BVAUG meeting notes Software

Tom Dent CS3 presentation

Here are my notes and observations from today’s meeting. Since there was a lot of info, I pretty much just wrote down what was new to me (or what I’d remembered hearing before but forgot). Therefore, please send any additions/corrections and I’ll add them and credit you:

  • It was the best attendance I remember at a BVAUG meeting; I counted 22 people.
  • Re: Adobe apps will be available through SELL. From a follow-up email from Tom:
    The Student Licensing program is for TAMU students only. The web site isn’t up yet, but will be in the next couple of weeks from what I am told by Romona Stites, my contact at SELL. Three products offered: Design Premium, Web Standard (CS3 edition of the former Studio 8), and Acrobat Professional. Pricing is a much better deal than purchasing standard Education shrink. For example, Education shrink for Design Premium is $599, TAMU student pricing is $395. They may add more products, such as Master Collection, based on the initial success of this new student perk.
  • Fireworks:
    • for quickly creating web graphics
    • new prototyping tools— using hotspots, ‘Share Layer to Pages’ command, etc.
    • .pngs can be multi-page (like Freehand documents)
    • pretty strong integration between Fireworks, Photoshop and Illustrator: layers, transfer modes, layer styles.
  • Bridge: allows live previews of Flash animations and video (.flv, .mov, .avi)
  • Dreamweaver:
    • native .psd import; Dreamweaver automatically opens a dialog like Photoshop’ ‘Save for Web’ when a .psd is imported. This graphic will be updated automatically when the external .psd is updated in Photoshop (like ‘Publish’ in Illustrator or a similar feature in After Effects).
    • Browser Compatibility Check feature and its integration with Adobe’s CSS Advisor. This is actually useful; I’ve used it exactly as presented. Of course, you don’t need CS3 to browse or google the CSS Advisor on Adobe’s site.
    • Spry: quick demo of Adobe’s implementation of AJAX. The question about whether it’s accessible brought this answer: ‘No.’ Perhaps he was correct. They’ll fix this, of course. See below for some books I’m currently reading and recommend on JavaScript and Ajax techniques.
  • Flash
    • you can choose to keep .psd vector layers as vector shapes
    • can specify these files’ text layers as bitmaps, vector outlines or editable text
    • can assign instance names in Illustrator for addressing with ActionScript
  • Device Central: amazingly well-developed mobile device emulator for Flash, Dreamweaver,and other CS3 apps. Supports some 200 phones etc., with so far one notable, and perhaps sticky, exception (actually two: the iPhone and iPod touch).
  • a new certification process featuring interactive (presumably Captivate-created) quizzing with an emphasis on workflow across products, rather than on full mastery of any one.
This was a strong and packed presentation for a lunch hour. As I presented on in June, I received a three-day version of this presentation at the Adobe Community Summit. Thanks to Tom and Patrick for coming and presenting! If anyone didn’t get Tom’s contact info, I’m sure he wouldn’t mind me posting it here:

As a note regarding the Spry/lack of accessibility note above, here’s some books I’m currently reading, and recommend, on standards-based, unobtrusive, accessible, and gracefully-degrading JavaScript:

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