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Using Insync with Dropbox to get Google Docs files to your iPad

I was reading an article over Christmas about a now free service for synchronising your Google Docs with your PC or Mac Files… If you google Dropbox and insync you’ll find lots of stories on it. I originally read this one:

Forget Dropbox, Insync is your Google Docs-loving alternative and it’s free

I have been a fan of Google Docs for a long time but I had converted over to Dropbox because I could sync back and forth to the Desktop and also get it via GoodReader on the iPad. So far, there isn’t an insync client for IOS so I made my insync folder inside my Dropbox folder.

On the iPad, inside Goodreader I added the new insync folder to my Remote Sync list and so now, those files also go to my iPad too.

It’s a roundabout way of doing it but it’ll server till a proper sync client comes out.


Enabling Folio builder in Adobe InDesign 5.5

When one of the lecturers here in the School of Computing at Robert Gordons Universityheard that we were entitled to the upgrade our Adobe software to version 5.5 we were asked to install it for a project student who was developing a magazine layout for the iPad.

The software was installed in our C11 project lab for the student to use where he complained that Folio Builder was not available as an option. As per usual this came in as an email to the Computing Support team who dutifully popped along and checked that it existed in the inDesign extensions.

To view if the option is available, click Windows and Extensions and a drop menu shows you the installed ones.

So, it is there; an email is sent back to the student about it….. Now forward on four weeks… Yeah, I know, that long… We are enow coming closer to project submission times.

Call comes in from the student again that Folio Builder is still not working. Now here we come against a common technical support problem… Yes, we are masters of installation and getting your PC working when it stops. What we are not, are masters of every software package and it’s various nuances… It’s impossible.

Now, although the Folio Builder is there as an option, it’s not quite installed all the components required for publishing. This was never checked for. But thats OK because we are pointed to the download link to get the Folio producer from here (note this is for Windows):


From that page we get two downloads, The actual Folio Producer tool and a seperate download for the Folio Panel itself. Download the latest revisions of both.

Install the Folio Producer Tool first.

  • Unpack the ZIP file and run the Set-up.exe in the extracted folder.
  • An AIR installer will fire up; Accept the license terms and click Accept.
  • Then Click the Install button on the next page.
  • Clicking Done at the final screen end the installer.

Running InDesign at this point and trying to run Filio builder gives you the same message as before… We still need to install the Folio Panel.

A Very similar process is required for installing the Folio Panel except there is no license to accept:

  • Unpack the ZIP file and run the Set-up.exe in the extracted folder.
  • An AIR installer will fire up; Click the Install button on the displayed page.
  • Clicking Done at the final screen end the installer.

Thinking that was us done, we fired up InDesign and went to run Folio builder only to be met with a new message:

You do not have a compatible Digital Publishing Plug-in. Click here to download the Folio Producer tools.

Clicking on the link to us right back where we started…..

Queue Google Search… Initially, nothing..

Ran the Folio Producer again (getting desperate now) and noticed that the installer given points to an Producer tools for CS5.

Another Google search, this time specifically looking for Folio Producer tools for InDesign CS5.5 Windows. And came upon this download link.


Download the Folio Producer Tool Patch.

  • Unpack the ZIP file and run the AdobePatchInstaller.exe in the extracted folder.
  • An AIR installer will fire up and isntall the patch
  • Clicking Quit at the final screen end the installer.

Running InDesign and loading the Folio Builder Extension now works. All you need now to get going is a Free Adobe ID.

Recent Tech articles 27th June – 3rd July 2011

Its been one of those odd weeks in Tech this week as one giant dominates a lot of the news. At the beginning of the week Google started announced details of Google+ the much awaited social network from the search giant. Despite previous fails in this department, they are not giving up and with new management in the driving seat Google+ released to a limited audience. Rabid early adopters (like me) are still waiting for their invites to the network while others have gained access through backdoors (now closed). Once released, Google set upon changing the face of other sections with Search, Mail and Calendar getting a makeover

As well as releasing a new social network the boffins at Google labs released Swiffy – a Flash to HTML5 convertor aimed mostly at advertisers. It is not a global website changer as a very emphatic commenter let me know.

I heard through the Microsoft Faculty connection of an updated business application named Visual Studio Lightswitch 2011 that will be released fully on July 26. You can find more information on Lightswitch here including a beta download, training information and How-To videos.

The rest is security news:

Finally, Microsoft disables Autorun defaults in Vista and XP and Surprise Surprise! Infections decrease. A patch to change the Autorun defaults were pushed out in February this year and you can see the 3 monthly graphs of decreasing infections here.

In a couple of smaller stories I wrapped up together, Computer users, You are the weakest link is all about the weakest link that can confound almost any security policy: People.

Finally for this week a posting on an update of an existing botnet : Security experts describe new botnet as almost ‘indestructible’

I am as most of you know already a Mac and iPad user. I recently converted a colleague of mine to to the joys of the iPad and spent a few hours trying to get the setup just right for working. During all that Jean-Clause found a lovely webdav tool to allow you to access dropbox using webDAV for free. That allows Pages to save directly back to a Dropbox. See Using DropDav (Limited) with Dropbox and Pages (etc) on iPad if you want to set something similar up yourself.

Recent Tech News – 13th-19th June

My weekly roundup of Tech News. There’s been a fair amount of Microsoft news but also an announcement from Google on search. In Security news, there is an article on why keeping patches up to date is important.

Microsoft News – Academic Search Beta released , Kinect SDK released and Tech.Days 2011 videos now available
Click here to view the article.

Microsoft releases the WebMatrix web development tool
Click here to view the article.

Microsoft warning of phishers posing as computer security experts in phone scam
Click here to view the article.

Reasons why we update – June Patch Tuesday and Java vulnerabilities
Click here to view the article.

Support retires for Office XP, Vista SP1 & Server 2008 SP0 as of July 12 2011
Click here to view the article.

Google enhances mobile and desktop search at “Inside Search”
Click here to view the article.

Finally, I thought i’d pass on a recommendation for those of you that have iPads and are keen bloggers using WordPress or Blogger to write… Take a look at Blogsy for iPad – Blogging for the iPad done right
Click here to view the article.

Blogsy – Blogging for the iPad done right

I heard about Blogsy after listening to a podcast episode of MacBreak weekly. I’ve been using the WordPress app on the iPad for a while and although it is a solid enough tool for writing posts, it is a bit Spartan when it comes to features for creating rich text posts. It is however free and does contain one feature that Blogsy doesn’t and that is the stats viewing page. Currently I am working with both till one comes out on top.

Blogsy is a simple, easy to use, and powerful blogging app that allows WordPress and Blogger users to create posts on their site. The app developers promise to add other blog engines to the list at some point. If you have multiple blogs you can select from multiple accounts with this app. The app work in two modes, rich text and an HTML view, swapping between the with a swipe of the finger.

You can upload pictures from your photos app but can also integrate with Flickr, Picasa, YouTube, and Google images sites from the toolbar on the right of the page by dragging them onto your blog page. Text entry is very simple too with the Formatting bar align the top allowing typical options such as Bold, Italics, bulleted and numbered lists and left, center and right alignments. Various heading settings, block quotes and a more button are also available.

Using the built in web browser you can insert hyperlinks with the push and drag of a button. Images too can be dragged off of other pages and embedded in your own by holding the image and then dragging onto your page.

Pushing the cog up on the top left of the post brings up a box allowing tags to be entered and categories selected and you can publish your post or upload it as a draft if you wish. This box can also be used to recall previously uploaded posts.

Blogsy currently costs £1.59 on the App Store

The following videos are from the App Developers on how to use Blogsy

Managing iPad settings on hosted WordPress.com

Onswipe iPad Settings
Using the built in Onswipe widget on WordPress.com allow you to display a beautiful app-like experience to visitors browsing with an iPad much like the experience you get from using the Flipboard iPad app. A while ago, I wrote a post called streamlining the blog and I promised to write up the instructions on how to configure it… Finally I am getting round to it.

Onswipe iPad Settings for WordPress.com

Onswipe iPad Settings for WordPress.com

To get to the iPad settings, go to your dashboard and click on the Appearance button on your left had side menu and select iPad from the menu that drops down.

Display a special theme for iPad users
This is the first choice you have to make on the page and the box is enabled by default. Untick it if you don’t wish your readers to have a separate iPad experience.

Cover Display
This is a pull down box with two options available to the user; show an image from a recent post or No Cover. If you choose to show an image be careful of the size of images you upload as it will scale it up to fill the page; you can end up with a pixelated mess on that front cover. The No Cover option leaves the page black other than the swipe ribbon to open your blog.

Cover Logo
Regardless of whether or not you have a cover display, if you have your own logo or signature you can display this as an overlay to your front cover. For best results upload a 200×200px transparent PNG

Launch Screen Image
This is just as described in the iPad pages and needs no further explanation:

Readers can add your site to their iPad’s home screen for quick access from an app-like icon.

The launch screen image is briefly displayed after your site is opened from an iPad home screen icon, before the cover image appears.

Use a PNG exactly 768×1004px

Display Font
The font your blog will display in can be selected here from a wide variety of fonts listed there… Be aware to choose a globally available web font to have your blog look the same wherever you go. Finally choose a colour accent for your font.

Click the Save button and that is your settings completed easy for your next iPad visitor.

Streamlining the Blog

Thanks Onswipe. I mean that both sarcastically and sincerely; sarcastically because your new iPad view of the WordPress blog is going to give me work reorganising the layout of my own one and sincerely because that new cover flow is absolutely beautiful. Finally I thank you for it has given me the kick I need to get my blogging actually started. Unfortunately when I started I had the bright idea of separating my themes by pages up along the top. I don’t think the Onswipe theme addresses pages as well so I am streamlining my blog into simply posts and separate content by categories. This may mean that some of my already published content will be reposted.

For those of you WordPress bloggers that have not come across the new settings in the hosted sites (if you self host you will have to upgrade to 3.1 and download the plugin to get it working), you can now have your blog appear with a different theme for tablet devices (well iPad for now). If you have ever looked at the Ziteapp or Flipboard apps then your blog is displayed in a very similar manner.

The front page will give you a random sample from any images you have uploaded to your blog… In this I am one again tardy so thanks again Onswipe, image uploads added to the todo list. A swipe yo open ribbon is on the right hand side, slide it to open the blog posts

Once opened your latest posts are laid out in a layout to fit the content. Rotating the screen changes the layout.

I will cover the settings that are available to tweak the layout in later post… For now, let’s get this posted and my content moved about.

Heres the Link to the settings post: http://wp.me/pXzFZ-3u

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