New tablet could push revenue share back up, analyst predicts
On Monday, Apple debuted its first iPad TV ad since the initial blitz announcing the iPad Air 2, this time for the forthcoming iPad Pro. The ad, dubbed "A Great Big Universe," shows off a third-party app specially optimized for the new 12.9-inch tablet, Sky Guide. Separately, Adobe has released a video that shows artists using the iPad Pro and Apple Pencil with iOS apps Photoshop Fix, Photoshop Mix, Photoshop Sketch, and Illustrator Draw.
Action follows fix for yet another critical security issue in web technology
Following a fix issued on Friday that appeared to plug the latest in a string of critical security issues plaguing Adobe's Flash, the aging web animation technology, Apple has again moved to block any version of Flash that is not the latest for the current and recent versions of OS X. Machines not running Flash version 22.214.171.124 (or 126.96.36.199 for older systems) will receive a message about a "blocked plug-in" or "Flash Security Alert" and be unable to use Flash until they update to the current version.
Exploit effective against all versions of Flash for OS X, Windows, Linux
A critical vulnerability has been identified in Adobe Flash Player by security researchers at Trend Micro. All versions for Windows, Macintosh and Linux of the problematic plugin, including this week's release, are all affected by the vulnerability. Targets of the attack can have the flaw exploited to induce a system crash and potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected computer.
Adobe turns Lightroom for iOS into free app, adds new features
Adobe has made a major change to Lightroom, the creative tool company's photo management app for iOS, making it a free app for anyone to use. Previously, the download itself was free but required the paid desktop app or Creative Cloud subscription, but now the iPhone and iPad app will work without needing the user to buy Lightroom or subscribe to the Creative Cloud Photography Plan.
Desktop app changes incoming for Photoshop, Premiere, InDesign
Adobe has made other announcements at its MAX 2015 conference relating to its desktop apps, alongside its earlier mobile app updates. New additions to its Creative Cloud desktop tools are detailed by the company, as well as video support and new purchase options to the Adobe Stock content service, the launch of Adobe Portfolio to create portfolio websites, and changes to its Creative Cloud Photography plan. Outside of the conference, conflicting statements from Adobe employees suggest there is uncertainty about Metal being used in Mac versions of Creative Cloud apps.
Updates to Adobe mobile apps include new CreativeSync file synchronization
Adobe has expanded its app-based offerings with a pair of new mobile apps for editing images while on the move. The addition of Photoshop Fix and Adobe Capture CC to the company's app range accompanies other changes to existing Creative Cloud mobile apps, with many updates for the apps rolling out to users today.
Photoshop Elements 14 introduces haze, blur removal tools
Adobe has released new versions of two Elements editing tools today, bringing new features to both its entry-level photographic and video apps. Photoshop Elements 14 adds a tool to remove haze, something it introduced as part of June's Creative Cloud update, while Premiere Elements 14's primary addition is support for 4K video, allowing users to import the high-resolution footage from a number of 4K-capable cameras on the market.
Judge finalizes deal to end employee lawsuit against Apple, Google, Intel, Adobe
A settlement proposal by major tech companies to end a multi-year lawsuit over anti-poaching policies has been accepted on the second attempt. US District Court Judge Lucy Koh has approved the settlement, proposed in January by co-defendants Apple, Google, Intel, and Adobe, with the joint settlement figure of $415 million being a significant increase from the settlement figure of $324.5 million originally proposed by the companies.
New vulnerabilities in Flash force Mozilla to take action
Mozilla is blocking Adobe Flash from being run in the Firefox browser following a series of serious security flaws in the software. As of the most recent update all versions of Flash identified with a vulnerability have been blocked by default in order to keep the browser secure, Firefox support head Mark Schmidt advised on Twitter, though he also clarified the block is not permanent, and will be lifted in the event Adobe releases a new, more secure version.
Latest exploits flaw marketed by Hacking Team to governments, others
Adobe has updated Flash to version 188.8.131.52 for Windows and Mac in an effort to close yet another batch of security flaws. While no active use of the exploits had been discovered, the company had been notified earlier this week that some of the exploits had been discovered to be known by Hacking Team, a group of commercial security attackers that has sold such secrets and flaws to government agencies around the world.
Exploit targets professional-industry users through phishing emails
Adobe on Wednesday has released an emergency patch for its Flash Player browser plug-in due to a critical flaw that is being actively exploited in the wild. Flash Player 184.108.40.206 and earlier for Windows and Macintosh systems are affected by the issue, as is version 220.127.116.116 for Linux 11.x versions. The attack, called APT3 for the China-based organization from which it originates, uses spam "phishing" emails targeted at industry professionals to gain credentials used to steal intellectual property data.
Adobe starts selling stock images from within CC suite apps
Adobe's latest updates to its Creative Cloud have been revealed, with new additions accompanying mainstay apps. Improvements to the main app suite including Photoshop CC, Premiere Pro CC, and After Effects CC arrive alongside new mobile apps, with a large contingent heading to Android, while the new Adobe Stock is a marketplace for various assets useful to design projects created within Creative Cloud.
Project Rigel to be available in late 2015, offer advanced features
[Updated with correction to erroreous CC subscription requirement] Adobe has chosen to withdraw its current photo editor for the iPad and Android tablets, Photoshop Touch, as of May 28, but has announced plans for new and supplemental technologies manifested in a number of apps to come later this year. A new photo editor, currently dubbed "Project Rigel," will offer greatly-improved speed, and was teased in a video that shows the program offering selective object removal, warping, and color swapping. The new app will be free of charge, unlike the $10 Touch app, and does not require a Creative Cloud subscription.
Design giant Adobe updates digital sketchbook to include flow, opacity, and size controls
Many people would be surprised to learn that the iPad is an entirely viable way to create art, but thanks to the amount of fully-functional drawing apps on the app store, that's exactly the case. Today, we took a look at Adobe Photoshop Sketch, the brainchild of digital design empire Adobe, to see how it stacks up to other sketchbooks on the App Store.
Sometimes Apple creates solutions, sometimes it creates problems
In this penultimate installment of The Feature Thief, where we've been dissecting the corpses of several of Apple's self-created and then self-killed or revamped software apps, we thought we'd take a look at the latest victims. Aperture and iPhoto are the apps that have suffered most recently at Apple's sometimes-brilliant but generally ruthless tendency to kill off popular apps in favor of a bigger overall idea. Both programs are still alive and kicking, but they are like the old man greeting the baby New Year: suddenly graced with the realization of its own mortality.
New version adds mobile to desktop photo sync, slideshows, facial recognition
Adobe today announced a major update to its Creative Cloud Photography plan, with the release of an all-new Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC that improves performance and gives users new tools to edit, enhance, organize and present photos. Lightroom CC 2015 also includes mobile capabilities, including the ability to automatically sync photos with Lightroom CC on the desktop and Lightroom on mobile devices, allowing users to access and the ability to edit their entire catalog of photos on iPad, iPhone, and Android smartphones and tablets.
New app lets you create stylish blogs and journals
Adobe continues its series of excellent and rather beautiful iPad apps with Adobe Slate 1.0.1, a free tool the company says is for telling stories with photos. And it is. It's also an attempt to get you into the Adobe ecosystem, but it does what it claims and makes concocting illustrated online articles very quick and stylish.
Adobe Document Cloud includes touch-enabled apps, file synchronization
Adobe is attempting to update the way documents are handled between users and devices, by launching a cloud-based service. Adobe Document Cloud is a collection of online services which can be used to manage various forms and other documents, with the entire system basing itself on the company's prevalent Adobe Acrobat software, refreshed and rebranded as Acrobat DC.
New offer exceeded judge's recommendation at last settlement refusal
Judge Lucy Koh of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California has accepted a revised settlement offer from the two parties in the case, which would end the Silicon Valley worker poaching class-action suit. The $415 million counter-offer is $90 million more than the older deal, and exceeds what the judge asked for to approve the deal. Focusing dissent on what attorneys and a objector asked for individually, Judge Koh has set the next hearing for July 9, which should end the case once and for all.
All previous versions vulnerable, attacks on un-updated machines seen in wild
Adobe has again had to issue an update to the browser plug-in version of Flash due a critical flaw in the program that allows remote attackers to take over un-updated Macs or PCs, the latter running either Windows or Linux. The company urges users to update to the latest version, first issued on Friday, that patches the problem -- however, all previous versions should be considered at risk, and there are not yet any Chrome browser or standalone updaters available.
Likely a third will go to legal fees; plaintiffs may see $4,000 each
More specifics have been revealed in the second proposed settlement offer from Apple, Google, Intel and Adobe in a lawsuit stemming from the companies' informal "no poaching" agreement. The new proposal has the four companies willing to pay a combined $415 million, up from the previous settlement's $324.5 million, to end the anti-trust lawsuit. US Federal District Court Judge Lucy Koh will need to approve the proposal before it can be finalized.
New compensation amount likely to be higher than previous offer
A new settlement offer has been tendered in what's come to be known as the "anti-poaching" lawsuit against four of Silicon Valley's biggest tech companies. Apple, Google, Intel, and Adobe were among those originally involved in a "gentlemen's agreement" that the companies would not actively try to recruit or poach employees from each other -- however once the conspiracy came to light, employees complained that the agreement limited opportunities and suppressed wages.
CFO Mark Garrett says company as 'completed' transition to subscription business model
As part of its fourth quarter and 2014 financial report, Adobe announced its agreement to acquire stock content marketplace Fotolia, and a new, often wished-for, collaboration feature in its Creative Cloud suite. Saying the firm had successfully transitioned to its subscription-based business model, CFO Mark Garrett said the company now expects revenue to grow sequentially every quarter of the year, rather than only when upgrades are announced.
Adobe announces availability of Adobe Camera Raw 8.7.1
Adobe has announced the availability of Adobe Camera Raw 8.7.1, adding support for Sony ILC-A7M2 and updated support for the Samsung NX1 cameras. The release is available as a final release on Adobe.com, as well as through the update mechanism in Photoshop CC 2014 and Photoshop CS6. DNG Converter 8.7.1 is also now available, and an update for Lightroom 5.7.1 is anticipated within the next week.
New tactic addresses complaints of silent disabling of outdated versions
Apple is trying a different tack in the struggle to keep Macs secure by encouraging users to either disable the Flash browser plug-in outright, or to keep up-to-date with the latest version, which routinely fixes serious security issues found in the multi-platform media player. The latest maneuver by the iPhone maker, which debuted today, is a direct pop-up prompt to update to the latest version when users visit a page that requires Flash Player. The dialogue box takes users directly to Adobe's own page for updating Flash.
Moleskine Smart Notebook uses app to turn sketches into Photoshop, Illustrator files
Where other companies are shifting drawing focuses to tablets or digital-capture methods, Moleskine is trying to keep the drawing experience analog. However, instead of foregoing digital workflows entirely, the company is offering a new notebook and app that works with Adobe Creative Cloud to convert hand-drawn sketches into digital files.
Joined by Camera Raw 8.7
Adobe has released the final incarnation of Lightroom 5.7, an update to its photography workflow software. The most important addition is a promised migration tool for people switching from Aperture or iPhoto, though it does not bring in all data. Apple is slowly discontinuing Aperture and iPhoto in favor of a new Photos app for OS X Yosemite and iOS in 2015, and while Photos will be able to import Aperture libraries more fully, the program may not provide the professional-level features of something like Lightroom.
New version of font management package adds Dropbox, Google Drive sync
Extensis today released a major update to its Suitcase Fusion 6 font manager. The new version brings full OS X 10.10 Yosemite compatibility, Adobe Creative Cloud 2014 integration, font library synchronization with Dropbox or Google Drive accounts, as well as continuing bug fixes and speed enhancements.
Company taking advantage of Photos late debut to win converts
Following Apple's decision to cease development on its own pro photo organizer and editor Aperture in favor of a forthcoming hybrid photo manager aimed at consumers and pro-sumers called Photos (which will also -- eventually -- replace iPhoto), Adobe has seized on the opportunity to try and lure Aperture and iPhoto users to its own more advanced photo organizer, editor and manager known as Lightroom 5. After publishing a written guide to the process of converting Aperture libraries to Lightroom in August, the company has now codified the procedure in a new free plug-in.
In light of judge's rejection, plaintiffs now believe agreed-upon settlement too low
In a strange turn of events, the plaintiffs in a lawsuit accusing many of Silicon Valley's top tech companies of suppressing wages by engaging in a "gentlemen's agreement" not to poach employees from each other have now said that Judge Lucy Koh, who is hearing the case, should formally reject a previously agreed-to settlement offer. Following Judge Koh's initial rejection of the $324.5 million settlement -- signed off on by the representatives of the plaintiffs and the companies involved -- the plaintiffs have now agreed with the judge that the sum is a bit too low.
Information on ePubs sent in plain text over unencrypted channels to Adobe servers
If Adobe didn't enough problems with its reputation for security because of the frequency of the company's products being used for attack vectors, then the claim that the company collects detailed, personal data through Digital Editions 4 will undoubtedly further alienate some customers. The program, which is used to enforce digital rights management on borrowed books from libraries or other online avenues, is reporting details on the use of the ePub files back to Adobe - and is unencrypted, inviting further privacy and security issues.
Touch controls for Photoshop, Illustrator coming to Surface Pro 3, Windows 8
During Adobe Max, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen took to the stage to announce a partnership between the two companies. The focus of the development partnership is to improve Creative Cloud offerings for Windows platforms, optimizing them for touch, starting with applications like Photoshop, Illustrator, After Effects and Premiere Pro.
Desktop, mobile connectivity outlined by Adobe that includes shared profiles
During the Adobe Max conference in Los Angeles, the company kicked off with a number of announcements for items coming in the next release of Creative Suite. On top of adding a number of mobile solutions that connect to existing tools, Adobe added universal profiles and other enhancements to desktop applications. Additional tools that utilize cloud resources for creation and productivity are coming as well, including a talent search through Behance.
Clip marks first attempt at iOS-based video editing
Adobe has updated its suite of iOS apps, launching several new ones in the process. The most significant of these may be Premiere Clip, the company's first effort at mobile video editing. The title can be used independently, or in tandem with Premiere Pro CC; projects started on iOS can be automatically synced with Premiere Pro by way of Creative Cloud.
Partnership takes its first step to bring Creative Cloud to Chromebooks
Photographers and artists holding off on buying a Chromebook because of the lack of program options may have one more reason to reconsider in the future. A partnership between Adobe and Google was announced today, taking steps towards bringing the subscription-based Creative Cloud suite to Chrome OS. To start out, a streaming version of Photoshop will be brought to the inexpensive notebooks.
Launches Elements Live portal for online learning, tips and tricks
On Tuesday, Adobe released major upgrades to its two consumer-oriented "Elements" programs -- the image-editing program Photoshop Elements, and the video-editing program Premiere Elements, now both at version 13. In addition, both programs now feature a new help and instruction portal called Elements Live that offers various tips, tricks and tutorials on using the programs. Both programs boast several new features.
Development, support to continue on Aviary's SDK under Adobe's Creative SDK banner
Adobe announced that it acquired a developer of software development kits (SDK) for photo-editing and third-party mobile software. Aviary's SDKs are to be folded into the Adobe Creative SDK, which the company is building as a development platform for mobile apps. Terms of the acquisition were not given, but Aviary was privately held.
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.
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 18.104.22.168 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 22.214.171.124, 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.