Hello, and welcome to my online home. I’m Ben Forta, Adobe’s Senior Director of Education Initiatives, an educator, best-selling author, blogger, public speaker, and an all-around techie. Check out my books on SQL, Regular Expressions, ColdFusion, and more.

26May
2015
Joseph Labrecque On IntelliJ IDEA, Flex, And AIR

Joseph Labrecque believes that IntelliJ IDEA is the best IDE for learning and using Apache Flex, and he's created a free series of 10 videos on working with Apache Flex and Adobe AIR using IntelliJ IDEA.

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26May
2015
Scott Belsky On Mobile Creativity

Scott Belsky, founder of Behance, publisher of 99U, and VP Products & Community at Adobe, weighs in on the role of mobile devices within the creative process.

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19May
2015
Adobe Slate 1.1 Released

A month or so after releasing Adobe Slate, we've just released version 1.1. Here's what is new:

  • Glideshow is a fun new take on the transitions you'd find in boring (oops, I mean traditional) slideshows, watch images beautifully fade and dissolve into one another as the text glides over the top.
  • We've added the single most requested enhancement (especially from teachers and students), support for bold and Italic text.
  • Support for iCloud Photo Library.
  • Support for email links (mailto) so that readers can email you right from a button in your Slate story.
  • Tapping the top navigation bar now takes you to top of your Slate story.
  • Panorama images now look great in grids.
  • You can now pull images from untitled Lightroom albums.
Go grab it!

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15May
2015
Adobe Youth Voices Award Winner Interviewed

As a girl living in the Bay Area, where 40% of all of America's sex trafficking takes place, 19-year-old Rebecca Dharmapalan is working to make her community of Oakland, California the first place child sex trafficking is eradicated. Rebecca won second place documentary in the 2014 Adobe Youth Voices awards for "International Boulevard", a film meant to raise awareness about this issue. She was recently profiled in Mashable and Huffington Post, and launched an Indiegogo campaign to fund her first feature film as a follow up to her documentary. This week, she will about speak about her mission at the Ashoka Future Forum in Washington DC and TEDxTeen in New York. Rebecca's mission is an incredible example to adults and teenagers alike, and we've posted an interview with her on the Adobe Corporate Responsibility blog.

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13May
2015
Adobe Voice At TEDxTeen

TEDxTeen is coming to NYC on May 16th, 2015. This year's theme is "The Next Big Thing", and teens have been challenged to use live action or Adobe Voice videos to share ideas or inventions that help make the world better and simpler. Here are some of the submissions.

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