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Adobe Creative Cloud, Muse Now Available

Adobe has released Creative Cloud, a subscription-based way to affordably access and use the CS6 apps, including Premiere Pro, After Effects, Photoshop and more. Also released is Muse 1.0, which allows users to easily create nice websites without knowing code. Plus, two new Adobe Touch apps. Check out the press release:

Two New Touch Apps for iOS and Adobe Muse 1.0 Also Shipping

SAN JOSE, Calif. — May 11, 2012 — Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced the immediate availability of Adobe® Creative Cloud™, a radical new way of providing tools and services* for creatives. A subscription-based offering, Adobe Creative Cloud is a hub for making, sharing and delivering creative work and it is centered around a powerful release of Adobe Creative Suite® 6 software, packed with innovation across its industry-defining design, Web, video and digital imaging tools. The CS6 product line includes new releases of Photoshop®, InDesign®, Illustrator®, Dreamweaver®, Adobe Premiere® Pro, After Effects®, Flash® Professional and other products.

In addition, two new Touch Apps† – Adobe Proto and Adobe Collage – are now available for iOS devices, as are new features and additional language support in both Photoshop Touch and Adobe Ideas. Emerging from a successful beta program, that saw over 700,000 downloads, Adobe Muse software also became available today to Creative Cloud members and individual subscribers.  Muse is a stunning new tool that enables designers to create HTML5-based websites without writing code (see separate release).

“Adobe Creative Cloud members receive full access to the entire portfolio of Creative Suite 6 tools, integration with our touch tools, file storage and sharing services and Web hosting – everything they need to go from idea to finished work, at a breakthrough monthly subscription price,“ said David Wadhwani, senior vice president, Digital Media Business, Adobe. “Creative Cloud will allow our product teams to unleash a constant stream of innovation, releasing new features, apps and services as they are developed.”

Adobe Creative Cloud Membership Delivers:

  • ·        Access to download and install all CS6 applications, new HTML5 desktop products – Adobe Muse and Adobe Edge preview – and integration with Adobe Touch Apps
  • ·        Easy storage and sharing of content across desktop, mobile devices and the cloud
  • ·        Integrated website publishing and hosting
  • ·        Ongoing innovation that provides members with the most up-to-date products and services

 Pricing and Availability

Adobe Creative Cloud membership is available today to customers in 36 countries and in multiple languages. Pricing for Creative Cloud membership for individuals is US$49.99 per month based on annual membership and US$74.99 per month for month-to-month membership. A special introductory offer of US$29.99 per month for CS3, CS4, CS5 and CS5.5 individual customers is also available. Education pricing is available. To learn more, please visitwww.adobe.com/go/creativecloud.

Adobe Touch Apps are available separately for purchase from the iTunes App Store‡ or Google Play for US$9.99 each. Special offers for Adobe Touch Apps are available for customers who sign up for annual membership of Adobe Creative Cloud. For more details, visit www.adobe.com/products/touchapps.

Adobe CS6 Now Available

Adobe has announced that their CS6 collection is now available, with updates to Photoshop, Premiere Pro, After Effects, and more. Go to Adobe’s website to learn more about all the apps. Here’s the official press release:

Adobe Creative Cloud Coming May 11

SAN JOSE, Calif. — May 7, 2012  Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced the immediate availability of Adobe® Creative Suite® 6 software. The CS6 product line includes powerful new releases of Photoshop®, InDesign®, lllustrator®, Dreamweaver®, Adobe Premiere® Pro, After Effects®, Flash® Professional and other products as well as four suite versions – Creative Suite 6 Design & Web Premium; Creative Suite 6 Design Standard; Creative Suite 6 Production Premium; and Creative Suite 6 Master Collection.

Adobe Creative Cloud™, a radical new way of providing tools and services* for creatives worldwide is expected to be available on Friday, May 11.  A subscription-based offering, Adobe Creative Cloud is a hub for making, sharing and delivering creative work and it is centered around a powerful release of Adobe Creative Suite® 6 software, packed with innovation across its industry-defining design, Web, video and digital imaging tools. CS6 point product subscriptions will also be available May 11.

“We announced Creative Cloud and CS6 two weeks ago and these releases have caught the imagination of creatives everywhere,” said David Wadhwani, senior vice president, Digital Media Business, Adobe. “Today we’re shipping CS6 and look forward to the beginning of an exciting new era as we introduce Creative Cloud later this week.”

Top new features across the CS6 product line include:

  • New levels of performance with tools that take advantage of Adobe Mercury Graphics functionality, allowing users to go from ideas to finished work faster than ever before.
  • Enhanced user interfaces that vastly simplify workflows, so users can focus on their content and achieve results quicker.
  • New capabilities that streamline the creation of responsive content, ensuring website and apps look great across virtually all screen sizes and form factors.
  • Remarkable new science, integrated into imaging and video apps, makes previously impossible tasks suddenly possible.

Adobe Creative Cloud membership delivers:

  • Access to download and install all CS6 applications, new HTML5 desktop products – Adobe Muse™ 1.0 and Adobe Edge preview – and deep integration with Adobe Touch Apps.
  • Easy storage and sharing of content across desktop, mobile devices and the cloud.
  • Integrated website publishing and hosting.
  • Ongoing innovation that provides members with the most up-to-date products and services

Pricing and Availability
Adobe Creative Suite 6 products are immediately available through Adobe Authorized Resellers, the Adobe Store in North America and Adobe Direct Sales. Estimated street price for the suites is US$2,599 for CS6 Master Collection, US$1,899 for CS6 Production Premium, US$1,899 for CS6 Design & Web Premium, and US$1,299 for CS6 Design Standard. Upgrade and education pricing as well as volume licensing are available. For more information visitwww.adobe.com/products/creativesuite.html.

Adobe Creative Cloud membership is available to customers in 36 countries and in multiple languages. Pricing for Creative Cloud membership for individuals is US$49.99 per month based on annual membership and US$74.99 per month for month-to-month membership. A special introductory offer of US$29.99 per month for CS3, CS4, CS5 and CS5.5 individual customers is also available.  Education pricing is available.  Learn more atwww.adobe.com/go/creativecloud.

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Adobe Launches Creative Cloud, CS6

Here are details on the launch. Macworld has a great breakdown about the Adobe Creative Cloud/CS6 and a “what-you-need-to-know.”

Adobe’s press release:

SAN JOSE, Calif. —April 23, 2012 — Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced Adobe® Creative Cloud™, a radical new way of providing tools and services* that will change the game for creatives worldwide.  A subscription-based offering, Adobe Creative Cloud is a hub for making, sharing and delivering creative work and it is centered around a powerful release of Adobe Creative Suite® 6 software (see separate release), packed with innovation across its industry-defining design, Web, video and digital imaging tools.

And:

SAN JOSE, Calif. — April 23, 2012 — Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced the ultimate toolkit for design, Web and video professionals with the unveiling of the Adobe® Creative Suite® 6 product line and Adobe Creative Cloud™ (see separate release). Powerful new releases of 14 CS6 applications and four Creative Suites – 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 – drive home Adobe’s continued innovation across creative markets. A new subscription-based offering, Adobe Creative Cloud, will provide users with the ability to download and install every Adobe CS6 application* announced today.  Creative Cloud also integrates Adobe Touch Apps† into everyday work, introduces cloud-based sync and store capabilities, and powers the publishing of apps and high-impact Web experiences.

More on Adobe Creative Cloud.

Adobe Photoshop CS6 Public Beta Now Available


I’ve been playing around with the Adobe Photoshop CS6 public beta for a little while, and it’s pretty cool. The window and toolbars are darker, it’s faster, the content-aware features are incredible, the Creative Cloud is cool, and there are 3D capabilities. You can download the free public beta here. You can even use it to edit a little video, but it isn’t as powerful an NLE as something dedicated like Final Cut Pro X or Premiere Pro. That feature is aimed more at photographers who sometimes record a little video with their DSLRs while taking pictures, and want to do a quick video edit.

Check out this link for a round-up of hands-on previews. My friend and colleague Jeremiah Hall and I will have our own first-hand looks soon, which I’ll link to here.

New Final Cut Pro X Plug-Ins, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 For Videographers

The floodgates have opened, and we’re getting a TON of quality Final Cut Pro X plug-ins and third-party apps. I’m actually going to be reviewing some of them soon, but I wanted to share some links to the latest and greatest for FCP X. My friend Graeme Nattress (who works at RED) has released Levels and Curves for FCP X, and you’ll need FxFactory to purchase it (or try it out), same with his excellent Film Transitions plug-in. Irudis has released their free Tonalizer/VFX LITE (similar to their PRO version) plug-in, and the legendary Twixtor is now available for FCP X. FCP.co discusses how it compares to FCP X’s Optical Flow. Also, FCP.co talks about ClipExporter, a very affordable app that will get a single or multple clips out of FCP X for visual FX purposes, etc.

My good friend and colleague took at look at the new Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4, and its capabilities for videographers. I like Lightroom 4 a lot, and feel that its video capabilities are terrific for photographers shooting some video, but mostly pictures. If you’re a heavy-duty videographer and editor, and you love Adobe, Premiere Pro is terrific for organizing and editing pretty much any video format.

Sorry I have blogged lately, but I was out of town, then playing catch-up. Back to the usual FCP X and other film/video/TV blogging!

Adobe Photoshop Touch Now On The iPad

Adobe announced today that their Photoshop Touch is now available on the iPad for $9.99. Here’s what Adobe has to say about this, and I think it’s pretty darn cool!

The new Adobe Photoshop Touch app lets you quickly combine images, apply professional effects, share the results with friends and family through social networking sites like Facebook, and more — all from the convenience of your tablet.¹ Initially available for Android.

Check out the official page for more information.

OS X Lion Release, Adobe Photoshop Elements 9 On Mac App Store

Mac OS X Lion, v. 10.7


A little late, but I wanted to put up some updates. Apple released OS X Lion (10.7) today for only $29.99! (That’s 99 cents more than Snow Leopard! wink) There are a lot of cool things about it, but I thought I’d link to some stuff.

Mac Rumors links to a bunch of reviews.

TUAW provides a bunch of OS X Lion tips.

You can use the internet for a Lion “disc-less” recovery or repair. Neither has an optical drive (no surprise with the MB Air, but BIG surprise with the Mini). Get the external SuperDrive, if you need it.

Boy, Apple doesn’t like physical media anymore; so long, boxed software. Years ago, I did a review of the original VUDU download device (now software-based), and I started to think DVDs will go the way of the CD soon. Wow, now software, too! Hey, I got Final Cut Pro X, Motion 5 and Compressor 4 off the Mac App Store, and it STILL freaks me out that it’s all downloadable (plus, run Software Update for content, etc.).

New Mac mini and MacBook Air, both faster, better graphics and Thunderbolt!

Notice that Apple dropped the “Mac” from OS X with Lion?


Lion will create a partition on your Mac for maintenance, plus how to create a boot disc or disk
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Apple will sell a USB drive in August 2011 for $69.

A friend of mine tells me Final Cut Pro X is faster with Lion.

Front Row is gone, but TUAW details how a blogger installed it via Snow Leopard.

Adobe has released their first official app onto the Mac App Store, and it’s Photoshop Elements 9 (PSE 9). The regular boxed version retails for $99, and comes with Elements Editor, a comprehensive set of incredible image editing tools, along with the Elements Organizer, and easy and powerful way to organize all your photos.

But the new version on the App Store is $79.99, but doesn’t include the Elements Organizer. Adobe is aiming this app squarely at iPhoto users, and expects them to organize their photos with iPhoto. You know, that’s not a bad idea, because iPhoto really works well when you’re in the app, and opening a photo or set of photos into an editor, in this case PSE 9.

By the way, here’s my review of a bunch of great Mac photo editing software, including PSE 9 and iPhoto, on TopTenREVIEWS. I also reviewed Apple’s Aperture 3, a professional organizational and editing app (now $79.99 on the App Store, formerly $199 in the box) and Adobe’s similar Photoshop Lightroom 3, which is $299.

You know, with Apple putting all their software on the App Store, they’re saving money on production and shipping costs, and we’re reaping the benefits. NICE!