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An in-depth look at Adobe's updated Creative Cloud

Patrick Budmar | June 24, 2013
Software vendor refreshes its online offerings with new features and functionality.

Behance can be accessed from the app as well, with the initial panel showcasing the latest artwork from members that the user follows. By following artists that inspire the user, Stoddart said the user can "look at other people's work and see what excites them," and in turn translate that inspiration into new ideas.

Instead of merely being an online repository for applications and content, Stoddart said the aim with the Creative Cloud was to "make a world that is social, connected and dynamic," as well as one where work can be published and be seen. "The Creative Cloud is everything you need in one place," he said. "We don't make clients creative, but we can simplify the process for them."

Mobile connected
Recognising that users do not always sit behind a desk and look outside of the office for inspiration, Adobe has introduced its Kuler app for smartphone, which samples colours from the environment using the smartphone's camera.

Another smartphone related functionality is the inclusion of QR code generation in products such as InDesign, enabling the user to quickly generate and paste the code into a work.

The DPS app builder lets the user easily turn an InDesign project into a smartphone/tablet app, complete with interactivity, hyperlinks and other features. The app builder is Cloud based, so the InDesign file is sent to Adobe's servers where it is converted in a smartphone file, such as an IPA for iPhone, before being delivered to the user a few minutes later.

The process supports both Android and iPhone, and the resulting files can be submitted to the respective app stores. Stoddart expects this type of functionality to "become as ubiquitous as desktop publishing" in the near future.

New additions and features
The biggest addition to Photoshop this time around is Shake Reduction for photos, which contains a new algorithm that smooths out blurry photos. Stoddart said this is the only new feature for now, but more features will be coming to Photoshop over the coming months now that the vendor is no longer planning to release regular product refreshes. A small yet significant addition has been made to the upscaling function in Photoshop, where instead of using the bicubic smoother the user can use the "preserve detail" option and then adjust the result with the "reduce noise" slider. Stoddart cites this as an example of features in past versions of Adobe's products "getting constantly refined."

Muse for web design makes use of Adobe's prior acquisition of Business Catalyst, which enables a Creative Cloud user to host up to five web sites. This functionality is aimed at users that want to display web sites for clients, both via web browser and smartphone, enabling clients to make changes to the project online without needing to contact the designer directly about alterations.


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