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Adobe Creative Cloud Event @ Portland, Oregon

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I made a point to attend the Adobe Creative Cloud event in Portland at the wonderfully hip EcoTrust auditorium in the Pearl District near downtown. I try to make events sponsored by the various Portland Adobe User Groups when I can. This time, I was curious to see more of the new work-flows and approaches that Adobe is promoting in the Creative Cloud 2014 release. In particular, I wanted to see if they were addressing some of of the gaps that have appeared with the demise of staple tools Like Fireworks CS6. While there wasn’t a lot of specifics regarding the tools gap, they did demonstrate a number of things that differed from the Adobe keynote last month. Read more


AEPDX + 3DPDX - User Group Meeting - June 2013

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I went to the June AEPDX/3DPDX user group meeting in Portland recently. It was a good chance for some folks from Adobe and Maxon to show off the latest features of After Effects CC and Cinema4d Lite via the Cinemaware plugin. I have to say the new features are definitely pushing the product in the right direction. I think the tighter integration with Cinema4d is a good thing and will be looking to see how it evolves. The improvements to the warp stabilizer, including the new reverse stabilize feature is insanely great. I’ll be looking to do some some tests over the summer with that. It will take a while to delve into all the new goodies, but I think they will fill out my tool belt nicely as well as improve my workflow. Read more

Running through the Warp Stabilizer in AE CC

Webvisions 2013 - Portland, OR

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I went to Webvisions PDX 2013 this year. This is the third year in a row I’ve been to Webvisions at the Portland Convention Center. It’s a good show but you can tell it’s struggling a bit to find it’s comfort zone. I usually attend the Web-related workshops and sessions. This year I did two workshops on CSS3 UI Design and CSS3 Animation. I really found Rachel Nabor’s CSS3 Workshop and session to be pretty enlightening but also got me thinking about ways in which to apply this fairly bleeding edge tech. The obvious downsides to CSS3 animation is that there are very few tools to animate with so it’s mostly code driven, which for longer animations can be awkward. However the trend is obvious that Flash as a Web animation tool is in decline. That said, many of these techniques work well in small doses – but for the most part you need to set up triggers and timing with JQuery (at least in the short term). Read more

Webvisions 2013

Webvisions 2012 - Portland, OR

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There were some good sessions at Webvisions 2012 this year in Portland, OR. I had a busy schedule, so I was not able to attend the full second day. The highlights for me this year were the HTML5 game design workshop using ImpactJS and the ILM talk with Jeff White. I really liked seeing the visual progression of the Avengers and how large of a data flow multiple teams were working on. Read more

Webvisions 2012


UIE Roadshow 2009: Secrets Behind Designing Great User Experiences - Portland, OR

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The Thug team and I attended the UIE Roadshow session in Portland this year. Being a UX type group of designers and new media thinkers we thought it would be right up our alley. And it was, but I couldn't help but feel like I already knew a large number of the concepts discussed. Unfortunately, I had to cut out a bit early to make it back for a client meeting, but it was great to spend most of the day at the session and workshop. We also all went out for some tasty Chinese food for lunch. Read more


Day 3 of Adobe Max 2008

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Some of my favorite sessions over the past few days have been Von Glitschka’s illustrator/photoshop session and hearing about the evolution of a brand with the Toki Doki founder. All in all, this has been a great experience and really helps focus my energy for the coming year. Read more


Day 2 of Adobe Max 2008

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The day 2 presentation was great and it was fun to see some of the lighter applications of the Flash technology including running a C++ app inside of Flash. Read more


Day 1 of Adobe Max 2008

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Adobe Max 2008 is great! I am definitely digging the scope of this and the keynote was simply awesome! Was really good to hear some of the vision behind the Flash platform and how Adobe technology will be key for building new interactive experiences. I saw a lot of their material poised Flash to address some of the particular shortfalls that critics say that MS Silverlight provides. Read more

Adobe Max Opening Keynote 1/3

Arived in SFO for Adobe Max 2008!

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I arrived in SF this afternoon and took a shuttle over to the hotel downtown. Walked over to the conference center to pre-register and pick up my event materials. Moscone is decked out and looking impressive with huge banner and a sleek theme this year. Afterwards, I walked a few blocks more to meet up with my Dad and Ruth for dinner. I am looking forward to the start of the conference and the keynote on Monday! Read more

Moscone Center set up for Adobe Max