September 30, 2011

Rivers Cuomo, Photoshop fan

Solid. Apparently he scans everything into Photoshop Elements & organizes it there:

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Stream Web fonts right into Photoshop

Extensis has released a free beta of their Web Font Plug-in for Photoshop CS5+. The plug-in (a panel) allows you to use fonts from WebINK (a web font rental service from Extensis) in the creation of website mock-ups in Photoshop. Using the plug-in requires downloading a trial version of the Suitcase Fusion 3 font manager, though it’ll keep running even after the trial period expires.

I haven’t yet gotten to try out the panel, but I’m intrigued. If you have feedback on it or just general thoughts on Web fonts & design tools, please chime in.

Update: Here’s an in-depth overview & demo video.

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InfColorPicker: An open-source iOS color picker

While at Adobe Troy Gaul implemented the Lightroom & ImageReady color pickers, including supports for choosing Web-safe colors (a godsend to me when it arrived).  Now that he’s an independent developer, he’s released InfColorPicker, an open-source color picker for iOS.

By the way, if you use Instagram & have an iPad, you should get Troy’s Instagallery app; lots of nice attention to detail.

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September 29, 2011

Adobe HTML5 progress update

To enable lighter, more scalable, more beautiful digital publications, HTML needs to improve to handle richer text layouts. I’m delighted to see that Adobe’s CSS Regions contributions have reached the WebKit mainline & Chromium releases, and that the IE10 preview also supports the standard. Here’s a 2-minute demo (cued up to the relevant part):

So far so good; but what else? Adobe CTO Kevin Lynch hints that we’ll learn more about Adobe HTML tools & strategies next week. Stay tuned.

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Lightroom 3.5, Camera Raw 6.5 updates available

Lightroom 3.5 (Mac|Win) and Camera Raw 6.5 (Mac|Win) are now available as final releases on and through the update mechanisms available in Photoshop CS5 and Lightroom 3.  These updates include bug fixes, new camera support and new lens profiles. New camera support:

  • Fuji FinePix F600EXR
  • Hasselblad H4D-60
  • Leaf Aptus II 12
  • Leaf Aptus II 12R
  • Nikon Coolpix P7100
  • Olympus E-P3Olympus E-PL3
  • Olympus E-PM1Panasonic DMC-FZ
  • 150Panasonic DMC-G3
  • Panasonic DMC-GF3
  • Pentax Q
  • Phase One  IQ140
  • Phase One  IQ160
  • Phase One  IQ180
  • Phase One  P40+
  • Phase One  P65+
  • Ricoh GXR MOUNT A12
  • Sony Alpha NEX-C3
  • Sony Alpha NEX-5N
  • Sony SLT-A35
  • Sony SLT-A65
  • Sony SLT-A77
  • Hasselblad “FFF” files created by the Hasselblad Phocus software for currently supported models are also now supported. (FFF files created using the FlexColor software are not supported)


For a list of lens profiles added & bugs fixed, please see the Lightroom Journal post.

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Video: Using tool presets in Photoshop CS5

Julieanne Kost shows off one of the most perennially underused capabilities in Photoshop–namely, the ability to create & use presets that store settings for tools (e.g. common crop dimensions, type styles*, brushes with colors, etc.).

* It’s true, tool presets aren’t as powerful as live type styles (ones where changing the style changes layers to which it’s been applied), but they’re still handy.

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September 28, 2011

Video: Aurora seen from the ISS in Orbit

Just like it says on the tin. And lovely.

[Via Jim Goldstein]

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Demo/Q&A Friday: Mastering the Premiere Pro Timeline

Live at noon on Friday:

The timeline panel in Adobe Premiere Pro is where the story comes together… In this session you’ll learn essential operations and advanced features like replace edit, creating custom transitions, and using Adobe Dynamic Link to exchange files with Adobe After Effects and Audition. The session is being run by Richard Harrington of RHED Pixel.

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September 27, 2011

Get 30% off Photoshop CS5, today only

Check it! (Offer applies in North America only through 11:59pm Pacific time tonight.)

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Adobe teams up with Automatic Duck

The move will enhance Premiere Pro’s workflow integration. PM Al Mooney writes:

I’m absolutely thrilled to be able to say that Adobe and Automatic Duck are now partnering with the aim of bringing absolute best-of-breed workflow integration into Premiere Pro. This means that, as we work together, Premiere Pro’s ability to integrate with the industry’s other leading tools using technologies like AAF, XML and OMF will get stronger and stronger. And so Premiere’s ability to be a good citizen in all kinds of broadcast and post-production workflows will get better and better.

Recent/related: Adobe acquires IRIDAS video tools

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Photoshop CS5 hidden gem: Brush-based sharpening

Way back when–before you learned never to be caught dead near Photoshop’s Dodge, Burn, Sharpen, or Brightness/Contrast tools, as no Real User™ would ever give them a second look–didn’t those tools seem nicely simple & straightforward? Trouble is, over time better (if usually more complicated) alternatives emerged, so folk wisdom dictated that these tools be treated as obsolete.

We liked how direct the tools were, though, so in Photoshop CS4 and CS5 we updated the underlying algorithms. In the 1-minute video below, Photoshop PM Bryan O’Neil Hughes shows how effective it can be to apply sharpening via painting:

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MAX: Learn to make money extending the Creative Suite

MAX-attending developers, this session sounds worthwhile:

How to Develop and Monetize Your Creative Suite Extensions

Learn how to use Adobe Creative Suite Extension Builder to develop, debug, and deploy extensions that use Flex and Adobe AIR frameworks to extend the functionality of the Creative Suite applications. Find out how to interact with XMP metadata, connect your extensions with data and web services back ends, and port your extensions into multiple Creative Suite applications. Finally, get a peek into what Adobe is doing to help you monetize your extensions and plug-ins.

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September 26, 2011

Adobe Muse improves HTML output in Beta 3

Adobe’s new “Muse” HTML authoring tool has attracted huge interest & while stirring up controversy about whether it’s possible for a visual tool to generate good code. Knowing that the team was working hard on improvements, I urged them to post details that might assuage concerns.  No, they said, let’s just do our jobs, then show the results.

Now the team has posted Muse beta 3 for download and has detailed the output-related improvements in this release. “The primary focus of code improvements in Beta 3,” they write, “are around cross-browser compatibility and reducing page load times and data usage.”  Other improvements around SEO & accessibility are in the works.

I think that people who care about high quality code output will be pleased with the progress, and I encourage you to give the team your candid feedback.

[Via Terry White]

Update: PM Dani Beaumont gives three minutes of perspective on the new release:

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A lovely L.A. time lapse

Colin Rich has done the nearly impossible: He’s made me find Los Angeles beautiful.


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September 25, 2011

Tom Selleck’s moustache makes every movie better

Now that’s some good image compositing.


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September 24, 2011

Time lapse: Earth from above

James Drake downloaded 600 photos from the International Space Station, then stitched them together to create this fly-over. Check it out in fullscreen HD & watch for the lightning storms.


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September 23, 2011

Reminder: How to tune Photoshop CS5 for peak performance

A customer asked me today for Photoshop performance-tuning guidance, so I took a minute to track down the latest & greatest, most canonical guide from Adobe: it’s “How to tune Photoshop CS5 for peak performance” over on Photoshop PM Jeff Tranberry’s blog. Hope you find it useful.

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Video: 3D text projection the hard way

Backwards, specifically:

[Via Steve Guilhamet]

Here’s another example or artist Stephen Doyle creating a similar piece:


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September 22, 2011

Ooh eeh ooh, MAX looks just like Buddy Holly

Weezer’s playing Adobe MAX the week after next!  (If you haven’t yet registered, there’s still time.)

I used to joke that the one good thing I’d done at Adobe was to get Run-D.M.C. to play our party at Flashforward 2000.  Seems that once a decade, at least, we’re due for hosting a really good band.  (And this time I won’t embarrass myself by trying on shell-toe Adidas & a Kangol hat.)

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“Mac n’ Cheese”: Painterly animation, nothing to do with food

Why the name? You’d have to ask the four Dutch students who made it. I love the painterly textures the team achieved. It’s just 2 minutes long, and full-screen is a must:

(“We can not be held accountable for the blowing of your mind, the bleeding of your eyes or epileptic seizures,” they note.) [Via]

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September 21, 2011

Video: Bizarre face-substitution technology

God that’s creepy. I want to look away… but I cannot.

Creator Kyle McDonald credits Jason Saragih’s FaceTracker library, the ofxFaceTracker addon, and openFrameworks​. [Via]

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(rt) Photography: Giant photos and… oh, dear God, *bees*

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September 20, 2011

Adobe introduces Photoshop Elements 10, Premiere Elements 10

The apps add a wealth of new features, including what looks like a really interesting “search photos by object” capability. Here’s a 1-minute overview:

For more on details like 64-bit video handling & AVCHD support for high-def output, check out an interview with PM Bob Gager. Each app has a list price of $99, and bundled together they’re $149.

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Ask a Pro: Illustrator brushes, Friday at noon

I’m always a little amazed & sad that not more people know what can be done with Illustrator brushes. Check out this session Friday at noon Pacific:

Join Sharon Steuer and learn how to harness the power and flexibility of Illustrator’s drawing and painting tools. With Illustrator brushes you can work transparently, or build-up color and texture, you can work with pressure-sensitivity, or even contour-and-stretch leaves and grasses along a path. And unlike any other way of working, the brush marks can remain vectors, so they can be infinitely selectable, editable, and changeable.

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Video: Green graffiti

What if cleaning, rather than painting, created images? Marc Cameron and Moose Curtis use stencils & a pressure washer to blast away layers of filth, creating their own “reverse graffiti”:


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September 19, 2011

(rt) Photography: Jokes, plus people falling

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September 18, 2011

PhotoAppLink improves iOS app communication

To avoid bloated software, I wrote months ago, we need better ways to connect small apps (so that each can focus on just what it does best). Android “intents” enables this (e.g. in Photoshop Express), and it sounds like Windows Metro “contacts” are similar. On iOS this has been more problematic. From iPhoneography:

[G]etting an image from one app to the next is tedious. When switching apps the user must save the edited image to the camera roll, quit the current app, launch the next and then load up the intermediate image before continuing to edit it.

So a group of app developers got together and found a way to solve this problem with PhotoAppLink:

I can’t make any commitments on behalf of Adobe apps, but I certainly find this development interesting & encouraging. [Via Dave Howe]

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September 17, 2011

Video: I’m Crushing Your Head (kinda)

I find Junebum Park’s little videos totally charming.  Sadly it seems the longer, better-quality ones have been pulled from YouTube, but here’s a little taste:

Via Core77, ArtNews says,

In his short films… June Bum Park plays around with… shifts in scale: everyday scenes such as parking a car, constructing a building, or crossing a road are animated by gigantic hands (the artist’s own), and people and objects turn into playthings of a higher power. The manipulations appear tiny, their movements seem pre-determined, and all the figures do not let themselves be distracted from their goal. Cleverly they evade the intruder’s hands and continue on their way with the determination a column of ants.

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September 16, 2011

The Adobe Carousel team answers reader questions

How does it work with Lightroom? Who exactly can see my photos? (And where are they, exactly?)

Check out this post from the Adobe Carousel team for good answers to top questions.  You can post comments here, but you’re more likely to get questions addressed via that post’s comments.

Meanwhile, here’s a cute little video they did to capture the zen of the product:

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September 15, 2011

Video: Experience Zero Gravity

More amazing aerial filmmaking from the folks who brought us Experience Human Flight:

Or, if you prefer your extreme sports photography to feature spraying blood and wildly overdriven guitars, try this on for size:


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September 14, 2011

Muse (HTML authoring) demo/Q&A Friday

Check it out:

In this Ask a CS Pro session, Muse PM Dani Beaumont will show you how Muse allows you to include arbitrary HTML code in your project. We’ll take a look at how you can easily add elements like Google Maps, YouTube videos, Facebook ‘Like’ buttons and such. We’ll even get a little more edgy and look at embedding Flash slideshows and blogs from platforms like Tumblr.

Friday, noon Pacific time (converter).

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Pixels in Plywood & Cork

Artist Scott Gundersen creates giant portraits using wine corks. [Via Tara Sturtevant] Meanwhile, Finnish artist Tomi uses a “MDF-based CNC router*” to drill halftone patterns into stained plywood:

*No I don’t really know what that means, but I feel kinda nerd-macho repeating it. [Via]

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September 13, 2011

Wacom introduces a new 24″ Cintiq

Looks lovely:

The Cintiq 24HD features a generous 24″ display (1920 x 1200 resolution), a 92% Adobe RGB color gamut, a wide viewing angle, and an adjustable stand for hours of comfortable and productive use.

Core77 writes,

The part of the 24HD we’re most excited about is a new physical design feature which incorporates solid industrial design thinking to solve an ergonomic issue: How can we get this massive tablet into multiple working positions that we favor? The answer comes in the form of a well-thought-out base and adjustable supporting arms that move and lock the tablet into a variety of positions.

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Adobe acquires IRIDAS video tools

Sounds like some fast, powerful color grading & HDR tools are coming to the Production Premium suite. According to the press release,

The addition of IRIDAS technology includes SpeedGrade, an award-winning toolset for Stereo 3D, RAW processing, color grading and finishing of digital content. IRIDAS offers the only non-destructive tools for primary and secondary color correction that are optimized for multi-core CPU and GPU performance.

Adobe’s video apps have been on a tear lately, with more exciting developments to come. (My wife works in that group & I love getting peeks at what’s brewing.)

Update: The team requests (and is getting lots of) feedback on the acquisition.

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“LRPAD”: Control Lightroom via an iPad

You can dial in Develop module adjustments via LRPAD:


Previous/related: “Paddy enables hardware UI control of Lightroom.”

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September 12, 2011

Watch Adobe Carousel demoed in the PS World keynote

Check out the multi-user/multi-device functionality demoed by Sumner Paine & Julieanne Kost. They show one-step import, direct capture into Carousel, the Develop engine, sharing ratings, and more. Unfortunately the video doesn’t allow embedding, but the link jumps you right to the start of the demo.

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Swiffy Flash-to-HTML5 converter updated

Speaking of HTML5 tooling, Google has updated Swiffy, the experimental (and open source) Flash-to-HTML5 converter:

Swiffy now supports shape tweening and drop shadow, blur and glow filters, all using SVG, CSS and JavaScript. Some of these filters can be seen in action in this Chrome ad (on a browser with SVG filter support).


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Download Preview 2 of Adobe’s HTML5 animation tool, Edge

The second public release of Adobe Edge features a range of user-requested enhancements:

  • Smart guides — Precision guide and dimension markers are displayed when an object on the stage is moved/resized, helping to align objects in relation to others.
  • Specify semantic tags on managed elements — Change the tag type of each shape, image and text in Edge to reflect appearance in the HTML document object model (DOM).
  • Copy and paste elements — You can now copy and paste elements in Edge, to easily duplicate shapes, images or text. Duplicate images will refer to the same underlying asset.
  • Align and distribute elements — Select multiple elements, and align and distribute them via new options in the Modify menu.
  • Drag and drop z-index manipulation — In the elements panel, you can now control the z-order of shapes, text and images created in Edge.
  • Playhead time editing — You can now type into the timeline’s counter to move the playhead to a specific location, or by dragging the numeric value up or down with your mouse.
  • Windows 7 update — An error on the Windows version causing Edge to crash on startup is resolved, no longer requiring users to change the display bit depth from 32-bit to 16-bit.
  • jQuery update — Edge’s animation framework now works with the latest jQuery 1.6.2.


Edge remains a work in progress, so as always the team is eager to hear your feedback (and to see what you can create).

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    September 11, 2011

    Photographers remember 9/11

    • Photojournalist James Nachtwey grabbed his camera and ran towards Ground Zero. He captured incredible images, nearly paying for them with his life. You should read his story.
    • Tom Junod’s article The Falling Man, about Richard Drew’s famous 9/11 photograph, is long, very difficult, and rewarding.
    • The Thousand-Yard Stare” : Peter Turnley talks about meeting Sal Isabella, the fireman whose image he captured the morning after the attacks.
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    Recent stop-motion goodness

    This cleverness from down under reminds me of vintage Saturday Night Live titles:


    Elsewhere, Joe Clarke’s Tchaikovsky Timelapse features stop-motion animation of the animator himself at work:


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    September 10, 2011

    Fanhattan: Search for shows across Netflix, Hulu, etc.

    A friend of mine is just about to start working at Fanhattan.  I’d never heard of the service, but having just signed up for Hulu Plus, I was wishing for a way to find out what shows are available there vs. on Netflix, iTunes, Vudu, Amazon, etc. Well, here we are:

    The iPad app is pretty dope: Not only does it show you where program X is available, it can launch the needed app and start the show.  In my experience it’s not perfect (I can’t get Netflix to launch, and backing out of viewing a show’s details dumps me back at the top level of the app), but the search alone is invaluable–and free.

    How these guys plan to make money, I have no idea (premium placements, referral fees?); happily I’ll leave that to my friend to sweat.

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    CineSkates: “Roller skates for Your DSLR”

    Clever Kickstarter project CineSkates offers “a set of three wheels that quickly attach to a tripod and enable fluid, rolling video in an ultra-portable package.”


    • Arcing shots that rotate around objects
    • Sliding shots that push or pull the subject into focus
    • Rolling shots that glide over the subject
    • Time-lapse shots that move the camera slowly and smoothly
    • Panning shots that scan a wide area
    • “Worm’s eye view” shots that slide just above the floor


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    September 09, 2011

    CNET: “Flash-derived iPad game tops App Store charts”

    Congratulations to the developers of the beautifully illustrated Machinarium:

    Gaming evangelist Tom Krcha has posted an interview with the designers & some behind-the-scenes photos.

    It’s funny how things change: As CNET’s Stephen Shankland points out, “A year ago, the app wouldn’t have been allowed under Apple’s rules. But now Apple is getting $1.50 each time another person downloads Machinarium.” (I’m not trying to start some flame war here–at all. I do however like seeing Adobe technology help creative folks bring their work to more people.)

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    Adobe Carousel demo/Q&A recording

    For a more in-depth demo of Adobe Carousel, check out this recording of yesterday’s presentation/Q&A session. (Just skip past the first 90 seconds or so of dead air.)

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    A new Photoshop Hall of Famer

    I’d like to extend warm congratulations to my friend and fellow PM, Bryan O’Neil Hughes, on his induction into the Photoshop Hall of Fame this week. Well done!

    I spent my first two years at Adobe bouncing coast to coast (three times in 24 months!), and I found myself pretty strung out and lonely. Bryan & his family welcomed me to California and helped me start putting down roots–something for which I’ll forever be grateful. For my part I helped convince Bryan to turn his charisma & charm in a more public-facing direction, trying out the product management game. (I mean, if they let me do it, for God’s sake, how hard could it be? ;-))

    Anyway, Hughes, congrats from all your friends & colleagues on the Photoshop team, and thanks for all you do.

    [Related: Bryan’s Content-Aware Fill demo that’s drawn more than 4 million views–an even drawn a Hughes impostor from College Humor.]

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    Adobe Creative Developer Tour announced

    Okay, my Suite-enhancing geeks, this one’s for you: The CS Developer Tour is coming to Singapore, New York, LA, and Munich this fall, aimed at helping system integrators, developers, and Adobe Solution Partners get busy extending the Creative Suite. Highlights, according to the site:

    • Extensibility – Efficiently develop and deploy extensions that work across Adobe Creative Suite products
    • Enterprise – Unlock new market opportunities and see how Adobe Creative Suite products can be seamlessly embedded into Enterprise environments
    • CS next – Detailed insight into Adobe’s next major Creative Suite release, early guidance on porting requirements, along with sneak peeks of upcoming features and APIs.

    Follow the link above for details & registration info.

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    September 08, 2011

    My fondest hope for iOS5?

    Frictionless camera-to-Carousel hand-off.

    I really, really want to think that AirDrop will enable truly seamless integration with Eye-Fi and similar wireless networking/storage cards. Pairing a Wi-Fi-enabled camera with a phone or tablet needs to become as trivial as pairing two Bluetooth devices. Once it’s done once, the camera needs to be able to transfer images the nearby devices anytime, regardless of whether they’re in use, running a special app, etc.

    Then–and only then–can we lay to rest the current dilemma: good dedicated camera with laborious transfer/editing/sharing experience, or lousy(-ish) phone camera with immediate editing/transfer? And with the proliferation of 4G phones & tablets, camera->-device->-cloud->desktop will become slick as hell.

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    Reminder: Photosmith for iPad

    I’ve heard a few comments to the effect of “Adobe Carousel looks great, but I really want to pull my raw photos into my iPad, apply flags, ratings, and keywords, and they sync everything with Lightroom on my desktop.” Happily, that’s just what Photosmith ($17.99) already offers:

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    September 07, 2011

    Live Q&A on Adobe Carousel, tomorrow at 1pm

    I’m doing my best to field lots of good questions coming in regarding Adobe Carousel, but if you want to talk with a real product expert and get a more in-depth demo, come back tomorrow at 1pm Pacific time for a chat with team member Christopher Quek.

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    Introducing Adobe Carousel

    “Lightroom for iPad” has been the clearest customer mandate I’ve heard in 10+ years at Adobe. Photographers are clamoring to transfer photos wirelessly to their tablets, review & tweak them there, and then sync the results with their desktops.

    Adobe Carousel (press release) embraces that vision–and takes it further.  This new app–announced today for iOS and Mac OS X (with Android & Windows versions in development)–brings a highly tuned version of the Lightroom/Camera Raw engine to mobile devices, combining it with excellent multi-device syncing. Key coolness:

    • You get access to all your images on all your devices.
    • All edits are non-destructive: tweak a setting on one device & you’ll see the edit ripple through your other devices.
    • It’s easy to collaborate with friends & family: people you invite to share a photo catalog can view photos, add new ones, apply adjustments and preset “looks,” and flag favorites.
    • You can easily publish to social networks like Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr.

    What does it cost, and when can you get it?  The iOS and Mac versions should be available shortly. The iPad, iPhone, and Mac apps are free, and the syncing/storage service costs $9.99 a month (or $99/year), with a special introductory price of $5.99 a month (or $59.99 a year). Storage & number of photos are unlimited.

    When you pay for an Adobe Carousel subscription, you’e investing in one complete solution, enabling you to import as many photos as you want, adjust and improve those photos, and then share those photos with family & friends.

    This first version of the app is ruthlessly focused on simplicity & on meeting the needs of a very large group of photographers. As it evolves there’s plenty of room to grow, including adding support for raw file formats and integrating with Lightroom & other desktop apps.

    When we introduced Lightroom, we likewise started small, listened hard to photographers, and rapidly iterated based on their feedback. I’m extremely excited to see what develops.

    PS–You may know that I’ve been working on mobile imaging apps at Adobe, so can I take credit for Carousel? I’m afraid not: I was the PM early on, helping get things rolling, after which I moved to another effort. More on that soon enough.

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    Watch today’s Photoshop World keynote, live

    I promise it’ll be newsworthy. The show will air 9am-10:30am Pacific time on

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    September 06, 2011

    New 64-bit Flash Player accelerates 3D

    A new prerelease version of Flash Player 11 is available for testing on Adobe Labs.  Key features include faster 3D gaming performance, as demonstrated by toolmakers Unity (whose gaming dev tools will target Flash Player).

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    Video: Soap bubbles & ferrofluid

    When he’s not designing interfaces at Adobe, Kim Pimmel makes short films:

    I combined everyday soap bubbles with exotic ferrofluid liquid to create an eerie tale, using macro lenses and time lapse techniques. Black ferrofluid and dye race through bubble structures, drawn through by the invisible forces of capillary action and magnetism.

    See more of his projects on Vimeo. [Via]

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    September 05, 2011

    Demo: Acquire for Photoshop + iOS

    Acquire for iOS (see previous) has been drawing lots of interest, so here’s a 3-minute demo of how it works:

    (Remember, if you’re using Photoshop CS5 (and not 5.5), you’ll need to make sure you’ve updated to 12.0.4.)

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    September 04, 2011

    Type/Illustration: Ridiculous sign pranks

    Back in college I had a summer roommate named Johnny, a super bright guy who was studying Arabic en route to Georgetown Law. He was quite well versed in world affairs, able to talk at length about all sorts of crises, etc. That’s why it was all the more bizarre–and delightful–to see him coolly reading the Washington Post each morning, calmly taking out a ballpoint pen, and then drawing puke lines & mustaches on all the world leaders.

    Clearly I’m a sucker for that sort of thing, though I’m still slightly embarrassed at how many times I laughed out loud at these sign hacks.

    10:36 AM | Permalink | Comments [3]

    September 03, 2011

    Video: MÖBIUS stop-motion sculpture


    Twenty-one large triangles animated by Melbourne, throughout Federation Square. MÖBIUS is a sculpture that can be configured into many cyclical patterns and behave as though it is eating itself, whilst sinking into the ground.

    The result is an optical illusion and a time-lapse of people interacting with the sculpture and moving through Melbourne’s landmark location throughout the day.

    MÖBIUS was animated over two weeks Friday, Saturday & Sundaybetween the 6th and 20th of May 2011.


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    September 02, 2011

    Connect your iOS camera right to Photoshop

    Check out this beautifully simple app:

    Acquire is a simple, powerful utility for instantly ingesting images from your camera-equipped iOS device into Adobe Photoshop CS5. Using Adobe’s Remote Connect feature, an image shot with your device’s camera is instantly, wirelessly transmitted into Photoshop so you can work with it without delay.

    Two bucks well spent!

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    September 01, 2011

    Lightroom: Watermark your images with sequential names/numbers

    A photographer friend wrote me to say that her client has requested that she stamp each image in a shoot with a visible sequence number, making it easy for the client to request shots by name. With an assist from Lightroom PM Tom Hogarty, I can suggest the following:

    • Go into the Slideshow module.
    • Pick a template if you’d like (Tom had me choose Widescreen).
    • On the bottom toolbar press the “ABC” (“add text”) button.
    • From the adjacent popup menu, choose “Filename.”
    • Position the filename over the image as desired.
    • In the lower left corner, choose “Export PDF…” (or hold Opt/Alt to get “Export JPEG…”).
    • If for any reason you want the visible numbers to match the images’ filenames, add the following steps:
      • Choose Library->Rename.
      • Back in the Slideshow module, select a preset like “Custom Name – Sequence.” (You can choose “Edit” to get fancy with renaming tokens, but the presets will likely suffice.)


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    Video: Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet

    Looks like this game features some really slick art direction:

    Here’s more info on the project.

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