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Adobe Touch Apps now available!
Entry posted on Nov 15, 2011 by Rob Huddleston

Late last night, Adobe released the Adobe Touch apps to the Android Market. If you were at the meeting earlier this month, you got a taste of what the apps can do. I for one can't wait to start playing with them!

(And if you've been waiting for a reason to get an Android tablet...)


Important News
Entry posted on Nov 11, 2011 by Rob Huddleston


A lot has been happening over the last couple of weeks at Adobe, and I wanted to take a moment to share some of the news with you.

First, I have gotten a lot of feedback about our November meeting and our guest speaker, Doug Winnie. I am very glad you all enjoyed his talk so much. Doug is a good friend, and while I was very bummed that I could not make the meeting, I knew you would love it. So, it is with a great deal of sadness that I let you know that Doug was one of the 750 people laid off by Adobe this week. I have no doubt that he will land on his feet, but I know his contributions to Adobe will be missed.

Second, I am sure that a lot of you heard the "news" yesterday about Flash. Unfortunately, as with so much else these days, a lot of organizations and individuals chose to pass off rumor and their own biased opinions as news, rather than reporting facts. So here is the realty: Adobe has announced that, after the next release, they will discontinue development of Flash Player Mobile, the version of Player that currently runs on Android and Blackberry devices. This is no means spells the death of Flash; quite the opposite, in fact. Rather, it is an acknowledgement that the world is changing, and that most people would rather consume rich media content on their mobile devices through native apps, rather than the browser. The simple reality is that very few - if any - organizations were creating mobile-optimized Flash sites. By discontinuing Flash Mobile, Adobe will be able to focus their resources on continuing to push the W3C to make HTML5 live up to its promise, while pushing Flash Player on the desktop even further. On the mobile side, Flash will continue to be one of the best options for creating native mobile apps, thanks to the continuing development of AIR for mobile.

Third: Doug spoke at the meeting about Adobe Creative Cloud. For those unable to attend, Creative Cloud is a new initiative from Adobe that will bring Creative Suite, the new Touch Apps, and more to people in some innovative ways. Most importantly, you will be able to access Creative Cloud next spring for a subscription of about $50/month. That means that you will be able to get the entirety of Creative Suite Master Collection - along with a lot more - for about $600/year, a tiny fraction of the cost of purchasing a traditional license. Best of all, if you continue the subscription, you will automatically receive future upgrades. For those interested in continuing with the traditional model, Creative Suite will still be available in a boxed edition, but here too they have made an important change: beginning with CS6, only those customers who have purchased CS5 and CS5.5 will be eligible for an upgrade. So, if you are still using CS3 or CS4 and were hoping to upgrade to CS6, you will either need to switch to the subscription model or purchase CS5.5 now. The good news here is that Adobe is offering a 20% discount on CS5.5, but only through the end of the year. (That said, the subscription model really makes sense in a lot of ways; I suspect that very few people outside of large corporate organizations will opt to get CS through the traditional "boxed" model.)

If you have any questions about these issues, please feel free to contact me directly. You are also welcome to "like" our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/sacramentoadobeusers, and start a conversation there. I have been and will continue to share a lot of this breaking news on Facebook and Twitter, so if you want to be kept up-to-date, "like" us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter (twitter.com/sacadobeusers).

Thank you.


P.S. My apologies for forgetting to send this to this list in the first place. :)

Voices that Matter Conference Discount
Entry posted on May 13, 2011 by Rob Huddleston

Peachpit is sponsoring the Voices that Matter conference and is offering a generous discount to user group members. Use coupon code WSUSERG at registration to receive a $150 discount off the current conference pricing. If you register before May 20, this special discount may be combined with the Early Bird price, which gives you an additional $100 off.

The conference is being held June 27-28 in San Francisco and features an impressive line-up of speakers.

Adobe Now Offering Members 15% Discount
Entry posted on May 20, 2010 by Rob Huddleston

I'm happy to announce that Adobe is now offering user group members a 15% discount on purchases made in the Adobe store. This applies to any single order (which can contain multiple items) up to $10,000. It applies to full versions of new software such as Creative Suite 5, upgrades, books, and anything else on the site.

To redeem the discount, go to http://www.adobe.com/go/cspartners and complete the form. In the "Association" field, type "user group", and in the validation code field, enter 72360. You will receive an email with a code to access the store in such a way as to reflect the discount. Please note: do not enter the name of our group - just enter "user group".

Adobe is being very generous in extending this offer to us, and we need to not abuse it so that we will get more deals like this in the future, so please do not share this information with anyone outside of the group.

CS5 Now Shipping
Entry posted on Apr 29, 2010 by Rob Huddleston

As of 9pm Pacific time tonight, CS5 is officially out there in the wild!

You can go to www.adobe.com to purchase your copy or download trials of the various products.

Our next user group meeting (next Weds) will be all about CS5, and we have some amazingly cool things to give away, so watch your inbox for more details in the next day or so!

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deesadler on Welcome!
11/12/08: Finally a picture. FTW!

darlingbliss on Welcome!
12/10/08: This is great. thanks for creating an easier way to communicate.

lobsterrn on Links from the April meeting
05/07/09: Hey, Rob, thanks for the links! Also, one thing I wanted to mention about the meeting, I like how we went around and people introduced themselves and gave a little about their backgrounds. I know some

Fred Ryals on BrowserLab Open for Registrations Temporarily
07/07/09: Rob, It sure would be nice if they'd open for sign-ups in the evening. The computers at work are locked down with FlashPlayer 8 and can't connect to the BrowserLab page. Fred

Rob Huddleston on BrowserLab Open for Registrations Temporarily
07/07/09: Fred, My understanding is that they are going to continue these short-notice periods for a bit longer, and then soemtime this month open the service up so that anyone can sign up any time.

waltdietric on BrowserLab Open for Registrations Temporarily
07/07/09: I agree Rob... just don't have the daytime access to the outside world anymore either

Fred Ryals on Another round of BrowserLab registrations now available
07/16/09: Rob, I just got back from walking the dog. Perfect timing... I'm in! ! !

Rob Huddleston on Another round of BrowserLab registrations now available
07/16/09: Good! I don't know if I can take credit or not, but I did ask the team to do sign-ups sometime other than the middle of the day, and it seems to have worked. Enjoy using it - it's pretty cool.

Mtndi on Last night's meeting
09/03/09: Hi Rob, Good meeting last night. Ted did a great job with a somewhat difficult subject. Thank you Ted! I thought that Joe was doing the Flash presentation in October? Here's my entry for the name of

Mtndi on Diane Blakley's Web Resources
01/03/10: I came across another weblink for accessibility issues. There's a toolbar add-in for Firefox to test your website's accessibility which is pretty convenient. It's from WebAim out of Utah State Univers