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Explaining my Adobeholism

So earlier today someone sent me an email asking me why I claim to be an Adobeholic. I figured it was an interesting question, so here is your answer… and yes, I’ll admit I’m a fan-boy.

My Dock

Let’s start off with my dock on my laptop:
adobedock

I’m well aware that this isn’t every piece of software that Adobe makes, but it’s what I use.

I haven’t bought Premiere or After Effects because I haven’t had a need for them recently. I’ve been out of video editing for a while (Although, I might spring for AE soon, I have some fun video / Flash experiments in mind).

I’m not a print designer so InDesign is not my cup of tea.

Captivate isn’t on the Mac, or else I would absolutely have it. Does anybody know of a good screen recording solution for the Mac?

Director, meh… I’ll use Adobe AIR instead.

Flash Media Server developer edition is installed, and the Admin console isn’t on my dock.

Flash Paper isn’t on the Mac either… oh Flash Paper… you’ve had a rough life.

Anything I’m missing, please feel free to chime in.

My Career

I have built my entire career on Macromedia and Adobe products. Starting out as a web designer, and then moving into ColdFusion and ultimately working with the Flash platform. I’ve been riding the RIA and rich user experience wave since the beginning, and Adobe has been making that wave bigger and bigger with each passing year.

Currently, I am the Senior Adobe Developer (cool title right?) for T-Mobile USA’s Retail Technologies team.. doing research and prototype development using Adobe’s products.

My Free-time

As if working with Adobe products all day long at work wasn’t enough. When I get home, I spend most of my free-time working with Adobe products. It’s a curse really… I have all of these really cool ideas for projects and experiments, and only so much time within the day to work on them.

I also spend loads of my time reading blogs and articles, attending user groups, blogging, planning events (like the BugQuash), and many other things that are related to Adobe products.

My Bookshelf

And finally, my bookshelf:
My Bookshelf

This photo doesn’t include the boxes of books that I have in the garage, but it should give you an idea of my obsession with technology.

Conclusion

So that’s why I claim to be an Adobeholic. I’d love to see what all of your bookshelves look like. So take pictures and leave them in the comments below.

TweetCoding!

Two days ago Grant Skinner announced he’s now part of the Twitter craze.

One day later, he has setup a “TweetCoding” competition. Winner will receive a copy of Flash CS4 (compliments of Adobe).

As for how it’s going to be judged… nobody really knows yet… but loads of fun none the less.

Official Rules —> here
Template Files —> here

And you can follow the competition —> here

Flex Bug Quash quick update

Hey everyone…

I know I have been missing for a week or so now. Between a new job, and planning our first Flex Bug Quash event, I haven’t had a chance to post.

Regarding the Flex Bug Quash… here is what I can tell you (without ninjas hunting me down). Adobe has graciously offered up their support. So instead of the cramped venue we were looking at before, we have a lot more space to accommodate all of you. So once again, Adobe rocks!

The first Flex Bug Quash event is going to be held in Washington State. However, there are plans of making this a global event as well using that interweb thing.

Expect an official email / posting on bugquash.com later this week when we announce all of the details.

You can also now go to the Bug Quash web page and sign up for email notifications. We won’t spam you or sell your email address, scout’s honor!

In other exciting news… I have been jotting down tips non-stop, now I just need to write them up for all of you to enjoy. So I’ll be back on that bandwagon soon enough, but I set out to do 30 days straight and I achieved it. Go me!

Farewell Flex / AS3 Reference Guide :(

So this morning was working on an Adobe AIR prototype. With my headphones on and music playing, I may have gotten a bit into the music. Long story short… I knocked over my Pepsi Zero onto my Adobe technology platform ActionScript Reference (the cool pamphlet one that I got from MAX). It’s ruined, so I guess it’s back to the online Language Reference.

Curse you Ben Folds with your melodic twists and turns and memorable lyrics.

Farewell old friend… you will be sorely missed.