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Touch-Sensing Technology

May 9, 2012 11:18:16 AM

At Little Soft Shop, we pride ourselves on carrying only the most premium software products on the market. As on of the biggest online software shops in the world, we must stay on top of the most current advancements in software and technology. In quite a surprising twist, the scientists at Disney Research are in the works of developing a world-changing technology. This privately owned touch-sensing technology called Touché would give touchscreen capabilities to some truly shocking substances and objects.

Disney's invention pushes technology in an incredible direction, pressing the limits of how we can take a somewhat simple concept, touchscreen competency, and transform it to employ to a magnitude of different applications. As a software company, we constantly take news like this and reflect back to our core. How will this advancement affect software products from Adobe? What about Internet security software? What changes will take place in order to give safety and security to objects and substances affected by Disney's Touché.

So, what can this new technology actually do? While many of the questions are still largely unanswered, there are quite a few exciting facts that are sure to have anyone on the edge of their seat.

Below we highlight some of the most sensational elements of Disney's touch-sensing technology, Touché:

While typical touchscreens on smartphones and the like use a "swipe" sensory mechanism, the Touché can read complicated configurations. Moving past a single electrical frequency, this new technology can read and recognize not only a much wider range electrical frequencies, but also distinguishes and detects gestures.

With the vast number of applications, Touché can be used on everyday objects like walls, doorknobs, and even couches.

Even further, Touché can be utilized with substances. Touch-sensing technology can be applied to any kind of liquid, easily. Imagine the day when a swimming pool can detect a child who cannot swim; that day is coming very, very soon.

Those snippets only scratch the surface of Touché incredible future. Stay tuned; the future is coming at a shockingly rapid rate. For the most recent updates on all of the latest and greatest software, contact Little Soft Shop!

Posted in Technology 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

The Future of Yahoo

Apr 10, 2012 5:27:28 PM

In the software industry, changes occur on a daily basis. Advancements in technology push us forward to new thinking and fresh ideas. So, when Yahoo announced that they would lay off 2,000 employees last week, we didn't expect to see many new additions for quite some time. However, Yahoo is not just restructuring, they are completely reorganizing the company in some seriously far-reaching ways. With the addition of three new business units: consumer, regions and technology, Yahoo has set the stage for some vast improvements.

While the consumer and regions departments will prove to be advantageous for Yahoo as a whole, we would like to focus on the technology aspect. As software proponents, it is difficult to read this news without taking a step back and analyzing its potential. Yahoo technology, what could that mean? We have a feeling they may shy away from being "another Google". If that is the case, will software be Yahoo's next target? We hope so.

All speculation about Yahoo as of late points to its tech team. What are they doing in the midst of this restructure? Are they working towards improvements to previous technology? Quite possibly, but we project something much bigger. As Yahoo continues to move away from Google's shadow, we predict an effort to infiltrate the software industry. Assumptions aside, Yahoo is most certainly planning something significant for the upcoming months.

What you do predict for the future of Yahoo? Only time will tell, but our fingers are crossed for the development of software.

Posted in Technology By David Thompson