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Adobe and Quark Software Upgrade Updates

Posted by Jane McClenahan at 3/30/2009 1:05 PM

Adobe has extended the offer to upgrade to Creative Suite 4 from CS1 or CS2 for the same price as CS3 until April 30, 2009.

Q
uark has announced that until September 30, 2009, you can upgrade ANY previous version of QuarkXpress to QuarkXPress 8 for one low price. When asked, Quark would not say whether upgrades from earlier versions will be more expensive or not available after September 30.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Jane at janemcc@mac.com 

Educational Online Tutorials and Podcasts

Posted by Janet Dodrill at 3/18/2009 5:45 PM

By Janet Dodrill

Recently, I found myself in need of coursework or training primarily in CSS layout and XML, to enhance my graphic design and web design skills. I was also interested in learning more about Adobe Creative Suite 4 (CS4) to obtain a more thorough understanding of its products, new features, and capabilities. I didn’t have much luck in finding the structured in-person class in CSS I was looking for, but did find online classes at one local college, and one training facility. Rather than signing-on to the virtual classroom, I decided to hunt for other online options, and found dozens of web sites offering articles, tutorials and tutorial videos, and podcasts. Here are a few of my favorites.

TUTORIALS & ARTICLES:

Lynda.com http://www.lynda.com

LAYERS The How-To Magazine For Everything Adobe http://www.layersmagazine.com/category/tutorials

Smashing Magazine  http://www.smashingmagazine.com/category/tutorials/

Adobe TV http://tv.adobe.com
(Older topics) Adobe Video Workshop http://www.adobe.com/designcenter/video_workshop/

W3 Schools http://www.w3schools.com

ThinkVitamin http://thinkvitamin.com

NOUPE http://www.noupe.com/category/tutorial

CSS Tricks http://css-tricks.com

Go To And Learn http://www.gotoandlearn.com/

Web Designer Depot http://www.webdesignerdepot.com/


PODCASTS:

Adobe Creative Suite Video Podcast http://creativesuitepodcast.com

Lynda.com Video Training. Go to ITunes Store and search for “Lynda.com Video Training”

Creative Cow http://www.creativecow.net

Net Magazine http://www.netmag.co.uk

Dangers of Backup Trauma

Posted by Wkiraly at 3/5/2009 5:37 AM

Don’t be another victim of “Backup Trauma”


Dr. Twain Weck, who looks suspiciously like John Cleese, discusses this common problem of IT Managers everywhere. Don’t let yourself be brought down by this terrible condition.

See http://www.backuptrauma.com/

Adobe CS4 upgrades have new pricing structure

Posted by markphoto at 2/13/2009 4:45 PM

Adobe has been offering CS4 upgrades from CS and CS2 at the same price as 
upgrades from CS3. This will expire on 2-28-09 and the prices will increase 
by $200 for upgrades from CS and CS2
.

Currently the prices are:
CS4 Design Premium Upgrade from CS, CS2, CS3 is $599.
CS4 Design Standard Upgrade from CS, CS2, CS3 is $499.

After 2-28-09 the upgrade price from CS3 will be the same but these will change.
CS4 Design Premium Upgrade from CS, CS2 will be $799.
CS4 Design Standard Upgrade from CS, CS2 will be $699.

CS4 Web Premium and Standard upgrades from CS and CS2 will also increase.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Jane at janemcc(at)mac.com

Review of Last CDPUG Meeting

Posted by markphoto at 2/11/2009 12:10 PM

Recycling Ain’t Easy

Story by Carlo Wolff

Photos by Lylah Wolff

Mario Jurcic told about 20 Cleveland Digital Publishing Users Group faithful that recycling old technology isn’t easy but it’s about as “green” as you can get. Jurcic is the president of Secure IT Asset Disposition Services (www.SECURE-ohio.com), a Mentor-based IT recycling company. He called his Jan. 29 CDPUG talk “A Disposable Society in a Finite World.” His firm specializes in “environmental and legal compliance with decommissioned IT equipment,” he said.

Judging by the response and curiosity of CDPUG members, he discovered a small potential market at the meeting, held, as usual, at Dodd Camera headquarters at 30th Street and Carnegie Avenue in Cleveland. Among items that were either obsolete or no longer useful to CDPUG members: a Viewsonic CRT monitor, printer ink for an Epson machine, and a printer that could handle Mac OS 8 and 9 but nothing newer.

Jurcic began with a PowerPoint geared to Apple nostalgia featuring pictures of such legends as the LISA, Apples I and II, the ungainly, 15.8-lb. Apple “Portable,” and other Apple memorabilia with little but potential museum value. Then he got into the meat of his topic, covering everything from physical risks than can attend recycling to intellectual ones such as identity theft, credit data protection and compliance with various acts including Sarbanes-Oxley and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.

“People are more passionate about their privacy than the environment,” he lamented.

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, recyclable products include computers, televisions, PDAs, phones, MP3 players, and more. Among the risks in recycling: air and water pollution, illness unto death (in severe lead poisoning), carcinogenic consequences from ingestion of nickel and chromium. Among his best offerings: an “item-threat” page showing the relationship between a substance and the damage it can cause if improperly recycled.

Among the takeaways from Jurcic’s fact-filled, cautionary presentation:

—Research recycling companies. Ask them what they do with recycled materials, how they process them, where they send them. If they say they send computer circuit board to a domestic refinery, they’re lying; there’s no such refinery.

—”E-cycling” isn’t necessarily free. It’s often dumped on third-world countries with lower environmental standards, where metals are dumped primitively and sludge waste pollutes rivers.

—Switch to an LCD monitor, less polluting (and in less demand) than CRTs.

—Unplug appliances and electronics you rarely use. Don’t keep the water running when you brush your teeth. Buy a water filter. Switch to energy-efficient, compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs). Avoid plastic water bottles. Make mulch with leaves.

Is the recapture/recovery industry growing? “They’re making all these new computers so cheap it’s impacting the refurb market,” Jurcic said. And with the economy in the doldrums, “if people can save $50 and get something refurbished instead of something brand-new,” they will.  

During the question-and-answer session, one man asked whether Jurcic would “give us a list of what you want and what you don’t want,” suggesting an environmentally sensitive business alliance between Secure and CDPUG. Jurcic said he’s willing.

Here’s a link to an enlightening, scary “60 Minutes” broadcast on computer recycling:

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2008/11/06/60minutes/main4579229.shtml

Workers with BI skills and expertise in C, C++, and C# programming should fare especially well in the weakened job market, according to new study

Posted by markphoto at 2/6/2009 3:43 PM
Thirty-eight percent of U.S. companies are planning to trim IT staff this year, but certain skills remain hot, according to a new study by the IT staffing company Veritude.

Read the article here…

Seagate Hard Drive Issues

Posted by markphoto at 2/5/2009 1:50 PM

In the recent past couple of months, Seagate has been having some issues with only CERTAIN models of their hard drives, Here are a couple of links for more information.

Dreamweaver & CSS seminar to be held February 24, 2009

Posted by markphoto at 2/5/2009 1:45 PM
  • Learn everything you need to know about building compelling websites using Adobe Dreamweaver CS4!

Whether you’re totally new to building websites, or migrating from older technologies, this fast-paced one-day seminar brings the entire workflow together—from design and prototyping through development and testing—using easy-to-understand examples from a designer’s point of view. Most importantly, you’ll learn the key to cool, functional, and flexible Web layouts: CSS—how it works, and how you can use it to your advantage.

Location: Cleveland Convention Center (BEFORE it becomes the Medical Mart….) from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Cost $99 (includes Workshop Workbook & 30-day trial to Lynda.com)

For more information, http://www.mogo-media.com/seminars/getting-started-with-dreamweaver-and-css/2009/cleveland/

Upcoming Meetings

Posted by markphoto at 1/19/2009 4:34 PM
I just wanted to remind everybody about a few meetings that are coming up (before the next e-zine)

Thursday, January 22nd – 6:30 PM
Cleveland Adobe User Group – www.clevelandmmug.org
Location: Lodestone Digital (4500 Rockside Road, Suite 150, Independence, OH).
Subject : Fireworks CS4
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Saturday, Jan 24th – 10:30 AM
WebSigCleveland –   http://www.websigcleveland.org/
Subject : My SQL
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Tuesday, January 27th – 6:00-8:15
Cleveland InDesign User Group – 
Location: Cleveland Institute of Art (11141 East Blvd.)
Subject : Interactivity with CS4

How would YOU like to be in a TV reality series tentatively named "Creative Scavenger Hunt"

Posted by markphoto at 12/9/2008 2:32 AM

Mogo Media is looking for creatives with a digital camera and Creative Suite chops to take part in a scavenger hunt that will be filmed for an online TV series.(taken from CreativePro.com)

Mogo Media has issued a casting call for people meeting the following requirements:

– Familiarity with digital cameras
– Able to manipulate and enhance images in Adobe Photoshop
– Able to work with InDesign layouts
– In San Francisco, California, on January 9 – 11, 2009
– Desired but not required: Familiarity with Flash

People who make the grade will take part in a Web-based reality TV series tentatively named “Creative Scavenger Hunt.”

The shoot will be one or two days and will take place in San Francisco on January 10 and 11, 2009, with a pre-meeting the evening of January 9. (If those dates sound familiar, it may be because Macworld Conference and Expo is in San Francisco January 5 through 9, 2009.)

If you’re interested and available, you can email Mogo’s Barry Anderson at barry@mogo-media.com. Mogo staff will follow up with potential contestants in phone interviews.

So what’s in it for you, besides a chance to show off your Creative Suite chops online? One winner will receive software, DVDs, and books, and all participants will get a small (unspecified) prize.

To stay up to date on the show’s progress, visit www.pixelproject.tv.

http://www.creativepro.com/article/casting-call-creatives

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