OK, Vegas — it’s here: Photoshop World kicks off today with the pre-conference workshops; the parties start tonight, Photo Walks, and tomorrow we’re live-streaming Adobe’s keynote. Here’s a real quick look at what’s happening:

1. If this is your first time to Photoshop World, make sure you:

(a) Watch the series of short videos we did for you to help you get the most out of the event. They’re called “Insight” and if you go to this page, and scroll down a little bit, you’ll see a bunch of them. They’re only a minute or so a piece but you’ll learn a lot. I posted one above, about the House of Blues party Wednesday night.

(b) Make sure you attend Larry Becker’s first-timers orientation meeting today. You will learn a ton! He teaches it twice today, once at 3:15 pm and again at 5:15. It’s free and open to any attendee (even if it’s not your first time). It’s held in the Tradewinds Ballrooms C-D in the Mandalay Bay Convention Center.

2. Don’t miss the “Meet Up” tonight at 9:00 pm
It’s at the EyeCandy Bar inside the Casino of the Mandalay Bay hotel. It’s just a fun, casual hangout with the instructors, staff and NAPP crew and everyone’s invited (see the 45-second video above). There may be liquor and gambling very nearby. I’m just sayin.’

3. If you’re attending a Pre-Conference workshop…
you can register for the full conference today to save time (instead of waiting in line tomorrow), starting at 10:00 am. This is just for folks attending Pre-Cons. The workshops mostly kick off at 12:00 pm or 1:00 pm depending on which one you’re attending.

4. Go download the free App right now
We have a really handy App (for IOS and Android)  that has details on pretty much everything. It’s free, better than ever, and you’ll totally dig it. Here’s the link. 

5. There’s a SmugMug Photo Walk Tonight and you’re invited
Joining SmugMug’s Google+ Community Manager Michael Bonocore and the+PhotographersAdventureClub on a fun photowalk down the famous Las Vegas Strip, starting at 6:00 PM sharp on the sidewalk in front of the New York, New York hotel. Then you’ll hit the streets to take photos and talk photography. They’re wrapping up the Photo Walk at 8:00PM and then heading to dinner (location T.B.D.).

6. Wednesday’s Adobe Keynote is being streamed LIVE
There is usually a big announcement (hint, hint) or a sneak peek of new technology (hint), so you don’t want to miss this, and you can watch it live, free, anywhere in the world. Here’s the link (it starts a few minutes after 9:00 am PT (Noon East Coast time).

7. You can still get a Free Expo-Only Pass
If you just want to check out the Expo floor (and visit some vendors, see Adobe’s booth, watch some expo floor classes or live shooting demos, thanks to friends at B&H Photo you can get a free Expo-only pass right here for Thursday or Friday.

There’s no Guest Blog Wednesday tomorrow, as we’ll be sharing Photoshop World photos, the Live Keynote stream links, and other conference fun stuff, so check back here to stay on top of any (ahem) announcements. :)

Cheers everybody and Viva Las Vegas!

-Scott