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Creative Cloud for Teams… It Makes Sense

Adobe Creative Cloud is a great solution for creatives, designers, photographers and video producers to always have the latest and greatest tools. At first glance you may think that it’s all about individual users. But there’s much more to Creative Cloud than the plans for individuals and freelancers. We offer a solution for enterprise customers, and for those who manage a team or are part of a small to medium size business, we created Adobe Creative Cloud for teams (CCT).

CCTeamsTerry_1I’ll be the first to admit that I didn’t get the value proposition of CCT at first. Now that I see all that you get from an administration standpoint it makes sense to me.

With CCT you’re in control
Your Creative Cloud licenses are tied to the company, not the individual users. This way if someone leaves the company or a project, they don’t leave with your software. You simply turn it off for one user and turn it on for the next. You can also dictate/deploy which applications and services are being used by your team or employees.

Stuck on a project?
Each of your users is given two one-to-one consulting sessions per year and you’ll have a one-on-one consultation with an Adobe expert. And as of April 20, Adobe is now offering priority support exclusively for CCT business customers around the world. Creative Cloud for teams admins will now have 24/7 (English only) advanced technical support by phone (and web support via chat) to help deploy their CCT software smoothly and resolve issues. This level of support is not available to customers with individual Creative Cloud memberships, but it’s something Adobe realizes businesses require.

Collaboration is the key
Adobe Creative Cloud offers a wealth of services and features that allow your users to collaborate and share files, colors, styles, etc. As a CCT member each of your users will get 100GB of cloud storage instead of the 20GB of cloud storage for individuals. With this additional storage your team members can share more and work on bigger projects that they can access not only from their desktop computers but also their mobile devices.

CCTeamsTerry_2The bottom line
Adobe Creative Cloud for teams is where it’s at if you manage a team or business. If I still had my training and design company, Creative Cloud for teams would be a no-brainer. Learn more about it.

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Adobe Creative Cloud Complete Plan—Pro Video Tools 40% Off

Save 40% on all the video tools you need with the Adobe Creative Cloud Complete plan.

Just US$29.99/month. Join now.

All video professionals worldwide—including Apple Final Cut Pro, Avid Media Composer, Grass Valley Edius and Adobe Creative Suite users—can get every Adobe creative tool for 40% off on the Creative Cloud Complete plan.
 
Join by May 29, 2015 and get your first year of membership for just US$29.99 a month*—a savings of 40%. Sign up now!

Creative Cloud brings together everything editors, filmmakers, animators, and motion graphics designers need to go from script to screen and beyond. Move projects seamlessly through your production pipeline thanks to deep integration between Adobe Premiere Pro CC, Adobe After Effects CC, Adobe Audition CC, and Adobe Photoshop CC. With apps that play well together, you can fine-tune your edits, audio, color grades, and masks in one integrated workflow. Plus, you always have instant access to new features as soon as they’re released, so you can stay up to speed on the latest innovations, industry developments, and new hardware and formats.

Making the move to Adobe Premiere Pro CC
Edit video with greater speed and precision with Premiere Pro CC, the industry-leading nonlinear editing application. Offering a clean, easily customizable interface and native support for a huge range of file formats, Premiere Pro CC lets you move through projects faster and deliver your best work, even on the tightest deadlines. There are so many reasons to upgrade or switch to Premiere Pro CC and now, through May 29, 2015, we’re adding one more! Our best offer yet saves you 40% on the Creative Cloud Complete plan. Sign up now!

When you subscribe to Creative Cloud today, you will get the new features as soon as they’re available. In Premiere Pro CC, you’ll get the Lumetri Color Panel, which allows editors to manipulate color and light with familiar Lightroom-style controls, Morph Cut, which removes unsightly jump-cuts in talking head interview footage, and Creative Cloud Libraries, which gives you access to your creative assets, including looks and graphics, wherever you are.

To see what else is coming soon to the video tools in Creative Cloud, check out our blog post.


Late Night with Seth Meyers
Dan Dome, associate director and lead editor for Late Night with Seth Meyers has a long history in late night television. Dome recently transitioned from leading the post helm at CONAN where they were formally cutting on Apple Final Cut Pro, to launch Late Night on Premiere Pro CC and a full Creative Cloud workflow. Check out how he and his team use Adobe Creative Cloud.

Resources to help you make the switch
We’re dedicated to making sure you do not lose any hours learning a new piece of software. On our website, we’ve captured the tools you need to help you make the switch from Apple Final Cut Pro or Avid Media Composer to Adobe Premiere Pro CC. You can also download a free 30 day trial of Premiere Pro CC.
 
 
* Terms and Conditions: The $29.99/month offer for an annual Adobe Creative Cloud Complete Membership is only available to customers who own Apple Final Cut Pro, Avid Media Composer, Grass Valley Edius or customers who purchased an Adobe Creative Suite edition or individual product in one of the following versions (CS3.x, CS4, or CS5.x, or CS6) directly from the Adobe Store or by calling a regional Adobe Call Center. Offer valid for purchases of an annual plan, which requires a 12-month contract. These offers are not available to Education, OEM, or volume licensing customers. This offer is valid from April 9, 2015 12:01 a.m. ET through May 29, 2015 11:59 p.m. ET. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED OR RESTRICTED BY LAW. For a limited time stated in this promotion, eligible customers may purchase an annual membership to Adobe Creative Cloud for a reduced price. Residents of embargoed countries are not eligible. This offer is limited to one (1) purchase of one (1) Creative Cloud annual membership per customer. Offer is subject to U.S. export control laws and laws where the recipient resides. Offer may not be assigned, exchanged, sold, transferred, or combined with any other discount or offer, or redeemed for cash or other goods and services. Offer expires at the time stated in this promotion. This offer and prices are subject to change without notice.

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Adobe Stretches the Creative Canvas to Apple Watch with Three New Apps

Imagine if you could channel all the creative productivity lost from checking your phone hundreds of times a day into a new project—what would you create? The arrival of the Apple Watch, and the ability to prioritize and customize alerts, signals a shift in how we’ll interact with personal technology.

We certainly expect Adobe customers—some of the most creative people on the planet—to be early adopters of the Apple Watch. That’s because designers get a lot of their best ideas not while sitting at our desks, but from interacting with and observing the world around us. Geoff Dowd, our director of experience design, made this point in a recent New York Times article. When Geoff has a few spare minutes, he hops on his bike and takes in the vibrant district around Adobe’s San Francisco design studio.

This is Adobe’s mission: to stretch the mobile canvas and inspire creatives. So today we updated three of our popular iPhone apps to add support for Apple Watch: Behance, Adobe Color CC, and Creative Cloud. The intersection of Creative Cloud and wearable technology has arrived:

Watch_1.BehanceStatsPrioritize projects with Behance: Whether you’re with a client or away from your desk—customize Behance notifications so that a glance displays your most meaningful daily stats. Behance is the world’s leading creative community, where you can get feedback and find inspiration from over five million creative peers.

iOS 8 iPhone 6The new release of Behance app for iPhone makes interaction with critical updates frictionless, bringing your Inbox, Notifications, My Work, and Nearby directly to your Apple Watch. Remotely control Airplay presentations of your online portfolio from your watch to open a Behance project and step through the individual images of a project presentation. Use Handoff to move seamlessly from your Apple Watch to your iPhone when you want to comment on a file or project; use the share dialog to post a link to Facebook, Twitter and other services.

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Get out there… and make something colorful: The always-on culture has often meant we miss those precious moments of inspiration and ideating around us. With Adobe Color CC, see the world in a spectrum of color, wherever your inspiration takes you. Pair the app with your Apple Watch and turn on geo-location to reveal color themes that were captured nearby. Discover the colors in the world around you—view the theme, name, distance, and map location.
Watch_4.ColorSaveSwipe to see the ten most popular themes in the vicinity. Extend your mobile and desktop workflows by adding new color swatches to your Creative Cloud Libraries design assets as-is, or pass one to your iPhone for real-time adjustments. And this is all available back at your desk, thanks to your unique Creative Profile, so you can continue working in CC desktop tools.

Watch_5.CCWatchWear Adobe Creative Cloud on your wrist: Many folks have asked us about the update for Creative Cloud app for iPhone, that Apple shows on the Watch TV commercial—it’s now here! Gone are the days of being chained to your desk or phone constantly monitoring for client feedback, new projects, design assets and more; set up Apple Watch to monitor activity on shared Creative Cloud files, view and reply to comments on a file, accept or decline invitations to collaborate, and more. The effortless mobile to desktop workflows across devices and apps enabled by Creative Profile and Creative Cloud Libraries make this all possible.

We’re looking forward to seeing the Apple Watch journey unfold—you can be sure that the first generation is just the start of amazing things to come. Similar to our other recent platform explorations Adobe Ink & Slide and our touch work on Microsoft Surface, how customers interact with Apple Watch will guide us. We can’t wait to hear where you take your newfound freedom. Anything is possible—get out there.

Check out these new apps:

 
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Announcing A Major New Update to The Creative Cloud Photography Plan

Starting today, with the release of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC 2015 and updates to all our mobile apps, the Adobe Creative Cloud Photography plan now, more than ever, makes it possible to enjoy your passion for photography anytime you want.

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With the Creative Cloud Photography plan, capture any moment and make it your own

Perfect your photography with Lightroom CC and Adobe Photoshop CC, the best photography tools whether you’re a beginner or a pro. Organize, edit, enhance and transform your photos anytime, anywhere. Sync your images across all your devices—Mac, PC and mobile. It’s all your photography, all in one place.
 

Lightroom CC

Lightroom CC is the standard for photo enthusiasts and professionals, and essential for perfecting photos. What’s new?

  • HDR Merge: Easily combine multiple high-contrast shots into a single HDR image.
  • Panorama Merge: Stitch together a group of photos to form a seamless panorama.
  • Facial Recognition: Identify a face in a photo and effortlessly find the same face in a library of images.
  • Performance Improvements: Get more done, faster. Lightroom takes advantage of compatible graphics processors to boost overall speed up to ten times faster, especially in the Develop module.
  • Filter Brush: Erase parts of a gradient or paint gradient effects into any part of a photo.
  • Advanced Video Slideshows: Combine still images, video and music with professional effects like pan and zoom.

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Lightroom for mobile devices

Automatically synced with Lightroom CC on the desktop, Adobe Lightroom for mobile lets you edit, organize and share photos on-the-go, on iOS and Android devices.

  • Android Tablet Support: Previously only available on Android phones, now you can sync, edit, organize and share on Android tablets too.
  • Android SD Card Support: You can now specify local storage to an SD card rather than internal device storage.
  • Native DNG Support on Android: Android 5.0 (aka “Lollipop”) now allows you to shoot photos in raw, and saves them as DNG files. You can now import those DNG files directly from you Android device.
  • Improved Crop Experience on iOS: We simplified the number of tiles in our crop UI so you can now easily find aspect ratios, and we added an auto-straighten function.

Sharing and storytelling

Stories are easy to tell with photos from any Lightroom collection using our free iPad apps Adobe Slate and Adobe Voice.
 

Read all the details about what’s new in Adobe’s Creative Cloud Photography plan on the Photoshop.com and Lightroom Journal blogs.

The Creative Cloud Photography plan (USD$9.99 per month) includes Lightroom for your desktop, web and mobile, Photoshop CC and Photoshop Mix (for iPhone and iPad).

The products in the Creative Cloud Photography plan are also available as part of a Creative Cloud complete plan. Haven’t tried Creative Cloud yet? You should. For free.

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What about Android?

An update on mobile support.

Our vision for our mobile apps is to push the boundaries of where and how you can create. Whether you’re capturing inspiration on the go, sketching your ideas on the fly or compositing photos, these mobile apps are fundamentally connected by your Creative Profile and help make your graphics, colors, brushes available to you as you move from app to app and from your phone to desktop.

While we initially launched these apps on iOS, we didn’t forget you Android. We’re working hard to develop Android phone support for some of our most popular apps. But we want to do it right, in a way that complements the strengths of the Android user experience and design. While we can’t offer specific release dates, you should expect to see the first of these apps starting in Summer 2015.

We’re also eagerly developing an Android version of the Creative SDK, which powers both Adobe and third-party apps. This SDK will allow the creation of more Android apps that connect you to your Creative Profile wherever you are.

As of now, there are Android phone apps available for the creative social network Behance, Behance Creative Portfolio, Creative Cloud file management, and Lightroom.

 

Can’t wait to get your hands on Creative Cloud mobile apps for Android? Interested in helping us test them? Check into joining our Android beta program.


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Collaborate Using Creative Cloud Assets

At its heart, Creative Cloud is all about collaboration. It brings different creative professionals—designers, illustrators, video artists, web developers, and others—together and helps them work efficiently and spend more time being creative.

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Sharing folders and Libraries; two primary ways to collaborate using Creative Cloud.

Collaborate with files

Real projects are seldom single files. Even the simplest project has multiple design assets: documents, fonts, graphics, illustrations, and so many more. Also, it seldom happens that you’re working in isolation. In the real world, you need to collaborate with other creatives, service providers, vendors, and, of course, customers.

Collaboration_2 You can use Creative Cloud Assets to collaborate on single files or a folder of files. All collaborators then have access to the actual files that they can view and work on. This collaboration greatly reduces the work of “zipping” files and folders and then having to keep track of the various versions. All collaborators synchronize these files on their computers; Creative Cloud for desktop app keeps all files in sync and makes sure that everyone has the latest and greatest copy.

Collaborate with Libraries

Creative Cloud Libraries are collections of creative assets and design elements that you can use across Adobe desktop and mobile applications. When you share a library, collaborators can contribute assets to it. Libraries are a great way of organizing team-level assets and artifacts, and maintaining consistency across large projects.

Once ready, you can share the library with other members of your team, so that everyone is using the same approved assets. Use Libraries to quickly transfer design assets across your team for use in a growing list of supported apps on both mobile and desktop. Your team can then work on projects whenever they feel inspired. You won’t have to worry about stray versions of assets and can rest assured that all deliverables adhere to and use the correct design elements.

Collaboration_3 You can invite someone to share files and Libraries using the Creative Cloud website or from within the Creative Cloud desktop applications that support this feature. At the time of writing this blog post, Adobe Photoshop CC, Adobe Illustrator CC, and Adobe InDesign CC are the Creative Cloud desktop apps that support library collaboration. In addition, you can access and use library assets from within several Adobe mobile apps. Collaborators are authenticated using their Adobe ID or Enterprise ID. If some collaborators don’t already have an Adobe ID, they’re given the opportunity to create one.

Useful resources

Looking for more information on collaboration in Creative Cloud? Check this list:

 

That’s our perspective on Creative Cloud collaboration; let us know how you’re using these features in your workflows.

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Coming Next to Adobe Pro Video Tools

Creativity is about to get a lot more colorful: Updates coming to Creative Cloud pro video tools.

Adobe announced today a new wave of major updates for video pros coming soon to Creative Cloud. New versions of the video tools and services, including some brand new apps, will be presented next week at National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) tradeshow.

Visitors to the show will see a new Color workspace and a Lumetri Color panel in Adobe Premiere Pro CC, which offers an entirely new color workflow for editors; Adobe Character Animator, an amazing (and fun) interactive desktop animation tool; expanded scope for collaboration with Creative Cloud Libraries and Adobe Anywhere; “Project Candy,” an innovative mobile technology, currently under development for capturing and sharing Looks; and lots of cool new Adobe Magic that makes it easy to accomplish tasks that would have been difficult or impossible before.

Watch our NAB 2015 webcast shot live on the show floor. See Jason Levine demonstrate and explain the top features coming soon to the Adobe video tools.

 

Watch Al Mooney’s overview video introducing key video features in the next release:

Key themes of the upcoming release

  • New color workflows that make color an integral part of the creative process, including the Color workspace in the Lumetri Color panel and scopes in Premiere Pro CC and new Look support in Creative Cloud Libraries.
  • Mobile apps and integrations that extend the creative process, such as a streamlined workflow for opening Adobe Premiere Clip projects in Premiere Pro CC, and new mobile capture technology, Project Candy, for creating Looks to enhance the appearance of video footage.
  • Deeper collaboration for all—from small teams to large enterprises, including asset sharing via Creative Cloud Libraries for mobile-to-mobile and mobile-to-desktop workflows. And Adobe Anywhere, coming soon in two versions, offering collaborative editing workflows for teams of all sizes.
  • Tools and features that empower artists to create more and deliver faster: Adobe Character Animator, Morph Cut in Premiere Pro CC, Time Tuner in Adobe Media Encoder CC. Preview enhancements and Face Tracker in Adobe After Effects CC, and more.

Innovations like these are driving adoption of Adobe video workflows: recent Premiere Pro CC converts include the four-time Academy Award winning Coen Brothers, who are currently editing their film, Hail, Caesar!; and director Rhys Thomas and producer Lorne Michaels of NBC’s Saturday Night Live, with Staten Island Summer, a Paramount Pictures production, due out in 2015. In addition, MLB Network switched their editing and post-production environment to a complete Creative Cloud workflow.

“From script to screens, Adobe is delivering advanced workflows for every step of the creative journey. The industry is switching to Premiere Pro CC and our tightly integrated set of video tools because of the constant stream of innovation coming from our labs,” said Steve Warner, vice president of digital video and audio at Adobe.

“Our move to Creative Cloud, with deeply connected mobile-to-desktop workflows and services that make your assets available to you as you move from app to app, ensures our customers have the tools and services to create stunning videos, TV shows, films and commercials faster than before.”

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Adobe Premiere Pro CC

Editors have a lot to look forward to in the next release of Premiere Pro CC, starting with the all-new Color workspace and Lumetri Color panel providing powerful, yet easy-to-use, color tools inside Premiere Pro CC. Further extending their creative color workflows, Premiere Pro CC users will be able to apply Looks captured in the real world with Project Candy to add emotional impact and visual appeal to videos. Looks and graphics elements will be easily accessed in the application via Creative Cloud Libraries. Task-Oriented Workspaces organize the User Interface for the task at hand. Editors can also create and save custom workspaces to include the windows, tabs and tools that they use most.

It will be much easier to deliver polished interview content by smoothing out jump cuts in talking head shots with Morph Cut. Improved integration between Adobe Premiere Clip and Premiere Pro CC will offer a seamless transition from the mobile editing experience to the power of a professional desktop NLE. Other features coming in the next release include more streamlined audio workflows, caption burn-in, improved Mercury Transmit performance for external monitoring with third-party I/O hardware, support for Windows touch devices, new editing refinements, and even more file format support.

The ability to shape light and color is integral to the process of working with moving images,” said Al Mooney, senior product marketing manager. “Color tools should enable play and experimentation. They should be approachable, easy to understand, and easy to include in your post-production workflow.”

To learn more about what’s coming next, visit the Premiere Pro blog.

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Project Candy

“Project Candy” is the code name for an amazing new mobile technology, currently under development, that allows users to capture light and color from the things they see around them and save the results as Looks. Looks are like grading presets used to enhance the appearance of video footage, like those you can create in Adobe SpeedGrade CC or now in Premiere Pro CC.

“The brilliant thing about Project Candy, is that you don’t need to know anything about color grading to use it,” said senior product manager Patrick Palmer. “In the past you would need to be an expert colorist to match the Look of a scene in real-life. With Candy, you just need your phone.”

Looks saved in Project Candy are automatically available in Premiere Clip, Premiere Pro CC, and After Effects CC via Creative Cloud Libraries, where they can also be shared with colleagues.

Learn more about Project Candy on the Moving Colors blog.

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Adobe After Effects CC

The next release of After Effects CC will instantly feel faster for users, making it easy to explore their creativity while interacting with the software in new ways. Uninterrupted Preview allows users to explore design ideas, adjust properties, and even resize panels without stopping playback. Simplified Previews offers intuitive default behaviors to help new users get up and running faster while allowing experienced After Effects artists to customize their preview options to fit their preferred workflow.

“The preview enhancements in the coming release provide a more responsive and dynamic environment for motion graphics and visual effects work,” said Todd Kopriva, product manager for After Effects. “This allows artists to focus on the creative process and stay in the creative zone with fewer distractions or interruptions.”

Connected creativity takes a leap forward with Creative Cloud Libraries, putting assets right at the artist’s fingertips, including images, Looks, color swatches and vector graphics from other desktop and mobile apps like Adobe Shape CC.

Face Tracker is a new feature that makes it easy to map facial movements with exceptional accuracy, managing the level of detail you track. Users can use simple mask tracking for fast tracking (for example to blur out someone’s features) or use more detailed point or measurement tracking to apply precise effects, or export tracking data to Adobe Character Animator. Other enhancements in the new release include a more adaptable user interface and support for using touch controls to navigate between panels within the app.

Learn more about what’s coming next on the After Effects blog.

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Adobe Character Animator (Preview)

Adobe Character Animator offers a groundbreaking new experience for After Effects usersusing the computer’s webcam and microphone along with keyboard and mouse interaction allows users to animate characters created in Adobe Photoshop CC or Adobe Illustrator CC in real time, shaving many hours off the creative process.

“Character Animator makes it incredibly easy to bring life-like behavior figures and insert them into scenes including other actions like wind or snow,” said Kopriva. Users can record multiple takes and then stitch together the best performances for a great result. The best thing about it? It’s so much fun to use!”

Learn more about Character Animator on the After Effects blog.

Adobe Media Encoder CC

The next release of Media Encoder CC includes Time Tuner which lets editors and broadcasters automatically adjust the duration of broadcast deliverableswithout time-consuming micro-editing. Time Tuner will be available in the next release of Media Encoder CC. Video pros will also be able to output multichannel audio with new Dolby Digital and Dolby Digital Plus support in Media Encoder CC. And we’re adding support for encoding and decoding of JPEG 2000 in an MXF wrapper.

Learn more about what’s coming to Media Encoder CC on the Premiere Pro blog.

Adobe Audition CC

Editors and audio pros can get right to work, streaming native video formats inside the next release of Audition CC with Dynamic Link video streaming, and review full screen video on a separate monitor while editing audio. Live relinking allows users to replace assets within an open project and retain edits made to original clip.

Learn more about what’s coming next on the Adobe Audition blog.

More video updates

Record voiceover with your video capture as audio notes or for on-location reporting in Adobe Prelude CC. Bring editing projects into the Adobe SpeedGrade CC with Direct Link, now including support for the new Premiere Pro Lumetri color tools.

Adobe Anywhere

Adobe Anywhere is a breakthrough workflow platform that lets workgroups using Premiere Pro CC and Adobe Prelude CC collaborate with centralized media and assets across standard networks. Adobe Anywhere will soon be offered in two versions. A new, more cost-effective version of Adobe Anywhere will be available for teams of all sizes collaborating in a single location. Anywhere with Mercury Streaming Engines allows enterprise workgroups in multiple locations to work together on projects with shared access to all assets.

“The digital world is a connected world,” explained Bill Roberts. “Modern creative tools should reflect this and empower collaboration, whether in simple ways, like showing a client your work, or in complex remote production settings where artists around the world can work together on the same content even at the same time.”

Video professionals can get our best offer yet—40% off on Creative Cloud Complete

Join Adobe Creative Cloud Complete by May 29, 2015 and we’ll give you 40% off for your first year—that’s only US$29.99/month. Whether you’re moving up from Creative Suite, or moving over from Apple Final Cut Pro, Avid Media Composer, or Grass Valley Edius, there’s never been a better offer for joining Creative Cloud. Some conditions apply. Learn more.

“These new releases mark a significant step forward in our vision for a truly dynamic creative environment,” said Bill Roberts, senior director of product management. “In the past, production pipelines have tended to be strictly linear with functions such as VFX and Color Grading being relegated to the end of the process, but connected creativity is much more freeform and great ideas can come at any point in the production process. Creative tools should work the way creative people do, and not the other way around.”

Additional resources:

Creative Cloud’s pro video tools
NAB Overall Reveal Datasheet
What’s New Document
Character Animator Datasheet

Watch our NAB 2015 webcast shot live on the show floor. See Jason Levine demonstrate and explain the top features coming soon to the Adobe video tools.

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Adobe Comp CC, The Best Thing To Happen to Layout Ideation Since The Cocktail Napkin

The latest addition to our family of mobile apps is a powerful tool for visual thinking and a new connection between the mobile and desktop applications in Creative Cloud.

Announcing Adobe Comp CC, a free app for the iPad that enables the rapid creation of layout concepts for mobile, web, and print.

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The road to product launch

When we began adding connected mobile apps to Creative Cloud, we knew they would change the way people worked. We knew that enabling people to work (really work) away from their desks, capturing thoughts and ideas and concepts as they flew through their minds, that we could enhance the creative process.

Built on the Adobe Creative SDK, Comp CC couples intuitive iPad gestures, fonts from Typekit, and the personal assets stored in Creative Cloud Libraries to provide designers with the perfect mobile brainstorming and layout work surface. Then, with a single click, comps can be sent to Adobe InDesign CC, Adobe Illustrator CC, or Adobe Photoshop CC (where CC Libraries assets and fonts from Typekit are also synced) to fine-tune and finish the work. It’s this powerful connection back to the desktop, where designers do so much of their work, that makes Comp CC, and all of our mobile apps, so valuable.

The app made its first appearance at Adobe MAX in October 2014 when Khoi Vinh, former design director of the New York Times, revealed it, and his collaboration with Adobe, during the Project LayUp Sneak. He said of that collaboration, “The company’s deep expertise in creative software plus the comprehensive power of their Creative Cloud platform were essential to this product—only Adobe could have brought Comp CC to life.”

From brainstorm to layout

As energetic as sketching with pencil and paper, Comp CC, amps up the ideation phase of the design process. Then it enables designers to add polish to the quick-gesture comps with custom type and personal creative assets.

CompCC_4But the true beauty is in how those ideas, achieved rapid-fire no-holds-barred, are managed. No need to save ideas that may or may not make the cut. A single source file and a rich history feature mean that every iteration—that’s every single version of every single layout—is saved. No need to distinguish between creative genius and creative missteps; a quick drag of a few fingers left or right on the screen move through the file backward or forward in time, to view every comp.

What’s more, at any point it’s possible to pause. And export. Not just a .jpeg or .png, but an InDesign CC, Illustrator CC, or Photoshop CC file with live, native objects. So… Comp CC moves effortlessly between quick-sketching brainstorms on mobile, to our desktop application, to refined output. All without ever leaving Creative Cloud.

Scott Belsky, vice-president of products at Adobe sums up its power: “Comp CC takes advantage of the iPad’s advanced touch screen with an intuitive interface and makes the beginning of the design process integral to the finished result. Doing creative work on a mobile device is only useful if the results can be opened on the desktop, where the project can be perfected in a precise, professional-grade tool like InDesign or Photoshop.”

A family of connected apps

Comp CC joins Adobe’s family of Creative Cloud mobile apps: Adobe Illustrator Draw, Adobe Illustrator Line, Adobe Photoshop Sketch, Adobe Premiere Clip, Adobe Photoshop Mix, Adobe Shape CC, Adobe Brush CC, Adobe Color CC and Lightroom mobile for iPhone, iPad and Android.
 

Capture a layout wherever. Capture a layout whenever. Capture a layout now. Download Comp CC.

Adobe Creative Cloud. Where innovation is ongoing. Give it a try. It’s free.

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Google’s Mobile-Friendly Test and Adobe Muse CC

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Google recently announced a change in their site-ranking algorithm to include mobile-friendliness criteria for mobile search results, that will go live on April 21.

If your Adobe Muse site isn’t yet built to support mobile, it’s time to consider creating a tailored experience for your site visitors, whether they’re viewing on a desktop, tablet, or smartphone. Adobe Muse has the tools you need to prepare your site for this change, and ensure Google search queries continue to drive maximum site traffic, leads, and new business.

Get started with this step-by-step tutorial How to create a mobile website with Adobe Muse.

For an in-depth understanding of this change, and recommendations for creating a mobile-friendly site, read Mobile-Friendly Sites and Google Webmaster Tools on the Adobe Muse engineering team blog.

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Creative Cloud and Business Catalyst

Beginning May 1, 2015, Business Catalyst will no longer be included as part of Creative Cloud for new members. This change has no impact on current members, who will continue to have access to the service as part of their membership for as long as their membership remains active. Preview functionality from Muse will continue to be available for all Creative Cloud members.

We are continuously looking for opportunities to update our Creative Cloud offerings in order to focus on the features and functionality most requested by members. This includes adding new desktop and mobile apps, new features and services, as well as adjusting and changing the existing services and offerings. This change allows both the Creative Cloud and Business Catalyst teams to better focus their efforts on features for their respective members.

 

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