Adobe dabbling with iPad app to rival PowerPoint

Adobe Systems, in an apparent effort to tap into the computer industry's move to mobile devices, is involved with a tablet software project called Ginger to help people create compelling presentations and sales pitches.

"A great story, well told, can change the world, but showing a great story is hard. You have to be a writer, an artist, an animator, and you have to have a lot of time," a video about Ginger argues. With Ginger, though, people can "make an impact in minutes."

The software lets people create videos that draw on a library … Read more

Adobe revamps Photoshop Elements, Premiere Elements

Adobe on Monday released its latest version of Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements, the lower-cost versions of the company's photo- and video-editing suites geared toward hobbyists.

Photoshop Elements 12 and Premiere Elements 12 have been overhauled to incorporate cloud-based functionality and a revamped editing experience, the company said in a statement.

"Our customers have a lot of photos and videos, and they love to use their home computers to organize them and be creative, but they also want the freedom and flexibility to view, edit, and share on their mobile devices," Lea Hickman, Adobe's vice president … Read more

Adobe launches Photoshop-Lightroom subscription

Adobe Systems on Tuesday announced the availability of its $10-per-month subscription for Lightroom and Photoshop and released Lightroom 5.2, which expands and refines the software's photo-editing tools.

More details on Lightroom 5.2 are below, but here's how the new subscription works. It's called the Photoshop Photography Program, and it's available only to those who have a license to Photoshop CS3 or later. Unlike the discounted promotional price for its broader Creative Cloud subscription, which costs Creative Suite customers $30 per month for the first year and then $50 afterward, the Photoshop-Lightroom subscription price doesn'… Read more

Adobe exceeds 1M Creative Cloud subscriptions; stock rises

With a net increase of 331,000 subscribers in its most recent quarter, Adobe attracted enough customers to its $50-per-month Creative Cloud subscription plan to bring the total past 1 million, the company announced Tuesday.

"We exceeded one million subscriptions during Q3, demonstrating that the transition to Creative Cloud is happening sooner than expected," Chief Executive Shantanu Narayen said in a statement.

Investors liked the news, which came along with Adobe's report of $995.1 million in revenue and earnings of 32 cents per share for the quarter ended August 30. The company's stock popped 5 … Read more

Hardware ahoy: Adobe to sell its Mighty digital pen in 2014

Like Google and Microsoft, Adobe Systems has been bitten by the hardware bug.

The software company announced Tuesday that it will begin selling its Mighty digital pen -- a stylus for iPads that it first demonstrated in prototype form in May. And it announced two new iOS app prototypes, Parallel and Contour, that make use of the Mighty and a related Adobe hardware product, a digitally connected ruler called Napoleon.

The Mighty is designed to close the gap between drawing on paper and using a tablet, with a Bluetooth link to the tablet software and drawing technology that Michael Gough, … Read more

Adobe's open-source Generator turns Photoshop CC layers into assets

Though most folks think of Photoshop as a flexible image-editing program only, there's a lot going on under the hood. Now Adobe's exposing some of its PSD power with Adobe Generator, an open-source JavaScript-library-based platform (here it is!) for extending the integration between Photoshop CC and other applications to deliver real-time access to Photoshop-based assets. This means that any application talking to the Generator API can access and manipulate individual Photoshop layers and layer groups.

As a proof of concept, Adobe's delivering two plug-ins. The first automatically generates saved assets out of Photoshop based on layer names; … Read more

Adobe to offer Lightroom, Photoshop for $10 a month

Adobe Systems announced a new subscription plan for photography enthusiasts, a $10-per-month bundle of Lightroom and Photoshop that's designed to cater to people dissatisfied with Adobe's previous Creative Cloud options.

The deal is a good price -- Photoshop alone costs $10 per month for existing Creative Suite customers, but only for a limited time, after which it jumps to $20 per month. The new subscription package offers Photoshop, Lightroom, 20GB of cloud storage space, and access to Adobe's Behance network. The new bundle is $10 a month with no expiration date. It will be available once Adobe … Read more

Adobe's Kuler beta site resurrects photo-color picker

Adobe Systems has launched a beta version to try out changes to its color-picker Kuler service, including the restoration of an earlier feature to extract dominant colors from photos.

Kuler lets people assemble quintets of colors into a color scheme that's saved into their own archive; people can browse others' schemes as well. The colors can be imported into Adobe's Illustrator software, too.

The photo tool is available by loading the new Kuler beta site. Adobe said Monday it's seeking feedback on the changes, which it may or may not keep. Adobe also provided an option to … Read more

Plug-ins give Photoshop support for Google's WebP image format

One of the knocks against WebP, an image format Google and some allies hope will speed up graphics on the Web, is that the world's premier image-editing software can't read or write WebP files.

Adobe Systems isn't interested in supporting the format within Photoshop, at least not yet. But now there are two active open-source projects under way to build Photoshop plug-ins that handle the format.

The first WebP plug-in, by Toby Thain of Telegraphics, has been around since 2010 and has been updated with new features this month: ICC color profile support and lossless compression support. … Read more

Banish briefly flashing Adobe update window in OS X

If you have installed Adobe software on your system, then you likely have installed various accompanying updaters that periodically check for updates from Adobe's support servers. These updaters should run seamlessly in the background; however, there are times when an odd configuration of them may result in annoying distractions.

This may particularly happen if you have updated your system with additional Adobe software, uninstalled and reinstalled (especially after restoring from a backup), or otherwise have modified your Adobe software installation. If affected, the problem may manifest as a brief display of an Adobe-related updater, and may even affect the … Read more