I haven’t quite found the time to write up my experience at the Adobe MAX designer/developer conference, but here’s a digest of my Twitter posts. As usual, photos are on Flickr.


Adobe Max Entryway (Los Angeles Convention Center)

  • Watched a nearly-full moon set into the cloud layer behind the LA skyline on my way to Adobe MAX.
  • Obligatory pic of Adobe MAX entryway.


  • Made it to the keynote just as, I kid you not, Martha Stewart took the stage.
  • Nice demo of dynamically wrapping text around image content (not box), to be contributed to Webkit.
  • Content aware fill demo on a tablet – “performing witchcraft” on the progress bar label.
  • Multi device link: iPad as classic color palette mixer for desktop Photoshop.
  • Blackberry Playbook approach: don’t dumb down the Internet for mobile devices, bring up the performance of the devices.
  • Green Hornet game demo: same app running on desktop & touch screen phone, auto-detecting input methods.
  • The Green Hornet car. I wasn’t expecting overlap between a tech conference and Comic-Con
  • Something else Adobe MAX has in common with Comic-Con: Flash fans.


  • When I got here, the line for Starbucks was about 5 people. Now I can’t see the end.
  • Managed to scarf down a sandwich from Starbucks before the evening session. Interesting mix of tech crowd & Lakers fans.
  • Ok, I am officially a geek. I ranked 7th in a phone-powered Star Trek trivia contest with several hundred people at a tech conference.
  • And then tweeted about it.
  • Adobe MAX sneak peeks’ method of keeping people from going too long: A Klingon with a phaser creeping across the stage.
  • Very cool demo of auto-converting long video to a tapestry for better scene selection.
  • Nifty Photoshop demo: post process photo based on a model. “what if this photo had been taken by Ansel Adams?”
  • Nice! Automatically compensating for camera motion blur!


  • Gotta love LA traffic. I left for Adobe MAX 40 minutes earlier than yesterday and arrived at the same time – too late for my 8:30 lab.
  • Funny how you can get nostalgic for your first version of Photoshop. (Sadly, 2.5 is missing.About Photoshop 3.0
  • MAX is definitely less crowded today. No problems finding a table for lunch, and the cell & wifi networks are a lot less congested.