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Justin | | Tuesday, February 13th, 2007

 

Justin at PePcon

Justin at PePcon 2016

Hi, this is Ajar Productions, run by Justin Putney.

I create products for digital designers who are looking for a better workflow.

I provide them with the knowledge and tools to bring more sanity into their work day, while getting more done.

My products have helped companies of all sizes, from one-person shops to multi-national corporations like Disney, Cisco, and Adobe.

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A little more about Justin

JustinJustin is an Adobe Community Professional, a Lynda.com and Adobe Press author, and a regular speaker at design conferences like Adobe MAX, PePcon, and The InDesign Conference.

When I’m not writing software or corresponding with customers, I like to spend time outdoors in my adopted home of Northern California, exploring the vast trails of Marin County.

If you’re interested to know more about the history of Ajar Productions…

Justin was a bit lost after college. Computer programming certainly didn’t enter the picture (or seem remotely appealing).

In the beginning

Justin combined several interests—drawing, writing, music, voiceovers, computers—into an animation company.

By this point in time—with a little help from some software— it was possible for 1 person to create animations.

Justin began learning digital animation at night while working as a graphic designer during the day.

screenshot from one of the animations (video guy)

Justin had fun creating a handful of animations, like “Video Guy.” But it was exhausting (simple as they were)!

Programming creeps in…

At some point it sunk in that animation was quite labor intensive, even with the help of a computer. In the process of creating online animations, Justin learned how to add little bits of interactivity.

start screen of a game we created

We even created interactive games.

The process of creating custom tools started with trying to save some time (and sanity). After watching a tutorial on how to create an extension, Justin began writing extensions like a crazy person (see all the Flash extensions for yourself).

Since Justin had learned so much from others who had generously shared their knowledge online, it was only natural to share his extensions with the same communities.

A turning point

As the ideas got more ambitious, it made sense to start selling some of the products. Things were just getting comfortable when the iPad came along and nearly killed Adobe Flash. A vacuum was then created: everybody wanted to design for the iPad, but no tools had been created.

Justin looked around for ways that we could help designers to create interactive content for the iPad and we came up with a solution: InDesign to HTML5. After waiting around for a month or two thinking someone else would create the solution, Justin tested the idea on Kickstarter and it turned out that a number of people were interested.

InDesign to HTML5 Kickstarter campaign raised over $12,000

Kickstarter helped prove there was a market for the idea.

Ajar Productions turned its focus from animation to software and hasn’t looked back.

Along the way, Justin teaches and shares what he’s learned (hence the Lynda courses and the blog articles). That brings things up to the present day.

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5 thoughts on “About”

  1. A. Phillips says:

    Justin, really awesome Flash extensions.
    Thanks for the great work.

    -Adam

  2. Justin says:

    Thanks, Adam! My pleasure. Huge fan of your work.

  3. Sharon says:

    Just wanted to say thanks. I’m diving back into flash and am a bit rusty … struggling with motion tweening and REALLY appreciate your Motion Sketch and Motion Blur extensions. So thanks :]

  4. Justin says:

    Hi Sharon,
    Good for you for diving back into Flash. I’m really glad you’re funding the extensions useful. Let’s us know if there are any Flash tutorials or extensions that you’d like to see on this site.

  5. harsha says:

    Thankyou very much for these updations

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