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News for Digital Designer and Members and Friends of the Cleveland Digital Publishing Users Group


Cleveland InDesign User Group is becoming Cleveland Adobe User Group in July.

Adobe will no longer be supporting the International InDesign User Group and will be taking down the website in July. Unfortunately, this means that the Cleveland group is losing it’s email list with hundreds of names complied over the years.

The Cleveland Adobe User Group is asking that you go to the new local website at:

If you wish to continue to receive information about upcoming User Group meetings and Adobe Industry events, please send an email to Put “Add Me To The User Group List” in the subject.

They just started work on the website, so please check back frequently for updates and new features.

The next meeting for the group will be in early September at the new Cleveland Institute of the Arts building on Euclid Blvd.

Are you considering an Apple Watch? Or perhaps you’re an early adopter with one already adorning your wrist? Regardless, learning about the Apple Watch has been pretty hit-or-miss with Web content, especially when it comes to distinguishing pre-release speculation from articles based on actual usage. So we’re particularly pleased to bring you the full release of Jeff Carlson’s “Apple Watch: A Take Control Crash Course,” which may be the first documentation of the Apple Watch that’s comprehensive, independent, and based on real-world experience. The 69-page book normally costs $10, but the 30% MUG discount drops that to $7. Learn more about the book and buy it via the coupon-loaded link below.

Using our graphically rich Crash Course format, Jeff covers the Apple Watch from metaphorical morning to night, first helping you understand what it can do for you and choose a particular model. Next, after explaining how you interact with the watch and personalize the watch face, Jeff walks you through using glances, apps, and notifications. Then he turns his attention to specific things that the watch can help with, including communicating with friends, getting directions, working with events and reminders, viewing and capturing photos, controlling iTunes and Apple TVs, using Apple Pay and Passbook, and exercising. Two final chapters ensure that you know what settings and customizations are available and how to take care of your watch, including recharging, restarting, resetting, and restoring.

Since we both wear Apple Watches every day as well, we integrated our successes and mishaps into the book during our collaborative editing pass. The end result is a polished book that reflects a broad set of experiences, making it even more valuable for readers of different types and with different priorities.

Like our other Crash Courses, this book has concise chunks of content so you can read quickly, all wrapped up in a modern, magazine-like layout in PDF that morphs to a reflowable design for EPUB and Mobipocket. Each chapter ends with discussion and sharing buttons, making it easy to ask a question or share a chapter with Facebook friends, Twitter followers, and others (and please do!).

Thank you for your support of the Take Control series!

cheers… -Adam & Tonya Engst, Take Control publishers

P.S. Check out some of our other recently released ebooks, all at 30% off via

* Backing Up Your Mac: A Joe On Tech Guide (the latest backup advice)
* Photos for Mac: A Take Control Crash Course (our best seller of 2015)
* Take Control of Security for Mac Users (prevent illicit access to your data!)
* Take Control of Numbers (includes a hands-on example spreadsheet)

Elaine Slide 1 The 2015 CDPUG Showcase Presentations are now available on the CDPUG YouTube Channel.

The May 2015 CDPUG Showcase meeting was a big success. Beautiful weather, a great turn out, and 12 wonderful five minute presentations.

The evening started out with a presentation by Spike Radway honoring deceased board member Elaine Trapp.

Speakers following Spike are:

Terry Taggart, Janet Dodrill, Lisa Gruber-Gebby, Katrina Blatt, Cristina Bruce. Intermission. Henry Lee, Jean Grady, Linda Barberic, Norm Friedman, Kurt Shaffer, and Kelli Swan.




big deal

Foto promos is running  “The Big Deal” special until June 25. The package offers $4000 worth of photography resources from over 30 of the most influential names in the photography industry for just $99. All products in the bundle are available for purchase outside of “The Big Deal” but a majority of the products provided in the $99 bundle cost more than $99 when purchased individually.

The deal includes:
- 100+ hours of training
- 836 presets and actions
- 12 e-books
- 33 contributors including Lesa Snider, internationally acclaimed author and speaker who presented at the April CDPUG meeting.

Check it out for yourself. The clock is ticking on this deal.



Spike is racing at the Place and in honor former board member Elaine Trapp who passed recently from Cancer.

To fund raise for Elaine, you can donate at this site.

Race for the Place Race for the Place


The April 30th, 2015 CDPUG meeting featured Lesa Snider ( presenting “Learning to Love Lightroom & the NEW Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC 2015.” This meeting was a remote meeting using Zoom, so we were  able to record the meeting, so other than seeing Spike in one of the little Squares, it’s a great and useful presentation.

To see the Presentation, visit our YouTube Channel. “Learning to Love Lightroom & the NEW Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC 2015.