Archive for February, 2013

Adobe Delivers Latest Innovations in HTML5 Web Tooling to Creative Cloud Members

Here’s another example of why Creative Cloud is so powerful; fantastic new HTML5 capability from the Edge family of products. With the proliferation of mobile devices, especially in the education sector through students, these new tools and features bring a significant amount of additional value that is only available through Creative Cloud.

To see the full detail of this announcement go to: http://eon.businesswire.com/news/eon/20130214005448/en/Adobe/Edge-Reflow/Edge-Animate

SAN JOSE, Calif.–()–Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced the first public preview of Adobe®  Edge Reflow, a new responsive design tool for Web designers and developers creating websites and content for screens of virtually all sizes. In addition, the company released new feature updates for Adobe Edge Animate, Adobe Dreamweaver® and Adobe Edge Code preview. All today’s announced product releases are available exclusively to Adobe Creative Cloud™ members.

 Adobe Edge Reflow is a new responsive Web design tool for creating layout and visual designs with CSS and is available immediately as a preview at no charge in Creative Cloud. Edge Reflow features an intuitive resizable design surface that shows how layouts and visuals will adapt to different screen sizes. Leveraging the power of CSS, Edge Reflow enables users to create high fidelity Web designs on the application’s native Web surface. It maintains the design vision, through development, by allowing users to preview in the browser, inspect their design in real-time via Edge Inspect extension, and extract the CSS for use in Edge Code, Dreamweaver or any code editor. During the preview period, Adobe is actively seeking user feedback for Edge Reflow in order to help evolve the product. Users are encouraged to submit their feedback to Adobe through Github at https://github.com/edge-reflow/issues.

 Adobe also announced important updates to Adobe Edge Animate to give it powerful new CSS-based features, including gradients, CSS filters, and enhanced font support. Users will now be able to style and animate       elements using radial or linear gradients, and preview Edge Web Fonts* live in a new interface. New CSS filter support for Edge Animate allows users to take advantage of exciting CSS capabilities found in modern WebKit browsers, including blur, greyscale, sepia, brightness, contrast, hue-rotate, invert and saturate filters.       Previously, filter effects could only be achieved using tools like Adobe Photoshop®.

In addition, Adobe delivered an update to Adobe Dreamweaver exclusively for Creative Cloud members that improves interoperability with the Adobe Edge Tools & Services family and includes several new features to enhance code authoring ability and workflow. Fluid grid layout, a feature first introduced with Adobe Dreamweaver CS6, now allows developers to leverage class tags in addition to ID tags and features a new editing interface. Developers can also now easily preview, select and incorporate Edge Web Fonts into their Dreamweaver projects.

This preview release of Adobe Edge Code includes features such as Live Development, which allows users to see changes in the browser immediately as they make code edits, and also Quick Edit, which lets users edit code in context instead of switching between files. This latest update adds code hinting for CSS properties and HTML tags and attributes, making this release an even more productive code editor for web designers and developers working with Web standards.

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Paul Gubbay, vice president of product development, Digital Media business, Adobe

“The job of a Web designer and developer has become more challenging, with Web standards progressing rapidly and the number of screen sizes and form factors increasing exponentially. Adobe Creative Cloud enables our teams to deliver product innovation to our customers the moment that new features are ready, helping designers and developers tackle the new challenges of the modern Web and more seamlessly create websites and interactive content for the latest browsers and different screen sizes.”

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What is Muse?

Well simply put, Muse is a tool to help you build very engaging websites, visually, without having to worry about the code that makes a web site.

Designed by engineers from the Adobe InDesign team (Adobe’s pro-level page layout tool), Muse employs an easy to understand workflow for designing a web site (Plan > Design > Preview > Publish > Manage) and utilizes a great deal of drag and drop capabilities, pre-built widgets (for navigation menus, slide shows, etc) to make the process of web site creation easy, fun and fast.

Jim Babbage has taught in Higher Education for 20 years, so his blog article gives you all you need to know about Muse in an educational context. Go to:

http://blogs.adobe.com/edtechatadobe/2013/01/my.html

New: Adobe Education Exchange

Coming soon: The all-new Adobe Education Exchange

We’ll be pulling back the curtains on an all-new Adobe Education Exchange very soon. Get excited for an incredible community experience full of new features, functionality, and new ways to connect and collaborate with your peers. Stay tuned for much, much more information over the coming days.

There are over 75,000 members and over 4,200 resources so sign up now at:

http://edexchange.adobe.com/pages/home

Creativity – It’s Our Future

Creativity – It’s Our Future

By Trevor Bailey, Director of WW Education   

“Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.” – Albert Einstein

Einstein understood the importance of the imagination and his words remind us of where human creativity has taken us – and will continue to take us. Creativity is essential to innovation. And innovation gives us the new technologies and products that will drive the global economy forward.

How important is creativity to our future? A recent study conducted by Adobe in the U.S., “Creativity and Education: Why It Matters,” showed that 90 percent of US professionals believe that unlocking creativity is essential to economic growth and that it is valuable to society. The study also highlighted a growing awareness, especially among professionals, that creativity and creative thinking deserve a bigger role in education. In fact, 88 percent of U.S. professionals surveyed believe that creativity should be built into standard curricula. Today, companies are realizing the importance of the creative process in the workplace. They are looking for employees who can do more than specific tasks—they want employees who can also think differently and be innovative. To be successful, students need an education that emphasizes communication, collaboration and creativity.

With the challenges the world is facing today in our global economy, in our environment, and in social issues, the need for creative ideas has never been greater. That is why we are aligning our work to help students and educators realize the power of creativity and self-expression by providing digital tools, vibrant communities, resources, curricula, certifications and platforms that showcase student success. To better prepare our students for the challenges of today, we must graduate thinkers of tomorrow. Here at Adobe we believe creativity is no longer an elective; it’s the future.

If you like the video and want the mbed code – here it is:

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