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Adobe CS6 and Creative Cloud – A Compelling Upgrade!

Adobe Creative Cloud

Over the years Adobe Systems has excelled at creating software that abstracts the latest technology in a way that makes it easy designers to express unique ideas and deliver those ideas in a variety of media. Whether you’re editing an image with Photoshop, creating vector graphics in Illustrator, or laying out a page in InDesign, their goal has always been to give you total creative freedom along with the control and precision to ensure the highest quality when it comes to production. But as times have changed, creating content is no longer enough….

Most designers agree, that there are 3 main areas of challenges:
1. More and more content to create
2. They don’t have time to learn new skills
3. Content discovery is a problem now that media is so fragmented.

More and more content to create

There are new types of content appearing all the time, and the two year upgrade cycles are too slow to accommodate these shifts. For example the first iPad was launched literally weeks after they shipped CS5. Can you imagine if you had to wait until next month before Adobe added any features that would make it easier for people to create content for the iPad? Therefore, Adobe has been investing in different product models so they can be more nimble when it comes to delivering this kind of technology.

Learning new skills

Adobe is also investing extensive resources to make sure designers can create more content types using the tools they already know (e.g. digital publishing with InDesign, video with Photoshop). Another objective is to make sure that all of the new tools leverage existing paradigms that designers are comfortable with – so rather than expecting them to learn to write code, we’re looking at how we can help them create websites using the same approaches they use for page layout.

Content discovery is a problem now that media is so fragmented.

With people accessing information in so many different ways (social, mobile, tablets…) getting your clients messages in front of people in the right way at the right time is harder than ever. So another recent top objective of Adobe Systems is to make it easier to not only create different types of content, but to be able to efficiently distribute or publish that content.

Longer term, by offering these publishing services, designers will have access to the type of reports and data that will help them understand the effectiveness of their work.

Adobe Creative Suite CS6

Enter Adobe Creative Cloud!

With the Adobe Creative Cloud, you can now:

Get the World’s Best Tools: Download all CS6 and other desktop tools – plus integrate with Adobe Touch Apps, so you can work anywhere. Create mobile apps, tablet content, websites, print, interactive, videos… anything you can imagine.
Connect with the Community: Use intuitive cloud-based sync and store collaborate or share your ideas and access your work from anywhere. Get inspired by connecting with a global community of creatives.
Publish Anywhere: Easily publish and deliver content to the web and apps to iOS and Android smartphones and tablets. Get your work wherever it needs to go.
Stay a Step Ahead: Always have the most up-to-date technology. Get updates and new products the instant they become available, all included in the low monthly price.

Everything people love in Creative Suite is included. Every single CS application that is normally included in Master Collection. Plus, Adobe is including Acrobat. And Muse and Edge, which will not be part of Creative Suite but will be part of Creative Cloud, Lightroom, which is an incredible product for photography that is not included with any of the suites. And unlike the boxed version software, customers will have access to Windows and Mac versions of all of the desktop tools. Creative Cloud members receive early, immediate access to new features, upgrades, and services as they become available, at no additional cost, and have access to a robust online community where you can share your work, connect with peers, and be inspired.

The tools we use today are expanding beyond the desktop. Adobe is helping creative pros capture their ideas wherever and whenever creativity strikes with the Touch Apps. Adobe is also including cloud-based services that will allow you to create and access files anywhere you want, and publish anywhere you want. Finally, the Creative Cloud will also include an entire set of community resources to give you the inspiration, training, and support you need to be successful.

The idea behind the included the services is the ability to leverage new technologies to help streamline processes that take place before and after content creation. This includes the entire creative process, from capturing ideas while you’re on the go, through to publishing that content anywhere.

Key Design Trends

Here is a great example of this workflow for the Designer that uses Adobe Photoshop.

• Start your work in Photoshop Touch or Collage, some of the Adobe Touch Apps available for iPad and Android tablets
• Sync your files through the Creative Cloud to your Photoshop CS6 desktop application, where you take your initial designs further using the precision tools in Photoshop
• Send your work to Muse, a new desktop application that lets designers easily create standards-based websites
• Add some creative fonts with Typekit
• Publish your site to Business Catalyst, a hosted application for building and managing websites and online businesses
• The beauty of the Cloud is that what is available now, is just the beginning.

And here is another step through example including DPS:

• Start your work in Photoshop Touch or one of the other Adobe Touch Apps
• Add HTML5 interactivity in Adobe Edge
• Bring the work into InDesign, a very familiar environment for a designer
• Publish the content to an iPad using Digital Publishing Suite Single Edition – Creative Cloud members can publish an unlimited number of apps using our DPS solution

Adobe Creative Cloud Workflow

CS6 is without a doubt a large part of the value prop for Creative Cloud. One important clarification is that even though this is called Creative Cloud it doesn’t mean that the products are in the Cloud, after you subscribe, you download the apps and install them on your local hard drive. Just like you use them today.

As always there are loads of new features in every single application that will delight designers and developers. For designers a few of the hottest new features include:

• Mercury performance in Photoshop and Illustrator.
• Pattern creation in Illustrator
• Gradients on strokes in Illustrator
• A group of features in InDesign make it easier for you to adapt a single set of content for multiple layouts.
• For those of you using Dreamweaver they have continued to expand support for HTML5 and CSS3, including a great new feature called Fluid Grid Layouts that makes it easier to design adaptive website layouts.

Fore more information about the Adobe Creative Cloud, visit http://www.adobe.com.

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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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