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Adobe Photoshop honcho takes over Google photo editing

Google has hired John Nack, an Adobe Systems executive who for years helped run Photoshop, to help manage its photo editing tools.

Nack, formerly principal product manager for Photoshop at Adobe, has in recent years been more involved with Adobe's push to mobile devices. Adobe's business is chiefly with creative professionals, but Google aims for a much broader, less expert audience.

Nack announced his move to Google on his blog on Monday after 14 years at Adobe.

"Why make this move? Merlin Mann once asked me, 'What do you want ten times more of?' I knew the … Read more

Adobe revamps its basic Photoshop app for Android 4.4

Adobe Systems released a new version of its Photoshop Express for Android app Thursday that brings optimizations for Android 4.4 KitKat, new editing options, more direct to effects filters, and a new engine for processing photos.

"We have made every effort to fine-tune the app for Android. As an example, Android users will appreciate accessing and processing images saved on the SD card faster than before," Adobe's Manu Anand said in a blog post Thursday.

The new Android app includes a new image-rendering engine for handling photos. "This engine greatly improves performance and enables handling … Read more

Adobe brings 3D printing to Photoshop CC

Watching 3D printing evolve reminds me of the nascent days of desktop publishing -- now complete that deja vu with Adobe jumping into the market. The company thinks 3D printing is on the cusp of going mainstream and sees a coming inflection point in the consumer market once full-color printers, full-color content, and a robust marketplace for third-party downloadable models emerges. Adobe sees its role as providing the tools for helping generate the full-color content -- that makes sense given its users and applications.

Yes, Windows 8.1 now has built-in support, but here's the rub: the 3D API in Windows 8.1Read more

Beside herself in time: Photographer's imaginary meetings with childhood self

What if you could go back in time and hang out with yourself as a kid? Perhaps you both would race to the video game arcade and challenge yourself to a game of Ms. Pac-Man? Or maybe you would build a snowman together in a city park? Fight over a baguette? Take a leisurely stroll on the beach, hand in hand?

British-based photographer Chino Otsuka thought of just this as she placed her modern-day self in vintage childhood photos of herself as a child visiting multiple countries including Japan, France, the United Kingdom, China, and Spain. … Read more

Adobe stock hits all-time high on subscription shift

Adobe Systems' transition to software subscriptions will be essentially complete by this time next year -- and investors are happy about it.

The company's stock rose $5.36, or 10 percent, to $59.35 in trading early Friday after the company reported financial results for its fourth fiscal quarter on Thursday.

"The company continued to beat its goals and consensus' expectations for net subscriber additions and annualized recurring revenue (ARR), the metrics that investors are using to measure the progress of the transition from a perpetual license to subscription revenue model," FBR analyst Samad Samana said in … Read more

Adobe photography promotion lures new subscribers, says survey

It looks like Adobe Systems' Photoshop-Lightroom promotion attracted some new customers to the Creative Cloud subscription business.

In a survey with CNET and analyst firm Jefferies, 48 percent of Creative Cloud subscribers who signed up for the Photoshop Photography Program weren't Creative Cloud subscribers before.

Some of the 92 respondents who are Creative Cloud subscribers just changed subscriptions to the Photoshop Photography Program: 17 percent moved from a Photoshop-only subscription and 9 percent moved from the full Creative Cloud subscription, which costs $50 per month but offers Adobe's entire array of software.

"I like the more targeted … Read more

Survey: Did cheaper Photoshop subscriptions win you over?

Adobe Systems has been more aggressive of late with its subscription plans, and we'd like to know if you think they're worth it.

That's right: It's time for the fourth Adobe survey in a series that CNET and analyst firm Jefferies are running to try to gauge customer sentiment about Adobe's products and its transition to a subscription company.

Click the link above if you want to take the survey, but here's a preview of one part: We'd like to know if you signed up for Adobe's Photoshop Photography Program.

The program … Read more

Adobe's Photoshop-Lightroom deal open to all comers

Adobe Systems' $10-per-month photography software subscription is open to anyone for the next two weeks, a significant expansion of a program that previously was only available to those who already use Creative Suite products.

The original deal required people to own Photoshop Creative Suite 3 (CS3) or later. The new deal lifts that restriction, addressing criticisms from photographers who were interested but didn't qualify. While the original deal is open until the end of the year, the new offer is available only through December 2, Adobe said in an announcement Wednesday.

Adobe is in the midst of a massive … Read more

Stock up on over $1K of digital design goodies

Digital commerce startup, StackSocial, has recently launched their Mega Design Bundle 2.0, packed full of design element goodies. Built for designers of all levels, the bundle has over $1K worth of art resources for the low price of only $50.

Pros will appreciate being able to expand their collection of stock vectors and icons at a discount. Enthusiasts can give their digital media a cleaner and more professional look. Newcomers can step up their game with premade templates and a Web hosting discount, and learn from a huge collection of tutorial videos and training sessions offered through OSTraining. The … 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