Archive for March, 2009

The Adobe Configurator for Photoshop CS4

We, at the Adobe Technologies blog had the good fortune to attend Photoshop World in Boston (link to the Photoshop World website) last week (sorry Rick!), and it was fantastic! Scott and the rest of the NAPP crew did a fantastic job of bringing together thousands of passionate Photoshop users and partners. However, I digress. Russel brown showed off a new tool that I really think can help you out if you teach (or use for that matter) Photoshop CS4. Get the Configurator at the Labs website http://labs.adobe.com/technologies/configurator. Read on to see more:

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Love at First Site – Search Engine Friendly Dreamweaver Landing Pages!

(Part 2 of a 3 Part Series)
One of the most overlooked aspects of creating a new Dreamweaver web site or updating and editing an existing one is how on earth is that web site and its many web pages going to be found by the major search engines such as: MSN, Yahoo and Google? The good news is making a web site and its many web pages “search friendly” is not hard to do, in fact it’s pretty darn easy to do right smack inside of Dreamweaver if you keep some simple “text” things in mind.
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Search Engine Optimization aka SEO is all about getting your web pages ranking well at the top of what is called the “SERPS” (Search Engine Result Pages). Ranking well in the SERPs is all about getting tasty morsels of key word text into your web page code that the spiders and search “bots” can chew on to help index & rank your way cool school web site pages at the top of Google’s search results.
In this second installment of a three part series we will take a look at what a “landing page” is and how we optimize one to be found by the major seach engines.
Please join me, your host Richard John Jenkins in a pre-recorded Acrobat Connect Pro webinar on creating Search Engine Friendly Landing Pages.
Richard John Jenkins

Free Adobe Instructional Resources

The number one request I hear more than any other from educators who use our tools and technologies is “where can I get low cost or free training on your tools?” I’m happy to report that Adobe has some outstanding Instructional Resources available for many of our tools and they are also free.
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Screen shot above shows just a few examples of our .PDF Guides which you can download for free.

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Acrobat 9.1 Update available now

Hello all,

The Acrobat 9.1 updater is now available, and I would suggest that you grab it and install it if you haven’t already done so. Form the Acrobat team:

"Product updates for Adobe Reader and Acrobat 9 that patch the recent security vulnerability are immediately available for download. They are currently available for Windows and Macintosh and several language versions. This updates the products to version 9.1."

For more information and to download the updater, please read the tech note:

Link to the tech note.

Adobe Education Events at South By Southwest Interactive

The Adobe Education team will be hosting a few events at this year’s SXSW Interactive conference in Austin, TX. I will be doing a special video session that will cover some unique tips for producing streaming video content in an education or eLearning environment on Saturday March 14th.  

We would love to meet any of our Education Technologies Blog readers there in person.

I will be Twittering through this event too. You can follow me at jbschuman on Twitter if you can’t make it there in person.

Saturday March 14th 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  
There will be three one-hour presentations

10:00 – 11:00 – Ryan Stewart, Adobe Platform Evangelist will present on Rich Internet Applications in education.

11:00 – 12:00 – John Schuman, Education Solution Architect for Adobe will kick it off with a Production Premium and Flash Media Server demonstration.

12:00 – 1:00 – Members of the Society of Digital Agencies (SODA) will be providing their thoughts on what the industry is looking for in new hires and how you can best prepare students for successful careers.

Located at the Austin Convention Center – Mezz Room 7
 *RSVP IS REQUIRED FOR THIS EVENT Please send a message to Sandy Balzer if you would like to attend.
 
Sunday March 15th 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
This session is an informal Click gathering at the Day Stage area – beer, soda, food, good conversation and networking. Located at the Day Stage area of the convention center
No RSVP required – we look forward to meeting you!

A few Connect Pro tutorials for you

Hey all, here is a quickie for you. The Connect Pro team has produced a few Connect Pro tutorials for you that will help you use it (or decide to use it if you are considering it).

 

Connect Pro Quick Start Guide: http://www.adobe.com/support/documentation/en/acrobatconnectpro/quick_start/index.html

Adobe Presenter Quick Start Guide: http://www.adobe.com/support/documentation/en/presenter/quick_start/index.html

Review of Connect Pro 7 Reporting Options:

https://admin.adobe.acrobat.com/_a295153/p36591610/

Connect Pro 7 Component Video Tutorials (Meeting, Presenter, Training, Events): https://admin.adobe.acrobat.com/_a295153/overviews

A nice video tutorial explaining how Connect Pro likes to establish a consistent high-fidelity connection to the server:

http://my.adobe.acrobat.com/connectivityprimer

Controlling another desktop (Application Sharing): https://admin.adobe.acrobat.com/_a227210/controlremotedesktop

Photo Compositing Made Easy with Adobe Photoshop Elements

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Just in case you aren’t familiar with photo compositing, this technique combines two or more photos into a single new photo. Some examples where this technique would be useful are:

  • combining multiple photos to create a more expansive (panoramic) final photo
  • creating the perfect group photo from multiple photos
  • creating the perfect scenic photo from multiple photos eliminating unwanted elements (like people)

Adobe Photoshop Elements offers powerful, yet easy-to-use Photomerge technology to make these difficult and time-consuming tasks a snap. Here are three Photomerge tutorials (note 5-10 sec pause at the beginning for buffering):

Try Photomerge for yourself. If you don’t currently own Adobe Photoshop Elements, download the latest trial version from Adobe’s website!

Regards,
Patrick Koster
Senior Solution Engineer, Adobe Education