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Adobe Creative Suite Master Collection CS5

Interactive design without writing code —Design sophisticated interactive content and create functional interfaces in new Adobe Flash Catalyst CS5 without writing code. Transform your unique vision into compelling online experiences using Flash Catalyst and deliver perfect project files to developers who use Adobe Flash Builder to add functionality and integration with servers and services.

Extraordinary image creation and editing —Use the Mixer Brush and Bristle Tips in Adobe Photoshop CS5 Extended to explore lifelike, naturally-textured painting. Add dimension to your imagery with 3D extrusions using Adobe Repousse technology and make precise image selections more quickly and easily with new Truer Edge selection technology.

Innovative vector drawing and painting —Quickly and accurately represent depth and distance using new perspective tools in Adobe Illustrator CS5. You can now precisely control stroke width, arrowheads, and dashes (also called beautiful strokes). And use the new Bristle Brush to draw with the expressive quality of watercolors, oils, and pastels, but with the scalability and editability of vectors.

Industry-leading performance enhancements —Work faster thanks to multiple performance gains. New GPU-acceleration in Adobe Photoshop CS5 Extended enables quick image cropping, color picking, and brushwork. Work faster in high resolution due to native 64-bit support in Photoshop, Adobe After Effects CS5, and Adobe Premiere® Pro CS5. The new Adobe Mercury engine speeds effects processing and rendering in Premiere Pro, and Dynamic Link is now dramatically faster.

CS Live online services integration —Accelerate time-consuming activities and collaborate widely using new CS Live online services that include Adobe CS Review for design feedback, Adobe BrowserLab to accurately test websites, Adobe Story for script development, and Acrobat.com to enhance communication around the globe.

Expressive motion graphics and blockbuster visual effects —Isolate moving foreground elements quickly in Adobe After Effects CS5 using the revolutionary new Roto Brush tool. Speed compositing with variable width mask feathering and new trackable masks. And start animating instantly using the new Auto-Animate button that automatically sets your starting keyframe to the current time.

Interactive documents and presentations —Create memorable documents and presentations complete with interactivity, motion, sound, and video in Adobe InDesign CS5. Enhance page layouts with rich media using new motion presets for easy animation creation. Take advantage of support for Flash video and MP3 audio file import to engage and excite your audiences.

Support for evolving web trends —Design and develop complex websites with exciting new enhancements to Adobe Dreamweaver CS5. Create dynamic websites more easily using Dreamweaver with full support for the leading content management frameworks, including Joomla, Drupal and WordPress.

Immersive interactive design and delivery —Fluidly animate complex jointed objects and create print-quality interactive typography in Adobe Flash Professional CS5. Add personality to your inverse kinematic motion with Spring, a new Bones tool attribute. New text capabilities include advanced styling controls. And new XML support provides tighter integration with other Adobe products.

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Adobe Flash Catalyst and the Designer/Developer Workflow


Rob Huddleston

ABOUT THE MEETUP SESSSION

Adobe Flash Catalyst CS5 software is the new RIA interaction design tool for creating Rich Internet Applications. You can transform Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and Fireworks artwork into expressive, fully interactive projects without writing code, and leverage the reach and consistency of the Adobe Flash Platform. In this session Rob Huddleston (Adobe Certified Instructor and published author) will be giving us an overview of Adobe Flash Catalyst. Some of the topics will include:

Overview of Flash Platform and Catalyst’s Place in the Designer/Developer Workflow
Creating Interactive Designs
Transforming Static Artwork into Interactive Components
Using Pages and States
Smoothing Animation
Round-trip Editing with Adobe Illustrator CS5
Publishing to SWF and AIR
Adding Design-time Data
Using Layout Tools
Working with Video and Media
Integrating with Adobe Flash Builder

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

Rob Huddleston has been developing web pages and applications since 1994, and has been an instructor since 1999, teaching web and graphic design to thousands of students. Rob is an Adjunct Professor in the Interactive Media program at the Art Institute of California, Sacramento. He is an Adobe Certified Instructor, Adobe Certified Expert, and Certified Developer, serves as an Adobe User Group Manager, has been named as an Adobe Community Professional for his volunteer work answering user questions in online forums. He also helps users as an expert moderator on Adobe’s Community Help system. Rob lives in Northern California with his wife and two children. Rob is the author of XML: Your visual blueprint™ for building expert websites using XML, CSS, XHTML, and XSLT; HTML, XHTML and CSS: Your visual blueprint™ for designing effective websites; Master VISUALLY: Dreamweaver CS4 and Flash CS4 Professional, ActionScript 3: Your visual blueprint™ for creating interactive projects in Flash CS4 Professional, the Flash Catalyst CS5 Bible and the forthcoming Web Design: Your visual blueprint™ for creating expert Web sites. You can visit Rob’s blog at http://www.robhuddleston.com

SESSION DATE, TIME, AND LOCATION

May 17th – 12:30 – 1:30pm Eastern – this session will be delivered online live with Adobe Acrobat Connect so you can join us from the convenience of your work office or home.

http://www.meetup.com/onlineflashplatform/

SESSION SKILL LEVEL

This session will be of interest to all levels of Flash designers and developers. Since Adobe Flash Catalyst is a new software solution, there is plenty to learn for Flash professionals of all levels.

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Adobe Flash CS5 New Features Free Webinar – May 3rd!


Tom Green

ONLINE FLASH PLATFORM MEETUP

Flash Professional CS5 will be shipping soon and it is packed with new features. In this session, industry leader and published author Tom Green will introduce some of the key features in the CS5 release including:

The New Text Layout Framework
Code Snippets
3 Party Classes and Code Introspection
Springs in Bones
Video Tools
Deco Tool
Interface Changes
FXG Format, and
Uncompressed Fla or XFL docs

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

Adobe Flash Expert Tom Green

Tom Green has been involved with Post Secondary education for over a decade and an active member of the international, national and local New Media Communities. He is currently a Professor of Interactive Multimedia at the Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning in Toronto, Canada. Tom has an an impressive resume of nine books in seven years, a ton of speaking engagements, online tutorials, and plenty of successful Flash projects under his belt. Tom is a Adobe Community Expert, Community MX partner, and a really fun guy to hang around with at the Adobe MAX Conference!

Tom’s professional publications include:

Foundation Flash CS4 for Designers
Foundation Flash CS3 for Designers
Fireworks CS3 Essential Training
From After Effects to Flash: poetry in motion graphics
Foundation Flash 8 Video
Flash Professional 8: training from the source Release

SESSION DATE, TIME, AND LOCATION

May 3rd – 12:00 – 1:00pm Eastern – this session will be delivered online live with Adobe Acrobat Connect so you can join us from the convenience of your work office or home.

For more information join the Online Flash Platform Meetup Group at:
http://www.meetup.com/onlineflashplatform/

SESSION SKILL LEVEL

This session will be of interest to all levels of Flash designers and developers. However, since this is a Flash CS5 new features seminar, it is assumed that the attendees will have some experience working in previous versions of Adobe Flash Professional.

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Free Online Adobe Flex Seminar – April 19th, 2010



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Free Adobe Flash Webinar

ONLINE FLASH PLATFORM MEETUP GROUP

Join us for a free Adobe Flex Training Seminar – ‘Your Flex App Looks Like Poo’ – with Garth Braithwaite
Monday – April 19th, 2010

ABOUT THE SESSION

Garth is a well informed and very entertaining guy – in this online session we will be discussing design roles and give you some good ideas on how to take your Rich Internet Applications to the next level. We will be exploring skinning Workflows, skin requirements, creating custom preloaders, and overhauling the application interface.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

Garth Braithwaite is a Senior Flex Developer at Rain where he specializes in Interaction Design in HTML/CSS/JS and on the Flash Platform. Additionally Garth hosts RIA Radio, a weekly podcast for O’Reilly and InsideRIA; co-authored The Flex 4 Cookbook; speaks at conferences like Flash and the City, 360|Flex, and MAX; and teaches. Garth is an Adobe Community Professional (ACP), an Adobe Certified Instructor (ACI), and an Adobe Certified Expert (ACE) for: Flex, Flash, Illustrator, Photoshop, Dreamweaver, and InDesign. He can be found on twitter as GarthDB.

REGISTER FOR THIS EVENT
For more information and to register for this online event, please join the Online Flash Platform Group.

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Adobe Flash Builder Release Quick Links


This has been a big news week for anyone that is interested and/or working in Adobe Flex or ColdFusion. On Monday Adobe Systems announced the final versions of Flash Builder 4 and the Flex 4 SDK. In Flash Builder 4, it is easier than ever to connect to back-end services with a complete set of data centric development features. There are also many new design and development workflows with Flash Catalyst and Flash Professional, as well as enhancements to the core code development features that are essential to developer productivity. There are over 90 new features in this release, and you can use them with both Flex 3 and Flex 4 to gain big improvements in development time, integration and building more expressive apps.

In sync with the release of Adobe Flash Builder, Adobe also announced the release of ColdFusion Builder. This new Eclipse-based IDE for ColdFusion development is deeply integrated with ColdFusion 9 in addition to making it fast and easy for CF developers to create Flex applications with integration between ColdFusion Builder and Flash Builder. ColdFusion Builder comes with a copy of Flash Builder 4 Standard.

It is not difficult to find great information, free tutorials, and blog articles on this new software release, but here is a quick link listing if you are looking for more:

Adobe.com Flash Builder 4 Landing Page

Purchase Options for Flash Builder and ColdFusion Builder

The New Flex.org Website

What’s New in Flash Builder 4

Learn Adobe Flex in a Week – Free Flash Builder Online Training

Developers Speak Out About Flash Builder 4

Online Adobe Flash Training

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Free Online Flex Seminar – Bringing together Flex, Java, and DBMS with Yakov Fain


Free Flex Webinar

Bringing together Flex, Java and DBMS

The main goal of many enterprise applications is to provide a way to manipulate some data. Flex provides not only a rich library of UI components, but also a fast binary protocols that allow to efficiently move data between the server and the efficiently. In this presentation you’ll learn how to bring the data form a database using Java and BlazeDS in the middle tier. We’ll consider two use cases – manual coding and auto-generation of a CRUD application.

About the speaker

Yakov Fain is Managing Director at Farata Systems, a US-based company that provides consulting services in the field of development of enterprise Rich Internet applications. He authored several technical books, and dozens of articles on software development. Recently he co-authored the books “Rich Internet Applications with Adobe Flex and Java: Secrets of the Masters” and “Enterprise Development with Flex”. Sun Microsystems has nominated and awarded Mr. Fain with the title of Java Champion, which was presented to only a hundred people in the world. He leads the Princton Java Users Group. Yakov is Certified Adobe Flex Instructor.

Meeting Location and Time

Online meeting via Adobe Acrobat Connect
Meeting URL: http://www.meetup.com/atlantaflashplatform/calendar/12916291/
Monday, March 29, 12:30 – 1:30 ET

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