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.
Cites falling usage, new alternatives
Adobe is putting an end to its free BrowserLab service effective immediately, the company has announced. The service simplified testing websites across multiple desktop browsers. Adobe says, though, that the market has shifted towards smartphones and tablets, causing BrowserLab use to drop during the past year. The company adds that its engineers have been "focusing on solving this new challenge with new solutions."
May 1st deadline rumored
Adobe has confirmed plans to halt boxed sales of its Creative Suite software, as well as Acrobat. "As Adobe continues to focus on delivering world-class innovation through Creative Cloud and digital fulfillment, we will be phasing out shrink-wrapped, boxed versions of Creative Suite and Acrobat products," an official statement reads. "Electronic downloads for Creative Suite and Acrobat products will continue to be available — as they are today — from both Adobe.com, as well as reseller and retail partners. We are in the process of notifying our channel partners and customers, as plans solidify in each region."
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.
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.
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.
Includes first preview version of Edge Reflow
For Creative Cloud subscribers only, Adobe has released updates to several web design tools. The most significant may be Edge Reflow, available in public preview form for the first time. The software lets people create layouts using CSS, a resizable design area, and real-time preview via Edge Inspect. CSS can be extracted for use in apps like Dreamweaver or Edge Code.
Dodges questions over $1,400 price disparity
The CEO of Adobe, Shantanu Narayen, has refused to answer questions concerning the company's product pricing in Australia. The press conference, ahead of a governmental pricing inquiry saw Narayen avoid explaining why Australians are forced to pay as much as $1,400 more than customers in the US for its Creative Suite.
Amount comes over and above App Store revenue split
Adobe is now claiming a 10 percent cut of earnings over $20,000 from any iOS app made with Director 12, reports say. The demand can be found in the end-user license agreement for the software. 12 is the first version of Director to support publishing apps directly to iOS, including converting existing titles.
Apple, Microsoft, Adobe receive summons to appear before inquiry
Apple and Microsoft have been forced to front a pricing inquiry in Australia to explain why many of their products are priced up to 50 percent higher than in the US. According to the Sydney Morning Herald, the House of Representatives Committee on Infrastructure and Communications has issued a summons to the two tech giants, along with Adobe. If the companies fail to comply with the inquiry, they could face legal ramifications.
Exploits affect both platforms, one targets the Mac specifically
Adobe has issued a patch to update Flash on both the Mac and Windows platform in order to fix two new vulnerabilities already being exploited "in the wild" to spread malware. One of the targeted attacks using the exploit works equally well against Mac users as it does against Windows users. Visitors are tricked into downloading and opening MS Word files that contain malicious Flash content, while the other vulnerability users a similar technique but only affects Windows users.
Download intended only for existing license holders
A variety of tech sites claimed earlier today that Adobe had released a free version of the outdated (but still functional on many Macs and PCs) full CS2 suite of software, however the company has posted on its forums that the version is intended (and legal) only for those who already have a license. Adobe is deactivating the verification server that allowed CS2 software to function, and is providing a version that doesn't require activation to those who need it.
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.
Microsoft, Samsung among benefitting parties
Kodak has sold off $525 million in digital imaging patents to two consortiums led by Apple and Google, according to an official announcement. In all 12 licensees are involved, split between the two consortiums, Intellectual Ventures and RPX Corporation. Each licensee will get rights to part of Kodak's patent portfolio, which is highly valued as a means of defending against lawsuits, or in theory launching new complaints against competitors.
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.
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.
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.
Site shut down, passwords reset for those affected
Adobe Systems has shuttered a customer information sharing website temporarily after being informed that it was compromised by hackers. News of the intrusion surfaced late Tuesday, when a hacker claiming to be from Egypt took credit for the hack and proved it by releasing 644 records from the site, including emails. He said that the release was done to prove that Adobe is slow in fixing security issues with sites and products it releases.
Google cites Flash as vector for malware
Google announced today a new, more secure version of Flash Player for the Mac version of its Chrome Internet browser. The update brings increased protection against malware, which Google noted in its announcement of the update is a major vulnerability with Flash. The search giant has been working with Adobe since 2010 to improve the security of Flash Player, and the new version relies on a new plug-in architecture aimed at making the feature more secure.
Adds support for 13 new camera models, fixes Book bugs
Adobe Labs has updated its betas of Lightroom 4.3 and Camera Raw 7.3 to "release candidate" status, and added support for 13 new digital cameras to both programs. In addition, the Lightroom RC now includes support for HiDPI displays such as Apple's Retina display devices, and also corrects a number of issues. New cameras supported in both programs include three PowerShot models from Canon; two Casio Exilim cameras; new full support for the Nikon D600, and models from Olympus, Panasonic and Pentax.
Connects to FormsCentral, EchoSign services
Adobe has announced Acrobat XI, a cloud service-enabled version of its PDF creating and editing software. Acrobat XI can now merge content from multiple documents into one PDF file while retaining source file integrity, and adds the ability to export documents to Microsoft PowerPoint, Word, and Excel among other features.
Authentication server penetrated; code signed as Adobe-authentic
Adobe warned today that an internal digital code signing server was hacked by "sophisticated threat actors" focusing on Adobe. The early-July hack led to the compilation of a minimum of two malicious files that were digitally signed and authenticated as Adobe genuine software. The hack gave the attackers the means to build malware that the operating system views as legitimate Adobe-created software, making it that much harder for security packages to detect and eliminate the threat.
New interface, separate modes aim to please all levels of users
Adobe late Monday announced the new Photoshop Elements 11 and Premiere Elements 11, the company's consumer-level photo-editing and video-editing programs. The new versions have both been given makeovers in the user interface once again, with modes separated by skill levels (three in PS Elements, two in Premiere Elements) and new effects. The workflow has been re-thought to make the editing quicker and easier to use for both Mac and Windows users, and both include more sharing options than before, including Vimeo.
Package mix of new, updated, renamed tools
Media Player app launches video on website, iPlayer
The BBC is rolling out a way to help it's Android apps to function without Flash, by using Flash. A custom app called BBC Media Player (Google Play) will allow British users to watch and listen to BBC on-demand content from their mobile device, even when Adobe pulls Flash from Android for the second, and potentially final, time.
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.
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.
Retina display support, higher-rez image capacity, more
Adobe has updated its mobile photo-editing app Photoshop Touch to version 1.3, bringing Retina display support for the new iPad and new support for print-resolution images up to 12 megapixels with up to 16 layers. In addition, the program adds two new effects, a new three-finger tap, support for Apple's Photo Stream and overall smother performance in the organizer, tutorial browser and file picker. There is also a new "pixel nudging" mode for more precise movements.
Adobe bows to partner pressure, revives mobile Flash temporarily
In a slight reversal, Adobe has returned its Flash media player to Google's UK Play Store. According to the BBC, the move comes following pressure from Adobe's "strategic partners," including the BBC itself, who asked that Adobe continue to support mobile Flash, as that is the technology underpinning many of their applications.