Creative Suite 5.5 Joint Launch Event with LA Adobe User Groups — June 03, 2011

Creative Suite 5.5 Joint Launch Event with LA Adobe User Groups — June 03, 2011

Challenge Met! – Exceeded! 

I attended a very special Adobe User Group (AUG) CS5.5 launch event held at the offices of AlmerBlank located at 525 Venezia Ave in Venice, CA. For past couple of months, I have been issuing a “challenge” to the LA AUG Managers to see if they could work together to pull off a large joint meeting. In support, I would get Paul Trani to come and present. Well, LA AUG Managers rose to the challenge and pulled off a fantastic event! I was impressed by the turn-out (over 100+ Adobians), the organization at the check-in desk, the organization/marketing of the event, the venue (AlmerBlank is a warehouse/office with a decent amount of space), the magnitude of the prizes given away (dozens of shirts, books, software training certificates, and software…all together worth over $3000+), and the food! (I did not know that Chana Messer also ran a catering business on the side). All in all, a job well done!

Event Recap:

Time Lapse Image of Adobe User Group Meetup 03June2011

Time Lapse Image of Adobe User Group Meetup 03June2011

After an introduction by host Harald Koebler (LAFlash), I covered a few short things about Adobe’s Community Programs and how we work together with Adobe Evangelist speakers, like Paul Trani. Then, I introduced Paul who had just flown in from Australia from a Creative Suite world-tour event. A bit jet lagged, but with Paul, one wouldn’t have noticed! He gave a very energetic talk. I can definitely see that Paul has been working on his delivery, content, and “speaking chops” by hanging out with some of the Creative Suite (Uber) Evangelists (Terry White, Jason Levin, Colin Fleming, & Greg Rewis). With the limited time we had, Paul concentrated on these updates in Creative Suite 5.5: InDesign (Digital Publishing & Apps); Dreamweaver (Mobile Web Content, HTML5 features, & Apps); Flash Professional & Flash Builder 4.5 (Apps for Multi-Platforms); and, Photoshop SDK & Companion Apps (Adobe Nav, Adobe Touch, Color Lava, and Eazel). Best Demo: I liked Paul’s multi-sceen, multi-device app where Paul showed-off his animated Kayaker app travel from a Android Tablet, to an iPad, to a cell phone, and then onto a RIM Playbook!

Paul Trani's Slide Deck

Digital Publishing
Mobile Web Content & HTML5
Apps for Multi-Platforms
Photoshop SDK & Companion Apps

People — Thanks:

Adam Bell @datatv | Christian Gaspar | Omar Gonzales @s9tpepper | Cynthia Gordon | Virginia Houts | Andrew Kavanagh @Drew_kav | Harald Koebler @hkoebler | Andrew Kutcher | Chana Messer @chanam | Ko Maruyama @komaruyama | Anil Natha | Sharon Sachse @Pcartiste | Daniel Sofer @hermosawave | Lee Varis @LeeVaris | Michele Weisbert | Terence Carroll @terencecarroll (who was in LA for contract work; UGM for VegasFlash) | AND to any other folks I may have met at this event…Thank You!|

Prizes:

Adobe sponsored food, drink, and software raffle prizes for this event.

 

After Party:

Chana Messer took Paul Trani and I to her “hood” and to her favorite Mexican Restaurant: Lula’s Cocina. Lula’s was quite charming and the Chicken Mole was authentic! Michele Weisbert, Sharon Sasche, Ko Murayama, and Terence Carroll also met up with us. We talked shop; Adobe Stuff; AdobeMAX; User Groups; and about the Adobe Production Premium event held in LA the night before.

Adobe will be BACK!With this successful event, I imagine we’ll have more Evangelists and Community folks back in LA in the near future.

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