Coming soon, Adobe will be updating its user forums with a new improved interface. You can preview the new interface through April 3rd here:
Here are some of the improvements. Some are new or updated depending on which system you are coming in from. For example, the old Macromedia forums didn’t allow images, but the old Adobe ones did.
• Combined previous (Macromedia and Adobe) forums into one
• New software platform
• Email participation
• RSS feeds
• Unified Adobe ID login
• Embed videos and images
• File Attachments
• Updated look and feel
There’s also a FAQ about the changes here: http://www.adobeforums.com/webx/.59b7c637/
The live date for the change is still to be determined, but should be fairly soon. I’ll post again when the switch has happened.
• OLD Forums will go down at 3pm PST on Friday, April 3.
• NEW Forums will be back online around 12:00 pm (Noon) PST on Sunday, April 5.
More notable highlights
• Integration of Adobe ID for true single sign on to all Forums
• Consolidation of Macromedia and Adobe Forums onto one new system.
• Updated look and feel, more consistent with other forum systems
• Email participation, including starting a new discussion and alerts
• RSS feeds for many parts of the forum (topics, users, announcements, etc.)
• Improved moderation capabilities (hosts can delete inappropriate content)
• Rich text options: inline images and videos, file attachments, code samples
• Improved search capabilities:
o Wildcard searches (Multiple or single character)
o Fuzzy Search (search for foam also retrieves roams)
o Proximity, weighting, date range, specific user
Adobe Learning Resources is now piloting a project to post our video tutorials on YouTube to reach the widest possible audience. We want to bring our content to where some of you already are so you don’t have to come through Adobe.com or Adobe TV to find it.
Here’s our new “Tutorials from Adobe” channel on YouTube, which you can subscribe to:
For the pilot, we’re starting with the eleven Dreamweaver CS4 videos. The DW series was selected for pilot because it contains two of the most popular CS4 videos on Adobe TV: “DW overview” and “Defining a site.” Here’s the Learn Dreamweaver CS4 playlist:
In the near future, we’ll be adding video tutorials for many of the other products as well.
Let us know what you think.
I had a chance over the last week or so to compile and add a comprehensive list of Flash CS4 video tutorials hosted on Adobe.com to the Resources chapter of Using Flash. You can find the list here:
I also included Flash CS3 videos that are still applicable to CS4. I’ve included a few 3rd party links as well.
Many sections of Flash Help refer to additional video tutorials (click to find them all) in context to provide information about specific features.
As always, if you find a 3rd party video, tutorial, or article that you think is really good, add a link to it on the relevant page of Flash Help on the web. If it’s really good, we’ll likely add a link to it in the Help.
I recently added a new page to the Resources chapter of Using Flash Professional CS4 listing all the Getting Started videos on Adobe TV. There’s a lot of good stuff in there for getting oriented and exploring the new features of Flash CS4.
Check it out at http://help.adobe.com/en_US/Flash/10.0_UsingFlash/WS3C5136D8-8D46-4d6d-9AA9-8438BAA91F9D.html