09.24.13

Next Meeting: October 1st

Posted in Meeting Announcement

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The next meeting of the Denver InDesign User Group is scheduled for October 1st. We are having a pot luck bon voyage party to say thanks to Erica for leading the group since April 2007! She will be “nomading” (traveling around the country for fun) for the foreseeable future, in a Volvo station wagon. Please register for the meeting at www.indesignusergroup.com. Post what you plan to bring in the comments section under the meeting announcement on idugdenver.net if you feel like coordinating the menu. Plates, forks, napkins, cups, etc. will be provided. The $5 meeting fee will be waived this month.

We will likely skip the December meeting unless a brave, new leader volunteers soon. If you are interested in leading the group in 2014 and beyond, please contact Erica for details.

We are still putting together our topics and, as always, are open to suggestions for meeting topics. Bring questions and topics and we’ll have an open discussion of all things InDesign!

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Date, time, and location
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Tuesday, October 1, 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

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Agenda
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6:00-7:00 Sign-in, Networking & Potluck
7:00-7:15 Chapter Business
7:15-8:30 InDesign Presentation/Discussion

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08.15.13

August 6, 2013 Meeting Wrap-Up

Posted in General Announcement

At our August 6, 2013 meeting, Erica shared some new InDesign CC features, a GREP refresher, and a BIG announcement that she will be “nomading” (traveling the world for work and fun) for about a year. A Volvo station wagon is replacing Denver as home base. Please join us at the October 1 meeting for a bon voyage potluck to say thanks to Erica for leading the group since April 2007! We will likely skip the December meeting unless a brave, new leader volunteers soon. If you are interested in leading the group in 2014 and beyond, please contact Erica for details.

Please take a minute to evaluate the August meeting and help shape future meetings by completing this short survey. Include your name at the end for a chance to have your $5 meeting fee waived in October!

Chapter Business:

  • See the first paragraph, above, for Erica’s big announcement and our need for a new leader.
  • We did not have an auction at the August meeting, but some items should be up for viewing before the October meeting at auction.idugdenver.net.
  • In January, we started charging each attendee $5 per meeting to cover room rental cost. Cash or checks (made out to IDUG Denver) are accepted.

Excerpt from Presentation #1: What is new in InDesign CC by Erica Gamet

  • The appearance is dark by default, but can be restored to the lighter version we are all used to under Preferences.
  • There are some handy new features in the character tab. You can search for fonts by typing in the font name field (e.g. type “script” to show all fonts with “script” in the name) and mark your favorite fonts by clicking on the stars.
  • You can generate vector QR codes from the object menu.
  • Don’t forget about scripts (window menu, utilities)!
    • Some useful scripts come with InDesign, such as one for placing crop marks.
    • Others can be found by searching on the web for “InDesign script (fill in what you want to do).” A few script resources are: indesignsecrets.com and indiscripts.com. If you find a website that presents the code, rather than a downloadable file, simply copy the code into a text editor and save the file as a Javascript file (.js or .jsx) into your applications folder under InDesign, scripts.
    • A good calendar script is available at calendarwizard.sourceforge.net.
    • Wordalizer from indiscripts.com generates word clouds.
    • IndyFont, also from indiscripts.com, allows you to make an Open Type font file using vector images (especially handy when you need a custom bullet point.)

Excerpt from Presentation #2: A GREP Refresher by Erica Gamet

  • GREP is a way to find patterns of text in a document, then do something to that text.
  • GREP can be used in the Find/Change menu. For example, use GREP to remove multiple spaces between sentences and line breaks between paragraphs or to format phone numbers. GREP can also help you sort and rearrange things (e.g. convert “John Smith, President to “Smith, John”).
  • GREP can also live in Paragraph Styles to auto format things like prices.
  • GREP in InDesign is a great resource, available as an ebook for $9.99 at oreilly.com. (Don’t forget that you get a discount from O’Reilly.com by using the discount codes found in your IDUG member benefits.)
  • If you were not quick enough to copy down Erica’s “uber phone number” GREP code, it is available in her ID Power Pack for sale at ericagamet.com/tips-and-tricks.

08.04.13

Next Meeting: August 6th

Posted in Meeting Announcement

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Meeting Details
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The next meeting of the Denver InDesign User Group is scheduled for August 6th. Please register for the meeting at www.indesignusergroup.com.

Don’t forget to bring $5 (cash or check) to cover the meeting fee and to complete the August meeting evaluation (link will be in August wrap up notes email) for your chance at a free pass to the October meeting.

Check out the auction site before the meeting and be prepared to bid: auction.idugdenver.net/

We are still putting together our topics and, as always, are open to suggestions for meeting topics. Bring questions and topics and we’ll have an open discussion of all things InDesign!

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Date, time, and location
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Tuesday, August 6, 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

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Agenda
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6:00 – 6:30 Sign-in and networking
6:30 – 6:45 Chapter Business
6:45 – 7:45 Topic #1
7:45 – 8:00 Break
8:00 – 8:10 Auction
8:10 – 8:55 Topic #2
8:55 – 9:00 Wrap-Up

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Upcoming Topics
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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: admin@idugdenver.net.
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