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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

Free wireless, San Francisco wide

San Francisco will be blanketed with free wireless! Google and Earthlink will team up to provide the wireless, which will cost $15M. Earthlink will then charge extra for better (faster) service.

Sounds great, and I’m interested what my connection will be like out in the SF boonies where I live 😉

For all the good info:

Want to work at Adobe? Check out these Flex jobs!

There are a ton of Flex and Flex Builder positions open at Adobe – including developer, architect, engineer, and quality engineer positions. Check them out (links below), or pass them on to anyone you know who might be interested.

WW020602-Developer, Flex Enterprise:

TB010604-Senior Quality Engineer:

LM020604-Flex Builder QE Engineer:

SK120508-Quality Engineer:

SK010609-Computer Scientist:

SK120507-Computer Scientist:

WW020603-Architect, Flex Enterprise:

SK120506-Computer Scientist:

HW020602-Computer Scientist – Flex Builder:

Notes from FlashForward 2006 keynote – new content up on Labs site


*** Note that this is a ROUGH version! I will clean this up/fleah it out/add pictures later today ***

** Kevin Lynch

– 10 years of flash.

– Where are we going: Working on integrating PDF and Flash but “we’re not going to screw them up” (ie: “won’t be putting all of acrobat into the Flash player, but will be looking at great combinations between them”.)

– Able to deliver the “engagement platform” express self over all these different mediums/output mechanisms. PDF, Flash, HTML models. + server technologies. Consistent server-side APIs.

– Flash player penetration. Consistent adoption platforms > 98%usually 80% in a year.

– FP8, 5months ago released. Much faster than any previous release. Already surpassed 50% reach in first 5 months. 5 million installs every day. can innovate with core player tech and people can leverage it.

– Projecting June for 80% reach/penetration.

– Example demo: Jaguar 2007 XK. Using Flash player 8.

– Blaze – draggable tabs between panels (shown). Now that Adobe/MM are joined.

** Mike D:

– Discussing flash video – showing TBS web site. (humor study site). Showing Flash video on AOL music site.

– Discussing Flash video workflow.

– Showing After Effects. Incorporate video tools into Flash production. Production studio – fully support

– exporting FLV files. Showing greenscreen/transparency in AE7. Export to FLV, encode alpha channel out of AE. Then importing the FLV into the FLA. Preserving layers when you import.

– Sneak peeks of new features:

– AS3 compiler/features integrated into BLAZE. Showing Document class (text box in the PI). Use this to attach a class to the main Timeline. All references are relative to the root of the timeline.
Started to make incremental advances to the script editor. Make difference to day-to-day code editing.
1) Added ability to select a range of code and collapse it. In variety of ways – collapse a function. Shortcut keys, or assign kb shortcut to do this.
2) Select a piece of code, and block comment/line comment. Click a button to comment it out.

– First time in history of Flash – release a public alpha of BLAZE, and what you see here. When FP ships later this year, a version of Flash will be placed on labs. Get a head start of AS3 in Flash. Free for 30 days, and activate with flash 8 or studio 8 serial number.

** Kevin L.

– FlashLite 2. (AS2, FP7 calibre)

– FlashCast – hope to see in US soon. Channels, and data loads in background, so you get instant responsiveness, unlike WAP where you have to wait.

– Emulators in Flash authoring updated for FlashLite 2.

– FP8.5, two VMs. AS2 is AVM1 and AS3 in AVM2. Highly optimized for actionscript in new VM that is written from scratch. Aligning AS with ECMAScript standards. Participating in the working group.

– Adding E4X (ECMASCript for XML). Use dot syntax to use XML. Runtime error checking and regular expressions added. At runtime in app, you can use debug player to show errors like data typing incompatibility. Around that, building the Flex 2 framework.

– Showing performance increase. Showing a bunch of points / 3dCube performance difference between FP8/AS2 and FP8.5/AS3. Showing 10x performance improvement – 5fps vs 50fps.

– Creating code samples to help users with language update. The labs site will host new code samples. On, a bunch of samples and code libraries now up on Labs – Flicker, Mappr, RSS feeds, Odeo. Web services wrapped with AS3 class libraries. Source to libraries are all open source. Available this morning on the Labs site. Showing demo of MXNA/Flickr/Odeo mashup. App was built “in a few days”. UI created with Flex.

– Flex 2. Enable apps to be built more quickly. Flex framework being made free – compiler, framework, etc. Available on labs. Doesn’t require server, and you can create and deploy flex apps for free.

– Providing a tool, FlexBuilder, but you can use any tool to build flex apps.

** Sho K.

– Demoing FlexBuilder, building an app in 5 minutes. (you’d have to be here) 🙂
– It works!! (A flawless Sho performance)
– Available at
– Giving another demo on Wednesday.

** Kevin L.

– Where headed longer term with
– Apollo. Enabling applications beyond the browser. A better host for applications.
– Using the things learnt by Central to approach this new technology.

** Ed Rowe.

– Why Apollo? What is the problem being solved?

– Browser has been the dominent platform for a decade. Very successful, and for the most part the UI is cross-platform, cross-browser.

– Not perfect for all apps. Limits the richness, little or no support for offline scenarios or occassionally connected. Limited ability to work with the local system.

– Application host outside of the browser – Flash/HTML/PDF –

– Allow desktop and mobile to be built from familiar technologies. Use existing knowledge to build these apps, that can run in background, read/write local disk, more expressive apps, occassionally connected apps.

– Show hypothetical apps. Flash chrome created, showing a PDF and HTML content.

– Apollo installed by going to a webpage where you click and it will deploy the app.

– User could double-click a deployment package (you could email it, send it, etc. Not installer based, but cross-platform deployment tech).

– Users won’t really “install” or “launch” Apollo, seems much more seamless.

– Demoing an app that looks like a standalone application, a audio player.

=>> “Web applications outside the browser” << sums it up.

– <<– place for sending ideas.

– will be doing things on the labs website and blogging about Apollo.

Adobe Production Studio – released!

The Adobe Production Studio has been released to the world:

It comes in a few different flavors:

Adobe After Effects 7.0 Standard
Adobe Premiere Pro 2.0
Adobe Photoshop CS2

Adobe After Effects 7.0 Professional
Adobe Premiere Pro 2.0
Adobe Audition 2.0
Adobe Encore 2.0
Adobe Photoshop CS2
Adobe Illustrator CS2

Adobe Video Bundle:
Adobe After Effects 7.0 Professional
Adobe Premiere Pro 2.0
Adobe Audition 2.0
Adobe Encore 2.0
Adobe Photoshop CS2
Adobe Illustrator CS2
Macromedia Flash Professional 8
Adobe Stock Photos

All of these suites/bundles come with Adobe Dynamic Link and Adobe Bridge.

For more info, see:

Production Studio

Adobe Video Bundle

Adobe Dynamic Link

John Nack’s blog entry

Key new features to look into are Dynamic Link (easily move content from program to program – it totally rules), the new interface (panels vs palettes), and new FLV capabilities in the software.

New apple splash up with all the new stuff (new sites for macbook and new iMac)

Also, the apple store is now up:

Macworld – New Mac systems released with Intel (avail today!)

The Mac and Intel news has been buzzing for awhile. Today, announcements were just made at the Macworld keynote. The new computers were said to be ready by June of this year, but Steve says that both Intel and Apple are ready.


The first Mac with Intel processor is ready today! An iMac with built in iSight. They’re rolling it out today (the iMac with intel) – according to, it looks the same as today’s iMac.

Word from
Intel processor 2-3x faster than iMac G5 (overall)
17 and 20”
Two cores, both faster than G5
ATI x1600

All products transitioning throughout 2006.
Apple store is still down…


Also, the apple store is now up:

Macworld keynote in progress – new FM tuner, new Tiger/iLife (updated)

Checking those blogs for updates from the Macworld keynote (I wish I was there, only a few blocks away) – some news so far is a new FM tuner that works with 5g ipods and the nano. It appears to be a remote control much like their existing one that attaches to the headphones. When plugged in, you’ll see an FM option on the ipod where you select your frequency. Sounds sweet! $50 though…

New Tiger is available today 10.4.4 (it’s free). Also, a new “gigantic release” of iLife, and they seem to be going through the features right now. And “Photocasting” – podcasting your photos…

(still wondering if those Apple plasma TV rumors are true or even semi-true… so far the news isn’t too huge, I suppose Steve’s saving the best -and surprises- till last)

Check out

and (via It’s not as detailed, but it’s also the most up to date (pretty much updated every minute or two, with a 1 minute page refresh running)


New app in iLife called iWeb – use it to share content with others. Has templates, themes, and uses RSS and AJAX. Can publish things like slideshows, create blogs, etc…

The apple store is down and “busy updating the site” — ooooh.. 🙂


Also, the apple store is now up:

No more name at 601

Off topic post warning: When passing by the front of the building today, noticed that we lost our old MM name off the front.




Also noticed some new “frosting” of the logo on the glass doors into the lobby. Nice touch – Macromedia never did that.

The letters were auctioned off for charity last year (each letter individually auctioned) – would have been very cool to win, but the letters I was after ended up getting a bit too rich for my blood 🙂

Sneak Peeks at MAX 2005 – clarified and fleshed out a bit

Notes from Sneak Peeks at Max 2005, written and updated during the 2005 MAX Sneak Peeks. This session provides future and upcoming Macromedia product features!

These notes have since been fleshed out and clarified.


Click here to read the whole thing!