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How Secure is Your Old and Inactive User Data?

By Jon Callas
November 4, 2013

A couple weeks ago Brian Krebs announced that Adobe had a serious breach, of customer data as well as source code for a number of its software products. Nicole Perlroth of The New York Times updated that to say that …

Four short links: 27 August 2013

By Nat Torkington
August 26, 2013

Bomb in the Garden (Matthew Butterick) — design excellence is inhibited by two structural flaws in the web. First flaw: the web is good at making information free, but terrible at making it expensive. So the web has had to …

Four short links: 21 November 2012

By Nat Torkington
November 21, 2012

gboom — commandline tool for making gists. Pixel Based Websites — great collection of Javascript tools for working with sprites and backgrounds. Indie Game The Movie: Case Study — lessons learned, lots of detail, about the self-publishing crowdfunding success story …

Gutenberg Regions

By Adam Hyde
November 6, 2012

The “best price” phase of TOC NY 2013 registration is about to end. Don’t wait or you’ll end up paying more than you would today. To save even more on your registration, sign up here and use the discount code …

Four short links: 5 September 2012

By Nat Torkington
September 6, 2012

DIY Spectrometry Kit — This open hardware kit costs only $35, but has a range of more than 400-900 nanometers, and a resolution of as high as 3 nm. A spectrometer is essentially a tool to measure the colors absorbed …

Developer Week in Review: Adobe sends Flex to Apache

Developer Week in Review: Adobe sends Flex to Apache
By James Turner
November 18, 2011

Adobe just gave away Flex, a new single-board computer might dethrone Arduino as the tool of choice for makers, and researchers bring us a step closer to our robotic overlords.

Developer Week in Review: Adobe raises the white flag on mobile Flash

Developer Week in Review: Adobe raises the white flag on mobile Flash
By James Turner
November 10, 2011

Flash isn't dead, but Adobe is checking into hospice options. Eclipse adds another language to the list of ones almost but not exactly like Java. And how do you find good programmers? Probably not with brainteasers.

Developer Week in Review: Adobe raises the white flag on mobile Flash

Developer Week in Review: Adobe raises the white flag on mobile Flash
By James Turner
November 10, 2011

Flash isn't dead, but Adobe is checking into hospice options. Eclipse adds another language to the list of ones almost but not exactly like Java. And how do you find good programmers? Probably not with brainteasers.

Adobe: 64-bit Flash Player Later This Year

Adobe:  64-bit Flash Player Later This Year
By Caitlyn Martin
June 9, 2011

The note from Mr. Offerman reads, in part: "I can confirm that Adobe will make 64-bit support in Flash Player "Square" available in a shipping release of Flash Player later this year."

One Year Later: Adobe Abandons 64-bit Linux Again

One Year Later: Adobe Abandons 64-bit Linux Again
By Caitlyn Martin
June 7, 2011

Once again there are known security vulnerabilities in the now eight month old beta and no patches are available. In addition, the community forum page for discussing Flash Player "Square" has been deleted from the Adobe Labs website. If Adobe is continuing development on a 64-bit version of Flash Player they are not sharing any information with the public at this time. For the time being Adobe has effectively abandoned 64-bit Linux once again.

The Slideshow Module - Part 2: Tour's End and Some Tips

By Gene McCullagh
June 3, 2011

By now you've had a chance to wander around the Slideshow module and get familiar with some of the controls we looked at in The Slideshow Module - Part 1: Basic Tour. If you haven't spent much time in this module before, I hope the basic tour was helpful and encouraged you to try things out. Let's finish up our tour of the Slideshow module and then we can talk about a few tips/tricks to make your slideshows snappier. After that we should talk about some issues and concerns with how Lightroom has implemented slideshows and some possible alternatives if you still want more slideshow pizzazz than Lightroom can deliver.

The Slideshow Module - Part 1: Basic Tour

By Gene McCullagh
May 31, 2011

There are many articles, tips, and tutorials about the Library module. Even more has been written on wandering through the complexities and features of the Develop module. No doubt that these two modules are at the heart of Lightroom and where we spend the majority of our time. But Lightroom does have three other modules! The Print module seems to be the next most familiar. However, when I talk to users I am always surprised at how few ever really venture into the Web and Slideshow modules. Many have taken a look when they started using Lightroom. Few have returned. So let's take a tour!

Drop In Anytime... We're Family!

By Gene McCullagh
April 3, 2011

There's something new over at Adobe! A new feedback site has been launched over at photoshop.com! You can get there directly by going to feedback.photoshop.com. It looks to be a great way for users and the Photoshop Family teams to interact and discover new and exciting ideas for future versions of all the Photoshop Family applications. Whether it's Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, Camera Raw, and yes, Lightroom, there is a way to not only offer up your ideas and suggestions but also interact and elaborate on them.

Can Flash and HTML5 get along?

Can Flash and HTML5 get along?
By James Turner
February 1, 2011

As HTML5 matures, the overlap between the new standard and Flash becomes a point of examination (or contention, depending on your perspective). In this interview, Adobe technical evangelist and Web 2.0 Expo speaker Duane Nickull says the real issue isn't which option is better, but rather how developers are best served.

Recreating Subtle UX Effects in Flex for Mobile

By Andrew Trice
December 21, 2010

One of my favorite user experience interactions on the iPhone is the subtle action of "graying out" content when another piece of content is in focus. For example, If you are viewing your contacts list and click on the "search" box, the main content of the list goes dark, and the search box retains focus. In this post, we'll examine a simple technique for recreating that subtle effect in Adobe Flex using the built in classes of the mobile/hero SDK.

360 | Flex 2011 in Denver, April 10-13, now accepting submissions

By RJ Owen
December 20, 2010

It's official: 360|Flex 2011 will be held in Denver, Colorado April 10-13 of 2011. The call for submissions was opened on the 360|Flex website today. f you've never been before or were thinking about going I'd advise getting tickets early, as this event is very likely to sell out. You can register here to get the early-bird price of $449. This price ends Jan. 7 when tickets go up to $599, so get them while you can.

Add a Drop of Photoshop

By Gene McCullagh
December 3, 2010

Lightroom has a great feature called Presets. Presets allows you to set up certain parameters and save them. Once saved, the preset can be applied to thousands of images at a time. If built properly, multiple presets can be combined for different effects.As powerful as presets are there are things they just cannot do. Ah, but Photoshop can help there! You see, Photoshop can also save things for later use. We call these saved sets of steps actions. If you aren't familiar with Photoshop actions here is the briefest of explanations. Whatever you can do in Photoshop (well, almost whatever) you can save in an action. That action can be played back on another image (or thousand images). The steps are dutifully executed as if you were performing them manually. By now you must be thinking "So what! Actions are in Photoshop and we're talking about Lightroom." True. But Lightroom has a very elegant way of passing images along to Photoshop and then applying an action. Remember that Lightroom's full name is Photoshop Lightroom. The secret lies in Lightroom's Export Actions. So let's take a closer look at how to do this.

Flash Player 10.2 Beta has landed at Adobe Labs

By Rich Tretola
December 1, 2010

Quoted from Adobe Labs: "We’re happy to announce a beta release of Flash Player 10.2 for Windows, Mac, and Linux is now available for download on Adobe Labs. Flash Player 10.2 beta introduces a number of enhancements we’re excited to...

Adobe MAX Keynotes Online

By Andrew Trice
November 3, 2010

Last week was Adobe's MAX conference, where Adobe unveiled their latest and greatest. There were numerous announcements, including new SDKs and tooling for mobile and devices (including TV), new tooling for HTML5, new beta releases of Flex 4.5, Flash Builder, and Catalyse, and new 3D capabilities in the Flash player, amongst others... In case you were not able to attend, the MAX keynotes are available online, and you can check it out for yourself.

@RIARadio - MAX 2010 Day 1

By Garth Braithwaite
November 2, 2010

Day 1 we talked to Jonnie Hallman, Mark Anders, the litl team (Chuck Freedman, Kevin Suttle, and Ryan Canulla), James Polanco, and Aaron Pedersen.

Building a "native" menu in Flex Mobile

By RJ Owen
October 31, 2010

Flex Mobile currently integrates most of the native Android API's and features without much pain - from the accelerometer to the action bar to the microphone, most of the features you'll need to make a native-feeling application are easy to implement. One exception to this currently is a default menu component. This menu is normally visible at the bottom of the screen whenever the user hits the "menu" button (a standard on all Android phones) and contains a menu specific to the application or screen the user is currently in. Flex Mobile is currently only in beta and this feature is definitely on Adobe's roadmap at some point - probably before the full release. In the mean time, I'm going to show you one way to implement a "native" menu in Flex Mobile without having to re-build the menu component in each and every one of your screens.

Getting started with Flex Mobile

By RJ Owen
October 31, 2010

Flex Mobile was released to Adobe Labs during MAX this year. I spent some time with the SDK working on a mobile application of our multi-screen MAX Volume experience and wanted to share some of the things I learned during the process.

Here They Come - HTML5 & CSS3 Timeline Editors!

By Andrew Trice
October 29, 2010

Among many of the things shown off at Adobe's MAX conference this week, there were two previews that caught my attention... The EDGE prototype timeline editor for HTML5/CSS3 and the HTML5/CSS3 exporter for Flash. In the same vein, today Sencha released their own HTML5/CSS3 timeline editor. I'm guessing there is going to be a wave of innovation for HTML5 and CSS3 tooling in the near future...

Developer Week in Review

By James Turner
October 27, 2010

Heading up developer news this week: Is XP really dead this time? Linux release notes are an exercise in futility. Apple pulls the rug out from two development environments on the Mac. And Adobe gives tablet programmers more options.

MAX day 2 keynote live blogging

By RJ Owen
October 26, 2010

We'll be blogging the live keynote here in 45 minutes. You can watch it live online here, or check back regularly for updates to this page.

Adobe Heart’s jQuery

By Matthew David
October 25, 2010

jQuery is making an appearance in many of the Adobe's new Web/HTML5 tools. From the new powerful EDGE through to Widgets - behind it all is jQuery.

Liveblogging the MAX 2010 keynote: day 1

By RJ Owen
October 25, 2010

I'll be live blogging the MAX 2010 keynote. Check back here for updates as long as the wifi lasts!

New Tutorials from George Jardine

By Gene McCullagh
October 24, 2010

Well George Jardine is back with a new set of video tutorials on the Develop module in Lightroom 3! George was kind enough to let me review the series. I always enjoy his tutorials and this new series is no exception. George presents with an ease and fluidity not found in many other tutorials. He crafts his presentations to make sure that the viewer is both entertained and informed. Don't take my word for it. Go and see for yourself. Click here to view one of the tutorials in its entirety. George covers the features that are new in Lightroom 3 in great detail including sharpening and noise reduction, lens profiles, new raw processing and more.

LIGHToperatingROOMsystem--Part 3

By Gene McCullagh
October 22, 2010

In LIGHToperatingROOMsystem--Part 1 we looked at relocating missing files. Missing folder were covered in LIGHToperatingROOMsystem--Part 2. Now let's take a look at some additional techniques to use in the Folders section of the Library module. Nearly anything we can do in the operating system with files and folders can be done inside of Lightroom. Gaining a proficiency with the Folders section will assist you in avoiding quite a few file/folder headaches in your workflow. Lightroom and your operating system are intertwined. What you do in one will impact the other. It is important to remember that Lightroom approaches your file system in a much different way than your operating system. Lightroom is only concerned with where the files for your images are located. Your operating system, on the other hand, must concern itself with the location of every file and folder. That lets you show as much or as little of the folder hierarchy as you like to see.

LIGHToperatingROOMsystem--Part 2

By Gene McCullagh
October 20, 2010

In LIGHToperatingROOMsystem--Part 1 we looked at the problem of missing files in Lightroom. Now it is time to turn our attention the the issue of missing folders. It is extremely useful to get acquainted with the Folders section of the Library module. Becoming familiar with these tools will help you solve any number of file and folder issue. It will also make it easier to manipulate the location of your images and folders. This saves time. It's easier to make changes using your operating system only because you are much more familiar with how to do things there. Take the time to use Lightroom and it will become easier over time. Then you won't have to help Lightroom find things after you've played with them outside.

LIGHToperatingROOMsystem--Part 1

By Gene McCullagh
October 17, 2010

Lightroom does an excellent job of keeping track of your images. But there are times when things don't seem to go so well. You open your catalog and several images have missing file icons or some folders appear to be missing. You scratch your head and wonder what happened. The simple answer, in most cases, is that you or another application has moved some files and no one bothered to keep Lightroom in the loop. This can cause some confusion, especially when you try to fix the disconnect. So let's take a closer look at how all this works and interacts. Lightroom keeps track of your images and their locations via a database (the catalog). Your operating system does pretty much the same thing. Location information is stored in some database-like table. The problem is that your operating system doesn't tell Lightroom about location and name changes. Lightroom, on the other hand, will keep your operating system informed about what it's up to.

Adobe AIR for Android Now Available

By Rich Tretola
October 8, 2010

The Adobe AIR runtime for Android devises is now available in the Android Marketplace. Go get it today!...

360|Flex-Letting the Data Tell the Story

By Andrew Trice
September 29, 2010

Data is everywhere, whether you like it or not. It's up to you to be able to interpret, understand, and make sense of it. Read on to find a writeup and all of the content from my recent 360|Flex presentation "Letting the Data Tell the Story", focusing on data visualization with Adobe Flex.

Flex vs Silverlight: Versioning in the eyes of the coder

By Justin J. Moses
September 28, 2010

In this topsy turvy world of RIA development, both Adobe and Microsoft are guilty of version inflation. Don't let complacency fool you into believing the marketers and their arbitrary numerbering systems.

360|Flex Day Three

By RJ Owen
September 23, 2010

The last day of 360|Flex started slowly and picked up steam quickly. I only had time to attend the general session and a morning session on Flex 4 component development by Michael Labriola before running out to the airport, but it was still a fantastic end to the conference.

360|Flex Day One Sessions

By RJ Owen
September 20, 2010

On day one of 360|Flex I saw Paul Taylor speak about his tinyTLF framework for text, watched Jesse Freeman and Jesse Warden argue Flex vs. Actionscript development, watched Kevin Hoyt show some amazing examples using Live Cycle Collaboration Services, saw Antonio Holguin talk about the essence of a good AIR experience, and finished with a presentation from Ben Stucki on the Art of Computer Science.

Adobe Illustrator CS5 HTML5 Pack

By Rich Tretola
September 13, 2010

Adobe has announced the CS5 HTML5 Pack for Adobe Illustrator. This pack provides initial support for HTML5 and CSS3 and extends SVG capability in Adobe Illustrator CS5, and helps you easily design web and device content. In combination with the...

Apple Changes Stance on 3rd Party Development Tools

By Andrew Trice
September 9, 2010

In a recent press release, it appears that Apple has changed their stance on 3rd party development tools on iOS devices. Does this mean that the Flash CS5 exporter can be used again?

Virtual Images Part 2: Virtual Copies

By Gene McCullagh
September 9, 2010

In Part 1 we took a look at Snapshots, a way to experiment with your images without the need to create multiple copies of the original file and use up more disk space in the process. Before we talk about the other virtual image feature of Lightroom I need to point out a correction to the Snapshots article. One of our readers, Thomas, pointed out that Lightroom no longer creates a snapshot on import. That, unfortunately, is true. Since version 3 the automatic snapshot on import feature has been removed. The consensus was that you can get to the original import state via the History panel or the Reset button. I think the removal of this feature is a mistake. Personally I found it useful to have that snapshot created. This would have been a great option to put in preferences so that those who use it can enable it. Anyway...on to our task at hand. While snapshots are very useful they remain encapsulated within the image. They don't appear in the grid and do not have any independent existence of their own. You can flip back and forth between snapshots but it isn't easy to compare two of them side by side.

Virtual Images Part 1: Snapshots

By Gene McCullagh
September 6, 2010

Some images only require a few adjustments and you're done. Yes. You're that good! Other images just ask to be taken down different paths. As artists we often try to find the best expression of the moment we captured. But we don't always know the steps from capture to masterpiece. We try different settings. Apply a preset or two. Dive into the adjustment brush. and so on. And, even though Lightroom preserves an endless stream of history on an image we don't always remember at which step we saw one of those "looks" we liked. So what do we do? Before Lightroom we might have saved multiple copies of an image. One for each different look. Now I know that storage is cheaper these days but how many times do you want to multiply a 25Mb file? Enter the snapshot!

Early Flex 4.5 SDK released on Adobe Open Source

By RJ Owen
August 27, 2010

Adobe has posted a build of the Flex 4.5 SDK, code named "Hero", on their open-source site. This build does not contain features that rely on future versions of the Flash Player or AIR runtime, which is to say there's no AIR for Android goodness in here. Still, the new build adds the much-anticipated Spark DataGrid, a few other Spark components, and a number of bug fixes.

A Tale of Two Views

By Gene McCullagh
August 18, 2010

The Library module is a powerhouse of organization tools. You can view many images, a few, or one. Zoom in for fine details. Add star ratings. Add color labels. Change landscape to portrait and back again! The list goes on and on. There is one small problem, however. Many new Lightroom users can be confused by Lightroom's reaction to some of their actions. Some seasoned users even get confused on occasion. Here's a typical question I get asked; "I select several images and press 4 to add a 4 star rating. Why does this sometimes add the rating to all the images selected and other times only to my active image?"

Flash In The Can (FITC) San Francisco

By RJ Owen
July 31, 2010

I'm heading out to FITC in San Francisco in a few weeks and am starting to get excited. I've never been to an FITC event, though I've certainly heard tell of it around secluded campfires and in the back rooms of dimly-lit bars. And in the open, and on the internet, and from a lot of people on twitter who agree that this conference is going to be great.

New Lightroom Tutorials from George Jardine

By Gene McCullagh
July 30, 2010

If you have been using Lightroom and involved with the Lightroom community for any length of time then one of the names that is sure to be familiar to you is George Jardine. George was involved with Lightroom from its beginning and was a Lightroom Evangelist at Adobe until he left in 2008 to explore new creative ventures. George Jardine started as a professional photographer. His work has appeared in Sports Illustrated, Better Homes and Gardens, Interior Design magazine, and many other national publications. George first joined Adobe Systems in 1993, and in 2003, he began work on the Lightroom project. George currently teaches workshops, consults for digital photographers, and is a freelance video producer.

Flash Builder for Force.com released

By RJ Owen
July 22, 2010

Today Salesforce.com announced the release of a special version of Adobe Flash Builder built specifically for integrating with their cloud service, Force.com. Flash Builder for Force.com is a custom bundle of Flash Builder that includes all the normal stuff from Flash Builder premium along with some of the Live Cycle Data Services additions and some specific tools for integrating with Force.com's cloud offering.

Adobe MAX 2010 Registration Open

By Andrew Trice
July 17, 2010

Adobe Max will be taking place October 23-27, and it is a fantastic opportunity to gain insight into emerging technology trends, as well as a chance to learn and interact with Adobe and those in the Adobe community (including many of Insideria.com's authors).

3 Mobile Flash Game Contests Open Today

By RJ Owen
July 13, 2010

Adobe is sponsoring three big Flash mobile contests with some of the bigger internet gaming sites. Kongregate, FlashGameLicense and Mochi Media have are all hosting the contests with a combined $70k in prize money up for grabs.

Import - Where It All Begins

By Gene McCullagh
July 5, 2010

It's been a long ride full of adventure and discovery from Lightroom 3 Beta through Lightroom 3 Beta 2 to Lightroom 3. Along the way we all made suggestions and requests. Adobe listened. If one of your suggestions didn't make it into this version don't worry. This won't be the last version of Lightroom. I am confident that we have a lot of new and exciting things in the future. For now, let's get comfortable with Lightroom 3! As with any version of Lightroom it all begins with Import. And this time around we have an entirely new and improved import feature. While this has been the source of some consternation and controversy, once you dig in and look at what's new here I think you'll be on board.

Going Against The Grain

By Gene McCullagh
July 3, 2010

There was a time when film grain was a problem for some photographers. That concern translated into a concern with digital noise. Many words have been written on the techniques in many applications to remove or lessen digital noise or grain in modern images. Some even seek to find ways to remove the grain from old film photographs. Despite all of this, grain has its place in modern digital photography. Grain now brings with it the charm and nostalgia of bygone film days. When compositing images, grain can be the unifying effect bringing different images from different times together for a great composite. Adding grain to a black and white or sepia image can add a pleasing artistic texture to the work. Whatever the reason, many photographers add grain to an image. Sometimes after working diligently to remove digital noise! But, then, grain isn't noise.

Adobe Museum of Digital Media

By RJ Owen
June 25, 2010

Adobe recently announced the Adobe Museum of Digital Media (AMDM): a digital museum created to document and preserve great works of digital art and innovation. The museum will be a large online interactive experience and opens in August of 2010. While few details are available right now, the Museum homepage offers a small glimpse into what this site will eventually become.


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