Adobe “Tutorial Builder” is like the “Harry Potter” of tutorial applications! This amazing application from Adobe Labs magically records your Photoshop knowledge into slick tutorials that can be shared via iPad. So…what’s so magical about it? Press the instructional link on the iPad and it will demonstrate the referenced step in Photoshop. This instructional hocus-pocus creates a communication channel between your tablet and a computer running Photoshop using the TouchSDK.
Tutorial Builder looks like a great application to add to your instructional “charm bag”!
Try it out…
In my last tutorial I showed you how to take an image and apply that image to a 3D object in Photoshop. In this tutorial I will show you how to publish a 3D layer to PDF. Anybody with Acrobat Reader will then be able to interact with your 3D object.
- Create a 3D object in Photoshop (tutorial here)
- Right click on the 3D layer
- Select Export 3D layer
- Name the file and select U3D from the Format dropdown menu
- Click the Save button
- The 3D Export Options dialogue box will open.
- Make sure that JPEG is selected from the Texture Format dropdown
- Use ECMA1 for the U3D Options
The steps above exported the Photoshop layer to a U3D file. The U3D file can now be published to PDF.
- Open Adobe Acrobat X
- Select File>Created PDF>From File
- Browse to the U3D file you saved earlier
- An Insert 3D dialogue box will open. Select OK (You may want to check out the “Advanced” options by clicking on the Show Advanced Options check box. There are some neat options to play around with).
- Click on your 3D object to interact with it. Also notice the 3D tool bar that appears.
Cool! Now anybody with Acrobat Reader can view your 3D content!
Imagine a satellite traveling thousands of miles into space, flying around distant planets, snapping pictures of their surfaces, and returning the images to Earth. Well, it has been done, and the images are amazing (Thanks NASA).
What is even more amazing is that you can find the images using a simple Internet search (keywords: Jupiter, surface, map) and wrap them around 3D objects created in Photoshop!
This makes for a great student project.
Here is how…http://youtu.be/uqQ9TTALw7U
In my next tutorial I will show you how to export the 3D layer to an Acrobat PDF file. This will allow mom, dad, or another student to view and manipulate the 3D object using the (free) Acrobat Reader.
The smart gang over at Adobe FormsCentral recently added a great new feature to the forms service. You can now direct users to different pages based on their previous answers.
Check out this video for more on Adobe FormsCentral’s latest feature…”Skip Logic.”
Our Connect team has been busy adding many great features to Adobe Connect Mobile. Adobe Connect Mobile 1.5 is now a much more complete mobile conferencing tool.
Here are some highlights:
- Add your own upstream broadcast
- Connect Mobile for ios now supports both rear and forward facing cameras
- Meeting “Overview” mode – making the Connect experience much more like the desktop experience
- “Focus View” notifications let you know about off-screen activities (while in Focus View)
- Ability to see and interact with the note pod
- Ability to see and interact with Poll pod
Check out the YouTube Video
Read more at the Adobe Connect Blog
Adobe is celebrating the first anniversary of WIRED magazine’s digital edition on the iPad by sponsoring the May 2011 issue. For the next 30 days, your can go grab a copy for FREE!
WIRED magazine is published using Adobe’s Digital Publishing Suite which helps the publisher bring cool stuff like, video, animated infographics, and social sharing to the iPad.
So, what are you waiting for? Go download the WIRED app from the App Store at no cost!
Creating content for multiple screens sizes and various mobile OSs (think Android, BlackBerry, and IOS) just got a whole lot easier. Today Adobe announced the CS5.5 family of products and with it a slew of great tools that will help you keep up with today’s fast-changing developer/designer demands. Here are a few resources to help you learn more about the CS5.5 release.
I love food. I love Adobe technologies.
Martha Stewart’s “Everyday Food” , a cooking and lifestyle magazine, is now available on the iPad. This highly interactive magazine was put together using Adobe Digital Publishing technologies. Check it out!
View YouTube video
Also check out the Adobe Digital Publish blog. http://blogs.adobe.com/digitalpublishing/