Thursday, March 15, 2012

IT Training Adobe Friday Event in Columbia

Event is free to University of Missouri-Columbia, staff, faculty and students. Members of the public may enroll for just $20 per session. Door prizes have been donated by Adobe, TigerTech, Focal Press, Measured Progress and Adobe donated a full copy of the creative suite premium to give away on Friday! Seating is limited, so register now.
Three sessions:
All speakers will be on the second floor of the MU Student Center on Friday, March 16th, 2012. If you have questions or would like a marketing packet, email us at
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Our own Buck Sommerkamp will be attending the event.  We will post his updates tomorrow.

Adobe Guest Speakers
The Future of HTML5 Motion Design (Paul Trani)
HTML5 and CSS3 are hot, driven by an explosion of new, Internet connected devices. While they offer many new features that should allow you to do the types of things that you previously did in Flash, actually making it happen is really hard. Until now. Adobe Evangelist Paul Trani will give you a first-hand look at Adobe Edge, which is designed to save you time while creating beautiful motion and interactive content for the Web.

Paul Trani is a Creative Suite Evangelist for Adobe Systems. Although he has worked with the entire suite of tools he specifically focuses on showing designers and developers how to use Flash and HTML5 to create award-winning work for desktop, mobile and tablet devices.
Paul has been an Adobe Certified Instructor for over a decade as well as creating some of the official courseware. A prolific trainer, Paul has earned top author status at and has created a constant stream of content for AdobeTV as well as his own tutorials on
Prior to joining Adobe, Paul led a team of interactive designers and developers at Starz Entertainment producing multimillion dollar web and mobile campaigns.

Workflow for Creating Animation in Flash and HTML (Chris Georgenes)
Learn from animation expert Chris Georgenes of Mudbubble as he walks through various games, character animation and interactive content he’s created for clients using Adobe Photoshop Touch and Flash Professional. Always an educational and informative speaker, Chris will share his approach to various animation projects, sharing his artful way of using Adobe tools.

Chris Georgenes started life like most humans, covered in placenta and with minimal motor skills. It was not long before he learned how to use both hands and feet as a groove-oriented drummer in a variety of rock bands. Upon standing fully erect, he attended a fine art school and received his BFA. Years later someone invented the Internet, and then another person invented Flash. Riding on the coattails of these two individuals, Georgenes was able to carve a unique niche for himself using both tools. In recent years Chris has been the art director for Say Design Games, Acclaim Games, Playdom Games, Disney Interactive Media Group and is now enjoying being part of the team at Game Show Network Digital as the Director of Creative Development.
Optimizing Sites for Mobile Development with Dreamweaver (James Williamson)
Although not every website needs a separate site for mobile or a companion mobile application, optimizing your site for mobile devices is becoming a critical part of web design. Join senior author James Williamson as he guides you through the process of developing a mobile strategy for your sites. This session focuses on best practices for optimizing your site for mobile devices while taking advantage of Dreamweaver CS5.5`s powerful mobile development tools.

James Williamson is a senior author for and an Adobe Certified Instructor. He has many years of web, print, and digital video experience, and has been a featured speaker at Flashforward as well as a regular speaker at Adobe MAX. James also blogs (infrequently) about all things web at his site, Simple Primate, which can be found at

Interactive InDesign (Dee Sadler)
In this session we'll show you just how useful InDesign can be from animations to interactive PDF's to using InDesign to create clickable wireframes. Along the way we'll also take about how InDesign is making it super easy to publish your own ePub, and a good overview of how this program isn't just about desktop publishing any longer.

Dee Sadler is an Adobe geek girl and designer who codes. She is an Adobe Certified Instructor and CTT+ Technical Trainer, an Adobe User Group Manager and Adobe Community Professional for the Creative Suite. She is a frequent speaker at conferences including Adobe MAX in 2010, as well as conference organizer for D2W, a designer/developer/mobile workflow conference in Kansas City, MO. Her favorite topics to speak on are CSS, Flash Catalyst, Fireworks and anything workflow related within the Creative Suite. Dee also did a few videos for Total Training on Dreamweaver CS5 and Fireworks CS5 ( She also has a workflow podcast on iTunes called D2WPodcast and just had an article in the Adobe Edge newsletter come out, Design 101 for Developers.
Developer Session (MU Student Center Second Floor, Chamber Auditorium)
1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Getting Started with PhoneGap (Leif Wells)
In 2011, Adobe purchased Nitobi, the company responsible for the PhoneGap, an open-source programming tool for building Web applications for mobile devices. In this session Leif Wells will guide you through the first steps in making a PhoneGap application, orient you in the work environment, inform you of the decisions you will need to make in creating a new application. This session will expose the pros and cons you need to know about PhoneGap.

Leif Wells is the Enterprise Architect for Rich Internet Applications at Measured Progress, a leader in the Education industry. Leif has 20 years of interactive media experience as a lead developer working with companies like IBM, Coca-Cola, UPS, and Georgia-Pacific.

Tangled: HTML5
Flash is dead. Long live HTML5. Or not? There has been a lot of misinformation spread by advocates of both standards and plug-ins. In this session, you will learn the benefits and disadvantages to deploying online video with HTML5 and Adobe Flash Player. Topics include codec decisions (AVC/H.264, WebM/VP8, and others), licensing, and deployment scenarios (progressive download, adaptive HTTP streaming, and more).

Robert Reinhardt, VP of [the MAKERS], is internationally regarded as an expert on multimedia application development and online video, particularly in Adobe Flash and AVC/H.264.
Robert has served as an online video expert for award-winning sites such as's first Full Episode Streaming site and Nike SB's skateboarding documentary, Debacle. Selling over 200,000 copies worldwide in over 13 languages, Robert's books include the first seven editions of the Flash Bible (Wiley), as well as Video with Adobe Flash CS4 Professional Studio Techniques (Adobe Press). As an Adobe Certified Instructor and an Adobe Community Professional, he has also developed multimedia training for higher education and Fortune 100 companies. Robert's latest project,, enables high quality video encoding for optimized online deployment.

AIR Native Extensions with Mobile Apps (David Ortinau)
Building high quality apps quickly with AIR is a huge advantage, but alone it has limited access to the native platform and device it runs on. With AIR Native Extensions (ANE) we can now combine native code with Flash to access the full range of capabilities each device provides. In this session we will look at what ANEs are, how they can be built, but even better where to find and how to use ANEs prebuilt without writing a single line of native code.

David Ortinau is a freelancer with 15 years of experience building, designing, and producing digital media. He passionately advocates great design, processes, relationships, businesses, strategies, and code. David actively participates in the Flash community online through Twitter, blogging, and user group presentations. He also speaks at conferences, having most recently presented at 360|Flex and Flash Camp St. Louis. He currently crafts user experiences with Flash, Flex, iPhone, Android, Windows Phone 7, and all the traditional trappings of web development.

Native on iOS vs Flex Mobile for Android (JP Revel)
The opportunity presented itself:  Build the same app on two platforms, using two technologies. In this session, we will look into some of the challenges, choices and benefits of each of these paths. Find out the pain points of app development in general, and learn from my follies and experiences. This talk will be a little about code, platforms, and Apple's App Store vs the Android Marketplace.

Having spent two decades at ad agencies in Chicago and San Francisco, JP Revel discovered his passion in work comes from supporting creative efforts; through teaching software and various IT roles, and now through software development. He started out learning ColdFusion in 2000, then continued on with several languages as time went on. JP went freelance 2003, and is now managing a small group at his development studio, Lelander, in St. Louis. Outside of work, he and his wife lovingly survive together, while raising three girls. He also loves sailing and skiing, and suffers terribly from vintage car disease.
Adobe Digital Publishing Workshop (MU Student Center Second Floor, Room 2213 B)
9:00 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Adobe Digital Publishing Workshop (April Clark)
Design publications for the iPad without writing code! The new Folio Producer Tools in InDesign CS5 and CS5.5 allow you to create immersive publications for the iPad, as easily as if you were laying out a page in InDesign. InDesign CS5.5 also has new features to help streamline the process of creating ebooks.

— Learn how you can use your existing InDesign skills (along with some new features) to design highly interactive publications (like the Wired magazine app).
— Learn how to use the Overlay Creator Panel in InDesign CS5 or CS5.5 to add interactivity (such as Pan and Zoom, slideshows, add audio/video and more).
— Learn how to share your app design with clients – who will be able to view it on the iPad to review – directly from InDesign.
— Learn about publishing your design as an app via the Apple iTunes store using the Adobe Digital Publishing Suite.
--- Learn about the new features to streamline the process of exporting eBooks (.epub) from Adobe InDesign CS 5.5.

April Clark, owner of Nuance Consulting LLC, is a consultant and trainer for web and print publishing professionals. April is an Adobe Certified Instructor, an Adobe Community Professional and co-founder and co-chapter representative for the Cleveland InDesign User Group. April specializes in helping graphic designers take advantage of the power of the entire Adobe® Creative Suite®. She also teaches continuing education classes at the Cleveland Institute of Art.

MAPA's MAD, MAD March Meeting

Hey MAPAnimaniacs!
Here’s the info for our March Meeting:

Midwest Association of Professional Animators March Meeting
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
4106 Broadway, Kansas City, MO 64111
7:00pm until 9:00pm

Bring your latest work to share with the group. We have some exciting events coming up to discuss.

We will also talk about a new community project sponsored by MAPA called "KCAnimated!"  The project will allow local animators to share their perspectives of the city MAPA calls home, Kansas City.  Have you ever wanted to take an short animated tour through the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, or see the Northland from the eyes of the artist?  Just begin thinking about expressing your feelings about your community.

Hope to see you at the meeting in two weeks!

Dylan Dietz
Director, Midwest Association of Professional Animators

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Featured Artist: Jake "GrizzlyJake" Angell Art

Check out the work of MAPA's latest featured artist: Jake "GrizzlyJake" Angell.  He's a real character, (as you can see.)  Click on the links below to learn more about Jake and the amazing work he is doing.  Also, take a moment to welcome this newest artist to our little band.

KC Autocad Users Group March Meeting Tonight!

Topic: Present a segment about introductory LISP and demonstrate some new technologies.

Midwest Personnel is providing the food and drinks for the evening.
ITT Technical Institute
9150 E 41st Terrace
Kansas City, MO

Date/Time: Wednesday, March 14, 2012, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
RSVP/Contact: Larry Schmitendorf
Mobile:  (785) 224-8404  

FW: Roger Shimomura Prints Now Available!

 Roger Shimomura Prints Now Available!

From: Byron Cohen Gallery []
Sent: Wednesday, March 07, 2012 5:03 AM

Dear Dylan,
Roger Shimomura prints now available at Byron Cohen Gallery!

Check out our current inventory--you won't want to miss the opportunity to own a work by one of the country's most recognizable artists.

And don't forget to view Roger's show, which is only up for three more weeks!

Should you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us by phone (816.421.5665) or more immediately via email (


Byron, Toma & Charlotte

Enter the Rice Cooker, 1994, archival pigment print, 36 x 41 in. $ 3,500

Mix & Match #1, 2001, archival pigment print, 9 x 12 in. $ 1,200

Kabuki Party, 1985, archival pigment print, 21 x 29 in. 
$ 2,400

 Nightfall, 2010, archival pigment print, 6.5 x 8 in. 
$ 400

 Block 6, 2010, archival pigment print, 6.5 x 8 in. $ 400



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For those in Kansas City, schedule an appointment to view selected works from our current show as well as current inventory by calling 816-421-5665 or emailing

As one of the premier galleries in the Midwest, Byron Cohen Gallery strives to present top notch exhibitions and focused, quality information in an easily accessible format. As we continue to update and add functionality to our website, please let us know your thoughts. What do you want to see? How do you want to interact with our artists and their work?

We welcome your suggestions anytime:

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Hendrik Kerstens              Hung Liu                    Grant Miller          Donna Rosenthal

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 Peter Sarkisian        Roger Shimomura        Linnea Spransy             Craig Subler   :   :   816.421.5665 

2012 Kansas City Film Fest Tickets Available

Full Schedule and Tickets Now Available

Greetings!  We are proud to announce that the 2012 AMC Theatres Kansas City FilmFest schedule and tickets are now available on our website --

Gold All-Access Festival Passes are the best value -- this year, Festival Passes cover the price of attendance for all movies, special screening events, parties, panels and workshops (but does not cover for the Blue Cat Screenwriting Seminar).  Buy now and receive a $20 discount off the full price of $120 if purchased before March 19th.

Stay tuned for more announcements in the coming days -- even more films, guests and panels and workshops.

We look forward to seeing you in April!

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Our mailing address is:
The Kansas City FilmFest
4741 Central, # 306
Kansas City, MO 64112-1533

Thursday, March 8, 2012

MAPA's Everywhere You Move

MAPA is now nearly everywhere you want to be on the web.  Check out all our links to keep in the loop of the very latest in Midwest animation!

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