Enter to Compete in the Cut & Paste Digital Design Tournament 2007

It’s showtime again! Cut & Paste has announced their Call for Entries for this year’s Digital Design Tournament, the live onstage event that pit top emerging digital artists against one another in live battles.

Over the course of several fast-paced, single-elimination rounds, eight designers get whittled down to one. Each contestant will compete with the latest tools including an Apple® MacPro Workstation, Adobe® Creative Suite 3, and a Wacom® Cintiq interactive pen display. A designated theme will guide competitors to create a digital design in each round, as their work is projected in real-time before a live audience. An esteemed judging panel will decide the Jury Prize, while a global webcast will allow onsite and offsite viewers to vote for an Audience Prize online or by SMS.

Cities hosting this year’s events include: Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Portland, San Francisco, Berlin, London, Hong Kong, Tokyo, and Sydney. Designers who aren’t shy about showcasing their talent and creative process in front of a live audience of peers, recruiters and industry leaders should visit the Cut & Paste website for entry and contest details, at www.cutandpaste.com.

Entries are being accepted now through July 17.

Adobe Honored at Webby Awards in NYC

Tonight, Adobe will be honored at the 11th annual Webby Awards in New York City.

Adobe was selected for four People’s Voice awards and one Webby award in five categories (see list below). Two awards given to Adobe are being accepted by members of the Adobe.com team. The other three awards will be picked up by Goodby, Silverstein & Partners for the Adobe Creative Suite 2.3 Creative Minds site.

As a title sponsor of the Webby Awards, Adobe also sponsored the In-Motion video creation contest and an Adobe Vlog-It station at last night’s Video Awards After Party. We hope to feature some of the Webby Award winners work on Adobe.com very soon.

Here’s the list of the awards:

People’s Voice winner for BEST CORPORATE COMMUNICATIONS Website

People’s Voice winner for IT HARDWARE/SOFTWARE category

People’s Voice winner for BEST USE OF ANIMATION OR MOTION GRAPHICS for the Adobe CS2.3 The Creative Mind (Goodby, Silverstein & Partners)

Webby Award & People’s Voice winner for BEST USE OF VIDEO OR MOVING IMAGE for the Adobe CS2.3 The Creative Mind (Goodby, Silverstein & Partners)

Adobe InDesign CS3 Server Available Via Electronic Download

Adobe has announced today that InDesign CS3 Server is now available for system integrators, third-party developers and in-house development teams to download. Adobe InDesign Server CS3 is the publishing engine server version of the award-winning InDesign CS3 that can be integrated into customized automated publishing solutions.

If you need to automate professional design, and create things like (but not limited to!) brochures, collateral and catalogs, ads or personalized marketing materials (VDP) a solution powered by InDesign Server is likely to be the answer.

For more details and information about InDesign CS3 Server, and the solutions it can power, visit www.adobe.com/products/indesignserver

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.

Coulrophobia: fear of clowns

We would like to address the recent confusion over an image of a jester, which appears in our current advertising campaign for Adobe Creative Suite 3. We know that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and do not expect everyone to appreciate the image. It is one of many images that were created for the latest campaign.

However, we were surprised to learn that there is such a large group of adults suffering from the dreaded coulrophobia. In fact, we want to apologize to any customers or press who may have had nightmares of the jester “creeping across your bed at midnight.” It was never the intention of Adobe or its creative counterparts to scare the bejesus out of you. But, hey, our customers do amazing work in many fields and Adobe software been used to create realistic looking scenes in movies (may be scary), layout pages for major newspapers and magazines on tight deadlines (often scary), and alter the images of celebrities to make them look flawless (definitely scary).

We aren’t here to develop nightmares, just great tools. And, we believe in showcasing our customers’ creative work when we can. If we didn’t, now that would be scary.

(Oh yeah, and just for the record, it isn’t a mascot.)

New Technology Preview Posted on Adobe Labs

Go check out knowhow, a new technology preview now posted on the Adobe Labs.

What is knowhow?

knowhow provides single-click contextual access to relevant help information on a particular topic right from within your desktop application: this includes direct access to basic information, such as short descriptive text and available short-cuts, Adobe Help content, and highly relevant online community-generated content. knowhow pulls its community-generated content from a user account on del.icio.us. The knowhow user experience was built entirely in Adobe Flash, in a panel that is currently included within Adobe Illustrator CS3 (Universal and International English builds only), and also embedded in a browser page for tryout on Adobe Labs.

Find it at: http://labs.adobe.com/technologies/knowhow/