End of year wind-up report

The last session of 2008 was a fun social, with software giveaway, Adobe swag handout, drinks, and show-and-tell from quite a few members.

John showed us one of his favourite sites: www.bestflashanimation.com which highlighted the great Flash www.cigaretteisdead.com site.

Alun talked about his installation/performance piece Transporter Mix coming to the Ovada Gallery, Oxford in January. Apart from shameless self-promotion, he also showed us kuler – the free Adobe site and downloadable AIR package that allows you to create colour harmonies and export swatches, as well as share these with other users.

Mark showed us his video in an Intel online video competition – go and vote for it (until the end of next week) at http://blog.digitaldragrace.com/articles/2008/12/09/user-battle-1-about-begin/

Glenn showed us one of his favourite Flash sites at www.gotmilk.com, and the Adobe Edge newsletter – with links to a Volkswagen anniversary website, created in Flash by the company Achtun

Julian showed us one of his own Flash games, at his site http://www.longanimalsgames.com/
He’ll be talking more about his Flash game creation experience at the January meeting.

Blayze showed us a game he developed for company Altitude24 www.altitude24.co.uk

Stephen had been to Adobe Max in Milan, so talked us through what happens at one of those events. You’ve missed Milan now of course, but if you’re travelling east, you can still catch Max Tokyo http://jp.max.adobe.com/

Lesley won the Flash User Group software raffle – congratulations – spend the dosh wisely!

Gary from OFVM talked about the MIDAS production awards. They’re being expanded this year to include new media work. This might include games and web site projects as well as the more traditional time based media. If you think you could benefit from free access to OFVM’s resources (cameras, kit, expertise, connections), get in touch with Gary at OFVM – production@ofvm.org and read more at http://www.ofvm.org/

All this plus general chit chat, eating of doritos, popcorn, drinking of beer and wine, and our biggest attendance yet.

Thanks to all who came along, and see you on January 7th for the first meeting of 2009.