Archive for June, 2009

AIGA members invited to “be fabulous with”

Published by | Monday, June 29th, 2009 A

Highlights from the "Be Fabulous with" AIGA event at
the Brooks Institute of Photography in Ventura, CA, June 25.

Last Thursday, June 25, at the Brooks Institute of Photography campus in Ventura, Lynda Weinman and Bruce Heavin gave the talk “be fabulous with” at the request of the local chapter of AIGA. There were many AIGA members from Ventura and Santa Barbara County in attendance, as well as a great showing of staff. During the evening we heard the story of how Lynda and Bruce met, how was formed, Lynda’s beef with the See’s Candy lady, and how passion, hard work and persistence really do pay off.

It was an inspiring and heart-warming event! Wish you all could have been there!

Update on Entrepreneur of the Year award: The best is yet to come!

Published by | Thursday, June 25th, 2009
Lynda and Bruce, Entrepreneur of the Year finalists

Lynda and Bruce all decked out for the Entrepreneur of the Year award ceremony.

Hi Everyone!

I know many of you were following our nomination for Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year for the Greater Los Angeles area. We made it to finalists, but did not win the award and will not be going on to the national competition.

We were in awe of many of the other finalists and winners, and the experience of being part of this competition was pretty fantastic. The evening event on June 23 (red carpet et all – see pics of Bruce in a tux!) was fantastic. They made a pretty cool video of us describing that I hope to get a copy of to share with you all.

Even though we did not win, we don’t measure our success by awards. It’s nice to be acknowledged, but the truth is no award can come close to how proud we are to be building this great business. The best is yet to come!

Thanks for everything!

-Lynda and Bruce

Don’t sing the “ain’t got no business” blues – learn something!

Published by | Thursday, June 25th, 2009

Moms in Business suggests that one way to beat the summertime business blues is to do some training at

“Summer is the perfect time to take a class and learn a new skill or master a software program that will help your business grow,” says the article, naming as a place to check out for software training.

The Moms in Business article names a number of learning resources, as well a list of other ways to beat the blues this summer. Read the full article.

Save time and brain power: Photoshop CS4 Power Shortcuts

Published by | Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

Photoshop CS4 offers an abundance of helpful shortcuts and hidden tricks that allow designers and photographers to get more done in less time. In Photoshop CS4 Power Shortcuts, Michael Ninness reveals hundreds of tips to boost productivity, including the top 20 power shortcuts every Photoshop user must know. He covers strategies for better document and panel management, and offers techniques for becoming quicker and more nimble when using layers, adjustment layers, and layer masks.

Get warmed up for a Flash workout: Flex 4 SDK and Flash Builder 4 Beta Preview

Published by | Friday, June 19th, 2009

Ready to flex a little Flex? In Flex 4 SDK and Flash Builder 4 Beta Preview, developer and Adobe Certified Instructor David Gassner describes how to get started with the Flex 4 SDK, and gives a tour of the new Flash Builder 4 (formally known as Flex Builder). David walks through Flash Builder 4′s installation and deployment options, and highlights its important features, including working with Spark text controls in the Flex 4 SDK and creating Flash components in Flash Builder 4.

Lighting Effects in Post using Final Cut Pro, Motion, and After Effects

Published by | Tuesday, June 16th, 2009
Chris Meyer

Chris Meyer

Several recent training series from Chris Meyer have focused on techniques for achieving a particular category of motion graphics effects using various applications. His latest courses demonstrate how to use any version of Final Cut Pro, Motion, or After Effects to easily add animated lighting effects to existing footage. Going beyond basic techniques, Chris shares his personal experience and uses many examples to teach the best way to select and fine-tune lighting clips to enhance a variety of underlying shots. He presents techniques for subtle enhancements that will help hold the viewer’s attention while adding production value to virtually any shot.

These courses were created and produced by Chris Meyer. We are honored to host his material in the Online Training Library®.

Create dynamic visuals with Maya particle effects

Published by | Monday, June 15th, 2009

Particle effects can be used to create everything from realistic smoke and light to abstract design elements. In Maya Particle Effects, Audri Phillips demonstrates the particles she has found helpful in her work creating dynamic visuals for video games, film and fine art. This course goes deeper than the basics, tackling topics like saving time by reusing MEL expressions, implementing physics to create realistic effects, and manipulating paint effects to give particles the look and feel of an envisioned design.

Joomla! news: 1.6 alpha and beyond…

Published by | Friday, June 12th, 2009
Jen Kramer

Jen Kramer

Good news, Joomla! true believers—Joomla! 1.6 will be released in its alpha version no later than June 22, 2009, according to Rob Schley, one of the core developers on the project. I enjoyed hearing Rob speak at Joomla! Day New England, held on May 30, 2009, in Brattleboro, Vermont.

Like me, your immediate thought is whether you should download it and start learning the newest version of Joomla!. As an alpha version, it’s likely to be full of bugs and landmines. You should definitely not consider using the alpha version to develop a real site for a client. The alpha is expected to be followed shortly by a beta and some release candidates, with the release version due out at the end of 2009.

Normally one might expect that as Joomla! 1.6 is released, Joomla! 1.5 support will become limited. (For example, Joomla! 1.0 support ends on July 22, 2009, and extension support for Joomla! 1.0 has been decreasing for some time.) However, this is not going to be the case.

Joomla! 1.5 will remain the “stable”, production environment for Joomla!. The 1.6 branch will be seen as quick-moving and somewhat experimental, as the core development team adds new, badly needed functionalities (better permissions system, multiple categories, and tags among them). As those technologies mature in the 1.6 branch, they might port some of the functionality back to 1.5.

Looking far into the future, Joomla! 1.7 will also be part of the faster moving track of Joomla!, while Joomla! 1.8 may become a new stable version to replace Joomla! 1.5. Both tracks will converge with Joomla! 2.0. (I don’t have dates for any of these releases.)

The plan is to support Joomla! 1.5 for at least three years, Jan 2008-Jan 2011. Of course, the further out we get in time, the less defined anything is and the more subject it is to change. is keeping up with the fast-moving world of Joomla!, so watch this space for more movies coming to a computer screen near you!