Premier Pro, others get major feature upgrades
Adobe has announced updates to the slate of video production apps on Creative Cloud. Perhaps the most significant is support for Retina/HiDPI resolutions in OS X and Windows. Adobe has also added support for AJA RAW files though, and improved performance, particularly in Masking and Tracking, and (via GPU acceleration) when viewing 4K and UltraHD footage taken from Phantom Cine, Canon RAW, and RED R3D files.
Appeal filed over 'legal error' by Judge Koh in rejecting deal
Apple, Google, Intel, and Adobe are all appealing Judge Lucy Koh's rejection of the $324.5 million anti-poaching settlement that was hammered out last month. The quartet claims that Koh "committed clear legal error" by using her own assessment of the value of the case, rather than that of the participants who had been battling over the matter with the court for years.
Judge rejects first attempt, suggests slightly higher amount would be 'fair share'
The remaining four tech firms involved in a California lawsuit stemming from a "gentlemen's agreement" to stop poaching each other's employees have headed back to the bargaining table to hammer out another settlement after the first attempt was rejected by the judge in the case. Apple, Google, Adobe and Intel have resumed settlement talks with plaintiffs representing thousands of employees who say the cooperation limited their job opportunities and illegally suppressed wages.
Deal 'falls below the range of reasonableness'
US District Judge Lucy Koh has rejected a proposed $324.5 million settlement in the lawsuit direct against Apple, Adobe, Google, and Intel over anti-poaching practices. In her ruling, Koh states that the amount offered "falls below the range of reasonableness."
Supports more formats, streamlines interface
Adobe has released an update for Photoshop CC, its flagship image editing software. Listed as 2014.1, the code is geared exclusively towards 3D printing improvements. It now supports VRML, U3D, PLY, and IGES files for instance, as well as the fifth-generation MakerBot Replicator, and Japan's DMM.com printing service.
Forthcoming Photos may not meet pro needs, at least at first
Following Apple's decision to cease development on its own pro photo organizer and editor Aperture in favor of a forthcoming hybrid photo manager called Photos, Adobe has published a new guide intended to help current Aperture users switch and migrate their images and projects to Lightroom, its own pro-level image manager. While Photos, with its support of third-party plug-ins, may grow into a program that both pros and amateurs can use, its mission is aimed more at "prosumer" users.
New versions for Photoshop CS 6 and CC add new camera support, bug fixes
Adobe has made available release candidate versions of its upcoming Camera Raw 8.6 plug-in and DNG Converter, also at version 8.6, for final testing by users before an official release. As is now official policy with Adobe, users running Photoshop CS6 are limited to only receiving any new camera support and bug fixes; only Photoshop CC subscribers will receive any new feature updates. The release candidates a number of all three additions in the latest version.
Latest version for Snow Leopard and higher now required for Flash to work
Following an emergency patch issued by Adobe yesterday for a vulnerability in Flash Player and Adobe AIR that the company deemed "critical" for users to upgrade to, Apple is now blocking all un-upgraded versions of the plug-in in Safari, though the warning dialog will take users to the Flash Installer page where they can obtain the patched version. Users of OS X 10.6 and higher must be running version 126.96.36.199 in order for the Flash plug-in to work normally. Windows and Linux users are also affected by the flaw.
Flaw allows attackers to steal authenticating cookies, hasn't been seen in wild yet
Adobe has issued an emergency patch of its Flash Player technology to correct a security flaw that could allow hackers false access to thousands of popular websites -- notably Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr and eBay among many others. The patch, which will update Flash to version 188.8.131.52, is considered "critical" for users of OS X, Windows and Linux operating systems. Even if users have Flash Player disabled in their browser, they may still need to update if they are using any products that require Adobe AIR.
Apple planning comprehensive replacement for iPhoto, may have some 'pro' features
In the wake of Friday's earlier announcement that it has ceased development of Aperture, Adobe has moved quickly to further reassure users of the pro photo management and editing program that it is working with Apple to offer a transition path, that it plans a "rich roadmap" for future Lightroom development and that it is "doubling down" on its existing and future products for OS X and for iOS. Lightroom 5, Adobe's Aperture alternative, is available as a standalone app or as part of a Creative Cloud subscription.
Builds in shortcut buttons, palm rejection, pressure sensitivity
Adonit has unveiled the Jot Touch with Pixelpoint, an iPad stylus based on Adobe's new SDK. Its name refers to the Pixelpoint tip, which is extremely precise and has 2,048 levels of pressure sensitivity. Supporting apps also make use of the stylus' two shortcut buttons, and turn on palm rejection to prevent accidental input.
Every app refreshed
Adobe has officially revealed the 2014 update of its Creative Cloud desktop suite. Every app has been updated; the suite's core software, Photoshop CC, has gained new Blur Gallery motion effects, as well as a tool called Focus Mask, which makes it possible to highlight individual sections in photos with low depth-of-field. Other changes include new Content-Aware functions, Smart Object linking across documents, and the ability to sync settings for one layer across all others.
SDK will enable third-party apps based on Adobe tech
Previously teased in concept form, Adobe has formally announced its first two hardware accessories, the Ink pen and Slide ruler. The former is a pressure-sensitive aluminum stylus designed around iOS 7, while the latter is a companion designed to help with more precise drawing, including straight lines and perfect circles. To provide initial software support, Adobe has released two iPad apps, Sketch and Line.
Downtime disrupted major publications
Adobe has issued an apology for Wednesday and Thursday's online services outage, which ultimately lasted about 28 hours. "We know we let you down. We apologize and are working to ensure it doesn't happen again," the company says. The cause of the downtime is said to have been server maintenance.
Problem traced back to Adobe ID system
People have been unable to sign into Adobe online services -- including Creative Cloud -- for about 24 hours at this point, according to the company's status tracker. Trouble is said to have started around 3PM Eastern on Wednesday, preventing people from downloading apps, modifying team accounts, buying subscriptions, or creating new Adobe IDs. The cause appears to be a glitch with the Adobe ID system itself.
Says $324 million offer too low, was not informed of deal meetings
The named class representative in the lawsuit brought against five top tech firms has filed a letter of complaint with the presiding judge in the case, US District Court Judge Lucy Koh, protesting the proposed $324 million settlement on charges of illegal conspiracy to stop the firms poaching each others' employees, thus potentially denying opportunity and capping wages.
Crafts presentations without serious editing work
Adobe has released a new iPad app, Adobe Voice. The tool creates quick video "stories," as Adobe terms its presentations, incorporating elements like photos, voice, music, and animated themes. Several included templates cover tasks like lessons, invitations, and promotions, but users can also choose to go freeform.
Windows exploits already active
Adobe has issued a new security bulletin warning of a Flash flaw that could allow a hacker to seize control of a computer. So far just Windows exploits have been seen in the wild, but Adobe cautions that Mac and Linux systems are vulnerable as well. The security hole is present only in older versions of Flash Player, requiring simply that people have up-to-date software.
Apple, Google, Intel, Adobe likely conspired to keep employee salaries down
[Update: possible pricetag revealed] According to court filings before the Northern District of California, Apple, Google, Intel, and Adobe have made a settlement offer to conclude the antitrust investigation against the quartet, as expected earlier this month. The four tech companies were accused of conspiring to not poach each others' vital employees to prevent escalating salaries and employee demands, but protested the limiting advancement opportunities and salaries was not its intention.
Failure to reach settlement could cost high-tech industry $9 billion
Apple, Google, Intel, and Adobe are among the high-tech companies working to settle a class action lawsuit over their hiring practices within the next several weeks, according to the New York Times. The suit covers some 100,000 people, and alleges that anti-poaching policies agreed to between the companies deprived workers of higher wages they would've got had the businesses had been hiring competitively. If a settlement isn't reached, the firms could owe as much as $9 billion in damages, or $90,000 per person.
Requires both latest desktop version and Creative Cloud subscription
In a surprise debut on Monday, Adobe took the wraps of its briefly-leaked Lightroom Mobile for iPad, a mobile version of its desktop software intended as a companion app to the full version for desktops and notebooks. As such, it requires both the latest version of Lightroom 5 (which was also updated earlier today to v5.4) for Mac or Windows, and a subscription to Adobe's Creative Cloud subscription service in order to use the free application. The program uses syncing and lower-rez thumbnails to get around the problem of the iPad's limited storage.
Premiere to support editing After Effects work without switching apps
Presenting at this week's National Association of Broadcasters expo in Las Vegas, Adobe has revealed updated versions of its flagship video editing tools, Premiere Pro CC and After Effects CC. New features in Premiere include the ability to edit After Effects compositions without switching apps, and a heavier emphasis on the cloud, specifically in the form of automated backups and real-time sync between apps and teams using Adobe Anywhere. A new dynamic masking and tracking function should make it easier to blur out logos and faces.
Latest update brings 'before/after' previews to CS6, CC editions
Prior to a final release, Adobe on Friday has posted release candidates for Camera Raw and its DNG Converter app, both at version 8.4, for testing on Photoshop CS6 and CC. In addition to the usual array of new lenses and cameras being supported (and bug fixes), the new version of Camera Raw offers new features for Photoshop CC users, including a "before and after" preview system. The update also drops support for OS X Snow Leopard, Windows XP and Windows Vista.
At least three websites attacked so far
Adobe has issued a new version of Flash Player, 184.108.40.206, to deal with a serious vulnerability. Security firm FireEye notes that the hole has already been used to attack at least three non-profit websites. "This threat actor clearly seeks out and compromises websites of organizations related to international security policy, defense topics, and other non-profit sociocultural issues," it writes. "The actor either maintains persistence on these sites for extended periods of time or is able to re-compromise them periodically.
Threat seen in the wild, Adobe says
Adobe has released a new version of Flash Player for Windows and Mac, 220.127.116.11, to cope with a serious security hole. The company warns that exploits for the vulnerability have been seen in the wild, and that the problem could potentially allow an attacker to seize control of a computer. A matching Linux update is labeled v18.104.22.1685.
Expected to paralled desktop version, cost $99 annually
Adobe is on the verge of launching the iPad version of Lightroom, leaks indicate. Earlier this week, the company's website briefly contained references to the app, and even let some people pay for a subscription, which was listed with a $99 annual fee. The reason for the fee is cloud storage, since Lightroom is designed to bulk-process hundreds or thousands of photos, and Adobe wants to sync files between iPads and the Mac and Windows versions of the software.
3D tech intended for refining previously-designed objects
Adobe has today launched several improvements to Photoshop CC for Creative Cloud subscribers. Perhaps the most significant is support for 3D printing; while the software isn't designed for creating objects from scratch, users can import files created in modeling tools or 3D scanners, apply colors and textures, and get automatic mesh repairs. Compatible file formats include OBJ, STL, 3DS, Collada, and KMZ.
Lightroom extends tethered capture for some Canon models
Adobe on Wednesday updated its photo-management and editing program Lightroom to version 5.3 after more than a month in beta, adding support for a number of cameras as well as bringing tethered capture to the Canon EOS Rebel T4i. The company also updated Adobe Camera Raw to version 8.3, which now supports the iPhone 5s lens among others as well as many other camera models, and brings some new features such as auto-straighten and new camera profiles.
Up to 138 million Adobe CC accounts violated by data breach
Adobe has admitted that it is taking significantly longer than it expected to email all of the customers affected by the epic-scale security breach, with some victims still not being contacted more than 10 weeks after the data theft. Despite discovering the attack on September 17, Adobe did not go public with the information until October 3, with the company still having not informed all affected customers two full months after the breach.
Adobe's Photoshop Photography Program available to all until December 2
Initially launched in September, Adobe's Photoshop Photography Program -- aimed to support the workflow needs of photographers who use Creative Suite 3 or later and helping them transition to the Creative Cloud system - has been extended. Adobe has announced a limited-time extension of its program to the general public, and a longer extension to previous-version Adobe owners. Offering access to Photoshop CC and Lightroom 5, 20 GB of cloud storage and Behance ProSite, users can access the software content through Adobe Creative Cloud for $10 per month, based on an annual subscription. This extended offer began today, and is running until December 2, 2013 at 11:59 PST, with non-Adobe customers and users alike qualifying for the deal. Upon expiration of the public offer, the Photoshop Photography Program will continue to be available to those who own a previous version of Photoshop, Photoshop Extended, or Creative Suite 3 or later until December 31.
Extensis extends font management software integration to Creative Cloud
Extensis has revealed two font-related updates for both Suitcase Fusion 5 and Universal Type Client 4. The changes introduce direct integration with Adobe Creative Cloud, allowing designers and developers to bring Typekit fonts directly into their font management workflow, along with compatibility with OS X 10.9 Mavericks.
Source code to Photoshop, Adobe, ColdFusion taken
Updating its customers on a data theft it experienced a month ago, Adobe Systems said today that the magnitude of the lost information was far larger than it originally disclosed. Eclipsing previous estimates, Adobe has revealed that more than 38 million customer accounts, plus source code for Photoshop, Acrobat, ColdFusion, and ColdFusion Builder has been stolen by the hackers.
Company will notify users if affected, recommends changing passwords
Adobe has notified users through a post on its company blog that has been hacked, detecting a number of "sophisticated attacks" on its network that accessed Adobe products' source code as well as some user account information for roughly three million users. The company says that credit and debit card numbers stolen in the attack were encrypted, and that it believes any decrypted payment information was not copied or removed.
CSS Regions found in few browsers
Adobe has released minor updates for Edge Reflow CC and Edge Code CC, two of its website creation tools. In both cases the company has added support for CSS Regions, a feature built into the iOS 7 version of Safari. Regions allow designers to separate layout and content, in turn making it possible to produce magazine-style flowable layouts that can resize for any screen. Safari is, at the moment, one of the few browsers to support the technology.
Not part of Creative Cloud, consumer apps gain features
Consumer photo- and video-editing suites Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements have been updated by Adobe to version 12, adding new "guided edits" and a new technology called "auto smart tone" that in both programs learns the users usual edits and creates a preset out of them. Unlike the company's "Creative Cloud" software, both Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements have remained standalone product sold on DVDs with "perpetual" licenses. Both programs have also added other features unique to each package.
Company notes 331,000 more subscriptions in third quarter alone
Adobe today reported financial results for its third quarter of fiscal year 2013, which ended August 30. Adobe achieved revenue of $995.1 million, within its targeted range of $975 million to $1.025 billion, with earnings per share of $0.16. Adobe exited the third quarter with 1,031,000 paid Creative Cloud subscriptions, an increase of 331,000 when compared to the number of subscriptions at the end of the second quarter. The company cited stronger-than-expected enterprise adoption of Creative Cloud as part of the rise in users.
Launch slated for 2014
Adobe has confirmed that its Project Mighty digital stylus and Project Napoleon ruler tool are set to arrive on the market in the first half of 2014. First introduced at the company's MAX conference last May as a product concept for further consideration, the Adonit accessories are specifically geared for the current range of Creative Cloud mobile apps available on the iPad and iPhone.
Adds support for private Adobe Revel albums
Adobe has released a major update of Photoshop Express for iOS. The app uses a newly "streamlined" design, omitting some earlier advanced features. It has however gained things like an auto-fix option, and over 20 filter effects. The latter appear aimed at making Express more competitive with apps like Flickr and Instagram.
Adobe squashes 14 security issues in latest update to Flash for browsers
It wasn't only about iPhones and iOS on Tuesday -- Apple continues to keep an eye out for potential security threats and, where possible, prevent them. A recent silent update to Apple's built-in (for Snow Leopard and higher) XProtect anti-malware software blocked all but the most recent update to Java due to security concerns, and today another update to XProtect did the same thing to all but the very latest release of Flash, as Adobe released a patch that fixes some 14 bugs that could have compromised user security.
Attempts to simplify asset generation, sharing
Adobe has introduced Generator, a new set of features for Creative Cloud subscribers using Photoshop CC and Edge Reflow. The technology simplifies asset generation, which otherwise requires several steps. Tagged layers and groups in Photoshop, for instance, can now be automatically saved and updated in real-time as individual files, letting people quickly spit out images based on the latest revisions to a document. Layers can be exported as JPEG, GIF, or PNG files, with options like compression or scaling for Retina displays.
Bundles Photoshop CC, Lightroom, Behance, online storage
Adobe has announced a new Creative Cloud plan, the Photoshop Photography Program. The tier will cost $10 per month on a yearly basis, and bundle access to Photoshop CC and Lightroom 5, plus Adobe's Behance portfolio site, 20GB of online storage, and Creative Cloud training resources. While a person is subscribed, updates will be delivered automatically. The program should launch within the next few weeks.
Sync Settings allows for universal user settings across devices, locations
Adobe announced today the availability of Sync Settings in InDesign CC in Creative Cloud. The new feature allows users to save preferences to the cloud, allowing for universal settings for InDesign CC regardless of work location. Additionally, Adobe recently unveiled an updated InDesign CC Server, a layout and composition engine that creates an end-to-end automated publishing solution when used with Adobe Creative Cloud tools.
First magazine to release app with time-ordered table of contents
Vanity Fair has announced its launch of an iPhone app for its digital magazine subscription. Already implemented for iPad, Vanity Fair is the first publication to sort its mobile app's content by reading time. Users can now choose content to read based on length, and can select from "short", "medium", and "long" categories. Other sections include the "everything else" section, which comprises of miscellaneous short segments regularly featured in the magazine. Users can download the app from iTunes and access sample content for free. Subscriptions to Vogue's online publication are priced at $5 for individual issues, or $20 per year. Users who sign up for a one-year subscription are currently entitled to a 30-day free trial.
Edge family of HTML5 tools, PhoneGap Build gain integration, more
Now that it has consolidated its web-development tools under the Creative Cloud banner, Adobe today announced a number of updates that will be automatically rolled into existing software at no additional charge to subscribers. The company says the updates are part of the advantage the Creative Cloud suite gives the company, allowing it to unveil updates as soon as they are available rather than up to two years later. The changes mostly add features to the Edge family of HTML and CSS editing tools, bring integration to selected tools and other programs, and offer some third-party plug-in support and bug features.
Updates fixes brushes, noise reduction
Adobe has posted release candidate versions of two forthcoming software updates, Lightroom 5.2 and Photoshop Camera Raw 8.2. The patches are said to fix several problems with Lightroom 5 and Camera Raw 8.1, including issues with Spot Healing and Local Adjustment brushes, as well as noise reduction tools. RAW support has meanwhile been extended to a variety of new cameras, such as the Canon EOS 70D, Fujifilm X-M1, and Sony DSC-RX1R.
Change credited to custom backend made with help of Adobe
Time Inc. is beginning to enable limited issue previews for the iPad editions of its magazines, officials from the publisher say. Until yesterday, someone using the Entertainment Weekly app without a subscription would only see a promotional screen asking them to pay for a subscription or a single issue. Now, like a number of other iPad magazines, the app lets people read a small selection of the current month's content without paying.
Subscription-based software offers new features not in CS6
Adobe has formally released the full Adobe Creative Cloud software, marking the next generation of its venerable Creative Suite and officially making its subscription-based, cloud-authorized software the default option going forward. Although the company will continue to sell copies of Adobe CS6 -- which features a traditional "perpetual" license -- for the time being, the new "Adobe CC" package features a number of enhancements to each of the programs within that are not available to non-Creative Cloud subscribers.
Digital Anarchy's video editing software gets an update
Digital Anarchy released their latest updated photo re-touching software Beauty Box Video 3.0. The latest edition of the plug-in accommodates Adobe After Effects, Adobe Premiere Pro, and Apple Final Cut Pro 7 and X, with support for Assimilate Scratch, Sony Vegas, Nuke, and Avid currently available in beta upon request.
Syncs with web, Illustrator, Ideas
As promised, Adobe has released a native iPhone version of Kuler, its color capture tool. The app lets people create color themes extracted from photos or images on Flickr and the web. The ultimate purpose is to sync themes with the Kuler website, where they can in turn be synced with other Adobe apps, namely Illustrator and Ideas.