AdobeLive!

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ONE of the biggest software companies around is Adobe. It is possible that you do not know the company’s name, but I am sure you will know product names like Photoshop and Adobe PDF Reader. In the Adobe range there is a huge number of products which cover everything from graphic design, video production, web design and general utilities you just can’t go without.

Adobe has just released their Creative Suite 3 and after using some of the beta products in the past few months I must say that these new versions of these programs are definitely worth a closer look.

On 31 May Adobe will be hosting the AdobeLive event in Johannesburg.

AdobeLive has become a firm favourite on every creative and business communicator’s calendar. The event is in its fourth incarnation and promises to offer even better value to attendees with tracks for design, video, web, document services, e-services, motion graphics, best practice and more.

Aimed at a niche design market, the event is sure to be one of the most sought after events on the design calendar in Southern Africa this year. AdobeLive in Concert will cater to some 1 500 industry and enterprise designers treating you to both an exhibition of fabulous products and services, as well as a full day conference with some of the most informative industry personalities and experts.

Dreamagineers International have provided ClickKliek with two event tickets to the value of R1 260. If you are a user of Adobe products and you are interested in attending the AdobeLive event, email your name and details to info@dreamagineers.com. (Terms and conditions apply and transport to and accommodation in Johannesburg not included).

 

 

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DIT is tyd vir die groot dag. Almal kan kom, behalwe Chris en Penny – en soos almal weet, is hulle op al wat ’n troue is, so hulle kan joune nie mis nie.

In die verlede kon jy vir hulle die video of DVD ná die troue stuur, maar dit is net nie dieselfde nie. Dit is altyd lekker om iets te sien wanneer dit plaasvind.

Dis reeds moontlik om video’s op die web te laai sodat ander daarna kan kyk, maar daar was nog altyd ’n groter behoefte aan regstreekse video’s.

Vroeër kon jy met R100 000 se hardeware só ’n video op die web laai, maar dit was net te duur.

Nou kan almal dit doen en al wat jy nodig het, is die bandwydte om die video op die web te laai. Ustream.tv het ’n wonderlike nuwe diens wat die wêreld gaan verander. En dit is ongelooflik maklik.

Jy registreer jou gratis vir die diens by www.ustream.tv. Dan prop jy jou webcam of ander videokamera by jou rekenaar in en deur ’n paar stappe te volg begin jy regstreeks uitsaai.

Ek dink die potensiaal van hierdie diens is groot: Troues, prysuitdelings by skole, gradeplegtighede, kongresse of sommer net om vir almal te wys wat jy heeldag aanvang.

Daar is ook baie uitsendings waarna jy kan gaan kyk soos die uitsending van die Gustavus Corpse-blom (Titan Arum) wat nou blom. Dit is een van die grootste blomme en die plant neem 12 tot 14 jaar voordat dit die eerste keer blom.

Jy moet ongelukkig hoëspoed-internet hê om hierdie diens te geniet.

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YOU have heard all about blogging and maybe you have even registered your own blog. You made one or two posts but you lost interest very quickly. When you create a blog it does take a bit of a commitment to keep it up and running.
The guys at Tumblr.com realised this and developed a web log that would probably be exactly what you want. To make a simple analogy: If blogs are journals, tumblelogs are scrapbooks and we all know how popular and fun scrapbooking is.

Tumblelogs are also slightly more structured than blogs and this makes it easier, faster, and more fun to post and share stuff you find or create. Setting up your own Tumblelog will take about 30 seconds. You will receive a verification email and after you click on the link and you have verified your email address you can start immediately. You can then add customise your page and add feeds from various sources.

The idea here is to make short posts, little bits of information, maybe a quote, a photo, a video or just a few sentences. If you have a flickr or youtube account you can set Tumblr to automatically import your photos and videos. I see it as a place to post thoughts and things I like.

There are a number of great tumblelogs available click here for a page with the most popular ones. Remember it is a free service and it won’t cost you a cent to have your own tumblelog so sign-up today and send me the link toyours.

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iCall from iBurst – Now use the Internet for all your calls!

iBurst launched it’s VOIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) Service on the first of April. Finally there is a way to get rid of that landline and make calls to any other phone number around the world at the cost of a local call.

Compared to using a traditional fixed line phone, iCall subscribers will save 17% on calls to South African cellphones, 15% on national calls and in excess of 70% to many international destinations. With iCall, it is cheaper to call a landline number in Australia, China, the UK, USA and most of
Europe than it is to call Cape Town from Johannesburg from a traditional landline.

If you are an iBurst subscriber you can now add this service for a very low monthly subscription fee. You can then buy vouchers to cover the cost of your calls. At the moment you can buy vouchers to the value of R100 and R200. iCall has strict security protocols which will ensure calls can only
be made with the username & password issued during signup – thus ensuring accurate billing.

One of the biggest benefits in my opinion is that if you are moving to a new house or maybe starting a new business you can now have your whole communication network up and running in a day or two. Both your Internet connection and through that also your telephone system. Depending on what type of telephone network you want you may need to buy additional hardware but for a basic service all you need is your computer and maybe a headset with a microphone. You can also purchase a VOIP router into which you can plug your phone directly, to make things easier.

When you make calls to other iCall subscribers these calls will be free of charge. ClickSA will be giving away a R200 iCall vouchers to the first 5 ClickKliek readers who subscribe to iBurst through ClickSA. For more information please click here and complete the form, we will then send you more information, you can also send your request to info@clicksa.co.za

Tech in your Kitchen

FOR the past few years I have had this idea of having a computer that will keep track of everything in my kitchen.It will be able to compile a grocery list and also make suggestions of what I will be able to prepare by checking what I have available in my kitchen at that specific moment.
rying to figure out exactly what I can prepare drives me crazy and in the end I just go and buy all the ingredients that are needed for something that I have made thousands of times before.
After installing the computer I have not been able to come across the perfect program to run this concept. I found three websites which make life easier. It still is not exactly what I wanted, but it’s a start.
These websites can really make your life easier if you have an entire family to cook for. There are quite a number of these websites, but these are my favourites: www.grouprecipes.com, www.recipematcher.com and www.allrecipes.com
These sites also have active communities that contribute to the recipes that are made available online. Through the contributions from the community you can be sure that there will be new recipes each and every day.
Join their discussion forums and ask advice from people from around the world and also give advice. Social networking never tasted this good. The sites invite you to contribute to their ever increasing database of recipes.

If you know of any other such websites, please let me know.

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MyVideo.co.za – Share video online (South African)

MYVIDEO.CO.ZA is South Africa’s largest video sharing website. Youtube.com has had enormous success all around the world and I am really excited about this South African version of this popular website.

MyVideo.co.za has, however, brought some new and exciting features to the table in the form of viral marketing. Through this, advertisers can actually advertise on videos which are popular. This is great news for advertisers who want the right platform to increase their brand awareness.

Social networking has been an ever increasing phenomenon around the world and combining this service with a marketing platform, will enable the service to improve considerably. When I visited the website the first time, it was great watching local content online.

You are able to find it on international websites but having it on the front page of a local site just makes it better. You can rate the videos, share it easily with friends and post comments on the website. MyVideo.co.za is based in Cape Town and those involved are in the process of expanding the service and all the features in the near future. I think this website is one to keep an eye on as there are some great new features on the way.

Convert you holiday movies or those funny home movies that you have made in the past to digital format and put it online.

You will be amazed at how much fun it could be to share these moments with the world. Especially now that it is local.

Online Conferences – EduOnline2007

EVERY evening this week I am attending a conference in South America. Yes, through the wonder of the Internet, I am able to work during the day and then from 17:00 to 01:00 I am attending live conference sessions and interacting with other delegates at the EduOnline2007 Conference.

This is the second online conference that I have attended and the previous one was about a year ago. Things have changed quite a bit. The quality of the audio and video has increased unbelievably. This has all happened not only because of the improvement of the infrastructure of the Internet world­wide, but also the software and compression techniques used to manage the delegates and their connections to the main venue.

When I was first invited to attend this conference I was worried about the bandwidth that would be used each day as it is quite a few hours that I will be receiving audio and video over the Internet.

The reality, however, is that the bandwidth usage was very low. How they manage it will be a topic for another column.

Another first for this conference is that each presentation is presented simultaneously in three different languages. The presenter presents his talk in English and two other presenters translate it live into the other languages. The delegates have no idea that it is not the presenter giving the presentation in the other languages. When entering the virtual conference venue you choose your preferred language and off you go.

This medium for presenting conferences is in my opinion so effective that it may reduce the need to physically attend conferences considerably, and may reduce the expenses to attend conferences to such a degree that more conferences could be attended. This in turn will increase our ability to interact with specialists worldwide.

The future of Television is online

TELEVISION as we know it, will be changing considerably in the next few years.

This revolution has started with youtube.com.

As I previously wrote in one of my columns, youtube.com is a social networking tool that enables people from all over the world to easily share videos with their friends and anyone who would like to view it.

The distribution of video content online in an easy and effective way has been difficult due to the large amounts of bandwidth that is needed to distribute high quality video. Video files need to be large to ensure a high quality image for you to watch.

High network speeds are also needed as you do not want to wait weeks just to view one file.

Luckily, worldwide, the cost of bandwidth is dropping and speeds are picking up.

We can only hope that this trend will also be one to catch on in South Africa.

The creators of Skype.com and Kazaa.com, two hugely successful internet services, have now taken on the task of finding a way to distribute huge video files effectively. The tech community speculate that this may just be the guys to do it. They launched the project under the name The Venice Project and last week the name changed to www.joost.com.

If this project is successful we will soon be able to watch movies and television shows online just like we watch television.

I must point out that they are still in Beta and it will probably take a year or two before a high quality video image is delivered, but at least the right guys are on the job.

We can expect to see great things from  joost.com  in  the  next  few years.

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