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Hi LaiLa, Thanks for checking out the post. Adobe plans can get a little confusing but generally there are some hidden gems and great resources at your disposal. Absolutely if you don't read the fine print, you can easily think that these programs will need to be part of some paid Creative Cloud subscription. Spark has multiple subscription plans but if you sign up for the Starter Plan, you have access to templates, photos and other design elements. There are limitations with the free plan, including an AdobeSpark watermark but its still a great tool. Adobe XD also has a free Starter Plan that allows anyone to download and use XD for personal use which does include all design and prototyping features. Paid plans will unlock more resources, a lot of them related to collaboration, team use and hosting. Thanks, Greg
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For someone who relies on Adobe on a ongoing basis, physical distancing and the lack of access to our Digital Innovation Hubs has affected me quite a bit. I know it has for a lot of Toronto Public Library customers, too. It's also given me a opportunity to try out... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2020 at The Innovation Hubs
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Digital Literacy Day is May 31. As part of this special day, Agincourt branch is hosting a variety of events to engage and encourage all customers from different interests and skill levels. The Adobe Creative Suite is one of the most powerful and popular set of applications that have ever... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2018 at The Innovation Hubs
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I'm very excited to announce that the library is offering Adobe Premiere classes. We are continuing to develop new classes introducing you to programs that are part of the Adobe Creative Suite. Image courtesy of https://blogs.adobe.com Adobe Premiere is the industry-leading video editing software. With this powerful tool, you can... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2017 at The Innovation Hubs
Later this year, Agincourt Branch is opening a new Digital Innovation Hub once the renovations are complete. In the meantime, staff are happy to announce that a series of programs and classes will be offered. Starting mid-late February, the very popular 3D Printer Certification class is coming along with other... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2017 at The Innovation Hubs
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Music production at the library has gotten a whole lot easier. Thanks to an amazing donation to the Toronto Reference Library's Green Screen Room, there has been influx in new music recording tools. The Ableton Live 9 software and the accompanying Push Controller has been great for new music experimentation... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2016 at The Innovation Hubs
Thanks, Paul! Looking forward to the classes, too! Hope to see you at some of programs!
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Starting on September 12 to December 10, the library's new Innovator in Residence Elli Raynai will deliver lectures and teach classes on virtual reality content development. Photo courtesy of Elli Raynai Elli Raynai is a writer, producer, director and Virtual Reality (VR) filmmaker. He formed the production company Cinehackers in... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2016 at The Innovation Hubs
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Any time you drop in and take a peek into the Green Screen Room at the Digital Innovation Hubs, you'll see the space is being used for all different reasons. On one particular Saturday, a local band named The Classy Wrecks came in to shoot a music video for their... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2016 at The Innovation Hubs
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The Digital Innovation Hubs at Fort York Branch and Toronto Reference Library are each getting a new LulzBot TAZ 3D printer, adding to the MakerBot Replicator 2 3D printers that we have at our branches. The LulzBot TAZ 5 has received positive reviews, including being named the “Best Overall 3D... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2016 at The Innovation Hubs
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We’ve just launched the new studio space, and now we’d like to show you how to use it. We want your time in the studio space to be efficient and the quality of what you produce to be top notch. Audio Recording Workstation The sessions are 60 minutes long and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2015 at The Innovation Hubs
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Toronto Reference Library’s Green Screen Room is now officially open as of today. The room is located on the main floor of the library in the Digital Innovation Hub and can be booked for all video and audio production needs. Library users can now take advantage of the space to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2015 at The Innovation Hubs
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An exciting opportunity that came from the use of 3D printers has been the improvement in prosthetics and giving people all over the world access to this technology. One local teenager by the name of Jacob hopes to offer his talents to this cause in the future. Jacob took the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2015 at The Innovation Hubs
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My colleague Alex 3D printed a Virtual Reality (VR) headset for the Toronto Reference Library Hub for anyone to come down and check out. It’s a great and easy do-it-yourself project as you can find all the files and instructions online. Headset with Samsung Phone attached Headset fully assembled If... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2015 at The Innovation Hubs
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If you've been to the Digital Innovation Hub at the Toronto Reference Library within the past couple of months, you might have seen the white tarp and have noticed the noise at times. Well the tarp is down, and the secret is getting harder to keep quiet. Library customers soon... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2015 at The Innovation Hubs
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The Spring Innovator in Residence is soon coming to a close. Lindy Wilkins, our expert in Arduino has offered over 6 weeks of exciting classes, workshops and interesting lectures. The next Innovator in residence program will start September 8th and the focus will be on 3D Design. Image courtesy of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2015 at The Innovation Hubs
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Are you interesting in learning Arduino or do you have a project in mind using Arduino? Join Lindy Wilkins as she hosts lectures, workshops, and one-on-one appointments at Toronto Reference Library. Lindy Wilkins is a Toronto-based artist, maker, developer, and community facilitator. Her hobbies include tinkering, cycling, exploring and spontaneous... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2015 at The Innovation Hubs
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If you’re interested in experimenting with audio production and mixing, come down to the Hub at the Toronto Reference Library and learn the tricks of the trade with some handy devices. For example, the Apogee Quartet serves as a mixer and allows users to come in and record vocals or... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2015 at The Innovation Hubs
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MaKey MaKey kits are a great way to learn more about electronics through interacting with everyday objects. Take a couple of bananas and turn them into keys for a piano or keyboard. Draw your own game controller in pencil and play a game of Pac Man. Image courtesy of http://makeymakey.com/... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2015 at The Innovation Hubs
Thanks everyone for the wonderful comments. Just like Dawn said, walk-ins are totally fine, but the machines can get quite busy. It's in your best interest to book a machine ahead. Also, we're in the process of being able to record from cassette tapes. I'll try and give everyone an update about that shortly. Greg
Toggle Commented Mar 16, 2015 on VHS Conversion at The Innovation Hubs
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Have you ever wanted to take a look at those old VHS tapes collecting dust? Maybe take some old home movies and preserve them for future generations to see? Maybe take a collection of them with the idea of editing and restoring them for a celebration? The Digital Innovation Hub... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2015 at The Innovation Hubs
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Just a short note to let everyone know about the great article in the Toronto Star this morning about the Digital Innovation Hub's customer Richard Audette. Image Courtesy of thestar.com Richard spent over 20 hours designing a TTC subway car that will works with any standard wooden train set. Using... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2015 at The Innovation Hubs
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If you have ever wanted to try video editing, now is the time. This year Toronto Public Library’s Digital Innovation Hub in the Toronto Reference Library and Fort York are proud to offer free iMovie editing classes to the public. iMovie is a great video editing tool that makes the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2015 at The Innovation Hubs
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Happy New Year to all our customers. We’re happy to announce that the Hub at the Toronto Reference Library has just acquired a really cool 3D design and sculpting software. The program we have added to some of our computers is ZBrush. ZBrush is developed by Pixelogic, the same company... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2015 at The Innovation Hubs
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It has been almost three quarters of a year since we opened the Digital Innovation Hub at the Reference Library. It’s been amazing to see how many customers have come down to check out the service, attend classes and participate in the numerous workshops. I know I can speak for... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2014 at The Innovation Hubs