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Author: Leo Sopicki

Software Review: Xara Designer Pro X11

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(Originally published on Blogcritics.org) Xara Designer Pro X11 is an all-in-one design tool that handles bit maps, vector illustration, photo editing, page layout, and website design/publishing. It combines the features found in Xara’s stand-alone products — Xara Web Designer 11 Premium, Xara Page & Layout Designer 11, and Xara Photo & Graphic Designer 11 –…

AdobeMAX: ‘Moulin Rouge!’ Director Baz Luhrmann on Creativity

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Three very different speakers, but each one inspirational, discussed creativity during the second keynote session at AdobeMAX entitled “Community Inspires Creativity.” Taking place in Los Angeles this year,AdobeMAX brought together users of Adobe programs, such as Photoshop, InDesign, Premiere Pro, and Acrobat, with the engineers, developers and other people at Adobe Software responsible for improving and supporting the software.

AdobeMAX: Sneaks, and ‘Parks and Recreation’ Star Nick Offerman

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Attendees at AdobeMAX love Sneaks. AdobeMAX brings together users of Adobe software, such as Photoshop, InDesign, Premiere Pro, and Acrobat, with the engineers, developers, and managers responsible for improving and supporting the software. Sneaks, which was co-hosted this year by Parks and Recreation star Nick Offerman, demonstrates currently in-development technology, which may or may not work its way into products.

AdobeMAX: Creating Impossible Worlds with Photoshop

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My favorite Photoshop instructor of all time, Bert Monroy, took people on a search for impossible worlds at AdobeMAX, at the Los Angeles Convention Center, October 5-7. It is fascinating and amusing to watch Monroy work. Not only does he have a great dry sense of humor, but the reactions he evokes from his audiences are entertaining. Even people who have used Photoshop for years can be seen literally gasping and muttering “OMG” at the tricks Monroy shows them.

AdobeMAX: Unleashing Your Creative Weirdo

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A model, a DJ, and sugar skulls highlighted “Unleashing Your Creative Weirdo” at AdobeMAX, and that was just before the break. This workshop was one of a series of classes, speeches, and hands-on practice available at the LA Convention Center, October 5-7. AdobeMAX brings together users of Adobe software, such as Photoshop, InDesign, Premiere Pro, and Acrobat, with the engineers, developers and other people at Adobe Software who make the magic happen.

AdobeMAX: It’s Raining Apps in Creativity Land and in ‘Deadpool’

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If creativity glowed like nuclear radiation, the Los Angeles Convention Center and the adjacent LA Live could have been seen from Mars last week, October 5-7, as artists, graphic designers, photographers, filmmakers and computer experts converged from around the world for Adobe Software’s annual conclave, AdobeMAX. The conference covered Adobe’s extensive line of software including Photoshop, InDesign, Premiere Pro, Acrobat, and many new apps.

Interdrone: Drone Law – Intended and Unintended Circumstances

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At Interdrone, the International Drone Conference in Las Vegas, Sep 9-11, John Abbey exposed the crazy quilt of laws that make progress with drone technology difficult, if not impossible. Abbey is nationally recognized as a leader in technology and practices for law enforcement. With over twenty years of experience, including time as a Chief of Police, he lead teams responsible for establishing the 911 number in California, bringing computers to police cars, creating field crime analysis, and digital mugshots.

Interdrone: Smile for the Drone – Trends in Aerial Cinematography

(Originally published on Blogcritics.org) In Sunset Boulevard, Gloria Swanson’s character Norma Desmond says, “Just us, the cameras, and those wonderful people out there in the dark!… All right, Mr. DeMille, I’m ready for my close-up.” ”Now there is one more element to that mix: drones. And that close-up can pull back, rise up into the…

Interdrone: Drones Saving Lives in Firefighting and Search and Rescue

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When time is of the essence and lives are at stake, drones can make all the difference. This was the conclusion of men who have made a commitment to save the lives of others. They sat down at Interdrone, the International Drone Conference in Las Vegas, Sep-9-11, to share rescue techniques. The panel, “Saving Lives: Firefighting and Search and Rescue Tactics” was led by custom drone builder Kerry Garrison.

SXSW V2V: Warning – You’re Losing Money by Not Being a Cultural Architect

“The secret to great service brands, like Starbucks, Nordstrom and Nespresso, is that they inspire the customer experience through their teams,” said SGEi president Shane Green. It’s mindset and behaviors. These create a reputation. In today’s social media-focused environment your reputation is your brand. How you do things is how people will see you in the marketplace.”

SXSW V2V: How Neurobiology and Yoda Can Make You a Better Speaker

“On October 20, 2000, they pulled the plug,” explained motivational speaker John Bates. “We had lost $80 million and when you do that, they come in, usually with security guards, lock you out and you have nothing. I was so embarrassed, so crushed, I thought I was going to die,” he explained. But, Bates survived the bursting of the internet bubble and today, as founder/CEO of ExecutiveSpeakingSuccess.com, he teaches executives all over the world how to pitch to obtain funding and achieve other objectives. And, he’s good with a light saber.