Yearly Archives: 2010

December meeting report

Thanks to those of you who came along to the crowded Far From the Madding Crowd December meeting on Wednesday night.

Congratulations to Adrian for the raffle win, and Sharon, Iona and Julian for their mini-wins of the wondrous Adobe water bottles! At least we think they’re water bottles not specimen bottles.

Have a great Christmas and New Year, and our next meeting will be on January 19th. This may be a session about Adobe Business Catalyst, but we also have animation and Photoshop sessions already lined up for next year.

Wednesday night – Christmas meeting with raffle

Oh, it’s the last meeting of the year for the Adobe Dreamweaver User Group, and we’re holding a raffle!

We’re going casual, and are going to meet at the Far From the Madding Crowd pub, Friars Entry, Oxford, OX1 2BY
It’s down the passageway between Tescos on Magdalen Street and Gloucester Green.

Here’s a location map.

Date: Wednesday 15th December – that’s THIS Wednesday

Time: 7:30 pm – 9.30 pm

Just turn up and be ready to chat
If you haven’t been before, we’ll be the ones sporting something Adobe like, as a clue. Probably a T-shirt, or a pen, or a mug. Or all three.

We’ll be holding our occassional raffle of Adobe software, so that’s $2,100 worth of Adobe software, usually one of the suites, Production or Web etc.

The deal is, we send the email of our lucky winner and what they want to win directly to Adobe and they supply the serial number to the winner.

  • Upgrades aren’t allowed, nor are part-payments
  • Your name will be pulled out of a hat, and you have to be there to win
  • You do not have to buy the organisers a drink to win
  • You are welcome to buy the organisers a drink anyway

Meetings next year kick off on January 19th, so look out for notification about speakers for that one.

Meeting dates for 2011 have been decided, and we’ll be moving to new virtual premises at soon.

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P.S. Did we mention the raffle?

Flash Camp in London, 2nd December

Oh, this is very nice for all you Flashers. It’s free, it’s at the Barbican in London, and Jodie O’Rourke, who came to visit the Flash group this year, is speaking at it.

Date / Time: Thursday December 2, 2010

10:00 am – 7:00 pm


With all of the big announcements at the annual Adobe MAX conference in LA, we bring you a “Back from MAX” special where aim to cover the new tools and technologies announced at the conference… many of which are available for you to download and use right now.

Join us at the Barbican in London on 2nd December for a day of insight and inspiration. Topics will traverse the Flash Platform, from new features available to Flash Professional CS5, to building and testing mobile apps with Flash Builder Burrito and improved workflows in Flash Catalyst Panini. Learn how to easily target multiple screens, including Google TV and AIR 2.5 for TV devices.

Whether you’re just getting started with the Flash Platform, or consider yourself a pro, there’s something for you! There’ll also be giveaways galore!




Free Tickets:

Upcoming events

First off, our next meeting will be on December 15th, topic and speaker/s to be announced.

We’re just finalising our dates for the next six months, so you’ll be able to block out those new 2011 diaries you’ve just bought. Yes, go on, you can come clean, you’re all using paper diaries aren’t you?

More immediately, next week sees a meeting of the Oxford Mac User Group, here, in Oxford of course.

When? Tuesday 9th November, 7:00 pm for 7:30 speaker.

What? Photoshop, getting to know it.

Gary Ombler, professional photographer, will be showing how to make the best of your photos. He’ll also look at some of the recent additions (some esoteric) that have recently been added and facilities that photographers have been yearning for.

Where? Physics lecture theatre in the Denys Wilkinson Building, Keble Road Oxford OX1 3RH. It’s on the corner of Keble Road and Banbury Road at the top of St Giles where there is usually plenty of parking .

How much? £2

If you have any requests for our Christmas meeting speaker/topic, please let us know asap.

Now go and be safe with fireworks.


Last night’s session

Many thanks to Lesley Clarkson for her smart Illustrator presentation. Just a reminder that if you’ve got a project you’re working on where you’ve picked up some handy tips, please do think about telling the rest of us, it might take 5 minutes, it might take 15, but it’s good to share.

Thanks to Tim for sharing news from Flash on the Beach. There’s that sharing thing again.

Some sites to follow up on after last night:

Do a google search for HTML5 experiments or demos (prize for the person who gets the highest number of returns for the phrase ‘Flash killer‘!)

Keep your eyes peeled for news of our next session, which should be during the last two weeks of October.

And, as always, if there’s someone you’d really like to hear speak or present that you’ve heard of (and they’re fairly local), let us know and we can send them an invite.

Keep watching the screen!

September 30th meeting – FOTB feedback

Yep, Thursday 30th September is our next meeting, and as predicted, it’ll consist of a summary of the stuff we saw and learned at the Flash on the Beach conference in Brighton earlier this week.

Lesley Clarkson will talk about how she used Adobe Illustrator in a client project recently.

Alun Ward will re-present Lee Brimelow’s session from FOTB on the new Dreamweaver CS5 HTML5 add-on pack.

We’ll also look at the work of Robert Hodgin who gave an outstanding presentation at FOTB.

Check out his stunning animations at: and

Here’s a sample:

Bait ball from flight404 on Vimeo.

John and Tim from the Flash Group will then fill us in as to what all those developers at FOTB were actually talking about! Possibly.

See you Thursday night, 7.30pm at OFVM- free!

September meeting postponed until Thursday 30th

Sadly, due to a bereavement, Neil Copeman from the BBC is unable to come and speak to us this Thursday as expected.

Rather than fill in with some short, but great, sessions at the last minute, we decided to postpone the meeting until next Thursday (30th September).

By then, Alun, John and Tim will have returned from Flash on the Beach in Brighton, bubbling with exciting Adobe news, so we’ll be able to let you in on anything new we learn there.

We do apologise again for this postponement, and hope you can make it along to OFVM next Thursday, the 30th September for our first autumn session.

Flash on the Beach : 20% discount

26th to 29th September 2010, Brighton

Flash on the Beach 2010

Adobe and Flash on the Beach have very kindly arranged for a 20% discount on tickets to this annual event – the biggest Flash conference of it’s kind on these seashores.

Tickets are normally £399 for a three day pass before 4 September – so you get it for £319.20 by my reckoning.

John and Alun from the User Groups will be going at least, so contact us if you want to get the discount code.

Here are some reasons to come from the FOTB website:

If you are a designer, developer, coder, student, manager, game developer, artist, animator or a newbie, then this conference is for you! Don’t miss this opportunity to see nearly 60 of the best minds in the industry, delivering 3 full days of awe-inspiring sessions, plus one day workshops that will give you in-depth training from the worlds best speakers!

Again we have another phenomenal line up of speakers. We also have the perfect place for them! We love our Brighton venue! The Dome has so much history, charm and character, we would be mad to use anywhere else, and are already looking forward again to the most exciting Flash conference for years!

Don’t think of FOTB as just another Flash conference. The Flash bit of the title is more a mentality or vibe than just software product. What do we mean by that? Well, Flash is one of the coolest web tools around. It breeds a vibe that sets it apart.

The Flash community is very supportive of each other. They share, talk, blog, help, experiment and share some more! They do not limit themselves solely to the product called Flash either. They design, create and deliver some of the best experiences on the web using a wide variety of tools and skills.

Don’t think that Flash on the Beach is only about Flash. Sure appearing at FOTB in the past we have had the usual suspects – Flash, Flex, AIR, and then some. Open Frameworks, Processing, AJAX, Photoshop, After Effects, Art, Design, Illustration, Animation, Sound and many more. Whether you are a tech-head or a creative, if you are a decision maker or a team manager, if you are in need of a fix of creative inspiration, or want to know the latest how-to’s, Flash on the Beach is where you’ll get it.

‘What Else Will I Get Out Of Coming to Flash on the Beach?’ is actually another euphemism for ‘What Do I Get For My Money?’ Fair question. OK, well if the exclusive access to 45 hours of video content is not enough, here are some more reasons that Flash on the Beach is your ‘must-go-to’ conference for 2010

  1. Nearly 60 of the worlds best speakers
  2. 45 presentations
  3. 5 workshops delivered by world renowned speakers [workshops sold out]
  4. Content packed sessions covering creative, technical, inspirational, business.
  5. More than 1200 attendees from all over the world
  6. Exclusive access to video of every presentation *(only available to attendees)

So, go ahead, contact us if you want that 20% discount, and we’ll give you the code.

Next meeting: July 22nd – in a pub!

Thursday 22nd July at Far from the Madding Crowd, Oxford

Come and join the Oxford Adobe Groups for a social event for the summer.

Flash Oxford, Adobe CS Oxford (aka Oxford Dreamweaver User Group), and Premiere and Post, are having an informal pub gathering to network and chat. Just turn up, grab a drink, and help us thrash out ideas for future events. As ever, it’s free to attend, and there’s no ongoing committment to this volunteer led networking group for creative professionals.

You can RSVP and comment on our Adobe Groups page

The Time: 7.30 – 9.30pm
Venue: Far From the Madding Crowd pub, Oxford

10-12 Friars Entry
Oxford OX1 2BY

Directions: It’s down the alley between Gloucester Green and Magdalen Street. Travelling up from Cornmarket, go past Debenhams then turn left after trying to buy a latte at Starbucks in the old Borders and before buying your sweater from Jaeger.

Or look at a map. Maps are good.