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.
Apple's new photography app is superb
Ditch iPhoto, ditch Aperture, ditch Light -- okay, no, let's not go crazy here. You should probably keep Lightroom if you have it and definitely also Photoshop or Pixelmator. Hold on to those because Apple's new Photos app does not replace them -- but it is so very good that you'll find yourself using them less. You may also find yourself taking more photos. You just won't realize that the first time you open up Photos. This free app, included in the new OS X 10.10.3, is a very bald, white, minimalist application that initially takes some time to get going.
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.
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.
Plug-in for Photoshop, Lightroom now offers revamped UI, 2x speed increase
Image correction software specialists Athentech have updated their flagship product to a new major version. Perfectly Clear, a pair of plug-ins for Photoshop and Lightroom, has been updated to version 2.0. The new version offers major speed improvements and is now twice as fast as previously, and now includes an extensive "Beautify" module. The upgrade also features better noise removal, full resolution zoom, a new split view, and a lower price.
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.
Creative Do's Doco Photoshop extension organizes multiple open documents
A new Photoshop extension has been released by Creative Do, offering users the ability to better manage multiple open documents. Doco facilitates viewing and performing some editing functions with thumbnails of open images, with the addition of a Documents panel into the program. Layers can be copied between documents, and multiple images can be rotated and or resized. Available for $20 for a single license and $150 for a 10-user license, Doco is available for Adobe Photoshop CC and Adobe Photoshop CC 2014 for both Windows and Mac.
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.
Paint application Flame Painter 3 released with promotional pricing
Escape Motions has launched its latest image-editing application, Flame Painter 3. Flame Painter is a paint application for designers and artists of varying skill levels that includes tools to create original artworks, add light and flame effects, and more. The update offers new features such as a Photoshop plug-in, HiRes renderer, Wacom, Leap Motion support and more, depending on whether it is the personal or professional version.
3D tech intended for refining previously-designed objects
Adobe has today launched several improvements to Photoshop CC for Creative Cloud subscribers. Perhaps the most significant is support for 3D printing; while the software isn't designed for creating objects from scratch, users can import files created in modeling tools or 3D scanners, apply colors and textures, and get automatic mesh repairs. Compatible file formats include OBJ, STL, 3DS, Collada, and KMZ.
Black Friday sales on tablets, laptops, desktops and more from OfficeMax
Officemax, a office supply retailer, currently has its own Black Friday sale promoting a variety of office-related products, but with a focus on technology. Tablets, laptops, desktops, monitors, printers, scanners, and portable file storage systems are included in the promotion.
Source code to Photoshop, Adobe, ColdFusion taken
Updating its customers on a data theft it experienced a month ago, Adobe Systems said today that the magnitude of the lost information was far larger than it originally disclosed. Eclipsing previous estimates, Adobe has revealed that more than 38 million customer accounts, plus source code for Photoshop, Acrobat, ColdFusion, and ColdFusion Builder has been stolen by the hackers.
Not part of Creative Cloud, consumer apps gain features
Consumer photo- and video-editing suites Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements have been updated by Adobe to version 12, adding new "guided edits" and a new technology called "auto smart tone" that in both programs learns the users usual edits and creates a preset out of them. Unlike the company's "Creative Cloud" software, both Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements have remained standalone product sold on DVDs with "perpetual" licenses. Both programs have also added other features unique to each package.
Adds support for private Adobe Revel albums
Adobe has released a major update of Photoshop Express for iOS. The app uses a newly "streamlined" design, omitting some earlier advanced features. It has however gained things like an auto-fix option, and over 20 filter effects. The latter appear aimed at making Express more competitive with apps like Flickr and Instagram.
Attempts to simplify asset generation, sharing
Adobe has introduced Generator, a new set of features for Creative Cloud subscribers using Photoshop CC and Edge Reflow. The technology simplifies asset generation, which otherwise requires several steps. Tagged layers and groups in Photoshop, for instance, can now be automatically saved and updated in real-time as individual files, letting people quickly spit out images based on the latest revisions to a document. Layers can be exported as JPEG, GIF, or PNG files, with options like compression or scaling for Retina displays.
Bundles Photoshop CC, Lightroom, Behance, online storage
Adobe has announced a new Creative Cloud plan, the Photoshop Photography Program. The tier will cost $10 per month on a yearly basis, and bundle access to Photoshop CC and Lightroom 5, plus Adobe's Behance portfolio site, 20GB of online storage, and Creative Cloud training resources. While a person is subscribed, updates will be delivered automatically. The program should launch within the next few weeks.
Updates fixes brushes, noise reduction
Adobe has posted release candidate versions of two forthcoming software updates, Lightroom 5.2 and Photoshop Camera Raw 8.2. The patches are said to fix several problems with Lightroom 5 and Camera Raw 8.1, including issues with Spot Healing and Local Adjustment brushes, as well as noise reduction tools. RAW support has meanwhile been extended to a variety of new cameras, such as the Canon EOS 70D, Fujifilm X-M1, and Sony DSC-RX1R.
Fix also reflected in OS X Mavericks
The most recent OS X 10.8.5 beta appears to solve a problem with flickering in Photoshop, accounts say. 2013 MacBook Air owners recently complained that using some brush tools in Photoshop would cause severe flickering to the extent that the app became unusable. At the time, an Adobe representative suggested that Apple would need to fix it, since it was probably a driver or GPU glitch.
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.