Yesterday Adobe launched the beta of Muse (code name) a new Mac OS and Windows app that promises to let graphic designers create websites as easily as they create layouts for print. The response has this time been pretty, pretty, pretty, pretty good – 120,000 downloads from the Adobe Labs website. Actually those are astonishing numbers and show that designers really need something like this. I bet those other Muse guys would like 120,000 downloads in one day!
The app was developed by some of the folks that built InDesign, which has become the standard for page layout and is now leading the charge towards digital publishing.
We’ve also seen some commentary, in the forums, from the web developer community regarding Muse. Just a reminder folks that Muse was created for graphic designers to enable them to design and publish professional, unique HTML websites without writing code or working within restrictive (ie boring) templates. It is something that designers have been asking for and will not impact the continued innovation across our other web development tools and technologies.
However we are taking constructive feedback from all constituencies into our product plans, as Muse matures. So keep it coming designers, developers…
Just as Adobe is changing the world through digital experiences, educators are changing the world through innovative teaching. From creating inspiring curricula to bringing dynamic, media-rich content into courses and assignments, educators go above and beyond to prepare students for today’s global workforce. But creating those amazing learning experiences for their students is not an easy task. To encourage educators to share their successful teaching materials and help each other get ready for the new school year, the Adobe Education Exchange launched the 2011 Educators’ Choice Awards. Starting this week, educators can win great prizes by simply submitting their best projects, lesson plans, curricula, and tutorials. Prepare to be inspired!
The 2011 Educators’ Choice Awards will recognize and reward Adobe Education Exchange members who submit the most innovative teaching and learning materials. The community will choose the winners of the awards by rating and voting for one another’s entries. Educators can submit entries in four categories including:
Higher Education Digital Arts and Media
Primary/Secondary Digital Arts and Media
Higher Education Cross-Curricular
Grand prize and runner-up winners will go home with prizes like laptop computers, tablets, digital cameras, and the new Adobe Creative Suite 5.5 to help them continue to create innovative learning experiences for their students.
It’s hard to believe that we’re halfway through the week here at the 58th Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity. In addition to beautiful sunshine and beaches, the Cannes Lions Festival hosts leading thinkers and innovators to discuss the future of marketing, advertising and digital – we’ve been busy participating in enlightening conversations and soaking it all in.
On Tuesday, we were proud to announce the winner of the MOFILM video competition. The assignment for the Adobe competition was to create work that would give audiences a different view of Adobe – as a company that is transforming business and the world at large through the power of digital experiences. The list of global finalists was vetted by the MOFILM staff. We hear it was a tough decision, but in the end, the winner was Chris Bailey from the U.S. Check out his submission on the website under the Adobe category. Congrats Chris! And a special thanks to all the participants – we’re proud to sponsor you as the future creatives of the world!
Speaking of budding creatives, I’ve had the pleasure of meeting with several competitors in the Young Lions competition, who tell us how CS5.5 enables them to do their work every day. I’ll be posting highlights of these inspiring conversations here later this week, so stay tuned.
Woo, so much exciting stuff and we still have the second half of the week to go! Our SVP and GM of the Omniture business, Brad Rencher, just arrived and we’re looking forward to joining him in conversations about creative effectiveness.
You may have seen the recent article from Trefis on Forbes.com titled, “HTML5 Not a Homewrecker for Adobe.” We absolutely agree that HTML5 does not pose a threat to Adobe Creative Suite 5. In fact, this recent interview with Adobe VP of Design and Web engineering, Paul Gubbay, shows just how Adobe embraces HTML5 and supports it today!
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