The Meaning of Memorial Day

Many celebrate Memorial Day weekend, but the reason for the holiday – to honor those who have lost their lives protecting our country – is sometimes forgotten. If you’re curious about the story behind Memorial Day, take a few minutes to read this Slate:

Memorial Day

Do you have a friend or a family member you want to honor for their service? These are important stories that should be told. Tweet your Slate stories using #madewithSlate, and your Voice videos using #toldwithVoice to share their great sacrifice.

TEDxTeens Voice Their “Next Big Thing”

This year over 200,000 youth applied for a coveted spot at TEDxTeen in New York City. Two hundred were selected and they’re meeting on Saturday to celebrate simple ideas that can change the world.

There’s a great story behind every idea. TEDxTeen issued a challenge, asking teens to create one-minute videos that begin with, “It all started when…” — describing the moment they thought of their “Next Big Thing.” We’re inspired by these amazing Voice videos from around the world, demonstrating just how powerful one teen can be.

Watch Takunda Ushe from Zimbabwe talk about how he came up with the idea to give every student the right tools to thrive

Listen to Sanah Jivani’s poem about how she turned hair loss into a celebration of #NaturalDay beauty:

Check out Riley Gant’s quest to provide backpacks full of school supplies to children in need:

We’re rooting for each and every teen that’s taking a stand and making a difference in their community! Winners will be announced live at TEDxTeen.com tomorrow. See how many more are making an impact here.

Do you have a simple idea that solves a problem where you live? Tweet your Voice videos using #CreateChange and join these special teens as they realize their power to change the world.

Make a greeting for mom – in minutes!

Can’t decide what to get mom this year? We have a quick solution: make her a Voice video or a Slate story! It only takes a few minutes, and she’ll love hearing your voice, or reading your words of appreciation along with fun family photos. There’s nothing better than a thoughtful, personal expression of your love and gratitude.

Need some inspiration? Watch one daughter’s adorable Mother’s Day Voice video:

And read this touching Slate story, showcasing an amazing mom:

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Want to show off your awesome mom to the world? Tweet your Voice videos using #toldwithVoice, and your Slate stories using #madewithSlate, and we might showcase your Mother’s Day message!

Top 5 Tips to Help Your Small Business Stand Out

It’s that time of year for National Small Business Week’s “Dream Big, Start Small” campaign which celebrates the entrepreneurial spirit! If you’re an entrepreneur or small business owner you’ve likely got some amazing ideas, but limited resources to get it all done. Here are five tips to follow:

  • Build a human connection: Connect with customers in a genuine way by letting them hear your authentic voice in the personality of your social posts, the messaging on your website, or share video content that helps to engage viewers.
  • Reach customers wherever they are: Create content with mobile in mind; many of your customers will access your website and read your emails on a cell phone or a tablet. Think of ways to share information with them that’s digestible while on-the-go.
  • Utilize design to give your business a professional look and feel: They say you only have one chance to make a great impression! We live in a noisy world, where you might only have a few seconds to capture someone’s attention. Beautiful design will encourage others to take note of what you plan to communicate, as well as added credibility to your business that will ultimately help you differentiate from competition.
  • Move people to action: Once you have a potential customer’s attention, its time to drive them towards the next step in the purchase process. Make sure to provide a concise call-to-action with clear next steps.
  • Stay top of mind with customers: The more relevant places you share your message, the less likely you are to be forgotten! Keep your business top of mind and demonstrate how relative you are to their lives.

Whatever you’re selling, there are free iPad apps to help make your communication with customers simple and more importantly, help you stand apart from the competition. Whether you want to create an online brochure, customer newsletter or mini-website with Adobe Slate or a stunning animated video with Adobe Voice, these free apps help you look like a solid business with your own design and production team!

Watch this video about how a small organic produce delivery company, Eating with the Seasons, uses Slate:

See what you can create with these free tools. Tap on the example below to see a very professional-looking Slate story from a New York-based car service:

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Voice has you covered any time you need to create an animated video. See how a small coffee roaster promotes their business:

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Haven’t tried Slate or Voice yet? You can download them for free from the App Store here and here.

If you’re already using Slate or Voice for your business, we want to showcase your work on Twitter! Tweet us at @adobe_slate or @adobevoice and use #dreamsmallbiz.

 

Use Slate to Support Your Cause

We just launched Slate, and we’re excited to show you the different ways people are using the app. Like Voice, Slate is a wonderful tool for nonprofits. The app lets you easily highlight your favorite cause in a professional and engaging way – inspiring readers to donate, volunteer or learn more. Watch how one nonprofit dog rescue, Muttville, uses Slate:

Read a volunteer’s story to bring clean water to people in the Amazon:
Water is the Source of Life

See how Camden County NJ Miracle League explains their mission:
Camden County NJ Miracle League

Have you used Slate to promote a cause you care about? Share using #madewithSlate, and we might showcase your Slate story on Twitter, or within the app!

Introducing Adobe Slate!

We launched Voice nearly one year ago and what an amazing ride it’s been! We’ve loved seeing your stories and hearing all the ways you want to make your message stand out.

We’re still on a quest to bring you more super simple and fun ways to communicate with impact. Today, we’re incredibly excited to introduce a new member of the family: Adobe Slate for iPad. Slate lets you turn anything you want to say – whether it’s a book report, a newsletter or your latest travel adventure – into a beautiful visual story, in minutes. Bring your words and images together, tap on one of the professionally designed, magazine-style themes and beautiful fonts, colors and motion are automatically applied! The good news is, you don’t have to make any complex design decisions. You can just focus on your story.

See what Slate is all about:

Your Slate story is just a link you can share anywhere and it will look amazing on any device. Check out these fun Slate stories.

A nonprofit promotes a special event:
Adopt a Dog

A photographer’s snowy adventure:
Tis the Season

Download the app today and share your Slate using #madewithSlate. We want to see what you have to say!

— The Adobe Voice & Adobe Slate team

Make a Voice Video Valentine!

Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching, and instead of relying on a traditional greeting card, why not send a personal and heartfelt message with your own voice? Its free, fun and you can make it just minutes! Watch how Unskinny Boppy blogger Beth Bryan used Voice to tell her family how much she appreciates them this Valentine’s Day:

Happy Valentine s Day — Adobe Voice

If you want your Voice video to be pink, red and white like Beth’s, try our Theme Lab and customize for any occasion! Don’t forget to share your messages of love with us on Twitter @adobevoice, or using #toldwithVoice. We hope you have a Happy Valentine’s Day!

The countdown to the big game!

The Voice team can’t wait to spend Sunday afternoon camped out on the couch, cheering and eating nachos! While we’ve had a bit of disagreement about who should win the big game, we’re all loving these great videos with a convincing argument for each team:

Will the Patriots be victorious on Sunday?

patriots video

Or will the Seahawks take it for the second year?

seahawks video

Tweet us at @adobevoice and let us know who you’re rooting for – or even better, make a Voice video about your favorite team! Don’t forget to share using #toldwithVoice.

Congratulations to our winners! #Voiceyourthanks

We loved hearing everything you were grateful for last year in our Voice Your Thanks sweepstakes: your supportive families, great friends, new business ventures and more. The $5,000 grand prize winner, Benjamin Wilson of Buffalo, NY, donated his additional $5,000 to the American Red Cross – and we couldn’t be happier to support such a great cause. Congratulations to Benjamin, and to all of our $50 gift card winners!

Here are some of the team’s favorite entries from the sweepstakes – we hope they add a moment of gratitude to your day. Thank you for sharing your stories with us, and with the world!

A business team thanks friends and family for supporting their new production company:

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A family introduces themselves, and says happy anniversary to their wonderful grandparents:

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Two sisters say thanks for a second chance at life:

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New Update: Save to Camera Roll and Custom Fonts!

We’ve listened to your requests on our support forums, Twitter, in-app surveys and more – and we’re excited to share an update to Voice that includes two highly anticipated features!

Now Save to Camera Roll

It’s a breeze to share your video link from directly within Voice – but now you can also save your videos as movie files to play offline, upload to other video websites, or remix with other apps. Simply select “Save to Camera Roll” from the Share screen in Voice, wait for a few seconds, and your video will be saved.

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Introducing Custom Fonts

We’ve also added more options to change the look of your Voice videos: custom font selection! To start playing with our new font combinations, tap “Themes”, select your favorite, and then “Customize Theme” to access the Theme Lab. In addition to being able to change the background and icon colors you’ll now find a variety of fonts to choose from, to make your stories even more unique. Just a simple tap will automatically change all the text in your Voice video.

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Download the update from the App Store to check out these great new features.