Edge Animate Power Workshop

In this project-based workshop, Joseph Labrecque teaches you how to use some of the more advanced features in Adobe Edge Animate 1.0, including responsive layout design, external data consumption, and dynamic content generation. You’ll also learn about using compositions on mobile devices, generating content from Flash Professional for use in Animate, and a variety of distribution mechanisms that go well beyond the standard web browser. All this will be demonstrated in the process of creating an animated logo, a responsive header, a dynamic slideshow, and more.

Edge Animate Power Workshop: Go Beyond the Basics
Duration: 4 hrs 20 min

In this workshop you’ll go beyond the basics in Edge Animate to begin exploiting the software’s full potential. The contents of this course include:

Introducing Adobe Edge Animate
In this introductory chapter, we’ll explore some basics of the Edge Animate application and build a foundation for the lessons to come.

Animated Cafe Logo
The lessons in this chapter demonstrate how to build an animated element from scratch using Edge Animate.

Building a Responsive Header
The lessons in this chapter demonstrate how to build a website header that takes advantage of Animate’s responsive layout capabilities.

Creating a Dynamic Slideshow
In this chapter you’ll see how to ingest externally managed data within an Animate composition that informs the dataset and navigational layout of a dynamic slideshow.

Targeting Mobile Devices
Edge Animate is created with mobile in mind. In this chapter you’ll see what this means to you and how to use the Edge Animate features related to mobile.

Edge Animate and Flash Professional
This chapter focuses on the relationship between what may initially be seen as two competing products – Flash Professional and Edge Animate – and demonstrates how they can be used together.

Distributing Compositions
Now that we have all these compositions on hand, what is the most effective method of distribution? This chapter will detail a number of ways in which compositions can be used across platforms.

Learning Adobe Edge Animate

I’m very pleased to announce that my new book “Learning Adobe Edge Animate” is now in print and available through the publisher and is soon to be made available a wide variety of international retailers such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and the like. For those looking for digital versions; these will be available shortly for iPad, Android, Nook, Kindle, et cetera.

Learning Adobe Edge Animate
Create engaging motion and rich interactivity with Adobe Edge Animate

Author: Joseph Labrecque
Publisher: Packt Publishing (October 2012)
ISBN-10: 1-8496-9242-4
ISBN-13: 978-1-84969-242-7
Pages: 368

Learning Adobe Edge Animate will detail how to use this professional authoring software to create highly engaging content which targets HTML5, CSS, and JavaScript. With modern web standards, designers can now create sophisticated animations which run directly in the browser environment. This book enables even those with little knowledge of HTML or programming web content to freely create a variety of rich compositions involving motion and interactivity.

Adobe Press: Mobile Development with Flash Professional CS5.5

I’m happy to announce that I’ve undertaken a new authoring project for Adobe Press along with co-author Peter Elst and video2brain! The project is titled Mobile Development with Flash Professional CS5.5 and Flash Builder 4.5 : Learn by Video and is available for preorder on the Adobe Press website and at Amazon.com.

At this point, I’m nearly half-way through recording my video segments for the project and feel as though everything is coming together really nicely. I’m using Flash Professional for most of my segments, although the lessons Peter is working on will cover Flash Builder as well. While the Flash Professional code editor definitely leaves something to be desired after doing so much work with Flash Builder, I’m finding the focus on Flash Pro to be a rather welcome one for myself. I expect recording to be completed during the first week of June.

Anyhow- this makes two major publications so far this year- both of them on topics that I just cannot get enough of!

Note that I’ve set up a page to include information for all my publications over at http://josephlabrecque.com/books/.

Mobile Development with Flash Professional CS5.5 and Flash Builder 4.5 : Learn by Video

Authors: video2brain, Peter Elst, Joseph Labrecque
Publisher: Adobe Press; 1 edition (August 26, 2011)
ISBN-10: 0321788109
ISBN-13: 978-0321788108

Mobile Development with Flash Professional CS5.5

After an industry debate that made headlines for months, designers and developers can use their Adobe Flash Professional, Flex, and ActionScript skills to quickly begin developing applications for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, as well as for Android devices. In this in-depth course, you’ll learn from the ground up how to set up your system to become a mobile developer, create applications, and master each step of the publishing process.

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DU CourseMedia™ Released!

The University of Denver Center for Teaching & Learning has (finally) released the DU CourseMedia™ Course Media Management System. This has been a focus of my work for the past 5 months or so and is one of the major CTL projects for 2009. Some may recall the mention of the DUVAGA system from time-to-time. CourseMedia™ is DUVAGA reborn.

DU CourseMedia(tm)

DU CourseMedia™ was developed by the Center for Teaching and Learning at the University of Denver as a course-based media presentation tool for organizing and presenting high quality images and videos to system participants. Although it was initially built with the needs of faculty in the school of art and art history in mind, DU CourseMedia™ is now used by faculty in many other disciplines in approximately 250 courses each term.

Through DU CourseMedia™, instructors have access to over 50,000 art and world history images and over 2000 library reserve videos. DU Course Media™ allows instructors to create online galleries that can include streaming video, images, text slides, discussion boards, quizzes, and voice narrations.

Some of the highlights of the new release are as follows:

  • Complete overhaul of how media objects are accessed
  • Entire media galleries can now be shared across permitted websites
  • Gallery object functionality is raised one level to become more accessible for users
  • The new Media Viewer is written from scratch with the input of DU faculty, staff and students
  • The Media Viewer is a Flash application written upon the Flex framework
  • The VPS Projection System, an application which runs upon the Adobe AIR runtime has also recieved a number of updates

I’ll be presenting on DU CourseMedia™ at the Adobe Education Leader Institute this summer.

To see an overview of the new features, you can check out a screencast produced by Alex Martinez, ColdFusion developer for the CTL.

A screencast specific to the Media Viewer was also authored by Jenn Light.