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In InDesign CS4 Power Shortcuts, Adobe product manager and designer Michael Ninness reveals hundreds of tips to boost productivity, including the top 20 power shortcuts every InDesign user must know. From placing multiple images to the hidden power of Quick Apply, each one of these videos covers an important topic, and includes just the right amount of information to make anyone a true InDesign power user. InDesign users are always looking for faster, more efficient ways to do everything, and this course offers just what they're looking for. Exercise files accompany the course.
Okay. Are you ready for the most important power shortcut of them all? The one that's going to save you so much time? Well this isn't that video. This is for something that's completely pointless, but kind of a silly and fun and that really is the point of most Easter Eggs in any application. An Easter Egg is a little hidden secret that an Engineer will add into the product that usually only he or she knows about, but every once while they get released and people find out about them. In this one, the Easter Egg I am going to show you is the Hidden Butterfly game. Now butterfly. You might be wondering, "Why butterfly?" Butterfly, as you might remember depending on which version of InDesign you started using first, the Butterfly was always the official mascot, right? All the products had their own little mascot. For Illustrator, it was the Venus de Milo.
For Photoshop, it was always the Eye and for InDesign, it was always the Butterfly. So the way you invoke the Butterfly game is you bring up the About InDesign screen. So, on Windows that would be under the Help menu, on Mac it would be under the InDesign menu. And then with this screen on your monitor here type the word 'butterfly' on your keyboard, so "butterfly" and that will turn your About screen into a secret butterfly game. These are all the butterflies that once adorned the product box and application icons at once.
If you remember the original codename of InDesign, it was K2, so there is a reference to that in the mountain graphic on the back. Then if you want to pin the butterfly, you just click on them and you'll pin them. No harm is being done to these butterflies. You can always release them by unpinning them. If you wait long enough with this screen open - we will see if we can get it to come by - there will be a little reference to some other desktop application. A desktop publishing application.
There it is. Some of you may have known that there was an Easter Egg in QuarkXPress, the Martian. So if you leave this About screen open long enough, you'll see a little Martian going by and waving. There he goes again. So, just a little bunch of silliness but now you can impress your friends with the butterfly game hidden inside InDesign. Oh! To make it go away, just hit your Escape key and it doesn't exist.
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