Author Archive: Scott Trudeau

Houston Area School Uses Adobe Technologies to Enter International Technology Contest

Alief Taylor High School has entered a student-created video in an international technology contest that will hopefully win their school thousands of dollars worth of technology.  The video is currently in 2nd place only behind a South African school.

Robert Goetsch is Alief’s audio-video teacher.  He helped his students write, produce, shoot, and edit the video.  The students used Adobe Premiere, After Effects, Photoshop, and Audition to help create the music parody. The final video is awesome! 

Voting has ended and Alief’s entry has made it into the 9-12 grade finalist!

View the video:
http://2010classroommakeover.shycast.com/submission/show/662

Captivate 5 – Branching

Captivate 5 Branching

Captivate 5 Branching

I love Adobe Captivate.  Captivate 5  makes it easy to set up projects with branching-based scenarios.  This is great for all kinds of education technology applications, tutorials, etc.  Learn how with this brief tutorial.

Photoshop Elements 9 & Premiere Elements 9

Just Released (and what a Great value!)

Adobe® Photoshop Elements 9 & Adobe Premiere Elements 9 software delivers powerful options that make it easy to use photos and videos together and share in entertaining ways. Now enjoy a complete solution for photos and videos whether you use Windows or Mac OS.

What’s New?

  • Match a favorite photo style – mimic the styles of your favorite photographers using Photomerge Style Match
  • Create Stunning photo effects – pop art, LOMO camera styles, reflection effects and more…
  • HD editing
  • Easy video import
  • New audio editing tools
  • and much more!

Photomerge Style Match – YouTube Video via Digital Scrapper Tutorials

Learn more…

Get Started in After Effects CS5

The Adobe TV team launched a new show today that is perfect for students and educators. The show is focused on getting started in After Effects CS5 and includes files to download and follow along with the tutorial to create a motion graphic title sequence.

Join educator and multimedia expert Adam Shaening-Pokrasso as he walks you through the basic concepts of digital compositing and animation in an in-depth introductory lesson in Adobe After Effects CS5. By the time you’re through, you will be able to create a stunning motion graphic title sequence for a film. http://tv.adobe.com/show/classroom-after-effects-cs5/

Adobe Education Exchange

The Adobe Education Exchange is a central location for educators to meet, share, discuss, and collaborate on topics of interest to the Adobe education community.

The Exchange is designed to help educators share and find teaching and learning resources and connect and collaborate on topics of interest to the Adobe education community. Our goal is to provide an unprecedented level of support to educators, build an engaged and increasingly loyal community, and learn more about who our customers are and how they are using our software.

http://edexchange.adobe.com

Preparing InDesign Files for Accessibility

Use InDesign CS5 and Acrobat Professional to create accessible content for persons with disabilities such as blindness, low vision, or limited mobility.  Michael Murphy, Adobe Certified Expert, shows how InDesign can add structure, logical read order, and alternate text to graphics in documents that will be exported to PDF.  With some added touch up using Acrobat Professional, these documents can be read using assistive technology such as screen readers and screen magnifiers.

Approximately 38 minutes.

http://tv.adobe.com/watch/accessibility-adobe/preparing-indesign-files-for-accessibility/

Win 2000 Bucks and a Copy of CS5 Design Premium

Up for a design challenge?

Win $2000 + a copy of Adobe® Creative Suite® 5 Design Premium software (MSRP US$1899) if your design is chosen the winner in the Threadless t-shirt design competition. Just use your design talents to create a tee inspired by the MAXtopia theme for Adobe MAX 2010. Contest ends August 29th, so don’t delay.

Check out the rules at http://www.threadless.com/loves/maxtopia.

Adobe Captivate 5 and eLearning Suite 2

Adobe has officially announced Captivate 5 & eLearning Suite 2!
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Captivate has been re-architected “from scratch” and is packed with plenty of great new features and enhancements. Mac user? Not a problem. The eLearning Suite is now available for the Mac!
The top new features in Captivate 5 are:

  • Optimized user interface
  • Object Styles
  • Master Slides
  • Rich animation effects
  • Multivideo support and synchronization
  • Tracking and reporting

The top new features of the eLearning Suite are:

  • Roundtripping between Adobe Captivate 5 and Adobe Soundbooth® CS5
  • Roundtripping between Adobe Captivate 5 and Adobe Flash® Professional CS5
  • Roundtripping between Adobe Captivate 5 and Adobe Photoshop® CS5 Extended
  • Application capture in Adobe Flash Professional CS5
  • Reinforced traditional authoring workflow
  • Domain-specific HTML templates

For additional information…

Go Test-Drive Adobe CS5

The 30-day free trial versions of Adobe CS5 products are now available for download on www.adobe.com . The trials are fully functional so you can try out all of the new tools and features.
If you need some tutorials to get you started check out tv.adobe.com .
Video: Spot Healing Brush tool – with the amazing new Content Aware option turned ON.

Desktop Publishing Teachers Rejoice! InDesign CS5 Supports Multiple Page Sizes

InDesign CS5 supports multiple page sizes within a single document! This new option allows your students to create various projects within one InDesign document by simply using the new “Page Tool”.
I’ve spoken to a number of DTP teachers who have their students design a corporate identity package as part of their curriculum.
An example assignment would look something like this:

  • design an envelope,
  • design matching letterhead
  • design matching business cards

Prior to InDesign CS5 the students would have had to create an InDesign document for each project. Students can now simply create a single InDesign CS5 document containing three (or more) different page sizes!