Archive for March, 2007

UPDATED: April 16, 2007
See the update below for more information, but the Adobe Creative Suite 3 Video Workshop is now available online!

In all the excitement of the CS3 launch event yesterday (March 27th), there was a bit of info that I didn’t see covered anywhere. From what I understand, all copies of the individual point products and the various bundle suites will include a special DVD. This DVD is the “Adobe Video Workshop“. It’s a pretty unique set of training and overview videos covering the gamut of CS3 products as presented by various members of the designer and developer community. There are also many member’s of the Adobe staff that have contributed to the contents. I am pretty excited about this myself, as I was fortunate enough to be asked to contribute three videos to the project:

This was the first time I had worked on recording a product training video; it turned out to be a challenging and fun project to work on. The individuals I worked with at Lynda.com and Adobe were extremely helpful in getting things done and putting the polish on the final product. I just saw the final versions of the videos I did back in December for the first time today, and I’m really quite pleased with how they turned out. The editing that the Lynda.com staff did is just tremendous. I haven’t seen the entire range of videos, but from what I understand the full version has a great interface and player mechanism to highlight the biographies and info about each of the video authors and allow you to navigate around through the various products and videos. I’m eagerly awaiting my copy to see it in its entirety. I’ll see if its possible for me to post a small snippet of the intro from one of my videos here. Otherwise, make sure to check it out when you get your various CS3 products when they start shipping. All of the videos should end up online, when I know for sure, and where that may be, (or if Im just imagining things) I’ll update this entry (updated – see below).

In the meantime, there are plenty of great videos online for CS3 products already at Lynda.com, including some fantastic videos about Apollo that Mike Chambers put together, and they are FREE! I also found out that there are several big CS3 packages coming soon from Lynda.com:

  • Dreamweaver CS3 Essential Training
  • Flash CS3 Essential Training
  • Illustrator CS3 Essential Training
  • InDesign CS3 Essential Training
  • Fireworks CS3 Essential Training
  • Photoshop CS3 One-on-One

From what I understand there are even more in the pipeline.

I want to give a special thanks to Tanya Staples of Lynda.com, Jen deHaan, Carol Linburn, Tim Wohlberg , Kathy Charneco, Sonja Brix, Fabian Padge, and Bill Perry of Adobe.com for the opportunity and assistance in working on the videos. Thanks guys!

One other quick-tip for any aspiring video-training authors – do yourself a favor and pick up a USB noise-cancelling headset. I can’t recommend highly enough the Plantronics .Audio 550 headset it drowns out all background noise including whirring hard drives and other ambient noise you might find around your computer.


The Adobe Creative Suite 3 Video Workshop is now live and available online! Jump directly to it here: http://www.adobe.com/designcenter/video_workshop/ or read more about it here: http://www.adobe.com/designcenter/video_workshop/about.html

It launched earlier today with over 200 videos. Tons of great content. You can find the three videos I contributed in the Device Central CS3 section or jump directly to them from the following links:

If you are considering purchasing any of the new Adobe CS3 products it should be really helpful. I highly recommend at least a quick look through the topics, products and new features the videos cover.

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Just a quick reminder that tonight at 7pmEST in Center City Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Flash Platform Adobe User Group will be hosting an Adobe CS3 Launch Event meeting. More details on the meeting, time, location, parking, etc. is available here. Hope to see you there!

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That’s right, you can now get the first public Alpha release of Adobe Apollo. The runtime, SDK, developer downloads, showcase gallery, the whole shebang. It’s available here: http://labs.adobe.com/technologies/apollo/

Also of note, the official press release from Adobe available here: http://www.adobe.com/aboutadobe/pressroom/pressreleases/200703/031907ApolloLabs.html

There should be tons of chatter and posts over the next few hours and days, so keep an eye on the MXNA agregator, especially the Apollo Smart Category

Apollo Documentation available here: http://labs.adobe.com/wiki/index.php/Apollo:Documentation

You can also grab a PDF version of the O’Reilly Apollo for Flex Developers Pocket Guide by Mike Chambers, Rob Dixon and Jeff Swartz.

Once you’ve got the runtime installed check out some sample applications here: http://www.adobe.com/go/apollo_samples as well as several other now public applications making their way out through MXNA.

A nice introduction to building your first Apollo app by Andrew Muller can be found here: http://labs.adobe.com/wiki/index.php/Apollo:Articles:Building_Your_First_Flex-based_Apollo_Application

Via Mike Chambers: “If you want to discuss Apollo application development with other developers, then check out the Apollo Coders mailing list.”

Also from Mike Chambers – he spent a couple of days down at the Lynda.com offices to put together a complete video overview / introduction to Apollo and the videos have just been posted. They are available for free from from Lynda.com here: http://movielibrary.lynda.com/html/modPage.asp?id=378 The videos cover everything you need to know to get started with Apollo development.

As an aside, I actually did some training videos for Adobe back in December/January through the fine folks at Lynda.com – I can’t mention what exactly the videos are about until after the 27th of this month, so stay tuned for more info on that.

Vidoes from Apollo Camp are now available at: http://video.onflex.org/

Great aricle about the Local File System API in Apollo by Darron Schall – read it here: http://labs.adobe.com/wiki/index.php/Apollo:Articles:Apollo_Local_File_System

Great series of entries about Apollo with examples and source by Rich Tretola on his blog.

I’ll continue to add more relevant links to this entry as they come my way. More to come…

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