Archive for September, 2007

After Effects at Adobe Max

Next week is the start of the Adobe Max conferences. This fantastic event brings together many of the best designers and developers involved in creating rich experiences with Adobe products. It’s a great opportunity learn a few new tricks, to get inspired, and to meet other members of the Adobe customer community. It’s one of my favorite conferences of the year.

There are several educational tracks, but anyone interested in After Effects
should check out the Web, Video and Interactive Design track. It’s ideal for anyone those of you who are creating rich interactive content, bringing video online, or building content for mobile devices. There are 3 different sessions dedicated to learning After Effects techniques:

  • Introduction to Adobe After Effects CS3 Professional
  • Hands On: After Effects 101 for Interactive Designers
  • Creating Interactive Video with After Effects and Flash Professional  (presented by yours truly)

Meet the After Effects Team at Adobe Max

I’m particularly excited about this year’s event because several members of the After Effects development team will also be at Max. We’ve set aside some time to meet with our customers to talk about how they use After Effects. If you are going to be at Max, we’d love to sit down with you to chat about your projects, the future of our products, and how we can make After Effects better for you! Send me a note at mcoleman at adobe dot com to reserve your time with the After Effects team.

Looking forward to seeing you at Adobe Max!

Tell us what you think!

One of the best parts of being on the After Effects team is how much interaction we have with our customers. We visit many of you just hear what you have to say about After Effects and the projects you are working on. While this is informative and a lot of fun, eventually we have to head home and get to work!

Since we can’t speak with every one of you personally, we’re also conducting a survey about After Effects usage. You are invited to take a few minutes of your time to tell us a few things about yourself, your projects, and your workflow. You’ll also get a chance to indicate which potential features are most important to you. We often use surveys like this to guide future development efforts.

Please go to the URL below to get started. It will probably take about 15 minutes to complete the survey. It is hosted at

We know you probably have a million things to do, but if you can take some to have a little influence on the After Effects team, we’d certainly appreciate it.

The information we gather is just for Adobe’s use and we promise not to do anything annoying with your survey responses. All data will be kept confidential. No information about you will be sold or furnished to any other company whatsoever, nor will you receive unsolicited e-mails because of your participation in this survey.

You may see another survey invitation from me on other forums or e-mail lists. It’s the same survey and there’s no need to do the survey again.

On behalf of the entire After Effects team, thanks!