Seybold San Francisco full of goodies

by Terrie Miller

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Seybold San Francisco seemed a bit subdued this year, as might be expected, but it was still easy to pack in a very full day. Some highlights for me:

  • The Adobe keynote by Shantanu Narayen, Executive VP of Worldwide Product Marketing and Development, was fun and interesting. Narayen presented Adobe's vision for the next generation of "network publishing", with an appealing demonstration of the new Adobe Graphics Server 2.0, used to automate image production tasks. At the conclusion of the keynote, attendees were treated to one of the best conference give-aways I've seen in a long time -- a copy of Inside the Publishing Revolution: The Adobe Story by Pamela Pfiffner.

  • In the afternoon I attended a great panel discussion, "Do-It-Yourself Usability Testing". Moderator Leanne Waldal and panelists Ann Lasko-Harvill, Jared Braiterman, and Nate Bolt gave examples of live usability testing, using volunteers from the audience as testers. You might want to check out the presentation notes available here. Don't miss Nate Bolt's QuickTime movie, Usability Hightlights, especially if you've never had the pleasure of listening to users talk aloud while they use your web site. I need to do more of matter how much it hurts...

If you live in the Bay Area, it's not too late to attend, and there are some great deals to be had with free expo passes and one-day "Expo Plus" pass.

Do you have any conference highlights of your own to share?