Archive for May, 2011

Updating Help for CS5.5 Applications

The New Community Help Client

The New Community Help Client

As you may know, Creative Suite CS5.5 has just been released. Along with the release is a new version of the Community Help Client, offering a host of new features. Update Help so that you can have access to these features. You should also update Help in order to get local content installed that you may need when you are away from an internet connection.

How to update Help
You can update the Community Help Client by doing the following:

  1. Choose Applications > Adobe > Adobe Help
    You can also launch any Creative Suite application and choose Help > (product name) Help.
  2. In Help, click the Update Now button.

Your Community Help Client will now be updated.

Download CS5.5 Content
Now that the new Community Help Client has been updated, you’ll have access to new local content, including versions of Help you can take with you when you’re not connected to the internet. Click the Download button to begin receiving updates to local content.

New Features of the Community Help Client
The Community Help Client has the features that you are used to, such as doing a search, clicking on a hypertext link to a web page, and then displaying the page you are interested in viewing. There are some new features in the Community Help Client you may be interested in, as follows:

Tabbed Browsing: You now have the ability to open multiple pages from multiple sources simultaneously. To open any page in a tab, do one the following:

  • After searching for content by entering search terms in the search field, right click on any link in the left column and choose > Open Link in New Tab. The page is then loaded into the interface in a new tab. Continue to load content into new tabs in this fashion.
  • Click the Open New Tab button (a plus sign in the upper right corner of the interface). Right click on links in the left column to load the content into the new tab.
  • Choose File > New Tab to return to Home in a new tab. Once you are Home, right click on any other links in the left column and choose > Open Link in New Tab. You can also click any other product icon in the main interface to load that product’s Help into the tab.

Favorites and Bookmarks: Now, you can bookmark a favorite URLs to be saved for future reference.  To add a bookmark to the Community Help Client, do one of the following:

  • Click the Bookmark button in the top right area of the Community Help Client.
  • Choose Favorites > Add Page to Favorites.

The Add Favorite Dialog Box

The Add Favorite Dialog Box

The Add Favorite dialog launches so that you can save the bookmark to the proper location. Click the Favorites drop down menu, select the desired location, and then click Done.

You can edit these Favorites in the Add Favorite dialog. To manage Favorites, choose Favorites > Manage Favorites. The Favorites and History dialog launches. In this dialog, you can move bookmarks, delete bookmarks, add additional folders, or delete folders.

  • To move a bookmark, click and drag it to a new folder.
  • To delete a bookmark, select it and then press the Delete button.
  • To add a folder into the main branch, click the New Folder button.
  • To add a folder into an existing folder, click the New Folder button, and then drag the folder into the existing folder. You can also open an existing folder, select an existing item within the folder, and then click the New Folder.
  • To delete a folder, select it, and then press the Delete button.

Search and Browse History: The Favorites and History dialog also contains a search and a browsing history within the Community Help Client. Any search or page you have browsed in the client is included in the dialog. To view any items from browsing or searching, and then saving them as favorites, do the following.

  1. Select either Browsing History or Search History in the left column of the client. Folders with dates on them, as well as one listed as, “Today” will appear.
  2. Open the desired folder by clicking on the disclosure triangle.
  3. Double click any entry to load it into the main window client.
  4. Once loaded, you can save it as a Favorite by choosing Favorites > Add page to Favorites.

Local content is ready to install

Local content is ready to install

Revamped Local Content Download Workflow: Unlike past versions of the Community Help Client, new content will download in the background once you click the Download button. This makes for an uninterrupted workflow for users who simply want to access content first and foremost. If new content is available for download, you’ll see the words, “Local content updates available” in the lower left corner of the interface. Press the Home button at the top of the interface, you’ll see similar text, along with the Download button in the main window of the client. Press the Download button to begin downloading local content.

Silent Application Updates: The update experience for the CS applications is similar to the local content download experience.  Going forward, application updates will be downloaded in the background without interruption to your workflow.

Performance Enhancements: The start-up and browsing performance has been greatly improved. It’s a lot faster than previous versions of the Community Help Client. Try it!

We hope you enjoy your experience with the all-new Community Help Client. If you have any trouble with the client, be sure to ask questions at the Community Help Application user-to-user forum. If your installation of the Community Help Client has failed, you can reinstall it. See this link for more information about reinstalling the client.

Getting Started with Adobe Premiere Pro (CS4, CS5, CS5.5, CS6, & CC)

Welcome to Getting Started with Adobe Premiere Pro. Whether you’re brand new to editing, have some experience with Premiere Pro, or are coming from another editing application, you’ll need good information in order to be successful. I’ve selected specific high-quality articles and video tutorials so that you’ll have the material to be successful in your efforts.

If you are new to Premiere Pro but are not new to editing, please see the page, “Premiere Pro overview documents for Final Cut Pro and Avid Media Composer Users” for resources to get you started editing quickly. Beginners should go through the material that follows.

1. Overview
Watch this video overview, you’ll learn the basic workflow in Adobe Premiere Pro: import, edit and export. If you are confused about the terminology in the video, check out this online glossary of video terms.

Then, read this page describing basic workflow in Adobe Premiere Pro. Although some of the information is repeated from the video, there are additional links to resources for more information (note that the steps describing Adobe Story and Adobe On Location are optional). More info about basic workflow is in this video.

2. Start editing
Go through the steps in the following tutorial. By doing so, you’ll have the basic building blocks of editing under your belt and be able to create a simple movie. More information can be found in this video tutorial.

3. The fundamentals
Now that you have a basic understanding of the workflow, and have created a simple movie, you’re ready to learn more about the fundamentals of working with Adobe Premiere Pro. First, go through the steps in this tutorial to reinforce what you’ve already learned. Then, learn more about editing technique in this video tutorial.

4. Tutorials about the details
Now that you’ve got some experience with Premiere Pro, you’ll want to check out other tutorials that will give you more training with the basics. For Premiere Pro CS5 & CS5.5, see these videos on AdobeTV, and Creative Cow. See these videos on Adobe TV and Creative Cow to get you up to speed on further details about Premiere Pro CS6 tools and workflow. There is also a free video seminar to assist you in learning Premiere Pro called, “Edit your way faster with Premiere Pro CS6″ with Al Mooney.

There are also materials that you can purchase to further your learning about Premiere Pro. I think that the following resources are the best out there.

If you are coming from a different editing application, like Apple Final Cut Pro or Avid Media Composer, see the materials on this page.

5. Edit more creatively and skillfully using the tools
Now that you’ve got the fundamentals under your belt, create new videos that have more elements than your cuts-only video. For example, add a title, transition or soundtrack to the video. Try techniques that may have been brought up in the tutorials, or try new things by consulting Help. In Help, you can enter terms in the upper left corner of the page. By searching this way, you’ll be using the custom search engine for Adobe Premiere Pro Community Help. If you get stuck, you can always come to the Premiere Pro user-to-user forum.

6. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
While you’re still starting out, you may run into trouble. Before that happens, I recommend that you read through the list of FAQs first. The list of FAQs is located at the top of the Premiere Pro user-to-user forum. You’ll see a drop down menu of FAQs. Simply select the topic you want, and then click the Go button.

If you are interested in getting started with Adobe After Effects, see this post on the After Effects Region of Interest blog.

Free After Effects CS5.5 Tutorials from

Recently, After Effects CS5.5 was released with a bunch of new features you’ll want to know more about. has commissioned After Effects whiz Mark Christiansen to create helpful tutorials describing these features. Here, you’ll find two free sample movies that will help you learn about the Warp Stabilizer and creating lens blur with the After Effects camera. The course delves into most of the main features of After Effects CS5.5 including Light Falloff, Stereoscopic 3D, and workflow improvements.

In this blog, I’ve provided links to the videos and some related links below each one.


Performing a basic stabilization with the Warp Stabilizer
Help: Stabilize Motion (CS5.5)
Adobe TV: Warp Stabilizer Instant Gratification

Creating lens blur with the After Effects camera
Help: Camera Settings
Adobe TV: 3D Camera Depth of Field Parameters

Thanks to Mark and for creating the tutorials. Here is a link to all the tutorials and the courseware: After Effects CS5.5 New Features. Enjoy!