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InDesign CS3 Butterfly Easter Egg

Well, we held off as long as we could, but it’s time to let loose the butterflies. Some InDesign users have been sad that CS3 no longer sports the butterfly branding, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a butterfly now and again just because you upgraded.

To find the butterflies in CS3, choose About InDesign (from the InDesign menu on the Mac or the Help menu in Windows) and type — carefully — the word butterfly.


That wasn’t hard, was it? Now, even better (or worse, depending on your point of view) try clicking on the butterflies. You have to play with it for a while to get the whole experience. When you’re done, press Esc to close the window.

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22 Comments on “InDesign CS3 Butterfly Easter Egg

  1. Argh! Alien invasion! Poor butterflies! Isn’t there a law against that sort of thing? Or was that a law against wasting valuable time playing with InDesign easter eggs? ;)

  2. Try clicking on them again and you let them free! The only thing that “kills” these digital beauties is the alien… what, you haven’t seen the alien yet?

    So a more appropriate interpretation here is: You have the opportunity in this “game” to save the butterflies’ lives, but only if you temporarily and gently hold them (with a stake) in the proper place on screen so that the alien doesn’t get them.

    I agree that there is a tinge of xenophobia here, but I think it’s warranted in this case. I mean… some aliens are worth fearing… especially the ones that seem the most friendly but can only be stopped by Slim Whitman. But I digress…

  3. Hmmmm…

    I didn’t see the alien as killing the butterflies.

    I saw him/her as knocking the butterflies off the pins and while they seemed to fall, they were actually freed to then fly around.

    The alien is the butterflies’ savior.

    Wow, this Easter Egg has deep meanings.

  4. Bob, I got the joke. Hee-hee.
    Branislav, I assume you mean cmd-option-shift-click. That KBSC doesn’t do anything for me. But Command-Alt clicking on the alien has some interesting effects.

  5. Photoshop CS3 Extd has the Red Pill About dialog – select About PS with opt/comm/shift.


  6. What i am curious to know are those mountains from Seatlle area or a certain city in Colorado?! :)

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