Los Angeles InDesign User Group

Regular Meeting


Intermediate Level GREP Workshop


Fire Station 59

Training Facility, 2117 Butler Ave., Los Angeles, California 90025

Thursday, May 16, 2019

7-10 p.m.



Have you ever had the need to search text in InDesign but find/change doesn’t cut it? Have you ever had to run multiple find/change routines to get what you needed? If so, you’ll want to know more about GREP in InDesign—which is essentially find/change on steroids. Although GREP is nothing new in InDesign, it’s definitely underutilized. Some people avoid GREP because it uses—dare it be said?—code. But it's friendly code and once you are familiar with it, you'll get to call yourself a Nerd. How cool is that?


With GREP you can perform intelligent searches on text to achieve amazing results. In addition to finding and changing text in an InDesign document, GREP can also be incorporated into styles to precisely format text elements in any way that you wish.  If you use and like find/change, you'll love GREP.


Although this is an intermediate level presentation, everyone of all skills levels should come. Chad will still cover the basics, but move through them a tad quicker.



About the Presenter


Chad Chelius is a trainer, author, consultant, and speaker residing in the Philadelphia area. He’s been using Adobe products for over 25 years and began his career in the design and publishing industry. As an Adobe Certified Instructor and a consultant, he teaches and advises on all Adobe print and web products, specializing in InDesign and InCopy workflows, Illustrator, and PDF accessibility using Adobe Acrobat. He works with clients both large and small,in and outside the United States, helping them to solve problems, work smarter, and more efficiently using Adobe products.


Chad has been authoring content on Adobe products and related technologies for more than 15 years. He’s worked with leading publishers such as Peachpit Press/Adobe Press, Pearson Education, lynda.com and LinkedIn Learning He also contributes to InDesign Magazine, InDesignSecrets.com, and CreativePro.com. His latest book Learn Adobe Illustrator CC for Graphic Design and Illustration was just released.


As a speaker, Chad gives talks on Adobe applications at industry conferences of all sizes, including Adobe MAX, CreativePro Conference, The InDesign Conference, PePcon, and MakingDesign. When he’s not consulting and traveling, you’ll find Chad hanging out with his family or riding his road bike in the hills of beautiful Pennsylvania or snowboarding with his son and daughter. You can follow him on Twitter @chadchelius.



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. Mighty Deals offers fonts, templates, apps, e-books, etc. 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


Beats by Dr. Dre Studio Over-Ear Black Headphones. Thick foam, which is washable, surrounds the ear cups to shut out external noise and highlight bass frequencies, without using any noise cancellation frequencies or other amplifications that might add distortion to the sound. Powerful enough to block out a jet engine. Powered by a pair of AAA batteries, the noise cancellation feature in a pair of Beats Studio headphones amplifies the music as it blocks out noise, giving you consistently powerful and intense sound.



Raffle Prizes


Adobe Creative Cloud. 12 month subscription. Value $599.88

Collection of 24 Adobe software applications for graphic design, video editing, web development and photography including InDesign, Photoshop, Lightroom, Illustrator, Premiere Pro and Dreamweaver among others.


GoProof from Oppolis Software. 3 month subscription for 2 users. Value $300.00

Proofing add-on for Adobe Creative Cloud. Version history tracks what has been changed and by whom.


Markzware. Any single product. 12 month subscription. Value $199.00

Choose one from the list below:

Q2ID (Quark to InDesign), Convert and open QuarkXPress files in InDesign.

PDF2DTP (PDF to InDesign), Convert PDF files to InDesign.

ID2Q (InDesign to Quark), Convert and open InDesign documents in QuarkXPress.

MT (Markzware), Convert InDesign documents to IDML files readable by InDesign CS4 through CC 2017.

FC (FlightCheck), Check native and PDF files for printing quality.


Expo Creative Asset Manager for Mac from Insider Software. Value $149.00

Digital asset manager that allows you to view, tag, search and manage images, icons, fonts, audio, video, app documents.


Suitcase Fusion 8 from Extensis. 12 month subscription. Value $119.95.

Font management program that allows you to organize your fonts from one plane—including system fonts, purchased fonts, fonts synced from Adobe Typekit, Google fonts, etc.


Font Agent Pro 8 from Insider Software. Value $99.95

Windows font management that allows you to organize, distribute and control your fonts.


InMotion Hosting. Web hosting and free domain. Value $90.00

Web hosting company.


DTP Tools Cloud for InDesign. 6 month subscription. Value $77.40

Suite of 14 different InDesign productivity tools.


Multi-Find/Change 3.0 from Automatication. Value $49.95

Extension for InDesign and InCopy that allows you to manage and execute Find/Change queries in batches rather than one at a time.


Adobe Stock. 15 image licenses. Value $44.00

Royalty-free, high-quality photos, videos, and illustrations.


InDesign Magazine. 6 month subscription. Value $30.00

Monthly PDF publication devoted to InDesign how-tos, in-depth features, and quick tips.


LA Web Professionals Group meeting tickets. Value $7.99 (four raffles)

Adobe user group that meets monthly with an emphasis on web design, marketing and the latest internet trends.



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