Adobe Come to Bournemouth

December 8th, 2010

During 3D week Adobe put on a days worth of tutorials showing off their CS5 range. Thankfully they weren’t trying to shove it at you, just showing what it can do and how you can do it.

The first half of the day was taken by Michael O’Neill, a hilarious Cornish guy from America. It was very TV and cinema based but still very interesting, stitching together panoramas and using content-aware fill to fill in the blank edges, making an army of marching men across a piece of footage and adding a mountain, the usual stuff. I learnt some useful stuff like vibrance is mainly for use with flesh and landscapes; the eyedropper tool in Bridge is quite something; vector vixens exist; and how noise stemmed from pointillism.

Then Steve Burnard took over from the afternoon with the stuff I was really interested in (read: geeky stuff). His first session was on ‘Animation and Graphics for iPhone and Android with Flash’. With Adobe, this is achieved in Flash Builder, a program that I haven’t had a chance to use yet, to export using various means. On one of the slides he claimed that Apple invented HTML5, whilst Apple did invent Canvas I can’t find any evidence to support that they invented HTML5 as a whole and this irked me somewhat. One thing that I wasn’t aware of was that Device Central can be used to mimic what the screen will look like outdoors and in other situations to test if the contrast of your site colours works.

The second session with him there were only four of us so we got a really one-on-one talk where we could ask whatever we wanted about anything vaguely relating to Adobe. Most of it was spent looking at Adobe’s non-creative tools. I never thought I’d say it but, I was hugely impressed with Acrobat. I’ve never been a fan of the Reader, even back in my PC days I’d use Foxit but Preview’s meant I’ve never felt the need for it. But the Acrobat demo showed me just how much it can do. Like packaging a load of different files together, like a zip file, but being able to view it in a neat design, click and open them, usually within Acrobat.

So Adobe coming to Bournemouth was a lovely day for myself, I took much away from it. Also check out Adobe Presenter if you’re on Windows, it looked very useful for teachers and anyone trying to communicate information.

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