CS5 and other news from the interwebs…

Welcome to the April update of the D Revolution newsletter.

D Revolution Joins Google Apps Authorized Reseller Program

We are pleased to announce that we have become an authorised reseller of the Google Apps™ suite of communication and collaboration tools.

Since moving our mail system to Google Apps in July 08 for client testing, we have yet to have a single minute of downtime.
Over the past 18 months we have moved many clients to Google Apps. The addition of becoming a reseller allows us to easier manage Google Apps on behalf of our customers.
Getting support has now become a whole lot easier.
If you are interested in testing add-on tools to Google Apps via the Google Apps Marketplace, we can help.
As an example, we are currently testing SherpaTools to allow for easy shared address book creation and will soon be testing Tactile CRM and Zoho CRM.

If you need help migrating to Google Apps or want to see a demonstration of the functionality, please contact us.

Adobe CS5 was launched on 12 April.

As advertised, Adobe CS5 was launched earlier this week with a glitzy website and increased price.
The new version has some very useful production features for both photographers and magazine publishers.
Like previous launches, CS5 is not actually available yet, it should ship in 30 days. This means if you buy it immediately, you actually get CS4 and a free upgrade to CS5 when it ships.
There a few hoops to jump through first – you have to buy and register the version then apply for the free upgrade.
See here for the confusing details.
If you are on CS2 or CS3 and still have a few non-Intel machines like the G5, purchasing now allows you to move to CS4 (the last version compatible with non-Intel machines) and gives you a migration path when you are ready to move to an Intel Imac or MacPro using CS5.

If you need help streamlining your workflow using CS4 or CS5 from design to print – including moving to the new AS/ISO print standard, please contact us.

Client Poll results.

The results are in from our last poll.
Since the sample pool was a total of 5 respondents, we have decided against become a market research global powerhouse!
In short, as expected, the last 6 months was very tough on the printing industry with companies looking at downsizing premises and staff to cut costs.
Debtors has expanded, but there is optimism that conditions are improving.