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Archive for May, 2013

Congratulations to San Jose/Silicon Valley Students!

CA Globeys - AdobeI wanted to share some exciting news around our continuous work with Globaloria, a national program that teaches kids how to design and program their own STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) digital games. I had a chance, along with Johann Zimmern, our worldwide education program manager, to honor several San Jose Bay Area students at the 2nd Annual Silicon Valley Globey Awards Ceremony designed to recognize the best in youth educational video game design and coding. At the ceremony, top students were awarded prizes for their work based on the technical quality of their game, its educational content, the quality of the original artwork and animations, teamwork, research skills, and the overall production process.

Among the prizes, student winners were awarded a one-year subscription to the Adobe Creative Cloud, to support their future game design efforts. On behalf of Adobe, we want to congratulate all of the winners and encourage them to continue to explore their creative talents. To check out all the recognized student-designed games please visit Globaloria’s Game Gallery.

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Adobe Just Got Even Kuler

Our Kuler web app has been a hit with creatives everywhere for a few years now, allowing designers (and the color-curious like myself) to create and explore color themes. We sneaked the new version of Kuler at Adobe MAX back in early May — and today it’s available.  A new revamped web experience for Kuler is now online at: http://kuler.adobe.com

It’s really a gorgeous piece of web design that has been rebuilt and optimized for the latest versions of Chrome, Safari, Firefox and Internet Explorer.

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But the real exciting news is that Kuler has gone mobile with the delivery of a new free iPhone app available, here. Kuler allows you to easily extract a theme from what the iPhone camera is seeing, without even taking a photo. It’s as simple as opening the app, pointing the camera at something and its colors are quickly captured for later use.

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Kuler also has a Sync Color feature for use with Illustrator CC.  Sync Colors lets you use Kuler and Illustrator to quickly incorporate colors you see around you into your vector artwork. Sync your favorite themes with the Kuler website, and they’ll be accessible immediately inside Illustrator CC – which will be available as part of our major update to Creative Cloud, released on June 17.

The Kuler team is always interested in hearing your views, so if you’d like to join the conversation head over to the Kuler forum.

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Discover Your Element

Picture1Sir Ken Robinson, a leading creativity advocate whom many of you know from his bestselling book “The Element,” and his acclaimed TedTalk video, has joined Adobe in the past by having a voice in our blog. “The Element” inspired readers all over the world to discover what really makes them tick and get the most out of their lives and work. Today, the long-awaited companion and complimentary book, “Finding Your Element: How to Discover Your Talents and Passions and Transform Your Life,” is being released.

To accompany the book’s debut, a new one-hour TV program on American Public Television, “Finding Your Element with Sir Ken Robinson,” will air on public television stations nationwide beginning June 1 (check local listings). The program offers practical advice as well as techniques and resources that we believe will help educators put creative ideas into practice in the classroom. Per Sir Ken, the “element” is the point where natural talents meet personal passions; once you find your element, your life takes on a new character and purpose.

Here at Adobe, we focus on helping educators and students discover their passions by advocating for creativity and creative thinking in the classroom. Finding your “element” plays a key role in unleashing creativity – so we encourage you to watch Sir Ken’s PBS program, think about where your talents and passions meet, how they define your personal brand, and how you can articulate your brand in ways that will inspire your students. That way you can make creativity an everyday element in your classroom.

Join us @adobeedu by tweeting with the #CreateNowEdu hashtag to let us know how you are unlocking creativity in your classroom! You can also participate in the conversation about Sir Ken by following the #SirKenElement hashtag.

Disclosure: Adobe Education Marketing team is a proud sponsor of Sir Ken’s public program on American Public Television.

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Adobe Announces Major Update to Creative Cloud and New Licensing Program for Education Institutions

cc-edu-cloud200x200As you may have already heard, today at Adobe MAX, the Creativity Conference, Adobe announced a significant update to Adobe Creative Cloud, the company’s flagship offering for creatives. Available in June and packed with new features, Creative Cloud reimagines the creative process through a stunning set of Creative Cloud desktop applications (“CC” apps) and sophisticated cross-device collaboration and publishing capabilities. Creative files can be stored, synced and shared, via Creative Cloud; and Behance, the world’s leading online creative community, is now integrated with Creative Cloud, so customers can showcase work, get feedback on projects and gain global exposure. For education, this means keeping a competitive edge and providing students and educators with access to the latest tools for college and career success.

This update to Creative Cloud includes the next generation of Adobe desktop applications—including Adobe Photoshop® CC, InDesign® CC, Illustrator® CC, Dreamweaver® CC and Premiere® Pro CC. Adobe’s desktop tools, previously known as Creative Suite (CS), are now branded CC to reflect that they are an integral part of Creative Cloud and have been reinvented to support a more intuitive, connected way of creating. Adobe Creative Cloud includes more than 30 tools and services that enable professional grade content creation and delivery across print, web, mobile apps, video and photography.

New Licensing Program for Education

Also today, Adobe announced a new licensing option for primary, secondary, and higher education institutions. The Education Enterprise Agreement (EEA) program is an easy-to-manage, term-based licensing program that gives educational institutions access to the new CC apps. With this program, institutional customers can have the creative tools they need to be more productive, foster creativity in teaching and learning, and help their students develop essential digital communication skills.

Additional ways students, educators and institutions can purchase Creative Cloud:

  • Creative Cloud for individual—includes a membership offer for individual use by students and teachers available on Adobe.com and through authorized resellers.
  • Creative Cloud for enterprise—provides the best coverage model for institution-wide access to Creative Cloud apps and services under an Enterprise Term Licensing Agreement (ETLA).

For more information about Creative Cloud enhancements please see today’s press release. Additional details on EEA can be found here.

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