Author Archive: Patrick Koster

Adobe Digital School Collection Enterprise Deployment Resources

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K-12 school districts across the United States and internationally are embracing the Adobe Digital School Collection as their solution for providing students with a foundational set of digital communication skills for the 21st century workplace. Many of these deployments can require installing the five included applications across hundreds, even thousands of machines. The Adobe Education Technologies blog has compiled a list of helpful resources for school IT personnel:

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Time to Revist Adobe TV

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Adobe TV Remote Control Image

 

If you’ve never visited Adobe TV before or haven’t been back for awhile, I highly suggest checking it out. Adobe TV is your “one stop shop” for free Adobe tutorials, demos, tips & tricks, and general design inspiration. There are various channels which are comprised of different programs, each with multiple episodes (short videos) to choose from – most are less than 5 minutes in length.

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Adobe CS4 Deployment Resources

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Adobe CS4 Mnemonic

One of the goals of the Adobe Education Technologies blog is to provide access to Adobe resources in a concise form. Adobe.com has many great resources to help education IT departments deploy Adobe Creative Suite 4 across their enterprise, yet this information is not consolidated. So here you go:

Adobe Creative Suite Help and Support Home Page
http://www.adobe.com/support/creativesuite/

Adobe Creative Suite Forums
http://forums.adobe.com/community/creativesuites

Adobe Installation and Licensing Blog
http://blogs.adobe.com/OOBE/

Adobe Support Advisor
http://www.adobe.com/support/loganalyzer/

Adobe CS4 Deployment Toolkit and Guide
http://www.adobe.com/devnet/creativesuite/

Adobe CS4 Enterprise Manual Deployment Guide
http://www.adobe.com/aboutadobe/openoptions/pdfs/manualenterprisedeployment_cs4_help.pdf

 

Happy Installing!

New Adobe Professional Development Offer

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Adobe, in partnership with Knowledge Network Solutions (KNS), is offering expert, instructor-led workshops that focus on integration of Adobe tools into all academic curriculum. The curriculum integration workshops include the use of Adobe Creative Suite and Adobe Digital School Collection software for innovative teaching of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) topics as they relate across the academic curriculum. A staff development workshop addresses the use of Adobe Acrobat Connect and Adobe Presenter software to create and deliver your own rich, interactive staff development to widely dispersed educators. To learn more about this new offer along with terms and conditions please review our professional development web page and datasheet.

Quickly Fix Common Photo Issues with Adobe Photoshop Elements

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Adobe Photoshop Elements Icon

After importing photos into the Adobe Photoshop Elements Organizer you may need to make adjustments to ensure your photos look their best. You can quickly and effectively resolve common photo issues with a single click of a button. Simply choose the purple Fix tab located in the upper-right of your screen.

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Photo Compositing Made Easy with Adobe Photoshop Elements

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Adobe Photoshop Elements 7 application icon

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

Use Adobe Acrobat 9 Pro to Create and Share Multimedia Experiences

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Adobe Acrobat 9 Pro PDF Portfolio Content Fusion

With Adobe Flash Player integration within the new Adobe Acrobat 9 Pro and Adobe Reader 9, PDF files can become far more than static documents and forms. PDF portfolios (which are special types of PDF files) can be created to deliver a wide range of engaging multimedia content to include music, photos, movies, Flash (SWF and FLV) content, 3D content, and much more. The interface used to experience the PDF portfolio content is a Flash-based navigator with different layouts. Steve Adler (Adobe Acrobat Specialist for Education) has a fantastic blog article explaining how to create PDF portfolios and their possible uses in K-12 and Higher Education environments. Below I have provided five PDF portfolio examples which you can download and view offline using the free Adobe Reader 9 or a trial version of Adobe Acrobat 9 Pro. Examples include:

Once you have viewed these PDF portfolios, try creating one yourself using Adobe Acrobat 9 Pro. You can use Steve Adler’s blog article as a guide or watch a recorded webinar. Also, there are new PDF portfolio navigator layouts you can download and start using for your projects.

New Year and New Funding Information for You

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Teacher working with students in computer lab

Happy New Year to everyone!

The purpose of this Adobe technologies in education article is to bring to your attention federal (United States) funding resources for
educational technology software and curriculum-related integration for K-12 schools and districts. With schools and districts facing severe budget cuts, these government programs may be an alternative way to secure funding for Adobe technology to provide faculty professional development and prepare students with a 21st century skillset.

Visit the Adobe funding resources for education page to learn more about the various government funding programs and which Adobe solutions are eligible
for one or more of these funding sources.

XFL: Bringing Designers and Developers Together Since 2008

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In a previous
Adobe Education Technologies blog article we examined how to use Adobe InDesign CS4 to create a visually rich layout, add interactivity with hyperlinks, buttons, and page transitions,
and then export to SWF. We were able to do all of this without using Adobe Flash Professional and Actionscript programming. The downside of this direct-to-SWF export is that there isn’t an easy way to edit the SWF file should we want to further modify it.

Now, Adobe InDesign CS4 allows designers to create multi-page layouts and then export to the new XFL (XML for Flash) file format. The XFL file can be opened directly in Adobe Flash CS4 Professional preserving layout and typographic fidelity. Then developers can enhance the file with animation, interactivity, and video. Let’s take a look at the workflow:

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The New InDesign CS4 Export to Flash is a Real Page Turner!

With each new release of Adobe Creative Suite there are features so fantastic that they warrant special mention on the Adobe Education Technologies blog. For this article I would like to focus on Adobe InDesign CS4 and its ability to quickly create and export interactive Flash (SWF) files.

In case you aren’t familiar with Adobe InDesign, it is the leading page layout application enabling creative freedom along with precise control over graphics, typography, color, transparency, effects, and placed images. Though Adobe InDesign provides direct-to-print capabilities, many have used it to create PDF files which capture all design elements and can be shared and viewed with the free Adobe Reader. What has been missing was an easy way to create rich interactive content that could be viewed with the Adobe Flash Player. Click this link to view an example of what we can now build with Adobe InDesign CS4 (at 2MB it takes a few seconds to load, but is worth the wait – move your cursor over one of the page corners, click, and drag to turn the page):
http://education.acrobat.com/idcs4toswf/

Let’s examine how to create this Flash file!

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