Posts tagged "adobe"

Adobe FormsCentral – Skip Logic

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.”

Free Issue of the May Digital Edition of WIRED Magazine

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!

 

Adobe Announces CS5.5 Creative Suite

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.

 

Food + Technology = Adobe Digital Publishing

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!

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Also check out the Adobe Digital Publish blog.  http://blogs.adobe.com/digitalpublishing/

Adobe in Education: An Accessibility Guide

In recent years, the Education community has focusing increasingly on making all web content accessible to individual individuals with disabilities. Adobe® is an industry leader in accessibility and supports the creation of outstanding web experiences by encouraging web developers to produce rich, engaging content that is accessible to all. Adobe has also been focusing on this important task by improving and facilitating accessible content creation and consumption with its powerful design applications and productivity tools.

The information below references resources on our website that can help educators and authors understand the need for creating accessible content for an increasing diversity of users and screens. Not only will content creators learn more about how to optimize their workflows and effectively design a document that not only looks good, but they can also improve the experience as all users on a variety of screens and devices.

What is Accessibility?

Accessibility involves two key issues: first, how users with disabilities access electronic information, and second, how web content designers and developers enable web pages to function with assistive devices used by individuals with disabilities.

For the user with a disability, the challenge is to identify tools that provide the most convenient access to web-based and other electronic information. For the web content designer/developer, the challenge is to remove the obstacles that prevent accessibility tools from functioning effectively. In many cases, these challenges are relatively simple to overcome, but sometimes the solutions require some additional thought and effort.

For more information on Accessibility visit: http://www.adobe.com/accessibility/gettingstarted/accessibility.html

I have heard of Section 508 and the 508 standards. What are they?

Accessibility policies vary from country to country, but most countries, including those in the European Union, have adopted standards based on the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). In the United States, Section 508 of the U.S. Rehabilitation Act mandates that web content maintained by the federal government be made accessible to people with disabilities. This law is based on W3C Priority One checkpoints. Find more information at: http://www.adobe.com/accessibility/508standards.html

Where can I find the latest information about Adobe products and accessibility?

A great start to find out the latest information on Accessibility at Adobe is http://www.adobe.com/accessibility/. There you will find links and resources to examples compliance news, blogs, case studies, tips and tricks and more.

I have heard that Adobe Acrobat and Adobe Reader are very useful for working with and reading accessible content. Is that true?

Yes, unlike other PDF tools, Adobe® Acrobat® 9 and Reader® 9 software continue the tradition of providing strong accessibility support for Adobe PDF documents and forms. Acrobat 9 features a number of built-in accommodations for people with disabilities as well as support for users of assistive technologies.

Where can I find more detailed information about Adobe Acrobat and Reader’s roles in facilitating the creation and displaying of Accessible documents?

Are there any Adobe blogs that focus on Accessibility news and events?

Yes, visit the Adobe accessibility blog and join the discussion at: http://blogs.adobe.com/accessibility/

Which Adobe products support and encourage authors and developers in the production of accessible content?

Adobe seeks to provide products that support and encourage authors and developers in the production of accessible content. The latest information on these products can be found by clicking on these links.

Where can I find information on other Adobe applications and accessibility?

For information on additional applications please visit the Adobe Accessibility website at: http://www.adobe.com/accessibility/

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/

Lynda.com APP for iPhone & Adobe!

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Recently as part of my job for Adobe I drove to one of Ventura Unified School Districts middle schools to conduct an hour long Acrobat 9 Pro demonstration of Acrobat’s incredible ePortfolio tools. Never knowing what Sothern California’s traffic might be I left early giving me plenty of time to get to De Anza Middle School about ten miles from my remote Adobe office here in east Ventura county. The traffic Gods were smiling on me and I actually arrived about half an hour early to the school. After turning off my car’s engine I wondered what I could do with the extra time I had when it suddenly dawned on me. I had been brushing up on learning the ins and outs of our recently released Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 application just before I drove to De Anza at my remote office watching one of my favorite online video training companies – Lynda.com.

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Free Lightroom 3 resources.

Here are some free video training resources and an audio podcast for getting you up to speed on Adobe Lightroom 3.