Adobe Unveils Edge Tools and Services

At its Create the Web event, Adobe unveiled an innovative set of tools and services to help designers and developers more easily create beautiful websites, digital content and mobile apps using the latest Web technologies, including HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript. During the keynote session, hosted by chief technology officer Kevin Lynch, Adobe introduced Edge Tools & Services and announced immediate availability of Adobe Edge Animate 1.0, Adobe Edge Inspect 1.0 (formerly codenamed “Shadow”), Adobe PhoneGap Build 1.0, Adobe Edge Web Fonts and a preview of Adobe Edge Code. Adobe also demonstrated a sneak peek of Adobe Edge Reflow in anticipation of a preview release expected by the end of the year.

Adobe Photoshop Won't Support Windows XP

The Photoshop team would like to provide advanced notice that Photoshop CS6 (13.0) will be the last major version of Photoshop to support Windows XP. (Photoshop CS6 does not support Windows Vista.) In addition, all subsequent Photoshop feature updates specifically for Creative Cloud members will no longer support Windows XP.

Adobe Delivers Powerful Broadcast Lineup

At the IBC 2012 Conference and Exhibition, Adobe announced it is showcasing innovative new video technologies that are driving the shift to Adobe video solutions across the broadcast and media industries.  Highlights of the show include the reveal of Adobe Anywhere for video. Adobe Anywhere is a modern, collaborative workflow platform that empowers teams using Adobe professional video tools, including Adobe Premiere Pro, to work together across virtually any network, using shared media.

New Set of Features Exclusively to Creative Cloud Members

Adobe announced a new set of Adobe Illustrator features exclusively to Adobe Creative Cloud members. These new features come ahead of the September release of new Adobe Dreamweaver features and the addition of the Digital Publishing Suite, Single Edition to Adobe Creative Cloud. Delivering on the promise that Creative Cloud members will get early VIP access to new product features, today's release improves productivity for designers and production artists needing fast and error-free production cycles when handing off files to colleagues, clients and service bureaus.

Flash for Android Dies

In November of last year, Adobe made a surprising about-face on its popular Flash plugin, announcing that it would stop development of Flash for mobile devices. Adobe will disable new installs of Flash on Android, effectively cutting it off from the future of the mobile web — despite the company's historical assertion that Flash would enable the full web experience on mobile devices. Instead, Adobe surrendered the major mobile battlegrounds and pledged allegiance to HTML5.

Adobe Creative Suite Compatibility with OS X Mountain Lion

According to Adobe, the company worked closely together to test Creative Suite with Mountain Lion. An Adobe technical note says that there are no CS updates needed for the system upgrade. However, reading down the compatibility list, David Morgenstern noted potential caveats with security and plug-ins. For example, Creative Suite 5 and 5.5 aren't signed by the new Developer ID authentication and require a Digital Signature verification method.

   

Adobe’s Project Primetime to Cover The Olympics

Adobe announced that the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) is one of its first broadcast partners to use key components of Adobe’s Project “Primetime” to deliver live video streams and video-on-demand (VOD) content of the London Games across the Web and all major device types. Primetime Simulcast will allow the BBC’s coverage of the Olympics and major sports events to be simultaneously streamed on desktops, smartphones, tablets, and Internet-connected TVs to viewers across the U.K. With Primetime Highlights, video-on-demand (VOD) coverage of key sporting moments are quickly created as they happen and immediately published to desktops and connected devices.

Adobe Launches Technical Communication Suite 4

Adobe today announced Adobe Technical Communication Suite 4 software, the next generation of its single-source authoring and multi-device publishing toolkit for technical writers, help authors and instructional designers. The new version of Adobe’s industry-leading suite helps streamline the creation of popular standards-compliant technical content by leveraging native XML/Darwin Information Typing Architecture (DITA) support.  It also enables authors to make technical information widely accessible on iPad and other tablets and smartphones by publishing to formats such as multiscreen HTML5, eBook and native mobile apps.

Adobe Adds SpeedGrade CS6 to Its Bundles

Adobe SpeedGrade CS6 is a color grading software program that used to cost upwards of $20,000 when it was sold as a professional stand-alone package from Iridas. But following that company purchase by Adobe, SpeedGrade is now included with the CS6 Production Premium, Master Collection, and Creative Cloud bundles, or sold separately for $999. Using what Adobe calls the Lumetri Deep Color Engine, SpeedGrade allows you to perform professional color grading on your video footage either in its raw format or as an edited composition derived from Premiere Pro CS6.

Web Standards match 80% of Flash

Adobe Systems, retooling as fast as it can for a future of Web publishing and Web apps, sees the technology as mostly caught up to the Flash technology that Adobe previously preferred. I think it's close to 80 percent, Arno Gourdol, Adobe's senior director of Web platform and authoring, said in an interview during the Google I/O show here. Gourdol, who leads Adobe work to embrace Web standards, has a lot on the line as the company tries to make a difficult transition away from the widely used but fading Flash.

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