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DesignGeek-y Events You Need to Be At

March 23, 2011 - 11:24am ||| 1 Comment | Add new

2011 Print & ePublishing Conference
Early Bird deadline: April 8
(Group discounts and Education discounts, too)
May 23 - 25, Washington, DC
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InDesign to EPUB, Kindle, and the iPad

March 23, 2011 - 11:22am ||| 20 Comments | Add new

Do you ever wonder (or are you currently struggling with) how you can convert your trade books, journals, whitepapers, instruction manuals and such from a “designed for print/PDF” InDesign format to a digital eBook for the iPad bookstore, the Amazon Kindle, the Barnes & Noble Nook, and other devices?  Then I think you’ll love this.
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Links to the Adobe CS5 Online Help PDFs

January 7, 2011 - 12:42pm ||| 9 Comments | Add new

Adobe doesn’t ship printed manuals with their software anymore, at least, not with the Creative Suite applications. Instead, you use the Help > [program_name] Help command in each individual program, which opens either the new local Adobe Help AIR application, or your default browser. Either one brings you the main online help files for that program, “live” as they are hosted on Adobe’s web site.

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2011 Print & ePublishing Conference in DC

January 6, 2011 - 11:50am ||| 0 Comments | Add new

What are you doing the week before Memorial Day this year? I hope you’ll be joining me in the conference that I not only speak at, but co-produce (with my partner, David Blatner), the Print & ePublishing Conference.  You may remember that we did our first one back in May of 2010, at the Adobe headquarters in Seattle, Washington. It was a ton of fun and a great success with over 200 people in attendance. The majority of attendees and members voted for Washington, DC, to be the next location for the conference, and we aim to please!
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A Few Great Upcoming Events & Deep Discounts

August 18, 2010 - 2:00am ||| 0 Comments | Add new

I want you to know about upcoming seminars and webinars I’ll be doing or that I’m involved with, covering InDesign, Acrobat/PDF, and other goodies.

InDesignSecretsLive! Seminars

David Blatner (my partner in and I have been enjoying doing one-day traveling seminars on InDesign around the country for the past year, with the main topic being “Tips and Techniques for Getting the Most Out of InDesign.”  We even made a web site just for our live events, with a page devoted to the traveling seminars:

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Follow me/Find me on Facebook, Twitter, Blogs, etc.

August 18, 2010 - 2:00am ||| 0 Comments | Add new

Here are the links I mentioned earlier!

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Exploring the iPad's iBooks store from the Inside Out

May 28, 2010 - 5:24pm ||| 2 Comments | Add new

So Publishing Secrets is now signed up as an eBook provider — a publisher, really — to Apple's iBook store. We use a later version of the same iTunes Producer application that music producers use to upload songs to iTunes.

There are tons of screens of metadata info they want you fill out, like this one:


Now, the next trick is … to write a book. More to come!


Interview with Adobe's Mike Ninness

June 11, 2009 - 2:00am ||| 1 Comment | Add new

I was catching up with one of my favorite tech podcasts, Techbyter Worldwide, a few weeks ago, when whose mellifluous voice do I hear coming out of my speakers but Michael Ninness’s, talking about how great InDesign and InCopy CS4 work together.

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Pick-and-Place XML for Catalog Production

June 11, 2009 - 2:00am ||| 0 Comments | Add new

A few months ago my friends at Coe-Truman Technologies (a bunch of database/XML publishing brainiacs) in Chicago invited me over to take a peek at a new InDesign plug-in they were about to offer to their customers. My jaw dropped, it was one of the coolest things ever … and this from a company who is not really that into InDesign! They come at it from the other end. Coe-Truman helps clients's marketing departments create, manage, and publish their databases to the web and to print, instead of fighting with IT over it. That web-based software is called Catapult Manage:more >

Last Day to Save $200 on Adobe CS4

February 27, 2009 - 3:00am ||| 0 Comments | Add new

Adobe released the latest iteration of their Creative Suite, CS4, last October, and back then, their "limited time upgrade offer deadline" of February 28, 2009 seemed so far off, didn't it?

And now … the end is near … and so we face … the final daytosave200dollars …. (that was me imitating Frank Sinatra).

Here's the skinny: If you're upgrading from CS3 to CS4, there is no deadline to worry about. The upgrade price remains the same as it's always been, $499 for CS4 Standard and $599 for CS4 Premium.

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