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Adobe Comp CC, The Best Thing To Happen to Layout Ideation Since The Cocktail Napkin

The latest addition to our family of mobile apps is a powerful tool for visual thinking and a new connection between the mobile and desktop applications in Creative Cloud.

Announcing Adobe Comp CC, a free app for the iPad that enables the rapid creation of layout concepts for mobile, web, and print.

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The road to product launch

When we began adding connected mobile apps to Creative Cloud, we knew they would change the way people worked. We knew that enabling people to work (really work) away from their desks, capturing thoughts and ideas and concepts as they flew through their minds, that we could enhance the creative process.

Built on the Adobe Creative SDK, Comp CC couples intuitive iPad gestures, fonts from Typekit, and the personal assets stored in Creative Cloud Libraries to provide designers with the perfect mobile brainstorming and layout work surface. Then, with a single click, comps can be sent to Adobe InDesign CC, Adobe Illustrator CC, or Adobe Photoshop CC (where CC Libraries assets and fonts from Typekit are also synced) to fine-tune and finish the work. It’s this powerful connection back to the desktop, where designers do so much of their work, that makes Comp CC, and all of our mobile apps, so valuable.

The app made its first appearance at Adobe MAX in October 2014 when Khoi Vinh, former design director of the New York Times, revealed it, and his collaboration with Adobe, during the Project LayUp Sneak. He said of that collaboration, “The company’s deep expertise in creative software plus the comprehensive power of their Creative Cloud platform were essential to this product—only Adobe could have brought Comp CC to life.”

From brainstorm to layout

As energetic as sketching with pencil and paper, Comp CC, amps up the ideation phase of the design process. Then it enables designers to add polish to the quick-gesture comps with custom type and personal creative assets.

CompCC_4But the true beauty is in how those ideas, achieved rapid-fire no-holds-barred, are managed. No need to save ideas that may or may not make the cut. A single source file and a rich history feature mean that every iteration—that’s every single version of every single layout—is saved. No need to distinguish between creative genius and creative missteps; a quick drag of a few fingers left or right on the screen move through the file backward or forward in time, to view every comp.

What’s more, at any point it’s possible to pause. And export. Not just a .jpeg or .png, but an InDesign CC, Illustrator CC, or Photoshop CC file with live, native objects. So… Comp CC moves effortlessly between quick-sketching brainstorms on mobile, to our desktop application, to refined output. All without ever leaving Creative Cloud.

Scott Belsky, vice-president of products at Adobe sums up its power: “Comp CC takes advantage of the iPad’s advanced touch screen with an intuitive interface and makes the beginning of the design process integral to the finished result. Doing creative work on a mobile device is only useful if the results can be opened on the desktop, where the project can be perfected in a precise, professional-grade tool like InDesign or Photoshop.”

A family of connected apps

Comp CC joins Adobe’s family of Creative Cloud mobile apps: Adobe Illustrator Draw, Adobe Illustrator Line, Adobe Photoshop Sketch, Adobe Premiere Clip, Adobe Photoshop Mix, Adobe Shape CC, Adobe Brush CC, Adobe Color CC and Lightroom mobile for iPhone, iPad and Android.
 

Capture a layout wherever. Capture a layout whenever. Capture a layout now. Download Comp CC.

Adobe Creative Cloud. Where innovation is ongoing. Give it a try. It’s free.

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Google’s Mobile-Friendly Test and Adobe Muse CC

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Google recently announced a change in their site-ranking algorithm to include mobile-friendliness criteria for mobile search results, that will go live on April 21.

If your Adobe Muse site isn’t yet built to support mobile, it’s time to consider creating a tailored experience for your site visitors, whether they’re viewing on a desktop, tablet, or smartphone. Adobe Muse has the tools you need to prepare your site for this change, and ensure Google search queries continue to drive maximum site traffic, leads, and new business.

Get started with this step-by-step tutorial How to create a mobile website with Adobe Muse.

For an in-depth understanding of this change, and recommendations for creating a mobile-friendly site, read Mobile-Friendly Sites and Google Webmaster Tools on the Adobe Muse engineering team blog.

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Creative Cloud and Business Catalyst

Beginning May 1, 2015, Business Catalyst will no longer be included as part of Creative Cloud for new members. This change has no impact on current members, who will continue to have access to the service as part of their membership for as long as their membership remains active. Preview functionality from Muse will continue to be available for all Creative Cloud members.

We are continuously looking for opportunities to update our Creative Cloud offerings in order to focus on the features and functionality most requested by members. This includes adding new desktop and mobile apps, new features and services, as well as adjusting and changing the existing services and offerings. This change allows both the Creative Cloud and Business Catalyst teams to better focus their efforts on features for their respective members.

 

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An Update: Creative Cloud and Support for Mac OS X

We’re hard at work on the next major release of Creative Cloud, and wanted to share some information on updated operating system requirements for members using Mac OS X.

In order to take advantage of the latest operating system features and technologies, the next major release of Creative Cloud will require Mac OS X 10.9 or higher.

If you’re running an older version of Mac OS X, such as 10.7 or 10.8, you can continue to run and install current and previous versions of the Creative Cloud applications, but will not be able to install or run the next major release of the Creative Cloud desktop applications until you upgrade to a supported version of OS X. Apple provides a free update to the latest version of OS X (10.10).

Creative Cloud Desktop, which manages application installs, will continue to be supported on OS X 10.7 and above.

In addition, the next major release of Lightroom will be supported on OS X 10.8 and above.

Focusing our efforts on more modern versions of Mac OS X allows us to concentrate on developing the features and functionality most requested by members.

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A Small(er)-Screen(s) Version of Adobe Illustrator Draw

Optimized for the large (and larger) screens of the iPhone 6 (and 6 Plus) Adobe Illustrator Draw for iPhone works on any iPhone running iOS 7.1 or later.

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Yep, that’s right. Adobe’s popular freeform vector drawing iPad app, is now available in an iPhone version. And it’s in the iTunes App Store… along with an update for Adobe Illustrator Draw for iPad (more on that further down).

Different. But the same.

This initial release of Draw for iPhone differs from Draw for iPad in only two (minor) ways: There’s no stylus or Touch Slide support and no integration with Adobe Shape CC. Other than that, Draw for iPhone consists of the same vector drawing tools and controls organized in the same UI as Draw for iPad. Which means, a whole long list of features:
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  • Five expressive vector pens and an eraser.
  • The ability to customize drawing tools for opacity, size, and color.
  • One photo layer and up to ten drawing layers for each drawing.
  • Layer controls with the ability to duplicate, merge, flip and scale, and define layer opacity.
  • Up to 6400% zoom for finessing details.
  • The ability to send drawings as vectors to Adobe Illustrator CC, or incorporate them into designs in Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator CC.

And, because we’re trying to keep this short, that’s not even a complete feature list. Get the whole story about Draw for iPhone by giving our pocket-sized drawing app a try: Download it free from the iTunes App Store.

Or, stick with the big(ger) screen.

If the iPhone provides what seems a scant drawing surface, there’s still Adobe Draw for iPad. And, although it may be hard to believe, we’ve made it even better with the inclusion of an often-requested feature: an Eyedropper to quickly and accurately sample colors.

We’ve also added support for Pencil by FiftyThree and Wacom’s Intuous Creative Stylus for iPad, (along with Adobe Ink and Adonit Jot Touch). And, now, not only are drawings automatically saved to the Projects folder (so even work you’re-not-yet-sure-you-care-about can’t be lost) but now that there’s also Draw for iPhone, drawings will automatically sync between the two devices when someone is using both versions of the app.

Get the update in the iTunes App Store and get drawing with a better-than-ever version of Adobe Draw for iPad.

And what about Adobe Ideas?

Been using Adobe Ideas and worried about getting projects out of that app and into Adobe Draw? Don’t. Import all of them or bring in just a few: Included in both the Draw for iPad update and the Draw for iPhone release is the ability to do a speedy batch import of existing Adobe Ideas files saved to Creative Cloud.
 

Our mobile apps are even better with a Creative Cloud membership. Haven’t tried it yet? Give it a trial. Free.

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Photoshop’s 25th Anniversary!

Twenty five years ago who would have guessed that Photoshop would eventually go on to become the quintessential tool in our creative toolbox.

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No other product has had as profound an impact on the creative industry—empowering artists, designers, filmmakers, and photographers to express themselves and their ideas visually.

Did you know that the iconic software was developed by two brothers, one in the movie business and one a photographer? Or that version 1.0 had more to do with special effects than still images? Read more insights about how Photoshop got started in our Q/A with co-creator Thomas Knoll. And check out the Photoshop team blog that discusses how we’ll be celebrating all year.

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Creative Cloud Libraries: Popping-up Somewhere New

IDMUDW_4CCColors, images, graphics, brushes, and text styles saved and synced and always ready to be used, reused and shared.

When we launched Creative Cloud Libraries in October 2014 we knew we had a feature on our hands that would take the headache out of managing creative assets—a place to store creative bits, where they would be organized and readily available.

Thing is, until today, Creative Cloud Libraries has been incorporated only in Adobe Photoshop CC, Adobe Illustrator CC, and mobile apps like Adobe Brush CC and Adobe Color CC. Needless to say, since its launch at Adobe MAX, Adobe InDesign CC users have been clamoring for access to it.

Creative Cloud Libraries… It’s part of InDesign CC.

Starting now, InDesign CC users have CC Libraries. No more having assets on the wrong computer or scrambling to find the latest version of a graphic. CC Libraries means knowing exactly where creative assets are. Always.

It also means the ability to share assets with an entire creative team, between ID files, and across InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator CC.

And, since we know a lot of designers have populated InDesign CC’s native libraries with the graphic elements (text frames, linked graphics or groups of objects) they use regularly, those assets (all or a selection) can be easily migrated into CC Libraries. That’s a new library with the same content and the same name as the native library.

CC Libraries. Got it. What else is new for InDesign CC?

IDMUDW_1IDInDesign CC (along with Adobe Dreamweaver CC) has not only added in-app learning content with tutorials for every experience level (that means, no longer having to leave the application to learn something new), the team didn’t stop there. It also incorporated some user-requested features that make everyday tasks easier:

  • Save time. Draw tables without text frames. When creating tables, it’s no longer necessary to first create a text frame.
  • No guessing. No hassle. The Print Current Page option (in the Print dialog and Pages panel flyout) prints the active page in the InDesign window or selected pages/spreads from the Pages panel.
  • Do the work once. On by default in the Layers flyout menu, Ungroup Remembers Layers ensures that when something is “ungrouped,” items that were originally on separate layers will return to them.

Hoping for more update news? We have it. Adobe Muse CC is faster, smoother, and more intuitive.

IDMUDW_2MUThe Adobe Muse team continues to respond to user feedback with updates that improve app quality and performance, and remove the bottlenecks in everyday tasks. There are literally dozens of improvements; a few of our favorite one-click options sure to speed-up work:

  • Superscript, Subscript, Uppercase, and Lowercase text buttons provide more flexibility when working with type.
  • A Clear All Styling option removes any styling (fill, stroke, text styles) for a selected page, and a Clear Widget Content option removes all content (slideshows, accordion panels, contact forms) from a selected widget.
  • Delete unused layers with a single click.
  • A Show Where Used option highlights where background images, bullet/list styles, uploaded assets, and paragraph, character and graphic styles have been used throughout layouts.

And, a bit more news… from the Dreamweaver CC team:

IDMUDW_3DWAmong Dreamweaver CC’s performance enhancements are improvements to two previously-released features:

  • Select, hold, and drag an image from the Extract panel into Live View to launch the Element Quick View panel for precise image insertion.
  • New creatively-named color-theme templates offer more options for customizing and personalizing Code View.

Take a closer look at what’s new in InDesign CC, Adobe Muse and Dreamweaver CC.
Learn more about Creative Cloud Libraries.
Haven’t tried Creative Cloud? Take it for a free trial run.

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Lightroom Mobile for Android Phones Is Here

Got images on your phone that need editing? And after you tweak them, do you want to sync them back to your collection of pics at home? Perhaps, too, you’re among the throngs of people who have an Android, and not an iOS, smartphone.

If that’s you, then you’ll love this:

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Lightroom mobile extends your existing workflows beyond the desktop, allowing you to utilize your Android phone to review and edit images and have the changes sync back to your Lightroom catalog at home.

Get the app now on Google Play.

Read more about what you can do with Lightroom mobile on thr Lightroom Journal.

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More Control over Web Fonts with Typekit Update

Over at Typekit, we’ve just launched some major improvements to our language subsetting options.

The update provides more fine-tuned control over exactly which languages are supported on your websites—which in turn can hugely improve load times for webpages. The new UI also gives better visibility into the OpenType features that are included with a font, which will open up a lot more potential for advanced typesetting on the web.

Subsetting has been one of our most-requested features, and we’re delighted to make it available to everyone. If you’d like to learn more about using it, see the Typekit blog for details.

With Typekit's new Language Subsetting controls, you can combine language support in any way a selected font allows and optimize for a smaller kit size.

With Typekit’s new language subsetting controls, you can combine language support in any way a selected font allows and optimize for a smaller kit size.

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Version 1.9—An Update for Creative Cloud for Desktop

We’re excited to announce the release of version 1.9 of Adobe Creative Cloud for desktop. It brings several new features and improvements that help you stay up-to-date and increase your productivity.

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Some key highlights of the release

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  • Creative Cloud for desktop now automatically detects and downloads any update available for Creative Cloud for desktop, so you no longer have to track and install updates manually. To enable auto-update, just select Always keep Creative Cloud for desktop up to date when installing an update. You can, at any time, enable or disable the auto-update setting from the General tab in the Preferences dialog for Creative Cloud for desktop.

 

  • Font syncing from Typekit is now enabled by default, so you will no longer need to Turn on Typekit to start syncing and using fonts in your favorite applications. If you need to turn syncing off, you can do this anytime from Preferences > Fonts in Creative Cloud desktop. For information about adding and managing Typekit fonts, see Add fonts from Typekit.
  • If you’re a Creative Cloud for enterprise customer, your employees will soon be able to sign in using their Federated ID with Single Sign-On support.

 

Also in the latest version of Creative Cloud for desktop

  • You can now sync files and fonts quickly and seamlessly even when switching Internet connections. For information about managing assets, see Browse, sync, and manage assets.

So, what are you waiting for? Install the latest update for Creative Cloud for desktop and take full advantage of the cool features and improvements we’ve made.

How to update

You’ll be prompted to update when you relaunch Creative Cloud for desktop. If you do not relaunch the app, you’ll get an update notification in 24 hours. Click Install Now to download and install the latest version, and then relaunch the app.

If you’re a new user and have not installed Creative Cloud for desktop yet, the latest version is available for download from Creative Cloud Download Center.

Check which version of the app you’re using

  1. Launch Creative Cloud for desktop, and sign in with your Adobe ID.
  2. Click the gear icon, and choose Preferences > General.
  3. Click the Account.

For the latest on Creative Cloud for desktop, see Adobe Creative Cloud blogs and Creative Cloud Learn & Support.

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