An early pioneer of the digital revolution with an extensive background in the typesetting industry, Shirley Hopkins was often frustrated by the slowness of the new technology and its point-and-click methods. As part of her continual effort to find ways to automate the process, she began working with AppleScript and VisualBasic when they were first announced. When clients saw the magic that a script could perform, she was encouraged to write a book on the subject as there was little documentation to be found at the time. Since the release of her first book, AppleScripting QuarkXPress (1996), she positioned herself as a scripting evangelist switching to InDesign in 1997. After taking a much-needed sabbatical, she continues to concentrate her energies on writing and teaching in an effort to help others discover the hidden power of scripting.
She has been a community partner for Adobe Systems and teaches online with WyzAnt. When time permits, she hangs out on the web contributing to forums and answering emails.