eLearning and Tech Comm Conferences where Adobe is Participating

Starting next week, various Adobe teams from our Technical Communication Suite and eLearning Suite and I will be traveling, exhibiting and speaking at the following three conferences, and we look forward to seeing you there:

WritersUA 2009

This year, WritersUA takes place March 29-April 1, in Seattle, Washington.  With the recent launch of our Technical Communication Suite version 2, we are very much looking forward to the conference and to sharing with our customers the new technology innovations in the Suite, especially around increasing your value to your employer in this difficult economy.

I’m especially excited about the Product Demonstration session I will be leading at the show, where I will be highlighting not only the new features in FrameMaker 9 (e.g. the new User Interface), RoboHelp 8, Captivate 4 and whole Tech Comm Suite 2, but also about the various Adobe Technologies, which are now integrated into the Suite. For example the ability to work together with colleagues and customers in real-time to complete projects faster using the “Share my Screen,” feature, which is now built into our products.

A hot topic in User Assistance, which is what this conference is about, is Adobe AIR, which on December 15, 2008, eWeek Labs selected as one of the Top 10 Products of the Year.  eWEEK Labs staff write:

“The product that comes closest right now to the true vision of this next-generation Web application is Adobe AIR. Descended from Flash, AIR makes it possible to build powerful and interactive applications that have all of the benefits of both Web and desktop apps …”

During our Adobe product demonstration, which will take place on Tuesday, March 31 from 4:15-5:15 pm, I will be highlighting how Adobe AIR is enabling the next generation of Web 2.0 User Assistance, and how we at Adobe are using RoboHelp and Adobe AIR in the Help systems of Adobe Captivate 4, FrameMaker 9 and RoboHelp 8 to enhance the overall experience of our products and showcase just what’s possible today and how you can increase your value by introducing this innovative technology your own company.  Don’t miss it!

In addition to our booth and presentations, our products will also be represented throughout the conference by many well known speakers.  Here are just some of the sessions that I personally recommend:

·  Integration Jumpstart for Adobe Technical Communication SuiteKevin Siegel

·  Production Tips and Tricks for CaptivateKevin Siegel

·  Introduction to CaptivateMatthew Ellison

·  Quick Video Presentations with Adobe Visual CommunicatorBetsy Bruce

·  Adobe Integrated Runtime (AIR) and AIR HelpScott Prentice

·  Pixel Perfect: Photoshop Production TipsMichael Ninness

·  Migrating Unstructured FrameMaker Docs into DITA-compliant XMLJoe Sarnelle

·  Automating Acrobat with JavaScriptThom Parker


DocTrain West 2009

I always find Scott Able’s conferences very engaging and innovative and thus I’m always looking forward to attending and speaking.  This year’s DocTrain West will be held in beautiful Palm Springs, CA, and it takes place between March 17 – 20, 2009. 

The theme of the Documentation and Training West 2009 Conference is Moving From Unstructured to Structured Content.

I have a couple of presentations myself and will also be at the booth, so please stop by and say hello.  Here’s one of my sessions:

Adobe AIR and Adobe Captivate: Developing Web 2.0 Documentation

eWeeks Labs selected Adobe AIR as one of the top 10 Products of the Year in 2008, and Adobe announced that in less than a year after its initial release, there have more than 100 million installations of Adobe AIR.  In this session, we will explore what Adobe AIR is and why companies around the world, such as eBay, FedEx, Nickelodeon, Yahoo, Salesforce.com and others are using AIR to build the next generation of Rich Internet Applications.

You will also see first-hand how Adobe AIR and the new Technical Communication Suite 2 can be used in your own documentation to deliver the same level of Web 2.0 experiences that Rich Internet Applications are delivering today.

Also, check out these two sessions from Tom Aldous, President of Integrated Technologies, Inc.:


Guild Annual Gathering 2009

This year’s Guild Annual Gathering is being held in Orlando, FL, March 10 – 13 and we will be there highlighting our brand new eLearning Suite, Adobe Captivate 4 and Connect Pro, so we look forward to seeing you there!

I personally will be delivering the following two presentations at the show:

  • Demonstration: Creating engaging content with Adobe Captivate and eLearning Suite — Wed, March 11, 10am
  • Tips & Tricks for Engaging Virtual Classrooms using Adobe eLearning Solutions
    Thurs, March 12, 10am

Let the travel begin!


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