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Adobe TV! (and me)

Visitors that stop by Adobe TV will be welcomed by a ton of professionally cut videos on anything Adobe and one video is my friends and I playing disc golf in the "After Hours at Adobe" series. If you are into disc golf and live around San Francisco, you can usually find me on the disc golf course in Golden Gate Park! 🙂

Wow…I never thought I’d talk about disc golf on my blog or at Adobe cause I told myself to keep it everything related to Fireworks…so technically this is legit since the video shows me working at my desk on Fireworks, no? 😉 I learned to play disc golf at an early age and always found regular "golf" to be rather boring if you ask me. Over the years I’ve really grown to appreciate the sport and thankful to play at our local disc golf course in Golden Gate park. Please give disc golf a shot if you havent played before!

Welcome Doug Winnie to the Blogosphere!

Please welcome Doug Winnie to the blogosphere at Adobe! I work closely with Doug and glad to see another Adobean passionately wanting to share their knowledge and resources via blogging. As Scott Fegette introduced me to the blogosphere awhile back I feel introducing Doug to you all is highly beneficial for many reasons. Doug works at Adobe as a Group Product Manager with an achieveable goal which is to increase productivity and develop new workflow opportunities between our applications here at Adobe. If you enjoy improving your workflow then Doug’s blog is definitely one to bookmark. Going forward we will see a lot of great tips and resources if not workarounds to common tasks that may seem impossible.

Welcome Doug! 🙂

Watch the recording of today’s jam session. Tim demos kuler 2!

In today’s jam session Tim Strickland (Sr. Computer Scientist in the Emerging Creative Technologies Group and lead developer for kuler) stopped by and gave us an in-depth demo of kuler and how he used Adobe Fireworks CS3 to rapidly prototype kuler 2. He also shared a lot of tips and resources and how developers can tap into the kuler API to extend the creativity into their own developments.

Connect recording:

Thanks Tim!

Jam Session starts in 10 minutes!

Hey everyone –

Finally back in action after traveling for a few days and ready to meet up in the Jam Session.

Also, if you havent seen Smashing Magazine’s roundup of Fireworks tutorials and resources, go check it out.

Fire on the Bay meeting reminder: Next Tuesday at Adobe

This will be a fun and informative presentation presented by Tim Strickland. Tim works at Adobe in the Emerging Creative Technologies team as a Sr. Computer Scientist. As the lead developer that used Fireworks CS3 to prototype kuler 2 this will be a presentation you do not want to miss if you are a new or existing power user.

Ya know, it’s hard for anyone to give Fireworks credit cause Fireworks is used almost like you would do paper prototyping which is at the beginning of a project. I know a ton of companies that use Fireworks for prototyping and design (not only web work) that can’t talk about how they use Fireworks cause the project is highly confidential until the project is complete.If you are using Fireworks today to prototype screen designs for devices, software, web sites/web apps and can talk freely about the projects, please contact me.

RSVP for the meeting at Fire on the bay or it will be hard to let you into Adobe at last minute.

Also just realized the Fireworks Jam Session will start in 50 minutes! Click on the graphic on the left nav to join up at 10am PST.

Rich Symbols, Contest and Jam Session

Sarthak on the Fireworks team pushed out an informative article in the Fireworks Developer Center around Rich Symbols and how to take advantage of the API to enhance current behaviors. It’s an excellent read and gives you something to chew on when you think about making your custom library of Rich Symbols.

Enhancing rich symbols in Fireworks CS3

Fireworkszone is having a tutorial design contest and if you design the coolest tutorial they are offering prizes, go check it out for more details. The contest announcement seems kind of buried on the Fireworkszone site so the chances of winning look high. 😉

The Fireworks Jam Session is today at 10am PST sharp! Get your video cams/headphones ready to jam about anything related to Fireworks or just come and attend.


Reminder: Fw Jam session in one hour!

Fireworkers –

This is an informal jam session where you can show off some work, report bugs and we’ll look for workarounds and overall jam with me on anything related to Adobe Fireworks. (Click the Jam session link on the left to join up)

Also, a new Fireworks CS3 Article went live yesterday thanks to the DryIcons team!

Creating an icon in Fireworks

Adobe Fireworks Usergroup with special guest Senocular!!

Dude – if you are a new user or an existing Fireworks user you really need to make it to the Fireworks User Group in San Francisco (Also available via Connect) next week. Seriously, drop what you are doing cause Senocular aka Trevor is a fellow FireworksGuru, good friend and I constantly learn new tricks from the man all the time. This is an event you should not miss!!

Top 10 Cool things you can do with Fireworks

Tuesday, February 19, 7:00 PM

Adobe Systems, Inc., San Franciso, California

Who should come:
Trevor McCauley of is a Developer and Designer and a Current Member of Adobe’s Flash team and he’ll be showing his favorite things about Adobe Fireworks and how to use them effectively in your workflow.

A great opportunity to see what you might be missing in Fireworks. Or if your a current Photoshop/Illustrator user please stop by and see what you are missing.

Learn more here:

Visit the Fireworks Developer Center for Samples, Free Extensions and Downloads and fantastic Articles surrounding the Fireworks Ecosystem.

IxDA Conference

I’ll be representing Fireworks CS3 at IxDA and helping anyone real time if they have concerns or just want to share something they are currently working on with Fireworks. Overall, I hope to exchange ideas, collab with others and whip out some extensions if anyone has a workflow they need to customize. Send me mail if you want to hook up!

I’m back in action

Thanks for attending the Fireworks Jam session today! Un-fortunately, I’ve been traveling frequently and have not been able to sync up and host the Jam Session for the past two weeks and to top it off I forgot to record the session today. 🙁 Last two weeks I was in Tokyo, Japan visting Fireworks customers to understand their pain points so we can improve on the next version of Fireworks. I was amazed and in awe to find out how detailed japanese users are with Adobe Fireworks! In the picture below, I was waiting for the gang to get out of the taxi. Did you know Taxi’s in Japan have an automatic swinging door to let you out? Amazing…everything I saw in Tokyo was amazing! 🙂

Today in the jam session there was a brief discussion around Buzzword and I showed my presentation assets for the demo I gave last night to the Las Vegas Dreamweaver User Group and looking for feedback on improving the presentation. Also, showed some simple bitmap editing techniques and discussed why keyboard shortcuts are so helpful. Nikola wanted to know if there was a panel of Text commands instead of the Menu commands you can access via Commands > Text that let you generate Lorem Ipsum fake text for prototypes. I didnt really understand what he mean’t so I started to prototype out a Flash panel using the Flex components and 9-slice scaling to help build the container symbol. It was a lot of fun. Maybe I’ll finish by next week.