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6Feb
2018
Blocking Inappropriate Images In Adobe Spark

One of the most popular features in Adobe Spark is the ability to search the internet for free Creative Commons images for use in videos, pages, and post. Spark is used extensively by children, and so we utilize safe-search to ensure that only appropriate images are returned. But, no public image search is ever 100% safe, that's an unfortunate reality.

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28Jan
2018
Free Adobe Spark For Schools and Districts

Last week at BETT in London we announced that Adobe Spark, including Premium Features, would be made available for free to students and teachers. The release is planned for April, so not a lot of details were provided with the announcement. But, there's been huge interest in the upcoming offering, and lots of you have been wanting more information. So, with time to spare on this flight from London back Stateside, I've compiled some notes that should hopefully better explain things. (Of course, details could change between now and the planned release in April).

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23Jan
2018
Adobe Spark Free For All Students

Students (and their teachers) love Adobe Spark. But, Spark isn't quite perfect, yet. The two most common concerns are expressed by teachers are the lack of support for minor (under 13) logins, and the lack of integration with existing school logins.

Well, both are about to be resolved.

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22Jan
2018
Creative Problem Solving Research Published

Creative problem solving is the process of redefining problems and opportunities, coming up with new, innovative responses and solutions, and then taking action. Global research shows that tomorrow's jobs will demand creative problem solving skills. Adobe asked 1,600 higher and secondary educators, and 400 policymakers and influencers around the world to tell us about how students are being prepared to be creative problem solvers. This is important reading, and the full study, with supporting infographics, is now online.

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9Jan
2018
My Oracle Book In Chinese

My Sams Teach Yourself Oracle PL/SQL In 10 Minutes has just been released in Chinese (making this my 8th book transalted into Chinese).

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21Dec
2017
Using Adobe Spark To Advertise Your Class

Dr. Younus Y. Mirza, Assistant Professor of Islamic Studies at Allegheny College, has shared how he uses Adobe Spark Video and Adobe Spark Page to advertise his classes in an informative and very personal way.

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14Dec
2017
Adobe XD December Update

The Adobe XD December update is out, complete with underlined text support, improved Lightroom and Adobe Stock integration, and lots more goodies.

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1Dec
2017
Marc Schenker On Design Trends

Flat Design? Material Design? Skeumorphism? Minimalism? I missed this one last month, but better late than never ... Over on the Adobe Creative Cloud blog, Marc Schenker has shared useful insight into emerging design trends.

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16Nov
2017
Adobe XD November Update

The Adobe XD team is on a roll. The most recent update includes the addition of Design Specs to improve collaboration and obtaining feedback, a new Layout Grid, JPEG export, improvements to text display, and a whole lot more. See this blog post for details.

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11Nov
2017
On Adobe's AI Initiative

At MAX last month there was a lot of talk about AI and its roll in the creative process. We also hosted a MAX session entitled "AI and Your Business" Some of the Q&A from that session is now online.

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