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.
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.
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.
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.
New versions mostly identical to iPad app
Adobe has released promised iPhone and Android versions of Photoshop Touch. The new apps are essentially identical to their tablet counterparts, but with redesigned interfaces meant to accommodate the smaller screen space, and a new set of tutorials. One absence in the iPad is specialized stylus support, which is featured in the Android edition.
Adds bugfixes, support for handful of new cameras
Adobe has posted early release candidate versions of Lightroom 4.4 and Camera Raw 7.4. Unlike some previous updates, the new ones concentrate mainly on bugfixes. Adobe singles out a fix to the demosaic algorithms for Fujifilm cameras with an X-Trans sensor, examples being the X-Pro1 and X-E1.
1990-era Photoshop 1.0.1 source released free
Unlike a botched handling of a non-DRM'd version of Photoshop CS2 that was briefly available without registration last month, Adobe and the Computer History Museum have announced that the original source code for Photoshop version 1.0.1 (circa 1990) is being made public and is now downloadable for free. The download contains over 128,000 lines of code in a mixture of Pascal and 68000 Assembly language, but does not include the MacApp applications library that was at the time licensed from Apple. The code is for non-commercial use only, however, and requires that downloaders agree to the terms of a license.
Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements slashed for sale
Over the weekend, Adobe revealed its second sale this holiday season for image editing software Photoshop Elements 11, movie creator Premiere Elements 11, and photo archival tool Lightroom 4. The sale runs through January 6. Lightroom 4 has been reduced to $130, from the original retail of $149. Both Photoshop Elements 11 and Premiere Elements 11 have been cut to $80, from $99. A bundle consisting of both Photoshop Elements 11 and Premiere Elements 11 is $99.
Lightroom gets Retina support for Library, Develop modes
Adobe has released the final versions of its Lightroom 4.3 and Camera Raw 7.3 updates. Of the two, Lightroom may be the most significant, since it adds HiDPI (Retina display) support to Lightroom's Library and Develop components. With both updates, though, the emphasis is on adding RAW format compatibility for 20 different cameras.
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.
Formal announcement likely as part of Create Now Live kickoff
[Update: the free update for Retina display MacBook owners is now available] Reports of users with Retina-enabled Photoshop betas, Tuesday's keynote for Adobe's Create Now Live webinar conference -- along with a leaked video on YouTube -- suggest that the company plans to announce that CS6 Photoshop and Illustrator users will finally get support for Retina displays. The keynote, scheduled for 10AM PST, will come as overdue but welcome news for users with Retina display MacBook Pros. As reported previously, the company is also expected to reveal a sneak peek at the next major version of the CS suite, expected in late spring.
App optimized for 7- to 9-inch tablets
Adobe has released Photoshop Touch 1.4, an update to its illustration and photo-editing app for tablets. The most important upgrade may be support for three pressure-sensitive styli in the iPad app: the Pogo Connect, the Jot Touch, and the JaJa Stylus. Although the Android version of the app doesn't support the styli, Adobe says it has improved its overall brushing engine to allow smoother strokes.
Create Now Live will offer sneak previews, Creative Cloud, more
Adobe will open its Create Now Live streamed event on December 11, a week later than originally planned, but will apparently announce a Retina display-compatible version of Photoshop CS6 among other events during the webinar. In a promotional video that has surfaced on YouTube, the updated version is shown running on a Retina display MacBook Pro, and features some close-ups on buttons and other items that betray Retina-quality graphics. Other features are highlighted in the video as well.
CS6 the last version to support Windows XP
The next major release of Adobe's Photoshop image editing software will drop support for Windows XP. This according to a post on the Photoshop.com Blog yesterday, one that cited the XP's limitations in light of computing advancements over the last eleven years since the operating system's release. Photoshop CS6 will be the last major Photoshop release to support XP.
Photoshop CS6 update coming 'this fall'
Two of Adobe's signature image editing apps, Photoshop and Lightroom, are getting updates to support the Retina display in the MacBook Pro, the company has announced. Both upgrades will be free, but Adobe claims that the change "requires significant work by our product teams;" Photoshop CS6 will therefore only get a patch sometime this fall, while Lightroom 4 will get the tech "as soon as the work is complete." Creative Cloud subscribers should get earlier access to the Photoshop update than the public.
Software adds support for new Canon, Panasonic cameras
Adobe has posted initial release candidates for two upcoming software updates, Lightroom 4.2 and Camera Raw 7.2. In both cases the updates add RAW compatibility for several cameras, such as Canon's EOS 650D (Rebel T4i) and EOS M, and Panasonic's FZ200, G5, and LX7. Other newly-supported cameras include the Fuji FinePix F800EXR, Nikon 1 J2, Pentax K-30, Sony DSC-RX100, and Leaf's Credo 40 and 60 medium-format backs.
SpiderArm gains Mobile Mount accessory
Kwiksher has released a new beta version of its Photoshop plug-in for creating mobile content. The Kwik 2 beta introduces a new interface with a dark background, as we'll as an improved export feature. Exporting is roughly two times faster in the beta and includes options for exporting a range of a pages. Additionally, Kwik 2 adds an auto-debug system that well check a project for errors as soon as the Publish button is pressed, a built-in physics system, and additional code control options. The final version of Kwik 2 is expected to be released in late September and will be priced at $250 for a single license.
CrumplePop intros ColorKit Suite
AKVIS has announced that full CS6 support has been added to five of its plug-ins, Retoucher 5.5, Coloriage 8.5, HDRFactory 2.5, NatureArt 4.5, and MakeUp 2.5. Support has also been integrated for the upcoming Photoshop Elements 11, and a number of bugs have been resolved in the standalone versions of each app. Upgrades are free for existing users, while full licenses range in price from $39 to $87.
Adds support for major new Canon, Nikon cameras
Adobe has posted the final version of Camera Raw 6.7 for the Mac. The software primarily expands the number of RAW formats supported by Photoshop. Among the additions are filetypes for several major DSLRs, including Canon's EOS 1D X and EOS 5D Mk. III, and Nikon's D4, D800, and D800E.
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.
Builds font control directly into Adobe CS apps
Extensis has released Suitcase Fusion 4, an update of its font manager for Mac and Windows. The software handles both browsing and control tasks. New to Fusion 4 is the concept of Font Panels, which integrate functions directly into Adobe's InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop. Fonts can be previewed and activated without having to leave Adobe software.
Adobe Photoshop CS6 beta hooks half million users
Less than a week after making a free beta of its high-end photo editing software public, Adobe has announced that it has already served up over 500, 000 downloads of the app. The last time Adobe opened up a free beta of is Photoshop app to the public was ahead of the launch of CS3. However, while the number is impressive, when the title launches before the end of June, it will retail at around $699 for the standard install and $999 for the pro-level Extended iteration.
Adobe Photoshop CS6 gets test version
Adobe gave a peek at its future suite Thursday through a limited-time public beta of Photoshop CS6. The early version shows off a new, dark interface with more consistency, presets, and both redesigned tools like crop as well as returning features like PDF presentations. A new Content-Aware Patch lets artists grab a sample and then use it to patch the affected area while blending pixels to create a more natural look.
Samsung 2012 tablets no risk for Apple yet
Samsung had no less than three tablets unveiled ahead of Mobile World Congress, headlined by the Galaxy Note 10.1 as well as two sizes of the Galaxy Tab 2. Each promises a different take on tablets, but are they worth the while? We've tried all three.
Photoshop Touch goes live for real
After a brief false start, Adobe has posted Photoshop Touch for the iPad 2 ($10, App Store). The finished app provides many of the requested creative features from the desktop version, such as layer editing and filters, while adding in elements that wouldn't be possible on the desktop. Artists can scribble or trace to select objects or even fill content with content from one of the iPad's cameras.
App quickly removed from App Store
Adobe appears to have accidentally published its Photoshop Touch iPad app ahead of schedule. The utility was reportedly available early Sunday morning in the App Stores for Australia and New Zealand, however it was quickly removed and has yet to resurface.
Users to have more control of smart fill in CS6
In the latest of the series of "Sneak Peek" videos for Photoshop CS6 (all of which have been done on Macs so far), Adobe Photoshop Senior Product Manager Bryan O'Neil Hughes demonstrates a substantially improved Content-Aware Fill technology that allow users to make easy, loose selections but still pull off substantial changes (such as moving people from one place to another or removing objects like power lines) and better choose how the fill works.
Macbundler brings together nine apps
Alien Skin Software has announced that Exposure 4, the latest version of its photography effects plug-in for Adobe Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, and Photoshop Lightroom, will launch this month. The software provides accurate film simulation as well as a range of effects with customizable parameters. The new release will feature a completely redesigned interface, as well as new controls for effects, and a text search feature. At release, a full Exposure 4 license is expected to sell for $250, while upgrade license will be sold for $99.
Paint Mask, brush slider get tweaks
Tiffen has released v3.0.5 of Dfx, its effects suite for photo and video editing. The upgrade critically adds support for Avid's new 64-bit editing tools, including Media Composer 6, Symphony 6 and NewsCutter 10. Also newly supported is a host of Sony cameras. The list includes DSLRs like the A550, A580, A700, A850, and A900, but also the NEX-3, NEX-5/5N, NEX-C3, and several SLT-series cameras: the A33, A35, A55V, A65V, and A77V. Remaining cameras on the list are the XCD-SX910CR and the STV680 VGA.
Adobe launches six apps in Android Market
Adobe has posted its promised Touch Apps in the Android Market for Android tablets. Introduced at the MAX conference early last month, the apps include Photoshop Touch ($9.99, Android Market), Collage ($9.99, Android Market), Debut ($9.99, Android Market), Ideas ($9.99, Android Market), Kuler ($9.99, Android Market), and Proto ($9.99, Android Market). Each is meant to help creative or business types accomplish different tasks, and all require Android 3.1 or later.
Stripped-back 'Editor' editions
Adobe has brought Photoshop Elements 10 and Premiere Elements 10 to the Mac App Store in the form of special "Editor" editions. At $80 each these are $20 cheaper than their regular editions, but lose things like the Elements Organizer, support for case-sensitive HFS, and in the case of Premiere Elements, any Smartsound functions. As the Editor tag implies, both programs do retain all editing options.
Alien Skin outs Blow Up 3
FileMaker is currently running a special two for one promotion on all purchases of FileMaker Pro 11. The offer will remain available until December 15th and applies to Full, Education and Non-Profit versions of the software. The promotion is also being extended to retail purchases, allowing customers to receive a free second license by filling out a mail-in rebate. A free trial can be download through the company's website, while a full license retails for $300.
Software in early beta stages
The next version of Adobe Photoshop, CS6, should have a new look and a significant array of new tools, early betas are said to show. Builds compiled earlier this month are described by AppleInsider as having a darker-toned, more Aperture-like aesthetic, although Adobe is at least temporarily providing users with the option of reverting back to the style of Photoshop CS5. The CS6 software is also said to include new palette icons, although these should be still recognizable enough to avoid confusion.
Canon Pixma Pro-1 printer targets pro photogs
Canon started off the week by introducing a rare printer aimed squarely at pro photographers. The Pixma Pro-1 takes its looks from the DSLRs it's intended to work with, like the EOS-1D X, and focuses on producing "gallery-quality" prints both for pros and for serious hobbyists. It carries 12 inks and can put out large A3+ sized images with a wider color range, at 16 bits per color channel, that more accurately reflects the lighting and scene from the DSLR itself.
Adobe MAX 2011 demo unblurs real photos
Adobe used one of its sessions at its MAX 2011 event to swing attention away from creative tablet apps towards a new technology that could reduce or sometimes eliminate the blur in photos. A "sneak" of an algorithm for Photoshop can determine what the movements of the camera were when the shutter was open, giving it a way to correct the shot. The test plugin lets users choose to sharpen just a small piece of the photo and optimize it for common needs like text.
Adobe rolls out six tablet-optimized apps
Adobe started off its MAX conference with six new creative apps all focused around the iPad and Android tablets. Its flagship, Photoshop Touch, is intended more to replicate professional image editing with support for layers and other "core" editing tools. It acknowledges the limitations of fingers and pens, and carries a unique scribble select feature to extract objects as well as the desktop app's Refine Edge option to get very minute selections with broader strokes.
Adds support for over 20 more cameras
Adobe has posted the final editions of the Lightroom 3.5 and Camera Raw 6.5 updates. In both circumstances the software adds support for over 20 cameras. Consumer-level additions include the Fuji FinePix F600EXR, Nikon Coolpix P7100, Pentax Q, and Ricoh GXR Mount A12, as well as Olympus' E-P3, E-PL3 and E-PM1, Panasonic's DMC-FZ150, DMC-G3 and DMC-GF3, and Sony's NEX-C3, NEX-5N, SLT-A35, SLT-A65 and SLT-A77.
Gets around problem of font licenses
Extensis has provided a solution to the a long-standing issue with web designers and the way fonts are licensed with its new plug-in for Photoshop, the Web Font Plug-in. It provides designers with free access to web fonts from many foundries for designing web sites in Photoshop. Because many fonts are licensed for where they will be used, designers may need two separate licenses for the same font for web and desktop use, or have to devise workarounds in the early stages of production.
Blackmagic UltraStudio 3D now ready to use
Blackmagic became one of the first with shipping video-oriented Thunderbolt hardware as it released the UltraStudio 3D. The device first shown in April uses the high-speed interface to support as much as dual-stream 3D video, 2K 2D video, and 1080p, 60FPS 2D over SDI. The choice of Thunderbolt lets even an 11-inch MacBook Air potentially process video it might not otherwise.
Adobe working on could-based photo service?
Adobe's latest blog entry hints at the possibility that the outfit is about to launch an online photo storage service. It has asked its Facebook subscribers about how they manage and back up their photo collections as if to prove their point that they need a "simple, convenient... way for your photography to be everywhere you are." It then talks about a single place to which users can upload and access photos stored on their notebook, tablet or smartphone.
Offers extensive options for denoising
The Plugin Site has debuted the Mac OS X version of its NoiseControl plug-in for use with Photoshop and Photoshop Elements. Going beyond the normal levels of noise reduction or blending, NoiseControl offers fine control over denoising parameters in shadows, midtones and highlights as well as nine color areas of an image. It features four modes of denoising, a split-view for easy comparisons, and a sophisticated sharpening technique that doesn't amplify noise.
Photo Gallery now imports Raw file, edits JPG copy
Microsoft will now support raw format images with Windows Live Photo Gallery 2011. Until now, photographers working with photos in RAW had to work with third-party apps such as Adobe Photoshop or Corel PaintShop Photo Pro. Apple has supported RAW formats natively since 2005.
Eastwest releases Hollywood Brass
Adobe opened the doors to its Photoshop & You experience in San Francisco this past weekend. Free to the public, Photoshop & You will run for two weeks and offers numerous workshops run by renewed photographers and artists. The event also features product demos, one on one how-to sessions, an imaging lab, and more. Photoshop & You is being hosted at 550 Sutter Street, San Francisco, and will run until August 6th. Doors are open between 11AM and 7PM Sunday through Wednesday, and close at 9PM Thursday through Saturday.
Flash Player loses hardware acceleration
The release of OS X Lion is causing problems with a host of Adobe software, a support article shows. "Known issues" of varying degrees exist with high-profile titles such as Acrobat, Dreamweaver, Illustrator, Lightroom, Photoshop and Premiere Pro. The biggest problems however lie with Flash, spanning apps like Flash Builder, Flash Catalyst and most notably Flash Player.
Leica intros V-LUX 30 compact with 16X zoom
Leica on Thursday morning upgraded its smallest camera line through the V-LUX 30. Its body is a more premium adaptation of the 14-megapixel Panasonic Lumix ZS10 that revolves around Leica's own 16X, 4.3-68.8mm f3.3-5.9 lens in a compact body. The V-LUX adaptation goes all black and ships with both Adobe's Photoshop Elements 9 and Premiere Elements 9.
Ledet updates courses for iPad integration
Walden University has expanded its MobileLearn service by releasing content through Apple's iTunes U. The university's new iTunes U page provides students with course content, experiential videos, highlights of Walden students, and a number of other resources for enhancing the student experience. When partaking in MobileLearn-enabled courses, students can access video and audio content from the classroom through iTunes, as well as save the content for offline access. In addition, the university also offers an iOS application that provides access to online classrooms, university messages, a Walden e-mail account, and student support services.
CS5 owners to get free 'bridging' update
After having first shown hints of them at Photoshop World in March, Adobe today unveiled three new "Photoshop Touch" apps for the iPad using the Photoshop Touch SDK, all now available in the App Store. All three act as supplements to Mac and Windows versions of Photoshop CS5, allowing artists to use touch to create custom color swatches and themes, to create realisting paintings using "wet" and "dry" paints, or to navigate through Photoshop, select tools and control actions using the iPad as the input surface and more. The three apps -- called Color Lava, Eazel and Nav -- were designed to demonstrate the potential of the Touch SDK for Photoshop.
New monthly subscription and tablet features
Adobe has announced Creative Suite 5.5, an update to its major creative applications including InDesign, Dreamweaver, Flash Professional, Premiere Pro, and After Effects along with a new SDK for Photoshop CS5. The company -- which now offers new monthly subscription-based pricing options for each of the major suite bundles -- says the new version brings advances to HTML5, Flash authoring, digital publishing and video tools as well as new capabilities to help integrate tablet-oriented designs into creative workflows. Also present is a final version of Audition for the Mac; the SDK is the Photoshop Touch Software Development Kit (SDK).
Adobe Photoshop for iPad to get layers
(Update: video) Adobe at the Photoshop World conference this morning showed off a version of Photoshop for the iPad that could give the tablet real Photoshop image editing. Unlike the mostly filter-based Photoshop Express, the unnamed version would let users add, switch to, and edit layers with an isometric view to show the different layers at a glance. Other additions should bring image objects that can be dragged and rotated as well as a color mixer that allows blending "like a painter."