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At the Adobe Learning Summit (Las Vegas - 24 October 2017) I was invited to present a session about the Timeline for advanced workflows. It is one of my favorite subjects (bit below my most preferred topic 'Advanced/Shared actions') because I see so many questions on the forum that are due to not or misunderstanding the Timeline functionality. Do not click on the image below, it is just a static poster image (I cannot find a way to embed an iFrame here). You'll find the link to the published interactive presentation later on under 'Tutorial'.



For Captivate users who were not able to attend ALS2017, I converted my Captivate presentation into a self-paced learning tutorial.  That is the big advantage of using Captivate for a presentation over Powerpoint. I just needed to change some interacitivity to offer control to the user and add narration (Voice over). Please, don't mind my non-American accent, English is my third language.

It has been published as a Scalable HTML5 project. Autoplay is turned off (not allowed in some OS), just click the triangle button to start the interactive movie. In the Creative Pipeline it is not possible to insert an iFrame to embed the movie. Use this link:

Advanced Workflows with Captivate(s TImeline

The subjects treated in this presentation are:

  1. Differences between Captivate's timelines and the normal timeline in a video application
  2. Pausing the timeline; effect of an absolute pause vs a pausing point (interactive object)
  3. Interaction between advanced/shared actions and the timeline
  4. Examples


The examples in tutorial has offer more links to different published movies, using the described features. Several features are used in the movie itself:

  1. skipping audio on the dashboard (second slide) on later visits,
  2. Delay commands for automatically building lists on different slides.

Be sure to use the circular button at the bottom to show the value of the system variable cpInfoCurrentFrame, to discover (some of) my secrets.


I would appreciate feedback and welcome questions. Are you interested in learning more about the examples? Are the mysteries not totally clear to you? Please let me know... If you want a copy of the handouts created for this presentation, send a mail to

If you've seen the ACP badge in Adobe's forums ACP Badge Tiny.JPGyou'll know that you are in great hands when one of our ACP's answers your product question.  Here's a great article from the recent "Inside Adobe", the company's employee newsletter, sharing more of the ACP story,


Your Photoshop workspace suddenly disappears. You can’t figure out how to make a smooth transition between clips in Premiere. Your assets won’t sync. And your frustration makes you seriously consider throwing your computer across the room. Don’t worry — the Adobe Community Professionals are here to help.


The Adobe Community Professionals (ACPs) are a group of 300 creative professionals, educators and experts from around the world who volunteer their time to answer customers’ questions on Adobe forums. Members have a variety of unique expertise - some are Photoshop gurus while others are Acrobat wizards – and while they only make up 3.8 percent of the 7,802 people participating on Adobe forums, they contribute to 26 percent of all forum content. ACP Emil Gawin is a motion designer and loves helping customers create animations, “Since Adobe has given so much to me and helped me grow as a motion designer, I want to help others who are starting out with Adobe software to learn it, use it and become passionate about creative work.” To become an ACP, candidates apply online and go through a 4-week trial period to become qualified.




ACPs don’t stop at the forums. This year, they also led Experience Day sessions, teaching Adobe employees how to use our products. Some have also been TA’s at MAX, where they helped attendees with questions during lab sessions.


To acknowledge our gratitude for this awesome group, we host the Community Summit each year – an exclusive event for ACPs that offers networking opportunities and roundtable discussions with product teams. This year, sixty-four members attended. The entire day was “a lift, joy and intellectual stimulation,” ACP Neil Haugen said.


Tricia Lawrence, who manages the ACP Program and Community Summit reiterated the importance of the program, "We give these ACPs the highest level of trust to help our customers. They are well equipped to answer customer questions and allow them to move on with their creative project,” she said.


For ACPs, seeing a smile on someone’s face — or a smile emoji on someone’s posted reply — makes it all worth it. “Seeing how the correct answer thrills the person who posted the question makes me happy,” ACP Sandee Cohen shared.


More Information


We have been asking for a new brushes management for a while!
Guess what it is happening in Adobe Photoshop CC 2018 and it is great and exciting!

Make the workflow with brushes easy and organized. No more brushes all over the place with names that do not relate to the project!


With the new Brushes and Brushes Preset you can do the following:



  • Organize brush presets into folders—including nested folders.
  • Any brush-enabled tool preset can be converted into a brush preset; all of its attributes—such as opacity, flow, and blending mode—are preserved.
  • In the Brushes panel flyout menu, easily toggle between the different views to see any combination of the brush name, brush stroke preview, and brush tip
  • View more brushes in the same screen space using the zoom slider.
  • Drag and drop brush presets to reorder them conveniently.
  • Collapse or expand folders to see only the brushes you need.
  • Use the Show Additional Preset Info option in the flyout menu to see the associated preset tool (for example, Eraser) and any included colors.



  • You can import a wide variety of free and purchased brushes—for example, Kyle's Photoshop brush packs—into Photoshop.
  • In the Brushes panel, from the flyout menu, choose Get More Brushes. Alternatively, right-click a brush listed in the Brushes panel and select Get More Brushes from the contextual menu.
  • Download a brush pack. For example, download Kyle's "WaterColor".
  • With Photoshop running, double-click the downloaded ABR file.
  • The brushes you added are now displayed in the Brushes panel.


  • Photoshop can now perform intelligent smoothing on your brush strokes. Enter a value (0-100) for Smoothing in the Options bar when you're working with one of the following tools: Brush, Pencil, Mixer Brush, or Eraser. A value of 0 is the same as legacy smoothing in earlier versions of Photoshop. Higher values apply increasing amounts of intelligent smoothing to your strokes.
  • Stroke smoothing works in several modes. Clicking the gear icon to enable one or more of the following modes:
  • Pulled String Mode: Paints only when the string is taut. Cursor movements within the smoothing radius leave no mark.
  • Stroke Catch Up: Allows the paint to continue catching up with your cursor while you've paused the stroke. Disabling this mode stops paint application as soon as the cursor movement stops.
  • Catch-Up On Stroke End: Completes the stroke from the last paint position to the point where you released the mouse/stylus control.
  • Adjust For Zoom: Prevents jittery strokes by adjusting smoothing. Decreases smoothing when you zoom in the document; increases smoothing when you zoom out.

While using stroke smoothing, you may choose to view the brush leash, which connects the current paint location with the present cursor position. Select Preferences > Cursors > Show Brush Leash While Smoothing. You can also specify a color for the brush leash.

For complete information checkout my Spark Page (includes at the end a glossary on brushes as well).