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 Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Adobe Creative Cloud 2014
Mobile Apps and New Hardware Extend Creative Cloud Workflow; All Major CC Desktop Apps Updated
 
SAN JOSE, Calif. – Adobe (Nasdaq:ADBE), the leader in creative software, today continued to drive Creative Cloud innovation by announcing 14 new versions of CC desktop applications, including essential tools such as Adobe Photoshop CC, Adobe Illustrator CC, Adobe Dreamweaver CC and Adobe Premiere Pro CC. The biggest Adobe software release since CS6, it also includes four new mobile apps, the immediate availability of creative hardware, updates to Creative Cloud services and new offerings for enterprise, education and photography customers. Yesterday, Adobe announced that there are now over 2.3 million Creative Cloud subscriptions, far exceeding original projections when it was unveiled two years ago.
 
“Our shift to Creative Cloud has given us a broad canvas on which to innovate like never before,” said David Wadhwani, senior vice president, Digital Media, Adobe. “We’ve taken bold steps with this milestone release, fast-tracking new features to industry-defining tools like Photoshop and InDesign, while introducing mobile apps that turn tablets into indispensable creative tools.”
 
The release serves a creative industry that is changing at a staggering pace: three in four creatives believe the industry has changed more in the past five years than the previous 50 and about two thirds believe their role will significantly change in the next 3 years (see The New Creatives Report, surveying 1,000 U.S. creatives, issued June 16). Creatives cited new technologies as the top driving force behind the rapid change.
 
Mobile Apps Extend CC Desktop Workflows
Delivering on mobile innovation, Adobe launched three new mobile apps for iPad – Adobe Sketch, Adobe Line, and Adobe Photoshop Mix; and began shipping new creative hardware called Adobe Ink, a new digital pen, and Adobe Slide, a new digital ruler (see separate release). The mobile apps were developed using a new Adobe Creative SDK that unlocks over 30 years of Adobe innovation and makes it available on mobile devices for the first time. These new apps are professional-grade quality but easy enough for anyone to use, similar to the recently launched Lightroom mobile for photographers and Adobe’s new animated video app for storytelling, Adobe Voice, which were also updated with this release. These powerful, yet easy-to-use apps add significant mobile capabilities to Creative Cloud, integrate workflows with the CC desktop apps and bring tablets into serious creative workflows for the first time.
 
New Versions of CC Desktop Apps
Beyond mobile innovation, the 2014 release of Creative Cloud delivers more Adobe magic, makes everyday tasks easier and faster, while delivering new support for cutting-edge hardware and standards. Highlights of top features in the 14 new desktop apps include:

  • New capabilities in Photoshop CC for photographers such as, Blur Gallery motion effects for creating a sense of motion; Focus Mask that makes portrait shots with shallow depth of field stand out; new Content-Aware capabilities; and the recently introduced Perspective Warp for fluidly adjusting the perspective of a specific part of your image without affecting the surrounding area. Designers using Photoshop CC will enjoy enhanced Mercury Graphics Engine performance as well as the ability to link Smart Objects and share them across multiple documents. With improved Layer Comps, users save time by changing the visibility, position, or appearance of one layer and simply syncing to see the change reflected in all other Layers. Photoshop CC also has ability to pinch and zoom images, create smoother strokes, and deliver a more responsive experience on Windows 8 Touch devices, such as Microsoft Surface Pro 3.
  • Also for designers, new capabilities in Illustrator CC include Live Shapes to quickly transform rectangles into complex shapes and then return to the original rectangle with just a few clicks, as well as faster rendering of vector graphics with GPU acceleration on Windows with an Adobe-certified NVIDIA graphics card. In InDesign CC, layout artists can now select table rows and columns and use EPUB Fixed Layout to easily create digital books. Adobe Muse CC now includes 64-bit support, HiDPI display support for sharper-looking images, objects, and text, and the ability to preview and optimize desktop, smartphone and tablet versions of your sites before going live.
  • New features in the video apps include, Live Text Templates and Masking and Tracking, new integrations that leverage the power of Adobe After Effects CC inside Adobe Premiere Pro CC. Race through projects thanks to enhanced graphics performance in Premiere Pro; precise new keying effects in After Effects; a more flexible Direct Link color pipeline in Adobe SpeedGrade CC; and enhanced multi-track tools for audio work in Adobe Audition CC. Integration between apps has also been further improved to save time when working between Premiere Pro and After Effects or SpeedGrade.
  • Web tools now include the ability to look at the markup in a document using the new Element Quick View in Dreamweaver CC, which allows Web developers to easily see, navigate, and modify the HTML structure of pages. CSS Designer improvements help apply CSS properties like gradients, box shadows and borders and then easily undo. SVG export in Flash Pro CC lets developers export any frame in Flash projects as an SVG file, while native HTML video support in Edge Animate CC allows the direct import of HTML5-friendly video clips.

Your Creative Assets and Your Creative Profile Anywhere
The new CC desktop apps, mobile apps, and hardware are tightly integrated through Creative Cloud services. This integration helps liberate the creative process by enabling users to access and manage everything that makes up their creative profile – their files, photos, fonts, colors, community and more – from wherever they work. Also introduced today is the new Creative Cloud app for iPhone and iPad that allows users to access and manage their files, assets, and more from their mobile device.
 
New Creative Cloud Offerings For Enterprises, Educational Institutions and Photographers
Adobe Creative Cloud for enterprise is an offering designed specifically for large-scale software deployments that works with other Adobe enterprise offerings such as Adobe Marketing Cloud, Acrobat, Adobe Anywhere, and Adobe Digital Publishing Suite. Updates include more services with collaboration and file storage, expanded options for deployment, and a new dashboard for managing users and entitlements. For education, Adobe now has a device-based licensing offer for classrooms and labs, which allows multiple users to access software on a single device rather than tying it to an individual with an Adobe ID, critical in an environment where students come and go. And for photography customers, Adobe has introduced a new Creative Cloud Photography Plan for $9.99 per month.
 
Pricing and Availability
Today’s updates to CC desktop tools are immediately available for download by Creative Cloud members as part of their membership at no additional cost. The new mobile apps are free to everyone. To join Creative Cloud, special promotional pricing is available to existing customers who own Adobe Creative Suite 3 or later. Membership plans are available for individuals, students, teams, educational institutions, government agencies and enterprises. To download free trials of any of the new Creative Cloud desktop apps, go to: Explore the desktop apps. For pricing details, visit: How to Buy.

Post Date: 6/18/2014 2:23:08 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Adobe:
 
New Creative Cloud Technology Connects Latest Photography Tools; New Photoshop Mix Debuts for iPad
 
SAN JOSE, Calif. — June 18, 2014 — Adobe (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced the availability of the new Adobe Creative Cloud Photography plan. Designed for anyone interested in photography, the new plan brings together -- for USD$9.99 per month -- Photoshop CC and Lightroom 5, two tools that have fundamentally impacted how photographs and imagery shape our visual culture, as well as Lightroom’s breakthrough mobile apps on iPad and now iPhone. Also introduced today is the all-new Photoshop Mix, a new iPad app that provides access to powerful Photoshop features normally confined to the desktop, enabling compositing and transformative edits while on the go. Built using the new Adobe Creative SDK (see separate release), Photoshop Mix delivers new levels of Adobe imaging precision and magic to mobile users.
 
“With our Lightroom products alone managing over 100 billion images, we know there’s a huge appetite from photography enthusiasts to have powerful, world-class software available on their mobile devices as well as their computers,” said Winston Hendrickson, vice president, digital imaging, Adobe. “With Photoshop, Lightroom and new mobile photo apps, we’ve created the most complete photography solution on the planet, ensuring that anyone interested in photography can be creative with their images, no matter where they are.”
 
Create and Manage Beautiful Images in Photoshop CC and Lightroom 5
Photoshop CC, part of the Creative Cloud Photography Plan, was updated, with stunning new features -- as part of a milestone release of Adobe Creative Cloud. Features for photographers, include:

  • Perspective Warp – The recently introduced capability for fluidly adjusting the perspective of a specific part of your image without affecting the surrounding area.
  • Blur Gallery motion effects - Two new additions, Path Blur and Spin Blur create a sense of motion, even if not originally captured with a camera, enabling photographers to tell their story or express just the right feeling in an image. There’s also faster performance when creating blur effects with the Mercury Graphics Engine delivering a performance boost with OpenCL.
  • Focus Mask - Lets Photoshop CC create the first step of a mask by automatically selecting the in-focus areas of an image. The Focus Mask feature works great with headshots and other images that have shallow depth of field.
  • Content-Aware color adaptation improvements - Previously when using Content-Aware features, if a selected area contained smooth gradients, it didn’t necessarily appear in the final image. Now retouched images using Content-Aware Fill, Move, and Patch gets more seamless and realistic. Additionally, new technology blends areas containing gradients, like skies, to give exceptional results.
  • Improved stylus support and experimental features for Windows 8.1 – Enjoy smoother brush strokes and a simple out-of-the-box experience with expanded stylus support for Windows 8.1. Turn on experimental features for touch and gesture controls and bigger touch targets on devices like Surface Pro 3.

The Creative Cloud Photography plan includes Lightroom 5 desktop software, a staple for all photographers, making digital photography easier, faster, and more amazing. Photographers can experiment without limits in a nondestructive editing environment and perfect shots with advanced controls for tone, contrast, color, and more. Efficient organizing tools help sort thousands of photos and make it simple to share them almost anywhere.
 
Mobile Solutions Takes Serious Photography Work Anywhere
Following its April 2014 release on iPad, Lightroom mobile is now available for iPhone. Lightroom mobile for iPhone and iPad provide the most efficient way to manage and edit images across desktops, mobile devices and the Web. The apps can automatically import images from the iPhone camera roll and sync back to a Lightroom catalog on the desktop. Lightroom mobile provides photography essentials, including non-destructive processing of files using Smart Preview technologies to enable professional class photo editing from the confines of the desktop. Quickly apply star ratings, flag or reject images and edit them on iPhone and iPad. Edits and metadata changes automatically sync back to the Lightroom catalog on the desktop and are also viewable from any Web browser at lightroom.adobe.com. Lightroom mobile photo collections are also accessible for users of Adobe Voice, the recently introduced free animated video storytelling app.
 
Photoshop Mix, provides a connected mobile workflow to Creative Cloud, aimed at anyone who wants access to powerful editing tools on their mobile device. Open Adobe Photoshop documents, individual layers from PSDs, and images from Lightroom mobile. Easily apply looks, create advanced selections and masks, and access advanced Photoshop features like Upright, Content-Aware Fill, and Camera Shake Reduction to take creativity on the go. Then export your layered and masked composition to Photoshop CC for further refinement on the desktop. Share work, or even save it to a Photoshop document for a mobile workflow that works seamlessly with Photoshop CC.
 
Technology Optimized for Mobile Photography
The Creative Cloud Photography plan’s desktop and mobile apps are connected by a powerful technology designed to enable users to edit and sync photos non-destructively from anywhere. By combining the same non-destructive editing pipeline found in Lightroom and Adobe Camera Raw, with Adobe’s renowned Smart Preview technologies, the amount of information being moved between apps is minimized, without compromising the end result. This gives users confidence that edits will be saved while being able to access their images with unprecedented speed, no matter what device.
 
Pricing and Availability
Creative Cloud Photography plan is available at $USD9.99 per month. For additional details, please visit www.adobe.com/go/photographyplan.
 
To get started with Lightroom mobile, visit www.adobe.com/go/lrmobile_getstarted.
 
Photoshop Mix is free and available for download in the Apple app store. To learn more about Photoshop Mix, please visit mix.adobe.com.

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Post Date: 6/18/2014 2:06:12 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, June 04, 2014
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Title Translation: Adobe Camera Raw 8.5 Release Candidate for CS6 and Creative Cloud Now Available
 
From Adobe:Welcome to the Adobe Photoshop Camera Raw 8.5 plug-in release candidate on Adobe Labs. A “release candidate” label indicates that this update is well tested but would benefit from additional community testing before it is distributed automatically to all of our customers. The Camera Raw 8.5 update includes new features and support for many new cameras.
 
The Camera Raw plug-in provides easy access within Adobe Photoshop to the raw image formats produced by many leading professional and midrange digital cameras. For more information on the Camera Raw plug-in, please visit the Camera Raw pages on Adobe.com.
 
The Camera Raw team would like the community to help verify the quality of the plug-in through normal usage as this will ensure that the plug-in is tested on a diversity of hardware and software configurations not available internally at Adobe. If you do experience an issue with this release candidate please report it within the Camera Raw discussion forum.
 
Adobe Camera Raw 8.5 RC for CC
 
Features
 
Modify Graduated and Radial Filter masks with a brush:

  • After adding or selecting a Graduated or Radial Filter instance, click the new 'Brush' mode (next to existing 'New' and 'Edit' mode buttons) to reveal brush controls that allow you to modify the selected mask.
  • Use the 'Brush +' and 'Brush -' icon buttons in the brush controls pane to add to or erase from the selected mask.
  • Press the 'Clear' button to remove all brush modifications from the currently selected mask.
  • When a Graduated or Radial Filter instance is selected, Shift-K can be used to enter and leave brush modification mode.

Mask visualization is now available for the Graduated and Radial Filters. Use the Mask checkbox at the bottom of the Local Corrections pane or press 'Y' to toggle the mask overlay.
 
Added new Per-Panel Preview default toggle

  • If the current panel's settings are not the ACR defaults, clicking the new Per-panel Toggle Button will reset the panel to the ACR defaults.
  • Clicking the button again will restore the previous settings.
  • This is a standalone feature, separate from the new Preview controls
  • The changes are applied to the main view; if you have both the Before and After panes visible, changes will appear in the After pane.

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed issue with Fujifilm X-T1 raw images appearing too bright at high ISO settings when using Dynamic Range 200% and 400%. Unfortunately, this fix may affect the appearance of existing images captured with this combination of settings. It is recommended that you (1) purge the Camera Raw cache via the Camera Raw Preferences dialog, and (2) review images shot at ISO settings higher than 1600 for unexpected brightness changes.
  • Fixed image quality issue (noisy result) when applying spot healing to floating-point (HDR) images.
  • Fixed issue with reading lossless compressed Nikon raw files (NEF files) from the camera models listed below. Previously, some images could be read but would appear as random noise, whereas attempting to open others would result in an error dialog. You will need to purge your Camera Raw cache via the Camera Raw Preferences dialog.

  • Nikon D1
  • Nikon D1H
  • Nikon D1X
  • Nikon D2H
  • Nikon D2Hs
  • Nikon D2X
  • Nikon D2Xs
  • Nikon D100
  • Nikon D200

New Camera Support for CC and CS6

  • Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II
  • Fuji FinePix S1
  • Nikon 1 J4
  • Nikon 1 V3
  • Olympus OM-D E-M10
  • Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GH4

New Lens Profile Support for CC and CS6

Lens NameLens Mount
Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM A014Canon
Sigma 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM C014Canon
Tamron 16-300mm F3.5-6.3 DiII VC PZD MACRO B016ECanon
Fujifilm Tele Conversion Lens TCL-X100Fuji
Nikon 1 NIKKOR VR 10-30mm f3.5-5.6 PD-ZOOMNikon
Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3G ED VRNikon
Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM A014Nikon
Sigma 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM C014Nikon
Tamron 16-300mm F3.5-6.3 DiII VC PZD MACRO B016NNikon
Tamron SP 150-600mm F5-6.3 Di VC USD A011NNikon
Sigma 30mm F1.4 DC HSM A013Pentax
Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM A014Sigma
Sigma 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM C014Sigma
Sigma 30mm F1.4 DC HSM A013Sony Alpha

Download
Adobe Camera Raw 8.5 RC for CC
Adobe Camera Raw 8.5 RC for CS6
 
Note: Adobe has extended their Photoshop Photography Program Special. Now through June 17, you can get Photoshop CC & Lightroom 5 for $9.99/mo (with 1 year commitment) with no previous ownership requirements.

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Post Date: 6/4/2014 8:48:15 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, June 03, 2014
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From Adobe:
 
We're making it easier than ever to build your design skills. Join us June 16-21 for a special live event that will arm you with working knowledge of the most powerful software suite in the world. During this week of hands-on instruction, we'll be dedicating an entire day to each of the major Adobe Apps - Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, Premiere, Dreamweaver, and After Effects. From creating motion graphics to editing photos like a pro, this one-of-a-kind event will give you the tools to use Creative Cloud to take your projects to new creative heights. If you're new to Creative Cloud and want to learn the basics, or are an experienced user who wants to take advantage of all the latest Adobe updates, this is the perfect opportunity to learn everything you need to know. RSVP Now!
 
Everyday Photoshop: From Workflow to Smartflow with Dave Cross
Get ready for Adobe Creative Apps Starter Kit by optimizing your Photoshop workflow. Join Adobe expert Dave Cross, June 9-11, to learn how to transform your editing workflow into an efficient smartflow system. In his three-day class, Dave will share non-destructive techniques that will help you save time, work smarter and be more creative. RSVP Now!
 
Adobe Creative Apps Starter Kit Schedule:
 
Adobe Photoshop CC
with Ben Willmore
June 16
RSVP FOR THE FREE LIVE CLASS
 
Adobe Premiere Pro CC
with Larry Jordan
June 17
RSVP FOR THE FREE LIVE CLASS
 
Adobe Dreamweaver CC
with Janine Warner
June 18
RSVP FOR THE FREE LIVE CLASS
 
Adobe After Effects CC
with Jeff Foster
June 19
RSVP FOR THE FREE LIVE CLASS
 
Adobe InDesign CC
with Khara Plicanic
June 20
RSVP FOR THE FREE LIVE CLASS
 
Adobe Illustrator CC
with Erica Gamet
June 21
RSVP FOR THE FREE LIVE CLASS
 
Note: Adobe has extended their Photoshop Photography Program Special. Now through June 17, you can get Photoshop CC & Lightroom 5 for $9.99/mo (with 1 year commitment) with no previous ownership requirements.
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Post Date: 6/3/2014 6:27:42 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, May 30, 2014
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From Adobe:
 
Version 1.6.0.393 released on 05/27/2014

  • You can now install older versions of Adobe products straight from Creative Cloud Desktop. These are installed side-by-side with existing versions.
  • Improved performance when syncing a large number of files.
  • Fixed scenarios where font sync would show perpetual spinner.
  • Improved overall font sync stability.
  • Improved error handling for file sync, including the addition of notifications when retrying can resolve an error.
  • Batched notifications of file sync operations, limiting the number of notifications when a large number of files are synced in a short period of time.
  • Redesigned Sign In experience.
  • Increased types of enterprise identities accepted for licensing products.

Note: Don't miss Adobe's Photoshop Photography Program deal expiring soon. That's Photoshop CC and Lightroom 5 for only $9.99 per month with no previous ownership requirements (offer valid through May 31).

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Post Date: 5/30/2014 7:14:08 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, May 28, 2014
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Adobe will be showcasing upcoming changes to Creative Cloud on June 18 at 1PM ET. Adobe's tagline for the event – "Everything is New Again" – suggests there may be some surprises in store.
 
Sign up at Adobe to receive a reminder of the live streaming announcement.
 
Reminder: Through May 31, Adobe has the Photoshop Photography Program (Photoshop CC & Lightroom 5) available for $9.99/mo (with 1 year commitment) with no previous ownership requirements.
 
I've been a Photoshop Photography Program member since September and really enjoy it. I believe it's an excellent value at $9.99 per month. Time is running out on this deal so take advantage of it while you can. [Sean]
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Post Date: 5/28/2014 8:04:25 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, May 22, 2014
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According to PopPhoto, Adobe demonstrated a touch-enabled version of Photoshop CC at a recent Microsoft Surface press event. According to sources, the user interface buttons and tools have been doubled in size to accomodate touch functionality.
 
Last month Adobe announced Lightroom Mobile for iOS – so a touch-version of Photoshop seems like the next logical step.
 
Note: Don't miss Adobe's Photoshop Photography Program deal expiring soon. That's Photoshop CC and Lightroom 5 for only $9.99 per month with no previous ownership requirements (offer valid through May 31).
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Post Date: 5/22/2014 8:24:22 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, April 08, 2014
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From Adobe:
 
Photoshop Lightroom 5.4
 
The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5.4 update includes these enhancements:

  • Support for Lightroom mobile, a new service to access, organize, edit and share your images from mobile devices
  • Fixes for bugs introduced in earlier versions of Lightroom 5
  • Camera support for many new cameras, including the Fujifilm X-T1, Nikon D4s, and DJI Phantom quadcopter

Download:
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5.4 - Windows | Macintosh
 

 
DNG Converter 8.4
 
This update contains the Adobe DNG Converter 8.4.
 
The Adobe DNG Converter is a free utility that enables you to easily convert camera-specific raw files from more than 350 cameras to the more universal DNG raw format.
 
Digital Negative was developed to address the lack of an open standard for the proprietary and unique raw files created by each digital camera. DNG allows photographers to archive their raw camera files in a single format for easy cataloging and access in the future. With the format specification freely available, any developer can build software that supports and takes advantage of DNG. For more information, visit the Digital Negative page.
 
Support for the following cameras has been added. Visit the Camera Raw page for a complete list of supported cameras.

  • Canon EOS 1200D (REBEL T5, KISS X70)
  • Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II (*)
  • Nikon 1 V3 (*)
  • Nikon COOLPIX P340
  • Nikon D3300
  • Nikon D4S
  • Casio EX-100
  • DJI Phantom
  • Fujifilm X-T1
  • Hasselblad H5D-50c
  • Hasselblad HV
  • Olympus OM-D E-M10 (*)
  • Panasonic LUMIX DMC-ZS40 (DMC-TZ60, DMC-TZ61)
  • Phase One IQ250
  • Samsung NX mini (*)
  • Samsung NX30
  • Sony Alpha a5000 (ILCE-5000)
  • Sony Alpha a6000 (ILCE-6000)

(*) Preliminary support
 
Download:
Adobe DNG Converter 8.4 - Windows | Macintosh
 
B&H carries Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5.

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Post Date: 4/8/2014 7:53:30 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From Adobe:
 
Creative Cloud Photography Program Now Includes Photoshop, Lightroom and Lightroom Mobile for $9.99 per Month; Seamlessly Syncs Edits Between Mobile and Desktop
 
April 08, 2014 – SAN JOSE, Calif. Adobe today announced the availability of Lightroom mobile, a companion app to Lightroom desktop software, only available as part of Adobe Creative Cloud. The new Lightroom mobile app brings powerful Lightroom tools to the iPad, delivering photography essentials – such as non-destructive processing of files – and utilizing new Smart Preview technologies to free professional-class photo editing from the confines of the desktop. Lightroom mobile is built on a powerful synchronization architecture, designed specifically for photos, and provides the most efficient way to manage and edit images across desktops, mobile devices and the Web.
 
Lightroom mobile is available as part of the Adobe Creative Cloud Photoshop Photography Program. For USD$9.99 per month, photographers have access to Lightroom 5 and Photoshop CC on the desktop as well as Lightroom mobile on iPad.
 
“With the launch of Lightroom mobile, we’ve unlocked professional-class photographic workflows from the confines of the desktop,” said Winston Hendrickson, vice president products, Creative Media Solutions, Adobe. “Lightroom and Photoshop redefined digital photography on the desktop and now, photographers can perfect images, wherever they are and, via Creative Cloud, seamlessly synchronize them back to their desktop catalog.”
 
Lightroom mobile and the photography optimized synchronization architecture puts the powerful tools from Lightroom 5 at photographer’s fingertips, including:
 

  • Sync mobile edits, metadata and collection changes back to the Lightroom catalog on a Mac or Windows computer
  • Automatically import images captured on an iPad and sync back to a Lightroom catalog on the desktop
  • Work on images, even when your iPad is offline, for a truly portable experience
  • Sync photos between Lightroom 5 and Lightroom mobile; synced photos can also be viewed from any Web browser

“Adobe Lightroom mobile transforms the way I am able to work with my photographs because now I can review and process photos when I’m comfortable and creative, and not just when I’m at my computer,” said Jeff Carlson, educator and author of The iPad for Photographers and Adobe Lightroom mobile: Your Lightroom on the Go. “It also works as a malleable photo portfolio on my iPad. As I add or remove images from a collection in Lightroom mobile or on the computer, the changes stay synchronized. When I need to show my work those photos are already set up to be viewed.”
 
Pricing and Availability
 
The Photoshop Photography Program (USD$9.99 per month) includes Lightroom 5, Photoshop CC, Lightroom mobile and a public portfolio site through Behance. Any members of Creative Cloud complete plan or Photoshop Photography Program automatically receive access to Adobe Lightroom mobile. Lightroom mobile is immediately available for iPad 2 or later running iOS 7, from the Apple App Store and requires Lightroom 5.4 for Mac or Windows.
 
Adobe has extended their Photoshop Photography Program deal. That's Photoshop CC, Lightroom 5 and the newly announced Lightroom Mobile App for only $9.99 per month with no previous ownership requirements (offer valid through May 31).

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Post Date: 4/8/2014 7:19:00 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, April 02, 2014
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From Adobe:
 
Major Updates and New Features Turbo-charge Video Workflows, Outpacing the Competition
 
April 02, 2014 – SAN JOSE, Calif. – Adobe today announced plans to significantly update all the video apps in Adobe Creative Cloud and will showcase these innovations at the NAB 2014 show in Las Vegas next week. Milestone feature additions, expected to ship in the next coming months, include major updates to Adobe Premiere Pro CC and Adobe After Effects CC, designed to make everyday tasks easier and faster, enabling video professionals to create stunning videos, TV shows, films and commercials more efficiently. At NAB Adobe is also unveiling new features for Adobe Anywhere, the collaborative workflow platform that empowers teams using Adobe professional video apps to work together as they access and manage centralized media and assets across virtually any network.
 
“We do an immense amount of green screen work and the new Keying effects in Adobe After Effects CC will help us preserve fine details when we’re keying out backgrounds and control the amount of green spill left in an image so we can work faster and more precisely.”
 
Underscoring the rapid adoption of Adobe Creative Cloud tools in the broadcast and film industries, Adobe is also proud to announce that two-time Academy Award-winning editor Kirk Baxter A.C.E. is cutting David Fincher's upcoming feature film “Gone Girl” exclusively with Adobe Premiere Pro CC.
 
Revealing the Future of Adobe Video
 
At the NAB 2014 show, Adobe will provide a sneak peek of the innovative magic coming soon to the company’s professional video apps. Key updates include:

  • Timesaving editorial features in Premiere Pro CC. New features include Live Text Templates that let users edit text in After Effects CC compositions directly in Premiere Pro CC; Autosave to Creative Cloud for automated backup of projects; and a new Masking and Tracking feature that provides accurate masks that follow subjects and blur out faces and logos, crucial for newsroom editing. In addition, the new Master Clip effect in Premiere Pro and SpeedGrade changes the effects applied to original clips and ripples down through all instances of the clip.
  • Powerful new updates to After Effects CC include Keying effects to provide better keying results with compressed footage; and Typekit integration with Premiere Pro CC and After Effects CC provides users with access to a growing library of fonts worth $30,000, that can be used on the desktop.

For more information on the new features coming to the Creative Cloud video apps, please go here.
 
Collaborating in Real-Time with Adobe Anywhere
 
Adobe today also announced important updates to Adobe Anywhere, the modern collaborative workflow platform that empowers users of Adobe professional video solutions such as Adobe Premiere Pro CC and Adobe After Effects CC to work together using centralized media and assets across standard networks. Adobe Anywhere complements Creative Cloud applications and enables deep collaboration for large organizations working with video, including broadcasters, educational institutions and government agencies. New features for Adobe Anywhere include: Hot Backup, which provides real-time backup of projects; Rough Cut Support to start editing rough cuts in Prelude CC and finish sequences in Premiere Pro CC; and After Effects CC media processing for direct integration between Anywhere and After Effects CC.
 
Adobe will demonstrate these new solutions for the first time at NAB at its booth #SL3910, in the South Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center, April 7 – 10. Adobe will also highlight key customer and partner focused initiatives at its booth and will have its professional video and broadcast apps presented in nearly 100 partner booths throughout the NAB exhibition.
 
Availability
 
At NAB, Adobe is previewing the next major updates to its professional video and audio products that are not yet publicly available. These updates are expected to ship in the next couple of months, along with other major updates to Creative Cloud. Learn more about the forthcoming video updates here or register for a special webinar on Thursday, April 10 here. To be among the first to know when these and other Creative Cloud updates are available, follow us on Twitter @creativecloud or join us on Facebook.
 
Note: While it doesn't relate to the new video features listed above, Adobe has extended their Photoshop Photography Program deal. That's Photoshop CC and Lightroom 5 for only $9.99 per month with no previous ownership requirements (offer now valid through May 31).

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Post Date: 4/2/2014 7:55:47 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, March 19, 2014
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From Adobe:
 
Recurring Revenue More Than Half of Company’s First Quarter Revenue
 
SAN JOSE, Calif. – March 18, 2014 – Adobe (Nasdaq:ADBE) today reported financial results for its first quarter fiscal year 2014 ended Feb. 28, 2014.
 
First Quarter Financial Highlights

  • Adobe achieved revenue of $1.0 billion, at the high end of its targeted range of $950 million to $1.0 billion.
  • Adobe exited Q1 with 1 million 844 thousand paid Creative Cloud subscriptions, an increase of 405 thousand when compared to the number of subscriptions as of the end of Q4 fiscal year 2013.
  • Creative Annualized Recurring Revenue (“ARR”) grew to $987 million, and total Digital Media ARR grew to $1.15 billion.
  • Adobe Marketing Cloud quarterly revenue was $267 million, representing 24 percent year-over-year growth.
  • Diluted earnings per share were $0.09 on a GAAP-basis, and $0.30 on a non-GAAP basis.
  • Cash flow from operations was $252 million.
  • Deferred revenue grew by $52 million to a record $881 million.
  • More than half of Adobe’s Q1 revenue was from recurring sources such as Creative Cloud subscriptions and Adobe Marketing Cloud.
  • The company repurchased 4.5 million shares during the quarter, returning approximately $263 million of cash to stockholders.

Download the Full Press Release and Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income (112 KB, PDF).
 
Note: The Photoshop Photography Program special – $9.99/mo for Photoshop CC and Lightroom 5 with no previous ownership requirements – is set to expire March 31. Be sure to take advantage of this deal before time runs out!

Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 3/19/2014 8:30:46 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, February 21, 2014
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From Adobe:
 
Please note — Camera Raw 8.4 and DNG Converter 8.4 are no longer officially supported on the following platforms: Mac OS 10.6.x (Snow Leopard), Windows XP, Windows Vista.
 
Welcome to the Adobe Photoshop Camera Raw 8.4 for CS6/CC plug-in release candidate on Adobe Labs. A “release candidate” label indicates that this update is well tested but would benefit from additional community testing before it is distributed automatically to all of our customers. Camera Raw 8.4 RC for CS6 update includes support for many new cameras and lens profiles. A release candidate build of DNG Converter 8.4 is also provided.
 
The Camera Raw plug-in provides easy access within Adobe Photoshop CS6 to the raw image formats produced by many leading professional and midrange digital cameras. For more information on the Camera Raw plug-in, please visit the Camera Raw pages on Adobe.com.
 
The Camera Raw team would like the community to help verify the quality of the plug-in through normal usage as this will ensure that the plug-in is tested on a diversity of hardware and software configurations not available internally at Adobe. If you do experience an issue with this release candidate please report it within the Camera Raw discussion forum.
 
Download
Camera Raw 8.4 for CS6: Windows (ZIP, 150 MB) | Macintosh (DMG, 129 MB)
Camera Raw 8.4 for CC: Windows (ZIP, 106 MB) | Macintosh (DMG, 69 MB)
 
For a limited time, Adobe has the Photoshop Photography Program available for $9.99/mo (with 1 year commentment) without previous ownership requirements.
Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 2/21/2014 5:43:32 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, February 12, 2014

 
From Adobe Photoshop YouTube Channel:

In this episode of Adobe Creative Cloud TV, Terry White shows you how to get started with Adobe Photoshop CC and covers the 10 things that beginners want to know how to do. If you're new to Photoshop, this is the video you've been looking for!

The video describes how to:

  1. Remove blemishes with the Spot Healing Brush tool
  2. Work with Layers and Adjustment Layers
  3. Utilize Masks
  4. Crop
  5. Adjust exposure and fix colour-cast problems (Camera RAW filter)
  6. Remove an object from a photo (Content Aware Fill)
  7. Move an object in a photo (Content Aware Move)
  8. Remove a subject from a photo (Smart Select and Refine Edge)
  9. Add text
  10. Save your photos

Hot Deal: Until March 31, Adobe is offering their Photoshop Photography Program to all photographers - no previous version of Photohop is required for registration.
 
That's Photoshop CC & Lightroom 5 for $9.99 per month with a 1-year commitment whether you currently own Photoshop or not.

Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 2/12/2014 9:21:07 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, January 16, 2014

 
From Adobe:
 
Adobe Kicks Off 2014 With Innovations Across Essential Design Tools
 
Adobe today shipped new features across its flagship design applications and services, as part of a major Creative Cloud release. Additional new features in Photoshop CC include the groundbreaking Perspective Warp, which changes the viewpoint from which an object is seen, and linked Smart Objects that radically improves collaboration – updating the final design automatically if the reference file is changed.
 
Also, new features in Adobe Illustrator CC and InDesign CC revolutionize how designers work with type by seamlessly connecting to the Adobe Typekit font service. It’s now possible to integrate Typekit fonts into print projects, PDF files, DPS apps, and more, while new functionality in InDesign CC reduces the frustration of missing font errors by automatically searching the Typekit desktop font library for options. Dozens of new and enhanced features and services in today’s update will help designers and other creative professionals work more intuitively and efficiently.
 
Note: Adobe also added 3D Printing to Photoshop CC. You can read more about the 3D Printing update in the official press release.
 
Learn more about Creative Cloud on Adobe's Website.
Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 1/16/2014 7:26:36 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, December 13, 2013
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From Adobe:
 
Creative Cloud Subscriptions Accelerate to More Than 1.4 Million; Adobe Marketing Cloud Surpasses Revenue of $1 Billion in 2013
 
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Dec. 12, 2013 — Adobe (Nasdaq:ADBE) today reported financial results for its fourth quarter and fiscal year 2013 ended Nov. 29, 2013. The Company also provided a financial outlook for fiscal year 2014 and long-term growth targets for key areas of its business.
 
Fourth Quarter Financial Highlights

  • Adobe achieved revenue of $1.04 billion, within its targeted range of $1 billion to $1.05 billion.
  • Adobe exited Q4 with 1 million 439 thousand paid Creative Cloud subscriptions, an increase of 402 thousand when compared to the number of subscriptions as of the end of Q3 fiscal year 2013, and enterprise adoption of Creative Cloud was stronger than expected.
  • Creative Annualized Recurring Revenue (“ARR”) grew to $768 million, and total Digital Media ARR grew to $911 million.
  • Adobe Marketing Cloud quarterly revenue was $316.2 million, representing 38 percent year-over-year growth.
  • Diluted earnings per share were $0.13 on a GAAP-basis, and $0.32 on a non-GAAP basis.
  • Cash flow from operations was $315.0 million.
  • Deferred revenue grew by $94.7 million to a record $828.8 million.
  • The company repurchased 7.9 million shares during the quarter, returning approximately $405 million of cash to stockholders.

Fiscal Year 2013 Financial Highlights

  • Adobe achieved revenue of $4.06 billion and generated $1.15 billion in cash flow from operations during the year.
  • Creative Cloud subscriptions grew by 1.1 million and Document Services subscriptions doubled to more than 1.6 million. In addition, the company added more than $700 million in Digital Media ARR during the year.
  • Adobe Marketing Cloud achieved a record $1.02 billion in annual revenue, representing 26 percent year-over-year growth.
  • The company repurchased 21.6 million shares during the year, returning approximately $1 billion of cash to stockholders.
  • Adobe published other key highlights from its recent fiscal year in an Adobe by the Numbers, FY 2013 Infographic.

Note: The growth of Creative Cloud has likely been aided by Adobe's current special on the Photoshop Photography Program – that's Photoshop CC and Lightroom 5 for $9.99/month with no prior Photoshop ownership required. Deal is valid through December 31.

Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 12/13/2013 9:01:13 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, December 12, 2013
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Adobe has released updated versions of Photoshop Lightroom 5 and DNG Converter. (thanks Niklas)
 
From Adobe:
 
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5.3
The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5.3 update includes these enhancements:

  • Additional raw file support for 20 new cameras, including the Fujifilm X-E2, Nikon D610, Nikon Df, and Sony A7.
  • Corrections and bug fixes for issues introduced in previous versions of Lightroom

Download
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5.3 - Windows (872MB) | Macintosh (480.6MB)
 
Adobe DNG Converter 8.3
This update contains the Adobe DNG Converter 8.3.
 
The Adobe DNG Converter is a free utility that enables you to easily convert camera-specific raw files from more than 350 cameras to the more universal DNG raw format.
 
Digital Negative was developed to address the lack of an open standard for the proprietary and unique raw files created by each digital camera. DNG allows photographers to archive their raw camera files in a single format for easy cataloging and access in the future. With the format specification freely available, any developer can build software that supports and takes advantage of DNG. For more information, visit the Digital Negative page.
 
Support for the following cameras has been added. Visit the Camera Raw page for a complete list of supported cameras.

  • Canon EOS M2
  • Canon PowerShot S120
  • Casio EX-10
  • Nikon 1 AW1
  • Nikon Coolpix P7800
  • Nikon Df
  • Nikon D610
  • Nikon D5300
  • Fujifilm XQ1
  • Fujifilm X-E2
  • Nokia Lumia 1020
  • Olympus OM-D E-M1
  • Olympus STYLUS 1
  • Panasonic DMC-GM1
  • Pentax K-3
  • Phase One IQ260
  • Phase One IQ280
  • Sony A7 (ILCE-7)
  • Sony A7R (ILCE-7R)
  • Sony DSC-RX10

Download
Adobe DNG Converter 8.3 - Windows (70.8MB) | Macintosh (21.5MB)
 
Adorama carries Adobe Ligthroom 5.

Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 12/12/2013 6:19:01 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, November 20, 2013
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Hot Deal: For a very limited time, Adobe is opening up their Photoshop Photography Program to all photographers - no previous version of Photohop is required for registration.
 
From now until December 2, you can sign up for the Photoshop Photography Program for $9.99 per month with a 1-year commitment whether you currently own Photoshop or not.
 
For what its worth, I'm a Photoshop Photography Program member and love it. In my opinion, the software is well worth the small monthly fee. [Sean]
Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 11/20/2013 2:27:18 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, November 08, 2013
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Adobe has just realeased Photoshop Camera Raw 8.3 Release Candidate for CS6 and Creative Cloud.
 
New Camera Support for CS6 & CC

  • Canon PowerShot S120
  • Nikon 1 AW1
  • Nikon Coolpix P7800
  • Nikon D610
  • Nikon D5300 (*)

* Denotes preliminary support
 
New Lens Profile Support for CS6 and CC

Lens NameLens Mount
Canon EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STMCanon EOS M
Nikon 1 NIKKOR AW 11-27.5mm f/3.5-5.6Nikon
Nikon 1 NIKKOR AW 10mm f/2.8Nikon
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 58mm f/1.4GNikon
Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM A013Nikon

New Features for Camera Raw 8.3 for Creative Cloud
 
The following new Features have been added in Camera Raw 8.3 for CC:

  • Whites and Blacks now support Auto Levels-like functionality via shift-double-click on the sliders.
  • Separate Auto Temperature and Auto Tint feature. Shift-double-click to invoke "auto temperature" and "auto tint" separately.
  • Ability to option-click shortcut in Synchronize, New Preset, Save Settings, and Copy/Paste (Bridge) dialog boxes. Option-click a checkbox to check that box exclusively. Option-click again to toggle previous checkbox state.
  • Set the background color of the work area. Context-click outside the image in the work area to select a background color from a popup menu.

Download
Adobe Photoshop Camera Raw 8.3 RC for CS6
Adobe Photoshop Camera Raw 8.3 RC for CC
 
Adorama carries Adobe Photoshop CS6. You can sign up for Adobe Creative Cloud on the Adobe Website.

Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 11/8/2013 5:42:38 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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