PhotoshopNews » Creative Suite The latest news about the top pixel wrangling application on the planet. Sun, 17 Jul 2011 17:19:47 +0000 en-US hourly 1 It’s Here…Adobe Ships Creative Suite 4 Wed, 15 Oct 2008 04:36:26 +0000 PSN Editorial Staff

Milestone Release Radically Improves Creative Workflow Efficiency; Redefines Collaboration Between Designers and Developers

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Oct. 15, 2008 — Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced the immediate availability of the Adobe® Creative Suite® 4 product family, the highly-anticipated release of industry-leading design and development software for virtually every creative workflow. Delivering radical breakthroughs in workflow efficiency – and packed with hundreds of innovative, time saving features – the new Creative Suite 4 product line advances the creative process across print, Web, interactive, film, video and mobile.

Customers can choose from six new versions: Adobe Creative Suite 4 Design Premium, Design Standard, Web Premium, Web Standard, Production Premium and Master Collection. The combination of Creative Suite and the new capabilities of Adobe Flash® Player 10, also available today (see separate press release) deliver new levels of creativity and expressiveness across media channels. Designers using the Adobe Creative Suite 4 product family will gain unprecedented creative control using the new expressive features and visual performance improvements in Adobe Flash Player 10 to deliver breakthrough Web experiences across multiple browsers and operating systems.

“Creative Suite 4 and Flash Player 10 introduce vital time-saving features, new levels of integration and the jaw-dropping innovations our design and developer customers expect from us,” said John Loiacono, senior vice president, Creative Solutions Business Unit at Adobe.

“CS4 continues to fulfill our promise to customers to break down more barriers in cross-media workflows, while also providing new services and collaboration tools that help them manage complex client demands.”

As part of the CS4 product launch, the largest in Adobe’s history, also available today are brand new versions of Photoshop® CS4, Photoshop CS4 Extended, InDesign® CS4, Illustrator® CS4, Flash CS4 Professional, Dreamweaver® CS4, Fireworks® CS4, Contribute® CS4, After Effects® CS4, Adobe Premiere® Pro CS4, Encore® CS4, Soundbooth® CS4 and Adobe OnLocation™ CS4.

Intuitive Workflows Improve Creative Efficiency
A simplified workflow in Adobe Creative Suite 4 enables users to design across media more efficiently by making it easier to complete common tasks and move content seamlessly among applications. InDesign CS4 includes a new Live Preflight tool that allows designers to catch production errors and a newly customizable Links panel to manage placed files more efficiently. The revolutionary new Content-Aware Scaling tool in Photoshop CS4 and Photoshop CS4 Extended automatically recomposes an image as it is resized, preserving vital areas as it adapts to new dimensions. An expanded version of Dynamic Link in CS4 Production Premium enables users to move and update content between After Effects CS4, Adobe Premiere Pro CS4, Soundbooth CS4, and Encore CS4 without rendering, saving countless hours in production. With deep XMP metadata support, the production workflow is simplified, resulting in online content that gives viewers new ways to interact with and search for video, while giving content owners new opportunities to track and monetize content.

Adobe Creative Suite 4 brings 3D center-stage providing the ability to paint, composite, and animate 3D models using familiar tools in Photoshop CS4 Extended. Flash CS4 Professional now offers the ability to apply tweens to objects instead of keyframes, providing greater control over animation attributes. Also in Flash CS4 Professional, the new Bones tool helps create more realistic animations between linked objects. With a searchable library of more than 450 dynamically updated device profiles from leading manufacturers, Adobe Device Central CS4 enables users to easily test mobile content designed using many of the Creative Suite 4 products.

New and Expanded Services Extend Capabilities for Online Collaboration
Adobe Creative Suite 4 now also offers a host of services* for online collaboration. Adobe ConnectNow, a service of, allows real-time collaboration with two colleagues or clients. Designers can also share color harmonies with Adobe Kuler™

Other online resources include: Adobe Community Help for technical questions; Resource Central for accessing video and audio product-related news and tutorials, as well as Soundbooth scores and sound effects; and Adobe Bridge Home, a customizable resource for tips, tutorials, news and inspirational content.

Pricing and Availability
Adobe Creative Suite 4 and its associated point products are immediately available through Adobe Authorized Resellers and the Adobe Store at . Estimated street price for the Adobe Creative Suite 4 Design Premium is US$1799, US$1699 for Adobe Creative Suite 4 Web Premium, US$1699 for Adobe Creative Suite 4 Production Premium, and US$2499 for Adobe Creative Suite 4 Master Collection. To reward customers for staying current, Adobe is offering Creative Suite 3 customers moving to Creative Suite 4 a lower upgrade price than it offers to those moving from older, qualifying versions. For a limited time, a special introductory offer enables customers with older qualifying products to enjoy the same lower price with savings of up to US$200 off their actual upgrade price. For more detailed information please visit .

Adobe Flash Player 10 is available immediately as a free download for Windows, Macintosh and Linux platforms (including new support for Ubuntu 7 and 8  ) from .

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Adobe revolutionizes how the world engages with ideas and information – anytime, anywhere and through any medium. For more information, visit .

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What’s new in Photoshop CS4 by Martin Evening Wed, 24 Sep 2008 09:28:30 +0000 Martin Evening

Photoshop CS3 had some mixed reviews. It didn’t have quite as many features of interest to photographers as say, previous versions of the program. I think such responses may also have been influenced by the introduction of Lightroom 1, which was definitely designed with photographers in mind. It is probably fair to say that there was a certain amount of envy among the Photoshop team to the ‘new kid on the block’. Well, Photoshop CS4 has arrived, hot on the heels of Lightroom 2 and it’s time to see how the new version of the ‘mother ship’ program shapes up.

As far as Photoshop CS4 itself goes, I think photographers will be very pleased with some the new changes here. Photoshop now has a smart dark gray interface and adopted a task-based approach to image editing and this can be seen in the way image adjustments are now accessible within their own panel. When you combine this with the ability to non-destuctively edit a layer mask, you’ll discover that the  Photoshop CS4 image editing system offers the most flexible yet for pixel image editing.

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New Adobe TV Programming Comes Online Wed, 09 Apr 2008 15:20:55 +0000 PSN Editorial Staff Unique Creative Suite 3 Video Content Available Via Adobe Media Player and New Web Destination

Press Release: SAN JOSE, Calif. — April 9, 2007 — Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced Adobe® TV, a free online video resource for expert instruction and inspiration about Adobe products, including the company’s Creative Suite 3 family of world-class creative tools. With multiple channels, original series programming, and content from Adobe, leading training organizations and the world’s leading subject matter experts, Adobe TV delivers a virtual library of entertaining and instructional videos. Designers, photographers, video professionals, and developers will find product deep-dives, innovative tips, techniques from luminaries, and behind-the-scenes tours of the hottest creative shops and Adobe product teams.

Designed to educate, inspire, and entertain the creative community, Adobe TV is immediately available online from the Adobe Web site at , or as a network with multiple shows in the new Adobe® Media Player 1.0 software, also announced today (see separate press release). Adobe Media Player offers a broad range of television programming and entertaining video content from major television broadcasters and leading content publishers, including CBS, MTV Networks, Universal Music Group, PBS, CondéNet, and Scripps Networks.

“Adobe TV is the online video source for anyone with wants to see how Adobe tools are being used to create stunning work,” said Bob Donlon, executive producer for Adobe TV. “It brings together experts from Adobe and the creative community to inspire and teach how to get the most from the software that is empowering the delivery of high-impact print, online, video and mobile communications. It’s also the perfect showcase for Adobe’s broadcast video technologies in action.”

When viewed through Adobe Media Player, Adobe TV allows customers to watch programs at their convenience, save content for offline viewing, and subscribe to favorite channels to get the latest episodes as soon as they are released. Adobe Media Player can be downloaded at: .

Videos on can also be sorted by Most Recent, Most Popular and Top Rated to see what others in the community are watching. Additionally, viewers can easily share their favorite programs with others by posting them to their blogs or Web sites, or e-mailing links to friends. Adobe TV videos come with lightweight links that make it easy to spread the word about interesting content.

Rich Library of Video Content
Adobe TV features four channels, each targeting a specific audience: Photographers, Designers, Video Professionals, and Developers. Each channel features programming from Adobe evangelists, leading trainers, subject matter experts, and luminaries who pull in the crowds at industry events around the world. More than 200 videos are currently available on Adobe TV, with programming that mixes how-to information, case studies, personality-driven shows, and workflow deep-dives. The first set of videos offers secrets about Photoshop® software, podcasts and design tips for Creative Suite, techniques for Photoshop Lightroom®, tips on Adobe Flash® Professional software for beginners, approaches to taming the Web, and information about video and audio production.

“The creative community instinctively turns to the Web as a primary resource for tutorials and information on how to use Adobe products, but before now this content was scattered and difficult to find,” said Joseph Princz, CEO of the interactive agency, Wrecking Ball Media Group. “Adobe TV makes it easier than ever to search for and subscribe to Adobe video content that not only inspires new creative ideas, but also helps us to refine our skill sets and dive further into the essential tools our business depends on every day.”

Creating and Delivering a Complete Online Video Experience
Adobe TV demonstrates the power of Adobe’s leading video technologies from creation to playback. Using components of Adobe Creative Suite® 3, Adobe TV programming is scripted and storyboarded, and the graphics and imagery are developed. During production, Adobe OnLocation™ software monitors quality and records directly to disk. Visual effects are produced in Adobe After Effects® software, the audio is cleaned up or created in Adobe Audition® software and Adobe Soundbooth™ software, and then the programming is edited and output from Adobe Premiere® Pro. Adobe’s Emmy-award-wining Flash® technology, the most widely used platform for delivering interactive experiences online today, and Adobe Flash Media Server then package and deliver Adobe TV video on and through Adobe Media Player.

About Adobe Systems Incorporated
Adobe revolutionizes how the world engages with ideas and information – anytime, anywhere and through any medium. For more information, visit .

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Adobe ACE Exams Now Available for CS3 Thu, 07 Feb 2008 22:22:29 +0000 PSN Editorial Staff Adobe Certified Expert exams are now available for the Creative Suite 3 product line including the Photoshop CS3 re-certification and ACE exams. Additional information including Prep Guides is available on the Adobe Partners site. Prices are $50 for re-certification and $150 for the ACE exams.

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Adobe Discontinues Adobe Stock Photos Service Wed, 06 Feb 2008 18:09:01 +0000 PSN Editorial Staff Starting April 1, 2008 the Adobe Stock Photo royalty-free image service will be discontinued. Those people who have used the service and purchased and downloaded photos should read the Adobe Stock Photos info page.

All searches should be completed by March 4th and all final purchases made by March 31st, 2008. There are standalone uninstallers for both Mac and Windows to remove the Adobe Stock Photoshop from the Creative Suite or standalone products.

Find out more about the discontinuation of service by reading the FAQ.

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John Nack Responds to Conspiracy Theories Wed, 02 Jan 2008 19:04:38 +0000 PSN Editorial Staff John Nack, Senior Photoshop Product Manager (and all around fun guy) took time over the holidaze to post a rebuttal of some of the web stories claiming Photoshop CS3 and other CS3 apps are “phoning home” over the Internet when launched. See his story Adobe ate me baby!!.

John says:

“According to Doug Miller from the team, “Omniture is Adobe’s web analytic vendor for There are only 3 places we track things via Omniture anywhere in or around our products.”:

  • The welcome screens (these things) in some Adobe apps include a Flash SWF file that loads current news, special offers, etc. These requests hit servers and are logged, like regular browser-based traffic, by Omniture.
  • Adobe Bridge embeds both the Opera browser and the Flash Player, both of which can be used to load Adobe-hosted content. These requests are also logged.
  • Adobe apps can call various online resources (online help, user forums, etc.), and those requests are logged. [Update: To clarify, those contacts are made only if the user requests them--e.g. by choosing Help->Adobe Exchange.]

This, as far as I’ve been able to discover, is the extent of the nefarious “spying.” If I learn anything else when more people get back on email, I’ll update this post.”

Read his original post here and a followup post here. Both blog posts have prompted a slew of comments.

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Adobe Posts OS X Leopard Compatibility Statement Mon, 29 Oct 2007 18:21:35 +0000 PSN Editorial Staff Adobe has posted a PDF outlining Adobe application compatibility for Creative Suite 3 apps as well as a host of other Adobe applications. The six page, 120KB PDF can be downloaded here.

First weekend reports around the net indicate most Adobe apps such as Photoshop CS3 and Bridge are working with no significant issues. Issues have been reported for Adobe Photoshop Lightroom version 1.2 which will be addressed in an upcoming update.

Also due for compatibility updates are Premiere Pro CS3 and Soundbooth CS3. Earlier versions such as Creative Suite 2 and former Macromedia apps are listed as being “Not Designed for OS X Leopard” and users are warned that these versions are “likely to encounter issues for which there is no resolution”.

Apple only made the final GM shipping versions of Leopard available to ADC members late last week so all sorts of software developers are scrambling to double check Leopard compatibilities this week.

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Adobe Creative Suite 3 sales ‘on fire’ Fri, 26 Oct 2007 16:38:22 +0000 PSN Editorial Staff Source: CNET
Written by Martin LaMonica

People are taking a serious shine to Adobe Systems’ Creative Suite 3.

Creative professionals are buying the most recent version of Adobe’s flagship product, released in April, much faster than the previous suite, according to retail data compiled by NPD Group.

Unit volume sales of CS3 after six months were up 87 percent when compared with the first six months of sales of Creative Suite 2, which was released in May 2005. A comparison of dollar sales through U.S. retail outlets and e-commerce sites shows almost the same increase.
“This shows that the CS3 launch was an absolute success and Adobe hit one out of the park,” said Chris Swenson, an analyst at NPD Data.

He said that the strategy of linking the different products gained through the merger of Adobe and Macromedia is resonating with customers.

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Adobe Warns of Glitches with New Mac OS Tue, 18 Sep 2007 16:47:47 +0000 PSN Editorial Staff Adobe’s Creative Suite 3 programs are not fully tested with ‘Leopard’.

Source: PCWorld via Reuters
Written by Jim Finkle

BOSTON (Reuters) – Adobe Systems Inc’s Photoshop, Illustrator and other Creative Suite 3 programs have not been fully tested with the latest version of Apple Inc’s operating system due out next month, which could lead to incompatibility issues.

A substantial proportion of Adobe users are also Apple Mac users, with many waiting for the new Mac OS X operating system, code-named “Leopard.”

“CS3 hasn’t fully been tested under Leopard,” Adobe Chief Executive Bruce Chizen told Reuters in an interview. “If it doesn’t work, we will make the necessary adjustments.”

He said Adobe has not received a final copy of Leopard with which to test its software.

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Now Available at Adobe Labs-Adobe Media Gallery Wed, 06 Jun 2007 19:46:14 +0000 PSN Editorial Staff adobelabs.png

Adobe Media Gallery (AMG) for Adobe Bridge adds quick, powerful Web gallery creation to Adobe Photoshop CS3, Adobe Photoshop CS3 Extended and the Adobe Creative Suite. AMG makes it possible to create HTML or Flash-based galleries from any of the file formats supported by Bridge; adjust the galleries using built-in preview; and export the results or upload them via FTP. (Note: requires the Bridge 2.1 Update)

AMG is available on both Mac and Windows. The download package includes both the plug-in as well as AMG templates, all of the Adobe Photoshop Lightroom default templates, as well as the Lightroom HTML Gallery.

Adobe Media Gallery Labs Page


Adobe Media Gallery for Macintosh
Installation instructions:
Close all applications, including Photoshop.
Click on the link above to download & open the DMG file
Open the AdobeMediaGalleryAll folder
Double click on SetUp and follow the on-screen instructions to install

Adobe Media Gallery for Windows
Installation instructions:
Close all applications, including Photoshop.
Click on the link above to download & open the zip file
Open the AdobeMediaGalleryAll folder
Double click on SetUp and follow the on-screen instructions to install

Known Issues

  • After installing on Mac you may be prompted the first time you launch Bridge asking whether to load the new script. When you hit ok – you still need to quit and restart Bridge in order to load the Adobe Media Gallery workspace.
  • Changing text in text fields does not always ‘take’ until clicking on another edit field to commit the change.
  • Bridge and Adobe Media Gallery have a focus issue on Windows that prevents the user from cutting and pasting text into the Adobe Media Gallery edit fields using keyboard shortcuts. You can, however, right click to copy and paste text in the Adobe Media Gallery Panel.
  • “Your Name:” and “E-Mail Address” aren’t the same when switching to the Lightroom Flash Gallery or HTML Gallery template that use “Contact Info” and “Web or Mail Link:”
  • Selecting a style from the “– load style -” pop-up list, it doesn’t change the pop-up to the name of the selected style. It does however load the selected style colors and layout options correctly.
  • If the very first time you run Adobe Media Gallery you save a gallery before you do an “AMG Preview” or “Browser Preview” the Flash Player Trust gets written out incorrectly. Workarounds: Preview a gallery using “AMG Preview” or “Browser Preview” the very first time you run Adobe Media Gallery. If you’ve saved a gallery before previewing, delete the AdobeMediaGallery.cfg file and do an “AMG Preview” or “Browser Preview” before saving your gallery. See the FAQ for additional information.


Q: Does Adobe Media Gallery work with Bridge CS3 2.0?
A: No. You must get the Bridge CS3 2.1 update in order to run Adobe Media Gallery.

Q: How do I start using Adobe Media Gallery after I install it?
A: You load Adobe Media Gallery by choosing it’s workspace in Bridge. Go to the Window menu, select the Workspaces submenu and choose “Adobe Media Gallery.” Consult the Quick Start Guide for an introduction to using Adobe Media Gallery.

Q: When I preview a gallery using AMG Preview or Browser Preview, only some of the images are displayed.
A: Adobe Media Gallery only uses the first 10 images for preview purposes. When you save or upload a gallery, Adobe Media Gallery will use all of your selected images to generate the final gallery.

Q: When I select a style from the “– load style -” it doesn’t change the pop-up to the name of the selected style.
A: Even though the name doesn’t stick, it does load the selected style colors and layout options correctly. Use can this pop-up to load a different style, or simply reset any custom colors or options you have chosen back to the default settings.

Q: After I preview the gallery and I then I change a color settings or change the name of a field, the preview doesn’t automatically update to show the new color or string.
A: You must click either [AMG Preview] or [Browser Preview] to see any updates.

Q: When I preview in Browser, sometimes the style changes don’t update.
A: Sometimes browsers cache the style information. Hold down the shift key and click the reload page button in the browser to force the browser to flush it’s cache.

Q: When I choose “Extra Large” for my Preview Image Options, it takes much longer to render my web gallery.
A: Adobe Media Gallery uses the rendered High Quality Previews for generating galleries using Small, Medium and Large settings. If you choose Extra Large, Adobe Media Gallery uses the full size image file to generate the images which is slower than using the High Quality Previews. If High Quality Previews aren’t already rendered when you go to create a gallery using the smaller preview sizes, a gallery can also take a longer time to generate.

Q: When I create a gallery using “Extra Large” for my Preview Image Options, the images are too small for the HTML Preview area.
A: If your images are smaller than selected destination size chosen in Image Options, Adobe Media Gallery will not upscale your images, and exports the images at their original size. Choose a smaller preview size in Image Options for images that are smaller in scale.

Q: There’s no Image Options for Thumbnails with the HTML template.
A: The HTML template has fixed sized thumbnails.

Q: How do I save presets/styles from Adobe Media Gallery?
A: There isn’t a way to save permanent presets directly from the Adobe Media Gallery interface. Adobe Media Gallery will remember your last custom settings between sessions. You can create your own personal permanent templates you can save/load and share by editing the style.xml templates in the MediaGallery folder in the Bridge CS3 Extensions folder here: Mac: /Library/Application Support/Adobe/Bridge CS3 Extensions/MediaGallery/resources/templates/ Windows: C:/Program Files/Common Files/Adobe/Adobe/Bridge CS3 Extensions/MediaGallery/resources/templates/

Q: The colors aren’t shared between all of the templates.
A: The first 8 templates are related Adobe Media Gallery templates: Standard (Medium Thumbnails, Left Filmstrip (Medium Thumbnails), Left Filmstrip (Large Thumbnails), Filmstrip, Journal with Filmstrip, Journal with Slideshow, and Slideshow. These 8 Galleries all share the same style and share any custom color and layout settings you choose. The Lightroom Flash Gallery stores it’s own custom color and layout settings, as does the HTML Gallery.

Q: Why is the Adobe Media Gallery panel a different color from the rest of Bridge?
A: The Adobe Media Gallery panel is created through ExtendScript and Script UI and doesn’t have the same visual look and feel capabilities as the rest of Bridge.

Q: How can I make the Content panel at the bottom of the Adobe Media Gallery scroll horizontally like the Filmstrip view in Bridge or Lightroom?
A: Choose “Auto” from the Content panel’s flyout menu to make the content panel scroll horizontal and save a custom workspace.

Q: I don’t like the Adobe Media Gallery Workspace – It looks funny and out of proportion on different size monitors.
A: The Adobe Media Gallery workspace was created to accommodate the smallest supported monitor size. Rearrange and resize the panels into an arrangement that fits your monitor and suits your workflow. Be sure to save a custom workspace.

Q: How does the Copyright Info get applied to exported images?
A: If an image already has Copyright Info in it’s metadata, Adobe Media Gallery preserves and applies the current Copyright Info on export. If the image doesn’t have any Copyright Info already, the custom “Copyright Info:” entered in Adobe Media Gallery is applied to the images that are exported from Adobe Media Gallery.

Q: Is Adobe Media Gallery translated for all languages?
A: No. Adobe Media Gallery is only in English and for evaluation only.

Q: When I load the Adobe Media Gallery workspace, nothing happens.
A: Adobe Media Gallery is a script. It might not be correctly enabled as a startup script. Choose Bridge CS3>Preferences (Mac) or Edit>Preferences (Windows) and select “Startup Scripts” from the left-hand menu. Make sure that Adobe Media Gallery is enabled. If it is not, click the check box next to it’s name, close the preferences and restart Bridge.

Q: I get “Adobe Flash Player Security” dialog every time I do an “AMG Preview” or “Browser Preview” from Adobe Media Gallery.
A: This be a problem if you saved a gallery before you did an “AMG Preview” or “Browser Preview” the very first time you used Adobe Media Gallery. The Save command writes out a bad AdobeMediaGallery.cfg file. Navigate to the AdobeMediaGallery.cfg file and delete, then do an AMG Preview” or “Browser Preview” from Adobe Media Gallery. The correct AdobeMediaGallery.cfg will be generated and you shouldn’t encounter this issue again.

Mac: /Users/YourUserName/Library/Preferences/Macromedia/Flash Player/#Security/FlashPlayerTrust/AdobeMediaGallery.cfg

XP: C:\Documents and Settings\YourUserName\Application Data\Macromedia\Flash Player\#Security\FlashPlayerTrust\AdobeMediaGallery.cfg

Vista: C:\Users\YourUserName\AppData\Roaming\Macromedia\Flash Player\#Security\FlashPlayerTrust\AdobeMediaGallery.cfg

Q: I get “Adobe Flash Player Security” dialog every time I preview a gallery I saved out of Adobe Media Gallery by launching the index.html file from the OS.
A: The Flash Player has security mechanisms to prevent Flash files from accessing the internet from your local hard drive. Click on the [Settings] button in the “Adobe Flash Player Security” dialog and choose the “Edit Locations” pop-up and choose “Add Location…” to add the directories on your computer that you want to allow Flash files to run from.

Q: How do I reset all of the Adobe Media Gallery settings to their defaults?
A: Open Bridge’s preferences dialog and click on Adobe Media Gallery in the left-hand column. Then click the button next to “Restore default gallery settings”

== Other Resources ==
To access the source code for AMG templates, go to

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Adobe Makes it Easy for Schools to Deploy Creative Suite 3 Wed, 25 Apr 2007 19:25:30 +0000 PSN Editorial Staff New Licensing, Certification and Curriculum for Primary and Secondary Schools

Press Release: SAN JOSE, Calif. — April 24, 2007 — Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced new site licensing options, curriculum and certification programs for primary and secondary schools deploying Adobe® Creative Suite® 3. The new resources will make it easier for schools to deploy Adobe’s new offering of tightly integrated, industry-leading design and development tools into the curriculum, as well as into career and technical education programs.

The new Creative Suite 3 K-12 School Site Licenses help primary and secondary schools to cost-effectively deploy Creative Suite on school-owned or school-leased computers across the campus. Once deployed, educators can implement one or more of the year-long project-based curricula which help to develop key digital communication and foundational career skills for students. The curricula, which ships on a DVD with the site licenses, include Visual Design: Foundations of Design and Print Production; Digital Design: Foundations of Web Design; and Digital Video: Foundations of Video Design and Production. Projects in each curriculum engage students in all aspects of design and development from planning to evaluation.

“Adobe is committed to offering educators the resources to help students succeed in today’s highly competitive workplace,” said Megan Stewart, director of K-12 Education at Adobe. “The combination of Adobe Creative Suite 3 with our new education resources will help teachers take classroom instruction beyond traditional learning techniques and engage students to express their ideas and prepare for future career paths.”

Additionally, through a partnership with Certiport, an industry leader in developing certification programs, Adobe will offer entry-level certification to educators and students. The new Adobe Certified Associate program validates communication and technology skills and tests for competencies in the use of Adobe technology.

Adobe Creative Suite 3

Announced last month, Adobe’s new Creative Suite 3 provides designers and developers with a broad spectrum of creative options for all facets of print, web, mobile, interactive, film, and video production. There are six all-new configurations, including Adobe Creative Suite 3 Design Premium and Design Standard editions; Adobe Creative Suite 3 Web Premium and Web Standard editions; and Adobe Creative Suite 3 Production Premium. Rounding out the product line is Adobe Creative Suite Master Collection which combines 12 of Adobe’s new design and development applications in a single box—the most comprehensive creative environment ever delivered.

Pricing and Availability
Creative Suite 3 K-12 School Licenses pricing starts at US$3,999 for Creative Suite 3 Web Standard and US$4,999 for Creative Suite 3 Design Standard. Creative Suite 3 Web Premium, Creative Suite 3 Web Design Premium and Creative Suite 3 Production Premium Site Licenses are all available for US$7,499. The CS3 Master Collection, including all of Adobe’s latest design and development tools is available for US$11,499. Creative Suite 3 K-12 School Licenses will be available to qualifying public and private schools only. The free year-long curriculum materials are expected to be available this summer, with the associate-level certification coming this fall.

Additional information on Adobe Creative Suite 3 K-12 School Licenses, certification and curriculum is available at .

Supporting education initiatives worldwide, Adobe enables a new way of teaching and learning by providing digital creation, communication and collaboration tools for classroom and campus-wide use. By offering industry leading products at accessible prices, free online curriculum and training for educators, Adobe continues to provide support for the education market.

Adobe revolutionizes how the world engages with ideas and information – anytime, anywhere and through any medium. For more information, visit .

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Adobe Chooses as Exclusive Producer of In-the-Box Training Solution for Creative Suite 3 Wed, 11 Apr 2007 17:05:46 +0000 PSN Editorial Staff Long-standing leader of training resources to produce video tutorials included in new software package

Press Release: OJAI, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–, the company specializing in self-paced career and computer training in digital media and design, announced today that it has been chosen as the exclusive producer of in-the-box video training for the new Adobe® Creative Suite® 3. More than 200 training videos will be included with all of the new Creative Suite 3 editions. Additional Creative Suite 3 training courses, created by, will be on display during the NAB conference at the Las Vegas Convention Center, booth number SL2028, April 16-19, 2007., publisher of the most video-based training for Adobe products in the market, assembled top industry experts to demonstrate the new features in the Adobe Creative Suite 3. These informative sessions will be featured in a Video Workshop DVD that will be included in product boxes and on Training topics include Adobe Photoshop® CS3 and Photoshop CS3 Extended, Illustrator® CS3, InDesign® CS3, Flash® CS3 Professional, Dreamweaver® CS3, Fireworks® CS3, Contribute® CS3, Bridge CS3 and Adobe Version Cue® CS3.

“The training and tutorials provide an exceptional introductory learning experience for our customers,” said Caleb Belohlavek, director of product management for Adobe’s Creative Solutions. “This video training is an ideal introduction to our new Creative Suite offering and will enable our customers to see essential techniques in action.”

Adobe and collaborated on a new model for training that reflects the expertise of the broader Adobe community. Forty-five different product experts collaborated and shared their favorite tips and techniques.

“It’s an honor to be selected by Adobe to produce the in-box training for the Adobe CS3 products,” states Lynda Weinman, president of “We’ve incorporated input from the Adobe community and worked closely with the Adobe Instructional Design team to create training resources. With the Video Workshop, getting up and running quickly will be right at users’ fingertips.”

The Video Workshop training also serves as a preview for the additional video-based training will publish to support all updates to Creative Suite 3 software products. Every Adobe customer who registers a Creative Suite 3 product will be offered a free one-month subscription to the Online Training Library(TM), which provides access to all of the video-based training available from, including many new courses covering the new CS3 product line.

For more information on products, please visit or call 1-888-335-9632.


Since 1997, has provided education and technical training solutions for designers, developers, computer graphics specialists, digital media users, and computer owners. products include the Online Training Library(TM), video-based training on disc, instructional books, and events for designers, developers, instructors, students, and hobbyists. specializes in helping people help themselves learn and master digital tools.

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CS3: The Creative License Podcast series Mon, 09 Apr 2007 16:39:28 +0000 PSN Editorial Staff cs3-podcast.jpg

Adobe launches a weekly podcast series, including a monthly interview with Adobe’s head of creative solutions, Johnny Loiacono, to discuss hot topics and trends in the marketplace.

New podcast episodes will be available weekly at Or subscribe via iTunes for FREE.

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Interest in Adobe CS3 booms, Photoshop World sells out Mon, 09 Apr 2007 16:00:03 +0000 PSN Editorial Staff Since Adobe’s launch of Creative Suite 3.0 last month, interest in the software amongst creative professionals has skyrocketed, with nearly all attendees surveyed at this week’s Photoshop World conference saying they plan to update to one of the new bundles by year’s end.

Source: AppleInsider
Written by Katie Marsal

Creative professionals, eager for a glimpse of the new Adobe suites in action, flocked in herds to the Boston, Mass.-based Photoshop conference earlier this week, selling out the show for the first time in its history. Researchers from investment research firm PiperJaffray were on hand for the event and spoke one-on-one with 73 professionals regarding their spending intentions for 2007 versus last year.

“Surprisingly, nearly all of the 73 Adobe customers in our sample said they expect to move to a CS3 suite in CY07,” Sr. Analyst Gene Munster wrote in a report summarizing the firm’s findings. “Specifically, 96 percent said they expect to move to CS3 this year, which is up from the approximately 70 percent we have heard in our previous three surveys.”

Munster partially attributed the sharp uptick in demand to Adobe’s “impressive integration” of applications within its new Creative Suite product lines, saying it appears to be increasing near-term buying intentions amongst potential buyers.

Of particular interest to would-be Adobe investors, added the analyst, is that many Adobe customers who intend to move to CS3 this year are currently users of individual “point products.” Therefore, with single product customers buying up into the higher priced suites, Adobe’s per customer revenues should increase significantly.

“Of the 73 Adobe users in our survey, 3 percent currently use CS1, 44 percent are on CS2 and 52 percent are on Photoshop,” he wrote. “In other words, more than half of the customers that intend to move to one of the CS3 suites are currently on point products.”

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Adobe Execs talk about Creative Suite 3 And Lightroom Wed, 21 Mar 2007 15:56:34 +0000 PSN Editorial Staff From the Q1, 2007 Earnings Call (click here for transcript) held by Adobe comes these quotes…

From Bruce Chizen, Adobe’s CEO:
“Regarding the Creative Suite, we’ve had about a year-and-a-half to get this right. And I can assure you that we have gotten that right and it’s well planned, well thought out. We will be introducing 13 new applications, 19 different product configurations, seven technologies that cut across all of those applications and two services. It’s clearly the biggest release in the Adobe’s 25-year history of being in business. Next week, we will give you all of the details about which SKUs come when, which applications, which segments, video, web, etc. come over what period of time. So, stay tuned.”

Mark Garrett, Adobe’s new CFO says this about Lightroom:
“Creative Solutions segment revenue was $346.4 million compared to (inaudible) fiscal 2006 and $364.1 million last quarter. We note that revenue for our new Photoshop Lightroom product is being recognized ratably over time as opposed to our normal channel-based desktop software revenue recognition approach enabling us to deliver new functionality throughout its life cycle. Only a small portion of approximately $7 million in Lightroom revenue was recognized in Q1.”

It should be noted that Lightroom was announced Jan 29th and only started shipping Feb 19. Adobe’s Q1, 2007 ended 3/2/2007.

From Shantanu Narayen, Adobe’s COO:
“The reality is for the new CS3 products, most of them will run on both the old Macintoshes, the Power PC-based architecture as well as the Intel-based architecture. People see significant performance gains when they move to the new hardware architecture. But between the current OS that’s shipping and the next OS, it’s unlikely that there will be significant advantages because the next OS is not yet released. So, if Apple makes underlying changes that improves performance, customers will see it. But we don’t have features in CS3 that take advantage of an unannounced and non-shipping Mac OS at this point.”

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Adobe Creative Suite 3 to be unveiled this month Mon, 05 Mar 2007 21:42:51 +0000 PSN Editorial Staff Source: ZDNet
Written by Dawn Kawamoto, CNET

Adobe Systems plans to launch Creative Suite 3 later this month, marking the largest software release in the company’s 25-year history.

Creative Suite 3, an overhaul of its publishing applications, is scheduled for introduction on March 27, the company confirmed in a blog posting on Monday. The software will begin shipping in the spring.

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The New Creative Suite App Icons Fri, 22 Dec 2006 17:45:54 +0000 Jeff Schewe Some people love them, some people hate them and most people couldn’t care less. But one of the more controversial and contentious threads at the Photoshop CS3 forum (see: I hope the icon is also “beta”…) has been the appearance of the new Creative Suite 3 application icons.

It’s gotten to the point that John Nack even posted a story on his blog. I think it’s a new record for comments on one of John’s posts.

John had posted a previous story What’s up with the new Photoshop icon & branding? with comments from Ryan Hicks, Sr. Experience Designer at Adobe saying “Taken in isolation, the individual icons are in no way spectacular – that was never their role. Their elegance comes from how the entire desktop brand system works as a whole. The more Adobe apps you have, the better the system works. Adobe’s icons stand out instantly in the visually-dense world of user desktops because of their simplicity; complexity ≠ information.”


John even posted the “Periodic Table” of the new Adobe application icons with the blessing of Michael Gough, Adobe’s VP of Product Experience.


The application folders icons have also changed to reflect the new designs. And the eagle-eyed among you may have noted the new LR icon, presumably for Lightroom.


Lost in all the controversy is the fact that the file format icons have also changed.


No longer the red iris, the new file icons are the same color and initials as the application it comes from.

In the grand scheme of things, the app and folder icons as well as the file format icons are neither earth-shattering nor ugly. They are what they are. Over time I suspect most people will grow accostomed to them and learn to appreciate that it will be easier to figure out what app you wish to launch. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve accidently launched the wrong app in the Creative Suite 2 lineup merely because I couldn’t really tell, from the small icon, which was which. In this regard, the change is good.

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Adobe Labs Introduces Kuler Thu, 16 Nov 2006 18:08:28 +0000 PSN Editorial Staff kuler.jpg

kuler is a new hosted application for creating, exploring and sharing color harmonies.


At the web site, users can use the hosted app to create color schemes and themes based on predefined color formulas, or by mixing their own color themes using an interactive color wheel. Color themes can be created in multiple colorspaces including RGB, CMYK and LAB. Themes can be tagged, shared and commented on. Users can search the kuler online community for top rated colors, or search for schemes by tag word or date created. Users of Adobe Creative Suite 2 applications can download any color theme as an Adobe Swatch Exchange (.ASE) file that can be imported in their preferred creative application and can be applied on their artwork.


Creating a color theme can be based upon “rules” or custom…


…you can drag the color wheel to do color themes of your own making.


The color swatches on the top were rotated to achieve a new theme on the bottom.


Rules allow for quick formations of themes or you can check other popular or highly rated color themes.


You can name and save themes and publish them for others to access.


Each of the colors in a theme show readouts in various color values such as HSV, RGB, CMYK, LAB and HEX. The readouts of the color values can be copied to the clipboard. The themes can also be downloaded to use with Adobe Creative Suite applications.


Above, other users have created and shared themes you can browse though.

For the full kuler experience, sign in using your Adobe ID. You can then save, publish, download, rate and comment on themes. Be sure to check out the kuler talk forum.

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The Adobe Developer Summit Fri, 13 Oct 2006 14:32:19 +0000 PSN Editorial Staff If you are a registered member of the Adobe Solutions Network (ASN) or a part of any Adobe pre-release program, you should be recieving an email regarding the upcoming Adobe Creative Suite Developer Summit on November 6, 7, 8, 2006.

Adobe will run a developer summit for third party developers with a focus on the Creative Suite products – Illustrator, InDesign, InCopy, InDesign Server, Photoshop, Version Cue, Bridge, XMP and Lightroom. The goal is to inform developers about upcoming changes in all products, and to prepare them for the CS3 launch. The summit will include presentations by Adobe engineers and product management on all topics of interest.

Here are details…

The summit will be conducted as a “distributed” conference. Presentations will be broadcast using Breeze, and 3rd party developers can participate in one of three ways:

  • Watching a recorded session
  • Watching (and interacting) with a live session via Breeze
  • or travelling to the location of a broadcast and being part of the “Live Studio Audience.”

The most up-to-date information is always at this blog:

Why is Adobe running this Developer Summit?
Adobe wants developers to have the best information possible to plan their work with Adobe for the next product release cycle. Adobe Engineers and Product Managers will be presenting a wide range of topics regarding strategy and architecture.

Who Can Attend?
Any Adobe Developer that is part of any Adobe pre-release program. You can confirm your eligibility by logging in at . If you can successfully log-in, you can attend. If you are not a member of any pre-release program, please contact Mark Niemann-Ross at

Who Should Attend?
Any company developing products for the Creative Suite should send representatives. We will include content for Illustrator, InDesign, InCopy, InDesign Server, Photoshop, Lightroom, XMP, Version Cue and Bridge. This information will be of most interest to System Architects, Development Managers and Engineering Managers. Although this will be interesting to developers writing code, it will be of most interest to those developers trying to plan for future integration and product plans.

What will not be available?
This developer summit will not contain any “hands-on” or training sessions. Attendees will not be able to schedule sessions with Adobe engineers to debug code or address specific problems with their development. These questions should be addressed to Developer Support via standard support channels.

What is the cost?
There is absolutely no cost to developers. If you travel, you are expected to provide your own transportation, meals and lodging.

Where will these sessions be broadcast from?
Sessions will be broadcast from San Jose, Seattle and Hamburg. Keep in mind that each location has a severely limited number of spaces available. All sessions will be available online via web conference. Sessions will be broadcast from only one location, and only one time. After that broadcast, the presentation can be viewed from the recording.

What is the schedule of presentations? How do I register?

A complete agenda is listed on the registration pages.

Additional information for developers can be found on Adobe’s new Development Center.

Please note: Information presented at the Developer Summit sessions will be considered Adobe Confidential. The non-disclosure restrictions of the Partner Agreement you or your company has entered into with Adobe will apply.

Adobe, the Adobe logo, Illustrator, InCopy, InDesign, Lightroom, Photoshop, and Version Cue are trademarks of Adobe Systems Incorporated, registered in the U.S. and other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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An Outsider’s Look at Adobe Part I: Acrobat 7 Wed, 09 Nov 2005 00:04:19 +0000 PSN Editorial Staff Source: Open For Business
Written By Timothy R. Butler, Editor-in-Chief

When you talk about graphics software, the components of Adobe Creative Suite 2 almost certainly are the first to come to mind. Being the longtime leader does not always mean a program is the best out there, of course, but it at least means the company is doing something right. To get to the bottom of whether Photoshop and its siblings are as good as their market numbers would indicate, OfB Labs took two moderately experienced graphics software users who had not used Adobe’s products before, and tracked the experience of using the CS suite.

For Mac users, Photoshop has pretty much the entire market to itself. With Corel pulling out its flagship suite with the last release, the only well known competitor on the platform is the Free Software GNU Image Manipulation Tool (GIMP). In addition to the Gimp, we can consider software on the Windows side of the picture, where there remains two major offerings from Corel: Draw on the high-end and Paint Shop Pro on the lower end.

We will look at Photoshop itself in the near future, but in this first part of the review series, we look at another one of the CS components, Adobe Acrobat Professional. Although the purpose of Acrobat is fairly obvious to most, it might not be completely obvious why you need it. Mac users are able to output to PDF files anything printable, so why would you want a separate, substantially priced package to do the same thing?

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