The next meeting of the Denver InDesign User Group is scheduled for April 9th. Please note: we are meeting a week later than usual this time.
Don’t forget to bring $5 (cash or check) to cover the meeting fee and to complete the survey in the April wrap up notes email for your chance at a free pass for the June meeting.
We only had three responses to the February meeting evaluation survey from the wrap up notes email. We’ve notified our lucky winner about their FREE pass for the April Meeting in the email meeting announcement!The meeting topic is still to be determined! If you have ideas you’d like to see covered and didn’t get to voice them in the eval survey, please let Erica know at firstname.lastname@example.org
The auction site is up-to-date! Thanks Vanessa! Check it out before the meeting and be prepared to bid. http://auction.idugdenver.net/
Date, time, and location
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Front Range Community College: Westminster Campus
3645 West 112th Ave.
Snowy Peaks Room (enter left of Rotunda)
Westminster, CO 80031
6:00 – 6:30 Sign-in and networking
6:30 – 6:45 Chapter Business
6:45 – 7:45 Awesome Topic #1
7:45 – 8:00 Break
8:00 – 8:10 Auction
8:10 – 8:55 Awesome Topic #2
8:55 – 9:00 Wrap-Up
Please help us shape future meetings by completing the online meeting evaluation survey that will be included in upcoming wrap up notes. This is YOUR group and we want to present topics that interest you. If you know of anyone who would be a great speaker for our group – or if you’d like to speak – please speak to Erica at the meeting or e-mail her at: email@example.com
A software sales company, ThePowerXChange, is offering members of IDUG Denver the opportunity to be beta testers for the latest version of PitStop Pro. This software is a plug-in that makes editing PDFs super easy. Check out PitStop Pro here: http://www.enfocus.com/en/products/pitstop-pro
If anyone is interested please email Tami Stodghill at firstname.lastname@example.org and please mention you are a member of IDUG Denver.
Our last meeting on February 5th was about Creating Fillable PDF Forms in InDesign.
- Our chapter is now charging $5 per meeting to cover room rental cost, since an online survey showed that most members were willing to pay $5 to $10. If we all continue to help find and buy auction items, that will also help paying for our meeting room and supplies. We are working on getting the auction website up again.
- We will do our best to have name tags pre-printed for those that pre-register to cut down on check-in wait time.
- The new indesignusergroup.com website is up. Remember that you need to sign in with your Adobe ID to register for meetings.
- Members looking for work or with info on work opportunities introduced themselves.
- We have a new Adobe Certified Instructor in the group: Melissa.
- Erica just got back from Creative Live and suggested that everyone check out creativelive.com. She will be doing a class on Keynote and Advanced InDesign in the near future.
Creating Fillable PDF Forms in InDesign Presentation by Barb Binder:
Barb, of Rocky Mountain Training, has been a trainer for 25 years and is Adobe certified in many applications. During her presentation, she covered:
- Exporting basic .pdf for print
- Adding and editing text boxes
- Using the Typewriter tool when you’re filling out someone else’s form
- Using forms editing for creating fillable fields
- Process: select all fillable fields, object, fancy, save, export, replace, go to tools
- Thinking ahead and building upon the form so you don’t have to start over or rebuild the form
- Barb recommends using the advanced work space for access to many more features
- Use the Proxy (9 little squares icon) to resize things, moving the “dot” to the point you want to hold when resizing
- She prefers creating forms in InDesign rather than in Acrobat
- Acrobat had a forms tracker that can be exported to Excel for tallying
- PDF2ID (recosoft.com) will take components from a PDF and create and InDesign form
- Three font packages on CD were donated by Monotype Foundry, but Vanessa hasn’t received them yet.
- If you have ideas or donations for our auction, please let Vanessa know via email to email@example.com. The donation doesn’t necessarily need to be related to InDesign. Jeff may check with OtterBox about case donation.
- Julie bought InDesign for $100!
Open Discussion with Barb Binder and Erica Gamet:
- Barb’s favorite new feature in CS6 is the new features of the Page Tool.
- Erica likes Liquid Layouts.
- Lori asked about the anchored objects (blue square) from CS5.5. If you want a graphic to be inline, select the graphic, then click blue object and it tells you what to do. To remove it, go to object> anchored> release.
- The Split View icon on the lower right corner lets you see the same spread at two different zoom levels.
- The Content Conveyor was explained. The styles feature may be useful.
- Frequency of updating software on the Creative Cloud was discussed. Some have experienced issues when co-workers haven’t made the same updates. A minor update can have major changes between versions.
- How are animated page turns made? It’s a vector shape. Export the file to pdf interactive and save as flash. Under interactive, see transactions. Use page curl.
If you attended the meeting, you will receive these wrap-up notes by email, along with an online meeting evaluation survey link. If you choose to include your name in the survey, you’ll have a chance at free admission to the NEXT meeting!
Keep an eye out for the upcoming April 2nd meeting announcement email and a post right here on idugdenver.net.