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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!

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.

Adobe Open Source, Nov 11th

Advance notice of an online discussion about Adobe’s Open Source Media Framework.

It’s on Adobe Connect on November 11th at 7pm

Title:  TechWeds: Introduction to Adobe’s Open Source Media Framework by Sumner Paine

Connect Link:  Click here to join the meeting!

Date: November 11, 2009 (open to the public – feel free to share!)

Start time: 10:00am PT (Los Angeles) / 1:00pm ET (New York)

Join us for an overview of Adobe’s open source media framework — what it can do and how you can use it in your current projects. You’ll learn how OSMF can help you create rich media experiences online and how the new development framework can increase monetization opportunities with your media assets through direct integration with advertising services for tracking and reporting services. Developers can use this framework to create media viewing environments that drive longer view times and leverage the latest features such as Dynamic Streaming and DVR from Adobe Flash Media Server.

Speakers:   Sumner Paine & Company

Read more at the Adobe Groups page.