Facebook Lite Launches

Facebook Lite launched recently, and currently only for those in India and the USA. (however I am based in the UK and had no problems accessing the site).

facebook lite start

Aimed at those who have slower internet connections, the site is a slim downed version of the usual Facebook with noticeable differences being the loss of the applications bar and the left side menu. Check out some shots below of the lighter feeling Facebook.

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News Feed

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Profile Page

If you want to check out Facebook Lite, you can do so by visiting http://lite.facebook.com.

Great Looking Skins for your iPod

Skinizi offer some great skins for your iPod, check them out at skinizi.com.

They feature rich vibrant designs for the 2nd generation iPod Nano and 5th gen iPod Video.

Adobe Live 2007 Review: Very short

Adobe held an event to showcase their new creative suite 3 products this week: Adobe Live. It was held at the Business Design Centre in Islington, London. I attended today’s session ( Wednesday 6th of June).

This was a good event. The Demonstrations were well demonstrated, the hands on training were well taught. Adobe staff are highly enthusiastic about their company and products. And their enthusiasm for the products they were highlighting was infectious.

The only downside was that there were too many people, it seems the hands on training sessions were the most popular, it was based on a first come first served basis. Which meant if you weren’t among the first 20 or so people in the queue, you wouldn’t have been able to go along with the training session, and would have found yourself either sitting on the floor or watching from the sides. Where really you want to be involved and be following along with a computer.

Things I would say to look out for, and which I noticed were being highlighted a lot was the Apollo Application which enables you to build cross operating desktop applications (currently in Alpha). and also Flex (a nice little app that I was very impressed with, also open source so check it out), you can find these all at the Adobe Labs.

I recommend this event, it was free so great for those of us on a budget. If there is one in your area, definitely check it out!

Design Tips and Coding Ideas from Smashing Magazine

Smashing Magazine has released pdf versions of their articles: 35 designers x 5 questions and 70 Expert Ideas for Better CSS Coding for free, for download on their blog, here. Check it out!

Adobe Licenses

Update: Now Shipping!

The next Creative Suites from Adobe are here, for Windows and Mac’s, and they’re available to pre-order from your favourite online store.

You can view the content of the new packages, in a presentation that Adobe has put together, View Creative Licenses (I have listed them below):

  • Web Premium

    • Dreamweaver
    • Flash
    • Photoshop CS3 Extended
    • Illustrator CS3
    • Fireworks CS3
    • Contribute CS3
  • Design Premium
    • InDesign CS3
    • Photoshop CS3 Extended
    • Illustrator CS3
    • Flash CS3 Professional
    • Dreamweaver CS3
  • Production Premium
    • After Effects CS3 Professional
    • Adobe Premier Pro CS3
    • Photoshop CS3 Extended
    • Flash CS3 Professional
    • Illustrator CS3
    • Soundbooth CS3

I have to say what Adobe are putting together looks great. When Adobe merged with Macromedia a few years back, I had my doubts. Such as if Adobe buy out Macromedia where will the competition be? Will Adobe get rid of Dreamweaver (I couldn’t bare it) and stick with Go Live?

Now though, Adobe have merged the best packages from both companies. To me Web Premium seems like the perfect package. Photoshop and Fireworks and Dreamweaver PLUS Flash and Illustrator, that’s all I’ll ever need. Thank you Adobe.

Prices (all including VAT as listed on the Adobe Website):

  • Web Premium

UK Price: Full From – £1,404.12
Upgrade – £534.62
US Price: Full From – $1,559.00
Upgrade – $499.00

  • Design Premium

UK Price: Full From –  £1,655.58
Upgrade – £703.82

US Price: Full From – $1,799.00
Upgrade – $599.00

  • Production Premium 

UK Price: Full From –  £1,655.58
Upgrade – £703.82

US Price: Full From – $1,699.00
Upgrade – $799.00

  • Master Collection

UK Price: Full From – £2,313.58
Upgrade – £1,444.08

US Price: Full From – $2,499.00
Upgrade – $1,840.00

Linkage:

Adobe Store UKhttps://store2.adobe.com/cfusion/store/index.cfm?store=OLS-UK&nr=0

Adobe Store UShttps://store1.adobe.com/cfusion/store/html/index.cfm?store=OLS-US&promoid=BIOZ&

Adobe Creative Licenseshttp://www.adobe.com/uk/creativelicense/

Designer’s Block Has Moved

Just a quick post to say that The Desginers Block Forum that I plug from time to time has moves to a new location. Due to some issues, anyway the new URL is now: http://design.ersblock.com/forum/index.php, check it out now.

CSS Advisor and Adobe Spry framework

It’s going to be a busy day for Adobe, two more products released for beta today include CSS Advisor. A web based community. This community is designed to identify and resolve browser and CSS compatibility issues.

CSS Advisor Forum

Also released in Beta today is Adobe Spry framework, basically it is a JavaScript library that “allows designers to build pages that provide a richer experience for their users”.

The spry framework should be easy for users with little or basic HTML, JavaScript and CSS knowledge to implement into their existing sites. Should be a doddle then for more advanced users.

To see what’s so great about Spry you can check out the demo’s available on Adobes site. Some pretty amazing stuff there, I’m loving the China Gallery.Very Very lightbox.

Linkage:

CSS Advisor
http://www.adobe.com/cfusion/communityengine/index.cfm?event=homepage&productId=1

Adobe Labshttp://labs.adobe.com/

Spry framework for Ajaxhttp://labs.adobe.com/technologies/spry/

Lightbox JShttp://www.huddletogether.com/projects/lightbox/