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.
Adobe acquires Ideacodes to help with Creative Cloud
Adobe has announced the acquisition of Ideacodes, a San Francisco based company that specializes in the "design of smart apps, digital products and networked communities." Terms of the deal have not been disclosed, however it is known that Emily Chang and Max Kiesle will be joining as Creative Directors of Creative Cloud. “Our job at Adobe is to deliver an incredible experience every time a customer accesses Creative Cloud,” said Jeff Veen, vice president of product management. “The Ideacodes team will help us realize our goal of making Creative Cloud indispensable for creatives worldwide.”
Currently offering discounted single-app memberships
Adobe is considering doing a "photographer’s bundle or photography cloud solution" to cater to one of its key markets, the company said in a blog post earlier this week. Under original plans announced on Monday, getting access to the next version of Photoshop, Photoshop CC, will normally cost at least $20 per month. People wanting the companion app Lightroom will still be able to buy a permanent license for that software, but getting access to both Photoshop and Lightroom -- as well as other apps a photographer might want -- could potentially be expensive.
Basic portfolio service to promote sharing, showcasing work
Adobe's move into a subscription model with its rebranded "CC" suite doesn't mean it is entirely leaving behind users who haven't yet or opted not to join Creative Cloud, the company reports. In its press release heralding the improvements and features of its now fully-integrated Creative Cloud programs, Adobe added that it would continue to offer a non-CC version of Creative Suite 6 for the foreseeable future, and is obligated to support existing software for years to come. In addition, the Behance portfolio feature is available to non-Cloud users as well.
Pressure-sensitive stylus and digital ruler still in development
Adobe showed off a hardware project for drawing it has been working on at its MAX Conference. Project Mighty is a pressure-sensitive stylus for tablets that is connected to the Adobe Creative Cloud, while Napoleon is an accompanying ruler that effectively works as a protractor for Project Mighty to work with in the tablet app.
Apps rebranded under Creative Cloud brand
Adobe is focused on its Creative Cloud service this week at its Max conference, where the company has introduced updates to its broad range of software. The new offerings include video-focused utilities Premiere Pro CC, After Effects CC, Prelude CC, SpeedGrade CC and Adobe Story Plus, along with the audio-production app Audition CC. Many of the new apps will enable users to sync settings between computers and remotely collaborate on videos without downloading the source materials.
Flash rebuilt with 64-bit architecture, Dreamweaver gains CSS Designer tool
Adobe has outlined a large number of changes for its web-development products, as part of its major announcements today. Flash Professional CC has been rebuilt to be more modular and streamlined, Edge Animate CC and Edge Reflow Preview 3 add some workflow improvements, and Dreamweaver CC introduces a visual editing tool for CSS, PhoneGap build support, and other extra tools.
InDesign gets modernized interface, engine
As a part of today's major Adobe announcements, the company has gone into detail for the upgrades present in its design software. Illustrator CC features a new Touch Type tool, which lets people manipulate individual characters in text while still maintaining control over font and other edits. Multi-touch devices have been added as a form of input.
Company continues subscription push
Adobe has introduced a wide range of software updates, dropping the Creative Suite branding as the company continues to embrace its Creative Cloud subscription service. New features have been added to Photoshop, Illustrator, Flash Pro, After Effects, Muse and Dreamweaver, among other titles.
Folds in 3D tools from Photoshop Extended
One of the core pieces of today's Adobe announcements is Photoshop CC, its rebranded and updated photo-editing software. Among new features in the software is Smart Sharpen, which analyzes images and attempts to produce the best-possible sharpening, while minimizing any halos or noise. The process can be tuned as needed.
Shuttles edits back and forth between DNG, RAW
Adobe is developing an iOS companion app to the desktop version of Lightroom, the company's product manager for Lightroom, Tom Hogarty, revealed Wednesday via an online show, The Grid. The app should support controlling many of the same elements as the desktop software, such as exposure, clarity, shadows, highlights, white balance, and noise reduction. At the foundation of the app though is the Smart Previews technology from the Lightroom 5 beta.
More promised at Adobe MAX conference
Adobe has posted a brief teaser video for an upcoming Photoshop feature, Shake Reduction. The option will allow people to globally or selectively reduce the blur created by factors like camera shake and/or slow shutter speeds. Adobe hasn't said when the technology will be integrated into Photoshop, but as with other recent changes, it will probably be offered to Creative Cloud subscribers first.
Adds Advanced Healing Brush, other new tools
Adobe has posted the first public beta of Lightroom 5, an upcoming upgrade of its photo workflow software. The software adds several new features to Lightroom, such as an Advanced Healing Brush, designed to smooth over unwanted objects and blemishes. A new Upright tool meanwhile analyzes and image and automatically aligns objects at bad angles, such as buildings and horizons.
MAX renamed Creativity Conference
Adobe has announced a new focus for its upcoming MAX Creativity Conference, which will now look to explore the ideas,inspirations, and technologies that push the boundaries of creative thinking. Scheduled from May 4 through 8 at the Los Angeles Convention Center and Nokia Theatre, the conference will feature a lineup of keynotes, luminary sessions, and training workshops from industry specialists. Anyone interested in attending can find more information on conference's official website.
Decision may be reversed later on
US District Court Judge Lucy Koh has denied class action status for workers wanting to sue several major technology and film companies over anti-job poaching practices, Reuters reports. The plaintiffs have accused Adobe, Apple, Google, Lucasfilm, Intel, Intuit, and Pixar of conspiring not to poach workers from each other. While such practices might help stabilize corporate environments, they also reduce the need for employers to compete with each other on wages and benefits.
Developers no longer face 10 percent cut
Adobe has backpedaled on its royalty program for App Store titles created using the company's Director 12 publishing utility. The previous licensing agreement forced developers to pay Adobe a 10-percent cut of all App Store earnings over $20,000 for apps created or published through Director 12.
Dreamweaver new feature showcased, to be added to new version
Adobe has announced availability for a final release of Lightroom 4.4, along with an updated Camera Raw and DNG Converter (both now at version 7.4). The major changes in all three revolve around the addition of Raw support for 25 new camera models, corrections to the demosaic algorithms for some Fujifilm lens profiles, adjusting the default white balance for some Nikon profiles and fixing reported bugs. In addition, the company updated its Edge Reflow to Preview 2, and offered a "sneak peek" of a CSS Designer feature in Dreamweaver.
Apple Australia blames record labels, movie and TV studios for prices
Apple has responded to an Australian government IT pricing inquiry, where it, along with other companies including Microsoft and Adobe, have been accused of price gouging Australian consumers. According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Apple Australia boss Tony King blamed the high prices Australians pay for music, movies and TV shows on the publishers. Apple, he said, charged Australians prices inline with other content providers in the country, whether online or in stores.
Company ups full-year EPS forecast despite Q1 results
Adobe has cracked over 500,000 paid, individual subscribers to its Creative Cloud service, the company announced on Tuesday as a part of its quarterly results. Free and trial memberships have topped 2 million, Reuters reports. Of the paid subscriptions, about 153,000 were added during the most recent quarter; the company expects to reach 1.25 million by the end of the year.
Will be VP of Technology under Bob Mansfield
In a surprise move, the Chief Technology Officer at Adobe has left the company effective Friday to become a Vice President of Technology at Apple. Kevin Lynch -- who once famously defended mobile Flash against Apple's exclusion of the technology in its iOS devices -- will report to Senior Vice President of Technologies Bob Mansfield, who may be intending to groom Lynch as a possible successor. Though Lynch is known more for software engineering, he will be working with Apple's wireless, battery, semiconductor and materials teams in his new position.