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eBooks Available in Northern Ireland Libraries

Posted by Andrew at 5:14 PM on August 7, 2011

My daughter and I are regular visitors to our local public library. She loves getting new books for bedtime reading and I love reading them to her. Sometimes the simple pleasures are best.

For my own reading, increasingly I’ve been reading ebooks on my Nook, either purchasing from Waterstones or finding free novels elsewhere on the web. Previously I had checked the library’s website for ebook loans but they weren’t available.

However this weekend, a flyer on the library’s noticeboard announced that ebook loans were now available to all members of Northern Irish public libraries. Yay! Apparently the service went live in mid-July according to the press release and it uses the Overdrive platform, which mostly uses Adobe .epub with DRM to loan the ebooks for a few weeks.

I hope the service is a success here, but the ebook reader market in the UK is totally dominated by the Kindle which doesn’t work with .epub. In fact, I don’t know anyone who has an ereader that isn’t a Kindle. There are clients for most of the mobile OSes, such as Android and iOS, so there might be some take up there.

Ok, so a bit of a niche post but I’m just pleased to get books for free!

Preview: Adobe Edge Creates HTML5, Javascript, CSS3

Posted by J Powers at 9:04 AM on August 1, 2011
Adobe Edge

Adobe Edge

This morning, Adobe released Edge – a preview version of their new software to create HTML5, Javascript and CSS3 scripts. If you have used Adobe Flash to create web content before, then the switch to Edge will be straightforward. With the similar interface, the switch over to HTML5 might just be an easy transition for some.

The Preview version is (of course) not a full version. There is no mention when the program will be released. This is a pretty easy to use program to save you time in making banners and custom scripts.

Adobe Edge Interface

Adobe Edge Interface

Upon first opening, I watched some of the tutorials and script examples – including a banner with a ferris wheel and roller coaster running. I then got into the meat and potatoes by creating my own banner.

The timeline is where you can take your text, images and other items into the program and make adjustments. Resize, fade in and out, move, rotate, and more. Move the cursor in the timeline to adjust the item for your script.

Since it’s a preview version, there are some things you cannot do yet. Importing video, making buttons or hotspots, or converting Flash scripts to Edge are some examples. Still, if you want to make a simple banner to spruce up a website, Edge preview is available to work from.

This is pretty impressive for what it is. I definitely want more from this program and cannot wait to try more features from this program. It could even replace Flash altogether – which would end the debate for iOS users in getting content.

Adobe Announces Free Premiere Pro CS5 Video Tutorial Samples

Posted by Alan at 1:37 PM on April 9, 2011

Yesterday Adobe announced a series of free sample videos for those looking to learn how to use Adobe Premiere Pro CS5.  Premiere Pro is a high-end video editing suite that allows to “work natively with the video formats you want and accelerate production from scriptwriting to editing, encoding, and final delivery.”

The video series is based on the Peachpit Press and Video2Brain DVD series called Adobe Premiere Pro CS5: Learn by Video.  The full DVD set retails for $44.09 on Amazon.

In all, there are 15 free videos covering such subjects as Get Editing, Track Patching, Adding Motion to clips, Creating and editing titles, and Combining layers to name just a few.

Adobe Premiere is not a cheap product – even with a good deal you can expect to pay $700 plus.  Anyone investing that kind of money will certainly be interested in learning all of the details for making the most of it.  I can’t say that this DVD series in the best one for helping you with that, but the 15 free sample available should give users a chance to see if plunking down money on the full DVD series is worth it.

Adobe Audition Mac Free Beta Download

Posted by tomwiles at 9:40 AM on November 13, 2010

Making the switch to Mac OS/X a few years ago as my primary computing platform was not without its sacrifices. Among these was Adobe Audition. Sure, I could use Audition in a Windows virtual machine, but it just wasn’t the same thing and entailed its own sacrifices.

Sacrifice no more. Adobe finally heeded the call for Audition for Mac OS/X, and has released a public beta that can currently be downloaded for free available at

After a cursory look at this new beta, I’m impressed. They seem to have succeeded in bringing the Adobe Audition user interface I love in Windows to OS/X. I’ll be buying the final product once it is released for sale to the public.