Adobe Systems is a software developer that focuses on multimedia and creativity applications. Their software is already part of the UWB standard software image, which allows students and faculty to freely access them at workstations across campus. UWare and the University Bookstore also has these products available at a reduced price. Adobe Reader and Flash Player are free and can be downloaded online.
Adobe Software in Education and Other Fields
Instructors can have students create Photoshop projects in order to illustrate mathematical concepts or steps in a scientific procedure. This allows them to show their understanding of complex concepts through photographs and the manipulation of those photographs.
Students will also use Photoshop, not only to express their understanding of what they have learned, but to also reinterpret subjects and content learned in class. Doing this, students will provide their own personal meaning and ownership of their education.
Instructors and students have used InDesign for publishing school yearbooks and newspapers. Students can create layouts and compile images, text, and other media into one document. These documents are then exported to a more manageable PDF format for archiving and/or printing.
Researchers have also used this application to create posters to showcase their work. Many universities and research groups use InDesign to assemble their work together, which include spreadsheets, images, tables, and other formats, into one cohesive document.
Instructors are able to use Acrobat to evaluate, annotate, and comment on student-submitted work by placing comments at specific points or sections of the document. Instructors can also record audio comments, which allows instructors to provide much more elaborate and detailed comments for their students.
Students can also use Acrobat to create media-rich ePortfolios and documents by adding images, video, audio clips, and hyperlinks onto the pages. Instructors can also add multimedia elements to lectures and classroom activities.
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Adobe Photoshop is a professional graphics editing application. It can be used for a variety of purposes, such as: photo correction, image manipulation, addition of special effects, merging or splitting of images, and generating new images from scratch.
Adobe InDesign is a desktop publishing application. It can be used to produce posters, flyers, brochures, magazines, newspapers, books, and other print-related media.
Adobe Reader is a free-to-use application that can open Portable Document Format (PDF) files. Such files are very common and you are likely to encounter them in some of your UWB classes, especially if your instructor is having you read scanned materials or using e-reserves.
Adobe Flash Player
Adobe Flash Player is a free-to-use browser plug-in that displays the rich-media elements in many websites. These elements are often used to play compressed video clips or add some level of interaction to a website. Without the Flash Player, you will not be able to see the parts of the website that run in Flash.
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