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Adobe Is Listening… Sort of
Announcing the new Photoshop/Lightroom Creative Cloud Package

September 5, 2013

Tags: Adobe, Creative Cloud, Photoshop, Lightroom

Photographers have been worried and complaining ever since Adobe first announced that its creative software —including Photoshop—would be sold only on a subscription basis. The fear is understandable, when you realize that Photoshop and its companion program Lightroom are essential tools for any professional photo studio or serious photographer. For many, it was as though you were to tell them that they could no longer own their cameras. Regardless of all the advantages that Adobe promised their Creative Cloud would deliver (see our May 7th blog posting: Software Forecast: Cloudy. Our Analysis of the Dollars and Sense of Adobe Creative Cloud ), the change was striking at the very foundation of how photographers are used to running their businesses and how they create the images that define them.

As we wrote earlier this week, in Rethinking Just How Necessary Photoshop Is, Adobe competitors, such as Corel, have been trying to take advantage of this dissatisfaction with Adobe’s new business model. However, let’s face it, there is still only one Photoshop, for many reasons. To a large extent it’s because Photoshop is the definitive high powered professional photo editing and compositing software. Partially, it’s also because of the perception that a photographer can’t possibly be a professional (or serious) if she or he uses any other program for their imaging work.

Well, Adobe appears to be listening. (more…)

Adobe Lightroom 5 Beta: Available Free to the Public

April 15, 2013

Tags: Adobe Lightroom, Software, Photography, Imaging software, Lightroom, Photo editing, Adobe

Lightroom 5's Radial Filter
If you aren’t using Adobe Lightroom for your photo editing, you’re probably working too hard to get high quality results. Sally’s workflow for her fine art exhibition photos starts with Lightroom, where she does most of her photo editing; she uses Photoshop very little these days, and primarily for compositing/collaging or to add artistic typography.

Since its introduction in 2007, every new version of Lightroom has added invaluable new features and improved functionality that has made photography so much easier (and potentially more creative). Lightroom 5 appears to be living up to this tradition. We say appears, because we haven’t yet tested it, though the demo Adobe gave us looked very promising.

Among the 50 or so new features and improvements, they highlighted:

  • Spot Healing Brush improvements

  • New Radial filter

  • Smart previews

Adobe is marketing the improved Spot Healing Brush as an “advanced healing brush,” which may prove to be initially confusing. No, it isn’t Photoshop’s Healing Brush, because the new underlying algorithms are based on working with RAW data rather than Photoshop’s rendered images. First of all, it’s a true brush. Instead of being (more…)

Clearing the Air Over Adobe's new Creative Cloud Business Model

February 2, 2012

Tags: Adobe, Creative Suite, Creative Cloud, Photoshop, Lightroom, Illustrator, InDesign, Digital Publishing Suite, software

For some months, the Web and creative community have been abuzz with rumors related to Adobe's upcoming transition to offering its software via the cloud.

Most of the public's concerns about Adobe's new Creative Cloud business model were related to how the monthly fee would affect the budgets of price-sensitive artists and photographers. After all, when you buy a box, you pay once and you're done; you have the software for as long as you want. Then, if you don't want to pay to upgrade to the next version, you can still keep working. With the Adobe Creative Cloud business model, you can never stop paying the monthly fee, if you want to continue to use the software.

This afternoon, we spoke on the phone with Heidi Voltmer, Adobe's Director of Product Marketing for the Creative Pro Business division. During our conversation, she revealed (more…)

Adobe News... No Not Creative Suite 5

April 6, 2010

Tags: Adobe, Creative Suite 5, Lightroom, Camera Raw, DNG Converter, Beta software, Release candidate software


We’re busy testing a pre-release beta version of Creative Suite 5. As soon as we’re legally allowed – April 12th – we’ll tell you what we think. In the meantime, other Adobe news was announced today.

You can now download the Release Candidates for Lightroom 2.7, Camera Raw 5.7 and DNG Converter 5.7 – for free. (more…)