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Ben Forta's Blog

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

Published: Fri, 23 Mar 2018 01:44:32 -0400

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Spark In The Classroom: Video Storytelling

Thu, 01 Mar 2018 13:51:00 -0400

This idea is perfect for younger students, and works particularly well when using Adobe Spark on the iPad. The idea is to encourage students to create their own storybook with not just their own story, but also their own pictures and their own voice ...

Spark In The Classroom: Video Journals

Wed, 28 Feb 2018 13:04:00 -0400

Lots of teachers encourage students to keep a daily journal, something short, focused, a few minutes of personal expression and communication to start each day. Student journals are usually written, but they need not be, and video journals are cool a...

Blocking Inappropriate Images In Adobe Spark

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 22:41:00 -0400

One of the most popular features in Adobe Spark is the ability to search the internet for free Creative Commons images for use in videos, pages, and post. Spark is used extensively by children, and so we utilize safe-search to ensure that only approp...

Free Adobe Spark For Schools and Districts

Sun, 28 Jan 2018 16:43:00 -0400

Last week at BETT in London we announced that Adobe Spark, including Premium Features, would be made available for free to students and teachers. The release is planned for April, so not a lot of details were provided with the announcement. But, ther...

Adobe Spark Free For All Students

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 03:07:00 -0400

Students (and their teachers) love Adobe Spark. But, Spark isn't quite perfect, yet. The two most common concerns are expressed by teachers are the lack of support for minor (under 13) logins, and the lack of integration with existing school logins....

Creative Problem Solving Research Published

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 10:17:00 -0400

Creative problem solving is the process of redefining problems and opportunities, coming up with new, innovative responses and solutions, and then taking action. Global research shows that tomorrow's jobs will demand creative problem solving skills. ...

My Oracle Book In Chinese

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 17:31:00 -0400

(image) My Sams Teach Yourself Oracle PL/SQL In 10 Minutes has just been released in Chinese (making this my 8th book transalted into Chinese).

Using Adobe Spark To Advertise Your Class

Thu, 21 Dec 2017 09:20:00 -0400

(image) Dr. Younus Y. Mirza, Assistant Professor of Islamic Studies at Allegheny College, has shared how he uses Adobe Spark Video and Adobe Spark Page to advertise his classes in an informative and very personal way.

Adobe XD December Update

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 13:11:00 -0400

(image) The Adobe XD December update is out, complete with underlined text support, improved Lightroom and Adobe Stock integration, and lots more goodies.

Marc Schenker On Design Trends

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 13:17:00 -0400

(image) Flat Design? Material Design? Skeumorphism? Minimalism? I missed this one last month, but better late than never ... Over on the Adobe Creative Cloud blog, Marc Schenker has shared useful insight into emerging design trends.

Adobe XD November Update

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 10:26:00 -0400

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 d...

On Adobe's AI Initiative

Sat, 11 Nov 2017 10:36:00 -0400

(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 -0400

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 ob...

Adobe MAX 2017 Sneaks

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 15:40:00 -0400

(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 -0400

(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.