Archive for September, 2006

Sep 25, 2006

Lightroom Beta 4 new features and known issues

With the release of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Beta 4, Adobe has posted a web page for the Lightroom Beta 4 Release Notes. Anybody downloading and using B4 should read the release notes to find out more about new features as well as the known issues.

Sep 24, 2006

Lightroom Beta 4: The Develop module

Adobe has released Adobe Lightroom Beta 4 for Macintosh and Windows, and is available for download at: Windows users can now access more of the module features that were previously unavailable in the PC version of public Beta 3. But the main changes in Beta 4 have all taken place in the Library and Develop modules.

In this first part review we are going to concentrate on what’s new in the Develop module. This is the first chance to see how the Raw Shooter raw processing technology has been incorporated into Beta 4, and how Adobe has added more versatility to the tone and color edit controls. Some of the key new features are that you can drag-edit the histogram and have the ability to directly edit the tone curve plus make on-image tone curve edits. Read the rest of this story for an in-depth look at the Beta 4 Develop module.

Sep 24, 2006

Adobe Releases Adobe Lightroom Beta 4

New Round of Enhancements in Latest Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Beta Unites Feature Set for Macintosh and Windows Versions

SAN JOSE, Calif. and COLOGNE, Germany – Sept. 25, 2006 – Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced an update to the public beta of Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom(tm) software at the Photokina tradeshow in Cologne, Germany. Available immediately for download from Adobe Labs, this update unites the product feature set for Windows® and Macintosh platforms, giving professional photographers a new way to import, manage and showcase large volumes of digital photographs. More than 325,000 people have opted to try Lightroom during the beta period and feedback has been fueled by over 3,400 of them sharing input in Adobe online forums. The final version of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom is expected to ship in early 2007.

Sep 24, 2006

Adobe CEO is all about customers

Source: USA Today
Written by Jefferson Graham

SAN JOSE, Calif. — For Bruce Chizen, it all started at his dad’s Brooklyn appliance store.
“Getting to watch my dad, in retrospect, taught me more about business than anyone else in my life,” recalls Chizen, the CEO of software giant Adobe Systems (ADBE). “His business was all about loyalty and word of mouth. He would do anything for the customer.”

Sep 20, 2006

Camera Raw/DNG Converter 3.5 Update Posted

This new version of the Camera Raw plug-in replaces the original Camera Raw plug-in that was installed with Adobe Photoshop CS2 and Adobe Photoshop Elements 3.0 and 4.0 software. Visit the Camera Raw page for a complete list of supported cameras.

Sep 18, 2006

New Adobe Acrobat 8 Professional Enhances Adobe Creative Suite 2.3

Adobe Creative Suite 2.3 Adds Essential Tools for Creating, Collaborating and Controlling Output of PDF Files; Now Ships with Dreamweaver 8

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Sept. 18, 2006 — Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced that Adobe® Acrobat® 8 Professional software (see separate release issued today) will be integrated into Adobe Creative Suite® 2.3 Premium. Adobe Acrobat 8 Professional enhances Adobe Creative Suite 2.3 and its support for Adobe PDF workflows with advanced tools for creating, collaborating, and controlling the output of high-quality Adobe PDF files.

Sep 14, 2006

On the Road to Santa Fe

Well, it’s that time of year again to pack up the bike and hit the road to Santa Fe for my annual workshop. Last year was a lot of fun and I’m really looking forward to getting out of town and on the road again this year. You can read about my class in this article Jeff Schewe’s Santa Fe Workshop.

Sep 14, 2006

Adobe Reports Solid Third Quarter Financial Results

Company Achieves 24 Percent Year-Over-Year Revenue Growth

SAN JOSE, Calif. — September 14, 2006 — Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today reported financial results for its third quarter ended September 1, 2006. The Company’s Q3 results reflect the acquisition of Macromedia in December, 2005, and are compared to pre-acquisition results of prior fiscal periods as applicable.

In the third quarter of fiscal 2006, Adobe achieved revenue of $602.2 million, compared to $487.0 million reported for the third quarter of fiscal 2005 and $635.5 million reported in the second quarter of fiscal 2006. On a year-over-year basis, this represents 24 percent revenue growth. Adobe’s third quarter revenue target range was $580 to $610 million.

Sep 13, 2006

Photoshop CS2 (9.0.2) Updater Now Available for Download

Adobe has posted the Mac and Windows Photoshop CS2 (9.0.2) Updaters as downloadable files. They are available in the Download Files for Photoshop. Click here for the Mac version and here for the Windows version.

Sep 13, 2006

Adobe lightroom Podcasts 20 and 21 Posted

George Jardine, Pro Photography Evangelist of Adobe has posted two new iTunes Podcasts. These podcasts were recorded in May, 2006 while George was visiting the Santa Fe Workshops with photographers Michael Clark and Nevada Wier.

Sep 13, 2006

Adobe Creative Suite Developer Summit

Calling all Adobe Developers
On November 6, 7 and 8th, 2006, the Adobe Plug-in Developer team will be holding a developer summit with critical information on MacTel migration, product migration and overall strategy for our Adobe Creative Suite® plug-in and integration developer partners. Specifically, the sessions will cover Adobe Photoshop®, Illustrator®, InDesign®, InCopy®, InDesign Server, Version Cue®, and Adobe Bridge software.

Sep 13, 2006

Photoshop World Report

Room with a view…34th floor looking North.

Photoshop World was last week and it was both a lot of fun and educational for those who attended. This is my report of the first day of my first Photoshop World. I only shot stuff on this first day (I was speaking the other days) so this is the only posting I’ll be doing.

Sep 12, 2006

Epson Print Academy at Photoshop World-Report

Last week, at Photoshop World, Epson held a special “mini” Print Academy. The question was, would people come and could we cover what we needed to cover in such a short period of time. The answer to both questions was yes!

Sep 12, 2006

Adobe Announces New Elements Bundle

Integrated Photo and Video Functionality Offers More Ways to Make and Share Creations Just in Time for the Holidays

Press Release: SAN JOSE, Calif. – Sept. 12, 2006 – Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced two milestone upgrades to its digital photo and video products for consumers, Adobe® Photoshop® Elements 5.0 for Windows® and Adobe Premiere® Elements 3.0 for Windows. The unique integrated functionality of the products allows users to do more with their photos and videos, whether adding impact to photo slideshows with video effects and transitions, providing dramatic pauses to videos with freeze frame effects or creating professional-looking printed CD/DVD labels and covers.

Sep 12, 2006


newstar.jpgSource: Dateline Hollywood (satire)

Hollywood — There’s been a sudden boom in the so-called Photoshop Diet after CBS anchorwoman Katie Couric quickly lost a stunning 20 pounds on the weight-loss program.

“I’ve been eating like there’s no tomorrow, and I still look thin in the new photos I’ve just put up on my website,” said former “View” co-host Star Jones Reynolds.

Sep 12, 2006

onOne Software Announces Mask Pro 4

Press Release: Portland, OR, – September 7, 2006 – onOne Software, Inc., announced and demonstrated at the Photoshop World tradeshow in Las Vegas, NV, Mask Pro 4 — the long-awaited update to the company’s popular digital image masking plug-in Mask Pro 3. Mask Pro 4 provides a complete collection of Photoshop® plug-in tools that allow users unprecedented flexibility when tackling the most challenging masking job. And this new version focuses on teaching the user how to best use each comprehensive toolset for masking a wide range of images.

Sep 12, 2006

It’s hard to tell where pixels end and reality begins

edge.jpgSource: San Francisco Chronicle
Written by Steven Winn

A tree writhes and pulses on the wall, every bare limb and summoning branch tip sinuously alive. Nearby, rainbow-colored light pours in giant waves across another gallery, engulfing everything in the viscous, undulating glow of Jennifer Steinkamp’s “The Wreck of the Dumaru.”

Upstairs, more wonders await the visitor to the San Jose Museum of Art‘s “Edge Conditions” show of seductively alluring digital art. Takuji Kogo’s “A Song for the Silicon Valley” weds a whimsical audio account of a woman’s skittering sex life to dreamy aerial views of San Jose, a place the artist has never visited. It’s a kind of jokey rapture on the endless possibilities (and perils) of connecting in a world of boundless digital accessibility.

Sep 12, 2006

Deke McClelland Joins, the leader in video-based training for digital media and design software, today announced its new relationship with author and instructor Deke McClelland and the immediate availability of Deke’s training title Photoshop CS2 Actions and Automation.

Author of more than 100 books and videos, Deke McClelland is a popular expert and lecturer on Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign, and on the broader realm of computer graphics and design. Since he began writing in 1987, his best-selling books have sold more than 3.5 million copies in 24 different languages.

Sep 12, 2006

Old Soviet Images of Venus Yield Fresh Surprises

Written by Leonard David

Beefed up imagery taken from the hellish surface of Venus nearly 25 years ago is offering new glimpses of that strange landscape.

Don Mitchell of Redmond, Washington is a retired researcher from Bell Labs and Microsoft Research. He has matched his computer science and image processing skills with a passion to study old Soviet spacecraft data.

Sep 5, 2006

The Mad Dr. Brown-unleashed at Photoshop World


Not to be outdone by other representatives from Adobe at the upcoming Photoshop World this week in Vegas, rumor has it that Mad Dr. Brown (Russell Brown’s weird alter ego) will be making an appearance and divulging new secrets and new technologies at the session originally scheduled for Russell Brown’s Power Hour for Photographers.

Sep 4, 2006

Adobe Lightroom Podcasts 18 & 19 posted.

George Jardine, Pro Photography Evangelist of Adobe has posted two new iTunes Podcasts. These is the more podcasts in the series from the “Lightroom Iceland Adventure” featuring photographers Maggie Hallahan and John McDermott.

Sep 4, 2006

On the Road to Vegas, Baby…

Mandalay Bay Convention Center, September 7-9, 2006

I’ll be leaving for Photoshop World on Tuesday, September 5th where I’ll be speaking at the Epson Print Academy as well as at Photoshop World. Oh, yeah, on Thursday I’ll also be getting inducted into the Photoshop Hall of Fame. Cool, huh?