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LAdobe :: Los Angeles Adobe User Group December 4: WordPress vs Dreamweaver vs Edge vs Muse - Nov 4
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LAdobe :: Los Angeles Adobe User Group October 30: Inside Creative Cloud Mobile Apps - Oct 17
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LAdobe :: Los Angeles Adobe User Group October 8: Sidekick 2014 in Santa Monica - Sep 7
LAdobe and the entire Los Angeles and Orange County Adobe communities are pleased to be present Sidekick 2014 at the Art Institute of Los Angeles – Santa Monica located at 2900 31st St in Santa Monica. Please note the special start … Continue reading

LAdobe :: Los Angeles Adobe User Group September 18: Lakers Night with J Alexander Diaz - Aug 21
Join LAdobe on Thursday night, September 18 at 7pm at the newest location of General Assembly at 1617 Broadway in Santa Monica. This is not to be confused with the General Assembly location across from Santa Monica Place. Free street … Continue reading

LAdobe :: Los Angeles Adobe User Group September 3: InDesign for Power Users with Kelly McCathran - Aug 15
LAdobe and Illustrator LA are pleased to be presenting nationally recoginized design, instructor and author, Kelly McCathran for this one night only event at the Art Institute of California – Los Angeles located at 2900 31st St in Santa Monica. Parking … Continue reading

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BREAKING NEWS: Illustrator HTML5 Pack now available

Major news for Illustrator users and those looking to get into HTML5, in particular. Adobe has now released their version of the HTML5 pack for Illustrator CS5. The release is available on Adobe Labs and will drastically change the way you design vector illustrations for the web. This pack allows graphic elements created in Illustrator to be directly displayed in SVG capable web browsers or converted to CSS3 code to render directly in the browser.

As HTML5 gets close to becoming a web standard, one of the new features is called Canvas and allows for Scalable Vector Graphics using the SVG format Adobe first designed years ago as part of the original LiveMotion ‘Flash-killer’ app. SVG hasn’t been used that much since its’ introduction but now with HTML5 Canvas, it’s now possible to programmatically create vector graphics either in HTML5 or CSS3. With the new Illustrator HTML5 pack, you can do this without learning how to code or at the very least, reduce the need to code as much as you currently might.

The features in this release include the ability to efficiently design for web and devices by exporting Illustrator Artboards for unique screen sizes using SVG and CSS3 media queries. You can also create web widgets with Illustrator by generating dynamic vector art for data driven web work-flows and take advantage of the latest enhancements to SVG and Canvas to generate interactive web content. You’ll also be able to map artwork appearance attributes from designer to developer tools export from the Illustrator Appearance Panel to CSS3 for streamlined styling of web pages.

In order to use these new features, you will need the latest update to Illustrator CS5 (Illustrator 15.1) and then download the Illustrator HTML5 pack from Adobe Labs and install it.

We’ll have a lot more on this at our HTML5 and the Future of Web Design meeting on Thursday night, September 23rd at 7pm at the offices of Border Stylo in Hollywood.

Adobe Corporate’s response to Apple iPhone announcement

Adobe’s Corporate Communications department just released this information regarding Apple’s surprising announcement regarding the ability for Flash CS5 to create and develop iPhone and iPad applications:

Apple’s announcement today that it has lifted restrictions on its third-party developer guidelines has direct implications for Adobe’s Packager for iPhone, a feature in the Flash Professional CS5 authoring tool. This feature was created to enable Flash developers to quickly and easily deliver applications for iOS devices. The feature is available for developers to use today in Flash Professional CS5, and we will now resume development work on this feature for future releases.

This is great news for developers and we’re hearing from our developer community that Packager apps are already being approved for the App Store. We do want to point out that Apple’s restriction on Flash content running in the browser on iOS devices remains in place.

Adobe will continue to work with key industry partners, including Google, RIM, Nokia, Motorola and Palm/HP to enable their device users to browse the full web through Flash Player 10.1 and run standalone applications on AIR. We are excited about the great progress our partners are making as they deliver the first smartphones to market with full Flash support.

Adobe and Google respond to Apple

Now that Apple has decided to at the very least, allow for third party development of iPhone and iPad applications, it was only a matter of time before representatives at Adobe would come up their response:

“We are encouraged to see Apple lifting its restrictions on its licensing terms, giving developers the freedom to choose what tools they use to develop applications for Apple devices….”-Adobe

For those interested in Google’s response, more about online advertising models (as Google Ads can once again be incorporated into apps) rather than Android development, here’s their response via this link:

http://googlemobileads.blogspot.com/2010/09/update-on-apples-terms-of-service.html

BREAKING NEWS: Apple reverses ban on Flash-based iPhone Apps

In a major surprise, Apple has decided after its’ original ban on creating iPhone Applications in Flash, that they will reverse the ban on using third party programs to create iPhone and iPad applications. This is a major victory for Adobe as well as for similar software programs such as Appcelerator’s Titanium and Unity 3D who were shut out this past spring, just as Adobe was about to release Creative Suite 5 to the masses, Apple’s CEO Steve Jobs’ mentioned that Adobe Flash was ‘buggy’ and “Adobe is lazy” and “The world is moving to HTML5.” However, with AIR for Android development already commencing with a number of Flash and ActionScript 3-based Droid apps and sales of Droid OS phones rising and passing iPhone’s in overall sales, Apple it seems, has given in to demand and allowed developers to now start creating iPhone and iPad applications in Flash CS5.

The ability to create iPhone apps in Flash CS5 has always been included in the program. This means developers can start creating Flash-based iPhone apps right now with no need to wait for Adobe to make a software upgrade. It should be noted though that even though Apple has lifted the Flash ban, there is still no guarantee that any potential iPhone or iPad application will be accepted by Apple to be placed for sale in its’ iTunes Store.

There are some serious issues with Apple’s statement this morning. Most importantly the fact that while Flash can now be used to create iPhone apps, it does not allow for Flash-based iPhone apps that download code. This would still create issues and dilemmas in creating dynamic Flash based content. As this story continues to develop, we at LAdobe will continue to follow and report on this saga as it unfolds over the course of the next days and weeks.

More on this will be discussed at LAdobe’s September 23rd meeting at Border Stylo in Hollywood. Which focuses on the future of web design.
Read the Press Release from Apple concerning the changes in App Store Guidelines –>

More on this from VentureBeat –>

Web Design World in Vegas – $200 discount for LAdobe members

For those interested in taking a pre-Halloween trip to Vegas, Web Design World is happening from October 18-20 in at Planet Hollywood Hotel and Casino. Featuring some of the top speakers in the Web Design, er, uh, World, this event is going to be a great event to learn about HTML5, Ajax and other facets of web design to improve your toolset. Their mantra is (and always has been) “provide practical, no-fluff, how-to”. It’s all about teaching you what you need today, from a lineup of rock stars in design, UX, content management and more.

The organizers of Web Design World are offering a $200 discount for any package to Web Design World for LAdobe members. Just go here and get signed up between now and September 15th in order to receive the discount.

September 23rd: HTML5 and the Future of Web Design

Join LAdobe on Thursday night, August 26th at 7pm at Border Stylo at 729 Seward St. in Hollywood. Parking is available on the street for free after 6pm and the agency also has a private lot they may open for members to park as well. Remember, all LAdobe events and meetings are always free to attend with no RSVP required.

For our September meeting we are excited to offer a special night focusing on the future of Web Design. Mainly around HTML5 which is slowly becoming a web standard. With all the changes going on in web design from new standard to designing for devices, all web designers and developers need to keep up.

With that in mind, we have two presenters who have new ideas that will change the way you design for the web. We’ll start out with James Lee of Stiqr, which is a new way to update your web design straight from a browser using AJAX-based Drag and Drop tools. Even CMS sites created in WordPress can be updated on the fly, on the road, with this new app.

Finally, we’re pleased to bring along Amit Patel of Amit Patel Designs and Studio 314 in Hollywood. Amit will explain HTML5 and it’s new tags in detail. Amit has spoken at Adobe MAX and other major conferences on the future of web design and we’re pleased to have him share his viewpoints on this special night.

We’ll have a number of HTML5 related books to give away from all our major publishing sponsors as well Photoshop plugins from Alien Skin Software. We’ll also have free beverages from Function as well as Groundwork Coffee provided by Border Stylo. So we hope to see you in Hollywood at Border Stylo on the 23rd!

LAdobe now on Facebook

Had to happen eventually but not LAdobe has it’s own Facebook Fan Page! Come check it out, Like it and then learn even more about our events, speakers and participate in polls, questions and a lot more. We don’t plan to make this page stagnant but intend to provide even more ways for the local Adobe creative and technical community to connect. While it certainly won’t replace our main website, it will provide another way for us all to virtually connect. Come join us and like us today!

Adobe announces Web Fonts via Typekit

Adobe Web FontsGreat news for web designers who are font freaks. Adobe just announced an alliance with Typekit to provide the ability to incorporate some of Adobe’s most popular typefaces for use in websites without having to create individual JPEG, GIF or PNG graphics. Popular fonts like Myriad, Minion, Bickham Script, Hypatia Sans and Chapparal have been added as part of the 16 typefaces incorporated in the initial release.

For more information and to view the entire list, go to Adobe’s Web Fonts page or Typekit’s Adobe foundry list.

Adobe MAXtopia: Design a Tee, Win CS5

Threadless MAXtopiaWant to win a copy of Adobe Creative Suite 5 and create one funky t-shirt as well? Now you can! Between now and August 29th, Threadless Tees is doing a contest promotion with Adobe called Threadless MAXtopia. The challenge of MAXtopia is to design an awesome tee inspired by MAXtopia: the celebration of nature + technology! If your shirt design is chosen, you’ll walk away with a copy of CS5 Design Premium Bundle, the ability to have opportunity to create a design variation for a limited print run at the Adobe MAX conference, a $500 Threadless Gift Certificate (which can also be redeemed for $200 cash and $2,000 in cash from Threadless! Go here to learn more about the contest and let’s see if one of LA’s most fashion forward designers can create the best T-Shirt at MAX!

August 26: Video Night with After Effects and Soundbooth

Join LAdobe on Thursday night, August 26th at 7pm at Key Code Media at 1004 Santa Monica Blvd. in Santa Monica. Parking is available on the street for free after 6pm. Remember, all LAdobe events and meetings are always free to attend with no RSVP required.

For our August meeting we are excited to offer our first video night in a long time! Actually, you’ll first learn a bit about audio production as our User Group Manager, dataTV’s Adam Bell, will show you a hidden gem in Creative Suite’s Production Bundle, Soundbooth. Adobe Soundbooth is a way to professionally edit audio like most of the leading producers use. In this session, Adam will show you how to create a ringtone from an audio track, edit it down, add some filters to improve the sound and much more. It’s our first Soundbooth session and it will provide a point of entry for anyone looking to get into audio production. Adam will also review the previous week’s FITC/SF and all of Adobe’s announcements from the keynotes to the floor.

Jeff Foster of Pixel PainterFor our main presentation, we are pleased to offer book author and head of Ojai’s Pixel Painter, Jeff Foster. Jeff will do a major deep dive into the new features of After Effects CS5 which produces most of the motion graphics seen in film and TV. If you’ve ever been interested in broadcast design and animation, this is going to be a special night for you to learn how incredible this application is. If you were at our meeting in May, no better authority than Photoshop Cafe’s Colin Smith gave Jeff high marks for his knowledge and presentation skills. So it will be a very memorable meeting.

We’ll have a number of After Effects and other video related books to give away from all our major publishing sponsors as well as After Effects plugins from Digital Anarchy and Photoshop plugins from Alien Skin Software. We’ll also have free beverages from Function. So we hope to see you in Santa Monica at Key Code Media on the 26th!

Recent Blog Entries

It's Photoshop Idol Time Again!
Entry posted on Mar 28, 2010 by ladobeugm

It's getting close to LAdobe's 4th Anniversary and as spring has sprung yet again,, it's time to roll out our 4th annual Photoshop Idol competition to find the next great designer in Los Angeles and Southern California.

If you're familiar with our previous competitions, Photoshop Idol normally is where we select three or four great portfolios and have them come to our LAdobe May meeting to compete live as they have 15 minutes to create a composition using nothing more than Photoshop, a web browser and three key 'ingredients' selected at random. The best design of the night wins Idol and the latest copy of Creative Suite and other great prizes from our sponsors.

This year, we're stirring up the formula and changing things around for one year and one year only.

Many of you know that once again, Adobe is presenting it's annual MAX user conference in LA this October and once again, LAdobe and its' sister user groups in LA and Orange County will be presenting MiniMAX X for the locals who can't attend either due to the excessive cost or being unable to attend due to work schedules. So once again, on October 27th, we'll present MiniMAX at a location in Santa Monica (exact location to be determined) with six speakers each spending 15 minutes presenting tips and tricks on all sorts of Adobe apps from Photoshop to After Effects. Last year, we had a surprise when one of the keynoters showed up and did a 'mini' keynote presentation on the FedEx calculator created in Flex. Who knows what will happen this year on the Westside?



Got 5 Minutes? Share your Adobe tips with us!
Entry posted on Jan 06, 2010 by ladobeugm

With a new year, LAdobe is planning a new way for you, our members, to share tips on Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, After Effects, Premiere and many more of the great library of apps and plugins and get prizes right on the spot like never before with our new 'Lightning Round'.

We realize a lot of our members have great tips to share but are afraid to spend a lot of time on the stage. Stage Fright? You bet. So LAdobe is now making it a lot simpler. At the beginning of each of our meetings, we'll have anywhere up to 4 members come up on stage and share a tip or two on their favorite Adobe app. It can be any app in the Adobe family. And best of all, you can do this in just a minimum of 5 minutes! If you want to go longer, that's cool but 20 minutes should be the maximum length for the presentation. There's no pressure, you'll lose your stage fright and have some fun in the process!

Still not enough to lure you in? How about all our Lightning Round presenters get first crack on our monthly swag giveaways? That's right, all our books, t-shirts and anything else we have to give away each meeting. The exception will be major prizes like a conference pass or software. But you'll be able to pick from anything else we have to giveaway before we draw at the end of the night. Thus, you're guaranteed to come home with something sweet just for taking a few minutes of your time! And you could still win another prize that night!

If you're interested in being part of our first 'Lightning Round' on Thursday, January 28 at 7pm, please email Adam Bell right now with the topic you'd like to present on so we can include it in our program listing for that night.



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