Posts tagged "Beta"

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.

Muse: Public Beta 6 Now Available

Muse (code name) beta 6 was released on February 8 with more than 80 updates and enhancements, changes to the installer, plus new feature support. For a complete list of updates, visit the Muse Beta 6 blog post. This release also includes changes to the installer, so the in-product updater will not work the way it has in previous beta versions. Older versions of the Muse beta releases will expire on March 15, 2012. In order to continue to use Muse without interruption, beta users will need to update to beta 6.

Be sure to check out the Muse website, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Download the beta and learn more at the Muse website.

Free: Lightroom 4 Beta

If anyone is a keen photographer or already a Lightroom user, I’d recommend taking a look at the Lightroom 4 beta. I downloaded this last night and took a quick look. The user interface seems much improved and reading the article below you’ll see tha there are some great new features.

Free Lightroom 4 Beta Delivers Unparalleled Image Processing and Workflow Efficiency for Photographers

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Jan. 10, 2012 Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom® 4 beta for Windows® and Mac. Available as a free public download from Adobe Labs, Lightroom is the essential digital photography workflow solution helping amateur and professional photographers quickly import, manage, enhance and showcase their images. Lightroom 4 beta is a preview of new features and capabilities that will be offered in the final release of Lightroom 4, expected in early 2012. The beta features refined technology for superior shadow and highlight processing, expanded management capabilities including enhanced DSLR video support and the ability to create beautiful photo books from within Lightroom. Adobe encourages photographers to try the beta release and provide feedback to the product team.

“Giving early customer access to new versions of Lightroom has helped our team deliver an outstanding battle-tested product that really stands up to the demands of photographers worldwide,” said Winston Hendrickson, vice president of Digital Imaging Products, Adobe. “The much anticipated release of Lightroom 4 beta continues this tradition and shows how much Adobe values customer insights into photography workflows.”

New Features in Lightroom 4 Beta
Lightroom 4 beta is a major software update adding a broad range of new capabilities based on feedback provided by the photography community. All new basic tonal adjustment controls extract the entire dynamic range from cameras for stunning shadow details and highlights. The software features additional local adjustment controls, including Noise Reduction, Moire and White Balance.

New native video support gives photographers the capability to play, trim and extract frames from video clips shot on DSLRs, point-and-shoot cameras and smartphones. Many standard Lightroom image adjustment controls can also be applied to video clips and adjusted videos can be exported as a H.264 file or published directly to Facebook or Flickr.

Lightroom 4 beta provides photographers the tools to create impressive photo books with rich text controls and a variety of easy-to-use templates, as well as a direct link for photo book creation from within the new Book module. Also, a new intuitive Map module displays images already assigned a location, provides location tagging controls and saved locations for effortless assignment of a photographer’s common locations.

In the Develop module, the addition of soft proofing helps photographers tune images in a destination color space to ensure prints and Web content look their best. In addition, customers can now email images directly from Lightroom using an email account of their choice including Gmail, Hotmail and Yahoo! Mail.

Adobe Photoshop Family
Adobe Photoshop CS5 and Photoshop CS5 Extended are at the heart of the Photoshop family, joined by solutions for users at every level who want to bring out the best in their digital images either at home, in the office or on the go. Photoshop Lightroom 4 beta addresses the workflow needs of amateur and professional photographers, helping them create, manage and showcase images in impactful ways. Photoshop Elements 10 provides consumers with powerful yet easy-to-use tools that organize, edit, create and share photos memories. For mobile devices, Photoshop Touch app transforms images with core Photoshop features custom-built for tablets; and Photoshop Express is a free app for simple photo fixes and enhancements, and sharing to social networks.

Pricing and Availability
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 beta is available immediately as a free download on both Windows and Mac at Customers can submit feedback on the community powered feedback site: Users can also connect with the Lightroom team directly on Facebook (, via Twitter ( or on the Adobe Lightroom blog ( For Lightroom how-to videos, visit