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An Offer I Can Refuse

Submitted by Leo Klein on Wed, 11/21/12 (1:23pm)

Sorry, Adobe but your emails offering me, 'All the CS6 you want -- just US $19.99 per month', is probably the dumbest thing I've ever heard. I'm frankly not interested in renting out software on a monthly basis.

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Adobe Day at UIC

Submitted by Leo Klein on Wed, 5/9/12 (3:35pm)

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Saw the demo for 'Adobe Creative Suite 6' -- Adobe's software lineup which is about to receive an upgrade. Interesting how the topics tended to reflect developments in the online world: tablet computers, 'cloud' computing and (for Dreamweaver at least) 'responsive' design. Some things were better thought out than others. $300/yr for cloud-based software and document storage seems a bit high. Also, I'm not sure why Photoshop has to do video.

Anyway, interesting presentation nonetheless.

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Thank You, Flash, for Showing Us the Way!

Submitted by Leo Klein on Wed, 11/9/11 (6:56pm)

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So the big news is that Adobe is ending Flash development for mobile devices.

Everyone's assuming, for this reason, that Flash's days are numbered. And well they may be, in which case, there's no better time to extol its virtues -- particularly the contribution it's made to our online world -- than now.

It's important to remember that before the Web, most communication online was largely through command line input. In fact, one of the great 'side' achievements of the WWW was that it liberated us from this tyranny, giving us a 'graphical user interface' instead. In the library world, this was the difference between DIALOG which only a consultant could make head or tail of and current versions of Ebsco or Proquest.

Flash (and its predecesso­r, Shockwave) took this a step further by introducing a far higher level of interactivity. It allowed us to click on things, enlarge them, drag them across the browser window. It allowed us to better coordinate various types of media -- images, audio and video -- into a unified user experience. In fact, it did this with video so well that many people nowadays think of Flash as primarily a video delivery system.

And maybe it is, or was. Things move on. What we used to do in Flash, we're slowly being able to accomplish using Javascript, CSS and eventually HTML5. That's the path -- but it was Flash that showed us the way.

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In a Perfect World (Adobe Acrobat Ed.)

Submitted by Leo Klein on Thu, 12/9/10 (9:04am)

Adobe Acrobat So I'm reading about 'Reembedding Fonts in a PDF':

"In a perfect world, all parties which contribute to a regulatory filing would properly embed fonts. Unfortunately, we don’t live in a perfect world . . . there are times when you may need to embed fonts as a post process."

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Go to Bed with Adobe, Wake Up with Growl

Submitted by Leo Klein on Fri, 7/23/10 (2:19pm)

Here's something I didn't know until it was too late: If you've got a Mac and download the trial version of Adobe's Creative Suite 5 (CS5), they install without telling you an application called 'Growl' which then starts displaying pop-up messages on your desktop.

To what purpose you might ask? Why -- in their words -- "to invite users to receive complimentary benefits for registering their product..." Or in plain English, for marketing purposes. Totally scandalous

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Adobe Creative Suite 5 Coming April 12, 2010

Submitted by Leo Klein on Fri, 3/26/10 (12:31pm)

Adobe Logo For anyone using an Adobe application, this is major: they're introducing the next version, 'CS5' on April 12, 2010. More here: http://cs5launch.adobe.com/

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Happy Birthday Photoshop

Submitted by Leo Klein on Thu, 2/18/10 (11:30pm)
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The irreplaceable Adobe Photoshop is celebrating its 20th Anniversary today.

I started using it way back in the early to mid 90s -- back before layers were introduced. I distinctly remember it was version 2.5. What I can't remember is how I managed back then since layers which came out with Version 3.0, totally changed how people work with the program.

For quickie things nowadays I use Fireworks but for anything serious, Photoshop is still my main squeeze.

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Dreamweaver LogoThere must have been another copy of the site settings (from like say, 2005) that Dreamweaver grabbed when I upgraded from the admittedly ancient Dreamweaver 8 to a still shamefully retro CS3*.

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The Digital Life

Submitted by Leo Klein on Fri, 2/15/08 (3:23pm)

1. Try to install Adobe Captivate on my new Mac Mini. (I've got an important 'sceencast' that's got to be done pronto.)

But Captivate only runs on a PC.

2. Load Captivate on my old Dell Notebook.

But it's too much for my old Dell Notebook. The thing keeps crashing.

3. Load Apple's Boot Camp on my new Mac Mini. With Boot Camp, you can run both Mac and Windows!

But Boot Camp only runs with Windows XP Service Pack 2 ('SP2'). My copy of XP (from my old Dell Notebook) is older than that.

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Happy Days Are Here Again

Submitted by Leo Klein on Tue, 10/9/07 (5:43pm)
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The Adobe Creative Suite 3 just came in.

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