Archive for March, 2007

Adobe Extends XMP Capabilities with New Release

Adobe partners and developers who work with metadata should check out Adobe Labs for a new update of Adobe’s XMP (Extensible Metadata Platform) technology available for immediate download. The source code for the new Adobe XMP 4.1 has been released under the same open source license as its previous versions, reinforcing the company’s openness to platform technology such as metadata.

This new update, the Adobe XMP 4.1, provides new libraries for developers to read, write and update XMP in popular image, document and video file formats including: JPEG, PSD, TIFF, AVI, WAV, MPEG, MP3, MOV, INDD, PS, EPS and PNG. In addition, the rewritten XMP 4.1 libraries have been optimized into two major components, the XMP Core and the XMP Files.

The XMP Core enables the parsing, manipulating and serializing of XMP data, and the XMP Files enables the reading, rewriting, and injecting serialized XMP into the multiple file formats. The XMP Files can be thought of as a “file I/O” component for reading and writing the metadata that is manipulated by the XMP Core component.

Supported development environments for Adobe’s XMP 4.1 are: XCode 2.3 for Macintosh universal binaries, Visual Studio 2005 (VC8) for Windows, and Eclipse 3.x on any available platform. The XMP Core is available as C++ and Java sources with project files for the Macintosh, Windows and Linux platform. A Java version of XMP Files is under consideration for a future update.

This release candidate will be compatible with the upcoming Adobe Creative Suite 3 being unveiled March 27,2007. Developers can access the new release now at http://labs.adobe.com/technologies/xmptoolkit/.

Be Among the First to See Creative Suite 3 Live

Since we can’t invite everyone to New York for our launch event on March 27, we’ve come up with two options to see Creative Suite live from wherever you live.

Watch the CS3 launch event live on the web
Adobe will be webcasting live from New York City an event to celebrate our milestone launch of Adobe Creative Suite 3 on March 27, 2007 at 3:30 p.m. EDT at http://www.adobe.com/go/cs3launch.

UPDATE: Tomorrow’s CS3 launch event is invitation only and we’ve been told it’s full. We cannot invite any additional attendees. If you’re interested in seeing what all the buzz is about, we encourage everyone to log into the webcast at 3:30 pm ET: www.adobe.com/go/cs3launch

See Adobe Creative Suite 3 live at select Apple Stores
We’ve teamed up with Apple to present CS3 at Apple stores in several major cities the day after we announce. If you want to see how CS3 performs on the latest Intel-based hardware from Apple, here are the details.

Apple Store, San Francisco
Wednesday, March 28
6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Apple Store, SoHo, New York
Wednesday, March 28
6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Apple Store, North Michigan Avenue, Chicago
Wednesday, March 28
6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Apple Store, Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica
Wednesday, March 28
4:00 to 5:30 p.m.
Thursday, March 29
6:30 to 8:00 p.m.

Apple Store, Regent Street, London, UK
Wednesday, March 28
6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, March 29
6:30 to 8:00 p.m.

If you are not sure where these Apple stores are, here’s a helpful link: http://www.apple.com/retail/

The Apple store events are first come first served, so arrive early for prime seating.

Adobe Creative Suite 3 To Be Announced March 27th

The wait is nearly over! We can now confirm that Adobe Creative Suite 3 will be announced March 27, 2007. The company is celebrating the launch at an event in New York City that will be webcast live at 3:30pm ET. During the webcast, Adobe will reveal the features and suite configurations that make this the largest software release in Adobe’s 25 year history.

Details on how to view the webcast will be available on Adobe.com later this week.

EDITOR’S NOTE: We are announcing Creative Suite 3 on March 27th. However, the software will not ship until later in Spring 2007.

Photoshop Goes Online?

You’ve probably heard the buzz about Adobe bringing Photoshop online…Is Adobe really planning to put its pro-tools into an online services model?

Bringing Photoshop technology online would simply be an extension of our strategy to deliver the right Photoshop for Adobe’s diverse user base. And by Photoshop “branded” we don’t mean the professional version of Photoshop – at least not initially. A Photoshop technology online offering would at first, most likely, be targeted at the consumer market.

This is a pretty logical next step for us when you consider the Photoshop product portfolio today. It includes: our flagship product Photoshop CS2, for creative professionals; the free Adobe Photoshop Album Starter Edition, which meets the needs of the casual photographer; Adobe Photoshop Elements with editing and sharing options for photography enthusiasts; and Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, which provides a complete digital darkroom for professional and serious amateur photographers.

With the rise of social networking and media sharing sites, it’s clear that consumers want access to online experiences and need the help of trusted tools to keep content fresh and compelling. That’s why we recently announced a partnership with Photobucket and digital video editing. http://www.adobe.com/aboutadobe/pressroom/pressreleases/200702/022107Photobucket.html

So look out for more announcements, like the one with our friends at Photobucket, as we expand the reach of our video and digital imaging technologies to new online communities.

Visit John Nack’s blog for another view from product management: http://blogs.adobe.com/jnack/2007/03/so_whats_this_a.html