On Bootstrap and HTML5: Redesigning Older Websites to be Google Search Mobile-Friendly

A year or so ago, Google dropped a bomb on all website designers, publishers and online content authors: Your websites had better not only be SSL-secure, but also “mobile-friendly” — and while the first edict is easy to solve with money, the second command costs you a lot of time and money and energy — especially if you’ve been publishing live content on the web for a long time.

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Consuming the Adobe Creative Cloud

I  have been using Adobe products for over 20 years.  For many years, I was on the yearly upgrade cycle and, even as a previous purchaser, the upgrade fees for the Adobe creative suites easily cost over $600-800 USD per year.  That was quite a hit for a young author and designer fresh out of graduate school, but if you wanted to play with the big boys, you needed big boy toys, and Adobe is, and has always been, the web and authoring standard.

Over the last few years, with the churn in the business from a purchase model to a renting model at Adobe, I’ve patiently waited on the sidelines with my hardbox copy of the Adobe CS4 still in everyday use — about three generations behind the leading curve — and CS4 has served me well.  The new Adobe “upgrades” have seemed incremental and confused, and I was happy to keep skating along with Photoshop and Dreamweaver CS4 until two things happened.

First, I purchased a new MacBook Air that had plenty of room to install a ton of new software and, second, Adobe announced the end of boxed editions and were going rogue and “online subscription only” from here on out using a monthly and yearly for-pay model.  Two days ago, I signed up for the new “Adobe Creative Cloud” and I am totally thrilled with the decision.

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Celebrating Adobe Bridge

Adobe Bridge is a keen image management program I have been using all day every day for the past month as I work on Hand Jive, my American Sign Language book with Janna Sweenie, that will soon be published by Barnes and Noble and distributed by Sterling in early 2006.
Adobe Bridge makes it really easy to re-name image files. I can also preview video files. I can move, copy and manage all my images without leaving Adobe Bridge. I am able to convert files and contact sheets using PhotoShop CS2.
I wish Adobe Bridge provided native support for the Adobe DNG Converter and I hope that functionality will be added in a future dot update.
I just upgraded to Adobe Bridge — it was a 38MB download — so be sure to pull down HELP | UPDATES from your sticky menu to see if your bridge needs re-building.