Los Angeles InDesign User Group

Scripting InDesign...from the Ground Up

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Plummer Park Community Center, 7377 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, California

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Max Dunn explored the power of InDesign scripting from several angles at the May 15 meeting of the Los Angeles InDesign User Group. He spoke about how to run scripts and use scripting for non-technical designers, how to get started in scripting if you want to extend InDesign yourself, and how scripting is used in diverse publishing workflows around the world.


Max is an expert in publishing technologies, and has written about XML, SVG, and InDesign itself. He is President of San Francisco-based Silicon Publishing, having co-founded the company in 2000. He is joined at Silicon by several ex-Adobe engineers, including Olav Martin Kvern, author of Real World InDesign CC and developer of the scripts that come with the InDesign product as well as the corresponding scripting guides that explain InDesign automation.


With that background, Max also spoke on recent and predicted changes to extensibility that come with InDesign CC, including object model changes and the new forms of extensions.





Given the topic of the evening, one of the most sought after prizes was Olav Martin Kvern’s book Real World InDesign CC. Four copies were won by Paul Fan, Traci Larson, Wayne Deselle and Connie Schurr. Traci Larson also won Type DNA and ColliderScribe for Illustrator, while Connie Schurr also won Rasterino for Illustrator. Other raffle winners included Trish Hall who won eDocker CREATE! and a subscription to Fotolia, Lucy Cook who won Blacklining for InDesign, Natalia Naduris-Weissman who won MathMagic, Font Agent Pro 6, an iDML iPad app and a subscription to Fotolia, and Jeffrey Schimsky who won Stock Layouts. Tickets to the next LA Web Professionals meeting were won by Connie Schurr, William Baughman, Natalia Naduris-Weissman and Amy Gilbert. Our presenter, Max Dunn, won in5 from Ajar Productions.


For being the person who traveled the farthest to attend the meeting, Trish Hall won a one-year subscription to InDesign Magazine.



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