Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Improved Flash Player Support in Chrome


Sunday, March 28, 2010

What To Look Forward To In The New Photoshop CS5

What To Look Forward To In The New Photoshop CS5


The last couple of days and also the past week there has been a lot discussion and speculation around the launch of the new adobe creative suite CS5 especially Photoshop as I'm sure this is what most designers are most looking forward to the most from the CS5 suite.

Adobe are slowly drip feeding us new features and enhancements of the new Photoshop CS5, and I'm more than certain that they will keeping doing so until 13th of April 2010 when it's finally available to the public. This article we will discuss new features of adobe Photoshop CS5 and enhanced new features in Photoshop CS5

New Logo Design

current-photoshop-logo new-logo-cs5

Blue logo (OLD LOGO) – The current CS4 logo looks slick and sophisticated which uses the ever so popular letter pressed text effect.

Red logo(NEW LOGO) – The current logo is a lot better than the new logo i suppose it just needs to grow on me because I'm so use to seeing the CS4 logo, but still I'm not a big fan and prefer the CS4 logo.

What a Photoshop users would like to see in the new Photoshop CS5

This is a Photoshop user Gareth Hallnzm and what he would like to see in the new Photoshop CS5 when its launched in Spring 2010 April the 13th.

The New features and Enhancements

The New Selection Sneak Peak


This is a very interesting feature which I'm really looking forward to seeing more from which is the Photoshop selection technique, which is an enhancement of the current selection technique. The new enhanced of the selection feature will offer an new and improved edge detection masking results in less time, which means the selection feature will be a lot more responsive and easier to cut out images which contain a lot of thin sharp edges which are usually hard to extract such as hair within photos.

Below is just short video by Bryan O'Neil Hughes who is the product manger over at Adobe who gives you sneak peak of the selection technique in action.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Recorded Webinars with Flex and Flash (and Drupal, PHP, P2P, Multitouch)

Recorded Webinars from a couple of evangelists in Europe---talks are in English:

Building a Drupal Image with Flex - http://my.adobe.acrobat.com/p49576597/
With Adobe Platform Evangelist: Mihai Corlan - http://corlan.org/about/

Debugging Flex and PHP projects - http://my.adobe.acrobat.com/p38949820/
Again with Mihai

P2P programming in Flash - http://my.adobe.acrobat.com/p44261112/
With Adobe Platform Evangelist Tomas Krcha: http://www.flashrealtime.com/
(Lots of code snippits in this one)

Multitouch development in Flex - http://my.adobe.acrobat.com/p84912063/
With Adobe Evangelist: Piotr Walczyszyn: http://www.riaspace.net/

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

New Features in FlashBuilder 4

New Features in FlashBuilder 4

With yesterday's release of Flash Builder 4, I decided to post my 3 favorite new features in Flash Builder. These are just a few of the numerous changes, and may not be new to everyone, but they are a huge boost in productivity.

CS5 is coming!


Monday, March 22, 2010

Announcing Flash Builder 4, ColdFusion Builder, Flex 4, Flash Social Services

Announcing Flash Builder 4, ColdFusion Builder, Flex 4, Flash Social Services

Adobe has officially released the following: Flash Builder 4 (formerly Adobe Flex® Builder™) is a professional‐grade Eclipse‐based development tool for rapidly building multi‐platform rich Internet applications (RIAs) and content using the open source Flex framework. Developers can build more intuitive...

Friday, March 12, 2010

New UG Library Book: Head First iPhone Development A Learner's Guide to Creating Objective-C Applications for the iPhone

Be the first to read our latest book in the CPAUG library, Head First iPhone Development A Learner's Guide to Creating Objective-C Applications for the iPhone.  This book is on order currently so if you're interested, please reserve it now by filling out our Library Book Request Form.

Free Upcoming Webcasts and Online Conferences from O'Reily - Register Now.

March 17, 2010 at 12:00pm EST
Check the Webcast page for on-demand videos of past webcasts and more upcoming live events.

onOne Software Announces Availability of Free Versions of Photoshop Plug-ins PhotoTools 2.5 and PhotoFrame 4.5

New free versions of award-winning software products PhotoTools 2.5 and PhotoFrame 4.5 round out free resources for photographers, including free presets for Lightroom and Adobe Camera Raw, onOne Exchange and the new onOne University.

Portland, OR– March 11, 2010 – onOne Software, Inc., (www.ononesoftware.com) a leading developer of innovative, timesaving solutions for professional and advanced amateur photographers, today announced the immediate availability of two fully-functional Photoshop plug-ins: PhotoTools 2.5 Free and the new PhotoFrame 4.5 Free.  The free plug-ins for Photoshop are based on the award winning versions of PhotoTools 2.5 Standard Edition and PhotoFrame 4.5 Standard Edition and are compatible with Photoshop CS2, CS3 and CS4.

PhotoTools 2.5 Free and PhotoFrame 4.5 Free provide photographers with select content from the Standard Editions of each product, while maintaining the full-functionality, unlike the traditional restrictions of 30 day timed trials or watermarked images. The free presets for Lightroom 2, Adobe Camera Raw and the onOne Exchange allow photographers to streamline their workflow and get the most out of the onOne products they already own. The new onOne University underscores onOne's commitment to helping customers get the most out of their software investment by providing over 100 free training videos with even more training content planned.

"We are excited to offer these free versions of PhotoTools 2.5 and PhotoFrame 4.5 as a way for new users to experience onOne's award winning products," said Craig Keudell, president of onOne Software. "These free products, along with the Lightroom and Adobe Camera Raw Presets, onOne Exchange and onOne University are a way for onOne to give back to the photographic community and to continue to provide value to our onOne customers."

onOne Software Free Products and Resources include:   

PhotoTools 2.5 Free Edition - Based on the same feature set as PhotoTools 2.5 Standard Edition, PhotoTools 2.5 Free includes 15 of the most popular effects found in PhotoTools 2.5 Standard Edition. PhotoTools offers powerful action based effects that can improve images dramatically, making it easy to find, experiment, combine, apply and fine tune effects in an easy to use interface.  The 15 effects available in PhotoTools 2.5 Free range from reproducing classic photographic effects like Bleach Bypass and Cross Process, to reproducing film stock such as Kodachrome and Velvia, to modern effects including automatic skin smoothing.

PhotoFrame 4.5 Free Edition - Based on the same feature set as PhotoFrame 4.5 Standard Edition, PhotoFrame 4.5 Free makes it easy to add the perfect finishing touch to images, with 20 professional grade edges, backgrounds, textures and adornments.  PhotoFrame 4.5 Free offers an extremely easy way to browse, preview and add effects like frames, backgrounds and adornments to images, with the ability to stack multiple elements and control opacity, size and color.

Presets for Lightroom 2 and Adobe Camera Raw - Users get over 140 time saving Lightroom and Adobe Camera Raw presets designed by Photoshop Guru Jack Davis that help quickly correct color and tone and easily add creative effects.

onOne Exchange - The onOne Exchange is a free online resource that offers regularly updated content for PhotoTools and PhotoFrame and encourages users to upload their own actions and content.  There are over 65 presets from onOne Software and customers to date.

onOne University - Features over 100 free video tutorials to help customers quickly learn and get the most out of onOne Software products. New video tutorials covering a wide range of subjects are currently in the works.


PhotoTools 2.5 Free, PhotoFrame 4.5 Free, Lightroom and Adobe Camera Raw Presets are available immediately at no cost as downloads from onOne Software at http://www.ononesoftware.com/free.  The onOne Exchange is available at http://www.ononeexchange.com/ and onOne University is available at http://www.ononesoftware.com/university/.

About onOne Software

onOne Software, Inc., a leading developer of innovative software tools for photographers, develops time-saving software solutions for professional and advanced amateur photographers. onOne Software solutions have been created to help photographers spend more of their time behind the camera taking pictures instead of the computer workstation. Such solutions include a wide range of easy-to-use plug-in enhancements for Adobe® Photoshop®, Photoshop Elements, Photoshop Lightroom, Apple Aperture, Apple iPhoto and iPhone applications. Founded in 2005, onOne Software is a privately held company located in Portland, Oregon. Visit http://www.ononesoftware.com/ or call 1-888-968-1468 for additional information.

Company Contact: Mike Wong, onOne Software, mwong@ononesoftware.com, 503-968-1468 x 121

Press Contact: Addy Roff, onOne Software, aroff@ononesoftware.com, 503-968-1468 x 137

General press inquiries: press@ononesoftware.com

Online press center: http://www.ononesoftware.com/press/

Thursday, March 11, 2010

The Times Reader Stars in Adobe's Air Promo

The Times Reader Stars in Adobe's Air Promo

This Adobe (ADBE) promotional video is worth watching for a couple of reasons. It reminds you that the iPad is merely one of many devices that are going to be here in the next few months. Apple's antipathy toward Flash is surely one reason this video is out. It's a reminder that Adobe has a good platform for digital tablets.

That's especially true of Air applications like the New York Times Reader. As anyone who has used the Reader knows, this application replicates—and, in many ways, improves—the experience of reading the newspaper in print. It's definitely worth the price of a subscription because it puts the paper on the device. You always have access to it.

Like apps, the Air platform offers another point of entry to the reading experience. We've seen from the Wired video what magazines will look like in Air. So we know that the only issue that needs to be resolved is how best to present ads and whether they will be effective in this distribution channel.


Tuesday, March 9, 2010

CPAUG March Meeting Recap and News

NOTE: Revised 03-10-10 to fix link to Photoshop Vote

March Meeting Recap:
Adobe Captivate with Michael Dunmire
Thanks to Michael for his presentation on Adobe Captivate 4 where we learned the basics of Captive including what is it, the interface and best practices such as taking the time to plan and storyboard your presentation/training, using defaults as much as possible to save time, and creating a style guide for consistent presentation results.
  1. PremiumMemory.com is offering CPAUG members a 5% discount.  
  2. Lynda.com is offering CPAUG members a 20% discount on annual subscriptions. 
  3. DesignProVideo is offering CPAUG members a 40% discount on their online tutorial library.
Vote for Presentation Topics:

Please take a minute to vote on if you'd like to see these presentation topics at a future CPAUG meeting.  This is your group so please tell us what you want to see.

Seeking iPhone Developer to Present at CPAUG:

Several CPAUG members have expressed an interest in learning iPhone development.  If you know someone who may be interested in presenting on this topic, please contact Megan at CPAUGmanager@gmail.com.  Thanks!

Shop the CPAUG Amazon.com Store and support the group:Shop the CPAUG Amazon.com Store. CPAUG receives 4% back from anything that you purchase in our store.  All proceeds go back into running the group.  Thanks for your support! Power by Amazon.com

April Meeting Info:

Date and Time:  April 5, 2010 from 6:00pm - 7:45pm

Kline Branch - Dauphin County Library
530 South 29th Street, Harrisburg, PA 17104
Topic, Speakers & Agenda: TBD
Meetings are always free of charge and open to the public. Please note that this Library branch does not have free WiFi nor do they allow food or drink.

Monday, March 8, 2010

HP Slate Demo Shows Off Flash Support [VIDEO]

HP Slate Demo Shows Off Flash Support [VIDEO]

One of many upcoming tablet alternatives to the Apple iPad, HP's forthcoming Slate device was teased briefly by Steve Ballmer at Microsoft's CES keynote earlier this year. HP and Adobe teamed up to offer a couple of video demos of the HP Slate (embedded below), with an emphasis on showcasing its Flash and AIR support.

Punctuating even further Adobe's row with Apple over the lack of Flash on the iPhone and iPad, both videos lay it on thick with emphasis on how Flash support lets you "access the full web and not just a part of it." The first demo video below shows off photo-sharing and editing, interactive crossword puzzles, Flash games, and more as well as the on-screen keyboard and other elements of the HP Slate user interface. The second video is a 30-second marketing reel showing off the HP Slate in action.

We still don't have any more solid details about what's under the hood, when the HP Slate will be released or a target price, but these videos are another milestone in the brewing year of the tablet. The HP Slate has the distinction of being one of the few we know about that will run Windows 7. Are you excited about the new tablet form factor, and do you have a...

New UG discount: PremiumMemory.com


PremiumMemory.com is a leading online memory provider with a commitment to offer superior memory products and world-class service and support. PremiumMemory.com uses top quality components in all of our memory and we personally test every module sold to ensure the memory will work when you, our customer installs the memory. Because of our commitment to Premium Quality products, we back all of our memory with a Lifetime Warranty which means we will fix or replace any Premium Memory module if it fails.
In addition to our industry leading Lifetime Warranty, we also provide Toll-Free technical support if you have any questions or problems when installing or using your Premium Memory.
CPAUG members receive a 5% discount at PremiumMemory.com.  Please ask about the discount code at our meetings or email the CPAUG UGM.  You must be a CPAUG member to receive this discount.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Newest Library Book Additions: More Lightroom

CPAUG Library Book Request and Renewal Form:

Please fill out all of the information in this Book Request Form to request, hold or renew a library book.

Presentation Idea VOTE: Facebook to promote your buisness/brand

Use Facebook to promote your business/brand. Everyone from BBC America to Nutella is using it as another tool in their arsenal to promote their brand. (Not to mention Adobe Flash, Adobe Flex, Adobe Photoshop and CPAUG, too!)

Learn what's possible for your business on Facebook including FBML, Static FBML, and more. A general overview will be presented.

Would you be interested in a CPAUG session which would include an overview of how you can use third-party apps and proprietary coding to build your brand on Facebook?

Vote Now!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

That Whole Internet Thing's Not Going To Work Out

These are so fun... (Megan) 

That Whole Internet Thing's Not Going To Work Out

from SlateRemember the movies and TV shows where people had flying cars by 2000? They seem laughable now. It's hard to predict the future and how quickly technology will or won't develop. Farhad Manjoo has some pointers on how to make good predictions so you don't get laughed at later.

In 1995, Clifford Stoll, an astronomer, author, and mad-scientist type, published a column in Newsweek with a doozy of a headline: "The Internet? Bah!" The piece was based on Stoll's book, Silicon Snake Oil, in which he argued that we were all being taken for a ride by tech pundits who offered dreamy visions of a coming "information superhighway." "Baloney," Stoll wrote. "The truth is no online database will replace your daily newspaper, no CD-ROM can take the place of a competent teacher and no computer network will change the way government works."

Read some bad tech predictions and advice on how not to fall victim to them.

Peachpit Photo Club and Scott Kelby webcast

Peachpit announces the Peachpit Photo Club. On the third Tuesday of every month, at 8 p.m. EST/5 p.m. PST, join us for a webcast featuring your favorite digital photographers! The photographer will present some of their work, provide you with some insight and inspiration, and answer your burning questions.

To keep the creative juices flowing, Photo Club members will receive a fun assignment at the end of the session. Members can complete the assignment on their own, or team up with others in their area. Either way, once the assignment is completed, Photo Club members can upload their work to the Peachpit Photo Club Flickr Group where your friends at Peachpit, and some of our photography authors, will help critique your work. And of course, there will be a chance for prizes!

Peachpit Photo Club Presents Scott Kelby
Tuesday, March 16, 5pm PST, 8pm EST
Join photographer and bestselling author Scott Kelby for a live Webcast. sign up today!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Adobe Opens Up About Apple, HTML5 and Flash [VIDEO]

Adobe Opens Up About Apple, HTML5 and Flash [VIDEO]

Adobe Flash has been in the spotlight recently, and not for the right reasons. Now the company has opened up on the the iPad, iPhone and HTML5 debate in an exclusive interview with Mashable.

Fewer than two months ago, Apple revealed the iPad to the world. And while the company's highly anticipated device included a lot of features, Flash wasn't one of them.

A war of words soon erupted over the the multimedia plugin, with Flash responding to Apple and Steve Jobs ranting about Flash, stating that "the world is moving to HTML5."

What does Adobe think of all of this recent talk? Does Adobe see HTML5 as a potential rival to Flash? What about Apple's animosity towards Flash? All of these questions needed answering.

Notes: Interview with Aaron Filner

To get Adobe's side of the story, I traveled to Adobe System's San Francisco office to speak with Aaron Filner, the group product manager for the Flash platform. I'm going to let the video below do the majority of the talking, but I did want to highlight some key notes and takeaways from our conversation:

- The "battle" between HTML5 and Flash is a "misperception." They have co-existed for a while, Mr. Filner said, and Adobe has invested in helping extend HTML's technology.

- Adobe thinks the mobile web has gone in two directions: the open web via the browser and the application store.

- On Apple: It's Apple's decision whether or not it wants to support Flash. For now, it is supporting developers creating Flash-based apps for the iPhone app store.

- There has been some di...


Monday, March 1, 2010

March Meeting: Adobe Captivate with Michael Dunmire

March Meeting: Adobe Captivate with Michael Dunmire
Date and Time:
March 8, 2010 from 6:00pm - 7:30pm
530 South 29th Street, Harrisburg, PA 17104
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Michael Dunmire is a photographer and IT Administrator/Webmaster for the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General.  He uses Captivate both in photographic pursuits and at the Office for training & eLearning.  Michael has been using Captivate since version 1.

With Adobe® Captivate® 4 software, you can rapidly author professional eLearning content with advanced interactivity, software and scenario simulations, quizzes, and other engaging experiences — no programming or multimedia skills required.
What you can do with Adobe Captivate:
  • Screen recording and demos
    Capture and record screen activity and effortlessly synchronize audio and video.
  • Software simulations
    Develop and deploy engaging computer simulations and skill assessments.
  • Scenario-based training
    Rapidly develop soft-skills training with complex branching scenarios.
Who uses Adobe Captivate:
  • Learning professionals
    Quickly create interactive, engaging training simulations and scenario-based training.
  • Educators
    Rapidly create interactive and engaging tutorials and quizzes, even on a small budget.
  • Business and enterprise users
    Easily capture and communicate knowledge visually and effectively.
During the presentation, we will cover all three of these major area of Captivate, explore the user interface, discuss best practices, and then create a simulation from scratch.

Special Raffle from StockLayouts

We have a special raffle set up for our March meeting courtesy of our new friends at StockLayouts.com.  One lucky winner will receive a 3 month subscription to StockLayouts which grants full access to their entire graphic design template library – hundreds of templates with thousands of graphic elements.Two lucky winners will receive a copy of The Design Box which is a box of sample layouts that you can use for inspiration and to show clients.  Everyone will be able to snag a 50% discount coupon for a template of their choice. Be sure to check out their free samples. As usual, winner must be a CPAUG member and present to win.

Please RSVP below or email cpaugManager@gmail.com. Thanks.

Map/Directions for Kline Library: http://bit.ly/KlineLibrary
Meetings are always free of charge and open to the public.