All Hail the iPad! And why not? After all, Cupertino's slick little device has been an unparalleled hit, and not just for Apple. Remember DVD players and how quickly those ended up in every home? Yeah, well the iPad is crushing the DVD player in adoption rates. Yeah, you read that right, and you're gonna keep on reading, because this is In Case You Missed It, kids, and we mean business.
Photoshop Elements is the perfect image-editing program if you’ve outgrown iPhoto but aren’t quite ready to take on the complexity (and cost) of Photoshop. It offers a great blend of beginner-friendly guidance and sophisticated manual adjustments for the more experienced user. In fact, when you get down to it, there’s not that much you can do in Photoshop that you can’t also do in Elements.
Remember those expensive magazine subscriptions you could get in the App Store? The New Yorker, for instance. It's beautiful, but pricey. $4.99 per digital issue? Even if I'm a subscriber? That's quite a pricey weekly habit. How about free? How does free sound?
What a mad treasure trove of riches Adobe's corporate blog has been of late! In the past few days, they've waxed over their return to the iPhone application development arena, announced an HTML 5 plug-in for Illustrator and now this: A 64-bit beta version of their love-it-or-hate-it Flash Player! What could be better? According to Adobe the new player, which Adobe has called "Flash Player Square," is available for just about every operating system under the sun, including OS X.
A scant few days after announcing that Adobe was back in the Flash-to-iPhone compiler business, the company let loose word that they'll also be offering up the ability for web designers to create HTML5-based widgets and whatnot in Illustrator CS5, thanks to a new service pack now available for download. The ability to output HTML 5 content from Illustrator CS5 dovetails nicely with the same ability already enjoyed by Dreamweaver CS5 users. What does it all mean? Given the raging popularity of Adobe's Creative Suite applications, we can all expect to enjoy the same content-rich online experience no matter which device we choose to prowl the interwebz with.
Could it be that Adobe has won their long standing slap-fight with Apple? With Cupertino easing the restrictions placed upon developers who wanted to use third-party software solutions to produce applications for iOS devices, Adobe has signaled that they'll restart development on their Flash-to-iPhone compiler Packager. You may recall that back in April, Adobe gave up on the support and development of the software solution in light of Apple's decision to disallow third-party development software from producing applications destined for the iTunes App Store.
For everyday snapshots of your kids, your dog, and your road trip to see the world’s largest ball of twine, your Mac comes with iPhoto, a simple way to organize and edit your photos. But pro shutterbugs and photography enthusiasts need far more serious tools to manage ever-growing libraries of tens of thousands of images. Adobe’s latest iteration of Lightroom aims to answer that call with pro-level organization and photo management, as well as robust editing tools for perfecting your shots.
It might not be the kiss and make up scene we've been hoping for, but at the very least it could mean the end of the open hostility that we've all been subjected to as of late. Despite months of bitter words being fired back and forth between the two companies over Steve Jobs' disdain for, and subsequent snubbing of, Adobe's Flash and application development tools, it seems that the software manufacturer may be ready to move on.
While Apple may have turned their back on Adobe’s Flash technology, the same cannot be said for Adobe turning their back on Apple. After a lengthy beta period, Flash Player 10.1 is finally available and promises hardware-accelerated decoding and other goodies for recent Macs.
Adobe has posted two new release candidates, Lightroom 3.2 and Camera Raw 6.2
Lightroom 3.2 adds the abilities to publish photos directly to Facebook. It also supports a few more cameras, including the Casio EXILIM EX-FH100; the Panasonic DMC-FZ100, DMC FZ40/FZ45, and DMC-LX5; the Samsung NX10 and TL500/EX1; and finally, Sony's A290, A390, NEX-3 and NEX-5.