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Digital Publishing Suite Upgrade

May 15, 2012 11:03:51 AM

One would think that Adobe would have their heads wrapped around the release of Creative Suite 6, focused solely on getting CS6 up to the typical standards we have all grown accustom to. These standards, however, apply across the board for Adobe's product lines. Adobe has reminded us of this with its upgrade to the Digital Publishing Suite (DPS). DPS is used to format magazines for mobile devices. Adobe has historically caught quite a bit of slack for somewhat ignoring "new" digital media. Formally stuck in its ways, the company has clearly acknowledged the importance of designing platforms for the digital media of today.

The advancements to the Digital Publishing Suite are critical to the ability to create digital versions of work to be displayed on current platforms. Let's take a look at the most notable changes and upgrades to Adobe's Digital Publishing Suite:

Social Sharing – many of us have been long awaiting this capability. Using the Digital Publishing Suite application, readers can now easily share through email, Facebook, or Twitter. Some say, "it's about time", but we choose to concentrate on the ability for this application to turn readers into subscribers. Awesome addition.

iPhone Compatibility – with the new Content Viewer, DPS finally catches up to the times. Now, iPhone and iPod Touch devices in addition to the iPad, Kindle Fire and Android tablets, can display DPS flawlessly.

Adobe Edge & InDesign – now, Digital Publishing Suite integrates perfectly with Adobe Edge. In addition, you can now repurpose a single layout for a variety of device sizes using the Alternative Layout function that comes equipped with InDesign CS6.

Font Rights – with the new rights apparent, customers using DPS can display a variety of embedded fonts from a segment of the Adobe Type Library.

Overall, the upgrades that Adobe has made to Digital Publishing Suite will prove to not only extend the capability of digital platforms, but Adobe should also see a substantial increase in user-ship.

Posted in Adobe By David Thompson

Adobe CS6 Release and Features

May 1, 2012 4:57:26 PM

Adobe CS6 Release Date: May 7th

Adobe Creative Suite 6 will be released next Monday, May 7th 2012, and soon after, Little Soft Shop will have it available to you at a reduced price! Before the release, let’s catch everyone up on what exactly this program delivers to its users.

Adobe CS6 will come in four separate editions; Design Standard, Design & Web Premium, Production Premium and Master Collection. It also comes equipped with Creative Cloud, Adobe’s digital storage network.


Design Standard

  • Includes Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Acrobat X Pro, Bridge, and Media Encoder. Enabling “lightning-fast creativity” due to huge performance increases in Photoshop and Illustrator, Design Standard is the most powerful design tools for images, and now, video. Also utilize In-Design to create eBooks for tablets.


Design & Web Premium

  • Includes Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Dreamweaver, Flash Pro, Fireworks, Acrobat X Pro, Bridge, and Media Encoder. Adobe has merged Web Premium and Design Premium into one program. This program contains all of the tools imaginable for professional design. You can also design apps for mobile devices such as Smartphone’s and tablets.


Production Premium

  • Includes Adobe Premier Pro, After Effects, Photoshop Extended, Adobe Audition, SpeedGrade, Prelude, Illustrator, Encore, Flash Pro, Media Encoder, and Bridge. An upgraded editing environment that allows for 3D graphics, content-aware tools, and lightning fast editing. This version includes new tools such as Adobe Prelude for logging and ingest, and Adobe SpeedGrade for color grading and finishing.


Master Collection

  • Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Acrobat X Pro, Flash Pro, Flash Builder 4.6 Premium Edition, Dreamweaver, Fireworks, Adobe Premiere Pro, After Effects, Adobe Audition, SpeedGrade, Prelude, Encore, Bridge, and Media Encoder. The ultimate collection of graphic, video and web design tools, the Master Collection allows users to deliver groundbreaking, creative experiences across all platforms, on all devices.


Digital Cloud

  • Not a product, but a cloud based storage and device syncing system, the Digital Cloud will allow users to access, download, and install any Adobe Creative Suite apps that they want. The Adobe Digital Cloud also allows for file storage and file access from anywhere. A monthly subscription is required. Additional tools and services will also be included.


Posted in Adobe By David Thompson

Adobe After Effects in 3D

Apr 23, 2012 1:50:10 PM

Adobe After Effects is included with your purchase of Adobe Design Premium. After Effects is the professional standard for motion graphics, compositing, and visual effects for video. Designers can work with video, audio, still images, or Adobe Illustrator. Manipulate these objects in either 2D or 3D. The 3D world in After Effects comes with real lights and cameras to render your creations in a stunningly authentic fashion.

Effects are one of the most useful and fun parts of using After Effects. Fractal noise has consistently been one of the most trusted and utilized effects. Fractal noise is basically a pattern generator. It can be used to create natural textures like fabric, water, clouds, fire, wood grain, etc. Up until now, this plug-in has only been available in 2D. Today, Adobe released Fractal Noise in 3 dimensions.  This allows for integrating noise in 3D composites.

This new plug-in chooses between 3 geometry modes; uniform, horizontal, and spherical. Manipulate the 3D renders by using a depth map and determine the noise interaction in space. Set the fadeout distance to change the depth of the texture and effect. You can even add 3D spotlights! This all makes for a shockingly authentic feel and a professional presentation for your project.

This is just one of many plug-in’s available for Adobe After Effects. Buy Adobe Design Premium to take advantage of thousands of other tools and applications. After Effects is used for the most professional and advanced projects in the industry. Users can smoothly integrate animated 3D objects with 2D video footage and add effects like Fractal noise 3D to create beautiful video art. For example, the Academy Award winning film, Hugo, was shot in 3D and rendered in Adobe Design Premium, using tools and plug-ins that are available to everyone!

Posted in Adobe By David Thompson

CS6 Release Party

Apr 18, 2012 4:15:35 PM

If you are like the thousands of designers and software junkies who are highly anticipating the release of Adobe’s CS6, get your party shoes on! Adobe’s Creative Cloud and CS6 is sure to take the world by storm. On April 23rd, Adobe will host an event and press conference regarding the product, its launch, and future updates. In addition to the Creative Cloud and CS6 launch, April 23rd will also unveil Adobe’s new primary research on how creativity has played a role in our economy and culture, as well as revealing plans to inspire innovation in education.

For all of the details, please see the press release below provided by Business Wire.


Media Alert: Adobe Press Conference – Launch of Adobe Creative Cloud and CS6

--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE):

WHAT: Shantanu Narayen, chief executive officer, Adobe (Nasdaq:ADBE), and David Wadhwani, senior vice president, Digital Media Business, Adobe, will host a launch event and press conference to announce how the company is reinventing creative software with the first release of Adobe Creative Cloud and the new Creative Suite 6. This will be the first full public demonstration of Adobe Creative Cloud in action. The company will also preview future updates, available later this year, to its Creative Cloud offering. In addition, the company will unveil new primary research on the impact of creativity on our culture and economy, and reveal new initiatives that encourage creativity in education.

PHOTO OPPORTUNITY: A unique physical installation will be unveiled outside the event, signaling the start of a one-day San Francisco scavenger hunt worth $10,000 and a free lifetime subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud for the winner.

WHERE: deYoung Museum, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, San Francisco. To RSVP, contact Adobe PR.

WHEN: Monday, April 23, 2012 at 10 a.m. PT. Press to arrive at deYoung at 9.30 a.m. PT

LIVE STREAMED WEBCAST: The launch event will also be streamed live beginning at 10 a.m. PT at http://www.adobe.com/special/cs6/launch-event.html and will be available there as a continuous rebroadcast from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. PT on April 23. An on-demand version will be available at http://tv.adobe.com/ beginning April 24.

The recording is the property of Adobe Systems Incorporated and protected by U.S. copyright law and international treaties. Any reproduction or distribution is strictly prohibited without prior written approval from Adobe PR.

Adobe is changing the world through digital experiences. For more information, visit www.adobe.com.


Adobe Systems Incorporated
Vanessa Rios, 408-536-2421
Nicole Wasowski, 650-762-2971

Posted in Adobe By David Thompson

Adobe Photoshop CS6 Beta Open to Public

Mar 22, 2012 4:49:01 PM

As the much-anticipated release of Adobe CS6 comes closer and closer, Adobe is pulling out all of the stops to ensure a smooth launch. Alongside the Creative Cloud, Adobe's CS6 has garnered quite a buzz around software hopefuls who are eagerly anticipating features that will ease their design efforts. While changes range from slight to drastic, Adobe is making a bold move to guarantee an easy introduction to the software industry. Photoshop CS6 is now available for beta testing, free and open to the public, to flesh out any last minute kinks prior to release.

Using Adobe Labs, users can download the Photoshop CS6 beta and begin to navigate all throughout the program. The beta itself includes all of the features within CS6 and CS6 Extended, giving users a full picture into the potential the new software will contain, what has stayed the same, and what should be improved upon before the actual release of the product.

Let's take a look at the most noticeable differences in Adobe's Photoshop CS6:

  • New interface: Photoshop CS6 has gone dark with a new, sleek look. Fear not, you can actually go in and change the colors of the interface at will.
  • Content-Aware Features: while we know this is not a new feature, Adobe claims to have made some substantial improvements that make editing and designing much more efficient.
  • Mercury Graphics Engine: a modern UI and an incredibly fast performing system should prove to enhance workflow.
  • Layer Search: many improvements have been made to the layering tools within Photoshop CS6.
  • Advanced Cropping: enhancements to crop tools will help you to make edits beyond the scope of the familiar grid in Photoshop CS5.

We only touched on the most prominent features, but Adobe has certainly made some significant changes to the software that will lead to enhanced workflow and efficiency in all aspects of design.

Posted in Adobe By David Thompson