Because of the “fluctuations in foreign exchange rates”, Adobe has announced the increase in fees for Creative Cloud subscribers. For those subscribing monthly, the price increase will take effect from March 6, 2017. Those who pay the yearly subscription will pay the new price when they renew the plan.
I owe Adobe most of my life. Without them, I would honestly not be where I am today, being able to do what I love every single day! Over the years, it has also gone through a multitude of changes. Since my life is tied directly to Photoshop, I pay very close attention to them!
The Adobe subscription model has been one of those interesting changes. When it was first announced, it was met with push-back from the community. Eventually, we all (mostly) obliged and jumped in. What benefits would we get? Would this push for more innovative updates for creatives? Would an uptick in reliable income make developers more relaxed in coming up with new features?
Adobe has announced that their Creative Cloud suite of apps is now available for Chromebooks. What they did was modify their existing Android apps, so they are now compatible with selected Chromebooks. Considering these devices are mainly used in schools, this could be a step forward in education, and the best thing is – these apps will be available free of charge for students and teachers.
Yesterday, Adobe made a fleet-wide update to its photography suit. It added boundary warp to Lightroom, updated Camera Raw and made a few fixes to Photoshop.
Now, if you are like me, you are probably going to jump on that update and hit that button as soon as you spot it on the Creative Cloud App. But some cautious users may want to hold off for a few days to see if any glitches associated with this update pop up online. I mean, it’s not like Adobe does not have a bad history when it comes to updates. In June an update nuked the healing brush and in December another update killed the Liquify tool.
If you did update and realized that you want to go back to what’s considered the stablest version ever – Photoshop 2014, photographer Chris Lambeth has a priceless tip for you: you can revert to that version of Photoshop quite easily.
I have previously worked in an advertising agency as a web developer – so working on web sites is not a strange thing for me. On the other hand, I am a photographer and a retoucher, and I have yet to find a venue to host my work. I keep asking myself “Where can I present my pictures?”. I usually don’t answer, because talking to myself would be crazy.
Yesterday, Adobe announced a new feature to Adobe CC users – ADOBE portfolio. Now, I have a huge amount of confidence with Adobe’s product (even if they screw up here and there) so I wanted to test this new platform and see if I can use it for my portfolio platform.
So far I was always disappointed by portfolio providers, and could not find the one that will quite fit my taste. Now, I’ll admit that I probably did not test all the portfolios on the market, but I did test quite a lot. Well – Adobe has some experience in the field: both as the top dog for image editing software, as well as a having a strong presence in the web development arena on the other. Lastly, Adobe are Behance, so they should know something about portfolios and presentation.
Everything above the jump, was my thoughts. The rest of this review is written in real time as I experience the platform.
So there a great debate out there: which method is faster? Using the mouse or using keyboard shortcuts? I was sure that keyboard would be the fastest but test results are inconclusive [pdf] (some even suggest the complete opposite). One thing that stands out on research is that if one is very proficient with keyboard shortcuts, then those shortcuts (or hot keys) will produce faster work.
Probably belonging to the keyboard camp, the folks at makeawebsitehub shared a set of cheatsheets for many adobe apps. Save, Print, Stick over your monitor and memorize:
One of the good things on Adobe CC is that updates and new features come regularly and year round. One of the bad things is that those updates are not as bug free as we would like them to be. Half a year ago a CC release killed the healing brush and last week’s release seem to be razing havoc on the Liquify filter.
I a post on Adobe’s forums, user Thomas Quinn noted that after using the Liquify filter the area that was Liquified gets a bright box around it:
I am having issues with the new upgrade to Photoshop CC 2015 on Mac El Captain. The only thing I did was upgrade from a working CC 2015 to the new version. Using the liquify tool give the following look. There is a box around the area liquified that is lighter than the other areas. When I turn of Use Acceleration in Graphics Processor, it is better but …. I didn’t have to do this in the prior version i.e.. Yesterday #
Thomas posted the photo below to make his point (which is pretty obvious once you see the photo):
Over the last two years adobe has made significant push to move our creative flow into the cloud and into mobile. In fact, it seems that moving to mobile is a core part of Adobe’s strategy and understandably so.
Creative Brad Colbow took a good hard look at this strategy and his deconstruction of Adobe’s (over 30) new mobile apps is an eye opener. In essence Brad complains that the move into Adobe’s iOS app is nothing like the experience that you would get by using the desktop apps. This is a very interesting claim. Especially with the new iPad Pro coming out. You would expect the iPad pro to give you a smooth desktop-like experience, however, according to Brad, you are stuck with many apps, each only good for one task. In fact, Brad goes as far as saying that Adobe is experimenting on their users, with the iOS apps driving a completely different workflow that their desktop “brother apps”
If opt for a Microsoft’s surface for example you will get similar to desktop experience while retaining a tablet form factor.
Brad does recognize that this experimentation may be good for evolving the way we create using new interfaces, he just wishes he could still use the Adobe Suit the way he likes and used to.
[Dear Adobe, Your Mobile Apps are a Mess | Brad Colbow]
We all like a little salt and pepper every now and then, but we aren’t huge fans of Photoshop adding it to our photos at random. Last month we dug into how Photoshop CC 2015 was adding salt-like artifacts to images when using the healing brush. Needless to say, this didn’t go over well with photographers using the feature.
Yesterday, Adobe released Photoshop 2015.0.1, a much-needed update that corrected this issue along with a variety of others, including crashing issues for both Mac and Windows users.
The 2015 release of Adobe Creative Cloud brought many new features, and for that we were happy. Now we (or, at least I) am happy once again.
Adobe has just rolled out the first official update to Premiere Pro CC 2015. Along with fixes to audio and workflow problems, the new update promises to correct performance and stability issues. That is what makes me happy.