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Australia’s 4th InDesign User Group Chapter in Perth

Yep, you heard it first. Tuesday, 30th September is the official launch meeting for the 4th InDesign User Group Chapter in Australia.

As the Chapter Representative, I’m really happy to make this announcement.  User Group Membership is Free and we’ll organise four User Group meetings a year, with the first meeting held on 30 September 2008, with Mike McHugh, Creative Systems Engineer for Adobe Systems as the guest speaker for the evening.

Mike knows InDesign inside out, and will show you some of the hottest tips & tricks. It’s a session not to be missed.

User Group Membership is Free, but do register for the Perth meeting, as seats are limited, and the number of registered members is growing as I type this…

About InDesign User Groups

User Groups are a great resource, they are run and organised by volunteers and exist thanks to sponsorship.

Meet other like-minded InDesign users out there during the informal start of each meeting, we’ll serve some cold drinks and food at each meeting, courtesy of one of our sponsors. Exchange ideas, ask InDesign gurus questions, Learn cool new things about InDesign, or attend a session that talks about an aspect of InDesign you might not have used before and take what you’ve learnt back to the workplace and impress your colleagues.

If I’ve not yet convinced you, then log onto and check out what the Australian chapters have been up to, membership registration is free, and you’ll soon notice all the lovely benefits you get as a member 🙂

Sydney IDUG

The Chapter Represenative for the Sydney InDesign User Group is Eliot Harper. The Sydney IDUG was launched as the first of Australia’s User Group Chapters back in 2004.

Anyone who’s ever met Eliot knows how passionate he is about InDesign and anything print publishing and media related.  If you’ve not attended one of the Sydney IDUG sessions, there is a meeting coming up on 13th August, covering XML & InDesign – the next step in further automating your workflow 🙂  (by Cari Jansen) and Adobe Acrobat 9 (by Michael Stoddart from Adobe Systems Asia Pacific)

Never been to an IDUG meeting before and not doing anything early evening on the 13th of August? Then join Eliot and the rest of us at a great Sydney IDUG meeting.

Melbourne IDUG

I’ve had the pleasure of attending several User Group meetings around the country amongst which Melbourne and Brisbane. And it was a pleasure to be a speaker at the most recent Melbourne InDesign User Group meeting. The Melbourne IDUG organises its meetings at RMIT in Brunswick.

Tricia Ho, the Chapter Represenative for Melbourne and the rest of the IDUG team are doing a fantastic job and the User Group attendance numbers show that the meetings are very popular.

Cari Jansen presenting at InDesign User Group in Melbourne
(Image above: Cari Jansen speaking about Automation & InDesign at IDUG Melbourne, 25 June 2008 – Image courtesy – IDUG Melbourne)

InDesign User Group Melbourne
(Attentive audience at IDUG Melbourne, 25 June 2008 – Image courtesy – IDUG Melbourne)

The next Melbourne IDUG meeting is  20 August, 2008. Not a member yet and curious? Then sign up now and join Tricia and the rest of the IDUG members at the next Melbourne meeting 🙂

Brisbane IDUG

Nerida Noll is the hard working person behind the Brisbane IDUG. As the Chapter Representative she’s been doing an excellent job and the Brisbane IDUG, although still young has an ever growing number of members. She’s also getting some good help from several members.  Incidently… I’ll also be presenting at the next IDUG in Brisbane, which will be held on 14 August, if you’re interested in learning about using XML with InDesign, then do attend this session. If you’ve ever had to copy and paste tons of bits of text that are likely extracted from a database into a text file into InDesign, then this is a must-attend session.

We’ll be there welcoming you with open arms, and love to see the number Australian IDUG members in Brisbane grow even more.

Web-reference: Perth InDesign User Group (2008, Adobe Systems)
Web-reference: Sydney InDesign User Group (2008, Adobe Systems)
Web-reference: Melbourne InDesign User Group (2008, Adobe Systems)
Web-reference: Brisbane InDesign User Group (2008, Adobe Systems)

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  1. Filomena Lea Filomena Lea
    January 14, 2009    


    Just wondering if you can help I work for a Tafe Institute and my role is to layout workbooks, modules etc. My problem is that I use Indesign to lay the books out, but all the teaching staff use word. The problem is they would like it in word so if there are changes to it they can make them but my problem is that number one I dont like using word as I find it frustrating especially if working with graphics and number two once i have laid it all out that they then play with it and muck up my pages.
    Do you have any suggestion in how I can overcome this problem that I can still do it in indesign but somehow give them a file to play with too so if they need to change things they can but it still comes back to me to do the final editing. There argument is that they need it in word so they can make changes – is there a way that i can give them a pdf and they do it that way, as in same cases they may be changing a great chunk of the text.

    Anyway any feed back would be great. Many thanks

    • Cari Jansen Cari Jansen
      February 2, 2009    

      There are some options…
      (a) You can save all of the text as .rtf from InDesign and then reimport that into word. However, any design heavy stuff you did in InDesign will be lost. Also if the staff starts to use different styles etc. you won’t get the same result with changes back.

      The other solution is to see if the TAFE is willing to invest into something like Typefi Publish.
      (a) you create design templates in INDesign
      (b) content is created in Word and edited in word and converted on the fly to XML
      (c) this then is used for automated Page Composition by Typefi Publish and generates fully finished designed InDesign pages.

      If you’re interested in seeing a web-demo of the software, feel free to submit a request via our web-site

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