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Next meetup: Pimp My Zombie, Photoshop Plugin development, free software!

Thursday 20 June at 7:30pm

Pimp My Zombie (FKAFOUG)

The group formerly known as “Flash Oxford User Group” are launching a competition called Pimp My Zombie. They will be sharing a complete set of artwork on the ever popular zombie theme. This includes animated characters, location graphics and sounds. In fact everything you might need to make a game, animation or even a documentary film! To get the scoop join John Twycross & Tim Watts on June 20th at Film Oxford.

Guy Henstock: Photoshop Plugin development

Guy will be speaking about a Photoshop plugin project he worked on at the end of last year.  Although Guy has been a Photoshop user for more than 14 years, he had never developed a plugin before.  Guy will be talking about how he came to be asked to develop the plugin, the process of learning ActionScript through to the final stages of the project.


Digital Creatives Oxford and Oxford Premiere and Post both hold their software raffles this month. For DCO, if you turn up on the night, pop your name in the hat and you could win a year’s subscription to Creative Cloud.

Cost: Free
Time: 7:15 – 9:00pm then the Rusty Bicycle for a chat
Venue: Film Oxford
54 Catherine Street, Oxford, OX4 3AH

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21 February meeting – John Cole – Adobe, HTML5 and Flash

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.

RSVP on Meetup please.

John Cole

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
Cost: Free
Venue: Main Lecture Theatre
Oxford Brookes University
Gipsy Lane
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.

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

Brothers McLeod visit – 21 July

Brothers McLeodTop animators Brothers McLeod exclusive screening – next Thursday

BAFA award nominees, The Brothers McLeod, illustrator Greg and writer Myles, will be talking about their latest project, a half hour comedy pilot called The Isle of Spagg. They’ll be telling us how they came up with the idea, how they found the time and money to make it, and what they hope to do with it in the future. The talk will also include an exclusive screening of the finished pilot.
Greg and Myles visited us a year or so back and gave us a great night. Do invite your friends along to this and let’s make it a good evening. If you’re interested in animation and/or Flash, come along.

Day: Thursday 21st July
Time: 7:30 pm.
Where: OFVM Film Oxford, 54 Catherine Street, Oxford, OX4 3AH http://bit.ly/ofvm-loco
How much: Free
For whom: anyone interested in networking with other digital creatives in Oxfordshire

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 digitalcreativesoxford.com

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!



Schedule: http://flashcamp.co.uk/london

Free Tickets: http://flashcamplondon.eventbrite.com

Andrew Shorten – Platform Evangelist

Last night’s session was our most popular yet, with Andrew Shorten from Adobe speaking for over an hour on the forthcoming Catalyst and Flex releases.

There are definitely some interesting times ahead for designers seeking to use Flash. It’s always been a bit of a headache for designers to get their heads around interactive interfaces using Flash Pro.

Here’s a quick list of some of the links Andrew talked about :

For some of these tools, you’ll need a free Adobe ID. Once you’ve got one of those, don’t forget to access our Group page too on Adobe, to subscribe to updates, RSVP to our events etc.

Thanks to everyone for making it a great night, and many congratulations again to Dan Govender for winning the $2,000 of Adobe software. Commiserations to everyone else.

Next month’s meeting is June 5th, a Friday for a change. There is talk of making this an out and out social, with food! What do you think?

March meeting – 24th March

This month is mostly given by our sister Adobe User group: www.flashoxford.com

Away3d and the future of 3d in Flash

Hosted by Rob Bateman, a Flash developer who has been integral to the creation of Away3d a realtime 3d Flash engine. He will provide an overview of this exciting open source project and discuss examples of work created using Away3d. This session should be of interest to coders and animators interested in cutting edge Flash development.

For more information on Away3d check out Rob’s blog at http://www.infiniteturtles.co.uk.

Venue: OFVM – Film Oxford, 54 Catherine St, Oxford, OX4 3AH
Starts at 7.30pm
Location: http://tiny.cc/ghNTd

Last night’s talk – and offer

Many many thanks to Paul Forsey for a great talk on panoramic photography and for bringing all that great kit.

Paul’s web site is at www.stepintothepicture.co.uk
You can see some of his panoramas here.

Paul talked us through the complete process, from building your own tripod head to taking the photos, to using RealViz Stitcher Pro (Mac or PC).

I think Autodesk (makers of 3DSMax) have taken over the software, and seem to sell it as Stitcher Unlimited online for £300.

Paul did mention Adobe Photoshop‘s built in Photomerge option, but in CS3 it’s doesn’t give brilliant results. However, the upgraded CS4 Photoshop has been partly promoted on the back of enhancements to its built-in stitching app, so somebody should give it a try! Here’s the help, so get stitching if you’ve got CS4 and let us know how you get on. We can post results here.

As an extra incentive, if you do send us a panoramic photo, whether created in Flash, Stitcher, or CS4 alone, you’ll get an extra credit towards the next software raffle.

John (from Flash Oxford, hello!) then talked us through a couple of add-on apps for Flash which could achieve similar results. Paul’s panoramas require Quick Time to display, and apparently fewer people on PC have QT installed than the Flash Player. And I’m not paid to say that either.

Next month’s meeting is on Tuesday March 24th, so note the change of weekday. It’ll involve a talk about 3d Flash, so again, check here or the Flash Oxford web site for more details soon.