Los Angeles InDesign User Group

Regular Meeting


Cage Match: InDesign vs. FrameMaker


Thursday, March 21, 2019

7-10 p.m.


500 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, California 90071



InDesign easily won the DTP wars of the early 21st century, so why do “other” layout programs still exist? Join Matt Sullivan, Adobe Certified Professional in InDesign, FrameMaker, and many other Adobe applications to confirm InDesign’s strengths, and point out where InDesign may not reign supreme.


Takeaways. After this session you’ll:

• Have a working familiarity with FrameMaker.

• Understand that complete and total freedom in a layout tool isn’t always a good thing.

• Have an appreciation for localization, structure, and the cost savings that come with  consistency.

• Know where InDesign went when it needed guidance for long document features and publishing.



About the Presenter


Matt Sullivan is the founder of Tech Comm Tools, an Adobe Authorized training resource. He holds Adobe Authorized Training certifications for over 10 different products, including everything in the Technical Communication Suite. He is a champion for mobile publishing, structured authoring, localization, and content experience.


Matt has also been at the forefront of online course design, having developed seven different online courses, two of which are completely underwritten by Adobe. His webinars are sponsored by STC, Adobe, and of course, Tech Comm Tools. Each year Matt presents at multiple technical communication conferences and local STC community events in Orange County and San Diego, as well as occasionally presenting at chapters in Colorado, Texas, and Minnesota.


When not in front of a computer, you’ll find Matt at the beach, the mountains, or brightly dressed as a referee for his daughters’ soccer games.



Facility and Parking


The March meeting is being held at the Los Angeles offices of Gensler, the worldwide design and architecture firm. In addition to designing the room in which LAIDUG will hold its meeting, Gensler has designed the JetBlue Terminal at JFK, the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Dubai, and Shanghai Tower—a few little projects like that.


Sorry no free parking. This is DTLA, you know. For $7 you can park underground at the Los Angeles Central Library located east of the Gensler building across the street. For $15 you can park underground in the Gensler building. Plus there is Metro, Uber and Lyft.



FREE T-Shirts to All Attendees


Everyone who attends will receive a FREE FrameMaker T-shirt. This is separate from the raffle. No purchase necessary. One to each attendee. Shirts distributed at end of meeting.



Farthest Attendee


The bona fide LAIDUG member 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: 1 for $3, 2 for $5, 5 for $10, 11 for $20, 24 for $40, 32 for $50 and 65 for $100. All major credit cards are accepted.



Special Raffle Prize


KC 32" LED TV, model KC32V2, 16:9 aspect ratio, 3D comb filter, 1366x768, 60 Hz, PC audio input, VGA input, Energy star certified, 1 USB and 3 HDMI inputs.



Raffle Prizes




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