The Passing of Glenda Vigoreaux, Macromedia Master Instructor

gv2.jpg It’s with a heavy heart that I pass along the news of Glenda Vigoreauxs’ passing. She was a true ColdFusion, Flash, Dreamweaver and Director guru, and taught for Ascend with an ever present smile on her face, and joy in her heart. She absolutely loved teaching, and was a true motivator. She always came to us bringing laughter, even after she moved from the Chicago area to Arizona. She was a regular at many conferences, and always a vivacious and energetic speaker. She had also been a child television star in her native Puerto Rico where she later served as a host, singer, and comedienne. The entire ColdFusion community, along with all developers have suffered a great loss. She will be sorely missed. 

Her husband has attributed her death to the succumbing to anxiety and insomnia. For all those of us who suffer from sleep issues, we truly understand her pain and wish we could have been of assistance. Glenda will always be remembered as a bright light.

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Quark 8 Chases Adobe InDesign

QuarkXPress is doing everything it can to regain its’ luster from the early days of the 90’s. A snappy new website, a new Quark Version 8 with the gun directly aimed atInDesign–but are any of these things enough to pull users away from Adobe?

Quark 8 has added Bézier curves, a Picture Content Tool for scaling and cropping pixel-based images, and a polished new interface. In addition, the new version has more “Standard”keyboard shortcuts designed to reach those that are familiar with the shortcutsfrom other programs. They have even added web features such as SWF authoringand export to HTML and PDF.

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While these things all sound good on paper, some of remember the release of QuarkImmedia which was supposed to be the revolutionary way for Quark users to publish to the web in a “truecross-media solution.” I can tell you personally that sitting in on a demo ofthis in 1998 still hurts my brain. Moving print to the web has never been aneasy task, and Quark does not have a solid track record in this area. Quark has been the veritable one-trick pony for a long time, and deviating from the publishing arena with QuarkImmedia was truly the beginning of the end. We mustask ourselves if we were saddled with Quark 3 for so long because all energy was spent on moving towards the web?

Another stumbling block is that younger users have never even heard of Quark, let alone used it. Adobe has invested a vast amount of time, money and energy into reaching younger-audiences, such as the Adobe Interactive Video Wall to promote the Creative License campaign. People were able to interact with a slider on the wall tochange the video montage in front of them, which lended itself to the hip image and culture that Adobe has achieved.  Adobe Video Wall.

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In the early days of InDesign, it was the end user pushing for the move. Now, it has also become an accounting decision. To buy Photoshop and Illustrator separately totals $1248.To buy the Creative Suite (CS3) is $1199 that includes both Acrobat and InDesign. Quark expenditures on the corporate level are being denied partially because of the attitude of “You have InDesign on your computer already, why are we spending $799 for a full version, or $299 for an upgrade?”

While the changes in Quark 8 are commendable, the publishing ship has sailed, and InDesign has left Quark far behind. But we also said the same thing when Quark took over from Pagemaker…

– Jori Curry 

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Freelancer Fiesta!

Join us for a freelancer extravaganza on July 21st! Ascend Training and the Chicago Area Adobe User group will enable freelancers and those looking for talent to come together and share their samples and upcoming projects. Ascend has served the Chicago creative community for 10 years, and The Chicago Area Adobe User Group is the longest-running user group in the area. Held at the Ascend Chicago facility at 410 S. Michigan Ave. Those using Adobe Flash, Dreamweaver, Photoshop, InDesign or other creative applications are encouraged to attend.

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