Tag Archives: software

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

RVSP on Meetup

Creative Suite CS6 peeks – Thursday 19th at 7.30pm

Alun Ward will demo the Photoshop CS6 beta (get it here) and he and Glenn Clarkson will talk about some of the upcoming features in Creative Suite 6 and the Creative Cloud and their recent trip to the new Adobe HQ in Maidenhead.

Just to let you know, the full CS6 details, pricing and features for all products, will be officially announced on April 23rd. If you can’t make it to this meeting, check out Adobe TV for sneak peeks at the new features.

Dariusz Dzialia is going to talk mainly about upgrades to Premiere Pro and After Effects in CS6.

Premiere Pro is getting a few new features that help professionals to speed the workflow, including improved trimming, adjustment layers, new keyboard shortcuts, better multicamera editing and more.

After Effects CS6 offers faster RAM preview, 3D camera tracking, rolling shutter repair, conversion of Illustrator vector graphics to shape layers, raytraced motion graphics and other improvements.

Dariusz is also going to say a few words about two new video applications – SpeedGrade for color grading and Prelude for ingest, logging and transcoding.

We also may have another video related speaker – but if not we’re off to the pub early!!

How much: totally free

When: Thursday 19th April at 7.30pm

Where: OFVM Film Oxford
54 Catherine Street
MAP: http://bit.ly/ofvm-loco

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.”

End of year wind-up report

The last session of 2008 was a fun social, with software giveaway, Adobe swag handout, drinks, and show-and-tell from quite a few members.

John showed us one of his favourite sites: www.bestflashanimation.com which highlighted the great Flash www.cigaretteisdead.com site.

Alun talked about his installation/performance piece Transporter Mix coming to the Ovada Gallery, Oxford in January. Apart from shameless self-promotion, he also showed us kuler – the free Adobe site and downloadable AIR package that allows you to create colour harmonies and export swatches, as well as share these with other users.

Mark showed us his video in an Intel online video competition – go and vote for it (until the end of next week) at http://blog.digitaldragrace.com/articles/2008/12/09/user-battle-1-about-begin/

Glenn showed us one of his favourite Flash sites at www.gotmilk.com, and the Adobe Edge newsletter – with links to a Volkswagen anniversary website, created in Flash by the company Achtun

Julian showed us one of his own Flash games, at his site http://www.longanimalsgames.com/
He’ll be talking more about his Flash game creation experience at the January meeting.

Blayze showed us a game he developed for company Altitude24 www.altitude24.co.uk

Stephen had been to Adobe Max in Milan, so talked us through what happens at one of those events. You’ve missed Milan now of course, but if you’re travelling east, you can still catch Max Tokyo http://jp.max.adobe.com/

Lesley won the Flash User Group software raffle – congratulations – spend the dosh wisely!

Gary from OFVM talked about the MIDAS production awards. They’re being expanded this year to include new media work. This might include games and web site projects as well as the more traditional time based media. If you think you could benefit from free access to OFVM’s resources (cameras, kit, expertise, connections), get in touch with Gary at OFVM – production@ofvm.org and read more at http://www.ofvm.org/

All this plus general chit chat, eating of doritos, popcorn, drinking of beer and wine, and our biggest attendance yet.

Thanks to all who came along, and see you on January 7th for the first meeting of 2009.