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Adobe Creative Cloud CC Announced at Adobe MAX 2013

Today at the annual MAX Conference, Adobe announced a significant update to the Creative Cloud, the company’s flagship software solution for creative professionals. Available on June 17th and packed with over 100 new features across the applications, the Creative Cloud re-imagines the creative process through a set of desktop applications and sophisticated cross-device collaboration and publishing capabilities. All of this will now be branded under the “CC” release and the Adobe Creative Suite will no longer be an option for purchase without purchasing the Creative Cloud.

Adobe MAX Conference 2013

Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen took to the stage to introduce an interesting line up of speakers as he reflected upon the past and painted a picture of the new creative future. The show started with a dazzling showcase of creative work that included over 100 pieces of art collected from around the world through an online collaboration of influencers. In order to present this work, Adobe utilized 40 synchronized projectors, rendering a half billion pixels per second. Narayen wasted no time sharing the vision of Adobe Systems and the next generation of the Creative Cloud explaining that your creative source files can be stored, synced and shared, via Creative Cloud, on Mac OS, Windows, iOS and Android; and Behance, the world’s leading online creative community. Creative professionals can now showcase work, get feedback on projects and gain global exposure. With Creative Cloud publishing finished work has never been easier, with enhanced services that build and power websites, mobile apps, tablet publications, online portfolios, and content for virtually any medium and device.

A Creative Evolution — Creative Tools: Keynote May 6th Video

Adobe Photoshop CC

The Demos!

First up, Terry White took the stage showing off a host of new tools that introduce the most advanced deblurring and sharpening technologies to date. The new Camera Shake Reduction tool analyzes and corrects for blur from camera movement to produce better quality images. The new Smart Sharpen tool uses adaptive sharpening algorithms to minimize noise effects while producing high-quality image results. He also showed off the new Radial Gradient tool that offers powerful controls to draw attention to the focus of an image without applying a standard vignette, and the Upright tool automatically straightens horizons and applies perspective corrections without distorting the image.

He also showcased Adobe llustrator CC by demoing new features including a Touch Type tool that allows characters to be manipulated as individual objects with support for multitouch devices, bitmap images used in brushes, and CSS Extraction.

What’s New in Adobe Creative Cloud for Designers Video

Adobe Illustrator CC

Next, Jason Levine presented some jaw dropping Adobe After Effects demos. Probably the most impressive demo of the day was the Live 3D Pipeline between After Effects CC and Cinema 4D. With Cinama 4D, you can build your own models, download your own photos and use the enhanced 3D camera tracker.  He also showed off the Refine Edge feature that allows you separate difficult foreground elements—such as hair and create high-quality matting results.

Also, Adobe has announced that “with the next version of Adobe Premiere Pro, editors can work the way they want, with increased customization capabilities, significant new shortcuts for faster, keyboard-driven editing, Link & Locate to quickly relink media, and an expanded set of supported media formats let editors work smarter and faster. It also has more powerful color workflows with the addition of the Lumetri™ Deep Color Engine, to easily apply rich color grading looks directly in Adobe Premiere Pro.” Adobe Press Release

Adobe After Effects CC

Adobe Creative Cloud Overview for Video Pros Video

What’s New for Web Designers and Developers? Jeff Veen took to the stage and explained the fundamental belief at Adobe is that the web is now ready for a totally new set of web design and development solutions, … enter Adobe Edge. In the next few minutes of the presentation, he integrated some of the assets created in Adobe Photoshop, Premiere, and After Effects into a responsive web design scenario – “The Adventure Company Website”.

Adobe MAX Edge Reflow

These demos revealed some great new export functionality from Photoshop for the web designer including two new features, “Generate Web Assets” and “Edge Reflow Project”. Adobe Edge Reflow improvements include improved layout capabilities, more powerful styling features, performance, and integration with the other Adobe CC software. One impressive example displayed the ability to control the canvas element by element for ease of exchange between designer and developer.  You can also add CSS filters easily and then test with Adobe Edge Inspect.

Adobe Edge

What’s New in Adobe Creative Cloud for Web Pros Video

At this point if you were not blown away with the new features and functionality, well … the show was just getting started. Other updates included a preview of the new Kuler app, iPhone Creative Cloud app, fonts for the desktop and so many other features that will be included in the new Adobe Creative Cloud. Also, Behance is now integrated with Creative Cloud, so creative professionals can showcase their work, get feedback on project comps, and gain global exposure. With Creative Cloud publishing has never been easier, with services that build and power websites, mobile apps, tablet publications, online portfolios, and content for virtually any medium and device.

Adobe also announced that all new features will be coming to Creative Cloud users starting June 17 at which time Adobe will be ending support for CS6 with all new features coming to Adobe Creative Cloud subscribers only. Obviously, this is a big change for everyone, but some facts that we know include the ability to download and work with at least one back version of the software. So, if you subscribe to the new Creative Cloud CC, you will still be able to download and work with Adobe CS6 versions. Also, the Adobe Creative Cloud includes versions for both Mac and Windows as well as the ability to automatically synchronize between the desktop, cloud and mobile devices. Designers can designate shared folders and invite others to collaborate. Edits are stored with version history so users can share their files with confidence and currently all individual members receive 20GB of storage. For more information on this new offer from Adobe Systems be sure to check out: Adobe.com/go/creativevision

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Adobe Creative Suite 6 Launch – High Value and Affordable Price!

In case you missed the BIG NEWS, … today Adobe Systems officially launched the ultimate toolkit for design, web, and video professionals – the Adobe® Creative Suite® 6 and the Adobe Creative Cloud! This highly anticipated release included 14 updated applications and four Creative Suites including the Adobe Creative Suite 6 Design & Web Premium, Adobe Creative Suite 6 Design Standard, Adobe Creative Suite 6 Production Premium, and Adobe Creative Suite 6 Master Collection. The release of the new Creative Suite 6 was amplified by the parallel release of the subscription-based offering of the Adobe Creative Cloud.

After the launch today we confirmed that the Creative Cloud will provide users with the ability to download and install every Adobe CS6 application. Creative Cloud also integrates Adobe Touch Apps into your workflow, introduces cloud-based sync and store capabilities, and also includes web hosting, TypeKit, Edge, and Adobe Muse. This is exciting news, but the most anticipated news was the pricing for the new Creative Suite 6. This brings good news and more good news!

We were very happy to confirm that Adobe has launched an entirely new way of purchasing the CS6 and the Creative Cloud. This subscription service gives you access to all of CS6 apps, for a monthly fee of $49.99 ($29.99 for current licensed CS3, CS4, and CS5 customers). This brings the creative opportunities to an entirely new level with high value and attractive pricing. If you are still interested in box version pricing, this option is still on the table and you can see a full comparison of feature sets and pricing at the Adobe Creative Suite 6 Buying Guide site.

Adobe Creative Suite CS6

The new Creative Suite drives its speed and performance benefits from Adobe’s Mercury graphic engine, which takes advantage of the graphics processors found within today’s PCs and Macs to speed up image processing. The new version of Adobe Photoshop boasts Lightning fast screen redraw of complex gradients, gaussian blurs, and rendering effects as well as unprecedented speed and responsiveness during real-time image editing (Liquify, Puppet-Warp).

Illustrator CS6 boasts new image tracing and pattern creation tools and in this new version you can create complex variable width gradient strokes in with ease. Quickly accomplish daily tasks in a modern, streamlined interface. Tools, panels, and controls are still where you expect them, but daily tasks take fewer steps and your interactions are faster and more direct. With continuous control of interface brightness, you can match the look of other Adobe design tools. Panel updates include expandable color-sampling areas and hex-value editing in the Color panel. You can edit names of layers, styles, and swatches directly in the panel, and the Character panel shows previously hidden options.

Adobe Illustrator CS6

Premiere Pro CS6 gets a similar speedup, along with expanded multicam capability, new trimming tools, and native support for new digital cinema cameras. You now have the ability to work without interruption in After Effects, Premiere Pro, and throughout Production Premium CS6. Combined with Transmit I/O, the application is more suited than ever to the professional editing suite. A new addition, Prelude lets you get started selecting shots and creating a rough cut, while SpeedGrade finishes the project, allowing you to craft the perfect look.

With the updated support for the jQuery mobile and Phonegap frameworks, Dreamweaver CS6 allows you to build native applications for the iOS, Android, Blackberry, webOS and Symbian platforms leveraging HTML, CSS and Javascript. Dreamweaver’s Live View feature is based on Webkit, and this release supports the most current Webkit version which means it supports the latest HTML5 capabilities – cross-browser consistency, text-shadow renders, etc.

Photoshop CS6 is unmatched in its ability to help you bring your creative visions to life. Experience imaging magic and realize your creativity in exciting ways—all while achieving peak performance. Create videos directly within Photoshop CS6 using footage from your DSLR and other cameras. Edit raw image files with state-of-the-art tools. Use filters and editing controls to make your images look just the way you want. Create amazing panoramas. Remove image content, and then use Content-Aware technology to magically fill in the space left behind. Paint with a natural feel and realistic results. And maximize your hardware investment with cross-platform 64-bit support and the new Mercury Graphics Engine, which delivers blazing-fast interactions in key editing tools. Make your visions reality with the state-of-the-art imaging capabilities in Photoshop CS6.

Adobe Photoshop CS6 Video

Flash Professional CS6 gets new “sprite sheets” for game development, the ability to build hardware-accelerated 2D content with the Starling framework, and to build apps prepackaged with the Adobe AIR runtime. With support for the Toolkit for CreateJS extension, designers and animators can export their assets to HTML5/JavaScript using Grant Skinner’s open source CreateJS framework. This allows your animations to run on any HTML5 compatible browser on desktop, tablet and mobile devices.

Adobe Flash CS6 for Mobile

InDesign CS6 introduces the new Adaptive Design Tools (Liquid Layout, alternate layout, linked content, and the Content Collector tools) that will radically change the way you work—allowing you to more easily leverage and adapt page layouts for the myriad print pages, devices and screens for which content now needs to be designed.

All-in, this is the most compelling upgrade offer in the history of the Adobe Creative Suite. Adobe has indicated that not everything will be available at first, but most of what was presented in the launch webcast will be available by the fall, and, of course, CS6 is included from the initial subscription download. While there was no mention of the exact date that the Creative Suite 6 and Creative Cloud would be available, we are guesstimating that the initial subscription service will be available within the next 30 days. You can sign in now to see if you qualify for the special offer of $29.99/month and get ready to take your creativity to the next level!

If you are an Adobe Creative Suite Veteran, you can learn the new Creative Suite 6 and Creative Cloud features by checking out Adobe TV!  If you are new to the Adobe Creative Suite applications, the fastest, most efficient way to learn is with Online Adobe Training Courses led by a live instructor. Here is how you get started: Adobe Dreamweaver Training, Adobe Fireworks Training, Adobe Flash Training, Adobe Illustrator Training, Adobe InDesign TrainingAdobe Photoshop Training

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Top New Features of Adobe After Effects CS5



After Effects CS5

Native 64-bit OS support—Get the most out of your hardware investment: Native 64-bit support means After
Effects can use all available RAM, so it’s easier to work efficiently on complex HD, 2k, and 4k projects.

Roto Brush—Isolate moving foreground elements from their backgrounds in a fraction of the time it used
to take. Identify foreground and background elements and then let the Roto Brush automatically create
transparency for you. Refine edges easily for extremely precise results.

mocha for After Effects—Experience the powerful new capabilities of this popular 2.5D planar tracker,
included with After Effects CS5. Masks are now trackable, have variable width feather, and can be applied
directly to layers in After Effects using mocha shape.

AVC Intra and enhanced RED support—Work natively with tapeless footage from the newest high-quality
Panasonic cameras thanks to AVC-Intra 50 and AVC-Intra 100 support. Work natively with RED R3D formats,
and gain additional controls for working with raw footage.

Auto-Keyframe mode—Animate quickly by automatically setting a starting keyframe at the current time.
Dozens of enhancements—Realize productivity gains from dozens of customer-requested refinements.
Enhancements include a new Refine Matte effect, the ability to align layers to a composition’s boundaries,
and importing additional Adobe Photoshop® adjustment layer types.

Color lookup table (LUT) support—Easily manage consistent color in your workflow with popular color LUT
formats to simulate film and alternate devices or to apply different looks to your footage.

Color Finesse—Enjoy an enhanced color correction workflow with Color Finesse LE 3, included with After
Effects CS5. New features include vibrance controls similar to those in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom software,
hue and saturation curve controls, and highlight recovery.

Digieffects FreeForm
—Turn flat objects into virtually any 3D shape using this popular 3D mesh warp plug-in
by Digieffects.

Collaborative online services—Initiate reviews and collect client feedback on dailies, storyboards, and edited
works in progress with new Adobe CS Live online services.

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