Instead of jumping ahead one full version number every 18 months as usual, Adobe surprised us this spring with Creative Suite 5.5, a mid-cycle upgrade that brings new features to applications snubbed in the last release. The company plans to continue this trend in the future with major updates (like CS6) coming every two years and “point five” releases in between. Users of earlier versions can also graduate slowly to CS5.5 if they so desire -- our older copy of CS4 Design Premium coexists nicely with the latest and greatest version -- but as usual, preferences don’t transfer from older versions.
Adobe recently released their three iPad companion apps for Photoshop CS5. These apps help to extend Photoshop to another screen, give you more room on your desktop for projects, and show off the power of the new Photoshop SDK.
There’s something about late spring and summer that brings the cameras out: Memorial Day picnics, your nephew’s graduation, a day at the beach, the kids’ first trip to Disneyland. Capturing memories with your digital camera or camcorder has never been easier -- if you had told us a few years ago that we’d be snapping 5-megapixel stills and shooting 720p video with our iPhones, we would’ve bet a whole box of Drumsticks that you were mistaken.
A slow week in the world of Maclandia. No revolutions, no one overthrown, no magical new devices or apps that promise to change your life. Could it be the calm before the storm? Well, there is WWDC on the horizon, which always promises to shake things up, and there was Final Cut Pro X, which had the video editing cognoscenti crying with joy, but what else happened in the last seven? Join us in finding out.
With the announcement of the Touch SDK, Adobe also announced their three companion apps for Photoshop CS5 on the iPad. While Adobe Lava and Eazel bring new and exciting ways to play with color and form on the iPad and send that information to Photoshop, it's Adobe Nav that's the real workhorse in the mix and to us, the best of the three apps.
Adobe announced the Touch Software Development Kit today that will allow developers to create software companions for Adobe Photoshop CS5 for tablets including our favorite, the iPad. The announcement coincides with Adobe's announcement of CS 5.5.
At Photoshop World in Orlando, FL, Adobe debuted a demo of a tablet version of the Photoshop app running on an iPad 2. The video shows users how they can utilize the multitouch capabilities of the iPad to edit their photos straight from the tablet device, including the ability to use layers. The video also shows how swiping and rotation work with the pinch of your fingers, as well as a layer animation feature, which gives users a quick peek at what's going on with the photo. Check out the video at the link for a quick demo.
Many web developers and designers rely on matching up just the right colors to make a web page or design look it’s best. And while there are many websites (like ColourLovers) that can provide you with color palettes to choose from, sometimes you may have an image on your computer that you want to grab the color HEX code to use in a website design. That’s where a built-in Apple utility called DigitalColor Meter comes in.
Rumors and reports, hype and excitement, two sides to two different coins, but ones always in evidence when it comes to new Apple products and refreshes of the old. As we get closer and closer to the usually scheduled release announcements, both coins get hot hot hot on both sides and all around. While this stuff can take over the news, there's still plenty going on out there, just in case, among all the noise, you missed it.