AIR: what is it good for?

Still trying to figure out the practical usefulness of the Adobe Integrated Runtime (AIR). Interesting points in the second paragraph of this Adobe blog: AIR as “PDF of the Web 2.0”. He’s proposing that AIR do for all (other) mobile devices what the App Store is doing for the iPhone. AIR bascially lets you take […]

Good free, online video utilities

Even though we use all the high-dollar professional video editors and encoders at my work, for personal stuff and recommendations I always try to watch for what’s out there free, keeping track of them in my Google Notebook. A recent article on this subject on Lifehacker reminded me of some of these, and the comments […]

Learning Flash/ActionScript

We had some discussion at the last meeting re. Flash and its scripting language, ActionScript. Flash started as an animation program, using a keyframe/timeline model, and it can still be used this way. But to achieve the full power of the modern Flash, you’ll want to learn some ActionScript. ActionScript is now at version 3.0, […]

MAX 2007 Report

Thanks to everyone who came to the meeting last week for the MAX 2007 Report. Here’s the presentation file: MAX 2007 Report PowerPoint. This file is a summary of my conference notes. Here’s the discussion outline/intro screen: Intro Keynotes/General Sessions Selected Sessions Special Interest Conclusions Questions/Comments Here’s the conclusions/summary screen: AIR is the current Big […]

Notes from MAX

I’m at the Adobe MAX convention this week and will give a report on the Adobe announcements etc. at our October meeting. In the meantime, here are the notes I’m taking in a public Google Notebook. The sections show up in reverse chronological order (newest first). I’ll continue to add to it through Wednesday. Hope […]

Tom Dent CS3 presentation

Here are my notes and observations from today’s meeting. Since there was a lot of info, I pretty much just wrote down what was new to me (or what I’d remembered hearing before but forgot). Therefore, please send any additions/corrections and I’ll add them and credit you: It was the best attendance I remember at […]

Adobe, mobile devices, and the iPhone/iPod touch

As I’ve mentioned before (in April, June, and July), Macromedia and now Adobe have been strongly emphasizing the importance of developing for mobile devices for years—since at least the 2003 MAX conference that I remember. But I’ve been hearing some discouraging words regarding Flash—i.e., the lack of it—on the iPhone and iPod touch. From Roughly […]

O’Reilly book on Adobe Integrated Runtime: free PDF download

A new pocket guide on Adobe Integrated Runtime (AIR) from O’Reilly is available on Amazon but also as a free PDF download from Ajaxian.com. Adobe Integrated Runtime (AIR) for JavaScript Developers Pocket Guide covers: Introduction to AIR Getting Started with AIR development Working with JavaScript and HTML within AIR AIR Mini Cookbook Command line tools […]

Adobe Community Summit report

The following is an HTML version of the the PowerPoint file from today’s presentation. These are talking points only; if you have questions email me or check the Adobe site. What’s in it for you? Make professional plans based on what’s coming up in the future Download beta apps sooner to evaluate, and perhaps influence […]

Where’s Director?

Director 11? This year? Ever? (added 6-17-07: Adobe is offering a Director MX2004 eSeminar this Wednesday June 20 and again on July 24. Doesn’t sound like anything new in itself, but the fact that it’s occurring does indicate the program isn’t dead.) On Tuesday, Gary Rosenzweig said yes, Director 11 will be out this year. […]