Archive for August, 2008

Training Resources for Adobe Acrobat 9

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A great training resource is worth its weight in gold whether you are a novice user or a seasoned veteran working with an application. And Adobe Acrobat 9 is one of those programs so chocked full of feature goodness that many have yet to tap into the true potential of this “Swiss Army knife of Adobe software!” So time and again I am asked for a list of great Adobe Acrobat 9 resources and I have compiled some of the best in this article. My recommendation is to copy the links below into a MS Word document, save it to your computer, and explore at your leisure.

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It’s twins! New versions of Photoshop and Premiere Elements due soon

Photoshop Elements 7 and Premiere Element 7 box picture

Announced on 8/26/08, Adobe will be shipping updated versions of its consumer-focused image editing and video applications, Photoshop Elements 7 and Premiere Elements 7. They can be purchase separately or bundled together. You can pre-order your own copies on Adobe’s website, or check with your reseller if you are buying for your school.

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Flash Based eLearning

How to Create Flash eLearning without Major Programming

You love Flash and would like to create some cool eLearning quizzes with it, but aren’t ready to dive into learning Flash’s deep ActionScript programming language for your quizzes? Well guess what, you don’t have to be an ActionScript guru to create compelling Flash eLearning! Flash has a series of little known built-in eLearning “interactions” which you can create in no time without deep programming knowledge. Other than a few simple timeline stop frame actions, everything you do is drag, drop, and typing in your courseware questions and answers; there are even built-in buttons to check for the correct answers and also allow you to move on to the next quiz.

So how does this all work?

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Adobe Presenter 7 quiz issue

For those using Adobe Presenter 7 (if you are not familiar with Presenter, check out our previous blog entry Presenter Cards), you may have noticed an issue with quizzes.

Let’s start with what you can do. In Presenter, you can build a quiz into your project to assess the students’ attainment of the information. Each question in a quiz can be weighted and count towards an overall score. Based on that score, you can allow a user to pass or fail the quiz, and by choosing a behavior, have them jump to a particular slide in the presentation or to a URL. Often the URL is either another Presenter project (moving them to the next level of material) or the URL of the project with the quiz the userfailed to make them review the material. Either way, it is useful to employ the behaviors as instant feedback and action based on the results of a quiz. See an example by clicking on the following link: Quiz Example. Attached to the quiz is the PowerPoint project file (I didn’t use any audio to keep the file small. Feel free to experiment with it).

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Important Flash player 10 information

The upcoming release of Flash Player 10 will include some changes that may require existing content to be updated to comply with stricter security rules. You will want review the upcoming security changes in Flash Player 10 to determine whether you need to modify existing content to ensure compatibility. Read about them at:

A practical guide to working with policy file changes in Flash Player 9 and Flash Player 10 beta is available to assist your customers with changes to the core of the permission system. Get that at:

If you are impacted, you can download the release candidate beta of Flash Player 10 to begin testing their content changes. It is not necessary to be in the pre-release program.

Education resources for educators

Whether you need to find curricula, lessons and activities, White papers, and other resources to help you teach, Adobe Education has what you’re looking for.
For yearlong, project-based curricula that develop career and communication skills, please check out the following:
Visual design: Foundations of design and print production.
For a year-long, project-based curriculum that develops ICT, career, and communication skills in print and graphic design using Adobe tools. You can use the Visual Design curriculum in career and technical education courses and in courses involving photography, graphic design, and English/language arts.
Digital design: foundations of web design.
Digital Design is a year-long curriculum guide that develops ICT skills in web design and production using Adobe web tools. You can use Digital Design in career and technical education courses as well as general web design classes.
Digital video: Foundations of video design and production.
The Digital Video project-based curriculum develops career and communication skills in video production, using Adobe tools. You can use the Digital Video curriculum in career and technical education courses as well as courses involving video use in academic courses.
Rich Internet application (RIA) teaching resources.
These resources provide a combination of online workshop modules for self-study, course projects to apply the skills learned, and book recommendations to put together a course on RIA design and development.
For educational White Papers dealing with issues such as eLearning, digital communication, Electronic Thesis and Dissertation solutions, Visual literacy, and more, please check out Adobe in Education White Papers.
For educational articles on a variety of topics, please check out Adobe in Education Articles.
Rick Miller

Acrobat 9 Customization wizard is now available

The Acrobat 9 Customization Wizard for Windows is a tool to help you deploy Acrobat 9 in an environment where you need to control the deployment of Acrobat. From our website:

“Adobe Customization Wizard 9 is a free downloadable utility designed to help IT professionals take greater control of enterprise-wide deployments of Adobe® Acrobat® 9 and Adobe Reader® 9. With it you can customize the Acrobat installer and application features prior to deployment. Providing a graphical interface to the Windows Installer for Acrobat, the Customization Wizard enables IT administrators to:

  • Modify the installer via a transform file (MST file) without altering the original package (MSI file)
  • Customize the look and feel of Acrobat or Reader before deployment to meet the unique needs of your user base

Adobe Customization Wizard 9 works with the Adobe Acrobat 9 family:

  • Adobe Acrobat 9 Pro Extended
  • Adobe Acrobat 9 Pro
  • Adobe Reader 9"

Get it and learn more at:

Adobe Education eSeminar Series

The Adobe Education eSeminar Series begins August 14, 2008.
These free of charge online events will cover topics such as distance and eLearning projects using Acrobat 9, creating interactive PDF files, electronic portfolios for students and educators and much more.
The presentations will be conducted by Adobe education product experts and/or Adobe Education Leaders.
This is a great opportunity to learn from the experts right from your computer.
Please click this link for details and registration.

Adobe Presenter 7 "Connect Cards"

Adobe Education Leader (AEL) Dave Forrester from Olympia High School in Washington State has the most unique web based business card I’ve ever seen an educator use, and he made it entirely with Adobe’s Presenter 7 software – a simple and inexpensive Power Point plug-in.

Dave also uses Adobe’s Acrobat Connect Pro to share his Connect Card with his education associates and colleagues around the globe but do note, you don’t even have to have an Acrobat Connect Pro account to host your Connect Card; a link to the actual file will do just fine since your card is simply a .SWF file (Adobe Flash).

Dave’s Connect Card has a picture of Dave, email link, his bio, a streaming audio overview, his contact information, his school’s URL, several blog links, Adobe, web, training resources and much more.

To learn more about Adobe Presenter 7, Adobe Acrobat Connect Pro, and our awesome AELs (Adobe Education Leaders program) including Dave Forrester, click on any of the links here. To see an example of my Connect Card, check it out here.


Richard John Jenkins

Free Adobe Tools Cheat Sheets!

How many times have you wished you could have a quick and simple way right at your finger tips to remember all of the top menus, palettes, features, and keyboard shortcuts for your favorite Adobe tools? If you’re like me you may have dozens of multicolored post it notes with scribbles of many of your time saving keyboard short cuts littering your desk, monitor and keyboard. Wouldn’t it be nice if you had one tidy place for all of these and well organized? Well now you can and they’re free!

Custom Guide Inc. offers dozens of free “Cheat Sheets” in .PDF format on several popular software companies’ tools including Adobe’s tools. These printable quick references guides (perfect for laminating) cover: Photoshop, Acrobat, Fireworks, Flash, Dreamweaver, Photoshop and Premiere Elements.

If you print these cool reference guides out on heavy double sided stock paper and then laminate them (perfect for resisting my endless coffee spill mishaps) they are the perfect indestructible companion to help you get your Adobe tools job done a lot faster by having many workspace reminders and keyboard short cuts right at your finger tips.

Check them out here:


Richard John Jenkins