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September 20, 2005 - 2:20am

Huge DesignGeek Discount to the AppleScript Pro Sessions

So often on any of the design- or prepress-related listservs and forums I participate in, when someone posts a question, someone else answers, "You could probably script this," especially if the questioner is using a Mac. It can get quite aggravating after awhile.

AppleScript is purportedly so easy for normal people (non-programmers) to learn, it sometimes feels like software developers leave off features on purpose, knowing that the user can write a script for it if they really want it. And I am so jealous of those that know how to do this … I've never been able to get AppleScript to sink in my poor brain, though I've sat down with tutorials more than twice.

Tiger's Automator is supposed to help end users figure out AppleScripting, and it already has many adherents, especially among left-brained designers. For example, the top download on the Automator World web site is Photoshop CS Automator Actions (a CS2 version is also available):
http://www.automatorworld.com/?p=56more >

Huge DesignGeek Discount to London CS Conference

The Creative Suite Conference is coming to London next week, and I've got a deal for last-minute registrants:
http://www.creativesuiteconference.com/

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 >

Synchronized Text in InDesign

QuarkXPress 6.X has an interesting feature called Synchronized Text, useful for keeping the contents of multiple text frames in synch with each other. When you modify the text of one of these boxes, all the other boxes you tagged to "synch to it" update automatically with the same text modifications (but keep their own formatting intact).

It's great for those times when you need more flexibiity than a master page text box affords, since a synched text box can be placed on any page on the fly, in different locations with different formatting, even in multiple layouts in the same project (file). No need to go to a master page to edit it, just edit the text in any of the frames and the ones in synch with it immediately update to match.

Surprisingly, everything you need to add a Synchronize Text feature to InDesign CS and CS2 is sitting right there in your program installation CD. They're called the InCopy Plug-ins. Look inside the program CD for a folder called Technical Information and you'll find them.more >

Huge DesignGeek Discount to the AppleScript Pro Sessions

So often on any of the design- or prepress-related listservs and forums I participate in, when someone posts a question, someone else answers, "You could probably script this," especially if the questioner is using a Mac. It can get quite aggravating after awhile.

AppleScript is purportedly so easy for normal people (non-programmers) to learn, it sometimes feels like software developers leave off features on purpose, knowing that the user can write a script for it if they really want it. And I am so jealous of those that know how to do this … I've never been able to get AppleScript to sink in my poor brain, though I've sat down with tutorials more than twice.

Tiger's Automator is supposed to help end users figure out AppleScripting, and it already has many adherents, especially among left-brained designers. For example, the top download on the Automator World web site is Photoshop CS Automator Actions (a CS2 version is also available):
http://www.automatorworld.com/?p=56more >