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Adobe updates Creative Cloud with a sync service, stock photos, and more

J.R. Bookwalter | June 17, 2015
Adobe is rolling out updates to all 15 Creative Cloud desktop apps, plus new mobile apps, and tools to tie everything together.

With each passing year, the line between mobile and desktop continues to blur. No longer limited to content consumption alone, smartphones and tablets have become powerful tools capable of liberating artists and designers from having to create their best work while chained to a computer.

Adobe's Creative Cloud pulls these disparate worlds closer together, with a major update announced Tuesday to bring faster performance and new tools across more platforms than ever.

Between two worlds

Anyone who has started reading a Kindle ebook on one device and picked up right where they left off on another is familiar with Whispersync, the technology Amazon uses to silently sync metadata in the background. Adobe has implemented their own version dubbed CreativeSync, which can be used to start a design or illustration on mobile and finish up on the desktop (or vice versa).

CreativeSync marks the first time Adobe has branded the service, which now covers all files, design assets, fonts, settings, and other content used in a particular workflow. Creative Cloud has been moving gradually toward this type of universal sync for several years now, and the introduction of CC Libraries last fall provided a way for designers to access commonly used elements from key desktop applications.

Now this feature has expanded to more places, including Premiere Pro CC, After Effects CC, and a number of mobile solutions. The news will be particularly welcome for Android users, now that existing Adobe Photoshop Mix, Brush CC, Color CC, and Shape CC apps are finally making the leap from iOS to Google's mobile platform.

Premiere Pro CC users also gain an entirely new app on their mobile tool belt with the introduction of Hue, allowing videomakers to capture lighting themes and "looks" on a smartphone and intelligently apply them to creations edited on the desktop or using the companion Premiere Clip app.

New for desktop

Despite Adobe's renewed push into mobile, the software maker continues to refine the Mac and PC applications they are best known for, and this year's updates--15 new versions in total--bring plenty of new features and performance enhancements to the table. For starters, Illustrator CC and InDesign CC have a number of under the hood enhancements resulting in big performance gains over CS6 (up to 10x), along with the ability to create custom charts, graphs, and infographics.

Photoshop CC 2015 can now add or remove haze from photos, a feature first previewed during last year's MAX conference, and now present in Lightroom CC as well. Existing Healing Brush and Path tools have also been supercharged up to 120 times faster, along with the option to add noise to Blur Gallery effects and combine photos with different exposures into a single HDR image.

 

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