Damon Cooper's BLOG
October 9, 2020
Adobe CS4 Rocks

I've installed and am using CS4 Production Premium, and let me just say it totally rocks.

I should note here that Adobe employees obviously have early access to our own pre-release bits at any point in the release cycle, so I would not infer from this posting when the bits would be publicly available, etc, just watch the Adobe web site for that. However, we did announce that Adobe Creative Suite 4 and its associated point products are scheduled to ship in "October 2020 with availability through Adobe Authorized Resellers and the Adobe Store" so -- there. :)

Now, I'm obviously a little biased here as an Adobe employee but as one small feature example, the new "Transcribe" option in CS4 which analyzes and transcribes audio tracks with spoken speech into actual text (stored in the metadata of the file), is absolutely, positively mind-blowing. You can actually search for text and jump to that exact point in the file where the word instances you are searching for were spoken. Using this to speed the production of multi-lingual subtitles on videos on DVD production, would be one real-world use for this. Just transcribe, review, translate and burn with multi-lingual subtitles on your videos. I'm lost for words.

The bits aren't yet available to the general public (coming soon), but you can check out the details on the Adobe site for now and I think you can pre-order but don't quote me on that:


All I can say is, Wow. Nice job guys.


October 1, 2020
Non-Work: Classic 1961 Billy Graham Video

A video I put together this past weekend using Adobe Prmiere Pro CS3. It's a classic Dr. Billy Graham crusade from 1961 in Miami. A great man, a great talk, and totally classic Billy Graham. He celebrates his 90th birthday in November.


September 23, 2020
700B Bailout Feedback? Email Your Congressman Here

Now, I'm not one normally given to political causes or activism, but I DID have some feedback for my congressman (Ed Markey in my case) on the topic of the recent $700,000,000,000.00 bailout, and the recent re-categorization of investment houses to "improve their access to the federal funds in the new program". I've posted the easy to use link below to the US Congress "Write Your Representitive" web page that you can use to quickly find and immediately email your own Congressional representative.

Given how fast we are likely to use our national credit card to charge up another trillion dollars THIS WEEK, you need to act fast to get your feedback in, or it will be too late.

Here is the link to get you started:



September 17, 2020
Adobe ColdFusion Evangelism Kit

Come and get it and help spread the word!

Adobe ColdFusion Evangelism Kit

The PDF includes:

- A real-world ColdFusion 8 customer success story (Sandels.com)
- Adobe CTO Executive quote on ColdFusion's importance to Adobe's strategy
- Key statistics
- Customers by vertical
- Recent Awards
- Press highlights
- Product Roadmap
- CF / other Adobe product integration messaging
- CF Integation HUB
- Measured results of CF usage

For more info, see Kristen Schofield's BLOG


Podcaster: So good, Apple won't let you have it

Back about a year ago, on the Apple iPhone one of the most useful iPhone applications that I used daily was an app called MobileCast (for the jailbroken iPhone 1.x version of the iPhone).

It allowed you to download and play audio podcasts (such as NPR's Hourly News Summary, updated 24x7) and listen on your iPhone. In fact I still have an iTouch running 1.1.4 for this app and the streaming Sirius satellite radio app "uSirius" for this reason.

So, fast forward a full year, and now we have Apple iPhone 2.1 just released, making a relatively solid release, with lots interesting apps and games, but one of the things that still irks me is that, unlike a full year ago, I cannot download audio or video podcasts to my iPhone like I used to. You NEED to take your laptop computer on your 3 week sabbatical to Martha's Vineyard, for example (ahem), just because you NEED it download your daily fill of podcasts, which I listen to while working out, etc.

Unfortunately, the guy who made MobileCast never did get it ported to the iPhone 2.x SDK, so I've been hanging onto the iTouch at the 1.1.4 level ever since so I can use MobileCast there.


Along comes an even more capable iPhone 2.x SDK app (for sale for $9.99, mind you, but that's fine with me) called Podcaster, and the guy tries to put it on the Apple store. After working for two months on this superb app, however, Apple actually rejects it, saying it "...duplicated functionality already in iTunes". Well, sure, the PC/MAC version of iTunes, but the whole point of the Podcaster app is that you have to be tethered to your desktop computer with a wire (and lug all that around on your 3 week vacation!) to get new podcasts.

With Podcaster, you can search for podcasts by name, and the system will download the titles of recent episodes. If you hit play on an episode, the product streams the podcast from its source. (It uses the built-in iPhone video player, so the interface rotates to landscape mode) Or you can tag individual podcasts for download, etc.

It's really, really nice.

In fact, in iTiunes, you can select your podcasts directory, then go to File->Library->Export Playlist and save the file as an ".opml" file, and then post it to an HTTP URL (ie on your home network), then point Podcaster to it from your iPhone, and....VOILA! Your whole subscription of iTunes podcasts are now available for download or streaming right from your iPhone, EDGE, 3G or WiFi.

Awesome stuff.

And although Apple doesn't want you to have it, you can still get it, at least for now. Alex Sokirynsky is sending it to people using a workaround Apple created to let developers distribute iPhone apps to testers.

Go to www.nextdayoff.com for an e-mail form. You will eventually need your phone's UDID number, which is easy to get from your phone's "Summary" page in iTiunes: See these instructions from TUAW.com.

So I bought it, and it's awesome. I think the limit for this distribution method may be limited to 100 deployments/customers though, so if you want in, go fast. I was number 11. Hopefully Apple will realize the error of their ways and let the developers innovate without undue restriction for this great mobile platform.

Some screenshots below: