Now Shipping: Creative Suite 3 Design and Web Suites

Adobe Creative Suite 3 Design Premium and Standard editions and Adobe Creative Suite 3 Web Premium and Standard editions are now available. Also available for purchase today are new versions of the following stand alone Adobe creative applications: Adobe Photoshop CS3, Adobe Photoshop CS3 Extended, Adobe InDesign CS3, Adobe Illustrator CS3, Adobe Flash CS3 Professional, Adobe Dreamweaver CS3, Adobe Fireworks CS3, and Adobe Contribute CS3. These new Adobe CS3 applications and Adobe Creative Suite 3 editions are available as Universal applications for both PowerPC and Intel-based Macs and support both Microsoft Windows XP and Windows Vista.

Adobe Creative Suite 3 Production Premium and Adobe Creative Suite 3 Master Collection, which combines all of Adobe’s new CS3 design and development applications in a single box, are expected to ship in the third quarter of 2007.

Join Adobe for Creative License Event on Monday at NAB

If you are going to NAB and want to see the new Adobe Creative Suite 3 video solutions at an exclusive event, here’s your chance. Please respond to receive an invitation.

Come take creative license and celebrate with the NAB community at this special Adobe Video event. See Adobe unveil its new Adobe Creative Suite® CS3 video solutions with customers, partners, and the media.

Adobe Creative License Launch Event
Monday, April 16th
6:00pm – 8:30pm

Adobe Launches New Products, Programs at NAB

Adobe made four announcements today in conjunction with the National Association of Broadcasters Conference in Las Vegas. Here’s a brief summary of the announcements. If you want more information, please check the press releases at www.adobe.com/pressroom

Adobe Unveils Next Generation Internet Video Solution

The Adobe Media Player expands Adobe’s Internet video solutions, adding to an emerging ecosystem that enables new ways to distribute and monetize media, while helping viewers discover and view high-quality content both online and offline. Leveraging Adobe’s Emmy Award winning Flash architecture, this desktop application delivers more engaging video experiences to viewers while offering content publishers new abilities to distribute, track and build businesses around their media assets. A preview of the new player will be shown during NAB, April 16 – 19 (Booth SL 3220).

Adobe Delivers Previews of Pro Video Tools

Customers will be able to test free public previews of Adobe Premiere® Pro CS3, Adobe After Effects® CS3 Professional and Adobe Soundbooth™ CS3 software on Adobe Labs at http://labs.adobe.com/. The final shipping releases will be available worldwide in the third quarter of 2007. These products are components of the recently announced Adobe Creative Suite® 3 Production Premium.

Adobe Announces Flash Media Solution Provider Program

The new program is a consortium of professional streaming solution providers and publishers that offer consulting and implementation services for the Adobe Flash® Media Server. FMSP partner services include on-site set up, encoding, hosting, reporting and promotion. Now organizations can leverage professional service providers who specialize in delivering live and on-demand Flash streaming solutions to expedite critical streaming projects.

Adobe Creative Suite 3 Production Premium Wins in Broadcasting

In support of it’s Creative Desktop Initiative, the BBC has selected Adobe® Creative Suite® 3 Production Premium as its preferred solution for PC-based nonlinear editing and post-production. Production Premium CS3 is will be used to edit and deliver content across the BBC’s broadcast channels and websites. Beginning in April 2007, the BBC will start rolling out Adobe Premiere® Pro CS2 to PC users within the organization, allowing them to take advantage of the powerful non-linear editing tool. The organization will move to Production Premium CS3 in summer 2007 when the solution ships.

Join Adobe CS3 Live Events and Online Activities

With 12 new stand-alone applications and 6 new suites, Adobe Creative Suite 3 can be overwhelming at first glance. To help customers learn more about the products and various tips and tricks, Adobe will host a series of live and online product demonstrations over the next six months that will include:

CS3: The Creative License Conference

A series of conferences that include a two-day event in Los Angeles, June 19-20, and another in New York, June 25-26, where attendees will be immersed into an innovative environment to learn how to use the new CS3 products in their workflow. For a calendar and to register, users please visit www.adobecs3conference.com.

Adobe will also be hosting a series of one-day conferences offered across the country May 16 through June 14, 2007, to provide educational information and demos of the new Creative Suite family. For a calendar and to register, please visit www.adobecs3conference.com/oneday.

CS3: The Creative License Podcast series

A weekly podcast series, including a monthly interview with Adobe’s head of creative solutions, Johnny Loiacono, to discuss hot topics and trends in the marketplace. New podcast episodes will be available weekly at www.creativesuitepodcast.com.

CS3: The Creative License eSeminar Series

A variety of live online seminar sessions designed for users to learn about specific CS3 applications specific to design, print, video, web and photography. The sessions will be archived and fully accessible on Adobe’s web site for people who are not able to attend the live events. For a calendar of what’s being presented or to register for a session people should go to www.adobe.com/go/cs3eseminars.

The Adobe Creative Suite 3 product line is a revolutionary offering of tightly integrated, industry-leading design and development tools for all facets of print, web, mobile, interactive, film, and video production. For more information about CS3 visit www.adobe.com/creativelicense.

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

Adobe Brings Video Editing Tools Online

Adobe is pioneering a new way to deliver its industry leading creative software technologies online, with the launch of its web-based video remix and editing technology. Adobe and Photobucket announced a partnership today to integrate Adobe web-based video remix and editing technology directly into the Photobucket user experience, giving 35 million Photobucket users direct, free access to world-class digital video editing tools. These free services are expected to be driven by advertising revenue – and by offering customers simple upgrade paths to its renowned Adobe Premiere Elements and Adobe Photoshop® Elements software, both market leaders in the home digital video and photo editing space.

No experience is required for Adobe’s web-based video remix and editing technology. It’s an easy-to-use video editor that eliminates the intimidation factor often associated with video editing and allows consumers the creative freedom to infuse personality and dramatic impact into their stories before releasing them to a broader online audience. Users can drag and drop music, effects, transitions and titles to videos, as well as reorder, trim and split clips, without having to deal with time-consuming downloads or platform issues.

Delivered as a lightweight Adobe Flash® application and built using Adobe Flex™ software, Adobe web-based video remix and editing technology is accessible to the more than 700 million personal computers that today support Adobe Flash Player software. The new video editing capabilities in Photobucket are initially available via limited public beta to Photobucket Pro users, and will be available for free to Photobucket’s entire user base of 35 million members by early March 2007.

What partnerships and breakthrough user experiences are in store for consumers? Stay tuned in the coming months for future announcements with Internet companies and media properties…

Adobe Ships Photoshop Lightroom 1.0 and Releases Camera Raw 3.7

Good news! – the highly anticipated Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 1.0 software ships today.

Thousands of photographers moonlighted as “software developers” for an exciting year in beta-mode. Now their feedback comes to life in the form of a shipping product designed to help deliver a workflow photographers can truly benefit from. Available for both the Windows and Mac platforms, Photoshop Lightroom provides a place to import, manage and present large volumes of digital photographs and provide a more complete photography solution when used alongside Photoshop. The team also released Camera Raw 3.7, which now supports over 150 cameras, including: the Nikon D40 and Pentax K10D. Lightroom and Camera Raw share the same image processing technology to ensure consistent and compatible results across applications that support raw processing.

In appreciation of loyal Photoshop users, early supporters of Photoshop Lightroom and the over 500,000 beta participants, Adobe is offering Photoshop Lightroom to all new customers at a special introductory price of US $199 through April 30, 2007. Photoshop Lightroom will later sell for an estimated street price of US $299. Users of Photoshop Lightroom beta will have access to the program until its expiration on February 28, 2007.

Adobe Camera Raw 3.7 is available as a free download from Adobe.com.

For helpful hints, thoughtful observations and musings on Photoshop Lightroom, pay a visit to John Nack’s blog – http://blogs.adobe.com/jnack/lightroom/.