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Ben Forta's Blog

The web, app development, mobile, ColdFusion, gadgets, and whatever else tickles my fancy.

Published: Mon, 24 Oct 2016 07:59:22 -0400

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On Reimagining Dreamweaver

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 10:30:00 -0400

(image) The Dreamweaver team has posted insights into what it takes to reimagine Dreamweaver with developers in mind.

Updates Flash 23 On Labs

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 21:32:00 -0400

(image) (image) Updated versions of the betas of Flash Player 23 and AIR 23, code named Underwood, have been posted to Adobe Labs.

MAX AIGA San Diego Studio Tour

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 22:24:00 -0400

(image) AIGA is the professional association for design, and for the first time ever, AIGA San Diego has partnered with MAX to offer preconference studio tours in downtown San Diego. The tours are on November 1st, the day before MAX, are they free for MAX attendees, and a reservation is required. Here are some details.

Adobe Spark At MAX

Thu, 06 Oct 2016 07:19:00 -0400

(image) Adobe MAX 2016 is now just weeks away, and this year Adobe Spark will be featured.

Photoshop And Premiere Elements 15 Released

Tue, 04 Oct 2016 23:42:00 -0400

(image) The Elements team has announced the release of Photoshop Elements 15 and Premiere Elements 15. Over the years, the Elements products have emphasized easy photo and video organization, editing, creation, and sharing. Elements combines powerful behind-the-scenes technology magic adapted from our professional apps with a user-friendly UI and modes for every level of user to deliver an ideal mix of power and ease-of-use for creating and sharing your special moments. For this release the team focused on further automating the organization and editing process so that Elements does the heavy lifting and you can focus on creating and sharing.

Adobe Email Survey 2016 Infographic

Mon, 03 Oct 2016 22:30:00 -0400

(image) We recently published the results of a huge survey on email use. This one was Europe-based, but it's a useful read wherever you are based. We also published this infographic that maks me a quick and very informative read.

Update On Adobe XD For Windows

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 14:11:00 -0400

(image) Waiting for Adobe Experience Design (XD) for Windows? Yeah, me too. Andrew Shorten has just posted an update on the subject.

Adobe Spark Safe Search

Sun, 18 Sep 2016 22:33:00 -0400

(image) Adobe Spark is immensely popular among younger users, even very young users. To make Spark safer for our youngest fans we recently significantly revamped safe-search of both photos and icons. That said, no safe-search filter is truly foolproof, and so we've implemented a blacklist mechanism so that we can quickly block offensive images if they do somehow get through the filter. If you run into problematic images, please email us with the exact search term and a copy of the image.

Dreamweaver Beta 3 Now Available

Fri, 09 Sep 2016 08:00:00 -0400

(image) As I've mentioned previously, we're hard at work on a huge Dreamweaver update. Beta 3 of the new Dreamweaver is now available, complete with a significantly enhanced coder workspace.

MAX Advance Pricing Ending Soon

Mon, 05 Sep 2016 09:56:00 -0400

(image) MAX Advance registration discount pricing ends on September 16th. If you register by then you'll pay just $1395, a $200 savings on the full conference pass price of $1595. MAX 2016 will be held November 2nd - 4th, 2016 in San Diego, CA. Register now!

ColdFusion Security Update

Tue, 30 Aug 2016 18:31:00 -0400

(image) The ColdFusion team has announced a critical update to ColdFusion 10 (Update 21) and 11 (Update 10) to address a potential issue associated with parsing crafted XML entities that could lead to information disclosure. CF2016 is not vulnerable to this issue. (ColdFusion 9 and earlier may be vulnerable, but are no longer supported. If you are running an older version of Coldfusion you really need to upgrade immediately).

Spark Page Just Got Better

Sun, 21 Aug 2016 15:42:00 -0400

(image) We just updated Spark Page with two much requested enhancements:
  • Your Spark Page stories can contain links to other sites and pages. Previously links were only supported via buttons, but you can now turn any text into a link.
  • We've also significantly improved the embedding options so that Spark Pages embedded into your site or blog will look a whole lot better.

Adobe Spark In 4th Grade

Mon, 15 Aug 2016 19:42:00 -0400

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Back To School With Adobe Spark

Thu, 11 Aug 2016 13:45:00 -0400

It's Back-To-School time, and teachers all over are prepping for another year spent in the company of fresh eager (yeah, I know, but I'm trying to sound upbeat) faces. Back in prehistoric times, when I was in school, that meant sharpening lots of pencils, trying to get last year's chalk mark remnants off the board, obtaining a stack of clean projector transparencies and duplicator carbon sheets ... ouch! Teachers these days do much the same, although we've (thankfully) traded much of that ancient technology for shiny Chromebooks, iPads, and desktop computers. Over the past two school years, I've had the good fortune and privilege of meeting lots of passionate teachers the world over, and many have shared the innovative ways that they are using our FREE Adobe Spark in their classrooms. Last year I shared some of these ideas here on this blog, and that post proved so popular that I am posting an update and including additional suggestions that teachers have since shared with me.Oh, one important note. When I posted the list last year Adobe Spark only supported iPads. Now that Spark also runs on desktops and Chromebooks I've included ideas that are better suited to those devices, too. So, in the Back To School spirit, here goes: Speech and language play: Create a Spark Video story with a single picture per page, use big bold clear pictures (ideally isolated on a white or clear background to avoid distractions). Have the child go through page by page recording themselves naming the pictured object. (Note: Many teachers have asked how to create copies of blank or starter stories. You can do this by going to the Projects tab, tapping the project ... symbol, and then selecting Duplicate). Sight words proficiency: Create a Spark Video story with one sight word per page and with no recorded voice. Have the child go through page by page recording themselves reading the words. This can be repeated at intervals so that the children see the progress and improvement for themselves. Narrative prompts: Similar to the prior ideas, but pick images with an action occurring, and have the student record a single sentence describing what is happening. Rhyming game: Show a series of pictures, and have the children use Spark Video to record a word that rhymes with it (as opposed to naming the picture). Playing with shapes and colors: I've seen lots of variants of this one, all of which thoroughly engaged the students. Assign a color and/or a shape, and have the students walk around the classroom or yard or school building taking pictures of matches. They can then describing them in a Spark Video story. Second language acquisition: A variant of the above (this one shared with me by teachers teaching Chinese Mandarin and Spanish to English-speaking kids, as well as by an ESL teacher working with immigrant children) is to show pictures or words that need to be translated, having children record the translations. The same picture can be used on multiple pages so that the child records the same word multiple times, building proficiency while being able to hear the improved fluency. Story starters: Instead of assigning a topic for children to write about, assign a series of images that they must use. Allow them to create their own captions, add images, perhaps even edit the images, and build a story around them. Specify a minimum and maximum duration if using Spark Video, or a maximum length if using Spark Page, and then have the students share their work with the rest of the class. Creative storytelling: With so many children (and their families) taking pictures on smartphones and devices, the odds are high that children will have access to lots of digital pictures capturing their summer [...]

Updated Flash And AIR 23 Beta On Labs

Wed, 10 Aug 2016 11:34:00 -0400

(image) (image) Updated versions of the betas of Flash Player 23 and AIR 23, code named Underwood, have been posted to Adobe Labs.