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Adobe User Group XL (Amsterdam) Brings The Family Together

Hello, my friends! I’m fresh from the road and home-bound for the next month or so, but I simply couldn’t go another moment without detailing the great event held last week in Amsterdam, AUGXL. (special thanks to Hans Frederiks and “the legend”, Ton Frederiks for their images)
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In short, AUGXL catered to 850 Adobe users, from all sides of the creative/coding chain (ie, from Flex to Flash to Premiere to Photoshop) and gave the attendees a chance to interface directly with community leaders in the region and some familiar faces (yours truly, among others) for 9 hours. Sessions were held throughout the day (including opening and closing keynotes, the opening of which I presented with my colleague Serge Jespers) and following the event, there was a little cocktail gathering where users could continue to talk shop, talk tech, and just ‘talk’ with each other, face-to-face.
A shot of the crowd
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Upon introducing Serge for the keynote (following our colleague Bert Hagendoorn’s ‘Welkom’ message), I made a point to emphasize that it’s truly the Adobe Community that makes us *love* what we do. And more to the point: we were there…for THEM, for The Community. So, we were available all day for questions, comments, laughs, shaking hands; open arms to all.
Serge and Jase share a moment on stage
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The message was well received, and the vibe throughout the day was one of positivity, gratitude and excitement. Excitement, because I not only gave some ‘sneak previews’ of the Adobe Mercury Playback Engine, but my colleague Klaasjan Tukker also gave a teaser-look at the ‘next’ version of Flash. Lots going on, lots to see, and never enough time to see it all!
Deke McClelland, before joining him for his ‘dekePOD’ episode
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