, so you can practice !

For example --

hieta Budweiser o futatsu kudasai


that is "Two Cold Budweiser's Please !"

they even have a lot of nice tools

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Monday, June 23, 2008

a sad day indeed

We will miss you

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Stop The Transparencide.

I am a fan of the Firefox 3. It runs faster, uses less memory, and generally speaking is gods gift to browser users.

Firefox is hoping to break a Guinness world record for the number of downloads in a day when the final Firefox 3 browser is released. Over a million people have already pledged to participate.

The exact release date isn't known yet, but the word on the street is sometimes in early July. If you pledge to download, the folks at Spread Firefox will send you a reminder email when the date is known.

You can also follow Firefox on Twitter for updates. And if you're really into it, don't forget to pick up a nifty badge for your website.

like this one...

Download Day - Japanese

Saturday, May 17, 2008

I was at the US Department of State in our nations capital on Thursday, May 15th, 2008 where GPS had an Open House, and I manned a Solution Station where we demonstrated a new On-Site Scanning service.

GPS is like a large scale Kinkos with both digital and traditional print services to the Embassies, with facilities in Washington, Manila, Vienna and Cairo.

GPS now offers a service where they will go on-site to an Embassy and convert rooms full of documents into a mini 'secure' Google.

Here is the brochure describing the services (which I uploaded to

Here is a link to the slides I designed and presented (as PDF files, of course!)

It was quite a special event for me, where I presented to people who had titles like "Secretary of" with clearance to manage classified documents.

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

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Monday, May 05, 2008

Meed SID - the Spectral Imaging Device from Color AIXperts GmbH, Aachen, Germany

click here to see this slide show full screen.

Monday, April 28, 2008

Yesterday (Sunday, April 27th) The Angela and Nicole went to USC to see the Los Angeles Premiere of Toho's HIDDEN FORTRESS: THE LAST PRINCESS at the Norris Cinema Theatre/Frank Sinatra Hall - they were interviewed by a Japanese news division of Variety and appear in the paper (here is the online version);

click --> here <-- for the actual article...

They also appear in this article;

EVERYONE had a great time, especially because Destini worked so hard to arrange the Arashi Secret Agency: Fan Division !

Thanks Destini !

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Well, posting this a few days late (I am BUSY DAMN'mit) but once again, we honored Joan on her birthday on 4-20, despite her trying to avoid the who sha-bang by faking sick...

We know she was faking because the day after, she was up and adam writing checks !

Also, lest we forget, it was her son Michael's b-day the day before

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

How to set up a archive of PDF files that can be searched using Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Click --> here <-- so you can view this larger;

To advance, simply click on the slide content

You gotta love this free online powerpoint like tool from Google !

This includes full text search and metadata searching using exported index files.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Somewhere between April 30th and May 1st,
-- Iam speaking at the CRE8 conference on the subject of precise color reproduction. click --> here <-- for more information !

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Monday, March 17, 2008

There is a new document available from the Ghent PDF Workgroup available related to making high quality printable documents from your Microsoft office documents.

Getting PDFs created from Microsoft Office applications to print properly is a difficult undertaking in the typical office environment. The Ghent Workgroup (GWG) today releases best practices and downloadable specifications that can help hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of Windows Microsoft Office users worldwide to automatically create final PDFs that are ready to print.

The Ghent Workgroup is an international cross-section of PDF and print experts known for creating, testing, and releasing specifications and best practices that have been proven to make it easy to insure PDF document quality across workflows around the world.

A simple to use, end-user oriented, Office Document Printing/PDF Creation Guideline document, as well as the recommended settings files for Microsoft Office and PDF creation tools, are available --> here <-- !

The V1 Specifications for Office Document Printing, released by the GWG Office Document Printing Subcommittee, encompass the settings for MicrosoftR Office 2003 and 2007 applications that support direct creation of PDF or print to PDF creation tools like AdobeR AcrobatR, Global GraphicsR JawsR PDF Creator and direct PDF export from Microsoft Office 2007.

The Office Document Printing V1 Specifications are the result of a long period of analysis and thorough testing to address practical issues such as:

- color handling

- font usage

- different PDF creation methods and tools

- the use of live transparency in Microsoft Office applications

With the use of the proper tools and the GWG settings there can be reliable exchange of print ready PDF from Microsoft Office 2003 and 2007 applications.

Friday, February 01, 2008

Who actually creates Google maps ?

Watch and learn !

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

This is a custom case ELAN GMK had manufactured to ship and transport a Dell laptop (with ELAN Capture software installed) and a Fujitsu 5750c scanner.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

I stumbled across a statement in an forum that there was no longer any use for EPS files, as anything and everything you ever needed to do you could do with PDF.

As someone who has been banging that gong since Acrobat version 2.1 - and made a living making being a PDF Evangelist

I still wondered "-- but is that really accurate? Have I drank too much of the Kool-aid ?.

So, the back story is here - InDesign Secrets (post by Sandee "vectorbabe" Cohen)

I took the question seriously and passed it around to the usual suspects - my friend Dov Isaacs at Adobe had mercy on my ignorant soul and took the time to explain in such WONDERFUL detail and with such clarity I felt it deserved a place on some blog - perhaps some other more professional blogger will post it, as this blog is more personal - but here is what Dov explained- he wrote;

As the person at Adobe who is probably the most involved in this area, a few thoughts:

(1) One of the major differences between PostScript and PDF is that PostScript is primarily a programming language with pre-defined (and redefinable) graphic operators and PDF is a declarative page layout language. PostScript can interact with its environment and dynamically invoke graphics operators based on external conditions; PDF is static.

(2) One ramification of (1) above is that PDF is deterministic while PostScript is not. Without fully interpreting a PostScript file, you cannot make any assumptions about what if any output you will get upon any one such interpretation of the PostScript stream. PDF is constant. You will always get the same number of pages and content rendered from a given PDF file. By virtue of this issue alone, PostScript can be fairly unreliable as a container for static graphic content.

(3) A further ramification of (1) above is that typical PostScript emitters tend to take advantage of the programmability of PostScript to yield output streams that are virtually impossible for direct human interpretation by virtue of their use of layers upon layers of procedure definitions.

(4)To make matters even worse, the overhead of defining and accessing such PostScript procedures adds tremendous program interpretation overhead to the cost of rendering the underlying graphic content. This issue is discussed in detail and illustrated in John Warnock’s famous “Camelot” paper from the early 1990’s (copy attached) that formed the basis of Adobe’s Carousel project that ultimately yielded PDF and Acrobat. For typical output from a graphic arts program or even standard platform PostScript drivers, the time it takes to render PostScript versus the content in PDF is often significantly greater.

(5)With the exception of minor tweaks, the definition of PostScript was completed with PostScript Language Level 3, announced nearly 12 years ago. There are no plans by Adobe to augment the PostScript imaging model. In the meantime, PDF augmented the imaging model well beyond that of PostScript including support for (a) ICC color management, (b) objects with transparency (i.e., objects that are translucent, not 100% opaque) including 16 blend modes and other features and attributes, (c) layers (for versioning, for example), and (d) native support for embedded OpenType fonts (not just taking the Type 1 or Type 42 outlines from same for embedding).

(6) Adobe applications allow authoring using the imaging model features of (see 5) above. Furthermore, even Microsoft and Corel support transparency in their applications and provide means for output via PDF (via native or Adobe tools) of such transparency.

(7) Although you can theoretically include all imaging attributes in PDF that you can in PostScript, good practice dictates that you don’t! Most RIP products, including consumer PostScript devices already ignore many of these attributes and optimize for the device and consumables used. Some devices allow for honoring such attributes; others don’t.

(8) Per Sandee’s challenge, I support her view but even stronger. In use of InDesign as a layout program, there is really no advantage whatsoever of using EPS as the vehicle for placing pure raster images. In fact, if you have a complex Photoshop file that uses vector, text, transparency, and extra color channels, PDF is really the only viable means of placing such artwork in InDesign maintaining full fidelity of text as text, vector as vector, transparency, and additional spot color channels. EPS cannot handle all of that.

We are moving towards replacement of PostScript with native PDF in terms of RIP products, beginning at the top, i.e. CtP and proofing products followed by DFEs for high speed digital presses. Use of PostScript in any intermediate stage of such workflows only tends to degrade quality, reliability, and device independence. The newest standards for PDF/X,

PDF/X-4 and PDF/X-5 are based on the concept of maintaining content at the highest level of abstraction until rendered, supporting live transparency and color-managed objects in addition to versioning and VDP. Job control is not in the PDF, but via JDF, allowing the PDF to be as device independent as possible.

In terms of PostScript, it is not going away. Our position on PostScript at Adobe is as follows:

(1) Adobe will continue to provide PostScript-based products via our OEM partners
as long as there is a demand for same which of course is driven by the market.

(2)Adobe will continue to support creation of PDF via distillation of PostScript assets.

(3)Adobe will continue for the indefinite future to support the many billions of
existing EPS-based graphic assets via placement of same in Adobe graphic arts products. Unless a user needs to add support for transparency or color management to such existing resources, we certainly do not encourage massive asset conversion to PDF.

(4) On the other hand, for new content, Adobe most strongly recommends workflows in which all objects are ICC color-managed and support the full PDF imaging model. Creation of new graphic assets as EPS as far as we are concerned have only one valid raison d’être – the ability to reliably place same in QuarkXPress-based workflows.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

No, didn't use Bit Torrent.

Really. But my video post did make this weeks episode!
- watch it now ! (click over Zadi's face)

Monday, January 21, 2008

My Wife Joan and I were invited to a wedding for Michelle Elias and David Solomon  - Joan works with the mother of the groom, Mertyl.

It was a wonderful thing !

It was at the Omni in Downtown LA

Joan and I sat on different sides - I sat next to a freind of the groom - a stanger to me - his name was Alan, he is a Lawyer in NY - and he was very gracious and helpful.

The Jewish Wedding - how I have managed to go through life without attending one thus far is criminal - thanks for the guided tour !

My Wife Joan and I really enjoyed this event - what one misses without such closeness of family and respect for tradition.

Here is a picture of me wearing the Yarmulke (Yamika, or how ever it should be referred to properly - sorry, I am Lutharen, what do I know!)

I was glad that I was able to persuade the the other guest that sat with me - male co-wokers of my wife - to also don the skull cap - I will be sure to invest in the more stylish fedora you were sporting before I attend another !

On the drive home, I shared stories of my college days with my wife - my Shabbos goy activities - where on sabbath, as a resident advisory at Bromley Hall at U of I, I tore toilet paper on a regular basis to people who forgot to "pre-tear", and unlocked doors for residents who were obeying but needed to get in their doors. I had forgotten all these funny stories !

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Monday, January 14, 2008

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