Adobe MAX 2016 in San Diego

Another Adobe MAX will soon be upon us and I am thrilled with what is coming up in the next few days! I’m writing this account of major event activities the day before my departure so everything is pretty well set in stone at this point.

Also – Happy Hallowe’en ;)

Having MAX in a city other than Los Angeles is very welcome. I’ve never visited San Diego before but am very much looking forward to spending a few days in what I’ve heard is a lovely city.

Adobe Animate CC: Introduction to Animation and Interactivity

Completely sold out for months now – I’m giving a 90 minute lab each day of the conference on Adobe Animate CC. It’s an introduction to some of the basic things people need to do when approaching Animate CC and we may even get into some upcoming features! (Just kidding. We will totally get into new features)

Adobe Animate CC is going to have a huge presence at MAX this year… so if you weren’t able to get into any of my labs – there are many other sessions, labs, and workshops to check out during the conference.

Adobe Animate CC is a professional tool used to create a diverse variety of project types including rich animations, compelling interactives, award-winning games, popular mobile apps, and more. Learn how to get started creating your own engaging animated and interactive content across multiple platforms using Animate CC in this lab.

Joseph Labrecque, interactive content designer and developer, will guide you through the following topics:

  • Capabilities of Animate CC to create a multitude of project types targeting a variety of platforms
  • Latest new features in Animate CC that you can use to really push the creative envelope
  • Time-tested tips and techniques that let you work fast and produce compelling content for your projects

Just as with last year, after the conference has ended, I will publish the (80+ page!) workbook for others to benefit from.

MAX Live Streams

There will be a live stream of the MAX keynotes and also a number of special guests during the conference that can be accessed over at http://www.adobelive.com/.

On Wednesday the 2nd from 6:00pm – 7:30pm, myself and a group of other experts will be demonstrating tips and techniques (and maybe even new features) live from the floor. I’ll be talking up some of the great things about the SWF file format. Really!

Read more details about the full live stream schedule in this post!

Adobe Community

On November the 1st from 5:00-6:30 Pacific will be a live stream of some great tips and tricks from a set of Adobe Community Professionals during the Community Summit.

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Just go to the above address and log in as a guest to attend.

Adobe Education

There is also an event being put on by the Adobe Education team Tuesday morning. This half-day event is a special opportunity for educators to hear from great speakers on topics impacting education such as: virtual and 3D reality, the creative canvas, and preparing students for the creative economy.

If you’re an educator in San Diego on Tuesday morning, check it out!

See you there!

I look forward to seeing a bunch of people from both the Adobe Community Professional and Adobe Education Leader communities during MAX this year! I know a ton of fellow authors from Lynda.com / LinkedIn Learning, Pluralsight, Peachpit, and more will be on site as well. It will be wonderful to reconnect.

Also – if you see me around during the conference please do say hi. I love meeting people from the wider community as well!

 

Adobe Education Leaders – Summit 2016

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It’s that time of year again – July means another AEL Summit is upon us. This year, we’ll be meeting in New York City for the North American summit and I’m really looking forward to connecting with other AELs and members of the Adobe Education team! I’m able to give a short talk this year as well – which should be very interesting considering the past 5 years or so…

Surviving Industry Disruption in Higher Education

Joseph Labrecque

This talk will explore how industry upheaval can affect institutional teaching and learning systems which make use of technology for media delivery and student interaction. With the tsunami of change introduced by mobile devices, adaptations in streaming technology, preferred file formats, and delivery platforms – there is a lot at stake when considering how systems must adapt to these changes to remain useful and beneficial. How is it possible to not only survive such monumental disruption – but even excel at adapting to the new order… while carefully weaving previous workflows, technologies, and standards into a changed world?

Call-To-Action: Embrace change without killing the past

It’s been a very busy year for me – and the Summer months are no exception to this. I’m hopeful that this summit will also provide some refreshment and additional energy to help me along, as it always seems to do!

Those interested in following along with the AEL Summit this year can keep an eye on #AEL16.

Speaking at Adobe MAX 2016

Just a note that I will be speaking at Adobe MAX in San Diego this year… on Animate CC, of course!

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I’m scheduled to provide a lab which goes over the basics of animation and interactivity within Adobe Animate CC – so please do let people know that introductory sessions are available for those who are coming over from Edge Animate… who have neglected Flash Professional over the past few years… or even those new to Flash/Animate! All are welcome ;)

Adobe MAX | The Creativity Conference | November 2-4, 2016 | San Diego, CA | Hear me speak at MAX. | Learn more

More on Adobe Mobile Apps

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There has been a significant rush of positive news around Adobe mobile apps and Android recently. So much news that I have decided to just lump it all into this one post.

Android Mobile Apps
I’ve been highly, highly critical of Adobe over the past few years when it comes to their mobile strategy and choice of supported platform [singular]. Many of the reasons as outlined here, are historical. Many others – perhaps more – just simply make sense when looking at the current mobile landscape and the growing Creative Cloud adoption rates.

Well Adobe has been working on Android support (as you can see in the above image) and they are actually doing it really well. 2015 is the year of a truly fair and cross-platform Creative Cloud in all respects. Congratulations, Adobe – and thank you for listening to us Android users!

We’re working hard to develop Android phone support for some of our most popular apps. But we want to do it right, in a way that complements the strengths of the Android user experience and design. While we can’t offer specific release dates, you should expect to see the first of these apps starting in Summer 2015.

Read more over at http://blogs.adobe.com/creativecloud/what-about-android/

Android Mobile Apps Beta Program
Not only is Adobe working on bringing their Creative Cloud connected mobile apps to Android – but they are being pretty open about the beta process as well… which is just awesome! I cannot share images or videos of the apps in action, but I can invite you to join the beta program and try them out on your own Android devices.

Having used these apps on both an iPad Mini and Android Galaxy S4 and witnessed first-hand how all of this syncs up so beautifully across these devices and my Windows desktop and laptop machines using Creative Cloud Libraries… I urge everyone to take advantage of this openness and help Adobe make these apps as solid as possible – while showing them that Android users are creative too ;D

The Adobe Android beta program gives you access to the latest versions of several Adobe apps before the general release. Our goal with the beta program is to improve app performance, stability, and to gather feedback from users on how we can improve the apps.

Join the Android app beta program over at https://plus.google.com/communities/115649485021140879434

Finally: Photoshop Touch
This application has always been a bit of strange one, as it remained the only “touch app” from a host of mobile applications which started on Android when Kevin Lynch was still Adobe CTO. The new apps are all laser-focused, Creative Cloud connected, and direct… while Photoshop Touch remains a beast in a box. It just makes sense for Adobe to kill it so that resources can be allocated elsewhere (Android, anyone?) and I’m kind of surprised it took this long, actually.

When we introduced Photoshop Touch several years ago, it was an all-in-one solution that mirrored the desktop version of Photoshop. But today, we believe that our new mobile solutions, when connected together and to the desktop, vastly expand creative possibilities.

Read more over at http://blogs.adobe.com/photoshopdotcom/2015/05/photoshop-mobile-apps.html

Adobe, again… thank you for listening!

Adobe EdEx Group: Flash Exchange!

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Flash Exchange is a group for discussion and resource sharing around the Adobe Flash Platform with a focus on education and educators.

All Flash-related content and interest is welcome: Flash Professional CC, Flash Player, AIR, HTML5 Canvas and WebGL, animation, creative tooling, Adobe Connect, Adobe Media Server, ActionScript, JavaScript, Flex, Starling, Feathers, Away3D, mobile development, apps, games, video streaming, et cetera…

http://edex.adobe.com/group/flx

 

More about the Adobe Education Exchange:
The Adobe Education Exchange is your online hub to help ignite creativity in your classroom. With instructional resources, professional development, and peer-to-peer collaboration, you’ll find the support you need here.