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Late last night, Adobe released the Adobe Touch apps to the Android Market. If you were at the meeting earlier this month, you got a taste of what the apps can do. I for one can't wait to start playing with them!
A lot has been happening over the last couple of weeks at Adobe, and I wanted to take a moment to share some of the news with you.
P.S. My apologies for forgetting to send this to this list in the first place. :)
Peachpit is sponsoring the Voices that Matter conference and is offering a generous discount to user group members. Use coupon code WSUSERG at registration to receive a $150 discount off the current conference pricing. If you register before May 20, this special discount may be combined with the Early Bird price, which gives you an additional $100 off.
The conference is being held June 27-28 in San Francisco and features an impressive line-up of speakers.
I'm happy to announce that Adobe is now offering user group members a 15% discount on purchases made in the Adobe store. This applies to any single order (which can contain multiple items) up to $10,000. It applies to full versions of new software such as Creative Suite 5, upgrades, books, and anything else on the site.
To redeem the discount, go to http://www.adobe.com/go/cspartners and complete the form. In the "Association" field, type "user group", and in the validation code field, enter 72360. You will receive an email with a code to access the store in such a way as to reflect the discount. Please note: do not enter the name of our group - just enter "user group".
Adobe is being very generous in extending this offer to us, and we need to not abuse it so that we will get more deals like this in the future, so please do not share this information with anyone outside of the group.
As of 9pm Pacific time tonight, CS5 is officially out there in the wild!
You can go to www.adobe.com to purchase your copy or download trials of the various products.
Our next user group meeting (next Weds) will be all about CS5, and we have some amazingly cool things to give away, so watch your inbox for more details in the next day or so!
Flex 4, Flash Builder 4 and ColdFusion Builder released
This morning, Adobe announced the release of the Flex 4 framework, and along with it the newly-rebranded Flash Builder 4, the IDE for building Flex applications. (It's the new version of the tool formerly known as Flex Builder.)
Adobe also announced the release of ColdFusion Builder, a brand-new IDE for developing ColdFusion applications.
You can read all about all of these new releases at http://www.adobe.com/flashplatform/.
Flash Builder 4 and ColdFusion Builder can be purchased as a bundle for $299 if you currently own Flex Builder 3. Students, teachers and those recently laid-off from work, however, can get them for free (http://www.adobe.com/devnet/flex/free/index.html).
60-day trials of Flash Builder and ColdFusion Builder are available as well. Of course, the Flex platform itself remains open-source and free.
As was announced at our meeting last week, we are now officially the Sacramento Adobe Users Group. Our new web address is www.sacramentoadobeusers.org, although www.sierrammug.org will remain active and eventually redirect to the new address.
Our co-manager Ted Fitzpatrick is heading up a project team to design a new logo and develop all-new content to go on the web site. If you'd like to participate, please get in touch with Ted.
Thanks to all who voted.
I hope everyone has a safe and wonderful holiday season.
We've been talking about giving the group a new name for some time now. I've put together a survey of the names that have been suggested. While I know it's a busy time of year, I'd like to ask everyone to take a moment and fill out the survey. There's only one question, so it will take no more than one or two minutes to complete.
I'll compile the results and will announce our new name at the January meeting.
Speaking of which ... I had hoped to be able to do a preview of FlashCS5 in January, since Adobe had said at MAX that they were planning to have a public beta of the product available by the end of the year. However, yesterday they announced that they are canceling those plans. (If you'd like to read why, check out http://blogs.adobe.com/flashplatform/2009/12/there_will_not_be_a_beta_for_f.html.)
So, our fearless co-manager Ted Fitzpatrick will be presenting instead. Sticking with the Flash theme, Ted will be talking about ActionScript. I'll send out a normal meeting announcement email in the next week or so, but in the meantime mark your calendars for January 13 (one week later than normal) to learn about ActionScript and to see what we'll be calling ourselves going forward!
Thanks for continuing to participate in the group - we couldn't continue without you. Enjoy the rest of 2009, and we'll see you in 2010!
Diane provided a list of her favorite web resources, and generously agreed to make them available here.
Convert web safe colors to hex/RGB: www.seoconsultants.com/css/colors/web/safe
Keyword tool to get new keyword ideas:
Accessibility - color blindness:
Thanks to everyone who attended tonight, and a special thanks to Ted for presenting!
In the announcements, I mentioned the Auburn Fire. If you'd like to contribute to the American Red Cross' relief effort, make checks payable to American Red Cross - Placer District - 49 fire and send them to:
American Red Cross, Placer District
I also talked about Microsoft's offer to feed the hungry if you download IE8. Basically, they will donate money to feed 16 people for each copy of IE8 that is downloaded from their site. So it's a win-win: we get to help feed people, and help kill off IE6 at the same time.
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