Adobe has announced that its Photoshop Lightroom 4 digital photography software is now available to Adobe Creative Cloud members.
Lightroom is a digital photography workflow solution that helps amateur and professional photographers quickly import, manage, enhance and showcase images. A new membership-based offering centered around the company’s design, Web, video and digital imaging tools, Adobe Creative Cloud is a hub for making, sharing and delivering creative work.
Adobe made the Adobe Creative Cloud available May 11, and Lightroom 4 was conspicuous in its absence from the initial cloud offerings. Yet the company has made it available a month and a half later. Adobe Creative Cloud membership for individuals is $49.99 per month based on annual membership and $74.99 per month for month-to-month membership. A special introductory offer of $29.99 per month for existing customers who own a qualifying version of CS3, CS4, CS5 and CS5.5 is also available. Education pricing is also $29.99 per month.
Fireworks is one of the more specialized apps in Creative Suite. As a companion product to Dreamweaver, Fireworks allows designers to create Web mockups, slice files for export, and pass along assets to developers. To that end, Fireworks CS6 rolls in enhancements that help ease the handoff between designers and developers.
Adobe Fireworks CS6 is loaded with new and improved features that make it easy to create and update designs and themes for web pages, tablet apps, mobile devices, and more. Despite many people using Illustrator or Photoshop to design websites, Fireworks is a superior tool that’s built for the job. It’s great to see that in CS6, development on Fireworks has been strong.
Adobe Flash Professional CS6 is a powerful authoring environment used to create animations and multimedia content. You can design interactive experiences that will present consistently across multiple devices including desktops, tablets, televisions and smartphones. Flash Professional CS6 includes all the functionality of the previous versions, which have established the program as an indispensible tool for animation, for game development, for drawing, and for developing, testing & deploying content for a broad range of mobile devices.
SpeedGrade is professional color grading software that brings state-of-the-art color science to your productions. SpeedGrade CS6, a GPU-accelerated color grading and finishing tool, is a new product that comes with Production Premium, Master Collection as well as Creative Cloud, but unlike Prelude, it can be also purchased as a stand-alone product as well.
Adobe SpeedGrade aims to craft the perfect look for every production. Through color grading, you can transform the visual part of your storytelling in to something special. SpeedGrade, with the new Lumetri Deep Color Engine, lets you add professional color correction and look design to your post-production workflow. It will take your productions to the next level with its powerful color grading capabilities. With Lumetri Deep Color Engine you can create picture-perfect images for almost any format, from handheld tablets to big screens. Adobe SpeedGrade CS6 can be integrated with Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 and import EDL files from other applications.
You can perfectly adjust your footage to compensate for gamma irregularities and color shits. You can capture Macbeth color charts to automatically match color spaces for footage created with different cameras. Adobe SpeedGrade CS6 will automatically identify edits from archived projects in order to distinguish individual shots to make short work of restoration and re-mastering projects. You can even add special filters for a stylized film look such as day-for-night and bleach bypass, or apply effects such as sharpen, soften, and glow. Include audio tracks in a timeline for grading and client presentations. Render audio with your project for final delivery.
Adobe After Effects CS6 is a full-featured, professional 2D & 3D digital effects and motion graphics program. This version of the venerable, highly regarded software introduces a 3D camera tracker and employs a global performance cache, which takes advantage of your computer’s 64-bit architecture in order to super-charge the program’s performance.
In terms of digital animation and compositing, there’s little you can’t do with After Effects CS6, and with OpenGL acceleration you can do it all with alacrity. Create title sequences & special effects for videos, and composite objects into scenes realistically. Track & rotoscope with mocha, the 2.5D planar-tracking program that now launches directly from within After Effects CS6. With 90 new or enhanced effects, After Effects CS6 continues to eliminate the need for many individual plug-ins, and even other standalone programs. Now integrated into After Effects, for instance, is the CycoreFX HD suite.
Other new features include variable mask feathering, plus the ability to convert Adobe Illustrator vector art into shape layers and to import Avid AAF and Final Cut Pro 7 files by using Pro Import AE. There’s also a repair function that fixes the rolling-shutter artifacts that many CMOS imagers tend to introduce into footage. For the CS6 version, Adobe has both expanded After Effects and strengthened its performance with native support for 64-bit operating systems that allows the program to address all the RAM that your OS allows.
Lightroom is the ideal tool for enthusiasts and professionals alike who need a streamlined way to import, organize, and tweak, and output large numbers of high-resolution photo files. It takes a nondestructive approach to photo editing, leaving the original files unmolested. All adjustments and edits are stored in a database and applied to an image on the fly, so that you’ll always be able to go back to the original image. This enables you to execute as many post-processing adjustments on a photo as you’d like, without making permanent changes to the original image.
New software versions offer new features to entice upgrading. And Lightroom 4, the latest version, certainly has expanded its functionality with video editing, book creation, geotagging, soft proofing, and more. Below we’ve covered some of the best new features, which should help you decide whether Lightroom 4 is right for you:
Lightroom 4 includes seven workspace modules for specific portions of your photographic workflow. Use the Library module for managing and organizing the photos in your catalog.
Dreamweaver is a very powerful tool for professional web designers, and enables you to create cutting-edge web designs and mobile apps while generating clean HTML5 and CSS3 code.
In CS6 version of Dreamweaver, Adobe adds many tools to make it to be the industry-standard app for professional web developers. It offers many powerful enhancements over previous versions. Take the new-added feature “Fluid Grid Layout” for example. Users can construct complex flexible web designs and layouts without getting buried in code. Such enhancement can help you to design project that present on difference screen sizes for desktops, smartphones, tablets, and other devices. That is to say the pages you create in the CS6 version are stunning and adaptive to different display sizes. With the CSS3-based Fluid Grid Layout system, users can create their projects faster and more efficiently.
Days ago, the Adobe system published hundreds of free tutorial videos designed to quickly get up to speed on how to use CS6 on Adobe TV. If you want to learn CS6, you all are eligible to this large set of new video tutorials for each and every product. Today, we learned that packets of printed material on product technical guides now are downloadable for free at the Adobe Education Exchange section, where you’ll find instant access to a wealth of free resources and support designed to help you get the most out of new Adobe Creative Suite 6 software. These PDF format files are also nice to use side by side in your own pace.
There are 169 chapters in total with over 1,000 pages for most CS6 products. In order to access to these learning sources, you will be required to log in. If you are a returning user to an Adobe Community area, you just need to sign in with your Adobe ID and password. If you are a new user and do not have an Adobe account, you can create one now.
Recently Adobe fans have been talking about the Adobe Premiere Pro CS6, and their booth was full of people taking in demos and asking questions. The whole CS6 product line gets dramatically upgrades, which is the great news for folks that are getting used to using a number of Adobe applications that complement and interact with each other. Then in this post, we will focus on for the review of Premiere Pro CS6.
This new version is a very nice upgrade that makes some significant improvements over the last version in several key areas. An interface overhaul, some technical updates and radically redesigned trimming make it, by far, the best PPro yet. It’s not perfect … but really, is anything perfect? If you’re a Mac or PC video editor, especially in the broadcast market, then Adobe is aiming Premiere Pro CS6 right at you.
Illustrator has long been the choice for illustration professionals, designers and anyone who wants to work with infinitely scalable vector graphics. With a 25 years history, it remains at the top in its latest incarnation, Adobe Illustrator CS6. In the following article, we will breakdown some of the new features in the CS6 version.
- Mercury Performance Program
This is the most significant change in Illustrator. The new Mercury Performance System includes native 64-bit support for Mac OS and Windows to power tasks that were often impossible previously, such as opening, saving, and exporting large files and previewing elaborate designs. And thanks to the enhancement, users can work with speed, stability and precision. It also allows users to work with almost any type of graphics file, including PDF, EPS, TIFF, JPEG, SWF, and more.
The interface, like Photoshop’s by default, is now charcoal grey. It gives Illustrator a more refined, professional feel. If it’s a little much, you can change the interface color via Preferences. It’s a minor, but lovely touch. It’s hard not to like the new interface – it feels like a modern step forward for the application.