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, 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.
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.
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.
Skype to offer voice translation, beta expected late this year
Microsoft today announced its plans to release a real-time translation of voice conversations using Skype. Skype Translator will allow users to speak in their native language to another user who speaks a different language, with the software automatically translating it to the other person. The beta is anticipated to be released later this year, with its commercial availability estimated for debut within the next two and a half years. In its current development stage, translation can convert between English to German. The translation service may be a paid feature.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Adobe Muse CC now includes community design exchange, social media integration
Adobe has announced an update for Adobe Muse CC, its software that allows users to create HTML websites without writing code. Designers can now access the new Adobe Muse Exchange, which provides a space to download over 100 design elements that have been submitted by the Adobe Muse community. These elements include starter templates, prototyping tools, interactive widgets and more. Additionally, users can collect reusable design elements, such as icons, buttons, headers and footers, and more using the new Library panel.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Update pushed to Creative Cloud subscribers
Adobe has pushed a new version of Muse to Creative Cloud subscribers. The software allows designers to create websites without any programming; along those lines, one addition is the concept of hierarchical Master pages, which can be applied to other Master pages and dictate the positioning of elements such as headers, footers, logos, and navigation options. A new Check Spelling option, meanwhile, scans sites for writing errors.
Behance staff and operations continue unaltered by Adobe
Adobe Systems Incorporated today announced that it has acquired social media portfolio service Behance. With over one million members, the acquisition of Behance underlines Adobe's planned strategy to bring community features to its Creative Cloud. The Behance team will remain in New York City and will continue to expand the product, which will remain free to all users.
Creative Cloud up to 326,000 subscribers
Software maker Adobe reported its fiscal 2012 and fourth-quarter earnings on Tuesday, marginally beating analysts' expectations on both earnings and revenue. In after-hours trading, the stock is up six percent to $37.66 on the news. Investors and analysts were particularly pleased to hear that the company has managed a transition to less upgrade cycle-based highs and lows by opening a software-rental and cloud-storage service, called Creative Cloud, that appears to be gaining traction with the company's creative professional base.
Extra Photoshop features currently limited to Cloud subscribers
Following the release of a universal update adding Retina support to Photoshop CS6 and Illustrator CS6, Adobe has also lifted an embargo on software updates available only to Creative Cloud subscribers. Photoshop CS6 is getting several new features through the Cloud, including Conditional Actions, default type styles, Smart Object support for the Blur and Liquify effects, and CSS tools. Some enhancements include tweaks to streamline workflow, compatibility with larger JPEGs, and improvements to 3D and lighting effects. The updates should become universal in the non-Cloud release of Photoshop CS7.
Turns digital publications into iPad apps
Adobe has announced that the Single Edition of its Digital Publishing Suite (DPS), a program that takes publication files created in InDesign and converts them into iPad applications, is now part of the company's Creative Cloud app initiative. The project lets users effectively download and "rent" the programs that make up Adobe's Creative Suite, but pay for them on a monthly or yearly basis. Adobe's DPS lets users create single-issue publication apps that can be sold through iOS App Store.
Subscribers get early hands on CS7 tech
Some early Illustrator CS7 features are being pushed out to CS6 users who subscribe to Creative Cloud, Adobe has announced. The main addition is the concept of a Package File, which lets designers gather all of the files needed for a given project into a single folder. Users can now also quickly unembed images, and more easily access and track info on artwork through the Links panel.
Joins collection of CS6 apps on service
Adobe has added Lightroom 4 to the list of apps available as part of a Creative Cloud subscription. The software is a RAW photo workflow tool aimed mainly at pro and hobbyist photographers, with some limited editing functions. Signing up for Creative Cloud lets people download Lightroom 4 as long as their membership is active.
Adobe brings cloud-based content creation, easy website design
Adobe's Creative Cloud has launched according to schedule, bringing cloud-based access to Adobe Creative Suite CS6 to mobile devices, desktops, and notebooks. Adobe is also rolling out Muse 1.0, which allows users to create websites without having to write code, and updating the Adobe Touch Apps for iOS.
Adobe starts shipping Creative Suite CS6 for Mac and PC
Adobe has started shipping its eagerly anticipated Creative Suite CS6 for both Mac and PC. Its alternative version of CS6 in the cloud known as Creative Cloud will launch on May 11, offering users the ability to access the entire suite of apps for a monthly access fee. Revamped applications now available for purchase include Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, Premiere Pro, After Effects and Flash Professional in four suite versions. Apps also remain available for purchase individually.
Adobe CS6 ships within 30 days
Adobe began the week early with official launch details of Creative Suite 6 and Creative Cloud. The collection of professional tools are available for pre-order as of Monday and should ship within 30 days.
Should allow access to Creative Suite apps
Adobe has uncovered more details of Creative Cloud, its upcoming online service. The service was originally announced in October, but until now has been largely kept under wraps. Access will cost at least $50 a month under a one-year contract, but grant users access to the apps in Creative Suite 6; by comparison, current CS5.5 bundles start at $1,299 up-front, and can cost as much as $2,599 for the complete collection.