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Farewell 2011. Hello 2012
As the year comes to a close, I look back on the changes our Adobe Groups have gone through. Admittedly, I lost some time (sucked into a black hole with (codename)Spock on Delta Vega), but have a few minutes to reflect before the year turns over again.
Andrew K has steered the Photoshop Users Group on a consistent course of updates with references and resources, picking up almost a new member every week. The Photoshop Users Group continues to be a great resource for anyone (new or pro).
The Adobe After Effects User Group hasn't built up as much momentum as it did when I launched it last year, but with all of the awesome AE groups that are already in communities, it's hard for people to look at another one often. New Years Resolution: post some AE group ideas into that forum.
Sharon Sachse spun off from dmala and has created a great new Adobe Edge User Group which may be a perfect companion group for members of the LA Web Professionals User Group who are seeking web skills with the new Adobe software.
Another motion graphics group has popped up in our timezone! Seattle After Effects has started an AUG page. Run by Topher W. right on the Adobe Campus in Seattle, it couldn't have landed in a better location. I've had the good fortune to attend a few of these meetings, and strongly recommend you schedule attendance if you're in the Seattle area. (Bring your reel, or ask to present on AE).
DMALA continues to grow its AUG member base, and we've almost hit the elusive 1,000 member mark. Our Facebook page has become a staging area for Adobe jobs in the Hollywood area. And we had professional job opportunities for members at each meeting this year! **There are two new positions on FB this week.
I met a bunch of other User Group leaders and members from around the world at this year's ADOBE MAX. For years I've been telling the dmala membership that they should attend this event. Adobe MAX is hosted right here in Los Angeles. It's affordable, informative, and connects us to our worldwide peers. And, when people heard about the FOOD TRUCK EXTRAVAGANZA and PRIVATE WEEZER CONCERT, regret and envy sunk in. (Mike not included). You can see some of the presentations online @max.adobe.com, but meeting everyone face to face at the conference was worth buying the 3-day ticket.
For DMALA members who made the switch from FCP and picked up the Adobe collection at 50% off... rock on. Now let's see some Premiere Pro tricks. (Did you know that there's an FCP layout to help you with the transition?)
What else? There was a TON of stuff going on in 2011 for DMALA.
Thanks to all for attending the meetings, supporting the group, and rockin' the Adobe gear.
Have a happy holiday and an awesome New Year! See you in 2012
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