Adobe Media Server, Apache, and Windows

I’ve been meaning to write about this for some time, for the benefit of anyone else who encounters the problem. Things are going to get crazy around here, so I might as well get this out there and out of my drafts! The problem itself is that we run a number of Adobe Media Server 5 instances at the University of Denver and after an upgrade over the Summer Quarter, streaming and stability pretty much went from 100% reliable to “we need to find another streaming solution”. So the setup is AMS5, bundled Apache 2.4, and Windows Server 2012. On

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Adobe and Android: Lightroom Mobile and the Creative SDK!

Before getting into Lightroom Mobile for Android, I want to take a few moments to examine some recent history around Adobe, Android, and most specifically Apple. This is going to sound like complete lunacy for many of you over the first few paragraphs – but stay with me… or skip ahead. One more chance. Just want positive stuff around Lightroom? Skip my ranting. Full-on Rant Time Remember this completely unprecedented bundle of lies perpetuated by the Jobs back in 2010? Flash and Flex developers the world over wrote lengthy rebuttals to this filthy rag and the fight for truth was on…

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Application Cursors in Adobe Connect

I use Adobe Connect a lot. Either doing remote presentations myself or attending the presentations and demonstrations of others. Something that always bothers me is when I’m in a session and the presenter apologizes during the demonstration that the application cursor is hidden by Connect. This used to be the case (Connect has it’s own default cursor which overrides any application cursor changes) – but for a long while now those of us who run meetings have been able to choose to show application cursors in Connect. How come no one knows this?!? Even Adobe doesn’t seem to understand that this is an

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Announcing AS3-WebVTT

AS3-WebVTT is a set of ActionScript 3.0 utility classes which enable the parsing and sorting of standard WebVTT (.vtt) files for video captioning. Why write a WebVTT parser in AS3? Simple. A lot of video is still served with Flash Player or AIR – we certainly still use it extensively at the University of Denver. Recently, we’ve found the need to integrate captioning through a standard format across our video delivery tools. We settled on support for the WebVTT standard and now make our work available for everyone. Another example of web standards and Flash innovation working hand in hand! So how is it

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Running Phaser as a Chrome Application

When I was testing out different mobile platforms for my new Lynda.com course, HTML5 Game Development with Phaser, I wanted to also explore how everything runs in both desktop and mobile browsers. Just pulling something up in Chrome for Android (for instance) works wonderfully… but you have to deal with browser chrome. I found a neat way to get around that and allow use of the prepared icon set to function as a shortcut to launch the game inside a nice, simple Chrome engine instance without all the browser UI.  This works for Chrome, in both the desktop (Windows 8.1,

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Mobile App Tool with Brackets and TopCoat

I came across this new tool from Intel this morning: Intel XDK. I remember looking at this a while back in it’s previous incarnation but it wasn’t as appealing at the time. It didn’t offer much over other IDEs and the relience upon a login with Intel was off-putting. Since that time… and after the pain involved in teaching a course on PhoneGap – I’ve been looking for a solid tool I can recommend to my students which integrates a lot of the steps and tooling involved in mobile app development using PhoneGap. I want something you can code in,

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Another update to LevelUp for Photoshop CC: Level 5

LevelUp for Photoshop is a game of missions — and points and rewards — that guide you along the way of learning basic Adobe® Photoshop® CC software skills. If you are just starting to use Photoshop, this is the game for you. We just shipped an updated version of LevelUp that contains a new, fifth, level. This new level has missions to help you create a poster, which is a bit different from the first four, which are all related to photography. New in this version (1.1.0) of LevelUp for Photoshop CC: An additional level to attain – Level 5:

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