Happy Valentine’s Day! To spread love to all our Creative Cloud members (free or paid), we released several new product updates for HTML5 Web tooling today.
Leading the release is the first public preview of Edge Reflow, a new responsive design tool that we first showed a sneak peek to the community at our Create the Web event in September 2012. 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 the following products:
- Edge Animate has been updated with new capabilities for easily adding CSS gradients and CSS filters. A new visual web font selector powered by the Edge Web Fonts service has also been added.
- Edge Code now has been updated with support for live preview that shows changes in the browser as soon as they are made and supports editing code inline instead of requiring you to switch between files. Code hinting support for CSS and HTML properties have also been added.
- Dreamweaver has integrated support for Edge Web Fonts making it easy to review, select and incorporate fonts into projects. The Fluid Grid Layouts have also been updated with a new editing interface for flexibility in creating fluid grid.
Over the last year, we’ve been working hard to improve the experience of installing and updating Adobe applications. While we’ve made good progress, we also realize that a Creative Cloud membership comes with lots of apps, and new versions are coming out frequently. We thought we could do better in how we manage all those updates. So, the team building our Adobe Application Manager has been working hard to address some of your concerns. We’re happy to announce today that a new version of the Adobe Application Manager is available, equipped with an updater! This means its easier to discover, download and install updates for your favorite Adobe applications.
From the updater, we’ll notify you which new updates are available and let you know which installed products are up-to-date. You’ll see a new “Updates” tab that consolidates all the updates, and you can choose to install all of them at once or one-by-one. We hope this makes it simpler for you to stay current with the latest features and bug fixes as we release them in Creative Cloud.
To get the new version, just launch the Adobe Applications Manager and it will self-update. Alternatively, you can download the latest copy here.
We will continue to add more capabilities to the updater and Adobe Application Manager in the future, but your feedback and comments are greatly appreciated — take this survey and let us know what you think!
Adobe Muse enables you to create and publish distinctive, professional HTML websites without writing code. And now, you can create unique tablet and smartphone versions of your websites using new mobile features available in an update to Adobe Muse.
This update is a direct response to customer demands for mobile device support. Mobile-friendly websites are vital for businesses today – IDC estimates that by 2015 more end users will access the Internet through a mobile device than a PC. Because of this, designers and their clients are realizing the need to provide an optimal viewing experience whether sites are viewed on a large monitor while sitting at a desk or on a smaller screen while on-the-go.
New features in Adobe Muse include:
- Mobile Layout Options: Select a tablet or smartphone layout in the planning stage, and define the site plan and master pages to create unique layouts for each.
- Mobile Content and Style Options: Design the content and style of each experience.
- Touch-Enabled Interactivity: Link phone numbers to automatically dial when tapped, email addresses to open an email client with the “To” address already filled in.
- Gesture-Enabled Widgets: Copy and paste Adobe Muse widgets in mobile layouts – site menu navigation, slideshows, page-swipes, and more will work automatically, with the touch of a finger.
Adobe Muse is available in Creative Cloud and you can download it here. If you already have Muse installed, just open the application and click “Install Now” on the updater screen to get these new features. For more information about Adobe Muse, go here.
We’re excited to be delivering over a dozen exciting new features today in Photoshop version 13.1 — exclusively for Creative Cloud members. Below are just few of the key enhancements:
- Smart Object support for Blur Gallery and Liquify: Enjoy the creative freedom to experience nondestructive editing with Blur Gallery and Liquify, now that both features offer Smart Object support.
- Powerful CSS support for web design: Quickly export CSS code for text and objects, and also import color codes from HTML and CSS files to your Color palette to help you design incredible websites.
- Conditional Actions: Speed up image processing by creating Conditional Actions. These commands use logic to automatically choose between different Actions based on rules that you establish.
- Retina display support: See more of the details in your images and in the Photoshop user interface when viewing on high-resolution displays, including the new Retina display available on MacBook Pro.*
To get these features, just open Photoshop, go to the main menu, choose Help > Updates. Or, download Photoshop for the first time from Creative Cloud.
* Retina display support for Mac is available to all Adobe Photoshop CS6 customers today, including customers who are not Creative Cloud members.
From the beginning, we promised that Creative Cloud members would always get the latest software upgrades at no extra charge. We’re excited to make this happen today with the release of Acrobat XI Pro. Members can go to the Apps page right now to download and install Adobe’s newest and most powerful collaboration solution.
You’ll get features that let you create forms in minutes, edit PDFs faster than ever with a range of new tools, and easily convert PDFs to Word, Excel or PowerPoint. Plus, there are many more features to explore in Acrobat XI… Read more on the Acrobat XI blog or watch this video to learn!
Not a member of Creative Cloud yet? Go here to learn about what we have to offer!
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.
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.
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.
Chevon Hicks is a Creative Director at Heavenspot , an independent digital creative agency that works closely with consumer brands, movie studios and ad agencies. Chevon not only runs this insane creative agency, but he also happens to be a very talented illustrator.
Recently, he created the gorgeous illustration (above) of Italian soccer player Mario Balotelli completely in Adobe Ideas on his iPad and a Wacom Bamboo stylus, all while away from his desktop. Adobe Ideas allowed Hicks to design anywhere using vectors, layers, and color themes. Although Chevon didn’t use desktop software in this case, Adobe Ideas allows you to put the finishing ‘touches’ (excuse the pun) on your work in Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop.
“For the first time in years, I felt like I was really ‘painting’ with vectors,” explained Chevon.