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Revamped DNG format shows new Lightroom possibilities

Adobe Systems isn't making any promises, but an update to company's Digital Negative (DNG) image format paves the way for two important features in Lightroom: panoramas and high-dynamic range photography.

Lightroom is for editing, cataloging, and publishing photos, especially those shot in higher-end cameras' raw formats. Raw photos consist of data captured directly from the image sensor without in-camera processing into a JPEG. Although raw photos offer better quality and flexibility, they're also much less convenient than JPEGs.

One aspect of their inconvenience is that raw photos usually arrive in proprietary formats from camera makers. Adobe has … Read more

Adobe adds cloud access to Reader app for Android

Android users of Adobe Reader can now store their PDFs in the cloud for easy access from anywhere.

Launched yesterday, version 10.4 of Reader for Android gives you the ability to save a PDF to Acrobat.com. You can then download and read that same document on any other device running Adobe Reader. And if you add a comment or modify the file on one device, that change is synced with the version stored in the cloud.

Those of you who work with forms will also find better support in the updated Android app. Field validation and calculations can … Read more

Adobe launches new versions of Reader and Acrobat

Adobe Systems has kicked off a new version of its industry-standard Reader with several notable improvements.

Debuting this past weekend, Adobe Reader XI strengthens the commenting feature, so you can now add stamps, file attachments, audio recordings, and other items to a PDF. New markup symbols include text boxes, lines, arrows, circles, and other shapes. Further, you can fill out, sign, save, and send a marked up PDF without having to print it first.

Many of these features were formerly found only in Adobe Acrobat, so their addition to the free Reader is a nice bonus.

Adobe Reader has been … Read more

View your PDFs with Adobe's Reader X

Adobe developed the Portable Document Format to standardize electronic document handling. PDF, the file format that carries the business world on its back, is everywhere, from product manuals to legal documents. To open, view, and edit PDFs, you need a PDF reader -- for example, Adobe's free Reader. Despite competition from simpler tools, Reader remains the standard the others are judged against. We looked at the latest version of Reader, Adobe Reader X. With it you can view and annotate all PDF files, sign documents electronically, and access optional Adobe Online subscription services directly from inside its interface.

Reader … Read more

Lightroom 4.2 supports large swath of new cameras

With the Photokina show in Germany producing so many new high-end cameras, it's evidently been a busy season for Adobe Systems' Lightroom team.

That team just released Lightroom 4.2, which supports 22 new cameras, 43 new lenses, and lets people shoot with 11 new cameras tethered to a computer. It takes work to figure out how to decode each camera's proprietary raw format.

Here's the full list of new cameras supported, but note that the Nikon D600 support is "preliminary and there is a minor risk that the appearance of your images may change when … Read more

Adobe to revoke code signing certificate

Adobe said today it will revoke a code signing certificate after discovering malware that was digitally signed with the certificate.

"Adobe is currently investigating what appears to be the inappropriate use of an Adobe code signing certificate for Windows," Brad Arkin, senior director of security at Adobe, wrote in a blog post. "We plan to revoke the impacted certificate on October 4, 2012 for all software code signed after July 10, 2012."

"The evidence we have seen has been limited to a single isolated discovery of two malicious utilities signed using the certificate and indicates … Read more

Adobe meets Q3 estimates, cuts outlook based on cloud transition

Adobe's fiscal third quarter results were roughly in line with expectations, but the company cut its outlook based on a transition to a cloud computing model.

The company reported third-quarter earnings of $201.4 million, or 40 cents a share, on revenue $1.08 billion, which met the low end of Adobe's expectations. Non-GAAP earnings in the third quarter were 58 cents a share, in line with estimates. 

The good news is Adobe is seeing better-than-expected subscriptions to its Creative Cloud. The bad news is there's a revenue hit during the transition. Adobe said:

During the quarter, … Read more

Sync all your photos

If you want to have all your photos easily accessible and synced across all your devices, Adobe Revel is one of the available options. However, while Apple's Photo Stream and iCloud do the same thing for free, you pay a monthly subscription for Revel for its image editing and social-sharing options.

The main role of Revel on your Mac computer, iPhone, or iPad is to keep all your photos organized. We question the need for this, as the native iPhoto already covers this task. Fortunately, the application comes with some enhancements such as basic editing tools and sharing features; … Read more

Adobe: Next Photoshop won't support Windows XP

Apparently 11 years was long enough.

Microsoft released Windows XP in 2001, and Adobe said today that the current CS6 version of Photoshop will be the last one to support the operating system.

"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," Adobe Product Manager Tom Hogarty said in a blog post.

The reason, he said, is that modern performance-sensitive software requires modern hardware graphics interfaces that Windows XP lacks, in particular a way to tap into the power of graphics … Read more

How to enable Firefox's PDF reader

If you're not a fan of relying on browser add-ons and plug-ins, you'll probably want to enable a feature that can help you ditch at least one of them. Firefox now has a built-in PDF reader, and while it doesn't offer all of the same features that Adobe's version does, it's more than sufficient for most uses.

Before you get started enabling the PDF viewer, make sure you have the latest version of Firefox and you've disabled the Adobe PDF viewer.

To check the version: click the menu at the top left-hand corner and … Read more