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Jamie Shoup

Adobe Creative Cloud 2017 Released

By Jamie ShoupNov 7, 2016

Adobe announced the newest generation of the Adobe Creative Cloud, its suite of software and Web-based services for the creative community, available immediately.

The IT Professional division of Pearson is excited to align to the announced with a product suite of 8 titles planned for the Creative Cloud (2017 release) from the world’s greatest authors and series from Adobe Press and Peachpit. The new products offer training and inspiration to all user levels and cover a broad range of topics within the Creative Cloud.


Ben Waldie

Mac Productivity: Quick Scripts and Workflows - Convert Rich Text to Image

By Ben WaldieApr 23, 2012

Your wife’s surprise birthday party is tomorrow.  You’ve prepared a top notch slideshow on your Mac using Keynote, and transferred it to your iPad.  Great!  Now you can present directly from the iPad.  There’s only one problem.  The fonts in your presentation are no longer appearing properly because the iPad doesn’t have all the same fonts your Mac does.  It looks like you might have to lug your Mac along too.  No, with Automator’s help, you can just replace the problem text with images.  Here’s how...

Keeping Your Joomla! Web Site Secure

By Marni DerrOct 24, 2011

A Joomla! web site is no more or less secure than any other CMS or custom developed web site. All web sites are vulnerable to malicious attacks, hackers, and spammers if you don't take the necessary steps to protect them. Securing a Joomla web site is as important as it is simple, just follow the checklist outlined in this article.

Larry Ullman

Maintaining Secure Passwords: Five Critical E-Commerce Security Tips in Five Days

By Larry UllmanFeb 25, 2011

Many factors go into the security of a Web site, particularly an e-commerce one. While creating a secure Web application in the first place is a key component, there's an easy way to improve the security of a site over time: by maintaining secure passwords. In this post, I'll explain what this means.

Larry Ullman

Securely Handling File Uploads: Five Critical E-Commerce Security Tips in Five Days

By Larry UllmanFeb 24, 2011

A feature of many of today's Web sites is the ability for users to upload files to the server. While often necessary, this process presents a new type of risk to servers and sites, whether any user can upload a file or just an administrator can. In this post, I explain what steps you can take to limit the risks of allowing for file uploads.

Larry Ullman

Have a Emergency Plan: Five Critical E-Commerce Security Tips in Five Days

By Larry UllmanFeb 23, 2011

The bulk of security-related advice is based upon preventing break-ins, hacks, and attacks, but responsible e-commerce developers and administrators know that it's just as important to have created an emergency plan well before trouble occurs. In this post, Larry Ullman talks about why an emergency plan is important and what, exactly, that means.

Larry Ullman

Validate, Validate, Validate: Five Critical E-Commerce Security Tips in Five Days

By Larry UllmanFeb 22, 2011

The security of an e-commerce site depends upon so many things: the hosting involved, keeping all the software updated, using secure passwords, and so forth. But when it comes to the software you write--the Web application itself--the most fundamental security concept is that incoming data is validated, validated, and validated. In this post, Larry Ullman writes about what that means, from the concept to the implementation.

Larry Ullman

Understand Your Hosting, Five Critical E-Commerce Security Tips in Five Days

By Larry UllmanFeb 21, 2011

People often think that the security of an e-commerce site is primarily based upon the software they write. Although the Web application itself must also be secure, the biggest factor, in my opinion, is the Web hosting being used. In this post, you'll see why hosting is such a critical consideration, as well as what additional steps one might take depending upon the hosting involved.
Justin Putney

Flash Animation Five Tips in Five Days: Tip 5 - Targeting Nested Symbols with ActionScript

By Justin PutneySep 24, 2010

Suppose you want to use ActionScript to manipulate a symbol that is nested inside another symbol. For example, imagine you have an instance of a symbol named menuHolder on Stage, and inside menuHolder, there is an instance of a symbol named menuItem.

Justin Putney

Flash Animation Five Tips in Five Days: Tip 4 - SWF History

By Justin PutneySep 23, 2010

One of the great strengths of the SWF file format (the Flash output format) is its compact size. The SWF file format is one of the best ways to deliver a multimedia experience over a reasonably small bandwidth. Keeping your file size as small as possible ensures that your viewers will have a minimal wait time before seeing your work.

Justin Putney

Flash Animation Five Tips in Five Days: Tip 3 - Bitmap Masking

By Justin PutneySep 22, 2010

Did you know that bitmaps (jpgs, pngs, gifs, tiffs) can be used to fill shapes in Flash? When a bitmap is used for a fill, the shape containing the fill acts as a mask.

Justin Putney

Flash Animation Five Tips in Five Days: Tip 2 - Distribute to Layers

By Justin PutneySep 21, 2010

To faciliate easy editing of your Flash file, it's a good rule of thumb to place each asset on its own layer. This is especially true if you plan to animate or tween any of the assets (since only one item can be tweened per layer). However, there are many occasions when it is sensible to create your artwork on a single layer.

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