Adobe Creative Cloud

Adobe today announced the update to their popular software Adobe Creative Suite, replacing it with Adobe Creative Cloud. With the new release, you no longer have the ability to buy the software outright. It’s a good move but you’re completely tied to a system paying as much at $49.99 / month on a yearly contract for the complete collection or $74.99 if you just want to use complete on a month to month basis, and $19.99/month for a single application.

Either way I’m pretty excited about the new tools Adobe has introduced which are part of the Creative Cloud, Adobe Edge Tools, namely: Edge Code, Edge Reflow, Edge Animate and Edge Inspect enabling you HTML5/CSS3 and Javascript responsive design, coding, animations and let you inspect your designs on the several mobile devices.

The one thing that’s got me upset is adobe’s decision to quit on Fireworks after CS6. They’re going to manage the application and update it as required to support newer operating systems but no major update to Fireworks CC, like they’ve done with Photoshop CC, Dreamweaver CC, Illustrator CC and others.

I’ve read that UX/UI designers have jumped ship and using Sketch by Bohemian Coding, I’m going to give it a try but after using Adobe Fireworks for all sorts of designs for over 8 years its hard to learn something new but I’ll give it a try.

Thanks for listening! Adobe Creative Cloud can be found here: www.adobe.com/creativecloud

Mobile Web Browsers

With all the explosion on Mobile Web and Applications. Theres’ several offerings that let you create mobile web. Some great things to keep in mind is how your application will look like in the several mobile browsers that are out there, such as Mobile Safari (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch), Mobile Firefox (Android and others), Mobile Opera (Several platforms).

37 Signals goes into details on how to watch out for these issues and the solution of-course.

What they learned from building UI from 37Signals.com

Facebook Launches FBC (facebook chat)

Facebook Launches FBC (facebook chat)

The new facebook chat recently launched, as in this morning. As I was greeted with a “hello! facebook chat is ready to involve you more with the people you know on facebook”
I got to use the little application and its pretty amazing, its done similar to the gmail-chat with the list of people online also on the bottom bar. The interface is clean and usable, and lets you surf the website without any hiccups.
Good work facebook! Way to increase pageview times :o)
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Using AJAX with PHP & MySQL

Today I started reading the book: PHP & MySQL for Dummies. I figured that since I’ve been using web services, creating websites for so long and using a group of different technologies, why not learn the underlying programming languages that make the dynamics of the web. Hence the book PHP & MySQL for Dummies helps me out. I’ll admit that I’m a dummy in the area of PHP, but I’m not that dumb, I understand the context and how the systems work.

This book should help me in learning the powers of PHP and MySQL and give me the ability to create a more customized web solutions for my clients.

Lets get this done and make it happen.