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Creative Design Inspiration: Gig Posters

Arnold Skolnick's iconic 1969 Woodstock poster

Arnold Skolnick’s iconic 1969 Woodstock poster

When some of the memories begin to fade, gig posters are ever-lasting reminders of experiences past. Take for instance Arnold Skolnick’s Woodstock poster that went on to become one of the most recognizable images of the last 40 years – or another 60s classic, the Monterey Pop Festival artwork, which still continues to be recognized.

Today, gig posters are still making their mark, and are becoming the ultimate pop art and coveted collectibles. Here are some of our recent favorites.

Are there any you would add? Tell us in the comments below.

 

 

 

 

Phish by James Flames

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Dave Matthews Band by DKNG Studios

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11:42 AM Permalink

Now Available: New tools & services for a beautiful, modern web

Great news for web designers and developers! Adobe Edge Tools & Services have just been added to your Creative Cloud membership. You can now use all of the Edge Tools & Services to design and develop for modern browsers and mobile devices–including Edge Animate, Edge Inspect (formerly called Shadow), Edge Web Fonts, PhoneGap Build, Typekit and a preview of Edge Code. By the end of the year we will also add a preview of Edge Reflow.

These tools and services will enable you to create beautiful, mobile-ready content and apps with HTML, CSS and JavaScript. Combine one or many Adobe Edge Tools and Services along with existing tools and technologies to design, animate, code, package, and deliver your content and apps. Watch this video to learn more.

If you have a paid Creative Cloud membership, you now have access to all of these tools and services along with any future additions and updates we deliver. We’re also making the Edge Tools & Services available to everyone who is signed up for a free Creative Cloud membership. If you aren’t a paid member and want to try these tools, just sign up for a free membership . All you need is an Adobe ID.

10:35 AM Permalink

Adobe & The Web

Today, we’re unveiling a new addition to the Digital Media blog, focused on the Web platform. The new blog, called Adobe & The Web, will touch on thought leadership, industry trends and product related announcements from Adobe and partners in the standards and open source Web space. We’ll also touch on commercial tools and service offerings. See our inaugural post below and look for much more to come.

Today in San Francisco, we kicked off Create the Web, a worldwide tour for interactive web designers and developers and partners that will provide us with the opportunity to share our vision for the web. We are delivering a live streamed keynote that lays out our vision for the web and the role that Adobe will play.

Our mission is to make the web better and to build the best tools in the world for web designers and developers.

We contribute to web standards and to open source projects, like WebKit and Cordova, to move the web forward. We get involved in the community, through hackatons and meet-ups. For example, we have worked with the community to organize a series of events called Test The Web Forward. These are a kind of hackatons where we focus on identifying and fixing interoperability problems in the various browsers. We welcome and encourage the participation of anyone interested in joining us.

We are contributing improvements in a few areas where we have some expertise, including magazine-quality layout (CSS Regions & CSS Exclusions), graphical foundation (blend modes, compositing and transforms), better device APIs and cinematic visual effects (CSS custom filters). We are also making available today CSS FilterLab, a fun experiment to play with custom filters, which even allows you to write and debug custom shaders right from your browser.

We also build the tools and services that web designers and developers need. This includes tools like Dreamweaver, our all-in one web production tool. We are releasing today an update to Dreamweaver with support for new HTML5 elements, faster FTP, a streamlined insert panel, support for Edge Animate and more. This update is available for free to Creative Cloud members.

We also introduced today the Edge Tools & Services, which are available with a free membership of Creative Cloud. They include Edge Animate, a powerful tool to create interactive and motion content; Edge Inspect, an indispensable tool to preview, inspect and debug your web content on mobile devices; Edge Code, a code editor for HTML/CSS/JavaScript, available now as a preview and PhoneGap Build, a hosted service to easily build web apps for mobile devices using the PhoneGap framework.

We’ve also introduced Edge Web Fonts, a new service built on the Typekit engine to deliver free and open source fonts.

We’ve given a sneak preview of a new tool we’re working on called Edge Reflow which makes it  easy to create responsive web content visually, but using standard CSS and media-queries.

Following San Francisco the tour continues on to London, Tokyo and Sydney in early October followed by a 30-city international tour of “HTML Meetups” in destinations throughout the Americas, Europe, Asia, and more. These “HTML Meetups” are centered on JavaScript, CSS, HTML, designing and developing web content and mobile apps and include a one-hour overview of content from Create the Web and deep dives with demos on our products related to design and development. To request a Meetup in your city, visit http://html.adobe.com/events.

We had a lot of exciting news to tell you about today. To find out more about what we’re doing to make the web better, visit html.adobe.com.

10:26 AM Permalink

Exclusive Dreamweaver features only for Creative Cloud members

One of the best things about being a Creative Cloud member is getting early access to exclusive features, like the three Illustrator features we announced last month. Today, we’re announcing six Dreamweaver features exclusively for Creative Cloud members and Dreamweaver subscribers. These features give you the ability to easily add HTML5 tags, audio, video and Adobe Edge Animate compositions to your projects, and quickly find files with real-time search results on Mac OS. To learn more, check out this video.

To get these features, just open Dreamweaver, go to the main menu, choose Help > Updates or download Dreamweaver for the first time here.

If you aren’t a Creative Cloud member, or are signed up for the free Creative Cloud membership and want access to these Dreamweaver features, you can become a paid member here. Current Creative Suite customers can join Creative Cloud and get 40% off their first year of membership, and pay just US$29.99 per month for the first 12 months. See if you qualify.

10:24 AM Permalink

New PhoneGap Build Service Available Today

I am excited to announce the general availability of Adobe PhoneGap Build, a new service that allows developers and designers to build apps for mobile devices using standard Web technologies and package them in the cloud. PhoneGap Build is built on top of the PhoneGap framework, which is a distribution of the Apache Cordova open source project, offering new features that allow developers to compile apps faster than with any native Software Development Kit (SDK) and target all major platforms with a single codebase. Following an extensive beta testing phase, PhoneGap Build is now publicly available via Creative Cloud.

In addition to the new service, Adobe also announced that PhoneGap has become the most popular mobile app development framework with over one million downloads and 400,000 PhoneGap developers to date. The platform has emerged as a top-level open source project with major companies contributing to Apache Cordova including Google, Microsoft, HP, IBM, Intel, RIM, Nokia and others. For a PhoneGap overview, check out our new video at http://youtu.be/wOH4aGows40. More than 90,000 developers and designers have used the PhoneGap Build Beta service to compile 200,000 apps to date. Prominent apps built with PhoneGap include Wikipedia, the BBC London Olympics app, Microsoft Halo Waypoint, Zynga’s Mafia Wars Shakedown, Salesforce Hybrid Mobile SDK and Amanita Designs’ new Kooky game app. For more examples please visit http://phonegap.com/app.

PhoneGap Build removes the challenges developers face during the deployment cycle by automatically compiling apps for each major app store without having to maintain native SDKs. With the new PhoneGap Build Hydration feature, developers can take advantage of faster debug and build cycles and instantly notify testers of new versions.The “Share” function allows users to review app prototypes with colleagues and clients through a QR code that automatically installs the app. For more details visit the Phonegap Blog.

PhoneGap Build supports all major mobile platforms including iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Phone, Bada, webOS and Symbian. The new service is available through Adobe Creative Cloud starting today. Available to customers in 36 countries and in multiple languages, pricing for Creative Cloud membership for individuals is US$49.99 per month based on an annual membership and US$74.00 per month for month-to-month memberships. An introductory offer of US$29.99 per month is available to qualified customers for a limited time. A standalone subscription to the PhoneGap Build service is also available for $9.99 per month.

For the those of you not familiar with Creative Cloud yet: Creative Cloud is a radical rethinking of the entire creative process and an industry-defining shift in creative expression and inspiration, where members can explore, create, publish, and share their work across devices, the desktop, and the Web. Once you are a member you can download and install all of Adobe’s creative desktop applications and get access to different online services. Check out www.adobe.com/go/creativecloud for all the details.

10:22 AM Permalink

Creative Spotlight: Jordan Rodgers on Adobe Touch Apps

The first time we discovered Jordan L. Rodgers, we were impressed by his ability to create with Adobe Touch Apps. We were blown away after stumbling upon his Adobe Ideas sketch of the RIBA façade via Twitter. We reached out to him, to learn more about his creative process – and of course, see more of his work!

Jordan was kind enough to discuss how Touch Apps have revolutionized his creative process. Check out what he shared with us below and then be sure to head over to our Adobe Touch Twitter channel to see the new background we’ve created from his sketches.

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JordanAdobe: When were you first introduced to Adobe Touch Apps?

Jordan Rodgers: As an artist I make use of the iPad as a tool to explore the comparisons between traditional drawing on paper and digital drawing applications. Since discovering Adobe Ideas, I have embarked on further research and exploration between art and technology as a means to record everyday journeys, drawn in the evolution of a Modern Metropolis.

How has Adobe Touch Apps improved your ability to create?

The ability to draw on a hand held tablet in any location allows one to document in new ways. The Adobe Ideas app provides the ability to zoom in and out while restricting oneself to 0.5 fine line and working from one’s finger touch for greater rhythm and flow while drawing the lines. I also tend to do a lot of building up and then undo lines I don’t feel reflect the scene adequately.

How much of a difference has direct touch input made to your creations?

Touch screens are revolutionizing the process of creation and represent a new perspective in drawing. Direct touch input has made a significant difference to my pieces.

How has the integration from Touch Apps through to the Creative Cloud features changed your workflow?

The integration from Touch Apps through to the Creative Cloud features has changed my work workflow in allowing the drawing to be kinetic and mobile from other devices (iPad, iPhone, Desktop). By utilizing this form of modern technology, I am then in a position to share my works via social media – from hosting a portfolio on my own website to using Twitter (@jordanlrodgers) as a means to engage with a diverse range of practitioners.

Which pairing of the Touch Apps and the applications within Creative Cloud is most instrumental to your creative process?

The pairing of Adobe Ideas and Photoshop CS6 application within Creative Cloud has proven to be most instrumental to my creative process when drawing traditional Arch-viz. I have also taken the initiative and paired up the use of Adobe Ideas app and explored visual effects, motion graphics in After Effects software with the purpose of creating depth by essentially projecting flat images onto some 3D geometry or AE 3D cards.

To see other projects from Jordan, visit www.jordanlrodgers.com. Also, reach out to us on Facebook, Twitter or even here if you’d like to have your work featured. We’re always on the lookout for talented Touch Apps users to feature!

Note: All images featured are the property of Jordan L. Rodgers.

2:36 PM Permalink

Digital Publishing Suite, Single Edition Now Offered in Creative Cloud

We’re excited to share that Digital Publishing Suite, Single Edition is here and available for all Creative Cloud members!  With Digital Publishing Suite, Single Edition, you can now create, develop and deliver iPad apps without writing code. This is a new functionality that comes as a plug-in to InDesign, and makes it easy for you create brochures, personal portfolios and more with interactive elements (i.e., slideshows and image sequences). As a Creative Cloud Member you also get the exclusive benefit of being able to submit an unlimited number of iPad apps to the Apple app store.

Get a brief overview in the video below or check out the Creative Cloud team’s post, ‘The Ability to Publish iPad Apps Has Arrived.’

To learn more about this new offering, join us Friday, September 21 for this Ask a Pro session: The new, streamlined DPS, Single Edition workflow. You can also visit our Digital Publishing Suite, Single Edition Showcase page and view customer stories to learn how others are using the Digital Publishing Suite, Single Edition.

8:56 PM Permalink

Just added: Publish iPad Apps via Creative Cloud

As a Creative Cloud member, you can now create, develop, and deliver iPad apps using the tools you’re already familiar with. Design brochures, personal portfolios, yearbooks, annual reports — and integrate interactive elements such as slideshows and image sequences — using our latest release: the Digital Publishing Suite, Single Edition.

This new functionality comes as a plugin to InDesign, making it an approachable and intuitive solution that leverages your existing skills — so if you know print design, you already know how to create an iPad app. What’s even more exciting is that, as a Creative Cloud member, you get the exclusive benefit of being able to submit an unlimited number of iPad apps to the Apple App Store. If purchased separately, publishing each app costs US $395.

You can learn more by watching this overview video:

Here are some additional things you need to know, to get started:

  • The DPS App Builder that comes with Digital Publishing Suite is a Mac-only application. Also, Apple requires that you use a Mac to submit your app to the Apple App Store.
  • You need to update InDesign to access the Digital Publishing Suite desktop tools. To do this, open InDesign, go to the main menu, choose Help > Updates. To download InDesign for the first time, go here.
  • You’ll need to register as an Apple Developer and pay the $99 annual fee in order to submit apps to the Apple App Store.
  • You must be a paid member of Creative Cloud to access to Digital Publishing Suite, Single Edition. If you are already a free member, you can upgrade here.

We created a step-by-step guide to publishing iPad apps to get you up and running. Be sure to check it out. If you aren’t a Creative Cloud member and want to access the guide, just sign up for a free membership here.

You can also see more videos on Adobe TV to help you get up to speed.

12:28 PM Permalink

Adobe Highlights at IBC 2012

Last week was quite the week for conferences. While Photoshop World was coming to a close, we had another team in Amsterdam for the International Broadcasting Convention (IBC). If you missed it, our Digital Video & Audio team has you covered with daily video highlight reels straight from the convention floor.

Friday, Sept. 7

It was opening day for the convention and our team had some new products to share, including Adobe Anywhere and Project Primetime.

Sunday, Sept. 9

On Sunday, the theme was all about workflow efficiencies, where we highlighted some of our industry partners’ workflow integrations showcased across the show floor.

Monday, Sept. 10

From video streams to revenue streams, Monday was about driving more revenue by getting your video to more viewers, on more devices, with Adobe Project Primetime.

Tuesday, Sept. 11

Tuesday was the last day at IBC, and it was all about collaboration without boundaries. We spent the day taking a closer look at the growing momentum behind Production Premium CS6 & Adobe Anywhere for video, which helps teams work together in real time, across virtually any network with shared media.

IBC 2012 was an action-packed event full of exciting releases and announcements. For more from IBC, check out our IBC Online hub.

For Final Cut Pro or Avid users, now is a great time to switch to the Adobe Creative Cloud and take advantage of our Switch. Save. Edit. promotion.  You’ll get 40% off all Adobe pro video tools, including Premiere Pro, plus so much more with your Creative Cloud Membership. The offer ends November 30, 2012. Don’t miss it!

12:30 PM Permalink

Improvements to the Share UI

As we continue to work towards a richer set of file sharing capabilities, we have made a small update to our file sharing interface to make collaboration easier. In addition to sharing a file from the single file view, you can now easily share it from the folder views (both the list and grid views support this new UI).

Additionally, you can now quickly copy the share URL directly to your clipboard with the click of a button! This URL can be shared with teammates and clients so they can view, download or comment on the file.

We are working hard on further improving file and folder sharing features within Creative Cloud as well as from our touch applications and desktop tools. Stay tuned for more updates soon.

5:39 PM Permalink