ACATestPrep: Animate CC Updates

ACATestPrep: Animate CC 2017

The full set of Flash Professional project tutorials over at ACATestPrep have been updated for Animate CC 2017! These videos target the current ACA certification exam objectives for Adobe Animate CC.

ACA Test Prep is the subscription only set of resources from brainbuffet.com. The best video tutorials for the ACA exams from the top certifying teachers in the world! Get training that’s PROVEN effective in your own classroom!

https://acatestprep.com/flash/animate-cc15/

Beginning Adobe Animate CC: Learn to Efficiently Create and Deploy Animated and Interactive Content

The new Animate CC book by Tom Green and myself has just been published by Apress!

Beginning Adobe Animate CC: Learn to Efficiently Create and Deploy Animated and Interactive Content

Use solid and practical exercises to master the fundamentals of Adobe Animate CC. This is one of the first comprehensive books on Adobe Animate CC to thoroughly examine and demonstrate how to create and deploy interactive and motion design content to mobile, tablet, and desktop screens.

Using a series of carefully developed tutorials, Beginning Adobe Animate CC will lead you from basic Animate CC document workflows to the point where you can create animations, interactive projects, and anything else using a variety of techniques. Each chapter focuses on a major aspect of Animate CC and then lets you take over with a series of “Your Turn” exercises that let you create amazing projects based on what you have learned.

Beginning Adobe Animate CC focuses on the core skill set needed to master Animate CC and while you are at it, you will be guided to the mastery of the fundamentals, such as drawing tools, movie clips, video and audio content, text, graphics, external data, components, and a solid overview of the code you need to know to take your skills to the next level.

Grab a copy from Amazon if so inclined: http://a.co/dBtLtyO

ACP Denver Event

Last week I had the fabulous opportunity to hang out with a number of ACPs (Adobe Community Professionals), other community members, and some Adobe staff from the communities programs. Adobe has been doing more outreach in these areas in an attempt to build up the community through specific regional summits like this over the past year or so. I think it’s wonderful.

Presenting on Animate CC w/ Myra Ferguson

During the full-day portion of the event, I was fortunate enough to be asked to speak on Animate CC alongside fellow author Myra Ferguson. Check out Myra’s new book coming out very soon!  Take a peek at some of mine if you like, too. It’s GREAT to finally have so many resources around Animate CC out there – I think this is all worth celebrating! #FlashLives ;)

Thanks to Tricia and Preran for coming all the way out to Denver and to all present for the wonderful conversations!

Pluralsight: Animate CC Programming

Happy to announce a new course has recently released on Pluralsight: Animate CC Programming!

This course will teach you the basics of programming Animate CC content using JavaScript, ActionScript, and even a handful more of advanced topics.

Do you know the drawing and animation tools in Adobe Animate CC but want to start using interactive elements in your projects? If so, Animate CC Programming is the perfect course for you. In this course, Animate CC Programming, you’ll learn the basics of programming in both JavaScript and ActionScript within your Animate projects. First, you’ll learn the fundamentals of programming in a general sense. Next, you’ll explore how to apply that knowledge within Animate CC itself. Following that, you’ll discover the basics of user interaction and timeline manipulation. Finally, you’ll look at some more advanced practices when working with your code. When you’re finished with this creative programming course, you’ll not only be able to apply interactive and dynamic elements to your existing Animate CC projects, but also have a foundation to build upon for even more advanced creations.
Length: 2h 21m
Published: January 20th 2017

Check it out!

Twenty-Seventeen

I’ve been on vacation for nearly three weeks now… though this time is approaching an end, it’s been a great reflective experience for me. If you are able to take a few weeks off from your regular job like this – I highly recommend you do so.

Anyhow, I don’t have much to say in reflection of the past year. It was very busy for me – which is both good and bad. I published the first major book on Animate CC with Peachpit (with a focus on the ACA objectives), a bunch of Animate CC courses for Lynda.com / LinkedIn Learning and Pluralsight, spoke at Adobe MAX in San Diego and at Parsons/The New School in New York City for the AEL Summit, and have done so much more through collaboration with Adobe Learn, the Animate CC team, the Adobe Education and Community teams,  and others…

Looking forward… I have a new book on beginning Animate CC through Apress co-authored with Tom Green which wrapped right before Christmas, a new Pluralsight course on programming fundamentals with Animate CC which I’ve just recently completed recordings for, and a number of new Lynda.com / LinkedIn Learning courses being planned. I’m also nearly ready to record updated material for the Animate CC course on ACATestPrep! I’m not sure how busy my 2017 will become… but I do hope to gain more control over my schedule and workload. This is a professional priority for me.

As indicated, after 2+ years of pretty much going non-stop, I need to scale back and get more control over my time. I’ve already started this process over the past year with a freeze on new consulting projects. I’ve said “no” to a LOT of people on both general consulting services and more tangible software development projects.

I hope to release a new album of music under An Early Morning Letter, Displaced this year. About 40 minutes of material has been recorded over the past few years and I simply need to write a bit more… and commit to releasing it. This is a priority for me… but creative endeavors run by their own schedule. No title to announce yet. It’s been difficult.