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Adobe has made a large number of updates to its suite of Creative Cloud apps today. While most of the main apps have extra features for designers and film makers to try out, the main changes revolve around a few major additions to Photoshop, as well as a deeper integration with Adobe Stock, increasing the library of content available to use as well as making it easier to add content to a project, and notice of an upcoming change for users to make money from their own creations.
It's one of the most famous moments in Apple history: the time when John Sculley fired co-founder Steve Jobs. Only, when you examine the company's four decades in a week-by-week slice, you learn that it was more complicated than that -- and now you also see that it wasn't a moment, it wasn't a single event. There wasn't one event, but just as there has to be a start to everything, it's this week that sees the start of the end.
Adobe is increasing its push for content creation on iOS devices, by combining together some of its mobile tools into a new app suite. Adobe Spark is the company's brand for the initiative, aimed at creators of blog posts, social media posts, and other visual web content, with the renaming of three existing apps accompanied by some app updates, and a new web app for using some of the tools from within a desktop browser.
Adobe has updated the Capture CC app for iOS and Android, adding a new tool for creating patterns using the iPhone or iPad's camera. The Patterns function "transforms any image or real-world object into a geometric or organic pattern," removing the time-consuming process associated with creating the images via normal editing tools, with the feature able to quickly create the designs and make them available for use in other Creative Cloud apps.
Adobe has shipped updates to two of its image-editing apps for iOS, with each including a large number of minor changes. Both Photoshop Fix and Mix introduce a new intelligent space management system to minimize the amount of space projects take up, while a cap that prevented 2,000x2,000-resolution images from Lightroom being imported has been lifted, with recently-added photos also gaining their own section to make things clearer.
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Adobe is helping those producing content for virtual reality headsets, by adding functions to its Creative Cloud apps aimed at enhancing VR and 360-degree video workflows. Central to the new features, set to arrive in the early summer, Premiere Pro CC will include a VR "field of view" mode that can potentially help video editors work with spherical video, allowing them to see what the viewer would see when pointed in specific directions.
Adobe has shipped an emergency update for Flash that closes a number of "critical vulnerabilities that could potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system." Affecting the Flash Player for Mac, PC, and Linux, as well as AIR for desktops and Android, and the Air SDK compiler, Adobe advises the patch issued yesterday is urgent due to an exploit that is "being used in limited, targeted attacks" against a number of users.
Late last night, Adobe issued a patch to fix a serious problem that had arisen in its latest update of its Creative Cloud software. On Friday, some users -- particularly those who used the Backblaze backup service -- found that installing the CC update would delete the contents of whatever was the "first" folder (listed alphabetically) in the root system directory. The script that caused the problem would remove contents of the (usually invisible) first-listed folder.
Late on Monday, Adobe announced that three of its web and image management programs had all received significant updates: Animate -- formerly known as Flash Professional, but now more of an HTML5 design program -- has been bumped up to Animate CC, a full member of the Creative Cloud family of apps, with many new changes. The company's Muse CC has also been updated to incorporate "responsive design" capabilities, and Bridge CC picks up photo downloader support under 10.11.x (El Capitan), automated cache management, and the ability to auto-stack panoramic and HDR images.
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Cirrus creates Lightning-headphone dev kit
Apple supplier Cirrus Logic has introduced a MFi-compliant new development kit for companies interested in using Cirrus' chips to create Lightning-based headphones, which -- regardless of whether rumors about Apple dropping the analog headphone jack in its iPhone this fall -- can offer advantages to music-loving iOS device users. The kit mentions some of the advantages of an all-digital headset or headphone connector, including higher-bitrate support, a more customizable experience, and support for power and data transfer into headphone hardware. Several companies already make Lightning headphones, and Apple has supported the concept since June 2014. http://bit.ly/29giiZj
Apple Store app offers Procreate Pocket
The Apple Store app for iPhone, which periodically rewards users with free app gifts, is now offering the iPhone "Pocket" version of drawing app Procreate for those who have the free Apple Store app until July 28. Users who have redeemed the offer by navigating to the "Stores" tab of the app and swiping past the "iPhone Upgrade Program" banner to the "Procreate" banner have noted that only the limited Pocket (iPhone) version of the app is available free, even if the Apple Store app is installed and the offer redeemed on an iPad. The Pocket version currently sells for $3 on the iOS App Store. [32.4MB]
Porsche adds CarPlay to 2017 Panamera
Porsche has added a fifth model of vehicle to its CarPlay-supported lineup, announcing that the 2017 Panamera -- which will arrive in the US in January -- will include Apple's infotainment technology, and be seen on a giant 12.3-inch touchscreen as part of an all-new Porsche Communication Management system. The luxury sedan starts at $99,900 for the 4S model, and scales up to the Panamera Turbo, which sells for $146,900. Other vehicles that currently support CarPlay include the 2016 911 and the 2017 models of Macan, 718 Boxster, and 718 Cayman. The company did not mention support for Google's corresponding Android Auto in its announcement. http://bit.ly/295ZQ94
Apple employees testing wheelchair features
New features included in the forthcoming watchOS 3 are being tested by Apple retail store employees, including a new activity-tracking feature that has been designed with wheelchair users in mind. The move is slightly unusual in that, while retail employees have previously been used to test pre-release versions of OS X and iOS, this marks the first time they've been included in the otherwise developer-only watchOS betas. The company is said to have gone to great lengths to modify the activity tracker for wheelchair users, including changing the "time to stand" notification to "time to roll" and including two wheelchair-centric workout apps. http://bit.ly/2955JDa
SanDisk reveals two 256GB microSDXC cards
SanDisk has introduced two 256GB microSDXC cards. Arriving in August for $150, the Ultra microSDXC UHS-I Premium Edition card offers transfer speeds of up to 95MB/s for reading data. The Extreme microSDXC UHS-I card can read at a fast 100MB/s and write at up to 90MB/s, and will be shipping sometime in the fourth quarter for $200. http://bit.ly/294Q1If
Apple's third-quarter results due July 26
Apple has advised it will be issuing its third-quarter results on July 26, with a conference call to answer investor and analyst queries about the earnings set to take place later that day. The stream of the call will go live at 2pm PT (5pm ET) via Apple's investor site, with the results themselves expected to be released roughly 30 minutes before the call commences. Apple's guidance for the quarter put revenue at between $41 billion and $43 billion. http://apple.co/1oi1Pbm
Twitter stickers slowly roll out to users
Twitter has introduced "stickers," allowing users to add extra graphical elements to their photos before uploading them to the micro-blogging service. A library of hundreds of accessories, props, and emoji will be available to use as stickers, which can be resized, rotated, and placed anywhere on the photograph. Images with stickers will also become searchable with viewers able to select a sticker to see how others use the same graphic in their own posts. Twitter advises stickers will be rolling out to users over the next few weeks, and will work on both the mobile apps and through the browser. http://bit.ly/29bbwUE