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Adobe acquires Serious Magic (nifty video software)

Note: This blog post is from 2006. Some content may be outdated--though not necessarily. Same with links and subsequent comments from myself or others. Corrections are welcome, in the comments. And I may revise the content as necessary.
Adobe has acquired the company Serious Magic, makers of some nifty video software (particularly Visual Communicator). While this news is making the rounds on the Non-CF feeds at MXNA and FullAsAGoog, I don't see it mentioned yet in the CF feeds. No, it's not a CF-specific product, but it may appeal to some in the CF Community who like to create video content. You can read the press release for more.

I've been a Serious Magic customer for a couple of years, though I've never gotten around to using my VC license. :-) It's really interesting, allowing you to create compelling "tv-like" videos using green screen technology (to have your video appear within or atop an interesting background) and teleprompting to ease reading of scripts. (Since I've never given speeches or read on screen from scripts, I'll admit that's not suited me.)

But if you haven't seen what the tool can do, check out the product page which has a nice few-minute long embedded video (that starts within a few moments of viewing the page) in which the author has used the tool to demonstrate itself.

I wish I'd gotten around to using it, as now with the Adobe acquisition I expect to see a lot more use of the tool. "I coulda been a contender!" :-) Enjoy.

Are you recording CFUG meetings? Check out this tip to track how many visits you get

Note: This blog post is from 2006. Some content may be outdated--though not necessarily. Same with links and subsequent comments from myself or others. Corrections are welcome, in the comments. And I may revise the content as necessary.
If you're a CFUG manager who may be taking advantage of the really nice offer from Adobe for us to use Connect to broadcast and/or record user group meetings, here's a nice tip for being able to track how many people have viewed the recording.

It turns out you can move a "Recorded Meeting" to the "Content Area" of your Connect account, so that Connect will treat the recorded version as "Content". Once you move it, you will now have access to the report section for the "content" (including the count of users who accessed the recorded version).

(Thanks to "Alain" on the Connect forums for sharing that answer when I asked about the challenge.)

Once you move it, you may wonder where to find it in the Connect Admin interface. You generally work in the "meetings" area, but you'll see a link in the top navbar next to that saying "content". That's where the recorded meeting is moved. Any URL for the recording remains the same.

What's more the count reflects all views since you recorded it, not just since you moved it.

One gotcha to watch out for: be sure to check the permissions on the recording, as the move could change the permissions. (Update 11/07: there was a time when I observed that the permissions would change, but recently I observe that I no longer need to do that.) Check "set permissions" while looking at the list of meetings at Content>My Content.

For more on the notion of user group managers using Connect, see the links below.

More benefits for those who come to my FusionDebug/FusionReactor class the day after London CFDevCon

Note: This blog post is from 2006. Some content may be outdated--though not necessarily. Same with links and subsequent comments from myself or others. Corrections are welcome, in the comments. And I may revise the content as necessary.
If you've been on the fence about attending the day-long class I'm doing (on FusionDebug and FusionReactor), the day after the CFDevCon in London (and Munich), here's good news and even more reason it's a great value.

First, while the original offer was that attendees would get a free license for FusionDebug for attending (basically making the day of training free), some have asked if they could have FusionReactor instead. Since they're about the same price, Intergral has agreed that you can have a license to FusionReactor instead, if you'd like. Many thanks to them! This applies to both the Munich and London classes, and you can choose which you will have on the day.

Second, regarding the London class specifically, if you've not yet registered for the DevCon itself the day before, here's better news: those who sign up now will get a free ticket to the Devcon as well. (Sorry, no refund available if you've already purchased your Devcon ticket.)

Again, the thanks for this go to Intergral for their generous offers of these bonuses.

That said, if you have any questions or concerns about these two offers, please direct them to David Tattersall. It's their offer, not mine. I'm just creating and presenting the class. They're handling all the organizational details. :-)

UGTV: now with RSS feeds based on search criteria

Note: This blog post is from 2006. Some content may be outdated--though not necessarily. Same with links and subsequent comments from myself or others. Corrections are welcome, in the comments. And I may revise the content as necessary.
For those who are enjoying the UGTV service I've created, I want to point out that I have updated it yet again, adding a new RSS feed mechanism based on search criteria you may enter.

Simply perform a search, and a link for the feed based on that criteria will appear with the normal feed below the table of results.

Or, you can just modify the RSS feed yourself, adding:

http://www.carehart.org/ugtv/rss.cfm?search=your+keywords

(I'll point out that I also let you control how many are found, via an optional "entries" attribute, which defaults to 10.)

Enjoy.

Considering the London CF DevCon? It just got better: Ben Forta will be speaking

Note: This blog post is from 2006. Some content may be outdated--though not necessarily. Same with links and subsequent comments from myself or others. Corrections are welcome, in the comments. And I may revise the content as necessary.
If any of you are on the fence about coming to the London CF Devcon in about 3 weeks (Thurs, Nov 9), here's still more motivation: Ben Forta will be speaking, giving the keynote.

Actually, we'll be bookends: he speaks first (9am) and I speak last (5pm). Now, normally I might be bummed by that, as some may want to duck out to avoid rush hour, etc. But in this event there will be many prizes given away after that last talk, as well as a post conference party, so people should really want to stick around! :-)

Anyway, for £49.99 (£60 at the door), it's a good value with lots of speakers and other activities. Get registered soon, both to help Russ Michaels with planning, and indeed in case it might sell out now!

(And don't forget about my day-long training the next day on FusionDebug and FusionReactor.)

Update on UGTV: more presentations, more submitters, and more features

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Just an update for those who are interested in my UGTV repository of recorded user group presentations.

First, it now boast nearly 30 presentations from 24 presenters, submitted by myself and 5 others. Thanks, everyone!

I've also added an RSS feed, so you can be notified of new postings. The URL is offered at the bottom of the list page.

Finally, I have also tweaked the interface further in a few ways.

First, thanks to Jeff Coughlin for sharing a few hints to help me fix my show/hide of the recording descriptions. I had it only showing, but not hiding, due to a bug that I hadn't gotten around to fixing. He offered me the appropriate Javascript, making it too easy not to update it. Thanks, Jeff!

Also, he wasn't thrilled by my next/previous links (I was using the greaterthan and lessthan brackets for prev/next, doubling them for first/last.) He pointed out his available custom tag, and again he made it too easy not to try, with a nifty "quickstart" in his docs. Again, kudos.

Interested in a day of training on FusionDebug and FusionReactor? Join me in Europe

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Hey folks, if any of you will be going to the http://www.cfdevcon.com/ in London on Thurs, Nov 9 (where I and several other folks will be speaking on various CF topics), I want to point out an additional training opportunity.

The next day (Friday), I'll be giving an all-day training session on FusionDebug and FusionReactor, sponsored by the fine folks at Intergral, makers of the tools. I'll spend the day introducing the tools, sharing tips and tricks, and more. For more details, and to signup, see http://www.fusion-reactor.com/fastTrack.html.

The price is £249,00 (or about $312), but note this:

Each attendee gets a free copy of FusionDebug (full license), which lists at $299, so the training is really low-cost.

And for anyone near Germany, note that we'll be doing the same class in Munich on Nov 3, also detailed on the page above.

Please share the word with anyone you know who may be interested in these two tools. Those who know me know that I enjoy opening the fire-hose of information, so I hope you'd be sure to find it good value. :-)

We may well bring the classes to the US (and elsewhere) next, depending on how things go. So far, we have several signups and have only just started announcing it.

I'll be speaking tonight (Tues) and Thursday night in CFUG Breeze meetings on FusionDebug

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For those who may have missed previous chances to see my CFUG presentation on FusionDebug, I'll be giving it 2 more times this week, and both are open for you to join in via Breeze.

(While I've arranged to give away 2 copies of the product at each meeting, I don't know if the groups are setup to enable remote attendees to take part in the draw. Please respect their approach and enjoy the chance they're offering to have remote participants. Otherwise, if you missed the news, note the new reduced prices and Community edition available through October as I mentioned previously.)

Here are the details on each of the meetings.

Mid-Michigan CFUG Tonight, on FusionDebug

The first is at the Mid-Michigan CFUG, tonight (Tuesday, Oct 10) at 7pm EST. The Breeze meeting URL is:

http://adobechats.adobe.acrobat.com/r95948645/

ColdFusion Meetup Thursday Night, on FusionDebug

The second is at Steven Erat's ColdFusion meetup online CFUG, Thursday (Oct 12) at 6pm EST (note that his early announcements mistakenly said 7pm). He asks that you RSVP here:

http://coldfusion.meetup.com/17/calendar/5130559/

where you'll also find additional details about the meeting and the group. The URL for the meeting itself will be:

http://stevenerat.breezecentral.com/fusiondebug12102006/

He has over 82 RSVPs so far, so it will be a busy group. If you want a quieter environment to join in online, I'm sure the number of folks online for the Mid-Michigan meeting will be much smaller. I'm giving the exact same presentation to both.

Watching the recordings

I'm sure both groups will post URLs for watching the recordings when they're available, and I'll try to add that here (as a comment) as well as on my carehart.org/ugtv/ list of recorded presentations from CFUGs all over the world.

(I do notice that the Mid-Michigan group's breeze meeting URL looks a lot like the URL for most recorded presos, so until we get it posted, you may just want to try changing the "r" to a "p".)

My Latest CFDJ article is now posted: Errors in Your Code: Handling, debugging, and testing for them

Note: This blog post is from 2006. Some content may be outdated--though not necessarily. Same with links and subsequent comments from myself or others. Corrections are welcome, in the comments. And I may revise the content as necessary.
I see that my latest CFDJ article has now been posted on the CFDJ site: "Errors in Your Code: Handling, debugging, and testing for them".

Here's a brief synopsis:

Errors and bugs: they happen in all code, mostly in development but in production too and perhaps more easily in CFML than in compiled languages. There are several features to help better handle, debug, and test for them, and this article will focus on those.

Though the article has just been posted, it's in the "August" issue. Due to some snafus in recent months, the CFDJ folks are just getting caught up. I have no information myself on when the print version of the issue will be coming out, if indeed it may already have.

I will say you can also look for me to have articles in future issues, including Sept and Oct which are already turned in. I'll post those as soon as I see they are available online.

Read the article online now

My Upcoming column in the October FusionAuthority Quarterly Update: It's TipicalCharlie

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Folks going to Max will get the new October issue of the FusionAuthority Quarterly Update, and you'll find that I have two articles (well, I also am quoted in a 3rd).

One will be a feature on using FusionDebug, and the other is another of my "tips" column. In the first issue (July), it was on the back page as something like "tips from a coldfusion developer". That wasn't too clever.

In this next issue, we've chosen to call it "Tipical Charlie". That's not a typo. (I've already had one person ask if it was, when they saw another site listing the upcoming issue articles.)

Where did I come up with the name? Well, some know that besides this blog, I have an older one, called tipicalcharlie.com. That one focuses on non-CF tips. Still, I thought it also a suitable title for the FAQU column. ]

On the tipicalcharlie site, I do explain where I got the idea for the name. HGTV fans may already recognize it.

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