Lightroom 4.3 test version gets partial Retina support

A test version of Adobe Systems' Lightroom 4.3 has added partial support for Apple's Retina displays and other high-resolution screens.

The Lightroom 4.3 release candidate, available on Adobe Labs, shows photos in the develop module so that one pixel in the original photo occupies one pixel on the screen. That means a much sharper and detailed image than with the older Lightroom 4.2, which scales images so that one pixel on the photo occupies four pixels on the screen.

I was worried that Adobe would Retina support for Lightroom 5, which presumably will be a paid … Read more

Improving browser graphics with Adobe Flash Player 11

Improved to give the best the Internet has to offer, Adobe Flash Player 11 shows a quantum leap in performance over previous versions. It has a number of new features designed to take full advantage of the newer 64-bit browsers and operating systems available for Windows, Linux, and Mac OS. This makes it a more effective tool for Web developers and anyone who enjoys media-rich applications or sites like YouTube. However, with the improvement come a few headaches that users of certain browsers may encounter.

If you use Google Chrome, there is no need to download Adobe Flash Player 11, … Read more

Convert files -- five of them, anyway -- with DeskPDF Pro

There are any number of utilities out there that can quickly and easily convert a variety of file formats into PDFs, so there's no reason to settle for one that doesn't quite meet your needs. DeskPDF Pro combines an efficient drag-and-drop interface with some useful features, but the limitations of the trial version are significant, and there are free programs with many of the same features.

Once installed, DeskPDF Pro appears as an icon in the Windows system tray; clicking it brings up a small interface onto which users can drag files for conversion. This launches a window … Read more

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 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.

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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