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.
— Kyle Edward Wilson (@kewcreative) September 24, 2014
A little more about Justin
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
Given that Justin—and his partner, AJ—were juggling several different activities, they combined several of their interests—drawing, writing, music, voiceovers, computers—into an animation company.
Fun fact: The name Ajar Productions came from a combination of the founders’ initials.
By this point in time—with a little help from some software— it was possible for 1-2 people to create animations on their own.
Justin began learning digital animation at night while working as a graphic designer during the day.
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.
The process of creating custom tools started with trying to save ourselves 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.
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.
— Tablazines (@Tablazines) May 5, 2013
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