Archive for the 'Adobe' Category


Fixel is an iOS app from Adobe Labs which runs on either iPad or iPhone. Sorry, no Android capabilities. Many thanks to my colleague, Matt Clasener, for making me aware of this app. Essentially, it allows you to clean up your images (remove unwanted litter from a photo, for example). The logo is shown below.

Fixel Logo

When you open the app for the first time, you are presented with a short tutorial. A screen capture of the gestures is shown below.

Fixel Gestures

Essentially, you highlight the part of the image that you want to “clean up” and Fixel does the rest. I thought the easiest approach would be to show you a short video covering the fundamentals of this tool.

Fixel from Mark DuBois on Vimeo.

What experience do you have with this app? How might you use it? As always, I look forward to your comments.


I recently became aware of an interesting app from Adobe Labs – PaintCan.

iOS PaintCan app

Many thanks to Tom Green for making me aware of this iOS app (sorry, no Android version). For those of us with limited graphical talent, we can now paint using just our fingertip. We can work with part (or all) of an image and apply brush strokes. There are a number of examples provided and a variety of presets. Read more »

PhoneGap Build

I have made a number of weblog posts on PhoneGap, PhoneGap Build and Dreamweaver in the past (just use the search box on this page and look for PhoneGap to see those entries). However, there have been a number of changes to the default templates with the release of Dreamweaver CC 2014. I have received several comments recently asking for updates as to how to build mobile apps using the latest version of Dreamweaver and PhoneGap Build. Therefore, I thought I would provide this overview. Read more »

Adobe Premiere Clip

As we approach the holidays, I thought it might be appropriate to cover one of the relatively new Adobe apps – Adobe Clip (aka Adobe Premiere Clip). This was released along with a host of other apps on October 6, 2014. I previously covered these briefly in a weblog post. One of the nice features in Premiere Clip is the ability to trim existing video (shot on either your iPhone or iPad). You can also stitch the video together, include transitions (such as cross fades) and either publish your work directly or import it into Adobe Premiere Pro for further editing. Let’s examine this app in more detail. Read more »

Teaching a MOOC – results

Now that the web design MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) is concluded, I wanted to share some final thoughts. I also thought it would be appropriate to indicate overall success rates. Read more »

Teaching a MOOC – technologies used

In my last weblog post, I focused on an overview of the Adobe Web Design MOOC which I recently taught. In this post, I thought I would focus on the technologies employed. One insight which came through loud and clear is that one must be highly fluent with a number of technologies. Obviously, this includes the technology being taught. However, there are many other supporting technologies which one must also be very competent with. I can not stress this enough – you must be able to anticipate any issues which may arise and have alternate approaches ready. One must also have a very robust and reliable network. Sadly, I was unable to run any of these sessions at school because of this last fact. I wish some of my current students could have seen what was involved in the development and presentation of course materials. Let’s focus on some of the technologies employed. Read more »

Teaching a MOOC

I had the opportunity (and unique honor) to teach a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) on Web Design recently. [Actually, the course is still in progress as final assignments are due on Nov. 2, 2014.] I wanted to share some observations and insights about the process as well as the technology. There will be a series of posts covering my experiences. In this first post, I wanted to share what the actual course looked like. But, before getting started, I want to offer my thanks and appreciation to my colleagues Greg Hodgson (@greghodgson) [London vicinity] and Jason Carthew (@jasoncarthew) [Sydney vicinity] for their help and collaboration. Their help made it so much easier to offer this class. In this blog post, I wanted to provide a short overview of the class and cover a bit of the technology. Read more »

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