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Adobe Shadow Makes it Simple to Optimize Web Experiences Across Mobile Browsers

Today we’re thrilled to introduce to you a brand new offering – Adobe Shadow Labs Release 1, which enables Web developers and designers to work faster and more efficiently by streamlining preview and customization of websites for mobile devices.

Adobe Shadow aims to alleviate the time and stress of working on websites across mobile browsers. Web pros can wirelessly pair multiple smartphones and tablets with their computer and simultaneously view real-time previews of Web content across multiple iOS and Android devices, quickly seeing refreshed website designs with live updates.  Adobe Shadow’s synchronized browsing nearly eliminates the need to touch the device, but still provides a true, on-device experience.

We’re really excited to deliver Shadow and start simplifying the pain points of previewing, inspecting and presenting mobile Web content. We encourage Web Pros to download the free Labs Release 1 of Adobe Shadow available now at http://adobe.com/go/shadow and provide the team with feedback. To learn more about Adobe Shadow, visit the blog.

Catch Adobe Shadow in action below.

Adobe Debuts Public Beta of Photoshop Lightroom 4 on Adobe Labs

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Today Adobe announced the free public beta of Photoshop Lightroom 4, the digital photography workflow solution for both professional and amateur photographers. Available for Windows and Mac as a free download from Adobe Labs, the Lightroom 4 beta previews new workflow efficiencies, and features for image processing and management.

New features in Lightroom 4 beta include:

  • Refined technology for shadow and highlight processing
  • Native support for videos shot on DSLRs, point-and-shoot cameras and smartphones
  • The ability to create beautiful photo books from within Lightroom
  • An intuitive Map module with tagging controls for assigning locations
  • Soft proofing in the Develop module
  • Direct emailing of images from Lightroom

We encourage photographers to try the beta release and share feedback; there are a few avenues to do this:

We’re really pleased with the new capabilities and expect that you will be, too. We look forward to your thoughts and comments!

Making Animated HTML5 Content

Check out John Nack’s blog where there is a video of Adobe VP Paul Gubbay showing off early looks at some technology that will help designers and developers create better HTML5 animations:

Included are demos of:
- Animating in the new Adobe Edge app (on Adobe Labs)
- Turning that output into an app using PhoneGap
- Using Flash Professional to export animation as HTML
- Running CSS Shaders in WebKit
- Enabling “liquid layout” from InDesign

Go to John’s blog now and watch.

Also, check out a recording of last week’s Financial Analyst meeting to see where these demos were intially shown and to understand how they fit into Adobe strategy moving forward.

Flash to HTML5 Conversion Tool on Adobe Labs

For those who saw Adobe demo a new tool codenamed “Wallaby” at MAX last October, it’s now available on Adobe Labs, where it was released today. Wallaby is an Adobe AIR application that allows designers and developers to convert Adobe Flash Professional files into HTML5 with a simple drag and drop of the mouse, quickly and easily expanding the distribution of creative content across platforms.  Wallaby is a glimpse at the type of innovations we are making in Flash and HTML5, both imperative technologies that we will continue investing in for the long-term.

This experimental technology has been released on Adobe Labs in response to feedback from customers who said they wanted access to it after seeing it demoed at MAX. We invite customers to download Wallaby, try out the code it generates, and provide feedback on how they are using it to create simple animations like banner ads and translating graphical content. User response to the Wallaby technology preview will enable us to better understand how we can continue to support customers who want to reduce their learning curve for HTML5 development while leveraging the tools and skills they have today and reach users across more devices than ever.

Wallaby has a very simple UI and provides a path for users to input existing .FLA files and export HTML5 code. Users can then leverage their programming skills to further edit or optimize the code generated. Wallaby’s conversion to HTML5 allows content created in Flash Professional to be viewed within browsers running the WebKit rendering engine, including Google Chrome and Safari on iOS devices iPad, iPhone and iPod touch.

With more than 3 million Flash developers in the creative community we continue to look for new ways to help them build on their existing skills and look for new ways to make their content available to the widest possible audiences. The wider the audience, the greater the opportunities to build business around digital content.

Users can access the Wallaby preview technology for free today on Adobe Labs.


A Great Day For Digital Publishing – at Adobe and Beyond

Capture.PN7GTo paraphrase my fellow countryman, TV’s Craig Ferguson, “It’s a great day for Digital Publishing”.

Back in July we talked about a new Digital Magazine Solution that our publishing team were busy working on.  Today, we announced The Digital Publishing Suite and it is now available for early preview at Adobe Labs. Adobe InDesign CS5 is central to this new digital publishing workflow and you’ll need this software to start using the tools – and begin prototyping your digital publications.

There is also a FAQ, so please read this before sending your questions.  And you can visit our Digital Publishing blog for more information.

Today also saw our friends at Conde Nast choose the new Digital Publishing Suite for digital magazine production – check out the news here.  This follows on the launch of WIRED Magazine earlier this year, and the recent debut of The New Yorker on the iPad.  If you haven’t seen it, The New Yorker, being The New Yorker, persuaded Jason Schwartzman to introduce their new digital edition via video……with typical Manhattan aplomb.  BTW, luxuriant ‘tache Jason!    Me?  I’m looking forward to Vogue going digital myself.

But that’s not all.  Today at our MAX customer event in Los Angeles, Martha Stewart appeared on stage to announce that her iconic magazine is also going digital thanks to Adobe technologies.  There’s a sneak peek of Martha’s upcoming digital edition, here.

All in all, a great day for digital publishing – at Adobe and across the publishing industry.

New Digital Publishing Technologies Previewed

The Adobe Digital Publishing blog today posted a new video about our digital publishing technologies. Launching in late summer, this technology will allow publishers to retain the design fidelity of a print publication and add the interactivity of digital – to create immersive content (without writing code) and build monetizable, digital magazines for the Apple iPad. Other platforms and devices are expected in the future.

Visit Adobe Labs for a short preview video and more information on how these technologies fit into the digital magazine authoring workflow, and check back with Adobe Labs in late summer when the technology and details on how to integrate it into existing workflows will be available.

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Tapping Users Minds, Adobe Launches Adobe Labs Ideas

Adobe recently released a new initiative to go outside of our organization to facilitate research and development on emerging products and incorporate user-feedback into our online developer community, Adobe Labs.™

Named Adobe Labs Ideas™, the site utilizes multiple interfaces to provide ideation capabilities for specific Adobe products, including Adobe AIR,™Adobe Flash Builder,Adobe Flash Catalyst,™Adobe Flash Professional,™ Adobe Flex,™ Adobe LiveCycle ES™ and WorkflowLab.™

The ability to collect and prioritize feature suggestions and feedback has the potential to dramatically improve workflow and increase the productivity of product managers, while at the same time providing real-time customer and developer feedback, in-depth customer insights for improved marketing and further refining features through community collaboration among peers.

For developers and users of Adobe products, Adobe Labs Ideas is an incredible opportunity to influence the development of your favorite applications. Popular suggestions collected so far include requests to streamline user interfaces to make programming more intuitive, improved integration of product lines and tips for improved hardware utilization.

According to Adobe Labs manager Daniel Taborga, the company has long been interested in engaging the user community for idea generation and after a successful pilot of BrightIdea’s technology, they decided to integrate it into the official launch of Adobe Labs Ideas. Now all product managers at Adobe now have the potential to utilize the platform to drive innovation in their products.

In the one month since the program was launched, Adobe Labs Ideas has already seen over 20,000 unique visitors, 1,200 registered users and generated upwards of 450 feature and usability recommendations on participating product lines.

Visit Adobe Labs Ideas now to check it out!

Adobe Delivers HTML5 Support in Dreamweaver CS5

Adobe delivered some very exciting news this morning at the Google I/O conference, where our chief technology officer Kevin Lynch, announced the immediate availability of a new HTML5 Pack extension for Dreamweaver CS5. The extension demonstrates Adobe’s commitment to supporting its customers with the tools and technology they need to remain on the cutting-edge, so they can continue to create compelling content and move their businesses forward.

The HTML5 Pack extension is available as a free download for Dreamweaver CS5 users on Adobe Labs. Learn more on our Design and Web blog.

Watch the demo below to see it in action!

Adobe AIR 2 & Flash Player 10.1 Betas Now on Adobe Labs

Beta versions of Flash Player 10.1 and Adobe AIR 2 are available now on Adobe Labs for Windows, Mac and Linux operating systems. Flash Player 10.1 is also available for x86-based netbooks, and expected to be available across a broad spectrum of smartphones and other Internet-connected devices in 2010.

These beta releases are mainly for developers to start working with the new features and ensure already-existing content works with the new runtimes, but other people are welcome to download and try them as well. Just be sure to read the release notes (for AIR 2 here; and Flash Player 10.1 notes here) before installing.

The Flash Platform blog has more about the news, including a rundown of multi-touch capabilities and what it means now that there is hardware acceleration of H.264 video on supported Windows PCs and x86-based netbooks. Also, the press release has further details including loads of links.

And check out Kevin Lynch demoing new features of AIR 2 and multi-touch from the day one MAX 09 keynote, below.

Photographers Turned Product Developers?

Yes, there are certain windows of time in which photographers actually get to step into the shoes of the product development team at Adobe and contribute to a final release. Today, marks the highly anticipated public preview of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 beta for Mac and Windows – a sneak peek of what’s to come. Lightroom has historically been an application formed from the direct feedback of photographers to address specific workflow needs. During the beta period photographers can actually moonlight as product developers, contributing their reactions, requests and responses to what currently exists in the application.

Lightroom is the essential digital photography workflow solution, helping serious amateur and professional photographers quickly import, manage, enhance and showcase all their images from one application. Available as a free download on Adobe Labs, Lightroom 3 beta delivers an early look at new tools that will be in Lightroom 3, including more intuitive importing, unparalleled noise reduction and sharpening tools, enhanced slideshow capabilities and direct publishing to online photo sharing sites like Flickr®. Visit http://labs.adobe.com/downloads to learn more and download the beta. Feedback can be submitted on the Lightroom forums: http://forums.adobe.com/community/lightroom. Users also can connect with Adobe at www.facebook.com/lightroom or www.twitter.com/AdobeLR, and can add the tag #AdobeLR3beta to tweets about the Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 beta.

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