The fourth installment to the Adobe Creative Suite series was launched yesterday with updates to the web and graphic designers favorite software tools. The list of new versions go a long way: Photoshop (with two versions), Dreamweaver, Flash, Fireworks, After Effects, InDesign, Illustrator, Premiere and Soundbooth. With a tagline “Shortcut to Brilliant,” Adobe Creative Suite 4 (CS4) aims to build on the addition of former Macromedia products in the previous version.
I looked at the features list of Adobe Dreamweaver CS4, the app that focuses on the building of websites and web pages, and there’s a feature that caught my attention:
CSS Best Practices
Implement CSS best practices without writing code. The new CSS tab in the Properties panel shows the styles for the current selection as well as all the applicable CSS rules. Hover over any property to view a tool tip with no-jargon English explanations of CSS principles. New CSS rules can be created and applied in the Properties panel and stored in the same document or an external style sheet. Dreamweaver CS4 even gives you control over the specificity of your rule: Just click Less Specific or More Specific in the updated New CSS Rule dialog box to target your style precisely.
I haven’t tested the actual software myself, but this looks promising, especially for the budding web designers who need to layout easily and get familiar with Cascading Style Sheets. However, I do hope that it won’t spoil the designers into taking CSS for granted, ie, not caring enough to work with CSS without Dreamweaver or similar tools. I guess what I’m trying to say is, I’m not too high on the prospects that CSS becomes a mere “feature.”
Let’s see when CS4 ships and how this new feature pans out.
After my talk on Web Standards & WordPress, the bloggers who initiated a Web Standards Philippines movement several months ago were spurred into action and the inspiration to hold a camp-like activity focused on building the web– web standards, web design, semantic web, design principles, usability, accessibility, were some of the topics to be put forward.
The funny thing about this initiative is that it started out as a Plurk discussion and then people got riled up and the next thing you know, we had a meeting last night to architect what could be the first major web focused camp-type event in the Philippines. Present during the first meeting were Ia Lucero, Mae Paulino, Joni Ang, Sarah Cada, Marco Palinar and Jolo Santos and I felt that the group wanted the event to happen. The camp is initially pegged at the first quarter of 2009.
A good portion of the Philippine blogosphere (including myself) considered September 6, 2008 a special day because it was WordCamp Philippines 2008 day.
And that day started really early because I had to polish the presentation I was going to give as a plenary session for WordCamp. My topic was something very close to my heart– Web Standards and WordPress– two of the main components of this blog. Since I left the house late in the morning, that meant I had to miss a significant part of the day’s talks. (This should be a lesson to me not to wait for the last day/hour/minute.)
The past week was already doozy for me because I had already given a talk at the Y4IT Conference on Wednesday, and then the WordCamp a few days later. (I think Jayvee and Juned had the same schedule) The two talks were significant, yet contrasting. Y4IT was like a rock concert, and WordCamp was more like an Unplugged event where it was more grounded and intimate.
When I arrived at the College of St. Benilde, it was in the middle of the i.ph talk. I met a few folks from the organizing committee who were extremely helpful. What they lacked in facilites, they really made up by the personal attention towards me and effort.
I was slotted after Aileen‘s Google Analytics presentation and once I got to the stage, I had some more clarity to what WordCamp was really all about. Unlike talks I’ve done before, I didn’t feel like an expert lecturing people, but a peer to the audience sharing what I like and do. We were all bloggers or somehow involved in blogging, so it was easier to draw from my experiences. In the end, I really felt good about giving the presentation.
Unfortunately, I had to scoot immediately after my talk because of another commitment so I wasn’t able to meet more bloggers and get my photo taken with WordPress founder Matt Mullenweg. (Damn!) I did attend the afterparty at the mag:net cafe where I went up to the stage again and performed with the resident Rock-a-oke band, the Johnny’s.
Kudos to the Mindanao Bloggers, the volunteers and the Pinoy Blogosphere for making WordCamp Philippines 2008 possible.
I’ve culled this list form Jehzlau’s blog (I hope he doesn’t mind), where he has a compilation of the WordCamp Philippines 2008 posts. This list is up-to-date as of this writing so check his blog post out, which he updates:
I’ll be talking about Web Standards and how the WordPress platform fits into the puzzle. (This blog is powered by WordPress, by the way.) I’ll also touch on stuff like Usability and some little Web Accessibility to complete the loop. Of course, since the audience will be a mixed bag of bloggers and non-bloggers, I may have to make the talk very easy to follow with the least possible jargon. I’m guessing by the time I speak, everyone would have been bombarded by geekspeak already. ðŸ˜›
September is going to be a busy month on the speaking front because there are other events on the pipeline. I’ll keep everyone posted.