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Archive for November, 2013

We <3 Blue Beanies!

Today we celebrate web standards by donning a blue beanie. The tradition started a decade ago, inspired by the cover of Jeffrey Zeldman’s Designing with Web Standards.  While the technologies at the core of the web platform – HTML, CSS, SVG and  Javascript – evolve and keep improving, embracing web standards remain more important than ever.  We believe that an open web built on standards can empower creators everywhere to share their most important stories with the world. This is something we are passionate about, and that that is deeply embedded in our DNA.

Looking back, this has been a great year for web standards and we’re proud of our contributions. We saw several features that we championed finally reach a broad audience. CSS Shapes is making progress and we’ve built a great demo of the more engaging storytelling you can use it for. Blend modes are broadly supported in canvas, for stunning graphical effects (check out the demo). CSS Regions is now available in Apple’s iOS 7 and Mac OS X Mavericks, and we expect to see more beautiful page layouts on the web because of it. We’ve also added support for CSS Regions authoring in Edge Reflow and Edge Code. We like to support shiny web features in our tools!

Speaking of tools, we’re also making improvements in the SVG output from Adobe Illustrator, the CSS and web assets extracted from Photoshop with Photoshop Generator and we have added a brand new CSS Designer panel in Dreamweaver to give your more control than ever to create beautiful, standard-based, web content.

We’re contributing to many open source projects, such as WebKit, Blink and Gecko. This year we introduced two new open source projects, TopCoat  a CSS library for fast, beautiful web apps and Snap.SVG, the Javascript SVG library for modern web graphics. And of course, our more established projects are doing well, with Brackets the code editor for the web, regularly trending amongst Javascript projects on GitHub, and PhoneGap, the framework for mobile apps built with the web platform, winners of the InfoWorld BOSSie awards.

We invite you to participate in those projects or in others that support web standards. By developing in the open with the involvement of many of you, we collectively strengthen the foundation on which web standards can flourish.

Web standards wouldn’t be what they are if it wasn’t for a passionate community behind them. We’ve been thrilled to see the success of some of the efforts we helped initiate, including WebPlatform.org, the community-built website to document the standards of the web. The movement behind Test The Web Forward also gained momentum, with events in Sydney, Seattle, Tokyo, Shanghai and Shenzen. And to help establish a community of ongoing contributors we’ve been happy to pass the torch to the W3C.

*Reposted from the Web Platform blog

10:59 AM Permalink

It’s An Update: For Adobe Muse CC

Today, Adobe is happy to announce an update to Adobe Muse CC that makes it even easier to create unique HTML websites without writing code.

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Now designers can:

• Access the new Adobe Muse Exchange to download the more than 100 design elements that have been submitted by the Adobe Muse community, including starter templates, prototyping tools, interactive widgets, and more.

• Collect reusable design elements like icons, buttons, headers and footers, styles, and grids using the new Library panel, and share them with teams and other designers.

• Easily connect sites to social media with a dozen new drag-and-drop Social Widgets including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Pinterest buttons, plus Google Maps, and Vimeo and YouTube videos.

• Choose from even more scroll effects options from the updated Scroll Effects panel, including the ability to apply opacity and fading to scroll elements and add scroll effects to Adobe Edge animations and slideshows.

• Set a full-screen slideshow that adjusts to the width of the screen whether on desktop or a mobile device.

Get Started
This update is available to Creative Cloud members now: Simply open Adobe Muse and click Install Now from the updater screen. Then, check out the new training videos in Creative Cloud Learn to help you get started, also included with your membership at no additional cost.

Not yet a Creative Cloud member? Sign up for a free membership and get access to 30-day trials of every Adobe creative desktop app, including Adobe Muse. Free members also have access to the new training videos in Creative Cloud Learn to get started.

For a complete list of new features and updates, read the Adobe Muse CC Release Notes.

7:51 AM Permalink

Dylan Roscover—Always A Pixel Off

DylanRoscover-185x300Dylan Roscover illustrates, programs and designs. Hailing from the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, and currently residing in Los Angeles, he bridges the gap between art and technology—man and machine—to take his work in thoughtful and timeless directions. We caught up with him after his session at our San Francisco Create Now event; he spoke with us about controlled chaos, working without the burden of time, and how things are always more epic when we’re young.

When did you know that you wanted to be an illustrator/digital artist? In the first grade I became obsessed with the story of the Titanic, so I drew a huge wall mural of the ship (everything seems more epic when we’re young; it was probably only six or seven feet) and illustrated a short book about it.

In the fifth grade I thought computers were awesome (and the future), so I started learning how to create with them. As Heinlein so eloquently wrote in Stranger in A Strange Land “…contemporary art always paints the spirit of its times.”

Of your pieces to date, which turned out exactly as you’d pictured it? Is it your favorite? I’ve never produced anything exactly the way I envisioned it because I envision all of my work perfectly, much like a program or code—abstract, unattainable, like Pi. If I told you I illustrated something perfectly, I’d be a liar; there is always a pixel off somewhere. Turns out da Vinci was absolutely right in his assertion “Art is never finished, only abandoned.”

What was your first paid assignment? I honestly can’t remember. It was during high school, and probably involved the design of a website with Fireworks or Dreamweaver. Oh, those were the days.

When knee-deep in a project, do you prefer solitude and silence or company and chaos? Why? I prefer solitude and chaos—solitude for focus (just me and the pen/tablet/camera; no interruptions to the workflow) and controlled chaos for energy (music, film, art, lighting, electricity).

Which Creative Cloud application, that you don’t already use, are you most interested in teaching yourself? Prelude CC. After seeing demos of what’s possible with it, I’m quite intrigued.

What social network do you use most often? Why? LinkedIn! Just kidding. I joined Facebook back in 2006 because it was designed well, and there is always plenty to learn from a well-designed application.

If you had to choose: creative freedom or a bigger budget? Bigger budget. So I could afford to take time off at the end of the project and focus on my creative freedom without the burden of time.

Whose work do you most admire? Stanley Kubrick. His masterpieces redefined filmmaking.

What one item in your studio (that’s not a tool for work) would you miss if it all of a sudden went missing? The rug. It really ties the room together.

What advice would you give someone just entering your profession (something you wish you knew when you started your career)? Never rat on your coworkers and when it comes to clients always keep your mouth shut.

You recently spoke at our San Francisco Create Now event… What’s one thing you hope people learned about Creative Cloud? I hope they learned more about the core philosophy behind Creative Cloud: the cross-pollination of ideas, between apps and the world at large. Just the simple fact that I can save a file directly from Photoshop or Illustrator and make it instantly available to the entire world is magical and empowering.

9:28 AM Permalink

Updates available for Premiere, After Effects and more

Today we released over 150 new features for Adobe pro video tools, including major updates to Adobe Premiere Pro CC, After Effects CC, SpeedGrade CC, Prelude CC, Adobe Media Encoder CC, and Adobe Story Plus CC.

For details about the updates, check out this Creative Layer blog post.

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