July Meeting

The next FlashMN/CreateMN meeting will be on Wednesday, July 17 at 6:30. We’re squeezing out one more meeting at Easel Solutions so the location will be the same.

Our very Ken Chang is a newly appointment “Corona Ambassador”. No, that doesn’t mean he’s really into cheap Mexican beer. The Corona SDK by Ansca Mobile is a really easy-to-use mobile development platform. It’s a great platform for building applications for iOS, Android, Kindle, and Nook. You can learn more about Corona here: http://www.coronalabs.com/products/corona-sdk/. Ken is going to show everyone how easy it is to get started developing with Corona so if you’ve been intimidated by mobile development, come on by and get your feet wet.

When: Wednesday, July 17th
-Social time: 6:30pm
-Presentation: 7:00pm
-Wrap-up: 8:45pm

Where: Easel Solutions
- 23 Empire Drive, Saint Paul, 55103

See you then!

Dustin & Ken

FlashMN/CreateMN June Meeting

It’s a big week for the Creative Cloud. Last month at Adobe MAX, it was announced the new “CC” applications and services will be available later today. Our meeting on Wednesday will focus on what new in the Adobe Creative Cloud. We’ll not only highlight many of the new features, but also show how to use a lot of the services also included in your Creative Cloud subscription. Here are the details:

When: Wednesday, June 19th
-Social time: 6:30pm
-Presentation: 7:00pm
-Wrap-up: 8:45pm

Where: Easel Solutions
- 23 Empire Drive, Saint Paul, 55103

See you there!

Dustin & Ken

Next Meeting: May 15th @ 6:30pm

The next FlashMN/CreateMN meeting is going to be on Wednesday May 15th at Easel Solution. As most of you know, the Adobe MAX conference is in early May so we’ll be recapping any new tools or techniques announced at the conference.

We’re also going to take a look at some fundamentals of responsive web design. We’ll walk through some CSS techniques to creating responsive layouts and look at some tips and tricks for responsive images, videos, tables, etc. You’ll see lots of resources too for supporting older browsers and testing your responsive design (i.e. the new responsive inspector for Google Chrome: http://outof.me/responsive-inspector-beta-released/).

Meeting Info:
Wednesday, May 15th
- 6:30 pm: Social/Pizza time
- 7:00 pm: Presentation
- 8:45 pm: wrap-up

Easel Solutions
23 Empire Drive
St. Paul, MN 55103

See you on the 15th!

Dustin & Ken

Next meeting: April 17th 2013!

Our April meeing will be on the 17th @ 6:30pm at Easel Solutions:
23 Empire Drive
St. Paul, MN 55103
(651) 602-3153

We’ll be covering Adobe’s Open Source Text Editor Brackets! And we’ll take a look at Processing!

Here’s the link for Processing:

To RVSP, you can reply back to this posting or go to our Facebook page!

February 2013 Meeting

Our next FlashMN/CreateMN meeting will be February 20th @ 6:30pm at Easel Solutions:
23 Empire Drive
St. Paul, MN 55103
(651) 602-3153

Yes it’s been a while, and we have an extra special announcement + we’ll be going in a different direction for tomorrow’s meeting, Ken will be presenting a case study on viral videos and how he sold 2 years of advertising to StyleHaul an advertising network.

See you then!

December meeting cancelation

Due to some scheduling issues, Ken and I are going to have to cancel the FlashMN Meeting for tomorrow. We’re going to pick up in next year so mark your calendars for January 16th. Stay tuned for more info.

Between now and then, if you need a few resources to tide you over, here’s a quick list of some recent announcements:

Adobe TechLive Training and Events

Latest Updates to the Creative Cloud:

Adobe Scout Flash Profiler (helps you optimize your Flash files)

Greensock Animation Platform (JavaScript) – Syntax is just like the ActionScript version
Framework: http://www.greensock.com/gsap-js/
CSS3 Animation Support: http://www.greensock.com/css3/

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! See you next year.

Dustin & Ken

No Meeting in November

Hey Everyone – Since the November meeting is the day before Thanksgiving, we’re cancelling it this month. Our last meeting of the year will be December 19th. We’ll send some additional information about the topic in the next couple weeks. We’ll also be drawing for the [up to] $2000 software prize. Every meeting you attend gives you another “name in the hat” so the December meeting will be your last opportunity to enter (or increase your chances)

Happy Thanksgiving and enjoy the long weekend! See you in December!

Dustin & Ken

October 2012 Meeting: Adobe Lightroom

Our October meeting will be this Wednesday (10/17) and the topic is “Adobe Lightroom”. The presenter this month will be one of the members of Adobe’s Lightroom team so we’ll be getting a demonstration from a true expert!

Whether you take pictures with your cell phone, point-and-shoot, or a fancy DSLR, Adobe Lightroom is a piece of software you should have. It has a complete set of digital photography tools and helps photographers of any skill level import, organize, edit, and archive their digital photos. Adobe essentially took all the useful photography features of Photoshop and bundled them into an easy-to-use but incredibly robust tool. Lightroom is included in the Adobe Creative Cloud and can also be purchased individually. It’s seriously one of the coolest tools Adobe makes and is definitely worth checking out.

Time and location for the meeting are below. For more information about Lightroom, check out the product page on Adobe’s website (http://www.adobe.com/products/photoshop-lightroom.edu.html). Hope to see you there!

Adobe Lightroom at FlashMN
When: Wednesday, October 17th
Time: Social/Pizza/Pop: 6:30pm, Presentation: 7:00-8:30
Where: Easel Solutions (23 Empire Drive, Saint Paul, MN 55103)


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Meeting: 09/19/12

Our next meeting is going to continue our tour around Creative Suite 6. We’re going to take a look at After Effects. We also have a special guest speaker: Scott Cornell.

Adobe After Effects has been an industry-leading tool for creating amazing visual effects and motion graphics. In this presentation, Scott Cornell will be giving us an overview on how to get started using After Effects. He’ll also be diving into some of the great new features of After Effects CS6. Scott (http://scottacornell.com) is a freelance motion graphics designer and 3D artist and brings years of experience to the table. This presentation will have a little something for everyone. If you’re a new user, you’ll get a great overview of this powerful too and see how to get started. If you’ve been working in motion graphics (either with After Effects or another tool), this will be a good opportunity to see some of the latest techniques and get your questions answered from an industry expert.

We’ll also discuss some Creative Cloud discounts available to anyone to currently uses competitive video editing software like Final Cut Pro or Avid. Oh, and of course, there will be some swag to give away.

Next Meeting: Wednesday, September 19th
Where: Easel Solutions :: 23 Empire Drive, Saint Paul, 55103
When: Doors open at 6:15 :: Free pizza and pop at 6:30 :: Presentation 7:00-8:45
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Remember that each meeting you attend gives you a “name in the hat” for our end of the year drawing where you can win up to $2000 in your choice of Adobe software. See you tonight!!