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Thursday 16 May meetup

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.

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Cost: Free
Time: 7:30 – 9:00pm then the Rusty Bicycle for a chat
Venue: Film Oxford
54 Catherine Street, Oxford, OX4 3AH

Other things that will happen in the future:

20 June 2013
John Twycross ‘How to Game Jam’ @Brookes
Weekend following this ‘Game Jam’ at Brookes – more details to follow

18 July 2013
Pub meeting – Social – Pub venue TBC.

Traditional French and psychiatrists’ holiday month

19 September 2013
Event TBC, but hopefully use of video in campaigning and undercover filmmaking @Film Oxford

17 October 2013
Matt Gifford, PhoneGap
@ Brookes


Adobe Creative Cloud subscription 40% discount offer

Well, I hope you’re all enjoying the summer and all that sporting stuff that’s happening. My personal favourite is David Rudisha’s 800m world record. Now that’s beautiful running.

We’ll be back with you for our first autumn meeting on Thursday September 20th – watch this space.

In the meantime, existing license holders for any version of Creative Suite from CS3 upwards can subscribe to Creative Cloud for £27.45 per month (VAT inclusive with a one year contract).

Click on the big advert below for the offer or go here

Creative Cloud August 2012 offer

For more info about Creative Cloud, and what you get:

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.


CS6 launch event review, Adobe Creative Week and September

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.

July 9 – 13th is Adobe’s  first ever UK Creative Week.

Adobe Creative Week

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.

We’re off for the summer, but back on September 20th for our first meeting of the autumn. Watch this space for news of speaker/topic, sign up for our mailing list and RSVP and check out past meeting attendees at:

CS6 upgrade path for CS3/4 users

Happy New Year!

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.”

Flash course this weekend – 50% off!

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 to ask Alun any further questions about the course.
This offer only lasts until noon on Thursday, so get booking!

Gary Ombler, Photoshop, CS5.5

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:

  • Greg Rewis
  • Jason Levine
  • Paul Trani, a big face on
  • Terry White

Dreamweaver: straight to App, PhoneGap integration, multiscreen and JQuery integration, the Greg Rewis blog

In Designstraight to Tablet by Terry White

Video production blog from Jason Levine

Flash – mobile and devices development with Paul Trani. And, wait for it, AUTOSAVE is finally here.

Digital Creatives Oxford + DW and JQuery

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.

And just to prove that point, here’s a link to a new Adobe blog post and JQuery support in Dreamweaver and at Adobe. Subscribe to Dreamweaver Tweets.

Don’t forget, next Thursday we have filmmaker Iona Fabian coming to talk to us about stop motion animation. 7:30pm, at OFVM.

Geeks, Flash and more Flash

News, news and news!

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.

Local Businessman Wins Free Software

And finally, we have registered the domain