Solid. Apparently he scans everything into Photoshop Elements & organizes it there:
Solid. Apparently he scans everything into Photoshop Elements & organizes it there:
Solid. Apparently he scans everything into Photoshop Elements & organizes it there:
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.
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.
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.
Lightroom 3.5 (Mac|Win) and Camera Raw 6.5 (Mac|Win) are now available as final releases on Adobe.com 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:
For a list of lens profiles added & bugs fixed, please see the Lightroom Journal post.
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.
Just like it says on the tin. And lovely.
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.
Check it! (Offer applies in North America only through 11:59pm Pacific time tonight.)
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
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:
MAX-attending developers, this session sounds worthwhile:
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.
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:
Now that’s some good image compositing.
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.
[Via Steve Guilhamet]
Here’s another example or artist Stephen Doyle creating a similar piece:
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.)
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]
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.
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.
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”:
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]
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:
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.
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:
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
Speaking of HTML5 tooling, Google has updated Swiffy, the experimental (and open source) Flash-to-HTML5 converter:
The second public release of Adobe Edge features a range of user-requested enhancements:
Edge remains a work in progress, so as always the team is eager to hear your feedback (and to see what you can create).
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.
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.”
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.)
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.)
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.
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:
Follow the link above for details & registration info.
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.
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:
“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:
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.