Los Angeles InDesign User Group

Regular Meeting


TruEdit, a Content Management System for InDesign

PLUS: What's New in InDesign 2017


Thursday, January 19, 2017

6:30-7 p.m. Meet, Greet and Eat

7-9:30 p.m. Presentation

General Assembly

1520 2nd St., Santa Monica, California 90401



While designers might use InDesign to create the look of a publication, writers and editors use different software, typically Microsoft Word, to create content. Smaller publications typically do a one-way import of Word documents into InDesign, but larger publications require more robust team management and two-way integration throughout the production process. Enter the content management system.


In this presentation, Brett Kizner of MEI will take a look at how writers, editors, designers and other content team members use his company’s TruEdit, a leading content management system for InDesign, to collaborate in creating print and digital content and the ways this is changing in the digital world. Monica Kollmann of Response Magazine, a user of TruEdit, will describe how it is used at her company and provide a peek inside a real-world publication environment.


The evening’s presentation will also provide an overview of MEI’s Twixl Publisher platform for creating content apps.


PLUS: An overview of what's new in the recently released InDesign 2017.



Twixl and TruEdit Raffle Prizes


Three lucky winners will walk away with one-year subscriptions to fully functioning versions of the demonstrated programs. If you own or work for a publication, you need this!


Twixl Media will provide two raffle items: one Twixl Publisher Classic app ($850 value) and one Twixl Publisher Multi-Issue app (value $2190). These will be for a one-year subscription term. The winner can renew the free one-year Twixl subscription at the then Twixl list price. Also, any plug-ins (Entitlement pack, Automated Content Sources, Integration API) will be purchased separately at the $1400 list price.


MEI will offer a TruEdit Complete (Adobe InDesign/InCopy Plug-ins and TruAuthor HTML article content authoring) (value $3450) for three named users for a one-year subscription term. MEI will include four hours of training. The winner will sign an MEI service order and the subscription can renew the subscription at the named user list price unless terminated by the winner.



About the Presenters


Brett Kizner is MEI Senior Director of Business Development and has held roles at MEI including training and system integrator, developer and business development manager. In addition to helping customers realize the potential of MEI's TruEdit Content Platform and Twixl Media's Twixl Publisher mobile app platform, Kizner leads the MEI Product Management and Customer Success teams in defining and delivering  MEI solutions to our customers. Prior to joining MEI, he led the publishing systems group for McGraw-Hill’s Macmillan/McGraw-Hill and Glencoe brands implementing Adobe InDesign, InCopy and the K4 Publishing System at the K-12 textbook publisher.


Monica Kollmann is Graphics Director of the Response Group where her scope of work includes art direction, design and photography for the Questex properties: Response Magazine, the DRMA and Response Expo. The monthly magazine, alliance of networking events and annual trade show serve the performance-based marketing industry, which she has seen evolve over the past 25 years that she's worked in the space. Her creative experience encompasses: design and production of the magazine's editorial; print and digital marketing for the group's brands; expo/event design; event photographer. She holds a B.A. in Graphic Design/Anthropology from California State University Fullerton.



About General Assembly


General Assembly is a pioneer in education and career transformation, specializing in today’s most in-demand skills. A leading source for training, staffing, and career transitions, it fosters a flourishing community of professionals pursuing careers they love. What began as a co-working space in 2011 has since grown into a global learning experience with campuses in 15 cities and over 25,000 graduates worldwide.





General Assembly does not have a parking lot. The closest recommended lots are the Santa Monica City lots at 1571 2nd St., Santa Monica, California 90401, and 1433 2nd St., Santa Monica, California 90401. Parking is free for the first 90 minutes, $1.25 for the next hour, and $1.85 for each additional 30 minutes with a $17.50 maximum. The meeting runs 3 hours. If you park 15 minutes before the meeting and leave 15 minutes after, the rate would be $4.95 (90 minutes $0 + 60 minutes $1.25 + 30 minutes $1.85 + 30 minutes $1.85). A map and complete Santa Monica parking information is here.



Farthest Attendee


The person who travels the farthest specifically to attend the meeting will receive her or his choice of any one deal at MightyDeals up to $50.00. You  need to prove to us that you traveled farthest to attend this meeting. Having recently moved to the area from somewhere else won't cut it. Be prepared to show us indication of your current residence—perhaps a driver's license or a utility bill. Decision of the administrators of the Los Angeles InDesign User Group is final.





LAIDUG meetings are free. The group is supported by raffles of donated prizes. No one is required to participate in the raffles. Raffle tickets are: $3 for 1, $5 for 2, $10 for 5, $20 for 13, $40 for 30. $50 for 45 and $100 for 100. All major credit cards are accepted.



Raffle Prizes





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