Archive for May, 2009

5/25/09 Weekly Wrapup: @rjacquez on Twitter

By RJ Jacquez. Follow him on Twitter in English @rjacquez and in Spanish @rjacquezEspanol

 

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To Retweet this page, click the Retweet button on the left, or click the below to ReTweet the video tutorial. Thank you in advance and if you haven’t joined Twitter, now is a great time to do so!

Here’s a weekly wrapup of what happened the week of 5/24/09:

News and Announcements:

Published recording: “How to Build Animations in Flash CS4 for Captivate 4 eLearning projects” Plz RT: http://bit.ly/gvnh53:19 PM May 28th from web

Useful Resources:

FAQs, Tips and Tricks:

  • Captivate 4 movies have a Fast Forward btn for toggling between normal, 2X, 4X, ideal for viewing demos. http://twitpic.com/648t110:16 AM May 28th from web
  • [Tip] To search someone’s Twitter Timeline use Google. Example, to search for “Adobe” in mine, type site:twitter.com/rjacquez Adobe12:11 PM May 24th from web
  • [TweetDeck Tip] Just found the ‘autocomplete usernames’ option in Settings, great for #followfriday. http://twitpic.com/66rgi10:59 AM May 29th from web
  • [Windows Tip] To copy/paste a file’s path, Shift + right-click file and select “Copy As Path” now paste anywhere3:39 PM May 29th from web

Compelling ReTweets (RTs):

Personal Observations:

 

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How to Build Animations in Flash CS4 for Adobe Captivate 4 Projects

By RJ Jacquez. Follow him on Twitter @rjacquez

 

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If you need to supplement your Adobe Captivate 4 eLearning projects with Flash animations, the process of creating Motion Tweens is now much easier in the latest version of Adobe Flash, CS4.

In this short recording, I go over the fundamentals of how to successful deveop animations in Adobe Flash CS4 for inclusion in Captivate 4 projects, and how to make sure they are fully compatible with you projects, including Actionscript version, Frame Per Second (FPS) and Project Size. 

In addition, the recording provides tips and best practices for how to use a Photoshop file as a background for the animation, and finally how to make sure you only publish the animation you need as a SWF.

Click here to launch the “Building Animations in Flash CS4 for Adobe Captivate 4” recording.

UPDATE! If you would like to follow along, you can download the exercise files used in this video tutorial by visiting the Getting Started with Adobe eLearning Suite page.

I hope you find this recording useful and if you want to learn when other similar recordings are available, please follow me on Twitter at http://twitter.com/rjacquez/

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5/18/09 Weekly Wrapup: @rjacquez on Twitter

By RJ Jacquez. Follow him on Twitter @rjacquez

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An article on Computer World entitled “Twitter Tips: How to Catch Up After a Few Days Away,” further validates that Twitter’s real-time approach to communication is also one of its biggest challenges, namely because most followers agree that they either read tweets right away or not at all. This is one of the reasons why I started a weekly wrapup and why it’s something I highly recommend.

Here’s a weekly wrapup of what happened the week of 5/18/09:

News and Announcements:

  • In case you missed it, here are two recordings on how to link FrameMaker 9 books in RoboHelp 8 via Adobe TCS2, http://bit.ly/OGeey
  • For those needing a tutorial on the new interface in Adobe FrameMaker 9, here’s a recording, http://bit.ly/3hlDf6
  • RT @P_Finley: Free Adobe Products for unemployed developers and for education http://snipr.com/ik9m9
  • Still working out the details about Adobe Learning Summit 09, but here’s some preliminary info, http://bit.ly/dUXgd. Stay tuned for more.
  • As a small token of appreciation to my followers, I will host a live event when I reach 1,000 followers, grand prize = 1 Adobe software app
  • This video just went live on how Saint John the Baptist School in Woking, England is using Adobe eLearning Suite, http://bit.ly/tOez8
  • For those fans of Lori DeFurio, from the Acrobat team, she now has her own channel on Adobe TV, http://bit.ly/ADw2x, Congrats, Lori!
  • Webware 100 winners announced! Adobe AIR page, http://bit.ly/PAyVn. Here’s the complete list, http://bit.ly/X9hL1
  • My next eLearning show is the eLearning DevCon 2009, in Salt Lake City, Utah, June 17th. Should be a good one, http://bit.ly/ZsUrD
  • DVRCast and FLVPlayback update now available, more information here, http://bit.ly/sNSfb. Download page here, http://bit.ly/k34Q4

Useful Resources:

  • Reading a Twitter-inspired Adobe Illustrator tutorial by GoMediaZine, http://bit.ly/10VOGO
  • I use and recommend TweetDeck, however I just tried http://twitzap.com/, which enables Twitter in Browser without Refresh. Nice idea!
  • @TechCrunch interviews @QueenRania on how Twitter can help change the World. Excellent interview and a must-read. http://bit.ly/AcLYT
  • Customer asked how to embed AIR, the runtime, in their AIR apps. This is called an installation badge, more info here, http://bit.ly/JICev
  • To create Intra-Portfolio Links between files in a PDF Portfolio, here’s a quick how-to by Joel Geraci, http://bit.ly/qMG2J
  • Great resource for when you are looking for Adobe Community Experts, includes product(s) expertise, http://bit.ly/omVjr

FAQs, Tips and Tricks:

  • [Captivate TIP] For best end-user experience, create projects in 800×600, to avoid scrolling in common resolutions, such as 1024X768
  • [Captivate 4 FAQ] Why don’t I see the Insert > Placeholder menu? A. You must open a Project Template for menu option to be available
  • [Connect Pro Tip] When hosting a meeting and need to get to the recordings/reports, select Meeting > Manage Meeting Info, from meeting room
  • An interesting habit of mine is pressing Ctrl+D when I open a PDF document, always like knowing the app that created the file
  • @aprilh1974 To handle reuse of questions in Captivate 4 use the Quiz > Question Pool. You can then choose Quiz > Import Question Pools.
  • [FAQ] How is the PowerPoint import quality into Captivate 4, are animations preserved? Here’s my regular PPT converted http://bit.ly/KSMq7

Compelling ReTweets (RTs):

Personal Observations:

  • Very true, I’ve often needed Ctrl+X Ctrl+V for heavy furniture :) RT @JoshThycotic: I need Ctrl + Z for my everyday life
  • “He once had an awkward moment, just to see how it feels” — the bearded guy from Dos Equis commercial
  • Booking an off-road Segway X2 Tour, should be interesting!
  • Finally trying out the latest Google Chrome, very fast indeed and the clean UI, plus dynamic tabs are two of my favorite features
  • Thinking about learning German, any thoughts on Rosetta Stone? I travel to Germany once a year, I think it’s about time
  • Working on finalizing details about an upcoming virtual session on “Getting Started with Adobe Captivate 4 for new users”
  • Words to Live By! RT @LoriMoreno: It’s never crowded along the extra mile…Wayne Dyer
  • Just finished my off-road Segway Safary tour in SD Wild Animal Park. Wow, what an amazing ride! I highly Recommend it!

 

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5/11/09 Weekly Wrapup: @rjacquez on Twitter

By RJ Jacquez. Follow him on Twitter @rjacquez

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Twitter-Profile.jpg Two months ago, I joined Twitter
with much skepticism, and for a week or so, I decided to follow some people I admired and watched the masters at work, then I jumped in. Today I can honestly say that
Twitter’s simplicity, conciseness, and real-time approach to social communication has changed my life as an Adobe Evangelist.

Twitter has enabled me to have great conversations with my customers and in many cases answer their Adobe software questions in 140 characters or less. Throughout the day I can share useful tips and tricks about the products in my two suites, as well as answer questions pertaining to other apps.

I spend most of my days on the phone and in virtual presentations with our customers and whenever applicable, I send tweets about frequently asked questions and other useful lessons I learn from these conversations.

Twitter also allows me to share upcoming live eSeminars and useful how-to recordings, which enables our users to get the most out of our products.

And finally, I follow lots of smart people on Twitter and you’ll often see me Retweet (RT) useful information and resources, which I find beneficial to my followers.

Don’t get me wrong, I also enjoy blogging, but these are all things I could never have time to put on my blog, especially in real-time.

Having said that, if you find these tweets interesting, please consider following me @rjacquez, and I promise to make it worth your while.

Finally, I want to make the experience fun and rewarding, so I will be hosting a live Virtual Event when I reach 1,000 followers, where I will be doing a drawing and the grand prize will be a full version of one of the products (winner chooses) in my two Suites, eLearning Suite and Technical Communication Suite, for one lucky winner.  I will announce more details as I get closer to 1,000 followers.

Here’s a weekly wrapup of what happened the week of 5/11/09:

News and Announcements:

Useful Resources:

Tips & Tricks:

  • Tip: when delivering Online Presentations, use two computers, the second one for VoIP, recording, C what people see and, switching layouts.11:14 AM May 12th from TweetDeck
  • @ron_miller By default, Paste is set to OLE. Change the maker.ini file so that RTF is first for “ClipboardFormatsPriorities= RTF…” entry3:41 PM May 14th from TweetDeck in reply to ron_miller
  • As Best Practice, when sharing your screen Virtually, always set your resolution to 1024 x 768, it gives your viewers the best experience!2:55 PM May 14th from TweetDeck
  • People always ask me how to add XML data in Captivate using Flash? Check out this post by Mark Fletcher, http://bit.ly/CUoEI. Kudos, Mark!6:18 PM May 11th from TweetDeck
  • Personal Tip for new Twitter users, sign up, follow people you admire, sit back and learn from them, then jump in and Tweet away.2:30 PM May 14th from TweetDeck
  • Customer asked if possible to change default syntax for auto-text captions in Adobe Captivate. Yes, edit “CaptureTextTemplates_English.rdl”1:16 PM May 14th from TweetDeck

Compelling ReTweets (RTs):

Personal Observations:

 

NYT launches Times Reader 2.0, based on Adobe AIR

By RJ Jacquez. Follow him on Twitter @rjacquez

Today the news around the release of Times Reader 2.0 from the New York Times has dominated the Social Media world, including lots of conversations on Twitter.  Here’s a tweet I submitted earlier this morning:

to see what other fellow Twitterers are saying, check it out here: http://search.twitter.com/search?q=Times+Reader.

I had the good fortune of beta testing this application internally, and couldn’t wait to share my thoughts about it publicly, and why I think this is one of the best Adobe AIR application out there.

I don’t typically record a demo on a software application that is not in one of my two Adobe Suites, but I felt compelled to do so for three reasons, namely:

  1. I beta-tested the application internally and I became quite fond of it, so much that I’m now a paid subscriber, something I’ve never done with any other digital newspaper.
  2. Times Reader is based on Adobe AIR, which to me is the ultimate information delivery platform and many of my products have already integrated AIR in the latest versions.
  3. I work on the RoboHelp team and we too create an AIR-based Help format, which our customers are beginning to use more and more to build Help for their Rich Internet Applications. You can learn more about this output format through this post.

Here’s a short Connect Pro recording I did on how to navigate through Times Reader 2.0.

To download Times Reader and take it for a spin, click here.

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Next eLearning session? You tell me!

By RJ Jacquez. Follow him on Twitter @rjacquez

After a great STC Conference in Atlanta, I’m on my way home thinking about all the great conversations I had with our customers during presentations and throughout the event.  Lots of great topics came up and will most likely provide an overview of the event in the next couple of days. 

In the meantime, I’m also thinking about the topic of my next eLearning session, and I need your help.

These topics where some of the most talked about during STC and I need your help in selecting the one you think I should cover next. 

Thank you in advance, and if you have ideas for other topics not listed here, please leave a comment and I will consider adding them to this list.

What Topic would you like me to deliver next in an eLearning session?(online surveys)

 

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Linking FrameMaker 9 Books in RoboHelp 8: Recordings Now Availables

By RJ Jacquez. Follow him on Twitter @rjacquez

I’m happy to report that today’s (05/01/09) live eLearning session on Linking FrameMaker 9 Books in RoboHelp 8 via the Technical Communication Suite 2, went extremely well and I thank everyone who participated!

The complete session is broken up into the following two recordings. It’s highly recommended that you watch both sessions in the right order to get the most out of the session:

Linking FrameMaker 9 Books in RoboHelp 8 via Adobe Technical Communication Suite
(Part 1 of 2)

Lesson 1: Getting Started in RoboHelp

Lesson 2: Linking your first FrameMaker book in RoboHelp

Lesson 3: Understanding the Conversion Process


Linking FrameMaker 9 Books in RoboHelp 8 via Adobe Technical Communication Suite
(Part 2 of 2)

Lesson 4: Mapping Styles

Lesson 5: Working with Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)

Lesson 6: Creating a Project Template using the new RoboHelp 8 Scripts


Hope you find these sessions informative and if you have any feedback, please leave a comment.

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