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InDesign Chutzpah!

I got this posted on InDesign

Original Post here:

Daniel T. wrote us to report a creative use for InDesign:

My current contract had used Quark for a long time; they recently purchased CS3 with the intent to switch over to InDesign, but because no one really knew InDesign, they were slow to get started.

I was stuck revising a pretty long text document in Quark—about 32 pages worth of exhibitor listings. I started out by assigning keyboard shortcuts to my Quark Style Sheets, and manually applying these to each paragraph. This was going to take FOREVER! I wanted to quit! I longed for InDesign’s “Apply xx Style then Next Style” command.

But alas.

Then, I had a bright idea.

I imported the unformatted text into InDesign and quickly set up paragraph styles. Then, using ID’s Apply Style then Next feature, I styled the whole 32 pages in one mouse click. (Woo-hoo!)

Then I exported the text as RTF, and then imported it into QuarkXPress, selecting the option to “Keep Style Sheets.” The text flowed in with all the style sheets intact! I needed to redefine the colors, as RTF doesn’t really keep them well, and tweak a few other things in the Quark version of the style sheets: but hours and hours and hours of endless clicking and arrow-downing evaporated into about 45 minutes.

Thank you, InDesign!

Daniel wins this weeks official InDesignSecrets chutzpah award for a great use of InDesign in the face of adversity! Plus, bonus points if you can write an AppleScript to merge the QX and ID workflow automatically.

To that I add: Excellent.


Sad, But True

Sad, but true.

Here’s an interesting piece:

Internet use cutting into TV viewing and Socializing.

I personally watch about 15 hours of TV every 6 months. That’s when I go home to Pennsylvania where my family has (limited) cable.

I will go to see movies in the theatre, but this is at least a social activity to some degree as I go with someone when I go to the movies.

From the article:

A 2000 study by the researchers that reported increasing physical isolation among Internet users created a controversy and drew angry complaints from some users who insisted that time they spent online did not detract from their social relationship

There is some truth to this: I spend far too much time on the Internet at is is. And certainly there is a degree of blocking out face to face relationships while you’re sitting in front of a computer screen.

However, there is another side to this and this is the fact of opening communication channels.

My collection of friends, from around the world really, has increased 5 fold since I started using the Internet more heavily about 4 months ago.

At that time, I set out, actually, to FIND new people, friends and pen pals and the ilk.

And so far it has been quite a success. I talk to several of my friends on the phone regularly, I’ve met quite a few from my local area, and I have friends from California who want to meet me when I go out there to visit in the middle of January.

So there is a trade off; is it worth it?

Like anything in life, balance is keynote.

I would be first to admit that I spend too much time on the internet. There is a certain discipline that one must use, as with anything else.

I’ve – as a “new years resolution”, one might say – decided that I will spend less time on the internet and more time out and about and doing things.

But I still won’t watch any TV.



Okay, so I admit it – I’m now a blogger. What the hell.

Like many current tech crazes, I’ve probably tried many things once – especially when they were in beta (or “early development” for those of you who aren’t in the gen.)

I was on AOL back at version 2.0 – way, way back. And I was even on eWorld for a while. (Don’t remember eWorld? Well, neither does anyone else but check it out here: )

So point being, I’ve “had a blog” for nearly a year now – yes, back when we were all just hearing about blogs and they were becoming something new and exciting.

But, I never put anything to them. Never actually blogged.

Hah! So what was the point?

Well, I recently acquired a digital camera. (Read: I got one for xmas.)

And there are quite a few of my friends who have requested to see my photos and I like to oblige them in things like this.

Now, stepping backwards for a moment here, I should mention that I’ve also had a website for while, and explored several different ways of keeping it updated and keeping my photos and graphics online for friends et al. to see.

But it drove me crazy as I had no good web tools with which to publish something regularly into my doled-out earthlink domain space.

So I figured, what the hell – I know I have a blog space, and I know that I can subscribe to a photo-blog site as well.

And so there you have it; my current foray into blogging.

I’ve two of them, and a “photo-blog.”

There is this one: “A Month of Sundays.” (Which is an idiom, by the way, which means a long time or indefinitely long time.)

And “My Sometimes Air-Conditioned Life” which is sort of a catch-all of things.

And my Flickr account is here. (Flicker is a neat photo sharing service; check it out.)

I know they’ll define themselves and sort them selves out a little more as I go along, but there you have it – enjoy.