This month’s free event at Film Oxford sees a takeover by Neil C Smith and Oxford Hackspace. Neil C Smith showcases the latest version of his Praxis software for live events, and other members of Oxford Hackspace show their wares.
For those of us who already have a boxed version of the software, don’t forget Cloud offers some things you don’t get in the desktop version: Muse, Edge, Catalyst, Typekit, Lightroom 4 (new), and the additional Touch Apps, plus online sync and storage.
We had a great evening at Headington Hill Hall with comrades in arms, the Production Premium group and the Flash group. 46 of us filled the room to listen to Iona Walters presentation on Production Premium CS6 features, and Richard Curtis‘ Photoshop presentation. Great to see so many new faces, and thanks to Richard and Iona for travelling out to see us – it was much appreciated.
Gem de Silva was the lucky winner of a copy of Adobe Production Premium CS6.
It’s all online, with interactive debates, lively discussions and in-depth demonstrations broadcast live online.
With creative luminaries, tech experts and special guests we’ll be discussing where the creative industries are heading – and who’s in danger of getting left behind.
You can dip in and dip out whenever you want – just make sure you don’t miss out! Keep up to date here.
Our first meeting of the year is next week, Thursday 19th January. Lined up so far, the Premiere and Post group have David Perry giving a talk about audio recording and processing for video. Alun will talk about sound on the web, with a review of where to stick your audio, and some examples of interesting uses of audio. Glenn will talk about CSS3 selectors. More details to follow.
We have some Adobe news:
CS6 Upgrade Path for CS3/CS4 Users:
“We’re very excited about the upcoming launch of Adobe’s Creative Suite 6 and Adobe Creative Cloud. CS6 will be a major new release of our creative desktop tools, with huge improvements for every type of creative pro. Adobe Creative Cloud will be our most comprehensive creative solution ever, giving members access to the all CS6 desktop software, plus additional services, new tools, Adobe Touch Apps and rich community features. In addition, Creative Cloud members will receive continuous upgrades and updates to all products and services as part of their membership.
With these great new releases coming in the first half of 2012, we want to make sure our customers have plenty of time to discover which offering is best for them. Therefore, we’re pleased to announce that we will offer special introductory upgrade pricing on Creative Suite 6 to our customers who own CS3 or CS4. This offer will be available from the time CS6 is released until December 31, 2012. More details on this offer, as well as any introductory offers for existing customers to move to Creative Cloud membership, will be announced when CS6 and Creative Cloud are released later this year.”
As a special offer for Adobe User Group attendees – sign up for this weekend’s Flash Animation course at OFVM at a 50% discount. That’s £72.50 to you!
This is a two day course and runs 10:00 – 16.30 on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th July, held at OFVM, Oxford with Alun Ward as your tutor.
Here’s some recent feedback from this course:
One of the best Adobe trainers I’ve ever come across. Eva A great course that goes at a steady pace so everyone understands. Bruce I think this is the best IT-based course I’ve ever done. Really good pace… Jenny
Read more details about the course on the OFVM web site. It’s suitable for beginners to Flash software and is an introduction to using it for animation, for video, and we’ll add basic interactivity using Actionscript. There are usually 8 or so students, so it’s a small and informal group with the opportunity on Sunday to pursue your own project work with the tutor’s help.
To get the discount, put ‘Adobe Group Member’ in the ‘please give details’ box when you book online.
If you want to chat to OFVM, call them on 01865 792731, or contact firstname.lastname@example.org to ask Alun any further questions about the course.
This offer only lasts until noon on Thursday, so get booking!
A big thanks from all of us to Gary Ombler for exploring some advanced tricks for creating stunning images in Photoshop, and all after a hard day’s work in a hot London. We covered a lot of ground with colour profiles, adjustment layers,dodging, burning, proofing, perfect focus from multiple images, and much more. I’ve got to stop using the I’m Feeling Lucky button in Picasa now then!
Thanks too, to Janet, for bringing us swag from the Flash Camp Midlands.
Just a reminder to register for the Adobe CS5 Evolution Tour in London on May 11th if you want to see the Adobe Evangelists tell us all about what’s new in CS5.5. You might have seen some of the speakers on Adobe TV or various YouTube videos. Here are the speakers:
Paul Trani, a big face on Lynda.com
Dreamweaver: straight to App, PhoneGap integration, multiscreen and JQuery integration, the Greg Rewis blog
Do you want to speak about or demonstrate your work for about ten minutes? Our June event ‘Adventures in Meat Space’ headlines with Neil C Smith demonstrating his modular framework for live creative play: Praxis. Performers and artists please apply.
Oh yes, we’re renaming to Digital Creatives Oxford, which is a little bit less restrictive than having Dreamweaver in the name. Don’t worry we’ll still deal with Dreamweaver, and we’re still an Adobe User Group.
Alun and Glenn will be attending Oxford Geek Night (OGN) Wednesday 9th February from 7:30pm at the Jericho Tavern. See you there.
John and Tim will be holding the Flash Oxford‘s first get together of 2011 at Far From the Madding Crowd, also on Wednesday at 7:30pm. It’s about a ten minute walk between the two or a four minute cycle, and you’d be crazy to drive it.
Meanwhile, @AdobeFlash are promising to release some helpful videos on developing Flash for multiple screens and devices.
Oh yes, and Alun is running a Flash course for beginners at OFVM Film Oxford this weekend.
In case you missed it, here’s a picture of Adrian Dodds receiving his Adobe raffle prize at our last meeting.