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Major Update to Creative Cloud Now Available

Holy cloud computing Batman.  Adobe has released a big, huge, enormous update to Creative Cloud this early summer evening (it’s summer here in California, Southern hemisphere folks).  We have 15, count ‘em, new desktop applications – now branded CC to signify their future as connected, socially-integrated apps.  That’s Photoshop, InDesign, Dreamweaver and many, many (ok, twelve) more.

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And no, that doesn’t mean you have to be connected to the Interwebs to use them or that Photoshop is now “in the browser”, as I overheard some tech guru tell someone the other day. Adobe evangelist, the great Terry White, busted those myths a wee while back, here.  The CC apps are just part of what we have to offer, with new community and publishing services integrated into the Creative Cloud experience.

Check out what the creative cloud team is saying, here.

Thanks again for using Creative Cloud. If you have any questions or comments, please post them in our forums, where we are continuing the conversation.

 

 

 

Ideacodes Team Joins Adobe

Adobe today announced that the Ideacodes team is joining Adobe.  Ideacodes is a leading creative consultancy, based in San Francisco, that specializes in the design and user experience of smart applications, digital products and networked communities.

“For the last nine years we’ve worked to re-envision the design of digital products and create the ultimate user experience for their customers,” said Emily Chang and Max Kiesler, co-founders of Ideacodes. “We’re thrilled to join Adobe at a time when Creative Cloud is beginning to take form, the potential to harness the power of connected networks is being realized, and the influence of good design on experience is being appreciated and expected from people worldwide.”

The co-founders of Ideacodes are joining Adobe as Creative Directors of Creative Cloud, bringing with them a wealth of knowledge and experience in design and creative strategy.

“Our job at Adobe is to deliver an incredible experience every time a customer accesses Creative Cloud,” said Jeff Veen, vice president, Product Management, Adobe Creative Cloud. “The Ideacodes team will help us realize our goal of making Creative Cloud indispensable for creatives worldwide.”

Last week we also announced that Thumb Labs, a small team of mobile developers that have worked with Behance over the years, were joining the Adobe team to bring great mobile experiences to Creative Cloud members.

We look forward to working with Emily and Max from Ideacodes!

Big Day 1 News at MAX

Adobe MAX, The Creativity Conference, opened today in Los Angeles and we announced some big news: a major update to Adobe Creative Cloud, including fully integrated cross-device collaboration, community and publishing capabilities; and the next generation of Adobe’s pro creative desktop applications.

Here are some of the details:

Adobe Unveils Major Update to Creative Cloud

CreativeCloud_Logo[4]A milestone update to Adobe Creative Cloud simplifies the entire creative process with new versions of desktop tools; services that take publishing content to the next level; and capabilities that make it easier than ever to collaborate and share work on a worldwide basis. Behance, the world’s leading online creative community with over 1.4 million creatives in the network, is now central to the Creative Cloud experience.

Adobe’s desktop tools, previously known as Creative Suite (CS) are now branded CC to reflect that they are an integral part of Creative Cloud and have been reinvented to support a more intuitive, connected way of creating.  All of Adobe’s fan-favorite desktop apps have been updated: InDesign CC, Illustrator CC, Dreamweaver CC, Premiere Pro CC, After Effects CC, Muse CC and more.  Indeed our most iconic application, a powerful new version of Photoshop – Adobe Photoshop CC – will anchor this update to Creative Cloud.  In all, Creative Cloud will now consist of more than 30 tools and services that enable professional grade content creation and delivery across print, web, mobile apps, video and photography.

This major update is expected to be available, around the globe, in June.

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Adobe Accelerates Shift to the Cloud

Moving forward, the company also announced that it will focus creative software development efforts on Creative Cloud.  While Adobe Creative Suite 6 products will continue to be supported and available for purchase, there are no plans for future releases of Creative Suite or other CS products. By focusing development on Creative Cloud, Adobe can accelerate the rate of innovation that it can deliver to creatives worldwide.

We thought long and hard before doing this, and we understand that this transition may be hard for some people.  As our teams work to deliver a constant stream of innovation for Creative Cloud members, we are actively engaging with customers to answer their questions — in forums like Creative Cloud community. And attractive pricing plans and promotions for individuals, teams and enterprise customers are being offered to make the transition to Creative Cloud really easy.  More information can be found at on our Creative Cloud plans page.

More detailed information about today’s major Creative Cloud update can be found in the full press release here.

And if you have specific questions, chances are you’ll find an answer in our comprehensive FAQ.

Adobe Reveals Web Innovations for Creative Cloud Products

In anticipation of the marquee Adobe event for designers, MAX, The Creativity Conference, May 4-8 in Los Angeles, Adobe shared a few project updates today that have been in the works for the last several months.

Adobe released a second preview of the responsive web design tool, Edge Reflow, that is now available to Creative Cloud members. The new features add more styling and layout capabilities and are user-driven, based on initial feedback to the first preview. Edge Reflow Preview 2 is the most recent example of how Adobe is using an open development model to create the next generation of innovative web design tools to support today’s new workflows. Learn more in this blog post.

The Dreamweaver team revealed an exciting sneak peek into the new CSS Designer feature that provides a visual interface to let users quickly and intuitively work with CSS properties like gradients, box shadows, and media queries. It gives users the ability to visually apply and set different media queries for web content to be presented in different sized media. This feature will be available later this year and you can find out more information in this blog post.

Make sure you check out MAX to learn what’s coming next for Adobe’s creative tools.

 

Creative Camp at SXSW – That’s a Wrap

Paul Trani in his demo

Paul Trani in his demo

Our Creative Camp at this year’s SXSW Interactive has officially come to a close. It was a great day filled with rich content and good conversations with attendees. Here’s a quick recap of the day’s highlights.

We started off the day with our tradition, the 5th annual bacon breakfast. You can’t start a productive day without a good breakfast, right? Then, worldwide evangelist Paul Trani jumped into the latest tools and services available in the Adobe Creative Cloud. Paul showed us how individuals and teams can create and collaborate in the Cloud. Then, he showed us how easily we can add animation and interactivity with Edge Animate.

Then, Product Manager Jacob Surber shared the development principles behind the creation of Adobe Edge Reflow. Jacob showed us all the iterations of Reflow’s UI, starting with today and going backwards all the way to the beginning.

Next, we hosted a panel on the realities and challenges of responsive design today with talented panelists: Sophie ShepherdTrent Walton, and Emily Wengert.

Panel on responsive design

Panel on responsive design

Last, Adobe’s Alex Morris presented a session on the “Content shaped elephant in the room.” How can web designers think content first, while reflecting the intent of your message?

Highlight of the day? Probably Jacob’s shirt, “Friends don’t let friends fix widths.”

Catch all the highlights in the video below and pictures from our events here.

Adobe Sends Creative Cloud Members Some HTML5 Love for Valentine’s Day!

Today Adobe released a great update for professional Web designers and developers with the release of several new product updates for HTML5 Web tooling.

Leading the release is the first public preview of Edge Reflow, a new responsive design tool that we first showed the community at our Create the Web event in September 2012 when we did a sneak peek of it. We heard from many users wanting to get their hands on Edge Reflow and today we’re happy to make that happen. We look forward to people playing with this very early preview release and telling us what type of features they would like to see added.

We’re also excited to deliver several new feature updates to Edge Animate, Dreamweaver and Edge Code Preview! All these releases are immediately available, exclusively to both free and paid Creative Cloud members. For more information on Adobe Edge Reflow visit html.adobe.com/edge/reflow and for additional details on Creative Cloud, Edge Animate, Dreamweaver, Edge Code preview and other tools available in Creative Cloud, visit www.adobe.com/products/creativecloud.html.

New Game Developer Tools in the Adobe Creative Cloud

Today we announced an exciting new addition to the Adobe Creative Cloud with the release of our first Game Developer Tools offering. New tools including Adobe Scout, the Adobe Gaming SDK and Adobe Flash C++ Compiler are designed to help publishers and developers rapidly build, optimize and deliver amazing 2D and 3D games to more than 1.3 billion connected desktops and 500 million smartphones and tablets worldwide. As the leading choice for popular social game studios, AAA game developers and indie developers alike, Adobe’s Game Developer Tools makes it much easier for developers to maximize productivity, game quality and reach the largest gaming audience across PCs and mobile devices.

As a special promotion, we’re including this first release of Scout in a free membership to Creative Cloud, along with trial versions of Flash Professional CS6 and Flash Builder 4.7 Premium. Creative Cloud paid membership includes full versions of Flash Professional and Flash Builder and will also include future versions of Scout following the introductory promotion. To find out more about the new Game Developer Tools in the Adobe Creative Cloud, visit our latest blog post here.

Adobe Kicks off Worldwide Create the Web Tour with an Unveiling of the new “Edge Tools and Services”

Delivering on its promise to build the best HTML5 tools in the world, Adobe today announced a new collection for web designers and developers called Edge Tools & Services that are immediately available in Adobe Creative Cloud. The new collection is for creating beautiful mobile-ready content and apps using the latest Web technologies including HTML5 and beyond. Comprised of intuitive,task-focused tools and services, the collection works well individually, together and even with other tools! Learn more about today’s announcements on our Digital Media blog.

Adobe will be on the road showcasing them all over the next several weeks during its worldwide “Create the Web” tour.

Adobe Pass Powers Olympics Coverage….And So Much More

The viewing figures for London Olympics on TV here in USA were bigger than ever for NBC.  Many pundits put this down to the enduring allure of Bob Costas but I think it was because the 2012 games were in a city familiar to so many people: dear olde London town.   I lived in London for 8 years before moving to California and the highlight of the games for me (apart from fellow Scot and fellow Edinburgh University alumni, cyclist Sir Chris Hoy, becoming the most successful British Olympian of all time) was seeing the city itself become an integral part of the games.  The best games are those where the city itself seems intertwined with the events – like Barcelona in 1992 or Sydney in 2000.

The BBC did a phenomenal job broadcasting the games in UK.   As a publicly funded network the BBC (or Auntie as Brits call it) had the luxury of 24 HD broadcast channels dedicated to the event, meaning virtually every minute of every event was broadcast on TV across UK.   You wanted to watch men’s handball, Iceland versus Argentina, you got it on your flat-screen in the living room (31-25 to the lads from the rapidly melting land in the north, BTW).  Interesting fun fact, the BBC’s mobile apps that complemented their outstanding TV-coverage were developed using Adobe PhoneGap.

The US broadcast market is a little bit different, to say the least, than its more homogeneous European counterparts.  The networks here are competing in a complex, competitive, highly fragmented and regionalized market. So, in short, no chance for 24 dedicated HD channels for the Olympics in USA!  NBC was faced with a much more difficult situation than their BBC colleagues and had to rely on streaming the events live to desktop and mobile devices to ensure every sport got its place in the sun (or this being London, a light drizzle).

And that’s where a technology like Adobe Pass can come into play.  Adobe Pass was the authentication glue that allowed cable and satellite subscribers to gain access to NBC’s comprehensive live steaming of events on their iPad, Android devices and desktop computers.  Folks just had to use their cable or satellite company billing email and password and log-in to NBC’s desktop web experience or dedicated mobile Olympic app.  Pass did the rest.  Not surprisingly NBC’s Olympic web site and apps became daily destinations for sports nuts, like me, to visit.

Our stream-meisters have an overview of all of this and of Adobe Pass 2.0, announced today, over at the Digital Media Blog.

It will be interesting to see how this will all play out for the Rio Olympics in 2016 (and more importantly the World Cup in Brazil in 2014).

Introducing the New Technical Communication Suite 4 – with new versions of FrameMaker and RoboHelp

Today, Adobe launched Technical Communication Suite 4 with new versions of FrameMaker and RoboHelp to power XML Workflows and HTML5 publishing to tablets, smartphones, multiscreen HTML5, eBook and native mobile apps. The latest release of Adobe’s TCS 4 offers tight tooling integration to help streamline, simplify and accelerate content creation and delivery workflows in today’s multi-author, multi-reviewer environments. See the full announcement here for more information as well as pricing for new and upgraded versions of the suite. Also, check out the video below to see the future of TechComm.

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