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Adobe Slate From A Designer’s Perspective

It was just about a year ago when Adobe launched Voice – and innovative app that Emmy award winning tech journalist David Pogue deemed, ‘One of the simplest, most creative, most joyous apps ever written’. Voice went on to be included in Apple’s prestigious App Store Best of 2014 list. Well, Adobe’s back at it again. Today, they announced the release of their latest iPad app, Slate. Slate lets users tell their stories using text and images. At its core, Slate is a continuation of Adobe’s recently adopted app design mantra touting ‘easy-to-use tools for creatives’. Slate is made for anyone who wants to communicate with impact. Using a set of professionally designed templates, Slate users can now turn their next report, newsletter or travel adventure into a document that captures attention – complete with eye-catching motion. Slate content automatically adapts to any device for a high-impact reading experience on tablets, smartphones or computers. Slate creations are links that can be shared easily via text message, email, embedded in websites, or posted on social media channels. So how does Slate appeal to design professionals like myself? I decided to kick the tires and take it for a spin. First off, as a design professional, Slate is so easy to use…that I initially floundered with the app for a few minutes, assuming that it couldn’t be that easy. As I entered a block of text, I was frustrated when I hit return to start the next paragraph. Slate automatically inserted a new ‘section’. I wanted a line break. That was until I realized, that’s how Slate works. No need to know code that I use day in and day...

A Fresh Look at Daylite 5

Years ago I wrote an article titled Daylite – The Little CRM That Could. In the article I explained how I chose Daylite as the CRM that we use at Well it’s been a while since that last article (2011), so I thought I would write a bit more and talk about Marketcircle’s latest release, Daylite 5. First off, let me say the term CRM (Customer Relationship Management) is somewhat inaccurate, as Daylite does so much more than just handling interactions between customers and clients. The description on Marketcircle’s website is much more accurate: Daylite keeps everything related to your business in one place, so you and your team can share information wherever they are by Mac, iPhone, and iPad. Your contacts, schedule, tasks, projects, sales opportunities, emails, and notes are all there, making it easy to find what you are looking for in seconds. isn’t your typical business. Instead, it’s a mix of multiple entities including: motion – our annual conference retreat for creative professionals, – content that feeds your creative brain, cg+news – our motion picture and broadcast industry news portal, and our newsletter – BrainFood – all of which are owned by our design firm, z o c o l o c o | s t u d i o s. Because of this, we don’t have one standard workflow that fits each entity. And, because there are just two of us who handle everything, we’ve had to come up with systems that are lean and clean. the toolbox One of our challenges is that at any given time, we are working with multiple people outside of our organization simultaneously. Whether...

Cinema 4D + KRAKATOA Cinema 4D + Viz Artist

One of my favorite things at NAB are the sneak peaks – the opportunity to learn first hand what’s coming down the pike. And today at the MAXON press luncheon I did that that. So what’s in store for CINEMA 4D?

Mac Mail Triangle Warning Error?

Do you frequently get a small triangle by the side of your email account in Mac Mail? If you click on the triangle does it show an error something like this?  The server returned the error: The attempt to read data from the server “” failed. Chances are this is an issue with how your hosting company’s IMAP or POP server settings are configured. If you’re the hosting company, here’s the deal. By default, the maximum number of concurrent connections from one IP in Qmail is set to 4. Anymore than that and it will start to fail or reject the connections. Normally this isn’t an issue, but if you use an email client that tries to establish more than 4 connections at once – like Mac Mail – you will run into an issue.Here’s the fix: for IMAP:– edit /etc/courier-imap/imapd– change the MAXPERIP value to a number higher than 4– restart IMAP (/etc/init.d/courier-imap restartfor POP:– edit /etc/courier-imap/pop3d– change the MAXPERIP value to a number higher than 4– restart POP (/etc/init.d/courier-imap restart …now – go enjoy the rest of your...

speaking at motion 2014

Once again, I’ll be hosting motion, August 15-18, 2014 in ABQ. NM. motion is a mind-bending two day ride – what we refer to as the “TED talks” of our industry. motion speakers are the top creative thinkers and innovators in motion graphics, animation, and vfx. A concept borrowed from TED, each speaker is on stage for 20 minutes giving the talk of their life on subjects they’re passionate about. Talks that revolutionize the industry. Talks that revitalize the creative muse. Come and join us for amazing creating. We’re also hosting our second annual FACEOFF: The After Effects Challenge. Hope to see you...

about me…


I love to create. Whether it’s creating motion graphics for broadcast, sharing my thoughts on, or curating our annual show, being a creative is what fuels me.


As the producer of motion, I where many hats. Creative director, production designer, web developer, graphic designer – whatever it takes. The outcome? An amazing annual show.


I’m known for being a creative technologist. A unique blend of left & right brain. When in left-brain mode, I program in PHP, Javascript, and build our servers from the ground up on AWS.

elaine montoya
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the details…

I’ve been described as a “right-down-the-middle-left-brain/right-brain creative technologist”. But since the right-brain/left-brain myth has been debunked, I prefer to think of myself simply as a creative. Someone who needs to feed both the stereotypical left brain and the stereotypical right brain.

Have I always been this way? It would seem so. I started my college career at the University of NM with a NASA scholarship in computer science and electrical engineering – satiating my left brain with logical, precise, and structured skill sets. But after graduating, my right brain screamed ‘what about me!’ Not one to ignore the whole-brain, I earned a second degree in graphic design from The Art Institute of Colorado.

Next chapter: Art Director for ad agencies. Founder of the visual design firm zocoloco studios. Won numerous awards. Was published in HOW Magazine. Taught at The Art Center.

Now, almost 3 decades later, life is filled with a wide range of seemingly juxtaposed experiences ranging from After Effects to AWS, PHP to print design, MySQL to motion graphics and video post-production.

Up until 10 years ago, I thought I was an anomaly. But I’ve since found out I am not alone. I am a creative. It is who I am.

Thus began the voyage of the network. Its mission: to explore innovative thoughts, to seek out creative minds and new inspirations, to boldly go where no creative has gone before. And for the past seven years, we’ve done just that – providing online content for creatives in the motion picture and broadcast industries on, streaming live shows like the annual Made with After Effects Awards, and most importantly, giving birth to motion…a place where people – not unlike myself – can come together each October and celebrate who we are: creatives.

Teacher. Speaker. Writer. Adobe Community Professional. I am happiest when I can truly create – and equally as delighted when other creatives remember what that experience is like, and are inspired to do the same.

On – and one more thing…in my spare time, I enjoy cycling, art, reading – and day spas. And, as a breast cancer survivor, I’m committed to advancing survivorship issues.

I am elaine montoya. I am a creative.