Aza Raskin Talks About the Future of Browsing

Aza Raskin, head of User Experience (UX) of Mozilla Labs, gave this talk during the Future of Web Apps London event earlier this month. He shared what the next three years could be like in the browser space. From more user-centric features to payments using the browser, what could be is very intriguing:

You-Centric: The Future of Browsing from Carsonified on Vimeo.

Adobe Creative Suite 4 Design Premium Promo

The folks at Advance Insight Innove Inc. are running a promo for Adobe Creative Suite 4 Design Premium.

The mechanics are fairly simple: Buy an OEM Mac version of Adobe CS4 Design premium and you get either a 13″ MacBook, a 20″ iMac or a combo of a Mac Mini and a32″ Samsung LCD television. The price the software is PhP 101,400.00 (or approximately US$ 2147.00). This price is exclusive of VAT.

I think his is a good deal as the Adobe CS4 Design Premium currently sells for US$ 2315 at the Adobe store.

For more information, you can contact Ms. Fria Alivio at advance.insight (at) gmail.com.

Stepping Down as User Group Manager of the Adobe User Group – Philippines

After five years at the helm, I’m stepping down as the User Group Manager of the Adobe User Group – Philippines.

I’m stepping down knowing that the community I initiated in 2004 will be in the capable leadership of Rey Mendoza, Jr. and Michelle Santos. I’ll still be involved with AUGPhil in a difference capacity, but AUGPhil will move forward with Rey and Michelle leading the way.

I’ve had my share of successes and challenges (mostly challenges :P) in reaching out to the Adobe designer and developer communities here in the Philippines, and I could say that despite the challenges in the last five years, AUGPhil kept afloat and is now primed to take on bigger things with the new leadership.

Keep an eye on AUGPhil in the coming months, there will be good things coming up. :)

Drive Through Adobe Creative Suite 4

Adobe will be having “drive through” sessions of its Creative Suite 4 here in the Philippines. The two sessions, scheduled on August 26 and September 3, 2009 in Makati City, will focus on two tracks: Print and Web.

The folks from the Philippine Center for Creative Imaging (PCCI) will lead the sessions. The Print track will take up the morning sessions from 9am-12nn and the Web track is tabbed at 2-5pm.

These sessions is intended to give a glimpse to existing users of older versions of Adobe’s Creative Suite. For those interested in the Web track, here are some of the topics covered, particularly in Dreamweaver CS4:

  • Quickly find and open related files using new Related Files feature
  • Searching nested styles easily using new Code Navigator feature
  • Easily synchronise images with new Photoshop Smart Objects command

If you’re interested in attending the Drive Through Adobe Creative Suite 4 event, you can register at the event website.

Microsoft Office Live Doesn’t Work with Google Chrome

I was exploring ways of transferring my office-related work online and I stumbled upon Microsoft Office Live, the online version of the very popular application suite. I was using Google Chrome that time.

After I clicked the “Sign Up Free” button at the home page, I was brought to this web page:

MS Office Live Screenshot
MS Office Live Screenshot

The error page displayed:

To use Microsoft Office Live, your computer must meet one of the following requirements:

  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 6 or 7, running on Microsoft Windows XP, Windows Server 2003 or Windows Vista. You can downloadInternet Explorerfrom the Windows Internet Explorer page.
  • Mozilla Firefox running on Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista, or Mac OS X 10.2.x and later. You can download Firefox from theFirefox download page.

Bummer.

Passed the Dreamweaver CS3 ACE Exam

Adobe Certified Expert - Dreamweaver

I passed the Adobe Dreamweaver CS3 ACE Exam yesterday, and it was a welcome development, considering it it took me three tries to pass the exam.

Yeah, “Third time’s a charm” worked for me for theAdobe Certified Expert (ACE) for Dreamweaver– I missed my first two attempts by only a couple of questions (the passing is 64%). I guess that’s what happens when you take a cert exam with only your stock knowledge.

So I got this book from Sams entitled “Adobe Dreamweaver CS3 Unleashed” and reviewed my problem area (Site Management) and specifically focused on that chapter. Thankfully, that did the trick. 😛

What’s next? I’m going for the Photoshop ACE exam. 😀

Sun Microsystems & Microsoft Pair-up for Survival

In the news, Sun Microsystems and Microsoft recently agreed on a distribution deal to include Microsoft’s Live Search Box in the download of the Java Runtime Environment (JRE).

How desperate times can make bed fellows out of former foes…

In 2004, Sun and Microsoft were embroiled in a legal battle where Microsoft ended up settling with Sun for a cool $2 billion. Fast forward to 2008, Microsoft is a weak third force in the search engine wars against Google and Yahoo! and Sun just bled another $1.7 billion in the previous quarter.

So in essence, the deal makes sense because Microsoft wants the traffic and Sun needs the cash. However, I find this deal a bit annoying because I can’t imagine a Microsoft prompt in a Java installer. Why? It’s a bit irrational, but I worked with a Sun project before and I saw how the battle with MS was very tight. And now they’re friends all of a sudden? Sheesh.

Anyways, the deal also is a copy-cat move from Mictosoft to catch Google. If you remember, Google and Sun partnered in a similar deal a while back, but the deal is now defunct.

Let’s see if this odd couple can score a win.