Friday, October 29, 2010

Adobe Demos Flash-to-HTML5 Conversion Tool [VIDEO]


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via Mashable! by Christina Warren on 10/28/10

When we talked to Adobe's Paul Gubbay about how the company sees Flash and HTML5, he made it clear that Adobe is very interested in supporting both platforms.

At Adobe's MAX conference the other night, that message was made manifest with a live demonstration of a Flash to HTML5 conversion tool, which is currently in the works. The tool is incredibly impressive in that it can convert full Flash animation into HTML5 on the fly.

Adobe already offers HTML5 plugins for Illustrator CS5 and Dreamweaver CS5. Adobe also offers an Illustrator CS5 export tool for HTML5 and JavaScript. What makes this Flash tool different is that it not only supports animations, but elements within those animations. Watch the demonstration video to get an idea of how users will be able to take elements from within the newly converted HTML5 code to re-insert elsewhere on a web page.

Those animations or interactions will now be viewable on all kinds of devices — including the iPhone and iPad. This is where we think that this HTML5 conversion tool has real possibilities. It's one thing to be able to convert a movie or animation — that's impressive — it's the resources within those Flash files, however, that are potentially more useful.

Adobe might be serious about wanting to push Flash and Adobe Air on mobile platforms like the BlackBerry PlayBook, HP's webOS and Google's Android, but that doesn't mean that the company isn't listening to its customers and providing cross-platform solutions that can work on the many different device types. Last week, for example, Adobe introduced a new HTML5 video player widget.

What do you think of the ability to convert Flash to HTML5? Let us know.

Reviews: Android, Google, adobe AIR, iPhone

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Monday, October 25, 2010

November Meeting: Fireworks Integration with Dreamweaver, Photoshop and Flash.

Date and Time:  TUESDAY, November 16, 2010 from 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Kline Branch - Dauphin County Library
530 South 29th Street, Harrisburg, PA 17104
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* Library now offers free WiFi to those with a DCLS library card so bring a laptop if you'd like to follow along *
Dave Lambert is the CPAUG Co-Manager and has been an active member of the CPAUG since 2004. He was a Web Designer for three years before being hired by the U.S. Federal Government. Dave currently works for the Defense Information System Agency (DISA) as a Customer Account Representative.  His  job is to be the face of DISA as they set up websites for the U.S. Navy on secure, Department of Defense (DoD) approved DISA servers. 
Adobe Fireworks is a wonderful vector-based program that makes it very easy to create designs, concepts and prototypes. Dave will continue our exploration of Fireworks by demonstrating how Fireworks interacts with Dreamweaver, Photoshop and Flash. His presentation will include how you can use Fireworks and Dreamweaver together to make quick, on the fly corrections to projects. Additionally, he’ll discuss how easy it is to add interactivity to Photoshop (PSD) files and the depth & control you have when exporting a Fireworks (PNG) file into Flash.
Meetings are always free of charge and open to the public. This Library branch does not allow food or drink.

Friday, October 22, 2010

WhatTheFont for iPhone Identifies Fonts on the Go [Downloads]


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iOS: The popular font-identifying web site WhatTheFont (our look) now has an iOS app, letting you quickly identify fonts you see outside of your computer screen. More »


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Apple Stops Bundling Flash with OS X [Mac OS X]


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via Lifehacker by Adam Pash on 10/22/10

We'd heard a few claims that the new MacBook Airs didn't ship with Flash installed, but today Apple confirms to Mac-guy John Gruber that, moving forward, they'll no longer ship Flash with their systems. If you're a Mac user, you'll likely need to manually install Flash next time you buy a Mac. [Daring Fireball] More »


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Lightroom or Aperture? 3 Factors to Consider


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via Digital Photography School by Elizabeth Halford on 10/22/10

Over on my blog, I entertain reader questions weekly. Today I got a question so great I wanted to share the answer with you fine people!

Q. "I have tried both Aperture and Lightroom and I can't make up my mind. So which one should I get?"

A. At first, one might give this reader the stock answer of "read reviews, try them both and see which one you like better." Unless you devote yourself wholly to soaking in every last drop of software goodness, I don't think that the standard 30 day trial is enough time to really get to know a program. Aside from reading reviews, there are two other things to consider when choosing a program.

{Support} In this case, the reader is torn between Lightroom and Aperture. I would suggest that he check out the support out there for the two programs to see how he will be supported in his (hopefully) long love affair with whatever program he chooses. I'm a LR gal myself. And my favourite website about LR is Lightroom Killer Tips. Upon Googling for a similar site for Aperture, I came up with The Aperture Blog. So do a little searching around and see how much there is out there to help you. Oh, and check out your current favourite photograbloggers and see what they're writing about. For example, does DPS have more information about one program over the other?

{Add-ons} Choosing a program is kind of like buying a new printer. Yeah, it's flashy and surprisingly cheap. But do the cartridges cost double another brand's? Check out the different add-ons and plug-ins for a program. Are there more presets for LR than there are for Aperture? How much do they cost? Are there free ones available for the program you're looking at?

Obviously, there are lots of factors to consider when choosing anything. Other than software, I generally lean towards favouring Apple products because their after sale support is so excellent. So, yes, inquire about support, read reviews and trial the product. But also consider the other two factors above when making the decision to settle on a program. Because you'll be married to that software for many years to come if you want to get the most out of it.

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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Fireworks Rapid Wireframing Meeting Recap & Audio link.

Fireworks Rapid Wireframing Meeting Recap & Audio link.

Thanks and Congrats!
Thanks to everyone who came out to the meeting last night. Congrats to Harris who won Adobe CS5 Design Suite and to those who won a book...or three!  

Meeting Recording & Files
We did record the meeting however it seems that only the audio recorded.  You should still be able to follow along nicely with the slides, files and audio.  They are all found on our website at the link below.

Shop Amazon for the Holidays via the CPAUG store.
Planning to do any shopping this holiday season online? If you start your shopping through the  CPAUG Amazon StoreCPAUG will receive a small percentage back from your purchases.  You do not have to only buy what's in the store - you can buy anything on Amazon - you just need to start your shopping via the store.  Thanks for your support!

General Updates
  • You voted and it's been decided that the CPAUG library has ended.  We will be raffling off the books at meetings from now on.
  • We will be creating a new (social!) website which we hope to launch starting in the new year.  We'll of course tell you when it's ready and we hope to make it much easier for you to communicate with the managers along with your fellow UG members. 

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Now For Sale On Apple’s iBookstore: Microsoft Press, O’Reilly Media Books

Now For Sale On Apple's iBookstore: Microsoft Press, O'Reilly Media Books

Starting today, O'Reilly Media will be selling some 600 titles in Apple's iBookstore, along with almost 150 more from (yes, ironically) Microsoft Press, whose books are sold and distributed by O'Reilly. The iBookstore is of course included in the free iBooks app for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch (iTunes link).

For now, the availability of O'Reilly and Microsoft Press titles is limited to the United States and Canada, however.

The titles from O'Reilly include Jeff Potter's Cooking for Geeks, David Pogue's iPhone: The Missing Manual, J.D. Biersdorfer's iPad: The Missing Manual, and Mark Pilgrim's HTML5: Up and Running. Definitely sounds like something for the iOS device carrying developer crowd.

Perhaps less so are the titles from Microsoft Press, which include Steve McConnell's Code Complete, Second Edition, Ed Bott's Microsoft Office 2010 Inside Out, and William R. Stanek's Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Administrator's Pocket Consultant. Although I'm sure those will look awesome on the iPad as well, and it obviously makes a lot of sense for Microsoft Press to get its titles distributed on as many platforms as possible.

Worth noting: since there's no DRM on ebooks sold by O'Reilly, it's easy to read titles purchased from the iBookstore on nearly any device with ePub support.

Andrew Savikas, VP of Digital Initiatives at O'Reilly Media, has blogged about the announcement as well and says the company intends to make the full catalog of titles from O'Reilly, Microsoft Press, and all of its digital distribution clients available in every territory with an iBookstore.

Savikas also points out that, as a solution for the fact that iBooks does not support updates fo...

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Adobe shares jump on Microsoft buy report

Report: Microsoft, Adobe CEOs meet to discuss possible Microsoft buyout

Report: Microsoft, Adobe CEOs meet to discuss possible Microsoft buyout

Gap Asks Facebook Fans for Alternative Designs to Derided New Logo


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via Mashable! by Jennifer Van Grove on 10/7/10

Gap unveiled yesterday a new logo Vice President of Corporate Communications Bill Chandler describes as, "a more contemporary, modern expression." Unfortunately, fans, designers and webizens everywhere seem to hate it, so much so that the company appears to be changing course.

Last night, Gap updated its Facebook Page — which displays the older navy blue box logo — with a status update asking fans to share their alternative designs for the Gap logo. "We love our version, but we'd like to see other ideas," the page reads.

The update also explains that official details on Gap's crowd-sourcing logo project will be revealed in the next few days — a clear sign that Gap is trying to act fast amid a sea of negative backlash that includes user-generated logo contests, a parody Twitter account and a Crap Logo Yourself website.

In an interview with Fast Company's design division Co.Design, Chandler says that the company will "establish a process" for handling community submitted logo designs. Chandler also expressed somewhat contradictory sentiments, explaining that the new forward-looking logo will be included as a part of the company's holiday advertising campaign. "But before the launch goes any further we're going to see what other ideas are out there," he said.

Score: Gap fans one, Gap zero. In fact, the turnabout time between logo launch to project-logo-backtrack was quite remarkable; we certainly think it's fair to credit the web and social media for Gap's immediate change of heart.

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