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Creative Cloud crossroads: Will Adobe users flee in droves?

On Monday Adobe kicked off its MAX conference in Los Angeles with news that it it had ceased active development of its Creative Suite 6 products in favor of Creative Cloud instead. Moving forward, if you want the latest innovations to key Adobe apps like Photoshop, InDesign and After Effects, you're going to have to pay a monthly fee instead of buying a license to use a copy of the software in perpetuity. That's not sitting well with many Adobe customers - let's look at what's at stake for both the company and its users.

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Pixter Scanner for iPhone review: Capture text with a photo, translate it, and more

Pixter Scanner for iPhone is an OCR (optical character recognition) app that allows you to snap a photo of any text, whether that's from a magazine, a street sign, or any other source, in order to translate it or save the contents for reading later. It can be ideal when traveling for translating foreign languages or for those times when you find a story in a magazine and want to save it for reference at a later time in digital format.

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Bjango teases Skala, an interface and icon design tool by and for people who love interface and icon design

Skala is intended to be an interface and design app for and by people who love interface and icon design. That's a tougher job than you might think. There are all sorts of general purpose tools out there that can be used for interface and icon design, Photoshop chief among them. Being general purpose tools, however, they all jack so many different trades, they end up being masters of none. That's why Aperture and Lightroom came about: to better suit the specific needs of photographers. And that's why Skala is on its way: to better suit the specific needs of interface and icon designers.

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Talk to your Viber friends on your iPhone, iPad and now your Mac with the all new desktop app

Viber, the massively popular VoIP service that allows users to send free texts and pictures and make free calls worldwide for free, has pushed out a huge update to their iOS app. But, that's not all. Along with the update to v3.0, Viber is launching for the first time a desktop client, so Viber users can get the same great service from their Mac as well as their iOS devices.

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Facebook Messenger update adds cute stickers and brings back swipe to delete

Facebook has pushed out an update to their Messenger application for iPhone and iPod Touch that adds some new cuteness and brings back functionality that once was lost.

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Want to see some of the new features coming to Photoshop CC and the rest of the Creative Cloud? Here are the videos!

Earlier today Adobe announced that they were axing their old Creative Suite apps and going all-in on Creative Cloud. As part of that initiative, they've released a series of videos starting with the one above that tries to dispel common myths associated with Creative Cloud. Others address how Creative Cloud will help various professionals, like designers, web pros, and video editors, as well showcasing some of the new features and technologies coming our way this June in apps like Photoshop CC. And I'd be remiss if I didn't point out the incredibly Mac-centric nature of the videos. But then, who could blame them? Here's what we've got...

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With exclusive focus on Creative Cloud, Adobe readies new iOS apps and... a mighty stylus

Adobe Systems Inc. opened its five-day Max conference in Los Angeles, CA this morning with a bang: the company announced that it's the end of the development road for its Creative Suite (CS) software. From here on out, the company is focusing exclusively on its Creative Cloud service, and has rebranded new versions of its applications with the CC moniker to denote the change. New apps will roll out on June 17, 2013. What's more, the company has a couple of new iOS apps in development.

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Google Drive for Mac adds right-click sharing options

Google has announced the roll out of a small, yet fantastically useful update to their Drive app for the Mac. Since Google Drive has been borne from Google Docs, collaboration and sharing documents and files is at its core. The update rolling out to the desktop app has better sharing in mind, with the addition of a right-click share menu. Files will naturally have to already be in your Google Drive folder, but quick sharing is sure to be appreciated by power users.

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Toy Defense 2 hits the App Store, WW2 tower defense with toy soldiers

The original Toy Defense launched back in Spring 2012, offering a WW1 based tower defense game where all the fighting was conducted by toy soldiers. Fast forward 12 months and developers Melesta Games are back with a sequel -- Toy Defense 2. It's still tower defense, it's still toy soldiers, but we're in a new period of history. This time out, we're in WW2.

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Reduce for iPhone and iPad review: Automatically, perfectly resize your photos for the web

Reduce is an iPhone and iPad app that lets you batch resize your photos and images to be optimized for the web. You simply select the photos you wish to resize, set the dimensions and file size limit, and Reduce will batch-process them for you and drop them into a new album in the Photos app.

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