Archive for May, 2006

New on Adobe Labs: NoteTag – from the Kiwi Project

NoteTag is the first release from the Kiwi project.

NoteTag is a proof-of-concept by a new project at Adobe currently code-named Kiwi. The Kiwi Project is an exploration of Read/Write RSS and Web 2.0 components for Adobe Flex and the Adobe Engagement Platform.
NoteTag is a sample Flex 2 application that allows users to capture notes during meetings and assign tasks within those notes to individuals. Underneath the hood, NoteTag stores notes as blog entries, formats tasks using a microformat, and uses tags to link tasks (from notes) to people. NoteTag uses a preliminary set of Kiwi Project component libraries, including an AtomProtocol library, a simple TagServerProtocol library, and an extended RSSRW library that supports setting data in an RSS feed.

Check it: http://labs.adobe.com/wiki/index.php/NoteTag

Check the Kiwi project here: http://blogs.adobe.com/kiwi/

Site of the week: Nike+

With the announcement of the new Nano+Running shoe combo comes a trendy new site to promote it — it includes Flash Video and seemed to run pretty smooth on my end. Check it out here:

http://www.nike.com/nikeplus/

Adobe on del.icio.us – send us your links!

Some of us here at Adobe have started tagging our favorite (useful) sites and tutorials on a del.icio.us account. What is delicious? Check this out: http://del.icio.us/about/. What are tags and tagging? See http://del.icio.us/help/tags

Here’s our Adobe account: http://del.icio.us/adobe — yep, it’s a bit sparse and we haven’t finished organizing everything. A work in progress, if you will.

You can check out individual tags from that page, even book mark them or track them in an RSS reader.

So what can you do? Check it.

Create a delicious account if you don’t already have one:
http://del.icio.us/register (note that we aren’t affiliated with delicious, so your Adobe or Macromedia accounts won’t work on this site).

Subscribe to Adobe in your delicious network. Click “Your network” and type adobe in the text box to the right of the page.

Send us your links! If you think we’ve missed a great website or tutorial – let us know! Tag the page with for:adobe to send us the link.

Subscribe to our RSS. If you use a reader, you can subscribe to our bookmarks or any of our individual tags. For example, you can subscribe to:

All tags: http://del.icio.us/rss/adobe
Individual tags, like flash: http://del.icio.us/rss/tag/flash
Multiple tags, eg flash+animation: http://del.icio.us/rss/adobe/flash+animation

That’s a quick start to del.icio.us — there are other features, so check out the Help section on the website for more info and tips.
I hope to see your bookmarks in our inbox! Happy surfing! Questions or comments? Let me know in the comments.

Fresh new content on the Adobe Design Center

There is a lot of new content just posted on the Adobe Design Center.


New TUTORIALS:

Adjustment layer basics (Photoshop):
http://www.adobe.com/designcenter/tutorials/adjlayerbasics/

Aim for the color management bullseye (InDesign):
http://www.adobe.com/designcenter/tutorials/colormanage/

Draw by numbers (Illustrator):
http://www.adobe.com/designcenter/tutorials/drawbynumbers/

Change the shape of things with the closed and open path shape tools in Illustrator CS2 (Illustrator):
http://www.adobe.com/designcenter/tutorials/pathtools/

Simple adjustment layers (Photoshop):
http://www.adobe.com/designcenter/tutorials/simpleadjust/

Catch registration problems with trapping in InDesign CS2 (InDesign):
http://www.adobe.com/designcenter/tutorials/trapping/

Create frame-by-frame animations with Flash (Flash):
http://www.adobe.com/designcenter/tutorials/framebyframe/

Work with the Timeline in Flash (Flash):
http://www.adobe.com/designcenter/tutorials/keyframes/


New DIALOG BOX:

Video on the web: Getting started (Hillman Curtis):
http://www.adobe.com/designcenter/dialogbox/videoweb/


New THINK TANK article:

Getting Real: An interview with Jason Fried (Khoi Vinh):
http://www.adobe.com/designcenter/thinktank/gettingreal/


New GALLERY artists featured:

Ernesto Lavandera

Michele D’Auria

New Updater: Dreamweaver 8.0.2

Dreamweaver 8.0.2 Updater
Download it here:
http://www.adobe.com/support/dreamweaver/downloads_updaters.html

05/09/06 This product update improves code generated by Dreamweaver for server behaviors and for active content such as Flash. If you haven’t installed the 8.0.1 updater yet, simply install the 8.0.2 updater to get all the fixes for both updates. Also make sure the language version of the updater matches the language version of your copy of Dreamweaver. For example, you can’t use the English updater with a non-English version of Dreamweaver. Full Release Notes are available.

New on Adobe Labs: Spry framework for Ajax

The Spry framework for Ajax is a JavaScript library for web designers that provides functionality that allows designers to build pages that provide a richer experience for their users. It is designed to bring Ajax to the web design community who can benefit from Ajax, but are not well served by other frameworks.

Check it out here:

http://labs.adobe.com/technologies/spry/

Flash 8 seminars in LA, SF, Chicago, NY

There are free seminars on, and demoing, Flash Professional 8 upcoming in the following cities at the following times.

Los Angeles May 16th
San Francisco May 18th
Chicago June 6th
New York June 8th

The first two are currently full and accepting people for the wait list, it seems, so sign up quickly if you’re interested.

Here are some details:

At this seminar, Adobe experts will demonstrate how to use exciting new must-have features in Flash Professional 8 to create rich, interactive websites, applications, and other digital communications that can help you connect with customers. In addition, in each city a different leading interactive design agency will show you how it used Flash Professional 8 to produce engaging websites that helped its customers successfully launch major movies, new consumer product brands, and other projects.

You can find more details here:

Discover Flash Professional 8 Seminar