Adobe is an American multinational computer software company headquartered in San Jose, California, United States. The company has historically focused upon the creation of multimedia and creativity software products, with a more-recent foray towards rich Internet application software development.

Adobe Digital camera RAW update 2.7

New cameras supported:    Canon PowerShot G11 Nikon D3S

Adobe Reports Record Quarterly and Annual Revenue

adobe_logoOh, the corporate world. Only 10 days Adobe announced the elimination of 600 jobs on the grounds of "weaker than excpected Q4 earings". And now this: "Company Achieves 13 Percent Annual Growth SAN JOSE, Calif. — Dec. 16, 2008 — Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today reported financial results for its fourth quarter and fiscal year ended Nov. 28, 2008. In the fourth quarter of fiscal 2008, Adobe achieved record revenue of $915.3 million, compared to $911.2 million reported for the

Adobe lays off 600 workers, CS4 demand weaker than expected

Story from AP: "Adobe said Wednesday that it will eliminate 600 full-time positions, or roughly 8 percent of its workforce, amid weaker than expected fourth quarter earnings. The company said in a statement that it will deliver fourth quarter revenue between $912 million to $915 million, down from its previous outlook of $925 million to $955 million. Wall Street was expecting revenue of $930 million. Earnings excluding items will be 59 cents a share to 60 cents a share. Under generally accepted accounting principles, Adobe said earnings will be 45 cents a share to 46 cents a share.

Adobe and Wacom shaves 50% off photoshop price

And here are the terms and caveats: Offer is valid with the purchase of a Wacom Intuos 3 tablet or  Cintiq interactive pen display.Offer only available for intuos products bundled with Adobe photoshop Elements. Only one order per person.  And of course (this is our favourite), offer is only available in the U.S, because buyers from other places are...suckers?  

Adobe Posts Camera Raw 4.6 Release Candidate

Full or preliminary support has been added for every camera released since the last revision, with the exception of course of the Canon 5D MkII that was announced yesterday

Adobe: No 64bit love for OSX

Creative Suite 3 Master CollectionAdobe yesterday dropped the big bomb, announcing no 64 bit support in the upcoming cs4 suite for MAc OSX. The reason, says betanews.com: "In a total reversal of what Windows and Macintosh users might expect, Adobe Creative Suite 4 will include 64-bit support for the Windows platform, but not for Mac. Mac OS X users probably won't get 64-bit support until CS5, the subsequent release of the graphics editing software, according to John Nack, Adobe's Photoshop product manager.  

Adobe lightroom 2.0 beta released to the public

Even in a crashy, more alpha than beta stage, LR 2.0 is still a very interesting tryout. Proceed with care, and only with backed up files ofcourse: "SAN JOSE, Calif. - April 2, 2008 - Adobe Systems Incorporated today announced Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2.0 beta, a public preview of new and improved functionality to be delivered in the next major release. Lightroom is the professional photographer's essential toolbox, providing one application for managing, adjusting, and presenting large volumes of digital photographs. Lightroom 2.0 beta will feature enhancements such as dual-monitor support, localized dodge and burn correction and will be the first Adobe application to support 64-bit for Mac OS X 10.5 Intel Macs and Microsoft Vista 64-bit operating systems. "Photoshop Lightroom 2.0 beta provides early access to requested improvements over version 1.3 and continues our ongoing dialogue and open communication with the photography community," said Tom Hogarty, senior product manager for Photoshop Lightroom and Camera Raw. "We're excited not only for our existing customers, but also for the general public who will have an opportunity to take Lightroom 2.0 beta on a test run." New in Lightroom 2.0 beta An improved layout in the Library module allows for a more intuitive approach to image organization by simplifying the location of the features needed to find and filter photographs. A new feature called Smart Collections automatically updates collections with images that match desired criteria such as star-rating, keyword or other metadata. "The Suggested Keywords feature eases the task of keywording by making recommendations based upon keyword associations across a catalog as well as the use of keywords in neighboring images." Photoshop Lightroom 2.0 beta includes improved memory handling through 64-bit support for OS X 10.5 Intel Macs and Vista 64-bit operating systems. Additional enhancements in Lightroom 2.0 beta include support for a dual monitor configuration that maximizes a photographer's workspace and can be easily adjusted to meet a particular workflow. Additionally, the Develop module has been updated to provide the ability to correct specific parts of an image without affecting other areas. Now, fundamental photographic techniques such as dodge and burn can be performed using the same non-destructive approach, allowing unprecedented control within the Lightroom program. Beta Availability Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2.0 beta is available as a 30-day trial for free download on Macintosh and Windows platforms at http://www.labs.adobe.com/downloads. Existing Lightroom 1.0 customers will be able to test the beta for an extended period until Aug. 31, 2008 and can invite friends to take part in this trial period. Recommended system requirements are Macintosh OSX 10.4, 10.5 1 GHz PowerPC G4 or G5 or Intel-based processor, or Microsoft Windows XP SP2 or Windows Vista Home Premium, Business, Ultimate, or Enterprise, Intel Pentium 4 processor, 1 GBRAM and a 1024x768 resolution screen." Lightroom 2.0 beta can be downloaded from here

Radical changes in next Photoshop installment

The "insider" photoshopnews.com has a very interesting blurb about the next Adobe Photoshop version. Keep in mind that these people work for/with Adobe, so the following is anyhing but speculation: "Adobe Systems wants to transform its flagship Photoshop software with an interface customized to the task at hand, a potentially radical revamp for software whose power today is hidden behind hundreds of menu options. A new user interface will help Photoshop become “everything you need, nothing you don’t,” said Photoshop product manager John Nack, describing aspirations for the Photoshop overhaul on his blog Monday. “We must make Photoshop dramatically more configurable,” Nack said. “Presenting the same user experience to a photographer as we do to a radiologist, as to a Web designer, as to a prepress guy, is kind of absurd…With the power of customizability, we can present solutions via task-oriented workspaces,” Nack said. Adobe Photoshop Lightroom offers a very task-specific interface, with editing modules changing according to broad categories of work. In comparison, Photoshop today is unwelcoming and unhelpful. “Today, if a user walks up to Photoshop and says, ‘What do I do?’ the app kind of shrugs, stubs out a cigarette, and says, ‘I dunno–you tell me.’ That’s not real cool, and we can do better,” Nack said." Link

Adobe Photoshop Elements 6.0

Another year, another version of Adobe's pretty popular entrly level of photoshop. This year the heat from Corel's Paintshop pro Photo X II is probably being felt stronger than ever, and the "what's new" list is pretty impressive. Press release: New Photoshop Elements Packs Powerful Editing Punch No. 1 Selling Consumer Photo Software Offers Fun, Unique Ways to Capture Stories SAN JOSE, Calif. — Sept. 24, 2007 — Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced the immediate availability of Adobe® Photoshop® Elements 6 software, a major upgrade to the No. 1 selling consumer photo-editing software*. Available for Windows®, Photoshop Elements combines power and simplicity for consumers to find, view and easily infuse creativity and personality into their photos. This landmark release helps consumers at all experience levels achieve outstanding results and provides interactive options for sharing unique creations via print and Web. In addition, Adobe today announced Adobe Premiere® Elements 4 software, a complete home video-editing solution (see separate press release). Available separately or together in a single retail package, Photoshop Elements & Adobe Premiere Elements give photo and video enthusiasts more creative ways to organize, edit, create and share digital photos and home movies. “Photoshop Elements is the one-stop-shop for consumers to go faster and farther with their photos,” said John Loiacono, senior vice president of Creative Solutions at Adobe. “We’re helping people flex their editing muscle, without breaking a sweat. We’ve redesigned the user experience to more prominently showcase photos, direct consumers to features that help turn photos from good to great in just seconds and inject a dynamic element into their creations.” Make Photos Look Their Best Photoshop Elements software helps enthusiasts achieve desired results quickly and easily. New Photomerge® technology helps address the challenge of capturing the perfect group photo by combining the best facial expressions and body language from a series of shots to create a single cohesive group shot. The new Quick Selection Tool reduces a once time-consuming select-and-adjust task to a single click. Photographers at all grades – beginner to expert – can choose from one of three edit modes, each geared toward a different experience level. A new Guided Edit mode helps walk users through the steps of improving a photo. Photoshop Elements 6 streamlines editing with clean, uncluttered screens that draw focus to where it belongs, with new tabs providing simple access to the many capabilities of the program. Tight integration with Adobe Premiere Elements and a shared Organizer, with a common database New Photoshop Elements Packs Powerful Editing Punch accessible from either application, allow users to do more with their photos and videos with speedy performance and easy import, tagging and retrieval tasks. Additional enhancements include an improved conversion tool that dramatically converts color images into elegant, nuanced black-and-whites. Share Photos In Fun, Unique Ways Photoshop Elements 6 offers users more creative sharing possibilities, including online galleries based on Adobe Flash® which provide an interactive experience for friends and family to enjoy. With a variety of settings and themes, these galleries can be easily accessed via the Web and help bring moments and memories to life. Animated slideshows, e-mail and printed creations available in Photoshop Elements such as photo books, scrapbook pages, cards and CD/DVD labels deliver high-impact sharing options, and also require no previous experience. Pricing and Availability Adobe’s digital imaging and digital video products are available immediately at www.adobe.com and online retailers including, Amazon.com. The products will also be available at Best Buy, Staples, Costco, Fry’s, Circuit City, Office Max, Office Depot, Microcenter, J&R, Buy.com and NewEgg.com. Photoshop Elements 6 and Adobe Premiere Elements 4 for Windows are available separately for an estimated street price of US$99.99 each. Photoshop Elements for the Macintosh platform is expected in early 2008. Adobe Photoshop Elements 6 & Adobe Premiere Elements 4 for Windows is available as a bundle at an estimated street price of US$149.99. Information about the other language versions, as well as pricing, upgrade and support policies for other countries is available on www.adobe.com/go/pse6. For more information, customers can call 1-800-492-3623. *Source: The NPD Group (April 2002 to March 2007) based on units sold.

Adobe Lightroom 1.2 Update

Lightroom 1.2 includes corrections for the following issues: ● Lightroom 1.1 catalogs with user-specified sort order could not be imported into another catalog ● Lightroom 1.1 for Windows could at times display gray boxes instead of image thumbnails ● The preference to write XMP metadata automatically in Lightroom 1.1 could attempt to write metadata indefinitely for offline images causing significant performance problems ● Images could be dropped from the Quick Collection upon reordering of the source folder ● Catalogs could not be exported to drives smaller than 250MB ● The Web Module was not accessible in Lightroom 1.1 on the Macintosh platform when Lightroom was installed on case-sensitive volumes such as the Case Sensitive HFS+ (Journaled) volume ● Errors occurred exporting to a Linux SMB network volume ● Scroll position in the grid view was not maintained when changing the view option using the J shortcut key ● The tokens for image number and image count were not displaying properly in the Slideshow module ● The metadata panel could display incorrectly on Windows ● Slideshows on the Macintosh platform did not display properly when a 256MB ATI graphics card was connected to 30 " LCD ● The Lightroom 1.1 Web module export did not position the copyright tag in the same location displayed in the preview ● The auto-eject functionality on Windows ejected the card reader device in addition to the card ● Noise reduction adjustment for all cameras with Bayer Pattern sensor: The base point noise reduction applied at the demosaic stage of raw processing has been reduced. The resulting effect is that images with zero luminance noise reduction applied in Lightroom 1.2 will contain more noise than the identical settings in Lightroom 1.1 but less noise than identical settings in Lightroom 1.0. ● 1:1 previews were not discarded according to the timing set in the Lightroom preferences ● 1:1 previews are not built for an entire set of images when requested after import  full Lightroom 1.2 ReadMe file for additional details.

Pixmantec RawShooter Migration Tool for Adobe Lightroom Available

Nearly a year after it was originally promised by Adobe, the much touted tool is finally ready. Alot of functionality has been lost on the way, but it may still be usefull to some ex RSP users.  head over to  it's home page for more info and download.
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