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Have You Been to the NPF?

We are right on top of the USPS Postal Forum for this year. It is being held in Baltimore, MD, and the industry is all a buzz. Emails upon emails asking, ​“Will I see you there?” or, ​“Stop in and see me at booth number what­ever!” Last year when I attended, the event was in Nashville. It was great to see peers and the genuine excite­ment that seems to empower everyone. The forum opener is usually kicked off by a great band… READ

Creating an Index Using GREP and a JavaScript

I recently helped a customer create an index that contains over 3,500 part numbers. The part numbers are 4 – 6 digits in length and may or may not contain a letter. Here’s how we accom­plished the task. The first step was to create a GREP state­ment in the Find / Change dialog box to assign a Character style to the part numbers. Then we used a JavaScript to add the Character style (Part Number) to the Index panel. Here is the GREP state­ment entered into the Find… READ

New USPS Program Puts the Fun Back Into Receiving Mail

Do you remember being a kid and getting so excited when you got mail? I recall running home from school for weeks waiting for pack­ages of building blocks we ordered and had to allow 4 to 6 weeks for delivery. Who would wait that long now days! I remember being so very excited even when it was just a letter from Gramma!  Well, the U.S. Postal Service has found a way for you to get excited again about your mail. But instead of… READ

Automating InDesign with Scripts

At our last quar­terly Customer User Group, Keith Gilbert showed us some very useful scripts for InDesign. A script can be as simple as an auto­mated task or as complex as an entire new feature. You can create your own scripts, and you can run scripts that other people have created.  How to Load a Script: 1. Open InDesign, then open the Scripts panel  (Window > Utilities > Scripts). 2. Right click on the User Folder in the panel and choose Reveal… READ

The Calm Before the Storm

I have never been terribly polit­ical, although I hold my own opin­ions as everyone does. Many people are speaking out and voicing theirs, as every day I see protests and gath­er­ings, which can be great. But, we all know how much of a faux pas it is to bring poli­tics up in a busi­ness setting. The back­lash taken by compa­nies can be stag­gering.    It is usually safer to talk about the weather, which also has been pretty crazy the… READ

Stuck Between a Rock and a Hard Place

This time my story begins with a rock, the United States Postal Service (USPS) and a hard place, getting mailers on board with having great address data! Let me provide some back­ground…. In my last blog, I shared how the USPS was starting a Scorecard. In my eyes it’s just a report card that tells us how good a mail service provider we are. I won’t get started, but the frus­trating part is in order to have great scores and… READ

Packaging your files…

InDesign has offered the ability to Package your files since version 1.0 and ensures your Fonts and Links are collected or Packaged into the same folder. This is impor­tant when archiving your project or when trans­fer­ring your native files to another computer or another designer. Most commer­cial printers prefer PDF’s for final output. Creative Cloud subscribers can Package both Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop files as well. Adobe Illustrator will Package both the Fonts and Links in your file, while Photoshop only Packages the Linked files.… READ

Report Card

I don’t know about you, but when I was a kid there was a day that I didn’t always look forward to. That day was report-card day. Mine came in the mail, sealed in an envelope. Although I was always a pretty good student, there was just some­thing that sat in the pit of my stomach waiting for a parent to get home to open it. Usually it was a lot of worry about nothing, but I just didn’t care for… READ

What the USPS Should Be When It Grows Up

I feel for Megan Brennan. You know, the Postmaster General. She could be either the CEO of a rather large corpo­ra­tion called USPS, or the secre­tary of a huge federal agency. Or maybe she is both. An exec­u­tive Sybil. And worse, under current congres­sional rules, the Post Office is intended to operate as a for-profit busi­ness to bolster the coffers of the US Treasury (the whole retire­ment pre-funding thing) but still main­tain a pres­ence and service like a govern­mental agency. What are the… READ

Perfect Bound Covers

Before you begin your project, getting your docu­ment setup correctly is very impor­tant. There are several ways to create a perfect bound cover using Adobe InDesign. This post covers one way that works with all versions of InDesign. We also have a new Tech Lines that shows how to create a Perfect Bound Cover using Multiple Page Sizes, which was intro­duced in Adobe InDesign CS5. DOCUMENT SETUP Create a new docu­ment (File > New > Document…)   DOCUMENT This docu­ment consists… READ

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Adobe InDesign 1.0 – CC (2014) New Features Guide

As a member of the Education and Support Team at Ripon Printers, I often talk with customers using different versions of InDesign. Sometimes it’s hard to remember when a certain feature got added to InDesign. I decided to create a docu­ment that lists all the New Features begin­ning with the fist release of InDesign back… READ

Before you Install Creative Cloud 2015, read this…

On Monday, June 15, 2015, Adobe announced Creative Cloud 2015. I down­loaded InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator and Muse and, I’m liking the new features and perfor­mance enhancements.Install Warning: When you choose to update to Creative Cloud 2015, the default is to Remove old versions. Last year some people were confused by having CC (2013) and CC… READ

Are You Budgeting Your Address Lists?

My husband and I are empty nesters, and we purchased a home about five years ago.  It’s an older home, and we have been pushing money into returning the struc­ture to its 1920’s glory.   Seeking out salvage compa­nies was fun, and we were finding great, eye-catching addi­tions for our home.  However, we noticed that we… READ