Those of you who subscribe to Adobe Creative Cloud, will be happy to see the swirl icon with a number next to it when they wake up today, meaning updates! This is a major release from Adobe and it could transform how you’ll work from desktops moving to mobile apps.
The announcement was made during the keynote speech at this week’s Adobe MAX 2014 conference (which you can watch here).
The new release includes feature updates to thirteen of the CC desktop apps, that link to a new family of integrated mobile apps. Also, the latest versions of Photoshop CC and Illustrator CC include Touch support for Microsoft Windows 8 and Surface Pro 3.
Adobe also launched a public beta of a Creative SDK which enables the delivery of mobile apps that can connect to CC, hopefully bringing a whole new swag of third party apps. Adobe Creative SDK is available at: creativesdk.adobe.com
Another brilliant feature added to CC is the Creative Talent Search, which connects creatives to job opportunities from top brands and companies. This new feature kind of takes the wind out of Movidiam‘s sails, before it’s even launched. Still, we reckon there’s room enough for as many job-search listings as possible. The more the merrier we say!
“The pace of innovation continues to accelerate with Creative Cloud and today we are introducing a new family of mobile apps that are deeply integrated with flagship CC desktop tools like Photoshop and Illustrator, and taking mobile devices into the creative mainstream,” said David Wadhwani, senior vice president, Digital Media, Adobe. “Also, new capabilities such as Creative Talent Search show that Creative Cloud is evolving into an increasingly powerful resource for our millions of members.”
New Creative Profile
Users will have an all-new Creative Profile, which allows connections between CC desktop tools and Adobe’s nine new mobile apps, including the extension of Photoshop, Lightroom, Illustrator and Premiere onto mobile devices.
The new profile aims to connect users to their work, assets that they use to create, and Adobe communities. Files, photos, colors, brushes, shapes, fonts, textstyles, graphics and any other assets moves with users from app-to-app and device-to-device, so assets automatically appear when they need them.
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The new mobile apps work with all CC subscriptions, the line-up includes:
- Photoshop Sketch lets creatives draw with new built-in expressive brushes and enables an integrated workflow with Photoshop CC and Illustrator CC.
- Updates to Photoshop Mix extend precise mobile compositing capabilities and now includes enhanced integration with Photoshop CC, as well as a new iPhone version.
- Lightroom Mobile app builds on integrated desktop and mobile workflows and includes features to allow clients, friends or family to select favorites and leave comments for photos shared online; and GPS information from iPhone photos now syncs with Lightroom desktop.
- Illustrator Draw (formerly Adobe Ideas) gives users access to their favorite vector drawing tools and features in a modern, streamlined interface, high-fidelity integration with Illustrator CC and enhanced support for Adobe Ink and Slide.
- Illustrator Line, a precision drawing app, gives creatives new features for perfectly distributing shapes as they draw, plus the ability to send sketches to Illustrator CC where they have full access to their original vector paths for editing.
- Adobe Premiere Clip app easily transforms the video shot on iPhone or iPad into edited videos that are simple to share. Aspiring videographers can then send their compositions to Adobe Premiere Pro CC for advanced editing and finishing.
Adobe also introduced a new category of “capture” apps to create designs and bring them into creative workflows:
- Adobe Brush CC lets designers craft unique brushes, on iPad or iPhone, to use in Photoshop CC, Illustrator CC or Adobe Illustrator Sketch. Any photograph can be made into a brush, so creatives can quickly and playfully design beautiful, high-quality brushes that can range from photorealistic, to organic, painterly or graphic.
- Adobe Shape CC is a simple, unique and fun way to capture and create shapes on iPhone or iPad, wherever inspiration strikes. A high-contrast photo of anything – a chair, a pet, or a hand-drawn font – is converted into vector art that can be used immediately in Illustrator CC and Adobe Illustrator Line via Creative Cloud Libraries.
- Adobe Color CC (formerly Adobe Kuler) allows creatives to capture colors and save them as themes that are immediately available in other Adobe applications, including Illustrator CC and Photoshop CC.
New Features for CC Desktop
Highlights include: Touch support on Windows 8 devices for key design applications; new 3D print features and enhanced Mercury Graphics Engine performance for Photoshop CC; a new Curvature tool in Illustrator CC; interactive EPUB support in InDesign CC; SVG and Synchronized Text support in Muse CC; GPU-optimized playback for viewing high resolution 4K and UltraHD footage in Premiere Pro CC; and HiDPI and new 3D support in After Effects CC.
Building on the success of CC capabilities such as file sharing, Behance and TypeKit, new services available today, include:
- Creative Cloud Market is a collection of high-quality, curated content that’s freely accessible to Creative Cloud members. Access and use thousands of professionally crafted files, including user interfaces, patterns, icons, brushes and vector shapes, to speed through desktop and mobile projects.
- Creative Cloud Libraries is a powerful asset management service that lets creatives easily access and create with colors, brushes, text styles and vector images through Creative Cloud desktop, mobile apps and services. Creative Cloud Libraries connects desktop tools like Photoshop CC and Illustrator CC to each other – and to companion mobile apps.
- Creative Cloud Extract is a cloud-based service that reinvents the Photoshop CC comp-to-code workflow for Web designers and developers, letting them share and unlock vital design information from a PSD file (such as colors, fonts and CSS) to use when coding mobile and desktop designs.
- Talent Search connects creatives with job opportunities. Hiring managers using Talent Search are able to use advanced discovery tools to find the right talent for their job – for example, finding experts in Photoshop, who live in a specific city, and have worked in automotive design is easier than ever. Custom algorithms recommend candidates for roles and get smarter the more a recruiter uses the system. Also, public postings will advertise job opportunities to the millions of creatives on Behance.
Pricing and Availability
Today’s updates to CC are expected to be available to members by the end of the day as part of their membership at no additional cost. The new and updated mobile apps are free to everyone. To join Creative Cloud, special promotional pricing is available to customers who own Adobe Creative Suite 3 or later. Membership plans are available for individuals, students, photographers, teams, educational institutions, government agencies and enterprises. For pricing details, visit: http://www.adobe.com/
More information will be available regarding the mobile apps later today at:http://www.adobe.com/
Excerpts from PR