Well, Happy New Year finally! We’re up and running for 2013 on Thursday 21 February (yes, meetings are still on Third Thursdays)
The John Cole Lecture
The HTML 5 standard has been embraced for its ability to add complex interaction, videos and animations to web pages without the need for plugins. This allows web browsers to natively support rich media that was previously only possible by utilizing Flash or similar technologies. How are developers, designers and animators reacting to this and what tools are available to fill the gap.
John Cole, Digital Media Manager at Adobe Systems UK, discusses the impact of the new standard on their productivity tools. He has been responsible for various web design and development roles. Currently he is responsible for digital media across Northern Europe and works out of Adobe’s UK headquarters at Maidenhead.
We ask him what is the future of Flash? Why is it still a primary choice for online games and media players? How does Adobe’s new product Edge provide a rich media solution? and what should we expect of this in the future?
Join us for a lively debate, a demonstration of Adobe Edge, other Adobe HTML 5 solutions and if that’s not enough a chance to win thousands of dollars worth of Adobe software.
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About John Cole
John is Adobe’s Digital Media Manager, Northern Europe, based in Maidenhead UK, where he’s worked for the last three years. John’s background is over 15 years in various web design and development roles and has worked for a number of leaders in web application development and web content management solutions. Previous to his role at Adobe John was working for Autonomy where he led the pre-sales efforts for their Web Experience Management solutions in the UK.
Time: 7:30pm – 9:30pm
Venue: Main Lecture Theatre
Oxford Brookes University
How to find the Gipsy Lane Campus: http://www.brookes.ac.uk/about/findus/index_html
We’re finding out about parking and will let you know, but as ever in Oxford, if you can bus it, bike it or walk it, all the better. We’ll also post more details about how to get to the Lecture Theatre later.
Join all three Oxford Adobe groups – Digital Creatives, Flash Oxford, and Premiere and Post, in the glamorous surroundings of Headington Hill Hall, Oxford Brookes University for a launch event for Adobe CS6, on Thursday 21st June at 7:30pm. Entry is free of charge.
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Adobe’s Richard Curtis and Iona Walters will demonstrate what’s new in Photoshop CS6, Lightroom 4, Photoshop Touch, and Production Premium CS6 and introduce the new Adobe Creative Cloud subscription service.
During the evening we’ll be running a free raffle for all attendees – the prize: an Adobe software product up to the value of $2,100, (specific product to be chosen by the winner).
Free parking will be available at Headington Hall for this event.
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How to get to Headington Hill Hall
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Wow. What a packed evening! Links and notes will be along shortly, but in the meantime here are a few headlines that I jotted down.
1. Thanks to Glenn for the Adobe News summary.
2. Alun’s Android App (triple A!)
- Check out the cool online app development kit at applicationcraft.com
- Download PhoneGap and/or sign up for PhoneGap Build
- Flash quick export to AIR for mobile tutorials on gotoandlearn (there are plenty of others around)
- Good time to remind you that User Group members can get a discount off Lynda.com membership. Mail us or speak to us to get the code.
- You’ll be glad to know, my phone has gone in for repair. Two weeks with a Nokia N95!
3. Peter Jones talked about his story with slitscan / timemorphing. Amazingly beautiful and sometimes horrific imagery! Full notes to follow also. In the meantime, check out John Whitney on YouTube and Douglas Trumbull’s stargate sequence from 2001.
4. Stavroula Kounadea talked about the interactions between director and actor. Although I don’t work with actors or directors, I’m still visualising myself as a sphere!
Meetup for Flash User Group – next Weds 23rd November – see website for details
December meeting + raffle for all three groups: The Royal Blenheim, St Ebbes, Oxford, Thursday December 15th (see, I told ya’ it was the 15th!).
Next meeting exact agenda to be confirmed,but here’s a rough outline:
1) News from Adobe. There is news!
2) “Demystifying the camera” with Dariusz which will show how cameras are built, how they work, all the vocabulary related to the subject – both in the real world and in software applications (i.e. After Effects). There are a number of plugins in AE, Photoshop which use camera features (motion blur, lens blur, distortions etc.)
3) Alun’s Android App – Part Two
4) Peter Jones: What’s slitscan good for?
I will describe my personal journey into developing an effect I called Timemorphing and how I eventually discovered it was a form of slitscan. By using After Effects I will describe how to create a slitscan and show a variety of different effects that can be achieved. Than looking at the weird world of slitscan we will then discuss What’s slitscan good for.
Day: Thursday 17th November
Time: 7:30 pm.
Where: OFVM Film Oxford, 54 Catherine Street, Oxford, OX4 3AH
How much: Free
For whom: anyone interested in networking with other digital creatives in Oxfordshire
And the next date for your diary: Thursday 15th December – all three groups meet up for final meeting of the year, in a pub in Oxford city centre. More soon!