Archive for May, 2007

Adobe Bridge CS3 Update Now Available

Adobe has released an update to Adobe Bridge CS3. Available in all six editions of Adobe Creative Suite® 3 software and all professional Adobe creative applications, Bridge provides centralized access to project files, applications, and settings, as well as XMP metadata tagging and searching capabilities.

The update is available through Bridge via the Help menu > Updates and also through Adobe.com. The update includes the following enhancements:

Multilevel Keywords
Organize your keywords into groups and subgroups as deep a hierarchy as you want by using the multilevel support in the keywords panel. Convenient keyboard shortcuts for applying single keywords or parent keywords are now available. Search Advanced options allow for storing hierarchy into the file metadata. In addition, easily import and export keywords using tab delimited file formats.

Improved Cache Management
Control the size of the Bridge cache of thumbnail and metadata information to better improve responsiveness. The cache can also be compacted to improve performance.

Other additions include new preference control over video and audio file previews, improved scrolling and renaming and usability improvements to customized workspaces.

Adobe Wins Prestigious National Design Award

The Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum (the design arm of the Smithsonian) has selected Adobe as this year’s winner of its Corporate Achievement award which recognizes a corporation that uses design as a strategic tool of its mission and helps to advance the relationship between design and quality of life.

Cooper-Hewitt is one of the most prestigious design award competitions in the world and being selected is quite an honor. Winners for 2006 and 2005, respectively, were Nike and Patagonia. The presentation to award winners will take place in New York on October 18 during National Design Week.

Read what they had to say about Adobe on the Cooper-Hewitt website.

The National Design Awards were conceived in 1997 by the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum to honor the best in American design. First launched at the White House in 2000 as an official project of the White House Millennium Council, the annual Awards program celebrates design in various disciplines as a vital humanistic tool in shaping the world, and seeks to increase national awareness of design by educating the public and promoting excellence, innovation, and lasting achievement. The Awards are truly national in scope—nominations for the 2007 Awards were solicited from a committee of more than 800 leading designers, educators, journalists, cultural figures, and corporate leaders from every state in the nation. Reflecting the ever-growing scope of design, the Awards program has expanded this year to include three new categories—landscape design, interior design, and design mind—for a total of 10 awards.

Associated Newspapers Choose Adobe InDesign

Associated Newspapers Limited (ANL), a leading UK newspaper management company, has adopted Adobe® InDesign® CS2 and InCopy® CS2 as its standard publishing solution. The implementation, to be carried out through Adobe partner Atex, http://www.atex.com/ will provide ANL with cutting-edge tools to fine tune page layout workflow, making it easier, faster, and more fluid for designers to be creative and achieve higher productivity.

Adobe InDesign and InCopy, as part of Atex’s database managed editorial content solution, will initially work in conjunction with Lotus Notes text editor, already in use with several ANL titles and will be used to produce and manage ANL’s many publications including big names like the Daily Mail, The Mail on Sunday, Evening Standard, Metro, LondonLite, as well as a number of online publications.

The switch from “ahem- another vendor” to a new cross-media solution will help ANL improve both content and delivery, streamlining design and editorial processes and improve the quality of all materials. Additionally, with the support for XML in InDesign, ANL will save time and money that was once spent developing the custom software needed for cross media publishing.

For more information about the InDesign family of products please visit: http://www.adobe.com/products/indesign/

Adobe Continues Color Workflow Leadership

Concerned with color consistency? Adobe just posted a new color management module (CMM) on Adobe.com as a free download at http://www.adobe.com/downloads/. The move is the latest in our effort to advance open, vendor-neutral color management systems.

The new Adobe CMM is based on the latest ICC (International Color Consortium) profile format, version 4, and it helps achieve more consistent color workflows across platforms since it enables Windows XP users to also use ICC version 4 profiles. Users can now download the CMM component for their applications that support selection of third-party CMMs, and for custom software built to access Adobe CMM directly.

kuler is #1 on Hot Beta List Third Week in a Row

Adobe’s kuler technology ranks #1 for the third week in a row on the MoMB (Museum of Modern Betas), an independent web site that posts weekly rankings of the webosphere’s hottest web-based beta applications. http://momb.socio-kybernetics.net/hot-100

Since Adobe released this color centric rich internet application last November, it’s received rave reviews, won several industry awards, and was recently released as a dashboard widget for Mac OS X in response to customer demand. kuler is being used by people who want to quickly create harmonious color themes and share them over the Web.

More information about kuler is available on Adobe labs at http://kuler.adobe.com.