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Adobe Comp CC Released
I was privileged to be able to introduce Khoi Vinh and Adobe Comp during MAX 2014 Sneaks, and today Comp CC is available for download. Use Comp CC to create layouts on your iPad at the touch of a finger. Comp CC transforms natural drawing gestures into crisp graphics, and lets you send your comps to Photoshop, Illustrator or InDesign to finish on your desktop.
(Mon, 30 Mar 2015 15:51:00 -0400)
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Win A Copy Of Super-Modified
Super-Modified is Behance's new 288 page book that demonstrates how classic approaches to art and design are being subverted, blurred, and reinvented by today's creatives. Here's how you can win a copy.
(Wed, 25 Mar 2015 13:23:00 -0400)
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Add Richard Curtis To Your Blog List
Richard Curtis' blog is a goldmine of Photoshop and Lightroom goodness, and he's recently been covering 3D printing, too. I'm blown away by the depth and scope of his posts, and his ability to keep producing highly informative quality content with such frequency. Add Richard's blog to your reading list.
(Mon, 23 Mar 2015 16:18:00 -0400)
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Google Mobile-Friendly Test
Is your site mobile friendly? Use Google's Mobile-Friendly Test tool to find out. And yes, this site is, thanks to responsive design.
(Sun, 22 Mar 2015 23:47:00 -0400)
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The Document Cloud Team Is Blogging
Yesterday I mentioned the Adobe Document Cloud. Here's another useful link, the Document Cloud team has been busy blogging.
(Wed, 18 Mar 2015 07:03:00 -0400)
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The Adobe Document Cloud
Here it is, the 3rd pillar in our cloud strategy. Adobe Document Cloud combines a completely reimagined Acrobat with the power of e-signatures. Now you can edit, sign, send, and track documents wherever you are - across desktops, mobile, and web.
(Tue, 17 Mar 2015 11:01:00 -0400)
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On Improving CreateJS Performance
Trying to squeeze every ounce of performance out of exported CreateJS content? The key step in the performance optimization process is identifying the bottlenecks that result in poor performance. Over on the Flash Pro blog, Matt Karl from CloudKid has shared utilities and instructions to help you tune your content for better performance.
(Mon, 16 Mar 2015 16:08:00 -0400)
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Adobe Illustrator Draw Now On iPhone
Adobe Illustrator Draw, originally only available for iPad, has just been released for iPhone. It is optimized for the larger screens (think iPhone 6 and 6 Plus), but works on any iPhone running iOS 7.1 or later. Draw on iPhone differs from Draw for iPad in only two ways, there's no stylus or Touch Slide support, and no integration with Adobe Shape CC. Other than that, Draw for iPhone provides the same intuitive and innovative vector drawing tools and controls organized in the same UI as Draw for iPad. You can download the new Draw from the iTunes App Store, and you'll find more details in this blog post
(Thu, 12 Mar 2015 11:34:00 -0400)
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AIR And Flash 17 Beta Updated
Updated beta versions (code named "Octavia") of both Flash Player 17 and AIR 17 have been posted to Adobe Labs.
(Wed, 11 Mar 2015 23:26:00 -0400)
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Some Thoughts On Adobe Voice In The Classroom
We didn't create Adobe Voice specifically for education. But, since its release on iPad last year, educators and students alike have flocked to Voice, showering it with praise and awards along the way. Sidebar: If you haven't used Adobe Voice yet, you should, and quickly. Voice lets you communicate, share, tell a story, or just express an idea, using your own voice and supporting imagery and background music. And Voice makes your creation look good, with cinema-quality animation and transitions, and simple sharing. I've been working with middle-school students who have been using Adobe Voice for everything from casual "What I did this summer" type presentations, to science fair explanations, to pitches for volunteer groups, and more. Kids find Voice to be intuitive and fun, which means that they actually use it.What follows are some thoughts and notes on how Adobe Voice could be used in educational settings. These are not hard-and-fast rules of course, the reason we want kids using tools like Adobe Voice is that it encourages them to express themselves creatively, and at some level, strict rules stifle the very creativity you're trying to encourage. That said, consider the following:
  • Adobe Voice is great for just winging it, add some content, toss in another page, change a layout, find an image ... yes, winging it. There's nothing inherently wrong with that, freeform experimentation is a good thing, and the lack of plan and structure can help foster creative expression. But at the same time, learning how to set goals, and defining steps to achieve them, is a really critical communication skill, and one I want kids learning. I'd not want students creating detailed outlines for each page in their Voice projects (if they never see Word's outline mode ever, I'd be ok with that, too). But I do encourage them to perhaps create the last pages first, forcing them to define what the message is, what they want viewers to take away from their work, and then fill in the pieces needed to get there.
  • An extension of this idea is that Adobe Voice projects can help students understand that when trying to make a point, less is often more. Another critical communication skill is knowing how to get to the point, learning how to focus on what you need to get your idea across and not on what may be distracting. Voice makes it really easy to insert and remove content, preview the result, and then tweak further. I like to challenge students, asking if specific pages or images or ideas help make their point or not. Any decisions must be their own, but the Voice authoring process is a great platform for this discussion.
  • Related is the risk of teachers being overly prescriptive. I hated when my teachers insisted on a certain number of pages or words. Actually, to this day I object when my publisher asks the same (I just turned in a book manuscript that came in about 20% shorter than I had expected because that felt right, and I was not going to add content to satisfy a contract in a way that would dissatisfy readers, and thankfully, my publisher agrees). The important thing should be the creation itself and how successfully it imparts its message, and if that can be accomplished in fewer words and less time, great. I like to give students a window, a duration range rather than a specific target, balancing not being overly prescriptive with encouraging them to avoid extraneous verbosity.
  • Voice, as its name suggests, is really intended to share the presenter's voice, both figuratively and literally. Most Voice presentations do indeed have a voice track, the presenter talks, and page content supports the message. But some students will find this format uncomfortable, and so I encourage them to only talk when and if they want to. If imagery and background music delivers the message without a voiceover, so be it.
  • Talking about imagery, Voice provides access to lots of it, and I've seen students spend so much time browsing for images that they never get to the core presentation and message. This is another opportunity for skill-building, this time relating to pacing and planning and prioritization and managing deadlines. I encourage students to find an acceptable image, even a good one, and then move to the next page. When the project is complete, if there is enough time, they can easily go back and swap out assets to improve the experience.
  • Also related to imagery and assets, I encourage students to make their presentations their own. I like then taking pictures with the iPad to include in the projects. I suggest putting their own faces on the title slide. I encourage them to draw and include those images, too. I want them to create an experience that is uniquely theirs, and Voice makes that easy to do.
The truth is, many of these ideas are not Adobe Voice specific. But Voice provides a catalyst for students to create and for educators to encourage that creativity, and I'll keep sharing these observations as I learn them myself. If you are using Voice in the classroom, please share, too.
(Sun, 08 Mar 2015 23:58:00 -0400)
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Adobe On HackerOne
In recognition of the important role that independent security researchers play in keeping Adobe customers safe, earlier this week we launched a web application vulnerability disclosure program on the HackerOne platform. Bug hunters who identify a web application vulnerability in an Adobe online service or web property can now privately disclose the issue to Adobe while boosting their HackerOne reputation score.
(Fri, 06 Mar 2015 16:33:00 -0400)
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Brackets 1.2 Now Available
Brackets 1.2 has been released. New features include moving selected text via drag and drop, CSS color name code hints, improved SVG support, and more. Details are in this blog post.
(Mon, 02 Mar 2015 15:50:00 -0400)
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Tom Green On PaintCan
I mentioned PaintCan a couple of weeks ago, a fun project from Adobe Labs which is now available for iPad. Tom Green has posted a great little article on How To Use Adobe PaintCan to help you get started.
(Sun, 01 Mar 2015 21:10:00 -0400)
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Learn Dreamweaver Web Design
The latest update to Adobe Dreamweaver CC includes a rich set of tutorials available directly inside the app. Not only are the tutorials aesthetically engaging, they provide meaningful, relevant content for established and aspiring web designers. Maile Valentine has posted a summary of all this new goodness.
(Tue, 24 Feb 2015 11:48:00 -0400)
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Flash Professional CC February 2015 Released
We've just released Flash Professional CC February 2015 update ( New features include:
  • Support for AIR 16/Flash Player 16
  • Ability to publish 64 bit AIR apps for iOS 8.x
  • HTML5 Canvas Optimizations
  • Audio Splitting
  • WebGL runtime support for the latest Chrome browser update
Creative Cloud subscribers, just install the update when the notification pops up in Creative Cloud desktop.
(Thu, 19 Feb 2015 20:00:00 -0400)
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