I am a crossroads in my Flash career and need to either get both feet in or both feet out (entirely). I need to go to the next step basically. I was thinking about starting a Flash group in Colorado Springs because there is NOTHING in the area, and EVERYTHING is about Flex right now in Denver (that's another confusing/perturbing topic entirely). Problem is, not sure I am qualified to start/run a group.
Here's my background. I have been building online sales training and corporate announcements for the pharmaceutical industry (BOTOX etc) for 9 years. My primary tool is Flash Pro for interactions, exams, custom animations, flv video, audio streaming, etc... basically anything that enhances learning I work with and build in Flash Pro. XML-driven tools and externally updatable interfaces yada yada. I also have built continuing medical education tools that walk users through entire video courses and send data back and forth to ASP.NET and ColdFusion servers etc. for automated online certification blah blah. This is about the extent of my AS3 experience, other than doing some basic OOP tutorials and messing with game design a little to enhance my understanding of custom classes and stuff. Not much personal time for screwing around off the clock though. I leave the house and shower regularly.
I love Flash and the whole AIR framework etc. Constanty trying to dream up the next cool Andriod app. Would love to make an online training platform, all in Flash, with a desktop application and mobile device app suite to go with it. That kinda thing gets my interest. I think it is absolutely unsurpassed in its power and flexibility for developing rich user experiences, and I am constantly defending it against the uninformed bozos like the ones work at the Mac Store and have no clue of it's breadth of use and application (even on Macs). I'm like a closet evangelist, but without all the in-depth practical development experience. Oh, and I don't get the whole Flex/MXML thing, but okay, whatever, if you say so. lol
Should/can I start a group with my background? Is is crazy time-consuming to do so, and has anyone else done it and found it to be professionally beneficial?
Hmm. That's odd. I just posted the under the General Forums >> Lounge area. There is no indication that this is specific to Photoshop, but I'll take your word for it. There doesn't seem to be another good place to post this question given that all the other forums are described as specific to software-related questions/discussions. That's why I didn't drop this in the Flash area.
Do either of you guys know of a better forum area to ask about starting/running Adobe Groups? Contacting Adobe directly seems to be a challenge in itself.
it just all seems so 80s. do people still do computer groups like that? why? used to be you'd get together and compare programs written in basic or c, or computer circuit diagrams. but what's the point of going to, nevermind organizing, a group to talk about ... flash? really?
the only think i want flash to do is die the quick and fiery death it so rightly deserves!
strong understanding of the technologies contained within the Flash Platform
hence the "die flash die" before it destroys the internet!
and yes, i think most of us are some kind of adobe product user or another.this used to be the photoshop lounge, now it's just the lounge. it used to be a happy place full of faries and butterflies, but they killed it. now it's just us trolls and boogums. we're very sad. please pity us.
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