Posts in Category "Creative Suite"

CS4 Print Guide is now available!

Hey folks. The people in the Creative Suite marketing unit have completed the CS4 Print Guide. This is a good, solid resource to help you understand how to successfully print from the CS4 applications (or at least create file that will print). We at the Adobe Education Technologies blog thought you might want to give it a look-see. Check it out by following this link: Link to the CS4 Print Guide.

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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Flash CS4: Motions Preset panel (Part 1)

While there are many new outstanding features in Flash CS4 that are cool and flashy (e.g. Object-based animation model, 3D transformations, Inverse kinematics with the Bones tool, Adobe Media Encoder with H.264 support, and much more) don’t overlook a very simple feature that will save you a significant amount of time during the animation process: the Motion Presets panel.

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Creating Easy to Make and Share Photo/Web Galleries!

When it comes to creating and sharing your personal or professional digital photo creations with the world there is no better tool or place to do so than with an Adobe tool or Adobe web based service. In this post on the Adobe Education Technologies Blog I’ll cover some of our easy to use tools to get you started!

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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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CS4 Launch Rebroadcast

Want to catch the CS4 launch broadcast, but missed it the first time? You can watch it on Adobe TV: http://tv.adobe.com/#vi+f1556v1715

Want to try some CS4 on for size?

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Go to Labs 

Soundbooth Mnemonic (also known as the application icon)

Now that we have announced and we are showing CS4, you may want to get started. If so, go to the Adobe Labs website: http://labs.adobe.com. There you’ll find three of the CS4 applications in beta for you to try. Dreamweaver, Fireworks, and Soundbooth are there, and if you own Creative Suite 3 you can plop your CS3 serial number into the applications and run them until we release CS4 (sometime later in the quarter). One particular thing I recommend that you try is the Transcription feature in Soundbooth. It will turn your speech into text, and it’s incredibly easy to use. After you download the app and install it, follow these steps. . .

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Creative Suite 4 – How to Find Out More

Photo of Creative Suite 4 product boxes

I am almost as excited as Steve Martin’s character in The Jerk, when he danced around gleefully screaming, “The new phone books are here, the new phone books are here!” For those of you who don’t share my taste in fine cinema – this is exciting! There are way too many fun, new toys to cover in a single post, but rest assured the team will be blogging about the wonders of CS4 soon. Till then I’ll leave you with some fantastic resources on Adobe.com to get you acquainted with the new release;

Ciao.

Clearing the Haze with Photoshop and Lightroom’s Histogram, Bonus: Free Lightroom Pop Quiz

Photograph cleaned up in Lightroom and Photoshop

You know that little graph in Photoshop, Lightroom, and on your digital camera called the Histogram? What does it tell you, and how can you use to rescue a boring photo? Watch my tutorial. We will cover this and check out some new features in Lightroom 2.0. Whoa, what about the FREE Lightroom pop quiz? Read on…

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Creative Suite 4 news on Adobe.com

Check out the top news story on Adobe.com;

"It’s going to be brilliant: see the unveiling of new Adobe Creative Suite 4 on Sep 23"

What can I tell you? Nothing. If you want to see what we have up our sleeve for CS4 go to Adobe.com and click on the news story, you’ll be taken to a sign-up page
for the web broadcast. Hurry and sign-up now!