Ann Arbor Flash Focused News Archives


March 1, 2013 - HAPPY NEW YEAR! I know, I'm really late in getting things updated - for that I apologize.

The good news? The next meeting occurs on Monday, March 11th. Beyond it being 3 days prior to Pi Day, we're also raffling off a copy of CreativeSuite. We're going to switch things up a bit - for every 5 people over 5 that attend, we'll give you an extra entry. 10 people? 2 entries per person. 15 people? 3 entries per person...etc. etc. etc. What better way to increase your chances of winning!?!

As always, we'll have other great giveaways, too! This month's topic? Acrobat Portfolio - Resume Tips & Utiltizing resources to create professional presentations.

September 13, 2012 - We had an excellent discussion this past Monday regarding social media, resumes, and tips to change careers. Please join us next month when we have our 2nd annual - Jobs for Geeks. Recruiters and other business professionals will be on hand to talk about local openings, even more tips on resumes and cover letters, and we'll have opportunities to network and discuss best methods for job searches and applications.

Please RSVP through

August 15, 2012 - Misty and I planned our upcoming presentations. Hopefully, knowing the topics further in advance will help you determine which meetings will best serve you!

Are you looking for a new job or just curious about what's out there? Come in October to partake of our Job Fair! We plan to make this an annual event. We will have multiple recruiters available to share open positions, talk about what they look for in an applicant, and offer numerous job search tips.

Planned events and topics are available on the Meetings page. We look forward to seeing you!

July 20, 2012 - Apologies for delays in updating - crazy busy summer! Our next meeting will be held on August 13th, same bat time, same bat channel.

Congratulations to Mike who won a copy of CS6!

Remember, attendance at meetings means raffle entries! Twice a year, we'll draw a name for Adobe software, other months you could win training modules, other software or prizes. As always, you can't win if you don't come to a meeting! And...if you bring someone new, you get 2 entries!

Finally, we plan to offer another career fair. Let us know what types of jobs you'd be interested in and we'll make sure we have a representative from that field.

June 6, 2012 - Happy Running Day!

Our monthly meeting is this upcoming Monday and I have two words for you - Software Raffle!

Be there to get one last entry in for the drawing!

May 15, 2012 - We learned some new things last night, thank you for coming! You don't want to miss June's meeting as we'll be raffling off some software and training. A topic is yet to be determined, but we'll let you know what we'll be covering as soon as possible.

Until then, be sure to check out some of the CS6 videos available through our Meeting Archives page. Any presentation materials will always be available on this site.

May 8, 2012 - CS6 is coming! As most of you know by now, Adobe CS6 will be available for purchase soon. During this month's meeting, we'll cover some of the new features and hear the information presented by those in the know. Misty will be unable to attend, but I'll be there showing some video and ready to discuss what I know. There will be some great giveaways (training, anyone?). Remember, for every meeting you attend, you get an entry for a software raffle from of the easiest ways to upgrade!

March 13, 2012 - Thank you to all who came out last night and welcome new members! Misty has provided us with the information from her talk last night. As always, let us know of any topics you would like us to cover. If you're interested in particular areas, we're always open to seeing what information we can find.

March 9, 2012 - We ARE meeting on Monday. WOO!

The focus of the meeting will be around Social Media and Marketing - whether for your business or yourself. Pretty much everyone we know is participating in social media. However, are we doing the most we could to promote ourselves or our business?

February 2, 2012 - Due to work circumstances out of our control, we will need to cancel the February user group meeting. I know you were all really excited about this one!

We WILL have March's meeting - same bat time, same bat channel. As always, let us know if there's something in particular you want us to cover in the upcoming year - this includes Microsoft items (like SharePoint).

Also - if there's a book you have read recently pertaining to IT, general geekery, or other things we typically cover in our meetings. Feel free to submit a review to me. I have a page set up on the site for us to review the various books we receive from Peachpit and O'Reilly.

January 5, 2012 - Happy New Year! Our first meeting of 2012 will be on Monday, January 9th. Misty and I apologize for the dwindling meetings we had at the end of 2011. Conflicts arose for both of us each month and we were unable to hold the meeting.

Fortunately for the group, it means we have a lot of giveaways for our first meeting! One thing we would like to touch upon this time around is our group - the vision we have for it and the goals we hope to achieve. We both feel the group can make great strides in the upcoming year, but we really need all of your help! Any ideas are welcome for how to promote/market the group to others within the community. We'll be looking for ways to better network and collaborate with other technology related groups in Ann Arbor and Southeast Michigan - if there's a group you're a member of, let us know!

November 10, 2011 - First and foremost, we will NOT be meeting this month. See you at December's party!

Second, you may have heard about Adobe's recent decision to stop development on Flash Player and focus their efforts on HTML5. I have put together a FAQ and blog postings by Adobe staff. Let Misty or Angie know if you have any questions.

November 1, 2011 - Thank you to everyone who made it out for the October meeting! Due to conflicts, we need to cancel the November meeting. Keep your eyes peeled for more info about the meeting in December!

September 26, 2011 - ATTENTION! We're getting ready to have one of the BEST meetings ever. On October 10, we're hosting a Jobs for Geeks talk. What does that mean?

If you are looking for a job or possibly just a NEW job, you'll want to come to our meeting. We're having a mini job-fair of sorts where there will be a few recruiters coming out to tell everyone what jobs they are looking to fill *AND* telling us what recruiters look for in a resume and interview. GREAT info for any job seeker OR student so please invite anyone that you know who could benefit.

ALSO!!!!! We're giving away some great prizes, including a copy of Adobe CS5 and a couple training certificates for Webucator and MORE! So please RSVP if you plan to attend and invite anyone who might benefit from the info or the giveaways!

August 8, 2011 - Obviously, I'm not doing a very good job of keeping this updated. Sorry!

We'll be meeting tonight in our usual location - Ann Arbor SPARK on E. Liberty. Misty will be covering Typography and its uses in print and web design. We look forward to seeing you there! Please let us know if you plan to attend, so we can plan accordingly for foodstuffs.

June 2, 2011 - We have a special treat this month! The Michigan Flex User Group was able to snag an Adobe Evangelist - Ryan Stewart. Ryan is a Developer Evangelist for Adobe Systems. After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Economics he started on the Flash Platform by building eLearning rich Internet applications in Flex 1.5 and ColdFusion 7 for the Wharton School of Business. He is a long time blogger and had a prominent blog on ZDNet where he covered all sides of rich Internet applications. He has spoken at a number of industry conferences, including Web 2.0 Expo, Adobe MAX, 360|Flex, SXSW, PHP Tek, and Web Design World. When not working with the latest Adobe technology, you can find him in Seattle where he enjoys making beer, mountaineering, and spending as much time as possible in the outdoors. You can email him at or find visit his blog -

Ryan will talk about the new mobile workflow and how you can use your Flex skills to deploy mobile apps across those platforms. He'll talk about the new workflows for deployment and debugging, some tips and tricks that will help you optimize your code, and some things to keep in mind as you're creating applications for all three platforms. This is one of the biggest Flex and Flash Builder releases yet and it opens up the world of mobile development to every Flex developer.

Ryan will visit us on June 22nd, at the SRT Solutions meeting space at 206 S Fifth Ave #200; Ann Arbor, MI 48104. This is on the corner of 5th and Washington. The meeting will start at 6:15p. We'll cover more details at our regular June meeting.

May 11, 2011 - Sorry for the lack of updates lately. A lot going on with both Misty and I and this site fell by the wayside. If you're ever wondering if something's going on, just shoot us an email.

Our next meeting will be on June 13th. There will be a lot of good giveaways - copy of CS5, Class tuition for Webucator, Pluralsight one month education, T-shirts, and more.

February 9, 2011 - We have heard from a few people that you're very interested in having a discussion about digital publishing, but can't make the February meeting because it falls on Valentine's Day. (And here Angie and I thought that FlashFocused was tops in everyone hearts!)

So we've decided that we'll do the topic at our March meeting and not meet for February after all.

We hope you guys all have a fun, safe and very happy valentine's day and we'll see you in March!

February 7, 2011 - This month's meeting will take place on Valentine's Day. Show your Adobe love by meeting with us! We'll be covering digital publishing, including producing and distributing content compatible with key open standard file formats supported by Adobe desktop, mobile, and web services software. Please let us know if you'll be attending! Email Misty -

January 17, 2011 - A pretty neat event's happening February 15-17 in Ann Arbor - Flex Jam with James Ward (Adobe Evangelist)! It is a 3-day event ran by James, designed for all skill levels -- from newbie to expert.
To register:

January 12, 2011 - Happy New Year! We started the year off right by holding a raffle drawing. Congratulations to our winner! Our next meeting will be on February 14th. What better way to show your love than to share time with our user group? As we solidify topics, we'll get those posted online. As always, if there's a topic you would like to present or one you'd like to learn more about, let us know! We're always looking for speakers.

December 14, 2010 - Apologies to anyone who arrived to Ann Arbor SPARK last evening and found it dark and empty. We don't know what happened. We'll hold the raffle at our January meeting. Please let us know if you have anything you want to discuss or cover in future meetings and we'll see you in 2011! -- Misty and Angie

December 2, 2010 - A lot has been going on lately, as we see 2010 begin to come to a close. Please join us on December 13th for the last meeting of this year! We'll review CS5, watch some AdobeTV, and have a little holiday party - complete with a nice gift! All those previous meetings you attended this year will increase your chances.

We're also going to invite students from local schools to join us, in an effort to spread the word about our awesome group. The more people we have at every meeting, the merrier!

Per special request, we're also going to help other area groups promote their meetings. Please join the Detroit Joomla! group for their December meeting. Here are the details:

Joomla! User Group Detroit December Meetup

At this special December 2010 meeting we will be exploring the ways you can make money with a Joomla! powered web site.


Tuesday, December 7, 2010 at 6:30pm

Compuware Building, One Campus Martius, Detroit, MI 48226

COST: $5



PHONE: 734-413-5409

As always, let Misty or Angie know if you will be able to attend, so we're certain to have enough refreshments for everyone.

October 25, 2010 - Some interesting events, which may be of interest, are occurring in Southeast Michigan! Here's a small sampling:

October 28, 7:00 p.m.
"Tools Designers Use" by Jane DeLancy
Ever wonder how designers do what they do? This talk will cover the applications designers keep in their toolbox and how they are used to produce print materials and web sites. Not so much about how to come up with design ideas, his talk addresses the software programs used and how ideas are implemented.
Cost: $5 for Members; $10 for Non-Members
Register online -

November 3, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Refresh Detroit and Joomla! Detroit present
Shane Sevo of Joomla! Detroit and Steven Pignataro of corePHP
Shane will discuss what makes the Joomla! Content Management System popular with many web designers, while Steven will discuss how his company's innovative components, like WordPress for Joomla! and jomCalendar, can take your Joomla! site further. Both will discuss the benefits of open source projects.
Caroline Kennedy Library
24590 George Street
Dearborn Heights, MI 48127
Google Maps (
Cost: FREE! Open to the public, please RSVP -

November 12, 9:00 a.m.
Kelby Training Live has a seminar coming soon to the Detroit area. This seminar will teach you the latest in special effects, photographic effects, and design tricks. Join Corey Barker as he shows you the latest Photoshop effects.
Location: Burton Manor
27777 Schoolcraft Road
Livonia MI 48150

Our next meeting will be held November 8 in our regular location. Topic to be announced shortly.

October 6, 2010 - Join us, October 11, 2010, for a presentation on PDF portfolios, a useful way to combine documents and images from a wide variety of sources — including text documents, spreadsheets, graphic and image files, PowerPoint presentations, page-layout documents, and even CAD files — into a single, editable, searchable, compressed PDF portfolio. In a PDF portfolio each document can be viewed, edited, and a saved separately, allowing for greater functionality and ease of use.

September 17, 2010 - Check out this great event RefreshDetroit is running!

What: Putting the User First, Remotely
When: Wednesday, September 22 at 6:30 pm

Smaller-scale, remote user testing can give software and web development firms of any size the ability to efficiently and effectively gather vital user-experience information without spending a lot of money or time. Mark Thompson-Kolar discusses Cengage Learning’s experience with remote user testing this summer and how you can put these techniques to work.

Free, open to the public.

Please RSVP via online registration.

Where: Washtenaw Community College, Morris Lawrence Building, Room 105

More details at Refresh Detroit:

September 13, 2010 - Tonight's meeting has been canceled. We apologize for the late notice.

An interesting event was shared with us, please take a chance to check out Web Design World, which takes place October 18-20 in Las Vegas Web Design World's mantra is (and always has been) "provide practical, no-fluff, how-to". It's all about teaching you what you need today, from a lineup of rock stars in design, UX, content management and more. Check out the full conference agenda at

The deadline for the special Early Bird rate is approaching (September 15) - don't miss out on a savings of $200 off of any of the packages.

Register to get the early bird rate:

Join the Web Design World Community!

August 3, 2010 - We'll be meeting this upcoming Monday, August 9th, starting at 6:15p.m. As usual, we'll have food and beverages available. Since it's the summer and a lot of people are out of town, we'll have a shortened meeting this month. We plan on wrapping up around 7:45p, which will give everyone some time to enjoy the rest of their day!

Let us know if you'd be interested in a networking style meeting, either one where you show your own work and get suggestions or we try and have some local companies, who hire people with our skills, come in and elaborate on what they look for in their employees. Misty and I are trying to come up with ideas on how to grow our group, so any suggestions are welcomed!

July 7, 2010 - Our monthly meeting is happening in less than one week! It's almost time for Art Fair and our summer's definitely here, and going by fast.

If there are any topics of interest you would like to see a presenation for, let us know!

June 15, 2010 - Thank you to Emilio for an interesting presentation on Photoshop Actions. You can find pre-made actionsets on our Yahoo! Groups pages.

May 11, 2010 - We'd like to thank all those who were able to come to the meeting last night. Congratulations go to our presenter, who won the CS5 raffle! Great job, Tafari, on winning and the presentation! Join us in June, when Emilio will present on Photoshop. As always, if there's a topic you are intersted in, let us know! We're always looking for presenters in areas of your interests.

For those of you who are interested in Photoshop for Photographers, Ben Willmore will be in Livonia on May 24th. More information can be found on his site -

Let us know if you plan on attending, we have some interested parties that would like to carpool!

May 10, 2010 - Please join us on Monday, May 10th as Tafari Stevenson-Howard presents on Adobe Lightroom. Tafari is a Michigan based photographer with deep creative roots and a vision for the future.  As a natural artist, photography became an easily integrated component of his graphic arts background. He has been a photographer since 2001, recently sharing his art and creativity professionally with those seeking a photographer who is forward thinking. Commercial, still-life, naturals, portraiture and event photography are his specialties.

We are also pleased to have a special guest, Kelley Gottschang, in attendance. Kelley is a full time faculty member of the Internet Professional department at Washtenaw Community College. She is redeveloping the curriculum for WCC's Flash classes and would love to get some input from our group.

As a bonus to all, we will be raffling off a copy of CS5!

April 7, 2010 - Join us Monday, April 12th, as we celebrate the release of Adobe CreativeSuite 5! April 12th is the official launch date and we're going to have a celebration. Join us for the party!

March 4, 2010 - Our next meeting is fast approaching! We'll once again be meeting at Ann Arbor SPARK, on E. Liberty by the Liberty Plaza.

February 9, 2010 - Thank you to all who showed up last evening for our first meeting in a new location. We asked the group about topics they would be interested in hearing about in the future. Some that came up were Lightroom, Photoshop, how other programs 'play' with Adobe products, Captivate, and Flash. Let us know if there is a topic of interest you'd like to hear more information about. Also, if there is a project you're working on and you're running into trouble, send an email to the Yahoo! group. We did a little collaborating last night to assist a new member.

Additionally, if there are books that Peachpit or O'Reilly presses carry, and you'd like to get your hands on them, let Angie know. She can get those for us as long as we agree to do a little book review, nothing too crazy, but the publishers would like to know how helpful the books they're putting out are. The next meeting will be on March 8th, same place and time. Hope you can make it!

February 5, 2010 - Reminder, our meeting will be held at SPARK Central on Monday, 2/8, starting at approximately 6:00 p.m. There will probably be street parking nearby. Other options include the Maynard Structure by Borders or the Thompson Street structure West of the Michigan Union. The Thompson structure is blue permit only until 6:00 p.m., so if you're running late and don't mind a bit of a walk, that's a good option. Likewise, unless the city changed things, street parking becomes free at 6:00 p.m.

Food will be available. We have lots of giveaways, too.

January 20, 2010 - I am happy to announce that we have found new meeting space!!

Ann Arbor SPARK is allowing us the use of their main conference room in their Central Business Incubator in Ann Arbor at 330 E. Liberty St. This is under the Center for the Education of Women (CEW) at the pseudo corner of Division and Liberty, kitty corner from Bar Louie, across the street from the old Kaplan testing building and the furniture store.

Metered street parking is free starting at 6:00 p.m. weekdays, so you can snag yourself a spot on the street or park in the Maynard Street structure near Borders. UM blue permit parking also ceases to be enforced at 6:00 p.m., so you could park sort of nearby in the Thompson Street structure down by West Quad. (Central campus map)

Our meeting date will be changing to the 2nd Tuesday of each month. I have added future dates to our calendar.

Thank you, everyone, for your patience while we coordinated everything. We're hoping the move to Ann Arbor will help us increase student turnout and, potentially, also attract more locals to our group. Email Misty or Angie with any questions.

January 4, 2010 - Happy New Year!

We are in the process of securing a meeting location for this month, most likely toward the last week or so. Finding space to meet has never been so difficult!

Misty and I are really looking forward to getting 2010 started off well. We have tons of giveaways (books, shirts, pens, software, etc.) that we'll dole out to attendees. I have several books that publishers would like to have reviewed. We have space available to post these on our site, just don't have anything written yet to post! The more reviews we're able to do (posted to sites like O'Reilly, Amazon, and here), the more books we'll be able to review. As always, if there's a book out there that you've been interested in checking out, and you're willing to write up a couple paragraphs or so about it, let Angie know. We can get those books from the publisher for you to look over (for free!).

As always, we're open to suggestions on meeting locations, days of the week, times, topics, etc. Just send us an email with your suggestions. (Misty or Angie)

December 8, 2009 - We are still working to secure a meeting space for the December meeting. We're hoping that we'll be able to have something finalized soon for 2010. Right now, we have a ton of giveaways, just need a venue to be able to pass those along to the rest of you!

November 2, 2009 - UPDATE - Until we can find meeting space, we don't have a venue to have our meetings in each month. If any of you know of locations we could hold meetings in, let us know! Email Misty or Angie

The next meeting we have will be full of goodies! Angie's been busy getting cool swag from various vendors and books for review/use. Remember, if there's a particular subject you're interested in a book on, let Angie know. We can get books from suppliers, if we promise to write a review and put it on our site and on a site such as Amazon. This is a FANTASTIC deal for us!

September 29, 2009 - First, we'd like to apologize for the confusion. We're still looking to secure meeting space for this upcoming school year and are having some slight glitches in finding something suitable. (If you have ideas, let us know.) Once we have that all ironed out, we'll let you know where we're meeting, when we're meeting, and what we're going to cover. Until then, please bear with us.

I still have books available that need to be reviewed for the various publishers. Each month, I can pick a new book with the stipulation we post a review on the site and on another site such as Amazon. If you're willing to review something, let me know.

Be sure to check out the events page for other local meetings. There's a lot of new stuff happening in the area. For example:

The Michigan Google Technology User Group meeting for October will be at the Epitec Group in Southfield.
What: MIGTUG-October
When: October 20th, 2009
Time: 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Where: Epitec Group - 24700 Northwestern Hwy - Suite 350
Southfield, MI 48075
Please register at,

The Detroit Java User Group presents....
What: Android
Who: Dan Hibbitts
When: October 21st, 2009
Where: ePrize, Detroit (Corporate Headquarters) - One ePrize Drive - Pleasant Ridge, MI 48069
This event is FREE.
Please register at, 

August 31, 2009 - Our regularly scheduled room will be unavailable tonight, so we need to cancel until September. More exciting news will be upcoming!

Contact Angie if there are books you are interested in reviewing from Peachpit or O'Reilly. We can 'order' a book a month, but have to provide them with a review.

We're also working on getting more information into the area about our group. If you have any ideas about marketing our group, let us know! The more people we attending every month, the better.

In the meantime, check out some local events:

The Detroit Java User Group is very pleased to announce this special event.
What: The Lost Art Of Simplicity
Who:  Josh Holmes is a UX Architect Evangelist for Microsoft.
When:  Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Where:  ePrize Headquarters, 1 ePrize Drive, Pleasant Ridge, MI 48069
GPS: geo:lat=42.474942 geo:lon=-83.135154

The Workantile Exchange is hosting a workshop titled "The Wisdom of Fun: Harnessing games & play for useful work", to be held all day September 19. If you're interested in the event, please visit more information, including a printable PDF announcement with more details.

SRT Solutions will host James Ward, Adobe Flex evangelist, on Tuesday, September 22, 2009, for an interactive day of Flex (and AIR) development and exploration.
Date: Tuesday September 22, 2009
Time: 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Location: Ann Arbor Chamber of Commerce
Early bird (before September 5): $150
After September 5: $175
Register at

On October 15-16, 2009, Flashpitt will be held in Pittsburgh, PA at Sheraton Station Square. Flashpitt is Pittsburgh’s conference for Interactive designers and developers and it’s coming up in October. To follow up the success of last year’s sold out Flashpitt conference, we’re making it a two day event this year. We’ll have four half-day workshops on intro to intermediate level topics -- like ActionScript 3.0 and iPhone development -- followed by a day packed full of sessions. User group members can get a discount, contact Angie for the code.

July 27, 2009 - Tonight's meeting has been canceled. We apologize for the late notice. Please join us for our next meeting on August 24th. We're going to try and get a plan set up for what we'll be presenting for the rest of this year, so if there's something you absolutely MUST learn, let us know.

June 29, 2009 - Quick reminder that our meeting is tonight, be sure to RSVP to Misty so she can get adequate food.

June 10, 2009 - Next Wednesday (6/17), you're invited to join our colleagues at Refresh Detroit for the following event! Also, 6/18 is the Adobe tour at Michigan State's campus, details posted under the May 27th entry.

Do you have a new website, application, design, or cool tool to share with others? Join us at Washtenaw Community College at 6:30pm for our third demo night, where you can show off your latest creation, or share with others a great application that makes your work easier.

Demo night is a great opportunity to:

Each person has five to ten minutes to demo and answer questions. Demo nights are a great way to get to know other Refresh Detroit members.

Where: Washtenaw Community College, Ann Arbor, Michigan. We will be meeting in Room 101 at the Morris Lawrence Building (map). Plenty of free parking is available adjacent to the building.

When: Wednesday, June 17, 2009, 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Cost: Free! Open to the public.

Interested in demoing your work? Confirm by commenting below with your name and application/design/tool/product, so we have an idea of how many people will be presenting.

For those who don’t want to demo this time (hopefully you will at the next demo night!), RSVP at

May 27, 2009 - Interested in learning more about ColdFusion, Flex, or Flash? Then you might be interested in attending one of the Adobe Tour stops at Michigan State University, hosted by the Mid-Michigan ColdFusion User Group.

Tour Event: ColdFusion, Bolt, Flex and Flash Catalyst preview with Adobe's Terence Ryan

Date and Time: June 18, 2009 from 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Address: Communication Arts Building; Michigan State University; Corner of Wilson and Red Cedar Rds; East Lansing, MI 48824-1212 google map

Description: Join the Mid-Michigan CFUG for a new live technology preview by Adobe's education evangelist Terence Ryan. In depth looks at the next version of ColdFusion and the new Bolt CF IDE.  What's ahead for Flex and a demonstration of the hot new Flash Catalyst. This will be the only Michigan technology preview by Adobe.  Come early and have pizza with us.  To accomodate the crowd the meeting will be held in the Communication Arts building on the beautiful Michigan State University campus in East Lansing. For more information visit our website at

May 13, 2009 - Our monthly meeting is canceled this month, since it falls on Memorial Day. We encourage you to attend the Refresh Detroit meeting (details below) or any of the various events listed on the Events page.

Our next meeting will be June 29, 2009. We'll be sending a poll soon to see what you're all interested in learning more about. We have tons of information available on practically anything! We also have some books that the publishers would like us to review. The more books we review, the more books we're able to request in return. So, if you have a topic you're interested in hearing more about at a meeting, you may also be able to do a book review for the publisher. It's a win-win situation!

Please join Refresh Detroit on Tuesday, May 19, 2009 when Ayat Shukairy and Khalid Saleh of Invesp Consulting, discuss the “Conversion Story - from clicks to cash”.

You're not going to want to miss this exciting discussion! Times are tough, and every visitor on your site counts. To often, companies focus on driving more traffic to their website, and not enough time maximizing the visitors already there. Increasing your conversion rate, even as little as 10%, can bring a significant increase to your sales, downloads, form completions, or whatever task it might be.

Please RSVP at

April 17, 2009 - Join Refresh Detroit next Tuesday evening for an exciting event:

How is writing for the web different from writing for other media? How can you craft your words to grab the attention of your readers? What do you need to know to create engaging content that people will want to read?

Join Refresh Detroit on Wednesday, April 21, 2009 for a panel discussion featuring local experts offering ideas to the many different writers who create content for the web. Learn:
* best practices for writing for the web
* how users interact with copy
* copywriting for search engine optimization
* writing for social media

* Shannon Paul, Social Media Specialist, PEAK6 Online.
A social media enthusiast, Shannon is well known for her recent work in the development and implementation of social media strategies for the Detroit Red Wings.
* Dalila Akli, eMarketing Analyst, Cengage Dalila helps develop the eAnalytics culture at Cengage. Formerly webmaster at Gedas USA, she has also built websites for small businesses.
* Chris Kochmanski, Partner, Marketing Strategist and Copywriter, Design Hub. Chris has over 30 years of strategic marketing experience. Before joining Design Hub, he excelled in marketing communications, marketing management, and business development for ADP Network Services, Interface Systems, Cleo Communications, and Mechanical Dynamics.
* Evan Deutsch, Senior Writer, Wunderman Team Detroit. Evan currently works on Ford, Lincoln, and Mercury interactive media projects. In previous positions, he has been involved with interactive projects at Campbell-Ewald and Bowne Internet.

The panel will be moderated by Marie MacNee, Web Content Manager at Cengage. Prior to joining Cengage, Marie was an Associate Creative Director at Doner Advertising and Senior Writer at Campbell-Ewald.

Where: Wayne State University Law School, 471 W. Palmer Street, Detroit, MI 48202 (directions) Room 2103, The Distance Learning Room.


March 24, 2009 - Due to some scheduling conflicts in our personal schedules, we're combining this month's meeting with the Refresh Detroit meeting tomorrow (3/25) evening. Here are the details...
March Meeting: Noel Jackson - Transitioning from Print to Web Design
Join us on Wednesday, March 25, 2009 when Noel Jackson of Automattic, Inc. (known for their WordPress and Akismet projects) will discuss the differences between print and web design.

What separates print and web in the design community? What do designers need to know to bridge the gap between print and the web? What constraints do web designers need to understand?

We’re thrilled that Noel will be presenting our first “design-focused” topic at Refresh Detroit!

Noel will discuss:

Noel Jackson is an übergeek, designer, and developer. Pulled from the depths of freelance design, he now works for Automattic, Inc. He loves the internet and dreams in HTML quite frequently. A self-proclaimed polymath, Noel was once a secret agent, fashion photographer, and ran a successful post-production studio in NYC.

When not pushing pixels and babbling about regexes, he’s probably listening to music (300 LPs and 250 gigs in all), DJing, or creating something (generative art is a favorite as of late). He lives in Detroit with his beautiful wife Stephanie, a fish named Hiro, and a chinchilla named Elvis.

Where: Washtenaw Community College, Ann Arbor, Michigan. We will be meeting in Room 150 at the Morris Lawrence Building (map). Plenty of free parking is available adjacent to the building.

When: Wednesday, March 25, 2009, 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Cost: Free! Open to the public.


February 24, 2009 - Thank you to all who showed up last night. We discussed some handy Photoshop online aps that are available to everyone. is a site that allows you to upload pictures, then make modifications to them. While it's not as detailed as Photoshop, it does offer you the ability to modify a picture and save it online. You can also connect to flickr, picasa, facebook, and a couple other sites that you may utilize online.

Let us know what versions of Adobe products you're using for future presentations. This will help us make the meetings more user-friendly, since we'll be able to show tips and tricks for the version you use! We look forward to seeing you at the next meeting.

February 17, 2009 - NEW OFFER FROM ADOBE!!

Adobe is delighted to offer our members special pricing on Adobe software. Place your order before March 2, 2009, in order to save 20% on all Adobe products in the North America online Adobe Store.

February 16, 2009 - Be sure to check out the events page for local happenings...there's quite a few fun things going on this week!
Next week is our next meeting, if there is anything in particular you'd like us to cover, send Misty an email and let her know. As always, we're open to suggestions!

Webucator classes are still being offered. Go to Flash Classes to see all they have to offer. Course offerings cover a wide array of technologies, including: XML, Microsoft, Java, Adobe (older versions right now as we are waiting on new ones to be released), Database, Web Design, Web Development, and Server Administration.

Please take advantage of some of the events occurring locally!

January 27, 2009 - Thank you to all who were there last night. It was great to see everyone. We watched some AdobeTV which illustrated how to use Flash CS4. It looks like the usability of Flash is going to be a lot greater, and fun!

Be sure to let Misty or I know of any topics you'd like us to cover. There are a lot of options on the AdobeTV site. If there's anything you hear going on that may be of interest to others, let us know! I'll be sure to post it on the site. You can also post a message on the Yahoo! groups site. See you in February!

January 22, 2009 - Be sure to come to this month's meeting. We're hoping to start it off with a bang! Be sure to bring topic ideas with you, so we can plan out the year and be sure that we cover anything of interest to our group members. We're here to make certain your Flash needs are met. :)

There's still time to register for FITC - Toronto (see below). It looks like it'll be a very informative event. As a user group, we get a discount! Also, I'll try and keep an updated page in regards to local tech related events. If there's something you know that's coming up, just send me an email and I'll put it on the site.

January 13, 2009 - Happy New Year!
We're hoping to make this year better than ever. First and foremost, we have received information about the FITC Toronto Design & Technology Festival. This originally began as a Flash Festival and various forms of this are held around the world. FITC Toronto will occur April 25-28, 2009 at the Hilton Toronto. As a Flash based user group, our members get a 20% discount to attend! Tickets need to be purchased through their online store at Discounts also apply to early bird purchases, which are in effect until February 1, 2009. In other words, big, big savings so those members who buy early. Code is ANNARBOR.

December 17, 2008 - A couple things:

1. Webucator is now offering classes for user groups! Just go to Flash Classes to see all they have to offer. Course offerings cover a wide array of technologies, including: XML, Microsoft, Java, Adobe (older versions right now as we are waiting on new ones to be released), Database, Web Design, Web Development, and Server Administration.

2. Today (12/17) at 1:00 p.m. EST, it's Tech Wednesday! Offered by Adobe, today's topic will cover: Illustrator CS4 and other fun things with Mordy Golding
In this session, Mordy will cover using Illustrator CS4 for Web design. And in doing so, he will also touch on using Illustrator together with Flash Professional, Flash Catalyst, and Fireworks.
Connect URL:
**enter the room as a ’guest’ using your First Name, Last Name, and program affiliation (i.e. John Smith - UGM, ACE, etc)**  Please don’t forget!!!

3. Tomorrow (12/18), is ArbCamp 08 at 6p - Cottage Inn on William--
ArbCamp is an unconference for Ann Arbor geeks of all stripes (tech, art, music, science, biz, etc.), an informal meeting where the schedule is built by its participants. All are invited for an evening of intense knowledge-sharing and community - our goal is to introduce a diverse representation of Ann Arbor's talent to each other and to the unconference format, hopefully to inspire other unconferences in the future. Everyone will be a participant engaged in, or leading discussion - no spectators - so please register your interests below to let others know who might share them! We'll start at 6 PM to meet, eat, and mingle before the program. There will also be a cash bar. We'll be meeting on the second floor of Cottage Inn on 512 E William St. There's parking at the public garage behind Borders a block away.

December 15, 2008 - Due to the upcoming holiday season, we are going to forgo meeting in December. We'll reconvene in 2009. Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Merry Kwanzaa and Happy New Year! We look forward to expanding our group in the next year. Misty and Angie

November 21, 2008 - It's with much regret that we must cancel this upcoming Monday's meeting. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving! We hope to see you in December.

November 17, 2008 - Join one of our local groups this Wednesday evening!

Where: Washtenaw Community College, Ann Arbor, Michigan. We will be meeting in Room 103 at the Morris Lawrence Building (map). Plenty of free parking is available adjacent to the building.
When: Wednesday, November 19, 2008, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Speaker: Mary Donnelly, Senior User Experience Consultant at Evantage Consulting and Cathy McAdam, ACSW

Making the web usable for all visitors is the primary goal of creating an accessible website. The W3C estimates that close to 20% of all website visitors have some form of disability, whether cognitive, visual, hearing, or physical. These disabilities affect how visitors access a website, whether on a computer with assistive technology, laptop, or cell phone. Learn what website accessibility is, why it is important, and what you as a web professional can do to provide a more accessible website for all website visitors. See how a screen reader views a web page and discover the different methods for testing website accessibility.

Mary Donnelly is a senior user experience consultant with Evantage Consulting. Her extensive experience includes user needs analysis, low and high fidelity prototyping, usability testing, research study design, and heuristic evaluation and assessment. At the March 2008 EKU Web Accessibility Conference, Mary presented “An accessibility study of an online resource directory geared towards people with disabilities and seniors.” Mary is an HFI Certified Usability Analyst, a member of the Usability Professionals’ Association, and the Society of Technical Communication.

Cathy McAdam, ACSW, has 20 years experience in rehabilitation medicine as a medical social worker at the Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan. In 1999, Cathy started her own company as a consultant focused on advocacy for assistive technology, and provision of career development
services. She runs a tutor program for libraries for basic computer skills for Greater Detroit Agency For The Blind and Visually Impaired. She leads grants focused on assistive technology for people with disabilities to drive systemic change that will permanently improve access to assistive technology devices and services.

Please reply to the Refresh Detroit group if you plan on attending. Thanks!
For more options, visit this group at

October 28, 2008 - Thank you to all who were at the meeting last night! We covered using free Flash photo albums and how to incorporate your own photos into those free tutorials. The tutorial we used can be found at

There you can find a free download that contains all the information you will need to create your own photo album! There are also other templates available, which are easy to use. All you need is to supply your own photos!

Next month, we welcome a speaker from Hook, based in Ann Arbor, and on the web at

Hook is a firm that incorporates 3-D imagery into commercial art, such as animation and illustrations. The firm's clients include Toyota and its work appeared in 2008's North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

September 26, 2008 - We'll be meeting at WCC on Monday, September 29th. This month we will be doing an overview/preview of CS4 which was announced on September 24th. If you joined us for the Joey Lott presentation on the 23rd, you'll have heard us talking about how excited we all are for the release. If not, you missed a great speaker and a LOT of free books.

If you are going to attend the meeting, please let Misty know so we provide sufficient refreshments. Have a great weekend, see you Monday night!

September 15, 2008 - Here's some information from one of our local Adobe groups:

Click to view this email in a browser
When: Tuesday, September 23, 2008 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Where: Canton Public Library, 1200 S. Canton Center Road, Canton,
Michigan 48188

Phone: 734-397-0999. We’re meeting in the Community Room.

Free parking is available next to the library.

I’m happy to announce that well-known Flash and Flex author Joey Lott
will be speaking at our September 23, 2008 meeting. Joey is traveling
across the country, from east coast to west coast, on his way to Adobe
in San Francisco and we’re his first stop.

Thanks to the local Adobe user groups, FlashFocused and Detroit Area
Adobe User Group for joining us in sponsoring this special event. Joey
will be selling autographed books. Thanks to O’Reilly, we’ll have some
books to give away too!

Want to know how to use your existing Flex and/or Flash skills to
build applications for the desktop using Adobe AIR? In this
presentation we’ll look at what AIR is and is not, and we’ll look at
the key features of AIR. We’ll go beyond the standard marketing
presentation for AIR and instead focus on what is possible using AIR
and what it takes to get up and running using AIR.

Joey Lott is one of the founders of The Morphic Group, a Flex and
Flash application development company. Joey has also authored or
co-authored numerous books on Flex and Flash and related technologies
including Programming Flex 3, ActionScript 3 Cookbook, Adobe AIR in
Action, and Advanced ActionScript 3 with Design Patterns. Joey has
spoken at many industry conferences such as Adobe MAX, Flash on the
Beach, Flashforward, and FITC.

Disclosure: This program is neither sponsored, nor endorsed by the
Canton Public Library.

Hope you can join us!

August 27, 2008 - Students are arriving back on the University of Michigan, Eastern Michigan University, and Washtenaw Community College's campuses this week. Be sure to get the word out about our meetings! We're hoping to increase member participation this upcoming schoolyear and continually welcome new members.

It's official! We're now registered with as a user group. What does that means for you? First and foremost, discounts! offers a lot of really good titles for various topics as well as courses to learn new skills. Check them out!

August 22, 2008 - Hello everyone!

As we have many things happening in September and it is the week before a holiday, we are going to forgo the August meeting. However, there are a few things I would like to make sure everyone everyone knows about:

  1. Again, the August meeting is canceled due to the upcoming holiday, students returning back to classes and also having several group things happening in September.

  2. I received the following email:
    I have several staffing needs for ActionScript, Flash developers!
    Margie Butler
    Technical Recruiter
    Judge Technical Staffing
    2550 S. Telegraph Road, Suite 100
    Bloomfield Hills, Michigan 48302
    (248) 253-9500 x 1239
    (800) 360-4474 x 1239

  3. The Michigan Flash Festival is just around the corner! As such, we have two ways for you to save on the price of admission! There is a $25 discount that I will include in a separate message and there is also a way to get in FREE! What's that? Did she say FREE? Why yes, she did! All you have to do is show up and help us out. I'm scheduling volunteers for the day-of operations to assist with registrations, etc. I am also taking volunteers for a few specific areas, namely someone as our contact to the community. Just let all the area groups know about the festival and help with advertising. More details available on this position, just contact me for info.

  4. We are co-sponsoring an event in September with Refresh Detroit. Joey Lott, author of the Flash 8 Cookbook, Actionscript Cookbook and co-author of several other Flash and Flex books will be speaking on Tuesday, September 23rd from 6:30-8:00 at the Canton Public Library.
I hope to see everyone at all the events! If you have questions or would like to volunteer for the MIFlashFest or to carpool to Canton together, please let me know or post on the forum! Misty

August 6, 2008 - Lisa had the following to say on her blog:

"I had the pleasure of presenting last week to the FlashFocused user group in Ann Arbor, Michigan. It was a lucky coincidence that my family summertime visit happened to be on the week of their monthly meeting. Yay syncronicity!

I gave them the lowdown on Flash video, of course — a topic that happened to be quite relevant for many of the members who attended. For those of you who have been waiting patiently for me to post the code examples and presentation notes, here they are!

–> Presentation [PDF] <–

–> Source files [ZIP] <–

Thanks for your patience, and for having me present to your group. And thanks to Misty for grabbing a copy of my book for a giveaway, as well! You guys rock."


July 31, 2008 - Many thanks to Lisa Larson-Kelley for speaking to our group this month! Lisa covered how to easily put Flash videos into websites and many different ways to do so. You can follow Lisa at her blog at or watch her on AdobeTV when they release Flash 411.

Register now for the Adobe MAX Conference coming this November in San Francisco, CA. More information can be found at the Adobe Event site:

Adobe MAX

The Michigan Flash Festival still needs volunteers! If you're interested in volunteering (you get in for free!) or if you just want more information about the Festival, be sure to visit their site at

July 23, 2008

Remember! Next Monday night is our meeting and we are proud to welcome Lisa Larson-Kelley! Lisa will present on Custom Video Players (For Videophobes). There will be time for Q & A after the presentation and refreshments will be served! We hope that everyone will be able to make this monumental event.

Also, if there's anything you receive in email that's interesting, let us or the group know. The Yahoo! Group allows users to post information onto our message board, which is a great way to let others know of great deals, promotions, or events!

The Michigan Flash Festival still needs volunteers! If you're interested in volunteering (you get in for free!) or if you just want more information about the Festival, be sure to visit their site at

July 2, 2008

Thank you to everyone who showed up to the meeting the other night! It was a great turnout.

June 27, 2008

Also, received this today...
The Michigan Flex User’s Group is hosting a Flex Camp on July 30th and 31st... they are currently lining up speakers from both Adobe and the community as well. The website for the camp is :

June 24, 2008

Don't forget - meeting on Monday - unless otherwise noted.

Please mark your calendars for July! We will be presenting special guest, Lisa Larson-Kelley. Lisa will present on Custom Video Players (For Videophobes). More information can be found at our special speaker page.

June 13, 2008

Our next meeting is scheduled for June 30th. Please let us know of any topics you'd be interested in. We've also had an offer of presentation for our July meeting.

April 14, 2008 - Contest!

Webby-in-Motion is a special collaborative contest presented by Adobe and The Webby Awards where we ask motion designers, illustrators, animators and other talented creative minds to design a 20-second category introduction animation/video for The Webby Awards Gala in NYC on June 10, 2008. Since we know that that sort of thing can often be time-consuming, creatively draining, mind-numbing, frustrating and sometimes even dangerous, we offer the grand-prize winner this sweet foursome:

For more information on how to enter, rules & eligibility and last year's winners please visit:

April 9, 2008

Total Training, the premier, award-winning provider of video software training for Adobe, is offering our group members this fantastic special! Just visit and you'll receive a FREE 7-day all-access Adobe Essentials pass and a 15% off coupon for their products. We've used their information for a meeting before and they're really quite good at what they do, check it out!

April 1, 2008

Thank you to all who showed up last night. We had a decent turn-out, with a few new people! We ended up going over Photoshop basics. Remember, any topic you're interested in, just send an email to Misty with that information. Do the same if there's something you'd like to teach the group!

March 31, 2008

Meeting tonight!! Be there, or be square. Great giveaways will be on hand, including pizza. Look forward to seeing everyone.

February 26, 2008

What a great turnout we had last night! Too bad everything technical didn't work. However, we've found some more information about Thermo available at

This should help clarify it a bit better.

February 25, 2008

Don't forget, our monthly meeting is tonight! What's so special about this one? Well, you've probably heard that Adobe has announced the release of Adobe Flex 3 and Adobe AIR 1.0. Now that the cat is out of the bag, this will be the focus of our Monday special meeting!

Flex 3 is a feature-packed release, adding new UI components like the advanced datagrid and improved CSS capabilities; powerful tooling additions like refactoring; and extensive testing tools including memory and performance profiling, plus the addition of the automated testing framework to Flex Builder.

Adobe AIR is game-changing in so many ways, delivering rich applications on the desktop, enabling access to the local file system, system tray, notifications and much more. Now you can write RIAs on the desktop using the same skills that you've been already using to create great web apps including both Flex and AJAX.

Don't miss out on this opportunity to see and hear about this highly anticipated release of Flex 3 and AIR at this meeting, PLUS! We'll have Adobe swag to give away!

January 28, 2008

This is just a reminder that our January meeting will be tonigh! Please let Misty know if you are planning to attend (or NOT attend) as she needs to have a general idea of how many giveaways to bring! Also let her know if you have any input for topics or anything.

In other news:
Calling all multimedia artists! Open Concept Gallery is seeking submissions for the upcoming SMart Festival. Categories include video, animation, digital media such as photography, website, and graphic design, electronic and experimental music, and proposals for presentations about theoretical art. Please contact for information.

December 17, 2007 - Due to the cold weather and wind we're supposed to get tonight, I don't think anyone really wants to drive out to the meeting, so we'll just meet up again in January! If you have topic ideas, please let Misty know! Have a safe and fun holiday!

December 11, 2007 - Our next meeting will be held this upcoming Monday evening (12/17), please don't miss out as we plan our topics for the upcoming year. If there is a topic you would like covered, please be sure to email Misty at

November 26, 2007 - This is just a reminder that tonight is our monthly meeting for FlashFocused, the Ann Arbor Adobe User Group. The meeting begins at 6 PM and the topic will be Intro to using Photoshop. If you have any photoshop projects or questions, please let me know right away and I can incorporate it into tonight's presentation. The meeting location is BE 270 at WCC and maps and other information are on the website at

Also, The organizing committee of MFF08 (Michigan Flash Festival) is seeking individuals to help plan and market the 2008 event. If you are interested in helping with Marketing, Web site design, graphic design, Outreach or any other capacity please email!

See you all tonight!

October 22, 2007 - Please join us next Monday evening at 6:00 p.m. for our next meeting. Also, be sure to attend Michigan Flash Fest 2007! If you would like to volunteer for this event, contact Misty at so you can receive a registration code.



September 24, 2007 - MEETING TONIGHT!!! Please be sure to come, it will be tons of fun (as always) and quite informative! The more, the merrier

August 2007 - Angie was on vacation and didn't update the site... ;)

July 26, 2007 - This is a reminder that on MONDAY, JULY 30TH, we are having our monthly meeting. Please RSVP if you will be in attendance or not. This is an important meeting as we will be discussing our October FlashFest event. If you have anything to discuss at the meeting, any topic ideas or any problems you need help with, please let me know! See you there!

June 26, 2007 - Make sure to mark your calendars for upcoming meetings! We need more of us to be at the monthly meetings!!!! They are most typically held the last Monday of every month, so the next one will be July 30th.

This month, we viewed, which was very helpful! Be sure to check out old resources and a list of future meetings in our Meeting Archive. an easy click to see when the meetings are coming up and to review what we've covered in past years!

June 13, 2007 - Be sure to join us on the 25th! If you're interested in the Adobe CS3 Conference, just question Misty or Angie, they'll be glad to fill you in on what they learned and the upcoming treats Adobe's releasing.

May 1, 2007 - HUGE congratulations go to Cynthia Enoch, the lucky winner of the CS3 Web Premium drawing!! For those of you who were unable to attend, a link to the presentation is available on the meeting archives page. This month (it is May already!), we'll be meeting a week earlier, due to Memorial Day.

Please send all topic recommendations to Misty and we'll incorporate them into future meetings.

On Wednesday, May 16th, Adobe will be holding a CS3 one-day conference in Chicago. There's no registration deadline, but space is limited.

Also, we are working with SEMAFX to hold a Flash conference in the area. We'll share more details as they are made available.

March 28, 2007 - Thank you to all who were able to make it to our joint meeting with SEMAFX, it was very interesting! Our next meeting with be on April 30th, room BE150 at Washtenaw Community College. Be sure to attend as we'll have great Adobe giveaways!!

March 26, 2007 - We're still celebrating the launch of CS3 and will still have prizes (must be present to win). However, this meeting will be held in conjunction with SEMAFX at Schoolcraft College. They have been able to secure speaker, James Mohler for this event and have invited us to join them. Please come out and join us!

March 19, 2007 - Our next meeting will be held next TUESDAY, March 27th. NOTE the DATE CHANGE! We will be celebrating the launch of CS3 with fantastic prizes (must be present to win) and refreshments. Please plan on attending this much anticipated event.

February 21, 2007 - Here's hoping everyone's hanging in there after Fat Tuesday. We will be meeting next Monday evening with a topic to be determined. Past meetings have showcased the use of Photoshop and different techniques one can use to create excellent graphic images. Show up this month and see what other exciting options are available!

If there is a topic you would like covered, email the Group Manager, Misty, at, she's always willing to listen to ideas for upcoming presentations. If there's someone you would like to speak to the group, let her know that, too! The more suggestions, the better our group can be.

December 29, 2006 - Wanted to take a moment to wish everyone a very Happy New Year! This upcoming year looks to be a fantastic one. We all look forward to seeing you all at the next meeting. Be sure to send any ideas to Misty at or get on the Yahoo! group or the Flash Focused blog to put info online.

December 12, 2006 - Email Misty at to RSVP for the December meeting. If we can't get enough to confirm they will attend, we will cancel until January.

October 24, 2006 - Next week our speaker will be Calvin Zirk, who will talk on Flash Video. Join our spooky bunch to learn more!

September 1, 2006 - Let's have a big congrats to our raffle winner MONTE! (YAY!) If anyone has a specific topic they'd like covered during any upcoming meetings, please let Misty know offlist at

Here are links mentioned during the meeting:

The Making of Flash 8

Flash Developer Interviews (good info!)

Flash Designer Interviews (GOOD tips and tricks in these!)

Free Eseminar series!
Introduction to Studio 8
Introduction to Dreamweaver 8
Best Practices: A Closer Look at CSS and XML in Dreamweaver 8
Introduction to Flash Professional 8
Video Made Easy with Flash Professional 8 and Dreamweaver 8

Illustrator Breeze Presentation

Illustrator CS2 Walkthrough tour

Photoshop CS2 Walkthrough tour


August 24, 2006 - We will be celebrating Flash's 10th birthday at our next meeting (Monday, 8/28). Be sure to come, as we'll be giving a GREAT prize away and also reviewing Adobe products.


August 1, 2006 - It's almost time to say HAPPY BIRTHDAY! On August 9, 2006, Flash turns 10! We will be doing something special for this, stay tuned for details!


August 1 - Thank you for everyone who showed up for the July meeting! As you know, Misty Mills is now our Group Manager. Our next meeting is slated to be August 28, 2006.


July 14 - There are some exciting changes going on in the Ann Arbor Flash Focused User Group. Watch this space for further information!


April 10 - Our next meeting will focus on Adobe Certification and the different certifications available. We'll talk about the product certification tracks and the benefit from certification. If you've ever wondered what certification was all about or how to get certified, definitely come on out on April 24th.

If you're already certified in any technical product or specialty, come on out and share your experience.

Adobe has donated a free exam voucher to be raffled off at this meeting. ($150 value)

Hope to see you there!


February 22 - Great turnout for the Creative Congress 2006

... and a winner!!

Congrats go out once again to the winner of our Flash 8 Professional raffle, Erin Zurney!

Overall it was a great turnout and a successful visit for our User Group. We had 75 people enter into the raffle for Flash 8. It was great meeting everyone and very nice talking with all the creative industry folk that showed up. I love meeting with people who are just a passionate about their career or hobby as I am.. it's always interesting conversation and I usually end up learning more than a thing or two through the exchange.

A big thanks to Misty and Angie, for help with getting everything together for the event, I couldn't have done it without them.

For those who may not know Misty or Angie, Misty is the User Group Marketing Coordinator and Angie is our User Group Webmaster.

I will definitely be looking for more events like this one which gives us a chance to get out the word about our group and meet more great people!


January 19 - The 15th Flashforward Conference & Film Festival will take place at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle, 2/27 – 3/1.

Flashforward will host exhibits, over 60 workshops and sessions, and the 15th Flashforward Film Festival, and covers topics such as Flex, ActionScript, motion graphics, Adobe integration, and Flash video. Sign up now and take advantage of early-bird discounts which ends January 20th. Buy tickets at or call toll free at 1-877-4-FLASH-4 (1-877-435-2744).

Use Discount Code ADMUGSEA06 and receive $100 discount!

About Flashforward

Flashforward is the world’s first, largest and most renowned conference focusing on Flash, recently acquired by Adobe Systems. Since its inception 6 years ago, more than 20,000 professionals in the industries of design, interactivity, animation, video, and motion graphics have attended 14 events in cities such as San Francisco, New York, Amsterdam, and London. The Flashforward Film Festival takes place in conjunction with the conference, and showcases the most innovative and cutting-edge Flash techniques throughout the world.


January 18 - We are now Flash Focused! Beginning in 2006, the A3MUG will cover topics related to Flash. We are also blogging at, so feel free to come over there and read what's going on!

We're really looking forward to the new format. Look for more updates and a reworked site in the near future!


November 30 - ANNOUNCEMENT! The Ann Arbor Area Macromedia Users Group is going to focus its attentions to become more Flash focused. We will basically now be the Ann Arbor Area Flash Users Group (new name, etc. to be determined at a later date and time). Stay tuned!!


November 14 - Be sure to subscribe to the A3MUG yahoo group so you can participate in the current online poll.

The next meeting is coming up on November 29th at our regularly scheduled time, you don't to miss it!


October 26 - We had a great meeting last night, here's the link to the recorded presentation:

We'll be using Breeze more often for future presentations!


September 28 - Be sure to check the meeting archives page for information presented in last night's meeting. We're looking to get a speaker for the meeting on October 25th. Check for updates here.

The Making of Flash 8

This is a very cool video produced by Macromedia. A behind the scenes look at the development team and some of the processes just before the release of Flash 8.


July 27 - Thanks to all who came out to last night's meeting, it was a lot of fun! To recap - the plan was to install Suse 9.1, Apache, MySQL and BlueDragon Server on to a machine and then raffle it off. Well - we accomplished the first of those tasks. =)

We did successfully install Suse 9.1 and then ran into an error when trying to compile Apache. I've since found this post that will help anyone wanting to continue the experiment at home.

Basically - just grab the rpm file of GCC and install it using Yast. You can grab the rpm here:

You should then be able to install Apache using the instructions found here.

You can find the resource links for last night's meeting here:

We will have another session in the very near future that will cover BlueDragon and the different versions of the server that are available.


July 19 - Enter your vote today! A new poll has been created for the a3mug group:

Will you be attending the July Meeting?
o Yes
o No

To vote, please visit the following web page:

You must be a member of the A3MUG Yahoo! Group in order to submit your entry, join today and get all the latest updates!


June 28 - CONGRATULATIONS go out to Misty Mills, the winner of the Stuido MX with Flash Pro. She's bound to create wonderful things with that.

Files from Chris Cote's presentation (thank you, Chris) on Flash Basics are available in the archives. Please visit there and check it out!

Next month will be really exciting! We will be offering a bunch of books to raffle as well as a computer we set up with Linux, Apache, MySQL and Blue Dragon Server. Be sure to attend!


May 24 - COOL NEWS! Our illustrious Kevin Phillips has accepted the role of co-manager for the A3MUG! Kevin has been a very active member of the user group since its inception. In his first official duty, he'll be representing the A3MUG at the Spring <BR> Conference in Athens, OH this Thursday (5/26). We can look forward to hearing how the conference went at this month's meeting.


May 3 - Our April meeting went well, be sure to check out the meeting archives page to view the information presented. NOTE: From this day forth, meetings will take place on the last Tuesday of the month (unless otherwise noted) from 6:30 - 9:00 p.m.


April 14 - Thank you to all who attended last month's meeting. Our next meeting is on the 28th and will cover Dreamweaver. Be sure to invite those you think would be interested in attending! The more members we have, the better. We will be voting on an official A3MUG logo as well. Be sure to attend to get your voice heard.


March 18 - First and foremost, we promise to notify everyone of social events in a more advanced fashion than the last one, sorry folks! On a happier note, those who did make it had a great time. We'll be sure to have an event again soon.

Our next meeting is on March 31st, the last day of the month. Our topics will be of interest to everyone, even those of you who already know a bit about the topics to be discussed. Share your expertise! Remember, if you present topics, you get extra raffle points!!!


February 25 - Meet the A3MUG! We will be having a social / introduction to A3MUG meeting on March 17th. As of today, it will be held at Katie's in Dexter. We will let you know if the location changes. Please tell anyone you know who does anything with websites, etc, we would like any professionals who use Macromedia products to attend!


February 17 - BREAKING NEWS!
Beginning with the 2/24 meeting , A3MUG members will be able to obtain entries to raffle for a copy of Studio MX 2004 w/ Flash Professional to be given away in June!

To earn raffle entries:

1 Entry
- Attend the monthly UG Meeting: 1 entry
- Complete a book review: 1 entry
- Bring a friend to a meeting: 1 entry per friend, per meeting (no using the same friend 4 times... sorry.)
- Suggest a specific topic for a meeting and have it chosen (eg: "Using the new Flash Form features within CFMX 7", generic topics such as "Flash" won't count)

2 Entries
- Secure a speaker for a monthly meeting

3 Entries
- Present a topic at the UG Meeting

We will be putting a page up to track entries into the raffle. The top three with the most entries will also get prizes.


February 15 - The meeting for February will take place as scheduled, topic to be announced in the near future.

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