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Adobe's Proxy

Adobe Magazine Redux By Ko Maruyama
If you've been following Adobe as long as I have, and were buying Adobe software like me, you may have cashed in on the subscription to their hardcopy magazine that helped many Adobe designers find footing after purchasing their first copy of Adobe software.  Well, the magazine is back.  Finally.

The magazine, called PROXY, doesn't come to your doorstep anymore, but that's a good thing.  Saving trees is always a nice side-effect of electronic publishing and dispersal. Moreover, the Adobe line boasts all kinds of software that is supposed to allow you to do just that: create digital content.  Honestly, if you don't have access to a computer, chances are - you aren't using Adobe software.  So it only makes sense that the new issues come to your email.

It's full of all of the good content that the magazine boasted.  Actually, I still have a few of those old magazines on the library shelves.  There was a particularly good article about "Escher-style" tiling in Adobe Illustrator.  You can check out all of the archived issues here:

For some reason, the magazine slowed down, then died in 2000.

Now, six years later - PROXY has picked up in the same great Adobe tradition of showing you all of the basic tricks of their applications.  Additionally, there are interviews, Q&A pages - and most importantly a FEEDBACK PAGE.  You can't interact like this with a paper magazine.

Another thing you can't do with traditional print magazines are offer interactive  links that allow readers instant access to software specials.  Yeah it's a sales gimmick for them - but hey - it's their magazine.

With all of the new software that Adobe has under its family umbrella, this delivery format has a lot of vignettes of material in it, a little bit  for everyone.  Because the information comes in small doses in Proxy Magazine, to satiate your appetite for monthly tricks and tips you'll probably want to hang on to your Layers Magazine subscription as well.

Sign up for Proxy by clicking here:

Here's my "proxy" smiley face (provided).  Thanks Proxy People!

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Ko Maruyama is a freelance animator in Los Angeles.  In addition to working on film and broadcast animations, Ko teaches at Pasadena's Art Center College of Design - focusing on motion design.  When working, writing or testing software allows, you can find him lending a hand in the After Effects board and lurking among the Cinema4D, Visual Effects and Photoshop posts within the DMNForums.
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