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MXNA is back up again with a new name – Adobe Feeds

Just heard that MXNA is now back again, possibly with new scalable hardware and more power. It is also now re-branded as Adobe Feeds. Now can read the Adobe News Paper again every morning :)

Great work Mike and his team. Keep it up.

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  • Adobe announces new version of Acrobat Connect Pro

    Adobe today announces new version of Acrobat Connect Pro.

    Here are interesting updates for Developer and End user perspective:

    1. It does have support of editing the recording. Yes, now you can edit your meetings recoreded previously. That is really cool feature so you can remove unnecessory items from it and can have neat and clean content. Very good for Universities so they can have meeting recorded and edited for perfect reference for some subject or topic.
    2. Integration with IMs. With new version of Acrobat Connect Pro, you can see your friends and mates inside meetings. I still not experienced the new version but still, guessing you should able to invite them to join meeting etc.,
    3. Improved LMS support for e-learning. Now Acrobat Connect Pro supports tight integration with LMS. A meeting room can be splitted in to some sections for seperate discussion for group of students. With other improvements in e-learning through Acrobat Connect Pro, Adobe tried the best to minimize the distance between virtual class room and the actual class rooms.
    4. New version of Adobe Presenter. Adobe also launched new version of Adobe Presenter along with Acrobat Connect Pro, which is add-on to facilitate smoother experience of meetings. In this new version of Adobe Presenter, Now you can have complex puzzle creation support with randomization. There is also improvement in working with video in Adobe Presenter. Now you can also publish your presentation(s) to Mobile Devices and inside PDF too.

    Availability:

    According to press release, it should be available at end of May, 2008 with languages listed below:

    1. English
    2. French
    3. German
    4. Spanish
    5. Dutch
    6. Italian
    7. Brazilian Portuguese
    8. Japanese
    9. Korean
    10. Simplified Chinese

    Important Links:

    Adobe Photoshop Express Beta – Web based Photoshop Tool

    Adobe releases Adobe Photoshop Express Beta- A web based photoshop application. We saw a sneak preview at MAX last year. It’s simply the great application. Here are the main benefits of the application.

  • 2 GB of free storage
  • Sync with Facebook, MySpace and Picasa
  • Undo support upto n levels
  • Web based application – Access it from anywhere and on all platforms and browsers
  • Here is a quote from Adobe Press Release:

    Free Online Software Brings Photoshop Technology to Anyone Taking Digital Photos

    SAN JOSE, Calif. — March 27 , 2008 — Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced Adobe® Photoshop® Express public beta, a free Rich Internet Application (RIA) available to anyone who wants to store, sort and show off digital photos with eye-catching effects. During the public beta period, Adobe will solicit Photoshop Express user feedback on product features and functionality, which will continue to evolve over time. As the newest addition to the Photoshop family line, Photoshop Express has taken much of Adobe’s best image editing technology and made it simple and accessible to a new online audience. Photoshop Express allows users to store up to 2 gigabytes of images online for free, make edits to their photos, and share them online in creative ways, including downloading and uploading photos from popular social networking sites like Facebook.

    “Photoshop is trusted technology that has changed the visual landscape of our world. Now, Photoshop Express allows anyone who snaps a digital photo to easily achieve the high-impact results for which Adobe is known,” said Doug Mack, vice president of Consumer and Hosted Solutions at Adobe. “Photoshop Express is a convenient, single destination where you can store, edit and share photos whether you’re at home, school or on the road.”

    Simple, Fun and Accessible
    With Photoshop Express, digital photos can be uploaded and sorted anytime, edited non-destructively to always preserve the original image, and shared from anywhere, on any Web browser. In a few easy clicks, Photoshop Express empowers anyone to make standard edits, such as removing blemishes and red-eye, converting to black and white, cropping and resizing, and much more.

    No experience is required to add special effects that will impress friends and family. In keeping with its one-click approach, Photoshop Express offers tricks like Pop Color which selects an object in an image, mutes the background color of the photo and allows the user to swap the object’s color so it jumps off the page. Sketch effects help photos look like drawings and the Distort feature allows you to distort facial features or objects within the images for a comical or artistic effect. Even users with limited photo editing knowledge can simply select what looks best from a line-up of sample photos with visual hints showing different variations of the added effect.

    Photoshop Express offers a variety of creative sharing options, including uploading and showing off photos and slideshows in your own online “Gallery” hosted by Adobe, or conveniently embedding or linking photos to social networking sites and personal blogs without having to leave the application. Slideshows never looked better with animation that makes photos float and fly across the screen, allowing for viewer interactivity and unique presentation styles.

    Adobe Photoshop Family
    Adobe Photoshop CS3 and Photoshop CS3 Extended are at the heart of the Photoshop family, joined by solutions for users at every level who want to bring out the best in their digital images. Photoshop Lightroomâ„¢ addresses the workflow needs of professional and serious amateur photographers. Photoshop Elements provides exciting tools and sharing options for photo hobbyists.

    Photoshop Express is the latest step Adobe is taking to leverage the advanced technology that underpins its award-winning creative products and deliver it to new online communities. In early 2007, Adobe also announced the availability of Adobe® Premiere® Express, an online video editing and mash-up tool on partner sites such as MTV and Photobucket. Adobe Premiere Express leverages the functionality found in Premiere Elements, a fully-featured desktop video editing program.

    Free and Available Now
    Adobe Photoshop Express beta is available now for free via any Web browser at http://www.photoshop.com/express . Photoshop Express was created with Flex, Adobe’s free, open source framework for building RIAs. Flex applications provide a consistent, rich user experience across operating systems and all major browsers, including Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari and others. An Internet connection and an up-to-date Flash® Player 9 are all that are required to experience Adobe Photoshop Express. In its early phases, Photoshop Express is available to US residents-only in English. Users may experience slow performance if accessed outside of the US. Future plans include availability in other languages and countries.

    About Adobe Systems Incorporated
    Adobe revolutionizes how the world engages with ideas and information – anytime, anywhere and through any medium. For more information, visit www.adobe.com .

    Here are some important links:

  • Adobe Photoshop Express – Product Information Page
  • Adobe Photoshop Express – Press Release
  • Adobe Photoshop Express – Beta
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  • Download — Adobe announces AIR 1.0

    Adobe today announces AIR 1.0. In their words, here are how it’s important for Developers and for How it’s good for business.

    For Developers:

    The Adobe AIR runtime lets developers use proven web technologies to build rich Internet applications that deploy to the desktop and run across operating systems. It’s for all developers like AJAX, Adobe Flex Developers and Adobe Flash Developers.

    Developer Links:

    Business Benefits:

    Adobe AIR offers an exciting new way to engage customers with innovative, branded desktop applications, without requiring changes to existing technology, people, or processes. Click here to know more on this.

    Here are other important links:

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  • Last month Yahoo! released version 1.1 of Yahoo! ASTRA libraries for Flash and Flex. Based on community feedback, they revised it and came up with a maintenance release as 1.1.1. Hence there are no new components but many fixes to minor bugs. Here are release notes from Josh Tynjala directly: 

    AlertManager (Flash)

    • Bug fix: Alert dialog lost focus if the user selected the text and then hit the tab key.

    Charts (Flash)

    • Improved animation and invalidation of markers.
    • Bug fix: Setting axis maximum less than the value of an origin-based marker (column, bar) hides the marker.
    • Bug fix: With large data sets, line charts are displayed offset from the left, which hides some data on the right
    • Bug fix: Axis displays improperly when all items have the same value.
    • Bug fix: Infinite loop when calculating minimum and maximum values in some cases.
    • Bug fix: PieChart displays the wrong category when values are primitive and equal.  

    MenuBar (Flash)

    • Bug fix: Selected menubar button lost focus if it was toggled very quickly with keyboard shortcuts.
    • Bug fix: Skin conflicts between Menu and MenuBar.  

    TabBar (Flash)

    • Bug fix: Styles like textFormat are not passed through to tabs.
    • Bug fix: focusIndex setter tries to access buttons before they are created.  

    AutoCompleteManager (Flex)

    • New events
    • Added API for adjusting minimum disk space requirements
    • Bug fix: caret bug when changing selection of completion dropdown
    • Bug fix: itemToLabel bug on certain types of entries
    • Bug fix: loopSelection quirkiness

     This updated version is available on Yahoo! Flash Developer Center as following:

    Via – http://www.yswfblog.com/blog/2008/02/20/announcing-astra-111/

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