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(re)desine - Monday Sept. 24, 2007

All FlashMN members are invited to attend (re)desine. This monthly event is scheduled for Monday, September 24, at 8:00pm sharp at The Steak Knife in Dinkytown. Here is a link to directions:


There will be an EXCITING double-header lined up with Pete McCauley and Jeff Abbuzahab (two exceptionally-talented video gurus from the University of Minnesota). With the recent corporate and instructional focus on streaming High-Definition video over the web, and Adobe’s confirmation that the new Flash plug-in will support full-screen H.264 video (see http://www.adobe.com/aboutadobe/pressroom/pressreleases/200708/082107FlashPlayer.html for more information), we will inevitably see an influx of poorly-designed video being “re-glitzed” for HD format, essentially littering the web with larger file-size versions of the same old junk.

Pete and Jeff will cover the process of capturing, editing, and optimizing high-quality (technical and content quality) video from start to finish (with some very cool videos playing throughout the night). For example, Jeff will demonstrate a few of the techniques behind mixing grass-roots videography with Photoshop and looping audio clips to create aesthetically brilliant pieces. For those of you who haven’t seen some of the recent Polar Husky videos, or Pete’s collection of sea-horse training documentaries, you will definitely be in for a treat! Even if you are not interested in web video, you will definitely enjoy the tone of the evening and the friendly company.

Remember, feel free to bring anyone and everyone (designers and non-designers alike). In the past we have had approximately 25-40 people in attendance, and we are hoping for more this time around. (re)desine is a very informal get-together that is more about having a relaxing night with friends than putting on our profound instructional designer hats. As always, we will have a few door prizes (including all-new (re)desine t-shirts that you won’t want to miss) and drink specials throughout the night. The event typically lasts about an hour - however, feel free to stay after and meet some new friends!

Hope to see everyone next Monday at The Steak Knife! Check out the newly re-designed www.redesine.com for more info (actually it’s less info, but now you have the link again!).

How to setup Flash with Paypal and IPN

Agenda for Wednesday, September 19th
6:30 - Food and drinks available
7:00 - Announcements
7:10 - Flash News Flash!
7:30 - Flash with Paypal
7: 50 - SWX Presentation

“How to setup Flash with Paypal and IPN” (~20min)
Saviz Artang will give us a presentation on how you can setup your Flash site with Paypal and receive Instant Paypal Notifications (IPN).

“SWX Presentation - What it is and how it makes your life easier” (~20min)
With SWX, working with data in Flash isn’t rocket science. SWX RPC is a remote procedure call protocol encoded in SWF. It’s simple enough that you can get up and running with it in about five minutes. SWX RPC is perfect for building mashups (with easy-to-use APIs for Flickr, Twitter, and others), mobile applications (Flash Lite 2.0 and 2.1), and other data-driven Flash sites and applications.

Super Adobe Prize Contest!!! (worth $2100 in Adobe Software)
This month we will announce the winner of the Adobe software of your choice (value up to $2100). Second place is Sams Teach Yourself Adobe Flash CS3 Professional in 24 hours. Third place is Que Adobe Dreamweaver CS3 on Demand