What's in our toolbox: first up, William
Do you remember floppy discs? I found a shoebox full of them in a dark corner of my office recently and a whole series of them were marked with the words "Vital Apps". This was from before we all called them apps, from when the cool kids called it software, so I was ahead of the curve for the name. Plus I was clearly good at backing up. Yet, you should see what was on those fragile things.
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.
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).
Includes new effects, audio cleanup tools
Adobe has launched a public beta of Audition for Mac, which was originally announced in June of this year. The release is based on Adobe's Windows software of the same name, and handles professional-level audio production. It supports multi-core processing and 5.1-channel surround sound; various tools control aspects like panning, noise reduction and "healing" audio.
Beta likely towards end of year
A Mac version of Audition is in development, Adobe has confirmed. Earlier this month, video showed the software running on a Mac, but without any apparent acknowledgment from the developer. The arrival of Audition could be important, as it will compete in some respects with other professional audio production tools, such as AVID's Pro Tools and Apple's Logic. Adobe will try to carve out a niche in broadcast and post-production work, a representative says.