Impressions on Photoshop CS6

Now that the Adobe Creative Suite 6 and the Creative Cloud have been announced it’s time to talk about the cool new features found in all the creative suite apps and new possibilities with the Creative Cloud. There are quite a few new features in each product so posting about them individually sounds like a good way to go. Otherwise, I’d be writing forever!

On today’s plate is Photoshop CS6.  Continue reading

Adobe Creative Suite 6 Now Available

Adobe Systems Inc. announced today the release of Creative Suite 6 and the expected release of the Adobe Creative Cloud on Friday, May 11th. I’ve been involved with the testing of CS6 and I’ve been really pleased with many of the new features and enhancements. My favorite “feature” so far has been the overall performance boost I’m seeing on my Macbook Pro. Working with large 250MB+ panoramic files in Photoshop CS6 has been noticeably faster. 30-day trial versions of most Creative Suite apps are available on Adobe’s website.

Building Instructional Objects with Adobe Edge

As we move more towards mobile and tablet development in building educational content, we’re going to have to find tools and technologies that can make that content available on a wide range of devices. I’m liking the progress I’m seeing in Adobe Edge (it’s currently in beta, or preview status). I recently repurposed an older project done in Flash to put together this interactive graphic showing the progress of The Plague in the Fourteenth Century. I was able to create interactive buttons to switch between time periods, and a play/pause button to play through the slides. I did notice that the exported .svg files from Illustrator were 171KB whereas those same files exported to Flash (.swf) were only 57KB. This was after copying and pasting each layer out of a bloated Illustrator file in to a new file. The original .svg export was 2.6MB for each slide! It’s going to be an interesting time for content developers as more and more students demand educational content be optimized for their devices.

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Adobe Announces Creative Suite 6 and the Adobe Creative Cloud

Adobe announced today that within 30 days they will release Creative Suite 6 and the Adobe Creative Cloud.

This is a monumental upgrade for CS6 with over 100 new features and significant increases in performance in most apps. The Adobe Creative Cloud offers some really interesting online storing, sharing and collaborating capabilities for content creators. Continue reading