Posts tagged "Adobe Labs"

What’s New on Adobe Labs?

Firstly, did you know about Adobe Labs - ?

This is the place to get pre-release software and the chance to test new products before they go into production. The list of technologies covered and available downloads are extensive. Here are a few highlights:

AAF Import for Adobe® Premiere® Pro preview

This set of modules allows you to import AAF sequences from Avid Media Composer into Adobe Premiere Pro.

Adobe PDF Test Toolkit preview 3

This set of tools enables enterprise customers to automate the testing of the Acrobat® family of products, particularly when used with Adobe Digital Enterprise Platform (ADEP) software (formerly Adobe LiveCycle®) and SAP.

Adobe AIR® Technology Previews preview

This technology preview shows off new features that will help developers create rich out-of-browser experiences and applications across platforms.

Configurator 3.1 release candidate

This utility lets you easily create custom Photoshop® and InDesign® palettes that you can then export and share with others. It’s the perfect way for authors, trainers, and others to customize the user interface without learning Flash and ActionScript®.

Enterprise IT Tools for Creative Suite® preview

These in-house utilities, scripts, and tools may prove beneficial to IT professionals in the Enterprise community for simplifying Creative Suite deployment and update management.

Digital Editions 1.8 preview 4 v1.8.3

This update to the popular Digital Editions electronic book reader adds support for accessibility.

Adobe Edge Animate preview 7

This new design tool helps you bring your animated content to device and desktop browsers, using web standards like HTML5, JavaScript, and CSS3.

Enterprise IT Tools for Adobe Acrobat and Reader® preview

This collection of tools facilitates deployment, configuration, and workflow management.

Adobe Exchange Panel preview

This panel, available within a variety of CS6 applications, offers access to a Creative Suite extension marketplace.

Proscenium preview 2

This ActionScript 3 code library is built on top of the Stage3D APIs for rapid development of interactive 3D content by leveraging GPU hardware acceleration for significant performance gains.

Shadow release 4

This tool streamlines the preview process, making it easier to customize websites for mobile devices.

SWF Investigator preview 2

This is the only comprehensive, cross-platform, GUI-based set of tools that enables quality engineers, developers, and security researchers to quickly analyze SWF files

There is also a thriving community with the chance to interact with the product groups and access community resources. Here is what is currently  available:

Technology Resources

Located in the Community tab for each technology and product you will find links to many community resources. By tracking this content, you can stay in touch and in turn make your technology evaluation and experimentation as rich an experience as possible.

Discussion Forums

Online forums are available for many technologies on Adobe Labs, helping to catalyze the discussions around the use and development of new technologies. The forums currently available include:

Adobe Labs Wiki

Within the Adobe Labs wiki we have many articles and resources to support Labs technologies and a collection of smaller technology releases to give you a sneak peak into what our engineers are working on. You can comment on and contribute to documentation, code samples, and other resources — all of which are provided to help you use the software and services available on this site.

Adobe Labs Update Feeds

By subscribing to the Adobe Labs RSS feed (available in RSS 1.0, RSS 2.0 and Atom formats), you’ll always be up-to-date on new releases and updates. You can also review these changes directly at the Adobe Labs weblog. In addition, you can follow @AdobeLabs on Twitter to receive short timely updates as they happen.

Adobe Feeds

We strongly recommend that you bookmark (or consume) the RSS feed for Adobe Feeds (formerly MXNA) — which is a fantastic resource for keeping up to date with the Adobe weblog community. If you have a weblog of your own that is focused on Adobe technology and products, you can submit it to Adobe Feeds and add your voice, too.

Adobe Cookbooks

The Adobe Cookbooks application is a repository for community generated code samples for Flex, ActionScript, Flash and much more. Regardless of whether you are looking for a code snippet to assist you with a current development project or if you’re looking contribute a code snippet of your own, the Adobe Cookbooks is a great place to start.

But most importantly, the Adobe Labs community includes people like you — working with and collaborating around the latest technologies available from Adobe. We are looking forward to engaging you in the discussions that will help shape the future of Adobe products and technologies.

If you want to learn more about releases on Labs as well as other Adobe technologies, visiting a user group or connecting with an Adobe Community Professional is a great place to start. If you would like to help improve Adobe products, Adobe regularly conducts many types of research activities and is always looking for paid participants, at all levels of experience.


Photoshop CS6 Beta – Available Now

Wow ……. I’ve just seen some of the new features in the Photoshop beta. As they say on Adobe Labs it’s a whole new experience in Digital editing.

The announcement can be found at: Photoshop CS6 beta Now Available on Adobe Labs. There is also a blog at: Photoshop CS6 beta Available Now!

To sign up for the beta go to:

Some of the highlights include:

  • Content-Aware Patch — Patch images with greater control using the newest member of the Content-Aware family of technologies. Choose the sample area you want to use to create your patch, and then watch Content-Aware Patch magically blend pixels for a stunning result.
  • Blazingly fast performance and a modern UI — Experience unprecedented performance with the Mercury Graphics Engine, which gives you near-instant results when you edit with key tools such as Liquify, Puppet Warp, and Crop.* Plus, a refined, fresh, and elegant Photoshop interface features dark background options that make your images pop.
  • New and re-engineered design tools — Create superior designs fast. Get consistent formatting with type styles, create and apply custom strokes and dashed lines to shapes, quickly search layers, and much more.

Here are a few of the first thoughts from the media:

Digital Arts Online, March 22, 2012

Beta Preview: Adobe Photoshop CS6

By Michael Burns

An in-depth preview of the new Photoshop CS6 beta which comments that the “darker look” of the “deep grey and black backgrounds of the canvas and palettes have the effect of enhancing both the colours of images and the readability of text in the interface.” The article notes that “Upgrading to Photoshop CS6 is made simple by a migration tool that imports custom workspaces and settings, but it’s GPU acceleration that nudges this release towards being a must-buy.” Michael concludes by saying, “The numerous other timesaving controls and tweaks take precedence over ‘whizz-bang’ features this time around – but as ever time is money, so it’s a welcome focus in these budget-conscious times.”


ZDNet UK, March 22, 2012

Screenshots: Photoshop CS6 Beta

By Charles McLellan

A first look preview of some of the new features in Photoshop CS6 including the new userinterface, in context, on canvas editing and content-aware tools which Charles say “greatly help the image editing process.”


Macworld, March 22, 2012

Adobe launches Photoshop CS6, releases free beta version

By Neil Bennett

An in-depth look at the Photoshop CS6 beta which “features a wealth of features including the ability to move objects seamlessly in scenes, on-canvas blur tools, Illustrator-style vector graphics, improved 3D modeling and texturing, video editing andmore.” This piece links to additional guides to help readers explore the new features available for photographers, designers, illustrators, artists, animators and editors.

Adobe and HTML5

HTML5 is a hot topic at the moment, rapidly emerging as the standard for mobile development. In support of HTML5 Adobe has more and more product support including Captivate. Follow the links below to get the HTML5 convertor from Adobe Labs and all the latest information including the relevance for education.

This was the announcement blogpost-

This is a overview blog on how iPads and HTML5 is relevant for education

We are running this HTML5 content creation contest currently -


New: Adobe Edge

Adobe Edge is now available from Adobe Labs at:, but what exactly is it?

SAN JOSE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced the first public preview release of Adobe® Edge, a new HTML5 web motion and interaction design tool that allows web designers to bring animation, similar to that created in Flash® Professional, to websites using standards likes HTML, JavaScript and CSS. Because of rapid changes around HTML5, the company is adopting an open development methodology for Adobe Edge and is releasing the software on the Adobe Labs site much earlier than normal in the development process – before it even reaches beta – in order to allow user feedback to help shape the final product.

“Now, with Adobe Edge, we’re taking our HTML5 tooling to a whole new level and look forward to getting some really useful feedback from the community over the next few months, as we refine the product.”

While in public preview, Adobe Edge will be a no-charge download that web designers are encouraged to explore and provide feedback on, to help shape future preview releases. To download the software, visit

Adobe Edge, first shown at Adobe MAX 2010, is ideal for designers who want an efficient way to leverage Web standards like HTML to create Web content with motion and transitions. Adobe Edge is being designed as a fast and lightweight professional-grade tool that complements Adobe’s existing Web tools, such as Adobe Dreamweaver® CS5.5, Adobe Flash Professional CS5.5 and Adobe Flash Builder® 4.5 software.

“Over the last year Adobe has delivered on several significant HTML5 milestones including contributions to jQuery, submitting code to WebKit, and enhanced HTML5 output in Creative Suite® 5.5,” said Paul Gubbay, vice president of Design and Web Engineering, Adobe. “Now, with Adobe Edge, we’re taking our HTML5 tooling to a whole new level and look forward to getting some really useful feedback from the community over the next few months, as we refine the product.”

The Adobe Edge preview works natively with HTML. It enables users to add motion to existing HTML documents without hampering design integrity of CSS-based layouts, and it also enables users to easily create visually rich content from scratch, using familiar drawing tools that produce HTML elements styled with CSS3. Users can import standard Web graphics assets such as SVG, PNG, JPG and GIF files and style them using CSS3. The design stage utilizes WebKit to enable design, preview and manipulation of content with incredible fidelity. The innovative timeline feature is both familiar for creative professionals and breaks new ground in animation productivity to enable users to define and customize motion applied to HTML elements with extreme precision. Content created with Edge is designed to work on modern browsers including those on Android, BlackBerry Playbook™, iOS , HP webOS and other smartphone mobile devices as well as Firefox™, Google Chrome™, Safari™ and Internet Explorer 9™.

This Adobe Edge public preview is available today on Adobe Labs as a no-charge download for anyone wanting to explore adding motion and animation to their HTML workflow or HTML animation to their skill set. Creative professionals are encouraged to dive into the public preview and provide their feedback at The Adobe Edge preview is expected to be updated regularly as new functionality is added.

This summer Adobe is sponsoring the Expressive Web Tour HTML5 Camps in cities that include San Francisco, Tokyo, New York City and London to continue providing further support to people interested in HTML5.

In addition, Adobe has launched a new online resource showcasing some of the newest and most expressive HTML5 and CSS3 features being added to the modern Web. The new site, which was released today in beta, was created using new HTML5 and CSS3 features.

About Adobe’s HTML5 Innovations

Adobe Edge is the latest development in the company’s HTML5 and Web standards strategy which also includes commitment to innovate open source platforms like Webkit, contributing to Web frameworks like jQuery and extending existing tools like Adobe Dreamweaver and Flash to bring the next generation of Web standards to Web designers and developers.

Pricing and Availability

Adobe Edge is immediately available worldwide for Mac and Windows platforms via a free download on Adobe Labs, For more information including system requirements, visit

For the press release go to:

Labs website:

MAX Education Summit and What’s New on Adobe Labs

Nearly 200 educators met at the Los Angeles Convention Center to learn and share best practices focused around design, development, film, and interactive design themes. Partners By Design members made up close to half of the presenters in education tracks in the afternoon. Next month, we’ll share recordings of the track presentations.

General morning sessions included information about research in the Adobe user experience, industry-education collaborations at Bournemouth University, Adobe curriculum and certification resources, and the practicalities of teaching HTML 5.0 technology in the curriculum. You can access recordings of these presentations:

What’s new on Adobe Labs?

Adobe® Digital Publishing Suite beta

The Digital Publishing Suite is a turnkey set of hosted services and a viewer technology that enables professional publishers to design and deploy engaging reading experiences across mobile devices and marketplaces.

Adobe Flash® Builder™ “Burrito” preview

This preview gives you an early opportunity to evaluate in-development features and workflows of next-generation versions of Flash Builder.

Adobe Flash Catalyst™ “Panini” preview

This preview adds many new features and enhancements to Flash Catalyst and integrates with Flash Builder “Burrito.”

Adobe Flash Professional CS5 Extension for AIR® 2.5 beta

Publish content and applications to the latest Adobe AIR 2.5 release.

Lens Profile Creator prerelease 3

This utility enables the easy creation of lens profiles for use in the Photoshop® family of products.

Adobe Photoshop Camera Raw 6.3 rc

Access the raw image formats produced by many leading digital cameras within Photoshop.

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3.3 rc

Manage and showcase your shots with the latest software tools for photographers.

Project ROME preview

Inject the power of graphics, photos, text, video, audio, and animation into everyday projects.