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About me: I’m a career trainer, with a focus on teaching page layout using InDesign and FrameMaker. I started out as a contract trainer on PageMaker and Ventura Publisher in the mid-80s in the Washington, DC metro area, and moved to the mountains of Colorado in 2005. While I still teach some on-site classes in Denver, most of my classes are delivered online these days, with students from all over North America and beyond. The arrival of reliable virtual classrooms—with screen sharing and VoIP—coincided nicely with my reticence to leave these beautiful mountains. I continue to teach after all these years because I really enjoy helping others learn. On that note, I find volunteering on the Adobe forums gives me the same level of satisfaction. It’s been fun to work through the questions, and to experience the poster's joy when they realize they now have a solution to a perplexing problem.
Hobbies/interests: Skiing, mountain biking, SCUBA, Ashtanga yoga and hiking with my dogs
Fun Fact: I’m a PSIA-certified ski instructor.
About me: I started with Premiere 6 and a bundled Pinnacle DV500 card when I bought a pre-built Alienware Pentium 3 computer January 2002, I now build my own, see reply #6 in for my latest. After asking a LOT of questions, I was able to start giving back by sharing what I've learned with other Premiere users, now Premiere Pro. I also participate in a few other forums, answering questions when I either know the answer myself, or when I can share a saved link leading to a relevant discussion. I'm now retired, and spend some of my free time writing (the rest of my ‘free’ time belongs to my wife’s Honey Do list… or so she thinks) plus working on her online store. My Amazon Author's Page http://www.amazon.com/John-Thomas-Smith/e/B001KI9SUY/
About me: I'm a freelance web designer/developer from Los Angeles, now living in Ventura County. I attended school when PCs and the internet as we know them did not exist yet. In 1993, I bought Photoshop 2.5 to edit photos. Later, I added Illustrator for print projects. My first website was manually coded in a plain text editor with straight HTML. It looked great in Netscape but critics argued that my code was too bleeding-edge for lesser browsers of the day. And they were right. I was pushing boundaries. For as long as I can remember I have had an interest in art, photography, science, music and film. Those interests greatly influence my day-to-day projects.
Hobbies/interests: In my spare time, I enjoy playing golf, cooking and sharing great wine with friends & my husband of 35 years.
Fun Fact: I still own several film cameras. Just can't part with them.
About me: I have been contributing to the online support of Macromedia and Adobe products since 1993. First on the Compuserve news groups and then Macromedia's own support program. I moved to Adobe when Macromedia was purchased by Adobe. I originally supported Director and stayed with that product until about 2000. I began contributing to the Flash forums when my work shifted from Director to Flash. I taught Director and/or Flash at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, Community College of Allegheny County and Duquesne University. For the last 14 years I have been teaching "Interactive Media Design and Management" in the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University. This course incorporates Flash as the production tool. I have been a member of the Apple Developer Program since 1994 and the IOS Developer Program since 2008. I hold a degree in Mass Communication from the University of Pittsburgh. I majored in media production. Now retired, I was a principal at the digital design group limited since it began in 1993. I wrote two "Survival Guides" for Apple Computer's Apple Multimedia Program. I contributed to the CD based product, "Lingo TimeSavers", a tool for users of Macromedia's Director. A year later I contributed to the New Riders book, "Inside Director 6 with Lingo" and a few years later, to the Friends of ED book, "Director 8.5 Studio". I purchased my first computer, an original Macintosh, in 1984. The second application that I purchased forit was Macromind's Videoworks, the predecessor to Director. Check out my website: www.ddg-designs.com and www.robdillon.com
Hobbies/interests: For fun I restore 70s era British cars and motorcycles. I currently have 2 Lotus cars, a Norton Commando and a Rickman CR750. That's all subject to change. I am known to be kind to animals.
About me: I was born and raised in Kansas City, MO. I've been married twice. My first wife and I moved from Kansas City to Oklahoma City. Spent 13 years there. I jokingly say it was the longest 20 years of my life. But I'm back in KC now. I came back in 1991 when my father died and left a business behind. When I returned to Kansas City, I began working for a company that was owned by three airlines. TWA, Delta, and NorthWest Airlines. This was where I met wife 2.0. The upgrade! While I was hired as a technical support representative taking calls from customers where I either resolved computer and communication issues or ended up dispatching another human to come and correct whatever issue, I found myself wanting a better system for information retrieval and display. So eventually I began using a product called RoboHelp to put that together. And it became extremely popular among the call center employees. So in essence, I created my own job where that became all I did. Adobe didn't own the RoboHelp product at that point in time. It was owned by a company called Blue Sky Software and they later changed their name to eHelp corporation. Then a little company known as macromedia purchased eHelp. And then Adobe purchased macromedia. So that's my path that led to Adobe. While eHelp had it, I became an MVP (recognition similar to Adobe's ACP designation) and I was "MVP of the Year" one year in that program. I was also an MVP for a number of years with Microsoft for help technology overall. Eventually, this group disbanded as Microsoft moved away from anything resembling a true help platform. I also participate in the Adobe Captivate forums. But situations changed as more folks across the globe joined in. It's tough now to find any questions that haven't already been answered by a few folks. So I've begun to pay less attention to that forum as it seems well staffed. I do look in and follow it, but I find that opportunities to answer questions and pitch in are very limited there. My focus at this point is with RoboHelp and Captivate and blending the two technologies. I like to think that's kind of a missed or often overlooked area. I've made some really great friends in my role of supporting software. For example, another ACP by the name of John Daigle. John was instrumental in helping me become certified initially to teach RoboHelp. And my friend Peter Grainge. He and I connected when he began using RoboHelp and we met via the eHelp forums. We have since vacationed together and met one another's wives and we all get along quite well. I'm not sure if it's the subject matter (we all deal with "help", so we find ourselves always enjoying helping others, or what it is. But I love that this has happened and we have faces and personalities that go with the names we just might recognize in the forums.) John and I regularly share a hotel room when we speak at events. It's all massively fun! (at least, for me) And we sometimes get called out and asked to quiet down because we end up laughing so much with silly jokes and stories and just being Punny. ;) I do run a few web sites. Primarily I'm known for RoboWizard.com, where I've offered all sorts of things help related through the years. I'm struggling to get a training site up and running. While the site has been up for a while, I don't really have meaningful content quite yet. But it's planned. Some might recognize the name GooberGuides.com and I've acquired a couple of other domain names that point to it. LearnRoboHelp.com and LearnCaptivate.com. I do business under the name of ShowMe Solutions. And I have a side business where I contract to provide visual media services for live presentations such as Concerts and fund raising events. So I have a site named ShowMeSolutions.biz for that.
Hobbies/interests: Hmmm, hobbies... Oddly, I have always enjoyed mowing the lawn. Just something about that immediate gratification of accomplishing something. I do a bit of home improvement. I totally remodeled the kitchen in our small older house. Replaced cabinets, totally replaced all plumbing in the house with new water lines and fixtures. I have a garage full of tools and saws and suchlike. Sometimes I use these skills to assist others. I recently began facilitating a discussion group at a coffee shop where we discuss nearly anything. I love hearing and pondering the viewpoints of other people on assorted topics. I like to challenge others' viewpoints and ask things like: What makes you feel that way? What have you seen that makes you certain and convinces you? My wife says I just like to pick fights on facebook. But I'm honestly curious about things like that.
Fun Fact: Hmmm, fun facts... I'm a shameless and unapologetic member of the **** sapiens group! I really love seeing creativity and value it tremendously. Would like to think I have it but don't feel I'm truly creative. I wasn't raised with any real religion. But have dabbled in it here and there. At one point believing I was totally atheist but after reflection I find I'm honestly agnostic. I am bald. I did not grow bald by pulling my hair out using computers and software. I intentionally shave my head. This August, if I make it, I'll begin my 60th trip around the sun. I'm a HUGE sucker for Biscoff cookies! I once willingly departed an airplane in mid flight while several thousand feet in the air! What a rush! A live version of Google Earth! I love wordplay and I'm a shameless and horrible punster. I'm totally in love with life, my wife, and my little dog, Izzy.
Favourite Drink: Any single-malt whisky, preferably Ardbeg or Lagavulin
Fun Fact: My first programming experience was with Logo language, somewhere in the mid 90's.
About me: For the last 12 years I’ve lived in Columbia, Missouri. I grew up in Nebraska. My first job out of high school, back in 1991, was working at a college’s media department shooting photos, making video’s and creating other multimedia. That’s where i was first exposed to Photoshop and Macromedia Director. We’d use those two programs to make title slides and simple animations for videos, which we usually just captured by pointing a camera at the computer monitor. Not long I left that place to pursue a degree and career in newspaper photojournalism. I worked in newspapers for more than 15 years. I used a lot of Photoshop back then. But as the industry changed I started to learn more about video editing and Premiere Pro. Eventually I left to become a Media Director for a church where I work now. So for the past 6 years I’ve been a jack of all trades sort of guy suing Adobe products produce photography, video, motion graphics, and designs. Find me on Instagram: http://instagram.com/gerik
Hobbies/interests: I collect vintage cameras, photo books and I watch a lot of documentary films.
Fun Fact: Our family just adopted a Pit Bull from the human society. Her name is Hazel and she’s very sweet.
About me: My career started at an early age setting hot metal type, photographic type and photo retouching with chemistry. Having met an engineer from Siemens allowed me to master the Hell Chromacom system out of a garage. This lead to performing much of the training and installation of graphic systems in the Midwest. I was an early evangelist of Adobe and Apple which earned my my nickname of Mike Gondek of Chicago writing tips for MacChicago, MacUser & MacWorld. My career kept me busy traveling and have worked in web, video and digital design on both mac & win platforms. At one point I was the Creative Technologies manager for a large downtown Chicago ad agency, testing all the latest hardware and software. My knowledge of regulatory and printing has brought me back to my roots in consumer packaging design and photo retouching.
Hobbies/interests: Scuba Diving, Gardening, Woodworking
Fun Fact: At 16 my drivers license exam revealed I needed glasses but had extraordinary color depth perception. The eye research institute tested my eyes and revealed an ability to see 250% more colors than average, which explained an ability to see better in the dark.
About me: born and raised in Massachusetts – Associates in Studio Art, Bachelors in Electrical Engineering, Bachelors in Information Systems. I freelance as a web/graphic designer and programmer. I live in the middle of nowhere in what I call north of northern New York... where there are probably more cows than people, and there aren't a lot of cows.
Fun Fact: old and boring – I pass time apple herding when the trees are dropping ‘em.
About me: 1) I usually work as a company employee. Edit your videos and photos with your hobbies, get occasional work.
2) I like watching movies and visiting Tips, and then Adobe!
3) I live in Japan and had previously been involved in Adobe's support relationship
About me: Born in the middle of London UK, but spent the first 17 years of my life living in Surrey. Educationally I'm vastly over-qualified but sometimes, as a consultant, that's rather useful. There's already a (very) brief bio on my profile.
Hobbies/interests: I like old machinery (lathes, mills etc) and have a shed full of them that I'm gradually doing up. I like visiting the countryside, as long as it's not the flat bits. Also I like music - all sorts of it; I have pretty catholic tastes, although I don't like opera very much. I'm still involved in making classical recordings, which I like doing, although I'm getting a bit selective about this now.
Fun Fact: In the late 60's I lived in a commune for a while Used to play in a covers band in the 90's. When I first left school, I worked as a pipe organ builder (and I still do a bit of tuning, even now) Can't stand yoghurt or beetroot I like cats, especially if I don't have to look after them