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Ben Forta's Blog

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

Published: Tue, 21 Feb 2017 06:43:50 -0500

Last Build Date: Fri, 10 Feb 2017 20:49:00 -0500


A Visual Designer On Project Felix

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 20:49:00 -0500

(image) Project Felix is a new tool that makes it easy to composite 2D and 3D assets to build product shots, scene visualizations, and abstract art. Visual designer, Michael Dolan, has been playing with Project Felix and shared his thoughts in this post.

Adobe XD Updated

Wed, 01 Feb 2017 16:45:00 -0500

(image) The Adobe XD team has announced the January XD update, this time adding guest commenting, UI kits, SVG import, and more.

Gen Z In The Classroom

Tue, 31 Jan 2017 13:11:00 -0500

(image) The Adobe Education team has published a detailed report on Gen Z In The Classroom - Creating The Future. This one is a critical read for educators.

Creative Cloud Apps On Chromebooks

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 13:06:00 -0500

(image) Running Chromebooks in your classroom? We just announced that our Android Creative Cloud apps are being ported to run on Chromebooks. Here are some details.

Adobe Spark And TrilbyTV

Wed, 04 Jan 2017 19:18:00 -0500

(image) TrilbyTV lets students and teachers publish videos on school digital signage. And how are those videos created? Adobe Spark, of course.

Our Raspberry Pi And Arduino Powered Chanukah Display

Thu, 22 Dec 2016 09:02:00 -0500

As many of you know, I love dabbling in electronics, and love getting kids (including my own) doing the same. Last year we created a giant Raspberry Pi powered Chanukah Menorah, and this year we stepped it up by adding two Arduino powered Dreidels. This video explains all. width="560" height="315" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen>

ColdFusion 10 And 11 Updated

Wed, 21 Dec 2016 08:57:00 -0500

(image) The ColdFusion team has announced the release of ColdFusion 11 Update 11 and ColdFusion 10 Update 22. These are bug fix releases which can be applied using the ColdFusion Administrator Server Updates feature.

A Guide To Using Video In Spark Video

Thu, 15 Dec 2016 12:02:00 -0500

(image) Earlier today we announced an update to Adobe Spark, you can now embed video in your Spark Video stories. To help you get started, I used Spark Video to create this video which explains how to embed videos in your Spark Video videos. (Yep, I know how bad that sentence reads, but it was fun to write). src="" width="480" height="270" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen>

Video in Spark Video

Thu, 15 Dec 2016 12:00:00 -0500

(image) The Adobe Spark team is on a roll! In the past two weeks we've updated Spark Page and Spark Post, and now it's Spark Video's turn. We just announced Adobe Spark Video v3 which adds the single most requested feature, support for video files. You can now add MP4 and MOV video to Spark Video slides, you can trim, zoom, manage audio levels, and even automatically continue video on upcoming slides, and all with the clean, fun, friendly interface you've come to expect from Spark. Video in Spark Video is available now both on the web and on iOS.

ColdFusion Builder Security Update

Tue, 13 Dec 2016 16:40:00 -0500

(image) The ColdFusion team just announced a security update for ColdFusion Builder.

More On Project Voco

Mon, 12 Dec 2016 11:55:00 -0500

(image) This year I was fortunate enough to, once again, direct Adobe MAX Sneaks. All 11 Sneaks were amazing, but one has been the subject of lots of excitement, attention, and some concern.In case you missed the Project VoCo Sneak, here's the video: width="560" height="315" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen> Project VoCo is an early lab exploration in innovation, and Adobe's VP of Creativity, Mark Randall, has just posted an article with some background and context.

Flash Player 24 Beta Available

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 23:53:00 -0500

(image) (image) The betas of Flash Player 24 and AIR 24, code named VanNess, have been posted to Adobe Labs. This beta also contains additional deliverables for Flash Player on Linux.

Spark Post Text Cutouts

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 10:42:00 -0500

(image) And the Spark goodness keeps coming! Spark Post now supports text cutouts. Not sure what that means? Add some text to your Post, then select the shape, and tap the shape repeatedly. Slick, huh? So, we've improved Spark Page and Spark Post ... I wonder if more Spark Video goodness is on the way. ;-)

Get Your Spark Page Stories Noticed

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 22:39:00 -0500

(image) We just released an update to Spark Page. When sharing you'll now see a "Get noticed" option, check it and we'll make sure your stories get indexed by search engines, and we may even highlight them in Spark itself.

Adobe MAX 2016 Sneaks

Sun, 13 Nov 2016 13:53:00 -0500

(image) One of my favorite jobs each year is helping to coordinate and direct the Adobe MAX Sneaks. This year we presented 11 sneaks, and if you missed the fun, they are now all online for your mind-blowing applause-generating jaw-dropping gasp-inducing viewing pleasure.