from an Adobe Systems press release

SAN JOSE, Calif. May 4, 2006 Adobe Systems Incorporated today announced the first Macromedia Flash Professional 8 from Adobe Roadshow designed to provide creative professionals an overview of the benefits of Flash Professional 8. The free, four-city tour kicks off in Los Angeles in May, before heading to San Francisco, Chicago and New York. Adobe experts and representatives from leading interactive design agencies will demonstrate how to use new features in Flash Professional 8 including filters, blend modes and improved text. In addition, attendees will learn how to incorporate video into Flash with a new higher-quality video codec, alpha channel support, and embedded cue points to create rich, interactive Web sites, applications, interactive presentations, and mobile content that provide customers with the most engaging online experiences.

Flash Professional 8 is the industry’s most advanced authoring environment for creating interactive Web sites, digital experiences and mobile content. Flash Professional 8 is part of Macromedia Studio 8, a software suite that also includes Macromedia Dreamweaver 8, Macromedia Fireworks 8, Macromedia Contribute 3, and Macromedia FlashPaper 2. Flash Professional 8 includes unique tools for designing graphic effects, animation, text, video, and content for mobile devices. Leading agencies use Flash Professional 8 to build all kinds of project including applications, branding sites, online advertisements and games.

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Flash Professional 8 Roadshow sessions will be held:

  • Los Angeles – May 16
  • San Francisco – May 18
  • Chicago – June 6
  • New York – June 8
  • Each seminar will run from 1 5 p.m. with registration beginning at 12 p.m. After each seminar, a social hour will give attendees the opportunity to ask questions of Adobe presenters and network with colleagues.

    Attendees will learn how to:

    Use filters, blend modes, custom easing, bitmap caching, improved text and stroke tools, and other expressive features.
    Incorporate video into Flash with higher quality video codec, alpha channel support, and embedded cue points.
    Create an improved user experience with Script Assist, advanced library options, and an enhanced object drawing model.
    Integrate with other Adobe products such as Adobe Photoshop and Adobe After Effects.
    Use an interactive mobile device emulator to test Flash content on a variety of Flash Lite compatible devices.
    Adobe is committed to providing resources to help creative professionals stay ahead of the curve. As part of this effort, Adobe offers a variety of seminar topics on its Web site at www.adobe.com/events.

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