Our buddies over at Pop Photo just posted their first impressions of the newest beta version of Photoshop, CS6. Looks like a pretty big update to CS5, both in front of and behind the scenes--it's got a healthy charcoal background, plus a lot of features that might make Photoshop less threatening to the beginner, like an improved auto mode, more work in content-aware tech, some basic drag-and-drop video editing capabilities, and some nice lens blur effects (like a tilt-shift simulation). And all of that comes with a healthy boost in speed. Read more about it at Pop Photo.
Getting rid of annoying lens flares or an unwanted tree in Photoshop could get much less tedious with a new "content-aware fill" tool. Adobe's sneak preview of the feature shows how formerly painstaking retouch jobs becomes as easy as watching a progress bar do its magic within seconds.
Almost four years ago I swapped out my fancy lad IT job in New York City for a 100 percent DIY lifestyle in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico. The only problem was that I didn't have any building skills. Fortunately, I came across an advertisement for Smartflix: A DVD-rental service sorta like Netflix except all the videos are how-tos. The library covers everything from how to silkscreen a t-shirt to building energy efficient homes. At only $10 per disc rental (a few are more) and over 6,200 titles this service saved my DIY life. Follow the jump to check out my favorite titles.
Earlier in the week, Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen announced that a mobile implementation of the full Flash Player 10 would be making its way onto several smartphones by October. In addition to Android, other mobile operating systems, including Windows Mobile, Palm's WebOS, and Symbian have signed on. Missing from that list, to absolutely no one's surprise, is the iPhone.
Adobe lifts the licensing fees and opens its powerful program to all developers
By Matt RansfordPosted 05.05.2008 at 1:27 pm 3 Comments
Adobe has announced that it will be lifting licensing fees for Flash to developers working on mobile applications as part of its new Open Screen Project. The goal is to bring more rich content to phones across a standardized platform. Flash is already ubiquitous in Web browsers, so the available content on the net is mature and widespread. Currently, phones use a disparate variety of software to power video and games; rarely has the feedback been overwhelmingly positive about a mobile experience with either kind of media.
Adobe introduces a free, online, accessible-everywhere version of its hugely popular Photoshop software
By Matt RansfordPosted 03.27.2008 at 4:08 pm 2 Comments
Youre on vacation. You have your digital camera and you plug it into your friends laptop to upload a few pics to your favorite photo sharing site. Youd love to make a few quick adjustments before you publish, but your friends computer has no good image editing software. Enter Adobe Photoshop Express online. Through their revamped Flash 9 player, Abobe has created a scaled-back and easy-to-use version of Photoshop which runs entirely in your Web browser. Best of all, its free.
Long-awaited software promising to seamlessly link Internet and PC arrives
By Matt RansfordPosted 02.27.2008 at 12:53 pm 0 Comments
This past Monday, Adobe launched its AIR software, which aims to merge the sometimes-disparate worlds of the Internet and a user's PC. You might think of AIR as a much more sophisticated and versatile PointCast, the mid-90s screensaver that used push technology to deliver news and stock quotes to a user's desktop. It's not a perfect comparison—AIR is platform and not an application—but it's a good starting point for understanding the concept.