InDesign user group forms in New York

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If you're a user of Abode's InDesign document creation application and live in the New York City area, take note: an InDesign User Group is being launched.

The first meeting will be held Wednesday, Sept. 12, at 8 West 40th Street, 8th Floor New York, NY 10018. The registration and welcome will start at 5:30 p.m., and the meeting proper will run from 6-8 p.m. You can register online ahead of time at the group's registration page.

"It will help enormously with building security if you register," Sandee Cohen, one of the group's founders, told MacCentral. "This way your name will be at the lobby front desk and you can breeze right up to the meeting."

The first meeting is designed to "break the ice" and set the stage for the group's future. The agenda will consist of electing the officials to organize the user group as well as decide direction for the organization. Dates and times for regular meetings will also be discussed. Finally, there will be a special presentation from Adobe.

InDesign users need to come out and meet each other and find out they're not alone, Cohen said. What most people don't realize is that there are many organizations, including major magazine publishers, who have already switched over to InDesign, she said. The user group will give InDesign users a chance to meet each other.

"In addition to deciding on the future of the organization, we will also be given a special demonstration of InDesign from Adobe," Cohen said. "Even if you've seen the Future Technology demonstrations, you won't want to miss this demonstration."

The group will also be a place to exchange information. Though the learning curve for InDesign is slight if you already know QuarkXPress, PageMaker, Illustrator and/or Photoshop, there are some special tips and tricks that InDesign users can exchange with each other, Cohen said. Each meeting should have a lively question and answer session to help exchange information, she added. Group members will also work to build their community through things such as presentations with service providers and print shops that welcome InDesign files.

"Many people are under the mistaken impression that print shops don't like InDesign," Cohen said. "We expect to be a resource for NYC shops looking for reliable output of their InDesign documents. We are also interested in presentations from any third-party developers who have InDesign plug-ins they would like to present."

Service providers and developers can contact Cohen to arrange a date for a presentation. By the way, Cohen is the author of books on InDesign, Fireworks 3 and FreeHand, as well as the co-author of "The Non-Designer's Scan and Print Book."

This story, "InDesign user group forms in New York" was originally published by PCWorld.

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