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What I like about Adobe Acrobat DC

Adobe recently released a significant update to Acrobat. When I first opened the tool [viewing a PDF document], I saw the following (and felt a bit overwhelmed). Note the changes to the interface, particularly the options on the right for the given document.

View of a PDF document in Acrobat DC

Wow. There are a lot more options. As I started to investigate, I noted there is a tools tab (see above).  Read more »

Adobe Slate

Adobe recently released a new iPad only app focused on creating content. One can then view this content in browsers on any Internet connected device. The content is displayed in a manner appropriate for that device. The app is called Slate (I placed the logo below). The tag line “Make your words and images move” sums up the purpose of this app.

Adobe Slate Logo

In a nutshell, I find this app makes writing fun (and makes me want to write more and more about various topics). I find this app very easy to use. For those who create newsletters or need to publish announcements, this seems like an ideal app. There are a number of pre-built themes and most include various animation capabilities. Let’s investigate the app a bit more. Read more »

Adobe Comp CC

Adobe recently released a new app for the iPad – Comp CC. In many ways, this app reminds me of Adobe Proto. There are a number of differences. The most important is that one can create low fidelity wireframes or much more detailed mock-ups of a web site, print document or a mobile app. I do wish this was also available for Android devices. For those who do have an iPad, the download is free. You should see a screen like the following when you search for the app on the AppStore.

Adobe Comp CC in the AppStore

Once you open the app, you will be prompted to sign in with your Adobe id. This is a good idea as it allows you to upload your work via Adobe Creative Cloud and you can also work with your prototype in either Photoshop, Illustrator, or InDesign. Let’s examine some of the basics of using this app.

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Screen Capture Utilities

I have been helping a peer with one of their online classes this semester. They expressed an interest in learning about different tools to record the screen. I decided to take a different approach this week and provide this document I created for their use. This is an alternative approach to my typical weblog posts. I formatted the linked document using Adobe InDesign. The more I use that tool, the more I like it. One feature is the ease at which I can create a linked table of contents in the document. I hope readers like the linked document (it is a PDF file). I am curious what other tools should have been included in my list. What other suggestions would you have with respect to improving the linked document?

Fixel

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.

PaintCan

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 »

Premiere Elements Oveview

Last week, I had the honor of participating in a session on Premiere Elements taught by fellow Adobe Education Leader Sara Martin. She inspired me to further investigate this tool. Some of the ideas in this post came from her examples. As readers of this blog may recall, I am gradually learning how to use and employ video. I personally believe video if the language of the 21st century (especially as it relates to teaching and learning). I thought it might be appropriate to use some of the video I have generated in Photoshop (as a series of time lapse recordings) in Premiere Elements. Let’s see what was involved in my initial work with this tool. Read more »

Latest Adobe apps

A large number of enhancements were featured in the initial keynote at AdobeMAX on Monday, October 6. Since there were such a large number of enhancements and new features, I thought I would focus on the mobile apps [there were a number of new apps (and enhancements to existing apps)]. Readers of this blog (and those who know me), know that I am a firm believer that tablets and smartphones are content creation devices (in addition to devices which consume content). Just think of all the photos and recordings taken with smartphones over the past few years. That being said, these devices have a lot more potential than just being cameras. One can use the camera for many creative endeavors. Many of the apps released by Adobe on Monday demonstrate this capability. I am particularly impressed that they work well with the desktop applications many have been using for years (such as Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere). Read more »

Photoshop Mix

At our September Web Professionals and Adobe User Group meeting, Brian Anderson gave an excellent presentation on his Raspberry Pi Bramble (clustered computers). After the meeting, we had a follow on discussion about the need to teach how to develop applications to run on multiple computers at once. We also discussed how this might be used in various applications. Of course, I neglected to mention one example where this already happens. I thought it might be appropriate to continue that discussion in this weblog post.

I previously reviewed the iPad app Photoshop Touch (Photoshop Touch cheat sheet) and (Photoshop Touch for iPhones). There is another interesting app – Photoshop Mix which also runs on the iPad. Photoshop Touch allows one to make a number of edits on an image using the local processor. As long as you are connected to a network, Photoshop Mix allows you to offload some of the processing to Adobe Creative Cloud servers. Enhancements (such as straighten, shake reduction, and content aware fill) require a significant amount of computer processing. Being able to use external servers is a significant “game changer” for image manipulation. Let’s take a look at Photoshop Mix is more detail. Read more »

Behind the Screen – Adobe Acrobat

When I have the time, I try to provide feedback in the way of audio comments on student assignments. As we started the fall, 2014 semester, I also did this. Comments I have received in past semesters (from students) indicated that they prefer this sort of feedback. They have told me they feel like it is one on one review of their work. Personally, I find that I often provide more information via audio that I would typically type in a document. Essentially, I use Adobe Acrobat to create this feedback. I thought it might be helpful to share the overall process I use. Yes, there are many other approaches to accomplish this. Here is my workflow. Read more »

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