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...
- Photoshop CC includes a new Smart Sharpen, new upsampling, re-editable rounded rectangles (yes!) and multiple path editing, better matched Mac and Windows anti-aliasing, and 3D engine for painting on models and flattened textures.
- The designers video talks about various apps like Photoshop and Illustrator, as well as Muse, and shows off Kuler for iPhone being used to capture color palettes while you're out and about. Illustrator gets new character-based font manipulations, as well as TypeKit access. InDesign 64bit support will help with large files, and its more consistent interface will help with cross-Cloud suite familiarity. Muse will let clients make minor design changes in the browser, and parallax support will let you make trendy websites like the cool kids made last year.
- Video editors can get started with Adobe Story Plus, where you can write scripts collaboratively, set shooting schedules, and get ready for production. Premiere can link Story Plus dialog with the spoken words from ingested video. Adobe Premiere Pro is making it easier to switch platforms with key remapping and project import. After Effects is getting Photoshop-like refined edge tolls for rotoscoping. There's also better third party integration for 3D objects. The new color grading options are also now available in After Effects, and all settings sync via the Creative Cloud.
I've been a Creative Cloud user since the service launched, and I like it quite a bit. There does seem to be way to many separate apps -- I started drifting and eventually lost consciousness as they rattled off all of them -- and a lot of round-tripping involved in the workflows, but I'll save final judgement on that until they ship.
In the meantime, watch the videos that interest you and let me know, will you be going to the Cloud? And if so, which features make it most compelling for you?
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