AMSTERDAM (Sept 19). Macromedia and United Digital Artists announced today that SPARK, a conference showcasing the Macromedia® Flash® platform for developing content and applications, will be held November 16-18 in Amsterdam. The jam-packed, three-day, event features educational and inspirational seminars on motion graphics, video, mobile, interactivity, and open source. SPARK is produced by United Digital Artists and sponsored by Macromedia, and will be held in Amsterdam's celebrated Paradiso, the historic music venue whose stage has hosted everyone from the Rolling Stones to Phish.

The SPARK conference program includes:

*Keynote address by Kevin Lynch, Macromedia's Chief Software Architect
*Exhibition area, bookstore, networking receptions and parties
*6 half-day workshops on: new Flash 8 features (Filters, Bitmap, API, Mobile Emulator, Video Components, File Upload/Download), new Actionscript features, Video Authoring, and more.
*24 one-hour seminars on: Flash 8 Imaging, Illustration and Graphic Effects, Games, Audio, Animation, Interactivity and Motion, Components, Devices, Flex, RIAs, E-learning, Database Connectivity, Web Services, Video Interactive Experiences, New ActionScript Features, Integrating Flash with HTML, JavaScript, and Ajax, Flash and Open Source, Mobile Flash 101, Advanced Flashlite, New APIs (BitmapData, FileReference, ExternalInterface), Flash and Dreamweaver, Photoshop and AfterEffects.

A partial list of the talented, international designer and developers presenting at SPARK includes:

MATHIEU ANTHOINE/Yamago (France)
ARAL BALKAN/Ariaware (UK)
VERONIQUE BROISSIER/Developer (France)
MIKE CHAMBERS/ Macromedia (US)
DANNY DURA, Macromedia (US)
HOSS GIFFORD, FlamJam (UK)
CHAFIC KAZOUN/B-Line Express (US)
JOOST KORNGOLD, Renascent (Netherlands)
KEVIN LYNCH/Macromedia (US)
GRANT SKINNER/ gskinner.com (Canada)
CRAIG SWANN/ CRASH! Media (Spain)
OVEN VAN DIJK/Mutoid (Netherlands)
GUY WATSON/FlashGuru (UK)
SASCHA WOLTER/Flashforum (GERMANY) and more…

EARLY REGISTRATION DISCOUNTS UNTIL OCT. 21
Save up to $70 (56 euros) if you registered by Oct 21. You pay only $125 (100 euros) for the SPARK Workshop (Nov 16) and only $$245 (196 euros) for the two-day SPARK Conference (Nov 17-18). Macromedia User Group members can save an additional $80 (64 euros) on the combined three-day event.

For more information about discounts and the SPARK event, visit http://www.sparkeurope.com).

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For more information contact:
Stewart McBride
[email protected]
00 336 1350 6525