Archive for September, 2012

New: Support Webinars

Attend an eSeminar about Adobe Connect.

In this eSeminar, representatives from the Adobe® Connect™ Support team will pass along valuable insight on working with Adobe Connect recordings. They will outline how Adobe Connect recordings work, and they’ll provide best practices. They also will touch upon the approach for recording repair.

With Adobe Connect, you can:

  • Record your meetings, edit them, and republish to the content library for widespread on-demand access.
  • Enable viewers to quickly skip to the most relevant information with automatic indexing of your recording.
  • Deliver focused recordings by editing content and indexes, anonymizing participants, and hiding specific meeting functionality.

Formalize training around your recordings with Adobe Connect for eLearning.

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Friday, September 28
9 – 10 a.m. PDT
12 noon – 1 p.m. EDT
6 – 7 p.m. CET

Space is limited, so register early at:

Note: Sign up now — even if you won’t be able to attend the live eSeminar — so you’ll have access to the on-demand recording

Adobe Digital Publishing Suite, Single Edition Available Today as Part of Creative Cloud Membership

Members Now Able to Deliver Digital Publications to iPad Without Writing Code

SAN JOSE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced the latest addition to Adobe® Creative Cloud™Adobe Digital Publishing Suite (DPS), Single Edition. DPS, Single Edition significantly simplifies the mobile app development process by enabling designers to create and deliver digital publications to iPad through the Apple App Store, without writing a single line of code. Adobe Creative Cloud is a membership-based service that lets creatives download and install all of Adobe’s desktop applications and also get online services for file storage, sharing, collaboration, and publishing. Adobe is currently offering Creative Cloud membership at US$29.99 per month for anyone who has purchased CS3 or later.

With DPS Single Edition, members can create single-issue content, such as marketing material, brochures, product guides or personal design portfolios, and submit an unlimited number of apps to the Apple App Store for publication, at no additional cost.This gives freelance designers, design agencies and small-to-midsize businesses easy access to the same core digital publishing technologies that leading publishers worldwide are using.

The new, enhanced workflow in DPS Single Edition makes designing and building single-issue apps easier than ever. Designers can use Adobe InDesign® CS6 (included with membership to Creative Cloud) and the integrated DPS services to create “ready-to-publish” apps. These apps can be easily previewed on an iPad and when complete, submitted to the Apple App store through Apple’s standard app submission process. Customers can also update their Single Edition apps at no additional cost after they have been submitted to the Apple App store.


David Wadhwani, senior vice president and general manager, Digital Media Business, Adobe

  • “Adobe Digital Publishing Suite is helping the publishing industry by enabling them to transform their print publications into beautiful digital experiences. By giving our rapidly growing base of Creative Cloud members access to the same publishing platform, we’re empowering the broader design community—including freelancers, design shops and corporate publishers—and following through on our commitment to keep Creative Cloud members ahead of the curve. Creative Cloud members can expect to see more new tools and services in the weeks ahead.”

Graham Peace, founder, Graham Peace Design

  • “Publishing my portfolio as an iPad app using Adobe Digital Publishing Suite, Single Edition has proven to be an incredible value and enabled the teams I work with to transform and present my work in ways I never imagined. Including DPS Single Edition as part of the Creative Cloud membership gives me endless possibilities to use the latest apps, software, and services to create, update, and publish individual iPad portfolio apps that will help me win future clients.”

About Adobe Digital Publishing Suite

Digital Publishing Suite is a set of turnkey hosted services and viewer technology that tightly integrates with Adobe Creative Suite® 6 products and Adobe Creative Cloud. Using Digital Publishing Suite in combination with Adobe InDesign CS6 allows traditional media publishers, corporate organizations, ad agencies as well as individual freelance designers and small design firms to publish, distribute, monetize and optimize a new class of innovative digital magazines, newspapers, ads and corporate publications on leading tablet devices. The Digital Publishing Suite is available in Enterprise, Professional and Single Edition offerings.

For more detailed information about product features, pricing and language versions, please visit Additional information about Digital Publishing Suite is on the Digital Media Blog. Connect with the team on Facebook at and on Twitter at

Pricing and Availability

Adobe Digital Publishing Suite, Single Edition is included as part of Creative Cloud membership at no additional cost, or is available on for US$395 per app as a standalone product*. Adobe Creative Cloud membership for individuals is US$49.99 per month based on annual membership and US$74.99 per month for month-to-month membership. Customers who own an individual license of any Creative Suite edition or single product, version CS3 or later, are currently eligible for an annual membership price of just US$29.99 per month for their first year. Education pricing is also available.

For more detailed information about product features, pricing and language versions, please visit

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Adobe Unveils Edge Tools & Services for Creating Beautiful Web Experiences

Adobe Edge Animate 1.0 Headlines New Tools & Services, Delivering Rich Experiences for Modern Browsers

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Sept. 24, 2012 At its Create the Web event, Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today unveiled an innovative set of tools and services to help designers and developers more easily create beautiful websites, digital content and mobile apps using the latest Web technologies, including HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript. During the keynote session, hosted by chief technology officer Kevin Lynch, Adobe introduced Edge Tools & Services and announced immediate availability of Adobe Edge Animate 1.0, Adobe Edge Inspect 1.0 (formerly codenamed “Shadow”), Adobe PhoneGap Build 1.0, Adobe Edge Web Fonts and a preview of Adobe Edge Code. Adobe also demonstrated a sneak peek of Adobe Edge Reflow in anticipation of a preview release expected by the end of the year.

Adobe also announced that the first release of Edge Animate, normally priced at $499, will be made available for free in order to encourage Web designers to create using the interactive capabilities of the modern Web. Edge Animate has already proved a runaway hit with over half a million preview downloads. Edge Animate and the other Edge Tools & Services are available today with a free membership to Adobe Creative Cloud™. Available with both free and paid memberships, Adobe Creative Cloud is a hub for making, sharing and delivering creative work.  Paid members can download and install all Creative Suite® 6 desktop applications, as well as other applications including Adobe Photoshop® Lightroom® and Adobe Muse™. Membership also includes online services for file storage, sharing, collaboration, and publishing to the Web and mobile devices. To learn more about Creative Cloud, visit

“We are excited to put a powerful new set of HTML5 tools into the hands of Web designers and developers and can’t wait to experience the beautiful websites, digital content and mobile apps they’ll create,” said Danny Winokur, vice president and general manager, interactive development at Adobe. “We are passionate about enabling creative people to do anything they can imagine with Web technologies, which is why we’re contributing to the Web platform and making the Edge Tools & Services available for free, including the first release of Edge Animate.”

At the keynote, Adobe also outlined a number of recent contributions it has made to the Web platform in cooperation with the standards and open source communities. These contributions are helping to advance the Web by making it a more expressive platform in key areas, including:

  • Layout: With CSS Regions and CSS Exclusions, Web designers and developers will be able to create responsive magazine-like layouts on the Web.
  • Foundational graphics: The proposed CSS Transforms specification will make it easier for authors to apply geometric transformations to HTML and SVG content consistently. The proposed CSS Compositing and Blending specifications will give Web designers the option to use blend modes they are already familiar with from Photoshop.
  • Cinematic visual effects: CSS Custom Filters, now available in Chrome Canary, enables sophisticated visual effects, for a richer, more engaging experience on the Web. Adobe also announced CSS FilterLab, a new experimental tool for Web designers and developers to create their own custom filters, available today at
  • Typography: Adobe has open sourced two beautiful new fonts used by Edge Code and Edge Reflow – Source Sans Pro and Source Code Pro.

Adobe Edge Signals New Era of Tools and Services for the Modern Web
Built for Web designers who code and Web developers who value design, Adobe Edge is now Adobe’s key brand for tools and services that can create beautiful, mobile-ready content and apps with HTML, CSS and JavaScript for delivery to modern browsers and mobile devices. The Adobe Edge brand includes intuitive, task-focused tools and services that work well individually, together and with other tools. They are built for professionals who want to create visually compelling content with productive tools that provide direct access to underlying Web technologies and support a choice of frameworks. Edge Tools & Services complement Adobe Dreamweaver® CS6, the market leading tool for all-in-one website production, which today received a subscription update that adds support for Edge Animate, new HTML5 tags and other new features.

Edge Tools & Services include:

  • Edge Animate – A motion and interaction design tool that allows users to bring animated content to the Web using HTML, JavaScript and CSS.
  • Edge Inspect – An inspection and preview tool that allows front-end Web developers and designers to efficiently preview and debug HTML content on mobile devices.
  • Edge Code – A code editor, built on the Brackets open source project, optimized for Web designers and developers working with HTML, CSS and JavaScript.
  • Edge Reflow – A responsive Web design tool to help users create layouts and visual designs with CSS, the standard for styling HTML content. A preview release is expected by the end of the year.
  • Edge Web Fonts – A free Web font service for using a growing library of open source fonts on websites and in apps.
  • Typekit® – A service that gives designers and developers access to a library of hosted, high-quality fonts to use on their websites.
  • PhoneGap™ Build – A service for packaging mobile apps built with HTML, CSS and JavaScript for popular mobile platforms.

Pricing and Availability
Adobe Edge Tools & Services are available immediately as part of Adobe Creative Cloud free and paid memberships. Following an introductory period, Edge Animate is expected to be priced at US$499 for a perpetual license, US$14.99 per month for a standalone subscription, and included in a paid membership to Creative Cloud. Additional capacity for Edge Inspect and PhoneGap Build is available via standalone subscriptions priced at US$9.99 per month each and included with a Creative Cloud paid membership. Typekit paid plans which include more websites, fonts and page views are available for between US$24.99 per year and US$99 per year, with the US$49.99 per year Portfolio Plan included in paid membership to Creative Cloud.

Paid membership to Creative Cloud for individuals is US$49.99 per month based on annual membership and US$74.99 per month for month-to-month membership. Customers who own an individual license of any Creative Suite edition or single product, version CS3 or later, are currently eligible for an annual membership price of just US$29.99 per month for their first year. Education pricing is also available. For more details, visit

Adobe Generation – Free Courses for Students (14 – 19)

The UK Education team are excited to announce the launch of Adobe Generation.   Adobe Generation is a series of free online courses (each lasting nine weeks), designed to teach UK  students (aged 14-19) key skills that will help them in a range of creative careers. Teachers wanting to develop their own digital skills so they can integrate them into their lessons are also welcome to join.
The following Adobe Generation courses are kicking off in early October, but students (and their teachers) can sign up now!

  •  Games Design – will run each Monday –  1st October – 26th November at 7- 8pm
  • Animation- will run each Tuesday  - 2nd October – 27th November at 7- 8pm
  • Photo Imaging – will run each Thursday  - 4th October – 29th November at 7- 8pm

Every course will include a live weekly session taught online using Adobe Connect and will give students the chance to develop their skills in Adobe products, and access to guest speakers from the creative industries, including the creative geniuses behind A-Ha’s ‘Take On Me’ video and animated favourite Shaun the Sheep!   Students will also be set weekly challenges (homework!), with prizes being given out to the best student work.

Please feel free to share information about these courses.

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Industry Continues Shift to Adobe Video Solutions

Our Education customers tell us that one of the most important aspects of Adobe technology is that it is ‘industry standard’. Through the adoption of Adobe technology, perhaps with an Enterprise Licence Agreement (ELA), the institution can offer students campus-wide access to the tools and technologies used by almost every major worldwide organisation.

Here is another announcement of new technologies that further add to Adobe’s video capability.

Company Announces New Products, Partners and Promotion As Industry Continues the Shift to Adobe Video Solutions

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Sept. 5, 2012 At the IBC 2012 Conference and Exhibition, Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced it is showcasing innovative new video technologies that are driving the shift to Adobe video solutions across the broadcast and media industries.  Highlights of the show include the reveal of Adobe® Anywhere® for video. Adobe Anywhere is a modern, collaborative workflow platform that empowers teams using Adobe professional video tools, including Adobe Premiere® Pro, to work together across virtually any network, using shared media. Adobe also announced new partnerships with leading media asset management and graphics vendors in broadcast news and sports—such as Chyron, Dalet, EVS and Vizrt—which will give customers improved efficiencies in production.

The company is also offering a new promotional offer for individuals and organizations that use alternative nonlinear editing solutions such as Apple® Final Cut Pro or Avid® Media Composer and want to switch to Adobe Creative Suite® CS6 Production Premium and Adobe Creative Cloud™.  Qualified purchasers are eligible for 30 percent off Production Premium or 40 percent off annual membership to Adobe Creative Cloud.* For more information, visit

Adobe will demonstrate its new solutions and highlight key customer and partner initiatives at its booth (Hall 7, Booth 7.G27) in the RAI Exhibition and Congress Centre at the IBC 2012 Exhibition, Sept. 7-11.

”Broadcasters are looking for technology solutions that meet the demands of today’s rapidly evolving industry,” said Jim Guerard, vice president and general manager of professional video, Adobe.  “At Adobe, we are committed to helping our customers streamline their entire video workflows with innovative products operating across collaborative, open platforms. From planning to playback, Adobe and its broadcast customers are leading the industry and redefining how video is created, consumed and monetized.”

Adobe Introduces New Collaborative Video Platform
At IBC, Adobe is unveiling Adobe Anywhere for video a powerful collaborative workflow platform that empowers users of Adobe Premiere Pro, Adobe After Effects® and Adobe Prelude™ to work together using centralized media and assets across any network. Adobe Anywhere brings virtual teams of talent together, enabling them to efficiently shoot, log, edit, share and finish video productions using standard open systems, networks and processes. Adobe Anywhere is unique in that it can operate on existing hardware and network infrastructures, reducing the need for additional capital expenditure and resources. It also works with existing media asset management and other workflow systems. To learn more about the reveal of Adobe Anywhere, please visit

“As a global news organization with journalists all over the world publishing to multiple platforms, we need a streamlined post production solution,” said Michael Koetter, vice president of News Technology Planning and Development, CNN. “We have a strong relationship with Adobe that includes utilizing Adobe Premiere Pro for editing hundreds of pieces daily. We are also participating in a pilot of Adobe Anywhere and hope it will be a tool that simplifies the way CNN journalists work in the future.”

Adobe Gains Rapid Industry Adoption with Leading Broadcasters and Media Organizations
Adobe is seeing strong momentum for Creative Suite Production Premium and Creative Cloud adoption across the media industry as broadcasters and global news agencies continue to switch to Premiere Pro CS6. Top media organizations in the U.S. and Europe now use Production Premium as a foundational component of their production workflow, including the Associated Press, Bloomberg, CNN, Grundy UFA and Hearst Television.

Adobe Broadens its Ecosystem of Broadcast Partners
Recognizing that multiple third-party technologies are mission critical to many professional broadcast video workflows, Adobe has also expanded its ecosystem of broadcast solution partners and is now working with more than 200 companies to ensure superior, integrated workflows with Creative Suite Production Premium. New partners with an emphasis on media asset management, storage and search include: arvato Systems, Axle Video, Cantemo, Chyron, Dalet, deltatre, Filmpartners, FlavourSys, EVS, Miranda a Belden brand, Nexidia, Pond5, Primestream, PROMISE Technology, Studio Network Solutions (SNS), Sienna, Softron, Square Box Systems and Vizrt.

Adobe Education Webinars

Adobe is offering three webinars in September and one in October:

  • Deep Dive — Adobe Connect™ with Presenter
    September 20 at 8 a.m. PDT and 3 p.m. PDT
    (Sept. 21 at 8 a.m., Sydney)
    Peter Ryce
  • Adobe Flash® Professional
    September 27 at 8 a.m. PDT and 3 p.m. PDT
    (Sept. 28 at 8 a.m., Sydney)
    Tom Nguyen
  • Adobe Acrobat
    October 18 at 8 a.m. PDT and 3 p.m. PDT
    (Oct. 19 at 8 a.m., Sydney)
    Steve Adler

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What’s New on Adobe Labs?

Firstly, did you know about Adobe Labs - ?

This is the place to get pre-release software and the chance to test new products before they go into production. The list of technologies covered and available downloads are extensive. Here are a few highlights:

AAF Import for Adobe® Premiere® Pro preview

This set of modules allows you to import AAF sequences from Avid Media Composer into Adobe Premiere Pro.

Adobe PDF Test Toolkit preview 3

This set of tools enables enterprise customers to automate the testing of the Acrobat® family of products, particularly when used with Adobe Digital Enterprise Platform (ADEP) software (formerly Adobe LiveCycle®) and SAP.

Adobe AIR® Technology Previews preview

This technology preview shows off new features that will help developers create rich out-of-browser experiences and applications across platforms.

Configurator 3.1 release candidate

This utility lets you easily create custom Photoshop® and InDesign® palettes that you can then export and share with others. It’s the perfect way for authors, trainers, and others to customize the user interface without learning Flash and ActionScript®.

Enterprise IT Tools for Creative Suite® preview

These in-house utilities, scripts, and tools may prove beneficial to IT professionals in the Enterprise community for simplifying Creative Suite deployment and update management.

Digital Editions 1.8 preview 4 v1.8.3

This update to the popular Digital Editions electronic book reader adds support for accessibility.

Adobe Edge Animate preview 7

This new design tool helps you bring your animated content to device and desktop browsers, using web standards like HTML5, JavaScript, and CSS3.

Enterprise IT Tools for Adobe Acrobat and Reader® preview

This collection of tools facilitates deployment, configuration, and workflow management.

Adobe Exchange Panel preview

This panel, available within a variety of CS6 applications, offers access to a Creative Suite extension marketplace.

Proscenium preview 2

This ActionScript 3 code library is built on top of the Stage3D APIs for rapid development of interactive 3D content by leveraging GPU hardware acceleration for significant performance gains.

Shadow release 4

This tool streamlines the preview process, making it easier to customize websites for mobile devices.

SWF Investigator preview 2

This is the only comprehensive, cross-platform, GUI-based set of tools that enables quality engineers, developers, and security researchers to quickly analyze SWF files

There is also a thriving community with the chance to interact with the product groups and access community resources. Here is what is currently  available:

Technology Resources

Located in the Community tab for each technology and product you will find links to many community resources. By tracking this content, you can stay in touch and in turn make your technology evaluation and experimentation as rich an experience as possible.

Discussion Forums

Online forums are available for many technologies on Adobe Labs, helping to catalyze the discussions around the use and development of new technologies. The forums currently available include:

Adobe Labs Wiki

Within the Adobe Labs wiki we have many articles and resources to support Labs technologies and a collection of smaller technology releases to give you a sneak peak into what our engineers are working on. You can comment on and contribute to documentation, code samples, and other resources — all of which are provided to help you use the software and services available on this site.

Adobe Labs Update Feeds

By subscribing to the Adobe Labs RSS feed (available in RSS 1.0, RSS 2.0 and Atom formats), you’ll always be up-to-date on new releases and updates. You can also review these changes directly at the Adobe Labs weblog. In addition, you can follow @AdobeLabs on Twitter to receive short timely updates as they happen.

Adobe Feeds

We strongly recommend that you bookmark (or consume) the RSS feed for Adobe Feeds (formerly MXNA) — which is a fantastic resource for keeping up to date with the Adobe weblog community. If you have a weblog of your own that is focused on Adobe technology and products, you can submit it to Adobe Feeds and add your voice, too.

Adobe Cookbooks

The Adobe Cookbooks application is a repository for community generated code samples for Flex, ActionScript, Flash and much more. Regardless of whether you are looking for a code snippet to assist you with a current development project or if you’re looking contribute a code snippet of your own, the Adobe Cookbooks is a great place to start.

But most importantly, the Adobe Labs community includes people like you — working with and collaborating around the latest technologies available from Adobe. We are looking forward to engaging you in the discussions that will help shape the future of Adobe products and technologies.

If you want to learn more about releases on Labs as well as other Adobe technologies, visiting a user group or connecting with an Adobe Community Professional is a great place to start. If you would like to help improve Adobe products, Adobe regularly conducts many types of research activities and is always looking for paid participants, at all levels of experience.


Schools: Facts and Figures

With Free Schools, many more academies, University Technology Colleges and even Studio Schools opening this September we have a rapidly changing education system. What I’ve tried to do is summarise these changes, pulling together information from several sources, to provide an overall picture of UK schools.

Free Schools

The Government has today announced that 55 new Free Schools will open this September. The first 24 Free Schools opened in September 2011 while a further 114 have been approved to open in 2013 and beyond.

Free Schools aim to achieve higher standards and offer a genuine alternative. They are funded by the Government but have greater freedoms than local authority-run schools. They are run by teachers – not local councils or Westminster politicians – and have freedom over the length of the school day and term, the curriculum and how they spend their money.

Of the new Free Schools opening this September:

  • 19 are primary schools, 19 are secondary schools and seven are all-age schools. There is one 14-19 school and one 16-19 school. Five are alternative provision schools – the first Free Schools of their type – and three are special schools.
  • The schools are spread across England. They are primarily concentrated in areas of deprivation or areas where there is a shortage of school places. 25 of the 55 schools are located in the most deprived 25 per cent of communities in the country. 33 of the schools are in areas where there is need for more school places.
  • 12 have been set up by teachers, 19 by parent or community groups, 9 by charities and 13 are set up by existing education providers. Two existing independent schools will join the state sector as Free Schools.


As of 1 July 2012 there are 1957 academies open in England. These academies are listed in the all open academies spreadsheet available to download from the associated resources section of the DfE web site. This information is updated once a month.

The location of open academies can also be seen on our publication list spreadsheet, also available to download, shows details of schools which have formally applied for academy status and progress towards conversion, including all academies that have opened in the academic year 2011/12.

Academy applications have continued at the rate of 50 – 60 per months. The current numbers are:

  • 2311 applications receives
  • 2160 applications approved

University Technology Colleges

University Technical Colleges (UTCs) are the best-known model of technical academies. They specialise in subjects that need modern, technical, industry-standard equipment – such as engineering and construction – and teach these disciplines alongside business skills and the use of ICT.

On 29 May 2012, 15 new University Technical Colleges (UTCs) were approved to enter the pre-opening stage. This takes the total number of UTCs that are in pre-opening stage to 32.

UTCs are spread across England and specialise in demanding technical subjects, including advanced engineering, digital technologies and bio-medical sciences. Almost 200 major national and local employers have been involved in developing these projects. Working in partnership with universities and employers, UTCs will provide a new generation of school leavers with the technical knowledge and skills that industry demands.

The Government is set to deliver the 24 UTCs by 2014 that were committed to in the Budget 2011, and create opportunities for more than 20 000 young people to train as the engineers, scientists and technicians of the future.

You can download a list and a map of the UTCs approved to open in 2012 and beyond, and the UTCs already open, from the ‘Associated resources’ part of the DfE web site.

Studio Schools

Studio Schools are innovative new schools for 14- to 19-year-olds, delivering project-based, practical learning alongside mainstream academic study. Studio Schools offer academic and vocational qualifications, but teach them in a practical and project-based way. Study is combined with work placements with local and national employers who are involved in the school.

Learning in this way encourages students to develop skills like punctuality, good communication, reliability and team working, whilst gaining a strong grounding in English, maths and science.

These new schools, which are set up with the backing of local businesses and employers, are part of the Government’s drive to ensure the education system responds to demands from employers for the skills they need to grow and prosper. Employers say that ensuring our young people have these important skills should be a top education priority for the Government.

12 new Studio Schools have been approved to open in 2012.

Maintained Schools

To complete the picture here are the latest school numbers from the DfE:

Regions All Primary Secondary 16-18
East Midlands 2316 schools 1888 schools 560 schools 387 schools
East of England 3014 schools 2452 schools 835 schools 526 schools
London 3113 schools 2412 schools 945 schools 710 schools
North East 1239 schools 1022 schools 301 schools 165 schools
North West 3560 schools 2845 schools 887 schools 525 schools
South East 4096 schools 3275 schools 1212 schools 813 schools
South West 2807 schools 2289 schools 730 schools 478 schools
West Midlands 2702 schools 2079 schools 761 schools 521 schools
Yorkshire and the Humber 2493 schools 2049 schools 555 schools 366 schools
Total number of schools : 25340 20311 6786 4491