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Adobe is rolling out a three-part series of webinars (online, real-time seminars) "hosted by industry experts" instead of Adobe marketing staff. It's called the Adobe Creative Suite 2 Expert Series. Amazingly, I was invited to host one!
I'll be first at bat on Tuesday, Feb. 21, doing an hour of talking, demonstrating, and answering questions online about Adobe Bridge, "Your Creative Hub." The next day, David Blatner hosts the "InDesign Typography Tips and Tricks" webinar, and the following day, Mordy Golding wraps it up with his session, "Discover Adobe Illustrator CS2".
Though they're free, you do need to register in advance if you want to attend. You can sign up for any or all of the webinars in the series here:
Late last year I announced in DesignGeek that David Blatner (my co-author for InDesign CS/CS2 Breakthroughs) and I were starting our own podcast called InDesign Secrets:
So here it is a couple months later, a half-dozen episodes under our belts, and let me tell you it's going great! What a blast! I never knew it'd be so much fun to do this, nor did I realize how much other people might enjoy hearing us go back and forth on cool InDesign tips and tricks. (We've received a ton of e-mail feedback, and often answer user questions "on the air.").
I think what makes our podcast so lively is that there's two of us, and the fun we have talking about InDesign together comes through loud and clear. There's a lot of laughter and good-natured teasing. We don't take ourselves too seriously, but there's very little fluff. We jump right in to the content of the secrets we want to share in each episode and thoroughly cover a bunch of topics, one right after the other. more >
Fellow tip-ophiles, my apologies for not sending out a DesignGeek in November. I plead greed. There were so many new projects I wanted to do all at once that DesignGeek took a back seat.
I'm thrilled to say that one of these is a new web portal and podcast that David Blatner and I are doing. It's called InDesign Secrets:
For now, the web site is mainly serving as a home for the podcast. As of this writing we've got the premiere episode published — twenty minutes of David and I trading InDesign tips and techniques and having lots of fun playing radio dj's. Take a listen! more >
The Creative Suite Conference is coming to London next week, and I've got a deal for last-minute registrants:
All-day QuickStart classes on InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop are on Monday and Friday (Sept. 26th and 30th), and the full three-day conference with multiple sessions is Tuesday through Thursday (Sept. 27th through the 29th).
As with the inaugural CS Conference in July in Las Vegas (remember … me at Caesars Palace?), this conference is the largest non-Adobe gathering of Creative Suite workshops, experts, and users in one place anywhere in the world. It's amazing how much you can learn about every program in the Suite, and how best to have them work together, in such a short time.
Conference chairman David Blatner will be on hand during the keynote as well as his own sessions, and other presenters include Sandee Cohen, Steve Holmes, and European luminaries like Martin Evening, Branislav Milic and Jon Bessant (among others … check the site's speaker list and session descriptions for the full skinny). more >
David Blatner and I spent almost a full year writing InDesign CS/CS2 Breakthroughs, and it was a sweet, sweet day when it was finally published (Peachpit Press) this past June. It’s available in most major bookstores as well as online, such as Amazon, for under $20:
We were both thrilled with the end result, even before anyone else had read it. The book is stuffed to the gills with 4/C screen shots and detailed step-by-step solutions to common problems reported by ID users, grouped in sections like “Master Page Migraines,” “Scaling Insanity,” and “Color Mismanagement.” Since a lot of issues can be avoided in the first place with a bit of forethought, we also wrote up side articles in relevant sections, such as “Mastering the Eyedropper,” “Using InDesign Scripts,” and “Transparency and Your Print Vendor.”more >
I just came back from the first-ever Creative Suite Conference, five straight days of non-stop information, tips and techniques about every program in the Adobe Creative Suite:
My head is about to explode from information overload. In a good way.
Of course, the fact that it was held in Las Vegas — Caesar's Palace, specifically — didn't help my synapses. Unlike most of the other speakers and attendees who were able to control themselves in a mature, professional manner, picture me getting off the plane with lucky 7's instead of eyeballs … I was like, "Vegas! Five days! Oh, mama!"
I hit the tables for a couple short visits every day — after lunch, during session breaks, on the way back from dinner — it was a novel experience having a full-blown casino just an escalator ride away from sessions on Version Cue and Photoshop Smart Objects.more >
Sherri Austin (sherri [at] senecadesign [dot] com) is Seneca's newly-minted Training Coordinator, helping to coordinate my own schedule and those of my training freelancers (the Associate Geeks). Sherri's been with me since February, starting out as a short-term temp until I realized how great she was and refused to let her leave. If you've called here recently you've undoubtedly had the pleasure of speaking with this warm, witty, and friendly person.
A couple issues ago I talked about how I had finally finished the book I was co-authoring with David Blatner for the past year, InDesign CS/CS2 Breakthroughs (Peachpit Press, 2005).
In case you missed that issue, the book is a compilation of over 200 of the most commonly-encountered <ahem> "challenges" users encounter with InDesign (Word styles, transparency and pre-press, scaling, etc.) and their solutions, of course. Some content is for newbies, but the lion's share is aimed at the seasoned InDesign user who's already tried all the obvious solutions and is still stuck.
David and I spent months just researching and compiling the topics we cover (interviewing users, trainers, combing the online forums and listservs), let alone writing and testing our solutions, so chances are if there's something about InDesign giving you trouble, the answer's in there.more >
Yes, it's true that I've missed a couple issues of DesignGeek, but I have an excuse: After months of hard work, my publisher (Peachpit Press) and my co-author (David Blatner) preferred I pay attention to the looming deadline of lucky Friday the 13th (of May) and get the final chapters of our new book written, laid out, and sent to the printer's. As a press-ready PDF of course.more >