The term “desktop publishing” no longer holds quite the same allure it did when PageMaker started a revolution on the Macintosh. More than 25 years later, print media is at a crossroads, with readers turning to tablets for consuming content once strictly confined to paper. With InDesign CS6, Adobe has finally hit its stride after years of trying to shoehorn digital media features into traditional print software, often with awkward results.
Adobe Illustrator has long been the choice for illustration professionals, designers, and anyone who wants to work with infinitely scalable vector graphics. Over the years it’s gained some highly impressive features, such as mesh tools for drawing photorealistic objects, perspective tools for taking the pain out of vanishing points, and much, much more. So, what can CS6 bring? Oh, just plenty of new features and an all-new interface.
When the name of your software is already synonymous with image editing, can there be anything left to add or improve upon after 13 versions? Although it wasn’t altered for last year’s Creative Suite 5.5 (aside from adding support for subscription pricing), Adobe Photoshop is the main attraction in Creative Suite 6, loaded with time-saving features that make it a joy to use.
When Apple released Final Cut Pro X last year, many veterans were up in arms. FCPX wasn’t just an update to the program they’d come to rely on--it was a complete departure from what they were used to. You either loved it or hated it, and Adobe was only too pleased to welcome new clients to its platform. With Premiere Pro CS6, Adobe is working very hard to make sure its clientele stays put.
It's hard to believe it's only been two years and two months since Steve Jobs penned his "Thoughts on Flash" missive on the Apple website -- and now, Adobe is throwing in the towel on Android support effective August 15th.
Initially promised as part of Adobe's $49.99 per month Creative Cloud subscription service, Lightroom 4 was MIA when the service launched in May -- an injustice that the company has rectified this week.
Adobe's Creative Suite is the be-all, end-all for creative professionals, so when a new version comes out, it's a very big deal. And this time around, Adobe made its juggernaut Creative Suite software available to the masses with a Master Collection available to access at just $49.99 per month after committing to a full year. So those of us regular folk who don't who just like to dabble with Photoshop and InDesign for personal projects can still get full access to all of the powerful features we love from Creative Suite without paying gobs of money.
And speaking of dabblers, if you've been trying to wrap your head around how to use the new CS6, here are five quick tips to get you starters.
Now that June is in full swing, the annual E3 show kicks off this week in Los Angeles, only the first of a number of exciting (and costly to our wallet) events. By this time next week we’ll be basking in the glow of whatever Apple has deigned to show us at WWDC, and Google I/O will wrap up the busy month with their own brand of fun. Might be a good time to put those credit cards on ice, right? In the meantime, soak up some absolutely free fun with today’s recap for Monday, June 4, 2012.
Adobe Proto is aimed at designers who want to rough out a sketch of their website or mobile app on the go before heading into Dreamweaver or other desktop tools. The resulting wireframe prototypes can be synced to Creative Cloud, either with a free 2GB account or as part of the 20GB included with the $49.99 per month service. The iPad-only app liberates designers from having to sit at a computer all day.
It's a bit of a lost art, the collage. We have Facebook walls and Pinterest boards, but in the digital age, there aren't too many platforms that replicate the timeless practice of snipping words and photos and sticking them to a poster. With Collage, Adobe attempts to digitize the process for the iPad, but doesn't quite conjure the nostalgia I was hoping for.