Archive for February, 2008

Flashin’ It @ AIGA Philadelphia

I had an opportunity to present Flash to a fantastic audience at an event hosted by the Philadelphia chapter of the AIGA. During the session, I promised that I would share some of the resources I mentioned during my marathon 4+ hour session:

Developer Connection – www.adobe.com/devnet
Design Center – www.adobe.com/designcenter
(Both of these sections are organized by products and categories. If you are new to Flash, check out the ‘Getting Started’ pages.)

Adobe Events – www.adobe.com/events.
Adobe runs a lot of live events globally, but you can always attend a live eSeminar on a variety of topics and products. Check out this link.
Or you can watch a recorded eSeminar at your convenience at – lots of great stuff here. For example, here’s a list of all the Flash-related recorded seminars.

Other non-Adobe (free) resources:
gotoandlearn.com
kirupa.com

Other non-Adobe (not-so-free) resources:
lynda.com
totaltraining.com
xtrain.com

Bridge Home – if you have Bridge CS3 installed on your computer, you can find a lot of the resources listed above right inside Bridge Home (‘home’ icon at the top of the Favorites panel).

Also, if you’re looking for a particular resource on Adobe.com, you can try the search feature on the site – or you can use Google (e.g. “cs3 video workshop site:Adobe.com” – which will search for the keywords ‘cs3 video workshop’ within the Adobe.com domain).

Lastly, if you’re interested in working with video in Flash, I would highly recommend the book Adobe Flash CS3 Professional Video Studio Techniques by Robert Reinhardt. Very good information covering all aspects of video – from shooting video to encoding to deployment.

One other note: if you’re interested in AIR, the Adobe Media Player or Flex 3, check out Adobe Labs – http://labs.adobe.com.

On the road to Memphis…

I’m in Memphis today to present Flash to the local AIGA chapter. Actually, since my colleague Josh Margulis is officially credited as the presenter, I only provided some assistance. As one would expect, the AIGA folks were pretty creative about promoting an event which takes place on Valentine’s Day!

Since I haven’t had a chance to present with Josh before, I was really looking forward to it. The only hitch was that it ain’t easy getting to Memphis from Toronto (and then from Memphis to Philly where we’re presenting at an event the next day).
So just to give you a little peak into the life of an SE, here’s my itinerary for Feb 14:
4am ET – wake up
4:30am-4:50am – car service to Toronto airport (YYZ)
4:50am-5:50am – get through customs & security
6:25am – YYZ to Chicago, IL (ORD), arr 7:18am
8:25am – ORD to Memphis, TN (MEM), arr 10:13am CT
10:45am CT – Get to event venue (by smelly cab)
3pm – Finish up session (skip lunch), wait 25 mins for a cab back to the airport
4:20pm – Get to the airport, eat a crappy lunch/dinner
5:55pm – Start writing this blog entry
6:57pm – Fly from MEM to Charlotte, NC (CLT), arrive 9:30pm ET
10:15pm ET – CLT to Phialdelphia (PHL), arrive 11:35pm
12:20am – Check into hotel
So that’s 1 province and 4 states in a 20+ hour day. It might sound like fun, but it wears on you after a bit..
But in the end, it’s worth it. I get to do what I love (talk) and I get to meet some great people. For example, the AIGA folks gave me a couple of parting gifts: a ‘Day for Flash Lovers’ t-shirt AND a Sun Studio, Memphis shirt!

Free Flash Lite 3 Training in NYC

If you’re a designer or developer interested in Flash Lite 3.0, Adobe is offering a (free!) three-day mobile application development training course.. details as follows:

Wednesday, Feb 27 -Friday, Feb 29 — 9:00am – 5:00pm
Location: Adobe NYC Office (8 West 40th St., between 5th & 6th Ave.)

Here’s what they’re suggesting you bring with you to the course:

  • Bring your own laptop
  • Bring a Nokia S60 v3 flash enabled device like an N73 or N95 for instance
  • Bring your own phone cable that connects from your laptop to your handset to download your content
  • Install Flash CS3 Professional on your laptop

If interested, please register for this class by contacting Suzanne Nguyen
(sunguyen at adobe dot com) by including your name, email address and mobile phone number.

I’ve also included the course outline below: