Creatives all over the world rely on Adobe, and as the software now covers so many areas — photo, video, web, print, sound — it’s time to see what the company has in store for anyone with a passing interest in a creative field.
Rolling out from today, Adobe’s Creative Cloud is getting a name change, among other things. It’s not a massive name change, mind you, as the programs are getting a year added onto their names to indicate the change in software, but it’s a change, nonetheless.
But the changes are more than just an addition of a year, with new features, fixes, and bits and bobs added to 14 of Adobe’s applications, and a few more added for good measure.
We’re downloading them now, and anyone with access to Adobe’s Creative Cloud will have access today also, but these include changes from 32-bit to 64-bit architecture across more applications including the audio editor Audition and the web package that is Muse, more support for high-resolution displays used on both Apple and Windows computers, Adobe TypeKit integration to make missing fonts automatically appear and install in case files have missing fonts, support for 3D printing, better RAW support, and easy video masking and tracking for Premiere users.
“The 2014 release of Creative Cloud enables us to deliver the magic that customers expect from Adobe,” said Paul Robson, President of Adobe in the Asia Pacific region.
That “magic” includes some touches that creatives are sure to like.
For instance, if you’re learning design and want to make your own publication, you can now create a fixed layout EPUB, making an interactive digital publication with photos, videos, audio, and animation, and export it straight to EPUB, ready for viewing on any device, and even the web, without having to access Adobe’s Digital Publishing Suite, which offers similar functionality but more for publishers in regards to tracking, metrics, and subscription services that magazines would normally want.
Photoshop users will find smart objects are a little more useful, with elements able to be linked between files — such as a logo — that will change when that one item is changed. So if your logo changes and you don’t want to update all the files that use it, you merely change the linked smart object and it will change everything as a result.
Photoshop also brings with it some neat enhancements, such as better up-sampling than before, making it possible to bring a low-res photo to a higher resolution if you need it, as well as faster application load times and more 3D printing support, because 3D printing may well be in its infancy, but it’s still a thing people will be using.
And we’re particularly keen to see support for the stylus on Windows 8.1, making the apps more usable on Windows 8 machines like the Surface Pro 2 and the upcoming 12 inch Surface Pro 3.
But tablets like the Microsoft Surface range of machines are just the tip of the iceberg for Adobe, with the company also taking the opportunity to get into hardware with this release.
As such, you’ll find two hardware tools being made available to Australians later in the year that will work with two pieces of Adobe software.
Now these won’t work for Windows users, or even Mac users. Rather, these tools and apps are meant for tablet owners, with iPad owners targeted first, though Adobe did tell GadgetGuy that Android tablets would be developed for later on, as well.