Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Adobe updates Creative Cloud, launches three drawing and photo apps


Adobe updates Creative Cloud, launches three drawing and photo apps

Adobe has updated its Creative Cloud platform to include 14 new versions of desktop applications, and it has launched three mobile applications that integrate with the cloud platform. Adobe Creative Cloud has more than 2.3 million users, the company said.
Adobe applications such as Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Illustrator, and Premiere Pro have all been updated as part of the Creative Cloud upgrade. Users can now access their desktop versions of these apps and all other Creative Cloud apps from their iPhone and iPad.
Photoshop will now feature capabilities that better enable photographers and photo editors to capture motion, to enhance depth of field in portraits, and the ability to influence the perspective of certain aspects of an image without changing the image's entire perspective. Users solely interested in Adobe's Creative Cloud photography plan can now purchase the tools for $9.99 per month (around £5.9, AU$10.7).
Updates to Adobe Illustrator include faster rendering of vector graphics with GPU acceleration. An InDesign update will allow users to select tables, rows and columns, and the ability to create digital books. Adobe Muse will now include 64-bit support, HiDPI display and the ability to preview mobile and desktop versions of websites before making them live.

New Adobe mobile apps

In addition to the desktop application updates, Adobe has released three mobile applications: Adobe Sketch, Adobe Line and Adobe Photoshop Mix. Adobe has also released two new pieces of hardware: Adobe Ink, a digital pen, and Adobe Slide, a digital ruler. Ink and Slide are now available for $199.99 (around £118, AU$214).
Adobe Sketch is an iPad app that enables users to create illustrations and receive live feedback from a community of illustrators. Adobe Line is an app designed for precision drawers; the app features digital versions of t-squares, rulers and shape templates. Photoshop Mix is designed for composting and masking on iPad.
Each of the desktop updates are available immediately to existing users. The new mobile applications are free and available for download immediately.
Adobe recently announced a strong second quarter of 2014, in which revenue increased 6.8% to $1.7 billion (around £1 billion, AU$1.8 billion) compared with the same quarter last year. The company attributed much of its success to Creative Cloud, which acquired 464,000 new users during the quarter.