Adobe announced CS6

Adobe announced CS6

Apr 24

Adobe officially announced the launch of Creative Suite 6. The release sees new versions of 14 separate applications.

CS6

“Creatives get a ton of innovation across CS6, with milestone releases of all our flagship products,” said David Wadhwani, senior vice president, Digital Media Business, Adobe. “With CS6 and Creative Cloud, we’re also introducing new products, new mobile workflows and advanced publishing capabilities that show we are laser-focused on ensuring design, Web and video pros have everything they need for the delivery of high-impact content and apps.”

As with previous editions of Creative Suite, Adobe is offering the CS6 applications individually, as well as in several different bundles targeting print, web, and video design professionals.

Bundle pricing begins at $1299 for the Design Standard collection, which includes Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, and Acrobat X Pro. At an $1899 price point, Adobe offers either the Design & Web Premium collection, which includes Photoshop Extended, Illustrator, InDesign, Flash Professional, Fireworks, Dreamweaver, and Acrobat X Pro, or the Production Premium collection, which includes Premiere Pro, After Effects, Audition, Flash Professional, Illustrator, Photoshop Extended, Prelude, and SpeedGrade. Finally, Adobe’s Master Collection containing all of the CS6 applications is available for $2599.

Adobe also introduced Creative Cloud, a subscription service offering access to all CS6 applications as well as other cloud services to facilitate the integration of desktop Adobe software with the company’s growing stable of tablet and smartphone applications.

Creative Cloud is priced at $49.99 per month for an annual membership, or $74.99 per month on a month-to-month basis. The service is also being offered at a special introductory rate of $29.99 per month for current users of Adobe’s CS3, CS4, CS5 and CS5.5 software.

All Creative Suite 6 products are available for pre-order now and will begin shipping within 30 days. Adobe will be hosting a streaming launch event at 10:00 AM Pacific Time, highlighting the new developments included in Creative Suite 6 and Creative Cloud.

Photoshop Touch app for iPad 2

Photoshop Touch app for iPad 2

Feb 28

Adobe launched its new Photoshop Touch app for $9.99. The app is currently compatible only with the iPad 2 running iOS 5.

Photoshop Touch for iPad 2

This applications can transform and combine images, apply professional effects, share results with friends and family through sites like Facebook, and more – all from the convenience of your iPad.
Adobe Photoshop Touch is the flagship app from a group of six tablet apps that Adobe announced last October.

The six apps, which will carry “introductory pricing” of $9.99 each, include:
• Adobe Photoshop Touch: Image editing and transformation.
• Adobe Collage: Photo importing and drawing tools for creating image collages.
• Adobe Debut: Presentation software for Creative Suite files.
• Adobe Ideas: Vector-based drawing tools. (Released for iPad last year and currently priced at $5.99.)
• Adobe Kuler: Color theme generation and exploration.
• Adobe Proto: Prototyping tools for websites and mobile apps.

The company has been taking steps onto the iPad and other tablets with a series of applications, although they have obviously yet to match the capabilities of the desktop versions of the Adobe’s key software products.

Adobe’s initial goal for the iPad was to explore how the device might be used as an auxiliary input for the desktop version, but the company has broadened its scope to now include at least some of the dedicated image editing features from Photoshop in its latest apps.

More: MacStories has a nice early review of the app.

Adobe will Support Apple Newsstand

Adobe will Support Apple Newsstand

Sep 14

iOS5-Newstand

Adobe announced that its Digital Publishing Suite will support Apple’s forthcoming Newsstand feature on iOS 5. Newsstand is the latest driver of digital subscriptions to iOS 5, offering easy access to content and reducing download time.

The publishing software by Adobe will help publishers create digital editions of their magazines and newspaper applications that automatically deliver content to the Newsstand application on iOS devices. Additionally, it will enable publishers to better merchandise their content through Newsstand push notifications (Push notification is an apps alert that iPhone and iPod touch owners get for content updates, messages, and other events) and icon covers of the latest issues displayed on its shelf.

A number of publishers including Conde Nast and Reader’s Digest have utilized Adobe’s publishing tools to bring their content to the iPad, making Newsstand the one-stop digital platform for their latest issues and accelerating magazine subscription on tablet devices.

Moreover, Adobe’s Digital Publishing Suite is not restricted to iPads alone. It can also be used for the creation and introduction of digital editions on Google’s Android tablets and Research In Motion’s BlackBerry Playbooks.

Adobe’s Digital Publishing Suite will be available to publishers soon after Apple releases iOS 5 and the Newsstand application.

Have you heard about Adobe Muse?

Have you heard about Adobe Muse?

Sep 02

Adobe released Muse, from the Creators of InDesign, as a public beta. Muse lets anyone design and build websites without needing to write a line of code. Even if you have never created a website before, anyone who has a working knowledge of InDesign will feel right at home and should be able to create their own website very quickly. While Muse may seem like a new application, it should feel quite familiar to everyone using InDesign since some of the engineers that work on InDesign have also worked on Muse. In fact, former InDesign Product Manager Michael Ninness worked on Muse before leaving Adobe to work at Lynda.com.


If you want to see Muse in action, have a look at this video that takes you through a quick preview of the Muse Beta:

iPad Companion Apps for Photoshop: Eazel, Nav, Color Lava

iPad Companion Apps for Photoshop: Eazel, Nav, Color Lava

May 12

Adobe has released its first three Photoshop CS5 companion apps for the iPad. The apps were originally announced in April as a demonstration of what could be accomplished with their new Photoshop Touch Software Development Kit.

The three apps include:

Adobe Eazel ($4.99)

With Adobe Eazel, you can use your iPad and your fingertips to paint beautiful works of art. Paint across your entire iPad screen, and easily access the tools you need. Send your artwork directly to Photoshop CS5 from any locationall you need is a network connection between your iPad and computer. Or do all your painting in the app, and share via email.

Adobe Nav ($1.99)

With Adobe Nav and a network connection between your iPad and computer, you can customize the Photoshop CS5 toolbar on iPad to easily access the tools you use most. Browse, reorder, view, and zoom in on up to 200 open Photoshop documents on iPad. Tap a document on iPad to make it the active document in Photoshop CS5. Disconnect from the network and use iPad to easily share files in person with others.

Adobe Color Lava ($2.99)

With Adobe Color Lava, you can use your fingertips to mix colors on your iPad and create custom swatches and five-swatch themes. Instantly access them in Photoshop CS5all you need is a network connection between your iPad and computer. Or use the app wherever inspiration strikes, and then bring your colors into Photoshop CS5 when you’re connected. Share colors via email, too.

Meanwhile, 3rd party developers are also working on their own apps to take advantage of the new Adobe SDK. Adobe Photoshop CS5 version 12.0.4 (released last week) or later is required.

Digital Publishing Suite

Digital Publishing Suite

May 05

InDesign CS5.5 is now available! A ready-to-deploy tablet publishing solution that allows publishers to quickly publish content to the iPad, BlackBerry PlayBook or a host of Android devices. Buy and order InDesign CS5.5 at: http://adobe.ly/buyIDUS. Or take InDesign CS5.5 for a test drive by downloading your free trial to learn more about folio producer tools, eBook authoring, linked text & more: http://adobe.ly/IDTryUS.

Digital Publishing Suite

Digital Publishing Suite

‘Wallaby’ Prerelease Flash-to-HTML5 Converter

‘Wallaby’ Prerelease Flash-to-HTML5 Converter

Mar 09

Last October (see my Adobe Shows Off Flash-to-HTML5 Converter post), Adobe demoed new conversion software that could allow Flash developers to port their content to a combination of HTML5 and related non-Flash technologies, making it considerably easier for developers to make their content available for platforms such as iOS that do not support Flash.

Adobe has now published a prerelease version of the technology known as “Wallaby”.

“Wallaby” is the codename for an experimental technology that converts the artwork and animation contained in Adobe Flash Professional (FLA) files into HTML. This allows you to reuse and extend the reach of your content to devices that do not support the Flash runtimes. Once these files are converted to HTML, you can edit them with an HTML editing tool, such as Adobe Dreamweaver, or by hand if desired. You can view the output in one of the supported browsers or on an iOS device.

As detailed in the release notes, not all features are currently supported, but Adobe has clearly made significant progress in moving many basic Flash features such as buttons, fills, layers, and text to HTML. The current focus of Wallaby is on converting Flash-based banner ads to non-Flash, as that is one of the most-requested features with a rather straightforward implementation generally requiring only a subset of supported features.

Wallaby is currently available as a free download as Adobe seeks to gain feedback on its performance and utility. As refinements continue, the company will consider whether or not to include the functionality in future versions of Flash Professional.

Adobe CS5 Essential Techniques

Adobe CS5 Essential Techniques

Dec 14

Scott Citron and Michael Murphy bring this December 26th a new book on Adobe CS5 (Adobe Creative Suite 5 Design Premium How-Tos: 100 Essential Techniques). Available for pre-order on Amazon right now.

iPhone/iPad Integration With Photoshop?

iPhone/iPad Integration With Photoshop?

Nov 15

For several months, Adobe has been thinking about how it can involve the iPad and other tablet devices in the workflows of Photoshop users, asking users for feedback on what sorts of capabilities they might like to see.

Demo of color-mixing palette tool on iPad

Demo of color-mixing palette tool on iPad

Building on that feedback, the company has now taken its first steps in that direction, as evidenced by a pair of brief demos at last week’s Adobe MAX conference in which Adobe Chief Technology Officer Kevin Lynch showed off the company’s content-aware fill tool running on a Samsung Galaxy Tab and a color-mixing paint palette application running on an iPad.

Mockup of Photoshop tools on iPad

Mockup of Photoshop tools on iPad

Adobe’s John Nack has also noted that the company’s designers have begun mocking up other tools that could allow the iPhone and iPad to serve as extensions of Photoshop running on a desktop or notebook computer.

In a nutshell, you get:

groups of task-based tools & commands (e.g. all your photography/retouching tools & buttons on one page, or all your painting ones, 3D ones, etc.)
interactive, task-based tutorials that drive Photoshop, helping you get things done

Among the ideas presented in a PDF summary of the team’s efforts are custom toolsets accessible by tapping on a companion iPhone application, tutorials with tool accelerators to help quickly walk users through certain tasks, and companion iPad applications housing many of the commonly-used tools for easy access while also allowing for limited image editing (such as liquifying, painting, and drawing) using the multi-touch interface.

Mockup of Photoshop toolset on iPhone

Mockup of Photoshop toolset on iPhone

All of these latter concepts appear to simply be mockups at this point, but Adobe is clearly thinking about how best to take advantage of multi-touch functionality to enhance the Photoshop’s functionality without attempting to replicate a full Photoshop experience directly on the touch device without the precision and power available on a traditional desktop or notebook.

To see the original post, go to MacRumors.com

Adobe Shows Off Flash-to-HTML5 Converter

Adobe Shows Off Flash-to-HTML5 Converter

Nov 09

Adobe’s John Nack points to a demo of a new tool from the company that would allow developers to easily convert their Flash projects to a combination of HTML5 and related non-Flash technologies. The tool, demoed at Adobe’s MAX 2010 conference, is not yet promised for a public release, but it is clear that Adobe is looking at ways to help developers offer their content in multiple formats.


Flash is great for a lot of things, and this week’s demos showed it’s only improving. It’s not the only game in town, however, and Adobe makes its money selling tools, not giving away players. Let’s help people target whatever media they need, as efficiently as possible.

Apple has of course been pushing HTML5 and other standards as an alternative to Adobe’s Flash technology, and developers are increasingly getting on board as they seek to keep their content compatible with Apple’s popular Flash-less iOS devices. One recent study concluded that more than half of the H.264-encoded video on the Internet is now available in HTML5 format, but with Flash used in many other capacities besides video presentation, Adobe’s new tools could help developers of some of these other implementations more easily move their content to HTML5.