Archive for May, 2012

CS6 Adobe User Group Launch Parties – Boston & Kansas City–May 2012


First leg of the CS6 Adobe User Group tour began in Boston with the Boston Design Camp.  Kirsten Rourke was the organizer of this event; we had been working on the organization of the event since February.  It was nice to see it all come together.  The event was cross-promoted among the local Adobe User Groups: Adobe Boston User Group (ABUG), Boston InDesign User Group, and Central MA Adobe User Group.  Boston is a tough and expensive place to hold an event, so hats-off to Kirsten Rourke for finding the Harvard Medical Center (Joseph P. Martin Conference Center) to host our event. We had a nice “roomie” theater with comfortable seating; and, a nice lobby area in which to set up the sponsor tables. Great Turnout: 200 attendees at this event and lots of interest at the Adobe table. We had the new Creative Cloud t-shirts and the 15% off Adobe User Group member discount cards for folks wishing to upgrade to CS6 after seeing all the cool content and features from our Adobe Community Professional (ACP) Speakers.  The previous evening we held a speakers and Boston User Group manager’s dinner at the Marriott hotel in Quincy MA.  Special thanks to the ACP and Adobe Freelancer speakers who came out to help me support this first-ever Adobe Design Camp in Boston.   The camp served a duel purpose, since organizer Kirsten Rourke was starting up a new Adobe User Group from this event: “Central MA Adobe User Group. She already has gained some new members from the Boston Design Camp event and has planned her first meeting.

Boston Design Camp Speaker Resources:

 Kevin Stohlmeyer (ACP)

 Chana Messer (ACP)

Chana’s Presentation

 Kirsten Rourke

 Pariah Burke (ACP)

Pariah’s Presentation

 Rick Zanotti

Rick’s Presentation

2012 - Boston Design Camp Speakers, Organizers, & Sponsors

D2W & Kansas City AUG CS6 Launch Event 16-18 May 2012

D2W 2012 is the 3rd installment of a very unique conference. It’s one of the few technical conferences that I know of that focuses on “Workflow” between developers and designers.  This year it was actually TWO events.  On the night of 16May12, the local Kansas City Adobe User Groups got together at the Berg event space for a nite of Lightening Demos from the D2W speakers.  Every speaker had 10 min to present (2) of their favorite features from the CS6 release.  There were rock star speakers that came out before D2W to do a warm-up event with the area local user groups: KCWebCore, KCDesignCore, KCDevCore, Adobe Digital Photography UG, and KCVideoCore. The AUG CS6 Party with the User Group 150 attendees and the D2W (main) event had 150 attendees for a total of 300 attendees for both events.  Special thanks to Buck Summerkamp and Dee Sadler for organizing the events.

Rock, Paper, Scissors — Software!

For D2W we decided to give away the CS6 Master Collection software in a different way.  The Inspiration from James Polanco who got the idea from Ben Forta (via Adobe event in Japan). We gave away #CS6 MC using Rock-Paper-Scissors game. See how it went here with this video:




A Big Hello to the Adobe Community!

My name is Christie Fidura, and I am the new Adobe EMEA Community Manager. I’m thrilled about my new role, and I wanted to introduce myself.

I joined Adobe in August 2009 as the EMEA Marketing Manager for two of our niche software products, the Technical Communication Suite and the eLearning Suite. In this capacity, I organised marketing activities, event sponsorship (around 32 conferences per year), advertisements and more. At the heart of all of these activities was my engagement, cultivation and nurturing of the wider communities of eLearning and documentation professionals across Europe. This was my real passion: making connections, sharing knowledge, and working closely with the people within the community.

I was thrilled when I was the successful applicant for the EMEA Community Manager vacancy and I am looking forward to working with each of you. At the same time, I’ll be ‘keeping a toe’ in the waters of eLearning and TechComm; it’s important that I maintain a connection with my previous communities and continue to learn from them whilst contributing to them.

My official start date was Tuesday 8th May so I’m working pretty hard on getting up to speed in the new role. Please bear with me!

In the meantime, you can reach out to me anytime. I’m a social media junkie so the best way to contact me is via Twitter: @cfidurauk. I’m based in the Adobe London office (Maidenhead) and proudly hold both US and UK citizenship.

On the Road to CS6 Launch Parties – Denver

CS6 User Group events May-June 2012 (Denver)

While on my way to the Boston Design Camp, I had a stop over in Denver. I met up with Amanda Johnson and Joseph Labrecque from the Rocky Mountain Adobe User Group. It’s always time well spent while on the road… talking to the User Group Managers and discuss what’s going on with their communities and what’s going on inside Adobe. We covered a lot of ground over a beverage…that I ever could via an email or phone.

Joseph Labrecque, Aaron Houston (Adobe), & Amanda Johnson

From the visit, Amanda Johnson (RMAUG UGM) indicated that she’s planning a CS6 User Group meeting in June and wanted to know more about what support she could get from Adobe, so we talked about content, speakers, etc. More details to appear at

Adobe User Group CS6 Launch Parties: There have been over 90 submissions for CS6 Launch Parties, most of them were small events (less than 50 people). We will be supporting these groups with presentation assets and some swag to give away at their meetings which are forthcoming.  The larger more organized meetings will be receiving additional support.

This is my first leg for a West Coast CS6 User Group Launch tour + a few extra dates. More dates are being planned over the summer and into October (AdobeMAX).

West Coast User Group schedule:

May 9th for Denver User Group Mgr Visit

May 11th – Boston Design Camp CS6 Launch party Weekend

May 16th Kansas City for D2W conf + Kansas City CS6 AUG Mgrs meetup + launch meeting

May 17-18 – D2W Conference Kansas City MO Weekend

May 29th CS6 Camp San Francisco w/Mark Christiansen After Effects Demos

June 2nd – CS6 Camp San Diego

June 5th – CS6 Camp San Jose – w/ Al Mooney @ The Tech Museum IMAX theater June 6th- 8th San Jose

June 10th — CSNEXT Los Angeles, DDLA, DMALA + 4 other LA User Groups

June 14th CS6 Launch Party Las Vegas (w/Univ of Nevada LV) & Las Vegas AUG

June 16th CS6 Camp Long Beach w/ATX and w/Jack Davis

July 1st Adobe Summer Break

More posts coming at the events listed above…


Aaron Houston

Adobe Community Mgr North America