New Support Policies for InDesign Server etc

Quick one before the week ends:

Lots happened this week, and everyone has been more or less briefed of what needs to be done before the training commences on 12March.

1) Be part of the Adobe Solution Provider (choice of Basic or Premium). click here
2) Fill out the PreQualification form. Send to mnr@adobe.com and please copy me while you are at it (that will help me follow up all your applications with MNR). click here to get to the form
3) Optional but necessary in the long run (or in the near future), Adobe Enterprise Developer Support membership. Click here for InDesign and here for InDesign Server

After all of this is done, the rest will be easy!

Any questions, you know where to catch me guys…

have a good day!

Rah-rah for the Channel and for the Sales

So I am in posh Shangri-La Rasa in Penang… don’t even have to hear that it is a 6-star resort… because it just so feels like heaven. Haven’t even spent 3 full days in Singapore, I’m ported to Penang for a packed 2-day event especially organized for the Adobe South East Asia Channel & Sales Team. I stepped into my hotel room and I heave a sigh of awe (as if I haven’t seen enough hotel rooms yet)… but what can I say, it is the Shangri-La after all…

All good… we are focusing on our Sales teams on the ground and tell them everything about Adobe’s purpose in life (to sell to sell to sell… and beyond that of course). The point of all of this exercise though, is really for our Customers. And that’s why I appreciate the value and the efforts that have been put into this activity.

It all boils down to being able to provide timely information so that the sales people understand the focus, the purpose and the value of the products and services that Adobe has positioned themselves to provide to a varied set of customers.

We have the Creative Industry to focus on as you all know CS3 is around the corner (with the Bridge CS3, Photoshop CS3 and SoundBooth in labs.adobe.com), we are gearing for a major, explosive release. Plus if you haven’t heard yet, Premiere is back on the mac! Now personally, for me, whether that’s healthy or not (only because I’ll be making like an energizer bunny when we start hitting the road for the tour… you know, keep going going going going…), it will definitely be the biggest and most fun even we’ll all have. Please look out for it once we post it on our events site.

We also have the Enterprise Market that is creeping up quietly but steadily with a lot of promising solutions. Flex and LiveCycle are the lookers! And of course, on a more interactive note, we’ve got some really interesting mobile solutions you may want to stick your nose into :)

Anyways, that’s it for me for now… gotta take a shower and play host to our guests! I’ll let you know if the alcohol alters my senses after the “party” tonight…

tah-tah!

labs.adobe.com: new favorite place

If you haven’t been there yet, then you’re probably missing a lot!

These are my personal favorites: Photoshop CS3 is on beta for all of you to see and play with before it’s official release (we are counting… counting… counting… ). Adobe Bridge is also available (and if you ask me why, I’ll tell you in the next blog) So is Adobe Soundbooth, for our video/audio enthusiasts… and if this doesn’t tickle your fancy, take a look at the menu

Not only do we have these beta downloads available for you, but we have a community for each of these products that take in comments, opinions, suggestions and valuable feedback from you guys, our most important partners in developing our products.
Adobe Labs is your source for early looks at emerging products and technologies from Adobe.

In Labs, you’ll find early access to downloads, samples, documentation, release notes, tutorials and more. Labs also includes forums and a wiki, where you can ask questions, discuss, and share your feedback with Adobe.

But be very careful, once you get in, you might not be able to get out (but that’s a good thing!)…

Solutions on Adobe InDesign Server

It is indeed challenging to explain to prospective customers what InDesign Server is, what it can do and why is it the product that will drive a change in how publishing works.

One of the easiest way to explain how InDesign server works is by simply showing your prospective customers available solutions. There are lots on the web right now… take a look at our Partner showcase
The value of InDesign Server is its power to deliver visually rich content in an automatic manner. All the capabilities of InDesign Desktop, such typesetting, color controls, transparency effects etc, are supported in InDesign Server. Watch this introductory presentation about InDesign Server, as well as the Overview to the InDesign SDK

I am only an email away, so if there’s anything you guys need that I haven’t provided in this blog, please just send your inquiries or your requests my way.

Here’s the developer documentation and some sample code

If you still don’t have the debug version of InDesign and if you still don’t have the SDK, please get them here

See ya!

All about CSS

It was a blast… yesterday’s CSS event. I was so happy to see a fully packed room with an audience that didn’t sleep through the coding sessions we did. I don’t think it was me… CSS is just such an interesting piece of technology. I myself got hooked on it within 15 minutes of reading Adrian Senior’s tutorials.

Some of the best website I’ve found during my encounter with CSS are A list Apart, very nicely done sites and pleasing to the eye… with content that is very valuable. Today they talk about how to make prototypes with Photoshop… check it out… And if you’d like to know, this is also the place where i found some code guides on how to make CSS drop down menus! Delicious!Eric Myer on CSS cannot be missed… if anyone is to help you wrap your head around css, it’s definitely this guy… And another favorite one is GLISH, which gives all the tips for all things CSS.

An inspiring CSS exercise that any beginner shouldn’t miss is Dave Shea’s CSS Zen Garden. Not only do you learn about CSS basics in the simplest, easiest to understand manner, you also get to see what other people have done with CSS, by using the same content. You can even put up your own CSS design on tha page to share with everyone!

I really got a high yesterday doing my first CSS presentation. Coming from a print background, the group of people I had engaged with is a different crowd… but fun and very interesting just the same. I sometimes feel like i’m too geeky because I brighten up with eyes twinkling at how amazing the clear property is, and what floats can do… and I have to stop myself before I start to turn into a blabbering mongrel.

Anyway, if you really do wanna know more about CSS, the best place to get started is of course Adobe’s Developer Page on CSS Technology,
Man, these are the kinds of days I wish I wasn’t working (considering how i am so addicted with my work!), i just wanna play with css… please!

Ta-tah!

InDesign Scripting Resources on the Adobe Web

The first few entries in this category will mainly list all the resources that will become your favorite place to check in on information or technical details.

Please bookmark this link for scripting in InDesign.

Basic skills requirement is a strong background on programming logic. And then you’re good to go. Given three ways to script InDesign (as well as all other Adobe Programs) you can pick the one that suits you best. Choose from coding in JavaScript, VBScript or AppleScript (only on the MAC of course).

Try your hand at doing the simple and customary “hello world!” and then move up into making your own nifty scripts (either for fun or for more efficiency in your work).

If you’d like to see some samples, you can visit the Adobe Studio Exchange where you can also upload your scripts to share with fellow InDesign Users.

Trust me, if I had time, I’d be making my own sudoku game in InDesign! But wait, someone already did that… and it’s here!

ta-tah!

CrossMedia Resources on the Adobe Web

This week, your serving is on Cross Media Publishing. Let’s talk about
XML and InDesign.

Found on this link are a few pieces of information and tutorials to get
you started

http://www.adobe.com/products/indesign/crossmedia.html

To be able to develop, you mostly need a lot of background on how bits
and pieces of the technology works. XML is one of them.

The new hub for the Info Basket

This category will primarily be for the South East Asia group of developers focusing on solutions built on and around InDesign/InDesign Server and InCopy. Other complimentary technologies including Flex, Apollo, Javascript, AppleScript and VBScript may be discussed.

This category will mostly be just a basket of information that usually resides in the Adobe website. In the hopes of making finding relevant information easier, I’ll be posting the links in the category for different topics related to developing/exploring solutions around Media and Publishing here in this blog.

As this blog also accepts comments, I definitely would like to hear from my group and invite you to share your resources as well…

Happy reading! Always be inspired!

A Closer look at the Best Practices of CSS

And I thought I would leave this blog for dead. My deepest, deepest apologies.

Let me take this opportunity though to revive it with this entry. And to let everyone in Singapore know that there is a series of Adobe Creative@Work seminars going on in the island country.

For January, we will be spending a full afternoon at the posh Orchard Hotel to talk about CSS. I am no expert in Dreamweaver (yet!) but rediscovering CSS in Dreamweaver was magical on its own. I’ll be sharing some tips that i’ve picked up from the MAX2006 Conference (where there were a handful of impressive CSS topics we could attend) as well as cover some of Adrian Senior’s tutorial series at the Adobe Developer Center.

From what i hear, the number of registration and the waiting list is threatening to burst at the seams (or already have) and our marketing team have already increased the intake rate. Don’t be disheartened though, try your luck and pass by if you have time…

The more the merrier!

For more details of the event click here.

See you there :)

Our event on an iPod

If you haven’t gotten enough of the cool stuff we have for you at studio.adobe.com, or maybe you want to keep the content by your side all the time, what’s the best place to put it but your iPod?

We’ve got iPod friendly videos posted on http://www.dv.com/ courtesy of PixelCorps. Now you can watch our events any time, any where, any place!

For more interesting conundrums and valuable insights about our DV products as well as a back-stage preview of how things really work for the great team of DV product managers, and evangelists check out their blogs:

Hart talks about all things Audition in Hart’s Audition, Steve shares a wealth of tips, techniques and great After Effects info on Steve Kilisky’s After Effects Blog, while Bob talks about Marilyn Monroe’s escapade with the President and how clean Singapore is on Bob Donlon’s Digital Video Blog

Really juicy stuff for you! Have fun…