ACATestPrep: Flash Professional CC 2014 – Six projects to Awesome Flashness!


I have recently had a video course published through BrainBuffet ACATestPrep which focuses on preparation for the Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) “Interactive Media Using Adobe Flash Professional” certification exam.

ACA Test Prep is the subscription only set of resources from 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!

This course takes a project based approach to hit all of Adobe’s ACA objectives for this certification through a number of project types, including; Animated Logo, Classic Animation, Interactive Web Ad, Mobile App Project, and more!

ACATestPrep also has courses to prepare you and your students for certification exams on Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, Premiere Pro, and InDesign!

Adobe MAX 2014

Adobe MAX October 4-8, 2014, Los Angeles, CA

My first Adobe MAX was 2008 in San Francisco. This was also the time when I first stepped into my role as an Adobe Education Leader. As a result of these two events coinciding… I always look forward to connecting with both the wider Adobe community and specifically the ACP and AEL groups during community and education events. If you are involved in education and will be at MAX – check out the #CreateEdu Unconference on Sunday!

I have been to every single MAX since that time… so it’s strange that this will be the first time since then I will not be in attendance or speaking. I’ll certainly miss seeing everyone from the community leader, user group, and education teams… but I can’t feel too bad, as my wife and I will be celebrating 10 years of marriage somewhere very tropical. Good excuse, right? Next year, friends!

Go ahead and register – there is still time!


AEL Advisory Board (Adobe Higher Education)

Pleased to announce that I am the newest higher education representative on the Adobe Education Leader Advisory Board. The process involves being nominated by the current board members and then having nominees undergo an election among the AELs of a particular segment. The board itself exists within the AEL community as a way to provide direct representation of an AEL segment (in my case, higher education) to the Adobe Education Team. As you can see below; the board is full of stellar AELs and I’m happy to be working with them in the coming years!


Higher Education:
Matthijs Clasener
Tom Green
Joseph Labrecque
Mark Shufflebottom

Kelly Kermode
Renaldo Lawrence
Dustin Parrish
Ian Usher

Megan Townes

Congratulations to Renaldo Lawrence and Megan Townes who are also new to the board.

Creative Cloud Event Denver 2014 – RECAP!


On July 10th, 2014 – I had the pleasure of presenting alongside fellow Denverite Paul Trani for the Denver Creative Cloud Event. Thanks to all who came out to learn about much of what is new in Creative Cloud! It might be surprising to some, but in the 3 hours given, we were barely able to scratch the surface of everything that is new in this 2014 milestone.

We had a full house at the venue – and below are a few photos of the event and its aftermath.

The Create Now 2014 Denver crowd!
The Create Now 2014 Denver crowd!
Preparing for the presentations! (photo by Leslie Labrecque)
Preparing for the presentations! (photo by Leslie Labrecque)
A celebratory absinthe!
A celebratory absinthe!

Have photos from the event? Please share in the comments!

Adobe Day at DU


As part of my “day job” at the University of Denver, I try to both get university people interested in Adobe solutions and provide the means for Adobe people to get information to the university. One mechanism that has been set up for this is the ability to hold small, mini-conferences on campus with Adobe representatives. I was able to help organize one such event, yesterday.

The focus of this event was Creative Cloud and the Digital Publishing Suite. I was asked to speak on some of the Edge Tools and Services and also touch upon some of the good things happening with Flash Professional and the Flash Runtimes.

My slides are below for those who might be interested.