Photoshop and Behance: The awesome twosome!

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You can now upload your creative images as work-in-progress to Behance directly from within Photoshop. Behance is the leading online platform to showcase and discover creative work. Using Behance, you can create a portfolio of your work and broadcast it widely and efficiently to get feedback.

Interesting? Read more here.

Images suitable for camera shake reduction

If you’ve played around with the camera shake reduction feature in Photoshop CC, you might have noticed it works best with decently lit still camera images having low noise. The following types of still images are particularly suitable for shake reduction:

  • Indoor or outdoor images captured using a lens with a long focal length
  • Indoor images of a static scene taken with a slow shutter speed and no flash

In addition, shake reduction can help sharpen blurred text in images affected by camera motion.

Here’s the documentation for the feature.

Answering Your Questions About Photoshop CC

Check out this excellent FAQ posted by Jeffrey Tranberry, Chief Customer Advocate for Adobe Digital Imaging products. It answers questions such as the following:

  • I’m a photographer, I only use Photoshop and don’t really need to use any other applications in Creative Cloud. What are my options if I just want Photoshop CC?
  • What are some other things that make Photoshop CC more convenient?
  • Can I still buy a boxed/perpetual version of Photoshop?
  • What if I use Photoshop and Lightroom?
  • Will I be able to buy a boxed/perpetual version of Lightroom 5?
  • Will Lightroom 5 be available from Creative Cloud?
  • If you’re going to continue selling Photoshop CS6, will I still get Camera Raw updates?
  • I don’t want to run Photoshop in a web browser. Is that possible?
  • I don’t want to have to save all my files in the cloud. Is that possible?
  • I don’t want to have to be online constantly to use my software. Do I need to be always online?
  • I just bought Photoshop CS6. Can I return it and get Photoshop CC?
  • I’m a student or teacher. Is there a discount on Creative Cloud for Students and Teachers?

Here are your answers.

Creative Cloud | Separating Facts from Myths

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Need answers to common questions about Adobe Creative Cloud? This post is an attempt to point you in the right direction, so that you can understand what Creative Cloud is.

Let’s bust some myths

Question not here?

If you’re looking for answers, post your question on the Creative Cloud forum.

CQ Cloud Manager is here!

Adobe has announced the general availability of CQ Cloud Manager, Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) that enables reduced time and costs for provisioning, managing, and metering Web Experience Management (WEM) solutions supporting digital marketing initiatives. Cloud Manager takes advantage of cloud computing technology, such the Amazon Web Services (AWS) public cloud, to start up CQ clusters quickly and consistently.

Using CQ Cloud Manager, Digital Marketing organizations can provision and deploy instances of their Web environment without having to procure hardware or pay large upfront costs. This ease of provisioning allows enterprises to rapidly engage customers, drive market shares, and focus on innovation.

The infographic below captures the overall CQ Cloud Manager framework:

 

To know more about Cloud Manager or to learn how to use it, refer to the documentation.

Enter special characters in Correspondence Management asset names

Sometimes, you may want to create Correspondence Management solution assets that contain special characters in their names. To do so, you must first define the list of special characters that you want to use in the tbxeditor-config XML file.

Follow these steps:

  1. Log in to the CRX console at http://<servername>:<port>/crx/de/index.jsp as an admin. The default admin credentials are admin/admin.
  2. Edit the content/cm/tbxeditor-config.xml file.
  3. Enter the special characters within the customAssetNameCharset tag. For example, to enable the French character set, enter the special characters À, Î , Ù, etc within the tag.
  4. Save the XML file.
  5. Now, to use any character in the Editor Properties dialog, enter Alt + <ASCII value of the special character>.

Author-instance clustering for Correspondence Management

We’ve added a brand new section to the Installing the Correspondence Management Developer’s Guide explaining how you can set up author-instance clustering for Correspondence Management.

When the Correspondence Management solution is deployed, the author instance runs on the same server as LiveCycle ES3. However, setting up the LiveCycle cluster doesn’t automatically configure the Correspondence Management author-instance cluster. You must set up this cluster manually.

Author-instance clustering has no dependency on LiveCycle clustering. The LiveCycle cluster acts as a backend system for author instance clustering when LiveCycle is integrated with the Correspondence Management solution. The shared nothing mode of clustering is supported for Correspondence Management.

You can read the full technical article here.

CQ Cloud Manager beta…

Over at the Experience Delivers blog, Pierre Tager – Adobe Group Product Manager for Enterprise Cloud – talks about Cloud Manager, an innovative cloud service enabling reduced time and costs for provisioning, managing, and metering Web Experience Management (WEM) solutions supporting digital marketing initiatives.

In an era where enterprises are facing ever-growing competition, digital marketers are demanding to accelerate their go-to-market strategy to build their brand, while creating demand and increasing reach for their products. As marketers, you’ve all been there: Great marketing campaign idea. Check. Social Community. Check. Implementation time…hmm. That’s where it falls flat. How many times have marketing initiatives been held up due to the time it takes to negotiate and buy software? Provision IT resources? Download, install and configure? Fellow marketers, wait no more! Adobe is bringing it all together with a new technology, that combines the best Web platform and modern cloud computing. Introducing Adobe CQ Cloud Manager, designed to help marketers accelerate time to market and provide competitive differentiation in today’s ever-changing digital landscape.

Read the complete blog post here. 

Join the beta program here.

 

Adobe LeanPrint is here!

Adobe has just released LeanPrint, an enterprise-class, software-only printing solution that dramatically reduces printing costs by using an innovative method to redo the layout of documents while printing from popular applications and browsers.

Adobe LeanPrint also lets you track print jobs and costs, and analyze paper and toner savings arising from LeanPrint usage at the document, user, and organization levels.

Here’s an excerpt from an Adobe blog post:

Adobe LeanPrint is printing software that reduces costs by implementing patent-pending technologies from Adobe that automatically fine-tune formatting, colors and layout regardless of the printing device — inkjet or laser, personal or networked printer. LeanPrint provides plug-ins to common desktop applications such as Adobe Acrobat®, Adobe Reader®, Microsoft® Excel®, Microsoft Word and common browsers that typically account for the majority of printing in the enterprise and home. LeanPrint allows final output to be shown before the user sends the document to the printer ensuring visual assurance of a streamlined execution.

While other solutions aim to reduce the environmental impact by setting printing quotas or routing to a specific printer, LeanPrint takes a different approach by using less pages in Super Saver mode and providing a Toner Saver option to create smarter, less toner-heavy prints. With LeanPrint software, customers can easily choose settings to obtain a clear picture of the savings for each print job within the print preview and quantify the amount of paper and toner being used. With My Savings, savings achieved over days, months and years from within LeanPrint can be conveniently monitored and tracked, providing an incentive to save.

Some useful resources

Setting up the ICR development environment

The Integrated Content Review solution ships with a solution interface and building blocks that you can customize as per your organization’s requirements. Before you set out to customize these components, you must first set up your development environment. Setting up the ICR development environment involves the following broad steps:

    • Set up prerequisites
    • Locate the solution interface and required dependencies
    • Understand available projects
    • Set up available projects in Flash Builder
    • Set up Java projects in Eclipse
    • Build and deploy the solution interface

For detailed information about each of these steps, refer to this PDF document (download).