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This Month in Articles, May 2016

You may have seen than I’ll be climbing Mt. Rainier next month. It’s a crazy thing for someone like me (who spends almost all my time in front of a keyboard) to attempt. Note that I did not say I was doing to get to the top; I’ll try my best, but no promises! However, I do promise one thing… that this list of articles has all kinds of good stuff that InDesign users will be find interesting:


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4 Comments on “This Month in Articles, May 2016

  1. Looking through Dr Scripto there and found one I needed today, InDesign to Raster PDF. Basically the same way I was doing it, except mine was manual and painstaking and this is faster because it’s automated!

    Thanks Dr Scripto!

    On another note – I always felt that 30 days for a trial of Adobe CC was not enough. And I voiced this on the Adobe forums many times.

    I can’t believe they have reduced the amount of days to 7! How can anyone possibly test all the apps for their needs in 7 days.

    Back when 30 days wasn’t enough I was waiting for external resources to report back on what I had created was good enough. After 4 weeks of back and forth (when I would open the software fora few hours each week) the trial ended and I was no closer to knowing if the software was what was needed to accomplish the task.

    I always thought 2 months free trial should be offered to first time users.

    7 day trial is not enough, nobody can understand all the software in this time. Are doing 7 day crash courses in all the apps now?

  2. I hope you are going up Ranier with some experienced climbers and well-equipped. As an expert climber I can tell you that you can die up there quite easily even if you aren’t attempting the summit. So many die up there each year that the Seattle Mountaineers now act as police and check folks out before you’re allowed to go.

    If you are inexperienced and want a great challenge that is doable (even for the inexperienced) try MT. Elanor in the Olympics. Birds land on your hand there and the mountain goats come right up to you looking for a snack. (Try Triscit crackers…they love them!) The views are spectacular overlooking the Hood Canal all the way to Seattle. It’s a wonderful place to commune with mother nature–not near as rugged as the Cascades.

    Take care

    • Antonio: thank you for your concern and advice! I am definitely climbing with a group and experienced guides, so I think I’ll be fine (as long as Rainier doesn’t choose this moment to erupt).

      Just as I believe novice InDesign users need guides and trainers, I signed up right away with a guide service. I’m told they know all the best keyboard shortcuts. ;-)

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