Creativity is the theme of our New App Recap this week, with plenty of apps to design and invent. This edition kicks off with a new Creative Cloud-connected design app from Adobe, photo layouts from Instagram, more than 800 new photo filters, a way to slow down or speed up iOS videos, a kid-centric 3D design app, and Twitter's answer to Meerkat. The only problem now is finding the time to be able to play with all of these cool apps, so let's dig in straight away!
Following on from Kuler (now Color CC), Adobe Brush CC can convert anything an iOS device camera can see into a high-quality brush. Adobe Shape CC goes one step further, converting objects into fully editable vector shapes that can be tweaked in Illustrator Draw for iPad, as well as Illustrator or Photoshop CC on the desktop.
Photoshop CC caused a storm when it was launched in 2013. From that point on, you couldn’t buy Photoshop with a perpetual licence, you had to rent it via an Adobe Creative Cloud subscription. This still causes dismay amongst some users, but there are upsides — free updates and an increasing range of Creative Cloud services. And since its rocky launch, Adobe has dropped the price and increased the value.
Adobe launched a trio of new Creative Cloud-connected mobile apps last week that bookend this week's edition of the New App Recap, along with other selections to make us more productive, keep tabs on finances, stay up-to-date with news and weather, and even communicate with groups of colleagues or friends. There's so much new to see, we won't waste any more time talking about it and just get on with the show!
Tuesday will finally conclude months of rumors, speculation, and leaks about Apple's next smartphone, but not before the iPhone 6 could get shown off on video — apparently fully assembled and functional. Our Monday edition of the Morning Report also takes a look at a potential security measure in Apple's mobile payment plans, as well as teases forthcoming updates to Adobe's video applications. Click to read more!
One year ago, Adobe took the wraps off its ambitious push toward subscription-based software, and now the iconic company is following through with a sequel that includes updated desktop applications, new mobile apps and even its first hardware product.
Cloud sync with mobile devices is rapidly becoming mandatory for Mac and PC software as consumers increasingly prefer to free themselves from the desktop. Adobe is receiving this message loud and clear, countering with a new app that delivers the core functionality of Lightroom 5 for iPad. This isn’t just a tablet version of Adobe’s popular photo software—it’s a robust companion app allowing Creative Cloud subscribers to sync image collections and edit them using gesture-based tools specifically designed for touchscreen devices (an iPhone version is planned for later this year).
Adobe is kicking off the New Year in grand style with a big Creative Cloud update for designers, adding new creative possibilities to Photoshop CC including 3D printing and Perspective Warp capabilities.
Getting impatient waiting for Apple to light up its free 12 Days of Gifts app on December 26? Here's a little pro trip: Open the app today and you'll find a special early treat in the guise of two music singles from Lorde absolutely free! But hopefully that will be enough to tide you over, because there are 10 more days of waiting for the rest of the goodies... so tide yourself over for one of them with our weekend recap!