Los Angeles InDesign User Group
InDesign for eReader, Mobile and Tablet Publishing
Thursday, July 21, 2011
Los Angeles Valley College
5800 Fulton Avenue, Monarch Hall/Campus Center, Room CC206, Van Nuys, California 91401
By Alvin Takamori
The Los Angeles InDesign User Group held its July meeting at Los Angeles Valley College — the first time the group assembled in the San Fernando Valley.
Kelly McCathran, founder of onlineinstruct.com, hired a babysitter and put up with Southwest Airlines to travel form the Bay Area to present to us. Her topic was ePub files, including file types for different eReaders, exporting to ePub, creating CSS in Dreamweaver, re-linking InDesign styles to CSS, understanding if dynamic PDF is an option, when you can use Flash, and how you can test on different devices. In addition, she gave the group a robust number of "power user" tips and tricks.
Kelly has been teaching Adobe applications since 1992 and computer classes since 1989. She is an Adobe Community Expert on Acrobat X, an Adobe Service Provider Evangelist, a video instructor at video2brain.com, has done Adobe Press Videos on Photoshop CS5 & Flash CS5 & CS5.5, is a Tech Editor at Peachpit Press.
The big prize of the evening was won by Cathy Cassells, who chose Dreamweaver CS5.5. Greg Overton walked off with a 23" Acer LCD monitor. Suzanne Edmondson won a Markzware utility and chose Quark to InDesign. Debi Aquino won a training course, "Creating eBooks with Adobe InDesign CS4 and CS5." Jeanie Lytle also won a training course, "Getting Started Making eBooks with InDesign." Mariko Gueringer snagged a one-hour one-on-one training session with the evening's presenter. Michael Diaz won the book, "You Must Remember This: The Warner Bros. Story!" by Richard Schickel. The top two prize winners, Cathy Cassells and Greg Overton, also won subscriptions to "InDesign Magazine." And finally, Jeffrey Schimsky, who actually won the top Adobe prize but declined it since he already had all the programs, was awarded a copy of InDesign magazine as a consolation prize. Interestingly enough, he seemed more excited when he received the subscription than when his name was called for the top prize! Congratulations to all.
Here's a shout out to the meeting's facilitators: Adobe, Markzware, InDesign Magazine, O’Reilly Press, Peachpit Press, Kelly McCathran and especially Ken Watanabe, Director of the Entertainment Industry Training Collaborative for making it possible for us to meet at Valley College. Not only did Ken make the room available, but provided some refreshments as well. Way to go!
We are looking for people who want to get involved with the administration of the group. Maybe you have web skills, newsletter skills, an eye for photos, want to conduct the raffles. Whatever. Let's talk.
Don’t know what a pica is? Intimidated by all that InDesign has to offer but still fascinated by it? Embarrassed to ask questions in front of God and everybody? Then the September meeting is for you. Called "InDesign for Beginners, Novices, Amateurs and Students," this meeting will begin with a short presentation, followed by a robust question and answer session. Experienced users who attend and answer at least five questions posed by the beginners will receive a free T-shirt. Everyone who attends will receive a packet of resource information. Ringleader for the meeting will be Michael Diaz, a certified Adobe Expert in InDesign and the Content Services Manager at Source Interlink Media. This meeting will be held Thursday, September 15, 2011 at 7 p.m. at Los Angeles City College, 855 N. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90029.