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Version Control Coming to InVision Studio

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Whether you’re searching for files buried on email threads, losing changes during feedback cycles, or worst of all, dealing with meaningless file names like “design_final_revision_2_update_4,” file versioning is often a drain on productivity, even for the most organized team members.

I think we’ve all be in the position where we’ve come across another designer who’s used the final_V13 naming system. I’m pretty pumped about InVision adding version control to Studio. I’ve looked at Folio on Setapp but haven’t messed around with it to really get the feel for it.

Using version control for development is a game changer, so I can only imagine the benefits with the design process as well.

Read the full announcement at InVision.

A .New Trick

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Google recently announced a pretty sweet new series of shortcuts for creating new Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, Sites, and Forms. Just enter the document type in the address bar of Google Chrome, followed by .new and you have a new document!

It only saves a few steps (i.e. open a new tab, go to drive.google.com, click New, click the new document type), but this is pretty wonderful considering the number of Google Documents that are created each week.

I’ve been using it for the past few days and it works great. The only issue I’ve run into is using multiple Google accounts in the same Chrome browser. The new documents default to the first account you’ve signed into in the browser, which happens to be my personal account instead of my work account. If it get too annoying, I may just switch between my default accounts in Chrome.

Here’s a full list of the new shortcuts:

Docs: doc.new, docs.new, document.new

Forms: form.new, forms.new

Sheets: sheet.new, sheets.new, spreadsheet.new

Sites: site.new, sites.new, website.new

Slides: slides.new, deck.new, presentation.new

Data Studio PDF Export is Finally Here

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Last month, Google announced that Data Studio is no longer in beta, which seems to be an accelerated schedule compared to other Google products (Gmail was in beta for five years). To add a cherry on top of all the progress Data Studio has made in 2018, Google released the native ability to download Data Studio reports as PDF. Although Data Studio is really meant to be a live, interactive dashboard, I get client requests all the time for a PDF of the dashboard so they can print it out and/or forward it to other people on their team. Personally, I don’t think a PDF of a dashboard is very useful since it’s difficult to get a complete idea of what you’re looking at without being able to review the data using the hover states in the dashboard.

All that being said, this is another great addition to Google Data Studio. If you haven’t tried it out yet, head on over there to see what’s up.

Adobe Acrobat Content Preparation Progress

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Ever since updating to Adobe Creative Cloud and Acrobat Pro DC, there has been something that has annoyed the crap out of me: the Content Preparation Progress pop-up window that appears when opening any document.

Acrobat Content Preparation Progress

Today, after almost two years of enduring this insufferable popup, I couldn’t take it anymore. So I did a quick Google search and it was, of course, the first result: (Hide the message Content Preparation Progress when opening a PDF file)[https://helpx.adobe.com/acrobat/kb/message-content-preparation-progress-opening.html].

Acrobat Pro Reading Preferences
It was a simple checkbox within the Reading Preferences.

It felt like years of frustration and angry just drifted away. It was so obvious. So simple. But why did this happen in the first place? Why would the default be a popup that the user may not be quite sure of its purpose? Sometimes, it seems like Adobe just piles on features with little explanation. At least I’ve gotten rid of that popup. I hope this helps someone else too.