Archive for June, 2012

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Now Available in Creative Cloud

Here’s a great new addition to Creative Cloud ….. Lightroom 4

Photography Workflow Software Joins Other Leading Tools as Part of Adobe Creative Cloud Membership

SAN JOSE, Calif. — June 26, 2012 Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom® 4 software is now available as part of Adobe Creative Cloud™ membership. Lightroom is the essential digital photography workflow solution helping amateur and professional photographers quickly import, manage, enhance and showcase images. A new membership-based offering centered around the company’s design, Web, video and digital imaging tools, Adobe Creative Cloud is a hub for making, sharing and delivering creative work.*

“The addition of Lightroom to Creative Cloud delivers on our promise to bring the best in Adobe innovation to Creative Cloud members,” said Winston Hendrickson, vice president products, Creative Media Solutions, Adobe. “Over the next few months we’ll continue to add new products and services, keeping Creative Cloud members up to date with the latest advancements in Adobe software and services.”

With a paid membership, Adobe Creative Cloud can give members everything they need to create, publish and share their work virtually anywhere with anyone, including:

  • Access to download and install any of the new Adobe Creative Suite® 6 applications including, Photoshop CS6 Extended and Adobe Premiere® Pro CS6, plus a host of additional tools and services including Adobe Acrobat® and Adobe Muse™
  • Integration with Adobe Touch Apps, headlined by Photoshop Touch, that allow users to create on a variety of tablets and further refine on the desktop**
  • 20GB of space and the ability to store and share content across desktop, mobile devices and the cloud
  • Create stunning websites without writing code using Adobe Muse software and the option to host and manage up to five sites using Adobe Business Catalyst®
  • Use Digital Publishing Suite, Single Edition (coming soon) to deliver stunning digital publications to the iPad
  • Access to application upgrades before they are launched as part of a major update, as well as new products and services, as they emerge

New: Captivate 6 now Available

Create a wide range of eLearning content without programming

Create application simulations and product demos—Easily create show-me product demos in HD, interactive let-me-try application simulations, and test-me assessments. Publish projects to the web, desktops, YouTube®, and leading SCORM- and AICC-compliant LMSs. Deliver HTML5-based content to mobile devices, including iPad*.

Develop softskills and compliance training—Transform Microsoft® PowerPoint presentations into interactive eLearning content. Make courses come alive with actors, themes, and interactive elements. Include eye-catching quizzes, add branching scenarios, and publish to desktops, mobile devices, and LMSs.

Enable mLearning using HTML5—Create interactive eLearning content and publish it on mobile devices, including iPad*, using HTML5. Send scoring data to leading SCORM- and AICC-compliant LMSs and track learner progress.

Top new features of Adobe® Captivate® 6

  • Roundtrip with Microsof t® PowerPoint
  • High-definition (HD) screencast
  • HTML5 publishing
  • iPad* publishing
  • Pause and resume
  • Smart learning interactions

Top reasons to buy Adobe® Captivate® 6

  • Roundtrip with Microsoft® PowerPoint—Import your PowerPoint 2010 slides in eLearning projects. Bring in objects, animations and multimedia, easily update the content, and keep your PowerPoint and Adobe Captivate projects in sync with the dynamically linked import option.
  • High-definition (HD) screencast—Easily create high-quality product demos with the new capture-as-a-video workflow. Edit video, and add transitions, smart shapes, audio, and captions. Insert a talking head or another video in a picture-in-picture format. Publish it to YouTube with a single click**.
  • HTML5 publishing—Deliver eLearning on the go. Now publish eLearning content as HTML5, and take your courses to mobile devices. Send scoring data to leading SCORM- and AICC-compliant LMSs and track learner progress.
  • Integration with SCORM- and AICC-compliant LMSs—Rest assured that your scoring data will integrate smoothly with your Learning Management System (LMS). Publish your courses effortlessly to leading LMSs like Moodle, Blackboard, Plateau, Saba, and SumTotal.
  • Smart learning interactions—Insert aesthetically designed interactive elements to eLearning content with just a click. Simply select from a wide range of stunning out-of-the-box interactions like Process Cycle, Glossary, Accordion, Pyramid, Animated Rollover, and more, customize the content and appearance, and you’re done.
  • Actors—Tell your eLearning story more effectively using human characters. Select from a wide range of out-of-the-box actors making various gestures to give your eLearning a more personal touch. Set them against relevant backgrounds to make your scenarios look more realistic.
  • Multivideo support and synchronization—Import video in a wide variety of formats (AVI, MOV, FLV, MPEG) and synchronize it with the project, slide, or set of slides.
  • Audio recording and editing—Simultaneously record narration and capture screen motion, and synchronize audio with slides and timed objects. Edit audio to correct mistakes and pauses, add an external track, or attach sound effects or narration to individual objects.
  • Text-to-speech—Keep learners tuned in to your content thanks to automatic voice-over functionality that turns text into high-quality speech in a few clicks. Need to change the text? Just click once to update the audio.
  • Smart Shapes—Add a wide range of shapes, including circles, rectangles, triangles, callouts, arrows, lines, banners, and flowchart symbols, to your eLearning content. Customize them and convert them into buttons.

Captivate 6 with HTML5 Support

New HD Video Workflow, Other Key Enhancements Help Trainers Quickly Deliver Professional-Grade eLearning Content

June 15, 2012 12:04 AM Eastern Daylight Time 

SAN JOSE, Calif.–(EON: Enhanced Online News)–Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced the immediate availability of Adobe® Captivate® 6, a significant upgrade to its industry-leading eLearning authoring software for rapidly creating a wide range of interactive eLearning and HTML5-based mobile Learning content. Designed with today’s mobile learners in mind, Captivate 6 enables eLearning developers, corporate trainers, educators and other business users to help deliver dynamic, SCORM- and AICC-compliant course content that is accessible anytime, anywhere.

“Adobe Captivate 6 HD screencasting provides a seamless workflow for all my video capture and editing needs. I no longer need additional software, which means no more incompatibility breakdowns and procurement delays working with multiple software packages.”

“Today, learners expect engaging eLearning options on their iOS and Android devices – static presentations shrunk to fit mobile screens aren’t enough,” said Naresh Gupta, senior vice president, Print and Publishing, Adobe. “Captivate 6 gives subject matter experts and content creators the ability to deliver eLearning content to mobile devices that is as robust and interactive as the content delivered to desktops.”

Captivate 6 enhancements improve mobile access and boost learner’s engagement – top features include:

  • HTML5 Publishing with Pause and Resume Capabilities: Publish interactive HTML5 eLearning content that is accessible from both iOS and Android devices and leverage mobile presets to help ensure seamless mobile distribution. By publishing eLearning content as both SWF and HTML5, learners can begin a course on their desktop, pause and later resume on a different device.
  • HD Screencast: Quickly create HD-quality demos within the new “capture-as-a-video” workflow. Edit video and add transitions, smart shapes, audio and captions. Insert another video in a picture-in-picture format and publish it to YouTube – all within the same UI.
  • Attractive Out-of-the-Box Assets: Select from a wide range of preloaded actors and set them against customizable backdrops to give content a more personal touch. Include additional interactivity by inserting smart learning interactions, such as widgets, animated rollovers and more, with just a few clicks.
  • Enhanced PowerPoint Roundtripping: Import PowerPoint 2010 slides along with objects, animations and multimedia into eLearning projects with better fidelity conversation workflow. Easily update pre-existing PowerPoint content, which will be automatically synced via the dynamically linked import feature.
  • Enhanced Quizzing: Utilize pre-tests to assess the knowledge, skill level or training needs of individual learners. Based on results, direct learners to the appropriate section and use post-tests to gauge what resonates. Allow learners to revisit a relevant section after answering a quiz question incorrectly and, if necessary, discourage guesswork by penalizing for wrong answers.

With Captivate 6, trainers and educators can individualize eLearning modules by recording voiceovers and other sounds that automatically play back when a learner clicks on a specified object. Course designers can also ensure that eLearning content maintains a consistent look and feel using customizable, professionally designed themes. Improved LMS integration helps eLearning developers effortlessly publish content to leading learning management systems, including Moodle, Blackboard, Plateau, Saba and SumTotal.

Quotes

Dustin Tauer, vice president, Training and Development, Easel Solutions

  • “Many of our customers want to access eLearning content on mobile devices but getting content there has been a challenge. Now, HTML5 publishing with Captivate 6 makes it easy to extend eLearning to mobile devices without forcing the author to learn new programming code.”

Eric Fields, senior eLearning consultant, Learning and Development, Coventry Health Care Workers’ Comp Services

  • “Adobe Captivate 6 HD screencasting provides a seamless workflow for all my video capture and editing needs. I no longer need additional software, which means no more incompatibility breakdowns and procurement delays working with multiple software packages.”

Damien Bruyndonckx, multimedia assistant, IHECS, Haute Ecole Galilee

  • “Advanced interactions and the new collection of characters in Adobe Captivate 6 streamline how I develop interactive, fun, and engaging content that humanizes eLearning, and energizes learners to improve their scores.”

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Connect 9 Announced

Product Delivers Innovations for Comprehensive Webinars, Mobile Collaboration and Mobile Learning

June 12, 2012 12:04 AM Eastern Daylight Time 

SAN JOSE, Calif.–(EON: Enhanced Online News)–Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced Adobe® Connect™ 9, the latest version of the company’s Web conferencing software for enterprises and government agencies worldwide. Adobe Connect 9 delivers an all-in-one solution for producing webinars, as well as innovations in mobile-to-mobile collaboration and mobile learning.

Adobe Connect 9 for webinars helps marketers reduce costs and dependency on IT when creating richly formatted, branded registration landing pages, and optimize event promotion through analytics capabilities. Powered by Adobe CQ Web content management and Adobe SiteCatalyst® online analytics, Adobe Connect 9 enables the development of customized event microsites and emails, the delivery of interactive events for up to 1,500 participants, and the measurement of campaign and speaker effectiveness.

Along with the new Adobe Connect Mobile 2.0, Adobe Connect 9 also enables organizations to take their enterprise mobility strategy to the next level with mobile-to-mobile collaboration for tablets and smartphones. Users on Apple iOS, Android and BlackBerry PlayBook devices now have the flexibility and power to host and collaborate in online meetings just as they would on a desktop computer.

Additionally, Adobe Connect 9 for eLearning delivers greater mobile learning capabilities, enabling instructors to deliver virtual classes directly from devices and learners to participate from a tablet or smartphone. The latest version supports HTML5 content, such as that generated with Adobe Creative Suite® software, as well as SCORM 1.2 and 2004 content, widely used for Web-based learning.

Top new capabilities include:

  • Customizable Event Landing Pages and Catalogs – Templates enable quick creation of landing pages, speaker information, registration pages and login pages. Templates can be customized using rich components, including images, tables, charts and carousels.
  • Template-based Email Content and Triggers – Either standard or custom, email templates can be developed quickly and easily using new drag-and-drop capabilities. Email triggers can be created for specified registration groups at predefined times.
  • Engagement Dashboard – Monitor event engagement in real time. A color-coded meter helps event hosts track message effectiveness. Critical information can be tracked to improve future events.
  • Online Analytics – Event organizers can analyze participant engagement and identify the most effective meeting elements and topics. Dynamic analytics capabilities provide real-time insight into the performance of individual marketing promotions and programs as a whole.
  • Advanced Mobile Support for Meetings and Training – Meeting hosts enjoy greater flexibility presenting from mobile devices, leveraging whiteboard and annotation tools and the ability to share documents from tablets, as well as the cloud. Instructors can manage virtual classrooms from devices with the same presenter and sharing options, as well as breakout room controls.

Quotes

Arun Anantharaman, vice president and general manager, Adobe

  • “Web conferencing is now mainstream and mission-critical across enterprises and government agencies, with organizations counting on it for training, employee collaboration and citizen engagement. In parallel, the ability to collaborate from mobile devices is becoming an imperative. Adobe Connect 9 supports forward-looking organizations by offering a unified solution for rich webinars, eLearning, and Web meetings anytime, anywhere and on any device.”

Melissa Webster, program vice president, Content & Digital Media Technologies, IDC

  • “With the rise of mobile and expectation to go beyond simple screen sharing, Web conferencing requirements have evolved notably for enterprises today. Adobe Connect has been used by organizations to improve communication and collaboration among employees, customers and constituents for several years. It is good to see Adobe respond to this ongoing evolution with the latest version, including through updates to its webinar solution.”

Jana Kodel, development project manager, Mrs. Fields Famous Brands

  • “Adobe Connect 9 will save money and time when creating customized webinar landing pages with its rich, built-in microsite creation tools. In addition, the new templates in Adobe Connect will enable my in-house team to create engaging, branded content for each event. This is a big benefit because it improves recruitment and the overall experience for our attendees.”

Brian McFadden, general manager, Technology Services, MedPoint Communications

  • “The advanced analytics in Adobe Connect 9 enable us to get actionable information in real-time. It is so important to customize reporting, especially when measuring webinar effectiveness. With Adobe Connect we can track from invitation to registration through attendance. With this information, we can easily improve participation, quality of sessions and lead management.”

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Availability

Adobe Connect 9 is expected to be available worldwide on an on-premise basis and begin rollout on a hosted basis in calendar Q3 2012.

Adobe Connect Mobile 2.0 for Apple iOS, Android and BlackBerry PlayBook is also expected to be available in calendar Q3 2012.

Adobe Creative Week: July 9 – 13

Creative Week is taking place for the first time in the UK this summer. It’s a 5-day interactive webcast running from 9th to 13th July.

Starting at 12 noon each day, there’ll be over 3-hours of content for customers and partners to choose from. Watch live debates, discussions and interviews with special guests from the creative community, as well as presentations and product demonstrations by industry experts. To find out more visit www.creativeweeklive.co.uk

Monday July 9: Creative Industry Overview

Let’s start with the big picture. Is our creative industry in good health? Is the talent pool growing or shrinking? And what are the strategies needed to ensure the industry prospers in the future? The details can wait; let’s look to the horizon.

Tuesday July 10: Design and Publishing

The design and publishing industry is going through a huge period of change, driven by the explosion in digital publishing and accelerated by the surge in popularity of tablet and mobile devices. Today’s sessions will look to the future, considering both the opportunities and threats this revolution brings to a centuries-old industry.

Wednesday July 11: Film and Video

As budgets for both national broadcasting and cinematography have contracted, there’s more pressure for programmes and movies to deliver more for less. Wednesday’s sessions will look at whether this is leading to lower standards or driving the industry forward with renewed creativity.

Thursday July 12: Web and Mobile

The question of specialism within the digital media industry is more relevant now than ever before. As an industry, how can workers future-proof their careers, by understanding multiple web and mobile technologies? Sessions today will look at how innovations in web and mobile are disrupting the industry and creating demand for new skills and multi-specialist workers.

Friday July 13: Photography and Imaging

 

Has digital technology ‘dumbed down’ the photography industry or is it in fact opening new doors for creativity and artistic expression? Is traditional photography king or is digital claiming the crown? This and other key issues in the world of photography and digital imaging will be driving the discussion on the closing day of Creative Week.

Adobe Application Manager Enterprise Edition 3.0 (AAMEE)

Find out how to deploy Creative Suite across the institution. For anyone that has responsibility for software deployment, it is crucial that you are aware of AAMEE and how it streamlines deployments, tightens security, and extends product functionality for maximum efficiency gains with with Adobe Creative Suite® 6 software. Here are some key articles that explains why AAMEE is critical for institution-wide deployment and where to get information and resources.

http://www.adobe.com/products/creativesuite/it.html — Link to AAMEE and Enterprise Deployment Guide

http://blogs.adobe.com/oobe/ – Blog for all things OOBE- Good articles on AAMEE and also CS6 Licensing 

http://forums.adobe.com/community/download_install_setup/creative_suite_enterprise_deployment —Forum for user’s to ask Enterprise Deployment Questions

http://labs.adobe.com/downloads/aameetools.html — Beta Tools

http://www.adobeeventsonline.com/eSeminars/2012/Q2/postevent/ty_0522.html — Webinar Recording

@Adobe_ITToolkit — Twitter Account

Adobe Education Exchange – June Update

The Adobe Education Exchnage has innovative ways to use CS6 software and focus on creative and engaging graphic design projects.

Resources

Creating a Style Guide with the Fireworks CS6 CSS Extractor Panel

Use this project example with basic step-by-step instructions to learn how to use the CSS Extractor panel. Create a style guide that one person or a team could use to keep track of colors, fonts, and other properties that need to go into the site’s CSS.
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Graphic Design Scavenger Hunt

Check out this engaging activity where students find “graphic design things” in the world around them to help them see that graphic design is found in more places than they may think.
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Adobe Edge Preview 6: Welcome Screen and Lessons Panel

Watch this video to learn about the new enhanced welcome screen and new Lessons Panel in Adobe Edge Preview 6.
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Adobe Education Leaders

Mark Shufflebottom

Check out Mark’s wealth of tutorials and presentations and use them to teach your students how to use essential Photoshop and InDesign skills, as well as how to create and export HTML5 using Adobe Flash.
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Rhonda Rhodes

Use Rhonda’s creative lesson plans to help your students learn about how music and images can illicit emotion and interpretation while teaching design principles, Photoshop skills, and how to construct digital portfolios.
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Workshops and Training

Adobe CS6 Summer Virtual Workshop Series

Starting on June 5th (tomorrow!), join Adobe for a series of free CS6 summer workshops to prepare you for the new school year. You can attend any or all of the workshops and receive a professional development credit for each hour attended.
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Adobe & Your Voice

Point your students to a new Adobe TV show focused on helping students unleash their creativity and present their work in a way that helps them be seen, be heard, and stand out. Learn how to create a personal brand and package their work into portfolios for PDF, the web, print, and the iPad.
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