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A New Way to Learn Adobe Tools and More

There are many online training options for learning software, and now there is an exciting new way through the Adobe KnowHow website.

Adobe KnowHow website

Adobe KnowHow website

You can choose from an ever growing number of training modules – many of which are for free. But what makes Adobe KnowHow unique is the ability to markup / add notes on the video as you are watching.

Adding comments to video tutorial

Adding comments to video tutorial

You can later jump to cue points created by your annotations to review both your notes and the associated video content. Check out this new site and let us know what you think!

Adobe for Academic Use

Often as we meet with faculty and staff at higher education institutions we are asked about the relevance of Adobe applications on campus. Adobe Acrobat is certainly seen as a tool that nearly everyone uses to effectively share electronic documents and forms. However, Adobe’s creative tools like Photoshop, InDesign, Dreamweaver, Premiere Pro, etc. are seen as being used by only those in niche programs.

With more and more people online and using mobile devices as well as video increasingly being used to share ideas and information, more robust digital communication skills are needed. Faculty and staff can develop a variety of digital content to enhance student engagement both in the classroom and online. Students can “round out” their skillset to demonstrate to prospective employers their ability to communicate through video, web content, and mobile apps regardless of their degree.

Adobe For Academics Web Site Screenshot

A fantastic resource showcasing the use of Adobe creative tools in an academic setting can be found at www.adobeforacademics.com. This site hosts an ever-increasing number of academic projects including sample assets. Additionally, you can filter the types of projects displayed by digital content (activity), academic discipline, or Adobe application (product). Take a look, try some of the projects, and let us know what you think!

Adobe Captivate 7 and Presenter 9 Can Now Be Packaged for IT Deployment

Education IT administrators now have the ability to create deployment packages (MSI / PKG) for both Adobe Captivate 7 and Adobe Presenter 9 using the new Creative Cloud Packager (CCP). Currently, CCP is used to build deployment packages for the Creative Cloud applications. With the appropriate Captivate / Presenter licensing keys, CCP can access the “installer bits” for these applications directly from Adobe servers, cache, and then build the package.

Your Adobe licensing manager will need to log into the Adobe Licensing Website (LWS), select Captivate / Presenter to access CCP (for Mac and/or Win) and the accompanying licensing key. Once CCP is installed:

1. Launch CCP
2. Select “I am an Enterprise, Government or Education customer”
3. Sign in with your administrative Adobe ID
4. Enter the Captivate / Presenter licensing key from LWS
5. You will then see the relevant product on the “Applications and Updates” screen
6. Click Build

For more details on the Creative Cloud Packager, please visit:

http://helpx.adobe.com/creative-cloud/packager.html

Create Now Live on December 11

Since we announced the Adobe Creative Cloud this Spring there has been a steady number of updates in terms of new and updated tools and services. Even more exciting news is now imminent so make sure to enroll for the upcoming Create Now Live event and share with your friends on Facebook and Twitter. And in case you aren’t aware what Adobe Creative Cloud has to offer check this introduction from Adobe TV:

Updated Adobe Acrobat X PDF Portfolio Layout

In Adobe Acrobat 9 Pro we introduced PDF portfolios with which you were able to create a welcome screen as well as a banner at the top of the navigation screen for a portfolio title, contact information, head shot, etc. With Adobe Acrobat X Pro we made changes to the layout options which removed these features. Well the good news is that Joel Geraci, Adobe Acrobat technical evangelist, has created an Adobe Acrobat X billboard layout adding these features back in. Check out Joel’s blog and download the file!

Attention All System Administrators!

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If your responsibilities include the enterprise deployment (installation and updates) of Adobe Creative Suite 4 and/or the Adobe Digital School Collection, or if you deal with tech support issues related to Adobe deployment and licensing, this article should be useful for you.

First, two existing Adobe Education Technologies articles provide consolidated lists of Adobe Creative Suite 4 and Adobe Digital School Collection deployment resources. It is important to note that there is updated information for Adobe Creative Suite 4 to include revised deployment guides and the addition of deployment planning worksheets.

Second, there is a dedicated Adobe Installation and Licensing blog designed to facilitate communication between Adobe’s deployment/licensing engineering team and you. The team is currently soliciting feedback in order to improve
the Enterprise Deployment Toolkit for future Adobe Creative Suite releases.

Lastly, the Adobe Installation and Licensing blog is a great source of information and illumination. Comments following each article also provide great insight. Here’s a list of topics covered thus far on the blog that might of interest:

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Updated Adobe Digital School Collection Enterprise Deployment Resources

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Adobe Digital School Collection banner

The Adobe Digital School Collection recently had an update to its Adobe Photoshop Elements and Adobe Premiere Elements components. The purpose of this Adobe Education Technologies blog article is to update the previous enterprise deployment information with the latest technotes for installing these applications.

Adobe Photoshop Elements 8

Adobe Premiere Elements 8

Details are provided to enable or disable access to online services ( Photoshop.com) as well as additional Adobe Premiere Elements content (movie themes, DVD menus, and title templates). Note that these instructions are unique to version 8. If you are installing version 7, please refer to the previous technotes by clicking the link in the introductory paragraph.

Adobe Acrobat Connect Pro and PDF: Happy Together!

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Connect Pro  Loves  Acrobat / PDF

In case you haven’t heard there is a new version of Adobe Acrobat Connect Pro. "Connect" is a cornerstone of Adobe’s K-12 and higher education solutions for web conferencing, online collaboration, and e-learning. Previously, in a meeting room Share pod you were able to upload and deliver SWF, JPEG, MP3, FLV, and PPT content. Support for PPTX (Microsoft PowerPoint 2007 and later) was spotty and if you wanted to share other types of files – say a Word document or a PDF file – you had to share your desktop.

Good news! The current version of "Connect" supports both PPTX and PDF in a Share pod. Since you can convert pretty much any file type to PDF, you can now upload and share it live or make it available on-demand in a meeting room. When you share a PDF you can flip though multiple pages, zoom in/out, move around within a magnified document, rotate, and even initiate a Whiteboard session using the file as a backdrop.

Every navigation option you choose within the shared PDF will be synchronized on attendees’ screens. What’s even better is that you can "unsynch" the file and attendees can interact with it independently on their computers. They even have the option to download the PDF locally to their computer. One last thing – the PDF files you share will not only maintain visual fidelity, but also preserve any web hyperlinks that were added.

Updated Teacher Resources

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The lesson plans on the Adobe Digital School Collection teacher resources web page have been updated to include sample project assets and technical guides for the new release of Adobe Photoshop Elements 8 and Adobe Premiere Elements 8. There is also a new resource page tailored for Adobe Photoshop Elements 8 and netbooks. Finally, the Adobe Education SE team is hard at work creating video tutorials taking you through some of the lesson plans/projects. These can be found on Adobe TV.

Check Out the New Video Production Resource Center

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CS4 Master Collection box shot  CS4 Production Premium box shot

The Adobe Education Technologies blog presents a fantastic new resource for faculty teaching digital video. The new Video Production Resource Center is a robust collection of sample projects, curriculum, professional development resources, tips & tricks, and more. You can also access video production resources for students with a wealth of free tutorials and inspiration from work created by their peers.