Friday, January 29, 2010

Snow White doesn't want this Apple either

I <3 Apple but some apples are rotten.

I dream about a device I can have fun with, go to conferences with, do presentations with, use on the plane, and have in the kitchen while I cook. I love my iPod but it is so small. I love my laptop, but it is so heavy to lug around and carry cords for and well it’s for work really.

I wanted an item that had great graphics where I could watch movies, listen to music, and browse the Internet… ALL of the INTERNET.

AND if I don’t want to open a browser there is this thing call AIR. It is awesome actually. Has whole bunch of really great apps with almost no boundaries. True innovation. And you don’t need approval from an app store to publish it.

And we all know that Adobe has reached out to Apple and has clearly stated the intent to enable open access to Flash content and applications on all devices. There is <3 for Adobe Indesign but not Flash? Does it have to have the name iFlash to qualify?

Adobe is happy the iBooks supports the ePub standard which is supported as an output format in Adobe Indesign. I have a suspicious feeling someone got burned using Flash a long time ago. And some how just bitter. But things are changing! Flash says "Watch me now!"


Is it just that Apple wants to control their users? And I get it, it is about making money.
But they need to remember that they are Apple. People love their product. It is the experience, not the cost if you have the money to invest in it. Obviously anyone who is getting an iPad is buying it for the experience and doesn’t necessarily need an iPad. So how does locking down viewable content make them lose money? You would sell more units if it was Flash enabled. Am I crazy?

Could you answer these questions for me below or feel free to link back to your blog in my comments section.

- What is your wish list for the next version of iPad?
- Have you thought of when/where you would use it?
- As an Adobe Product developer, do you see your clients wanting to develop more apps for the iPad?
- What impression did this make on different age groups?
- How does it make you feel as a member of a large population of developers who are respected in the industry, being denied the ability to show off your skills and creativity?

The good thing is, you can’t build something great without someone trying it out first. Apple tried to make something that appealed to a large audience. I imagine in the future there will be changes and new accessories. So lets prepare for the future of products like these. What are the uses for an item like this if the sky was the limit? Think of teachers, students, movie directors, hospitals, etc. What could be done with augmented reality, interactive forms, movie editing, visual data, etc. Once the time comes and someone makes a good decision for change, you have to be ready. (I know, you were hoping the time was now, patience…. but make sure you voice your opinion now!)

P.S.- Snow White is looking for her prince charming, it isn't SJ.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

ACP Spotlight: Joyce Evans

I'm here today with Joyce Evans, an ACP member since 2006 who specializes in Fireworks.

Liz: Hello Joyce! I checked out your new site What is the purpose of this site and who does it help?

Joyce: Hi Liz! It's a resource for people who want to learn how to use some of the top Adobe software. My contributions to the site are primarily Fireworks and Dreamweaver. I haven't added a lot recently but I'm back at it and new tutorials will be showing up on a regular basis. This week I've added 5 new Fireworks CS4 tutorials.

The site helps anyone who wants to learn quickly and visually how to perform certain tasks. Based on the emails I receive, the most common type of visitors are the new designers to be:-)

Liz: I see you've written several books on the subject. Can you tell me about some of the more popular books and why other should check them out?

Joyce: The books are outdated now but I know a lot of people still have or purchase older versions. My best books are Dreamweaver Complete Course MX 2004 and Fireworks Zero To Hero MX 2004. Most of the Fireworks book is still applicable in versions CS3 and CS4. I've turned to recording instead of writing. If I spare time from work (my design business has been good), I'll do another CD. My favorite way o teach is by having a finished project when you are done. For instance, in the Dreamweaver Complete Course book and my CD (Web Page In A Day!) the user ends up with a completed website pr page.

Liz: Is there anything you'd like to share with our readers?

Joyce: The major thing I'd like users to know is that the older tutorials for Fireworks (and there are a lot of them) still work in even version CS4. Of course the panels may look different and there are new features. But to learn how to use the basic tools, they are virtually the same. Also, FIREWORKS ROCKS!! It is the best imaging software for the web, hands down!! The newer versions, CS3 and CS4 are really great as a comping tool to show working site samples to clients. Well I could go on and on so I'll close with, "If you need help in Fireworks, be sure to check out the Adobe Fireworks forum".

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

ACP Spotlight: RIA Radio

Check out my ACP friends at RIA Radio.

RIA Radio is a weekly podcast presented by InsideRIA as an open discussion with guests from the community covering upcoming news and current best practices. It is hosted by Garth Braithwaite and a panel of experts comprised of Stacey Mulcahy, Zach Stepek, and Leif Wells.

Sample of recent and upcoming shows:
Chuck Freedman, Evangelist for litl (Last Friday)
Shaun Smith and Joel Hooks on RobotLegs (released previously)
Branden Hall and Joshua Davis on HYPE (released next week)
Jesse Warden on whatever it is he does (released in 2 weeks)

Make sure you subscribe to their Podcast at

More Spotlights on Adobe Community Professionals coming soon!

Monday, January 18, 2010

New ACPs for 2010

Congrats to all the ACP members for 2010!

This year is going to rock! I'm looking forward to more participation on blogs, forums, twitter, podcasts, conferences, UG visits, articles, books, etc. We have 300 members this year! OMG, that's too much! So this means you have to ROCK 2010 and prove to me that you deserve this!
For those of you who didn't make it in, I really appreciate you too. I can still be a resource for you in the community and help you get connected with other Professionals to see what it takes to be a part of this program. Thanks for everything and good luck in 2011.

Here is the list of Adobe Community Professionals 2010. If you didn't get an email, contact me please!

NEW Dave Austin Acrobat
donna baker Acrobat
Douglas Hanna Acrobat
NEW Duff Johnson Acrobat
Lori Kassuba Acrobat
Michael Kazlow Acrobat
NEW Dave Merchant Acrobat
Dimitri Munkirs Acrobat
Thom Parker Acrobat
Lutz Albrecht AfterEffects
Alex Czetwertynski AfterEffects
Jonas Hummelstrand AfterEffects
NEW Jorge Mochon AfterEffects

Elaine Montoya AfterEffects
NEW J Schuh AfterEffects
Andrew Yoole AfterEffects
NEW Jason Benson AIR
NEW Mads Djurhuus AIR
NEW Nick Kwiatkowski AIR
NEW John Mason AIR
Andrew Muller AIR
NEW Hasan Otuome AIR
Charles Parcell AIR
NEW Cesare Rocchi AIR
NEW Lauro Santos AIR
David Tucker AIR
James Whittaker AIR
Michael Baker Authorware
Paul Dewhurst Captivate
Mark Fletcher Captivate
NEW Lisa Heselton Captivate
Steve Howard Captivate
Erik Lord Captivate
Rick Stone Captivate
NEW Andy Allan ColdFusion
Charles Arehart ColdFusion
NEW Cutter Blades ColdFusion
Geoffrey Bowers ColdFusion
Rob Brooks-Bilson ColdFusion
NEW Mike Brunt ColdFusion
Raymond Camden ColdFusion
NEW Michael Chandler ColdFusion
NEW Pedro Claudio ColdFusion
NEW Jeff Coughlin ColdFusion
NEW Joshua Cyr ColdFusion
NEW Jason Dean ColdFusion
Tom de Manicor ColdFusion
NEW Steven Erat ColdFusion
NEW Marc Esher ColdFusion
NEW Sam Farmer ColdFusion
NEW Dave Ferguson ColdFusion
Simon Free ColdFusion
NEW Matt Gifford ColdFusion
NEW Charlie Griefer ColdFusion
Cyril Hanquez ColdFusion
Paul Hastings ColdFusion
NEW Mike Henke ColdFusion
NEW Russ Johnson ColdFusion
NEW Kai Koenig ColdFusion
Brian Kotek ColdFusion
Mark Mandel ColdFusion
Kevin McCabe ColdFusion
Brian Meloche ColdFusion
Nathan Mische ColdFusion
Ben Nadel ColdFusion
Mike Nimer ColdFusion
Francisco Paulino ColdFusion
NEW Adam Presley ColdFusion
NEW Nikklas Richardson ColdFusion
Brian Rinaldi ColdFusion
Joe Rinehart ColdFusion
Steve Rittler ColdFusion
Jared Rypka-Hauer ColdFusion
Kevin Schmidt ColdFusion
Todd Sharp ColdFusion
NEW Bill Shelton ColdFusion
Daniel Short ColdFusion
NEW Ryan Stille ColdFusion
NEW Scott Stroz ColdFusion
NEW Adam Tuttle ColdFusion
Jochem van Dieten ColdFusion
NEW Dan Vega ColdFusion
Andrea Veggiani ColdFusion
Dave Watts ColdFusion
Aaron West ColdFusion
Dan Wilson ColdFusion
NEW Sana Ullah ColdFusion
Adam Bell Creative Suite
NEW Kajorn Bhirakit Creative Suite
NEW Alison Cattelona Creative Suite
Scott Citron Creative Suite
April Clark Creative Suite
Tom Green Creative Suite
Randy Hagan Creative Suite
John Head Creative Suite
Robert Hoekman, Jr Creative Suite
Lynette Kent Creative Suite
Dorothy Krause Creative Suite
James Lockman Creative Suite
Jesse Rodgers Creative Suite
Dee Sadler Creative Suite
Patti Sokol Creative Suite
Paul Trani Creative Suite
Pawel Zakrzewski Creative Suite
Mark Bloomfield Dreamweaver
Laurie Casolino Dreamweaver
Danilo Celic Dreamweaver
Lawrence Cramer Dreamweaver
Kenneth Ford Dreamweaver
Nancy Gill Dreamweaver
Kirsten Hoyt Dreamweaver
Rob Huddleston Dreamweaver
Juan A. Jimenez Lopez Dreamweaver
Thierry Koblentz Dreamweaver
Brad Lawryk Dreamweaver
Joseph Lowery Dreamweaver
NEW Beth Marshall Dreamweaver
Tom Muck Dreamweaver
Nadia Perre Dreamweaver
David Powers Dreamweaver
Günter Schenk Dreamweaver
Stephanie Sullivan Dreamweaver
Murray Summers Dreamweaver
Roman Villarreal Dreamweaver
Jim Babbage Fireworks
Christian Baptiste Fireworks
Joyce Evans Fireworks
David Hogue Fireworks
NEW Alessandro Pace Flash Lite
NEW Nate Beck Flash Media Server
Graeme Bull Flash Media Server
NEW Jerry Chabolia Flash Media Server
David Hassoun Flash Media Server
Phillip Kerman Flash Media Server
NEW Lisa Larson Flash Media Server
William Law Flash Media Server
Stefan Richter Flash Media Server
NEW Bill Sanders Flash Media Server
Fabio Sonnati Flash Media Server
Weyert de Boer Flash Mobile
Mariam Dholkawala Flash Mobile
Nick Gerig Flash Mobile
Pasi Manninen Flash Mobile
Dale Rankine Flash Mobile
Robert Toole Flash Mobile
Andrea Trento Flash Mobile
NEW Rui Da Silva Flash Platform
NEW Ares Hovhannesyan Flash Platform
NEW Vicente Maciel Jr Flash Platform
NEW Orcun Madran Flash Platform
NEW Brajeshwar Oinam Flash Platform
NEW Arul Kumaran Ragunathan Flash Platform
Kenny Bunch Flash Platform (RIA)
Peter Elst Flash Platform (RIA)
NEW Scott Janousek Flash Platform (RIA)
NEW Yongho Ji Flash Platform (RIA)
Danny Patterson Flash Platform (RIA)
Zach Stepek Flash Platform (RIA)
Oscar Trelles Flash Platform (RIA)
NEW Guy Watson Flash Platform (RIA)
NEW Demian Borba Flash Professional
NEW Jacob Bullock Flash Professional
Jack Cardinal Flash Professional
NEW Marlon Ceballos Flash Professional
NEW Fernando COLACO Flash Professional
NEW Koen De Weggheleire Flash Professional
Rafiq Elmansy Flash Professional
NEW SeongGyu Gang Flash Professional
Chris Georgenes Flash Professional
Robert Hall Flash Professional
NEW David Knape Flash Professional
NEW Jungwoong Kevin Lee Flash Professional
Elliot Mebane Flash Professional
Fumio Nonaka Flash Professional
Pablo PARRADO Flash Professional
Robert Reinhardt Flash Professional
Paul Marcel Salazar Jimenez Flash Professional
David Stiller Flash Professional
Marc Thiele Flash Professional
Tariq Ahmed Flex
NEW Campbell Anderson Flex
NEW Laura Arguello Flex
NEW Christoph Atteneder Flex
NEW JunGyun Bae Flex
Simon Bailey Flex
NEW Joseph Balderson Flex
Simeon Bateman Flex
NEW Viktor Bezdek Flex
John C. Bland II Flex
NEW Garth Braithwaite Flex
NEW Marco Casario Flex
Yann Chevalier Flex
NEW Hillel Coren Flex
Igor Costa Flex
Tiago Dias Flex
Dirk Eismann Flex
NEW Elad Elrom Flex
João Fernandes Flex
NEW Alexandru Ghiura Flex
Dimiitrios Gianninas Flex
Michael Givens Flex
Greg Hamer Flex
Tony Hillerson Flex
NEW Taiga Hirohata Flex
Jeffry Houser Flex
NEW George Iosif Flex
Mike Jones Flex
Chafic Kazoun Flex
Michael Labriola Flex
NEW Joonha Lee Flex
NEW LordAlex Leon Flex
NEW Joan Llenas Masó Flex
Jeremy Lu Flex

Peter Andreas M√∏lgaard Flex
Pete Mackie Flex
NEW Justin Mclean Flex
Giorgio Natili Flex
Beck Novaes Flex
NEW Jodie O'Rourke Flex
NEW Dan Orlando Flex
Thomas Ortega Flex
RJ Owen Flex
NEW Edgar Parada Flex
NEW Tomislav Pokrajcic Flex
NEW Andrew Powell Flex
NEW Jon Rose Flex
Rob Rusher Flex
João Saleiro Flex
NEW Holly Schinsky Flex
NEW Chris Scott Flex
NEW Rui Silva Flex
Tracy Spratt Flex
Jeff Tapper Flex
Rich Tretola Flex
Neil Webb Flex
Leif Wells Flex
John Wilker Flex
Sascha Wolter Flex
Sean Brierley FrameMaker
Arnis Gubins FrameMaker
Michael Müller-Hillebrand FrameMaker
Scott Prentice FrameMaker
Ian Proudfoot FrameMaker
Mordy Golding Illustrator
Chana Messer Illustrator
NEW Jean-Claude Tremblay Illustrator
Leonardo Agosti InDesign
David Blatner InDesign
NEW Pariah Burke InDesign
Diane Burns InDesign
Anne-Marie Concepcion InDesign
NEW Paul Cracknell InDesign
Keith Gilbert InDesign
Bob Levine InDesign
Michael Murphy InDesign
NEW Neil Oliver InDesign
Gabriel Powell InDesign
Jose Ramos InDesign
NEW Luis Santos InDesign
Gerald Singelmann InDesign
Peter Spier InDesign
NEW Frans van der Geest InDesign
NEW Peter Villevoye InDesign
NEW Michael Witherell InDesign
A.J. Wood InDesign
Max Dunn InDesign Server
NEW Glyn Dewis Lightroom
Sean McCormack Lightroom
Gene McCullagh Lightroom
Brian Reyman Lightroom
NEW David Rogers Lightroom
Geoff Walker Lightroom
David Liao LiveCycle ES
Howard Treisman LiveCycle ES
Michael √Öhgren Photoshop
NEW Daniele Di Stanio Photoshop
Jesse Harding Photoshop
Ian Lyons Photoshop
Michel Mayerle Photoshop
NEW Reynaldo Mendoza Photoshop
Becky Padilla Photoshop
NEW Jose Perez Photoshop
Jörg Schmalenberger Photoshop
NEW Kevin Stohlmeyer Photoshop
Chris Tarantino Photoshop
NEW Rafael Tuduri Amengual Photoshop
NEW Stefano Virgilli Photoshop
Barbara Brundage Photoshop Elements
Jeff Bellune Premiere Pro
NEW Ann Bens Premiere Pro
Jerry Klaimon Premiere Pro
Aanarav Sareen Premiere Pro
Dennis Sladek Premiere Pro
Joost van der Hoeven Premiere Pro
Curt Wrigley Premiere Pro
Sven Brencher Production Premium
Craig Clarke RoboHelp
John Daigle RoboHelp
Matthew Ellison RoboHelp
Peter Grainge RoboHelp
Roger Nilsson RoboHelp
Arnout Kazemier Spry
David Buell Visual Communicator
Christopher Darby Visual Communicator

Adobe Community Professionals

Starting today, the Adobe Community Experts program has a new name: the Adobe Community Professionals.

The program was rebranded because the term “ACE” and “Experts” has been elected by Adobe to identifying only members of the Adobe Certified Experts program.
This group will be represented worldwide and they are recognized as leaders in the community. 2010’s list of Professionals will be announced soon and we are excited to add new members to the program who will empower the community about all of our amazing Adobe products!

Monday, January 11, 2010

Event Spotlight: FITC Toronto

Adobe Sponsors several Community Events world-wide. Here is an interview with Shawn Pucknell from FITC Toronto!

Liz: What city is the event held and what so great about it?
Shawn: FITC Toronto started in 2002 and has continued to grow: this is our 9th year and we expect it to be an amazing event that will sell out. Toronto is a fantastic City...metropolitan and vibrant, but still safe and clean for the most part! People are friendly, and spring should be perfect weather.

Liz: What makes your event unique?
Shawn: It starts with the presentations. Two solidly packed days of presentations, both technical and creative. Presenters from around the world have been hand picked for their skill and talent, and all are eager to share and meet you. Most times, you will have 4 different presentations to choose from. It's also about the networking. Being able to meet and talk to people who share your passion for this industry. Meet them at the presentations, in the exhibitor hall, or at one of the evening parties. Did we mention the parties? We don't mean to toot our own horn, but FITC parties are legendary. Not that you should come just for the parties. But you could. If you really wanted to. We wouldn't tell anyone.

Liz: How much does it cost?
Shawn: FITC Toronto 2010 festival tickets are 499 CDN until Jan 15th, at which point they go up to $599 CDN. We pride ourselves on still being one of the lowest priced Flash conferences around.

Liz: Can you tell us about some of your speakers?
Shawn: Some of the most well respected people and companies in the industry:
Colin Moock, Jim Corbett , Brendan Dawes, Joa Ebert, North Kingdom, Lee Brimelow, Ralph Hauwert, Scott Hansen, Mario Klingemann, Big Spaceship, Firstborn, Andre Michelle, Stacey Mulcahy, James Paterson (presstube), Keith Peters, Grant Skinner, plus many more!

Liz: How can we follow the event?
Shawn: You can follow through, or at or at

Liz: This looks like a fantastic event! Early bird price ends this FRIDAY (1/15/2010) so hurry!!! And what a great line up of speakers too!