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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 -0500)
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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 -0500)
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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 -0500)
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Flash Professional CC February 2015 Released
We've just released Flash Professional CC February 2015 update (14.2.0.20). 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 -0500)
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Happy 25th Birthday Photoshop
To celebrate 25 years of the tool that has helped shape creativity, artists from all over the world contributed their most amazing dreams as Photoshop files with layers. These PSDs were then animated layer by layer to create this film, made in Photoshop.
(Wed, 18 Feb 2015 23:07:00 -0500)
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PhoneGap Build Now Supports PhoneGap 3.7
Title says it all, the PhongeGap team has announced that v3.7.0 is now supported by PhoneGap Build.
(Tue, 17 Feb 2015 22:50:00 -0500)
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AIR And Flash 17 Beta Released
Beta versions (code named "Octavia") of both Flash Player 17 and AIR 17 have been posted to Adobe Labs. So, versions 14, 15, and 16 in 2014, and six weeks into 2015 we have betas of version 17. I love aggressive progress!
(Wed, 11 Feb 2015 18:08:00 -0500)
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Adobe Design Achievement Awards 2015
We've just announced the 2015 call for entries for the prestigious Adobe Design Achievement Awards. Now in its 15th year, the ADAA has highlighted top new talent from around the globe, and has even launched careers (some of the finalists and winners are hired right out of school). Once again, grand prize winners will be announced at MAX in Los Angeles. Winners receive 12-month Adobe Creative Cloud memberships, travel and accommodations to MAX as well as access to the event, and mentorships. In addition, 3 Grand Prize winners receive $1,000. I had a lot of fun with ADAA last year playing a minor supporting role, and am looking forward to seeing this year's submissions.
(Mon, 09 Feb 2015 16:02:00 -0500)
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Apache Flex 4.14 Released
The release of Apache Flex 4.14 has just been announced by The Apache Flex Community. Here are the release notes.
(Tue, 03 Feb 2015 12:14:00 -0500)
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ColdFusion 11 Update 4 Pre-Release Updated
The pre-release of ColdFusion 11 Update 4 has been updated, links on the ColdFusion blog.
(Mon, 02 Feb 2015 19:59:00 -0500)
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Insteon 2245 Hub Reviewed
I've been a fan of Universal Devices' ISY line of home automation controllers for quite a while. They are incredibly powerful, highly extensible, and very reasonably priced. The current model is the ISY-994i, and it supports multiple protocols (Insteon, X10, and optionally Z-Wave), can manage over a thousand devices, and run a thousand custom programs. That's the good news. The bad news is that the ISYs still suffer from a horrid user interface, a Java client that looks like an applet stuck in a 90's time warp. I use an ISY-994i as my primary home automation controller, but recently needed to make changes to another family member's configuration, one that I need to support remotely, and so I used the opportunity to take a look an updated contender, Smarthome's Insteon 2245 Hub.The Insteon 2245 Hub is a small Applesque white box less than 4" by 4", and 1.5" high. It features a single Ethernet connection, power slot, and an LED. That's it. But don't let its diminutive size fool you, this is an impressive piece of hardware built for simplicity. Plug it in, install the iOS, Android, or Windows app, and it just works. Or rather, it should. When I installed the app on an iPad it found the device on the network, but could never complete the configuration. And so I had to call Smarthome support, a process which reminded me just how good their support is. Yes, I had to wait 17 minutes, but when I got a rep on the phone he was efficient, competent, and genuinely helpful (no running through scripts). It turns out that my device was running new firmware that had a bug in it, so he had me run through steps to rewind to older firmware, and then all was good. So, points scored for support. Once the device was powered up and connected, I had to connect it to all the already installed outlets and switches. This required selecting an option in the app, and then pressing a button on each device. One device gave me grief and had to be manually reset, but that aside, hooking up all the devices was quick and painless. The app recognized each device properly and displayed appropriate controls for each. At this point I could touch any switch or outlet or device in the app, and turn on, off, dim, etc. So far so good. Next up, scenes (device grouping). Again, this is initiated within the app, define a scene, and then add its members. Unfortunately, this process didn't work as well as it should have, several scenes had to be created multiple times, and more than one required going to each device to manually press the configuration button. But, not that big a deal, it all worked pretty well. The final step was to set up programming schedules, and this is where I ran into the Insteon Hub's limitations. I use scheduling extensively. I have events tied to times of day, sunrise and sunset, specific days and dates, and more. And I've gotten used to just how flexible ISY scheduling is, I have never run into scheduling conditions that it couldn't handle. The Insteon Hub on the other hand? Consider the following:
  • I have a scene that turns on at sunset and off at sunrise every single day. I have another scene that turns on at sunset and off at sunrise on certain days only. Insteon hub won't allow that, only one scheduled event can be tied to each time slot, including sunrise and sunset.
  • No problem, so I'll schedule one for a few minutes before or after sunrise and sunset, right? Nope. Time arithmetic is not supported at all, so no hours or minutes +/- anything, something the ISY does with ease.
  • There is also no support for date based scheduling, only day of week is supported, so no scheduling ahead of time based on travel schedules, for example.
  • No support for AND or OR conditions.
  • No support for sequences of non-time-based events (do something when a light is turned on, or a motion sensor tripped, thermostat reached specific temperature, or a water leak sensor triggered).
  • It gets worse, but you get the idea.
Honestly, Insteon Hub's scheduling support is pathetic; it can handle simple time of day and not much else. This is a really serious limitation. Fortunately, it's a software limitation, so perhaps a future firmware update can address this. (And I really hope that that the just announced upcoming Insteon 2243 Hub Pro isn't similarly crippled). A few other notes:
  • Insteon Hub requires Internet access.
  • Settings are synced to the cloud, which makes me wonder why there is no web client to compliment the app client (well, there is one, but it doesn't do much).
  • The hub seems to support just about every Insteon device out there, that's good news.
  • Insteon Hub supports Nest thermostats (in addition to Insteon thermostats, of course).
  • X10 is not supported. This shouldn't be an issue for most users, but if you have legacy devices, keep that in mind.
  • HouseLinc is not supported, that's coming in the 2243 Hub Pro.
  • Local network access is needed for initial configuration, but after that any Internet access works, even cellular.
  • Remote camera monitoring (assuming compatible cameras and/or DVR) is supported.
So, what's the verdict? All in all, I do like the Insteon 2245 Hub, it addresses a real need not served by more complex controllers like the ISY. It's inexpensive at $100, and an absolute bargain on sale now for $40. If you need a simple remote-manageable home automation controller, something that will let you check devices, alert you to device status changes, turn devices on and off, and work with scenes, then this one is truly worthy of consideration. But if scheduling is a key part of your home automation strategy (as it is mine), then look elsewhere' poor scheduling support truly is this device's Achilles' Heel.
(Sun, 01 Feb 2015 21:46:00 -0500)
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Check Out PaintCan
As children we used to love to paint because it was fun. As adults, we too often stop expressing ourselves creatively because we think we lack the skills or time to do so. PaintCan lets you reclaim your creativity. PaintCan is the latest from Adobe Labs, and is now available for iPad.PaintCan is still in its infancy. We have many exciting ideas about new features to add, or how to simplify it more, but we really want to hear from you: How will you use PaintCan? What do you like about it? What do you want improved? Send us your feedback, your ideas, and your best paintings, to paintcan@adobe.com.
(Thu, 29 Jan 2015 22:51:00 -0500)
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Creative Cloud Sync Keystrokes Infographic
The Creative Cloud team has created an infographic of the keystrokes you can use to resolve sync issues. This one is worth filing away for possible future use.
(Tue, 27 Jan 2015 23:29:00 -0500)
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Free Photoshop CC Essential Training
Julieanne Kost has announced that you can watch her Lynda.com Photoshop CC Essential Training for free until February 2nd, 2015.
(Mon, 26 Jan 2015 22:56:00 -0500)
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AIR Roundup
The AIR team has posted a summary of what the runtime is up to, focused on some of its impressive gaming related stats.
(Sun, 25 Jan 2015 09:53:00 -0500)
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