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YabbAdobe’s InDesign Holiday Lights

Our friend Russell Viers, who runs the very funny and informative site Yabb-Adobe-Doo, has posted a wonderful InDesign tip in comic format. The tip has to do with an “easter egg” — a hidden and undocumented feature inside InDesign — that lets you create “Christmas lights” and apply them to any path as a custom stroke style. Plus, as a bonus, the comic strip features another friend and colleague, Scott Citron! Laugh out loud. Joe Bob says Check it Out.

And, as an extra bonus for reading this post, we’ll give you a hint about some other stroke style easter eggs that will make sense after you read his comic strip: Instead of Lights, try Feet, Woof, and Happy.

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5 Comments on “YabbAdobe’s InDesign Holiday Lights

  1. No, I miss the bouncing. It’s been a while, but let me see if I can remember: For those who still have InDesign 2 (and CS?) you can choose About InDesign and then type the letters SVG to see an easter egg. Another one can be found by opening the dialog box and typing BOUNCE

  2. For anyone who still has Indesign 1.0 or 1.5 lying around there are some cool easter eggs in it. Simply open up the About Indesign dialog and type ?help? you will see a list of commands which are all easter eggs.
    They even have a full quicktime midi easteregg that turns your keyboard into a synthesizer!