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May 27, 2009

Welcome to Acrobat.com Presentations

A while back, I wrote "Adobe Acrobat.com, much more than just PDF"; Acrobat.com is part of our Creative Pro Online Services (which also include Kuler and the Adobe Community Help) and is a set of services that you can use to create and share documents, communicate in real time, and simplify working with others, dramatically speeding up your production workflows.
Today we introduced Adobe.com Presentations, providing yet another cool online tool to our users.


Built on the Adobe Flash Platform, Acrobat.com Presentations is a presentation application that provides a way for users to create, edit and share presentations together online. Currently it is in preview release and available on Adobe Labs as public beta. By making Presentations available on Labs, we are able to give people access to the product at a point where it is far enough along to be useful, but early enough in development where we can incorporate user feedback.

Read on for a Q&A.

What capabilities are available in Acrobat.com Presentations?
With Acrobat.com Presentations, people can:

  • Easily create professional presentations online using built-in tools and layouts.
  • Simplify working with others on presentations. Create, revise, and edit the same presentation at the same time - all online. No need to e-mail attachments back and forth, combine comments, or track down who has the latest version.
  • Meet deadlines with ease. With simultaneous editing, no one is locked out of the presentation while others make changes.
  • Access presentations from anywhere. Presentations are always available online for completing last minute tweaks, presenting it from any location with an Internet connection, or delivering it offline by exporting to Adobe PDF.

What are some of the upcoming features of Acrobat.com Presentations, and when will they arrive?

The Acrobat.com Presentations team is actively working on new features, and expects to release updates frequently. Areas of focus in the near-term include import/export to other presentation file formats, track changes, and collaboration features currently found in Buzzword such as commenting.

How does Acrobat.com Presentations differ from other presentation packages available today?
Much like Buzzword, Acrobat.com Presentations is built from the ground up for document collaboration, providing a beautiful, effective and distinctive user experience by leveraging Adobe platform technologies like PDF and Flash.

Enjoy, and let us know what you think.

May 25, 2009

Early registration for MAX 2009 is now open

Join us at Adobe MAX 2009, October 4-7, 2009, in Los Angeles.

Adobe MAX is an experience unlike any other. It’s a great opportunity to connect with thousands of Adobe users —including design professionals from across industries— and to learn from Adobe and industry experts.

Early registration is now open, so take advantage of Early Bird pricing and the best opportunity to secure a seat in popular preconference labs (limited to 50 attendees).

As the schedule evolves, you'll see that I will be doing many sessions on Adobe InDesign, and Adobe Illustrator.

There will be various tracks, but also one dedicated entirely to Designers

Design track
Dive into the art and science of designing across media, including web, interactive, video, mobile, and print. Join us to expand your skills and be inspired.

Who should attend
This track is for cross-media designers, as well as designers who currently specialize in web, print, or video and want to expand their skills. If your goal is to create interactive video, content, or applications for the browser, the desktop, or devices using Adobe® Creative Suite® and the Adobe Flash® Platform, or to do so more effectively and efficiently with standards-based HTML and Ajax technologies, then this is the track for you.
What you will learn

These sessions cover cross-media workflows, prototyping, standards-based web design, user interface design, online advertising, interactive games, accessibility, motion graphics, video encoding, video creation with the Adobe Flash Platform, and much more.

CSInsider | Design - Working with Gradients in Adobe Illustrator CS4

In this fourth episode of CSInsider|Design, I cover the new Gradient Tool and Gradient Panel in Adobe Illustrator CS4. I just love how you can specify gradient stops, choose colors, and apply transparency to gradients with the Gradient Widget, right there, on top of the artwork itself.


May 11, 2009

CSInsider | Design - The Blob Brush Tool in Adobe Illustrator CS4

In this the third episode of CSInsider|Design, I cover the new Blob Brush Tool in Adobe Illustrator CS4, and show you many of the cool things you can do with this new tool and the other brush tools. This easy to use tool opens up many new creative possibilities.