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Ben Forta's Blog

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

Published: Sat, 16 Dec 2017 13:36:48 -0500

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Adobe XD November Update

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 10:26:00 -0500

(image) The Adobe XD team is on a roll. The most recent update includes the addition of Design Specs to improve collaboration and obtaining feedback, a new Layout Grid, JPEG export, improvements to text display, and a whole lot more. See this blog post for details.

On Adobe's AI Initiative

Sat, 11 Nov 2017 10:36:00 -0500

(image) At MAX last month there was a lot of talk about AI and its roll in the creative process. We also hosted a MAX session entitled "AI and Your Business" Some of the Q&A from that session is now online.

Sign Up For Adobe MAX 2018

Thu, 26 Oct 2017 15:06:00 -0500

(image) I know that Adobe MAX 2017 just wrapped, but it's never too early to start planning for MAX 2018 in Los Angeles. Registration isn't open yet, but you can sign up to lock in your $500 savings on the full conference pass price. There is no financial obligation at this time, just an opportunity to lock in this low price before it's gone, and we'll notify you when registration opens in the Spring.

Adobe MAX 2017 Sneaks

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 15:40:00 -0500

(image) One of my favorite Adobe responsibilities is directing Adobe MAX Sneaks. In case you missed the show, or if you just want to relive all the jaw-dropping goodness, we just posted videos of all 11 Sneaks for your viewing pleasure.

Visit The MAX Community Pavilion

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 10:21:00 -0500

(image) We're just days away from Adobe MAX 2017 in Las Vegas, NV. If you are attending (you should!), be sure to visit the Community Pavilion for all sorts of interaction, fun, games, tech, an creativity.

Adobe MAX Live Online

Sat, 07 Oct 2017 22:24:00 -0500

(image) If you can't make it to Las Vegas for Adobe MAX 2017, despair not, you can watch the two keynotes live online.

Profiles Of Adobe MAX Speakers

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 10:30:00 -0500

(image) Check out these profiles of Adobe MAX 2017 speakers!

ColdFusion Pre-Release 2017

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 10:41:00 -0500

(image) The Adobe ColdFusion team is about to open the pre-release for their next major edition codenamed Aether. The team has published a survey which you can fill in to gain access to the pre-release.

Adobe Experience Design CC Make It Impactful Contest

Wed, 06 Sep 2017 10:51:00 -0500

(image) For our fourth Make It Impactful tutorial and contest, we're inviting you to follow a simple tutorial that highlights some features of Adobe XD, an all-in-one tool for designing and prototyping websites and mobile apps. We asked designers Leah Buley and Marcelo Silva to demonstrate Adobe XD by building a simple landing page or home page, on the theme "Making an Impact". Try these tips on a project of your own and share the results, and you may win a one-year Adobe Creative Cloud subscription, a $750 Visa gift card, a lifetime unlimited pass to UI8, and a one-hour mentoring session with Leah or Marcelo. In addition, you'll also have a chance to win our grand prize, a trip to Adobe MAX 2017 in Las Vegas!

MAX Marketplace Is Back For A Second Year

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 09:53:00 -0500

(image) One of our most popular attractions in the Adobe MAX Community Pavilion, the MAX Marketplace, is back for its second year and is sure to be a crowd pleaser. Marketplace will be featuring some of your favorite artists' pop-ups from last year plus a variety of new ones. This is the place to get your hands on awesome merchandise, direct from the artists themselves. Marketplace is scheduled for 9:30am to 4:30pm on Friday, October 20th in the MAX Community Pavilion.

Designing for Generation Z: How to Engage Today's Super-Savvy Kids and Teens

Sun, 13 Aug 2017 09:49:00 -0500

(image) Over on the Creative Cloud blog, the team has posted some thoughts on how to design to attract and engage Gen Z. This one is worth a read, as are the comments.

Adobe Spark Post Back-To-School Posts

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 12:54:00 -0500

(image) Just in time for Back-to-School, the Adobe Spark Post team has created 5 remixable posts for you to use in the classroom:

Julieanne Kost Teaches Photoshop

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 10:08:00 -0500

(image) My super-talented Adobe coworker, Julieanne Kost, has started a YouTube series teaching Photoshop skills and techniques. The videos are short, 2-5 minutes each, and are highly recommended if you are new to Photoshop.

Back To School With Adobe Spark

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 12:17:00 -0500

It's Back-To-School time, and teachers all over are prepping for another year in the classroom. 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 laptops, Chromebooks, iPads, and desktop computers. Over the past few years, I've had the good fortune and privilege of meeting thousands of passionate educators the world over, and many have shared the innovative ways that they are using our FREE Adobe Spark in their classrooms. Just as I've done the past two years, I've compiled some of my favorite teacher-shared Spark classroom ideas into this post.So, in the Back To School spirit, here are 20 teacher-provided ways to use Adobe Spark in the classroom: Welcome message: Use Spark Video to create a welcome message for students and parents. Include photos, videos, contact information, and more. Some teachers find that Spark Video is also a great way to share and explain classroom rules and policies with students (who are most likely to watch a video than listen to you talk). Classroom updates: If you share classroom news and updates with parents, replace boring emails (or printed letters!) with Spark Page stories which can contain images, videos, links, and more. Student introductions: Have your students introduce themselves to you and their classmates using Spark Video. Give them some pointers, a list of key bits of information to include, and have them create a slide for each and then narrate them. Students can also use a picture of themselves for the video title page. This is particularly effective for the quieter or shyer students who may not be comfortable speaking up in a new class, but who will enjoy creating their own video in a quiet corner. 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 describe 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 chi[...]

Getting Started With UX

Thu, 03 Aug 2017 14:21:00 -0500

(image) The Adobe UX team has posted a great article on Do This, Not That. UX Dos and Don'ts if You're Just Starting Out.