Adobe recently announced 14 new versions of CC desktop applications. The release also includes four new mobile apps, updates to Creative Cloud services, and new tools for enterprise, education, and photography customers.
“The industry is dealing with a rapid pace of change, an explosion of mobile, and working in a super-connected world,” said Paul Robson, President Asia Pacific, Adobe. “The 2014 release of Creative Cloud enables us to deliver the magic that customers expect from Adobe. It also delivers workflow improvements that let users focus on creativity, a range of new mobile apps and a host of tightly integrated Cloud services that allow creatives to extend their desktop workflows to unlock professional grade creativity on mobile.”
Mobile Apps Extend CC Desktop Workflows
With mobility on the rise, Adobe launched three new mobile apps for iPad. Adobe Sketch, Adobe Line, and Adobe Photoshop Mix, were developed using a new Adobe Creative SDK. Also, Adobe announced the availability of new creative hardware called Adobe Ink (a new digital pen), and Adobe Slide (a new digital ruler). Both will ship in the U.S first, and will be released in other countries later in the year.
New Creative Cloud Offerings For Enterprises, Educational Institutions and Photographers
Designed specifically for large-scale software deployments, Adobe Creative Cloud enterprise provides essential tools such as Adobe Marketing Cloud, Acrobat, Adobe Anywhere, and Adobe Digital Publishing Suite. Updates include more services with collaboration and file storage, expanded options for deployment, and a new dashboard for managing users and entitlements. For education, Adobe now has a device-based licensing offer for classrooms and labs. Lastly, for photography customers, a new Creative Cloud Photography Plan for PHP 405 per month was introduced.
New Versions of CC Desktop Apps
Highlights of the top features in the 14 new desktop apps include:
- New capabilities in Photoshop CC for photographers such as Blur Gallery motion effects for creating a sense of motion; Focus Mask, that makes portrait shots with shallow depth of field stand out; and new Content-Aware capabilities. Designers using Photoshop CC will enjoy enhanced Mercury Graphics Engine performance as well as the ability to link Smart Objects and share them across multiple documents. With improved Layer Comps, users save time by changing the visibility, position, or appearance of one layer and simply syncing to see the change reflected in all other Layers. Photoshop CC also has ability to pinch and zoom images, create smoother strokes.
- Also for designers, new capabilities in Illustrator CC include Live Shapes to quickly transform rectangles into complex shapes and then return to the original rectangle with just a few clicks, as well as faster rendering of vector graphics with GPU acceleration on Windows with an Adobe-certified NVIDIA graphics card. In InDesign CC, layout artists can now select table rows and columns and use EPUB Fixed Layout to easily create digital books.Adobe Muse CC has been completely re-built as a native application with 64-bit support, and now includes HiDPI display support for sharper-looking images, objects, and text.
- New features in the video apps, originally previewed at the NAB show in April, include Live Text Templates and Masking and Tracking, new integrations that leverage the power of Adobe After Effects CC inside Adobe Premiere Pro CC. Race through projects thanks to enhanced graphics performance in Premiere Pro; precise new keying effects in After Effects; a more flexible Direct Link color pipeline in Adobe SpeedGrade CC; and enhanced multi-track tools for audio work in Adobe Audition CC.
- Web tools now include the ability to look at the markup in a document using the new Element Quick View in Dreamweaver CC, which allows web developers to easily see, navigate, and modify the HTML structure of pages. CSS Designer improvements help apply CSS properties like gradients, box shadows and borders and then easily undo. SVG export in Flash Pro CC lets developers export any frame in Flash projects as an SVG file, while native HTML video support in Edge Animate CC allows the direct import of HTML5-friendly video clips.
Creative Cloud membership for individuals is available in Philippines for PHP 2,050 per month. For more details, visit: http://www.adobe.com/sea/products/creativecloud.html