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Adobe’s new features: Everything you need to know to decide whether or not to buy

Today, Adobe’s creative software for development and design is getting 15 full-version upgrades to its apps, a total rebranding with a new versioning system, and a payment plan and future upgrade path overhaul.

The most important thing for you to know is that Creative Suite is gone. In its place is Creative Cloud. That means no matter what you use, you’ll have to pay a monthly subscription fee to use it; it also means you’ll never again have to wait two years for a bug fix or a crucial feature you need to keep up with others in your industry.

As for the new features and news apps, we’ve got a full rundown, and they’re pretty exciting.

“They’re lightweight, task-specific tools to get the job done,” Adobe marketing director Scott Morris told VentureBeat in a phone call last week. “We have a beautiful vision of where creative workflows are going.”

A lot of what you’ll see in Creative Cloud is fuller integration between desktop and cloud; for example, you will be able to sync fonts, colors, and assets between all your devices.

You’ll be able to create Behance posts directly from Photoshop to show off what you’re working on.

Also, Adobe is killing off the Adobe Application Manager. Instead, a Creative Cloud app will automatically install on the desktop along with any CC software. The Creative Cloud app will also send you notifications on software updates and Behance activities in an activity stream and will help you keep assets, fonts, and style synced.

The 15 new apps and new app versions come with hundreds of new features and revamped features, which we’re highlighting below in painstaking detail for every kind of developer and designer.

photoshop

New for Photoshop

One of Adobe’s most popular pieces of software is getting a thoroughly modern overhaul. It has new features here that everyone — web designers, pro photographers, photo-happy grandmas — is going to love.

“Whether your blur was caused by slow shutter speed or a long focal length, Camera Shake Reduction analyzes its trajectory and helps restore sharpness.”

  • The new Smart Sharpen feature minimizes noise and haloing while leaving your pics supercrisp.
  • Intelligent upsampling makes your images larger without all that sloppy-looking noise and blurring.
  • Photoshop CC includes the video and 3D editing features in Photoshop Extended, too.
  • Photoshop CC supports Camera Raw edits for any Photoshop layer or file, which permits for better heal edits and vignettes.
  • Adobe is giving Photoshop users editable rounded rectangles and multishape and path selection so you can select more than one path, mask, layer, or shape at a time.
  • Conditional Actions use if/then statements to automatically choose between different actions based on rules you set up.
  • Photoshop is also getting expanded support for Smart Objects, so you can blur and liquefy in a nondestructive way, even after you save the file.
  • For 3D painting, live previews have gotten a lot faster — up to 100x faster, the company says.

InDesign

New for designers

Here are all the new Adobe software features you’ll want to know about before you decide whether your CS package needs an immediate upgrade.

“Illustrator can now generate CSS code for you, even for a complete logo that includes gradients. Copy and paste the code right into your web editor.”

  • Adobe Ideas is a new, free iOS app that creates freeform vector illustrations on Apple touchscreen devices.
  • Kuler is a new mobile app that takes a photo and creates a color palette that can be synced across your whole system.
  • Touch Type is a feature that manipulates individual letters via multitouch, stylus, or mouse. You can also instantly switch between area and point type.
  • Images can be turned into brushes, and pattern brushes have auto corners.
  • Font search in Illustrator and InDesign, and font preview, and font favorites in InDesign.
  • Syncing for fonts, styles, preferences, you name it, across your whole system.
  • Multi-file place in Illustrator.
  • For InDesign, the new version is faster; has a new, dark UI; supports HiDPI and Retina displays.
  • An InDesign QR code creator.
  • Parallax scrolling and in-browser editing in Muse.
  • InCopy comes to Creative Cloud with HiDPI/Retina support, font search, and a dark UI.

Dreamweaver

New for developers

Adobe has been placing a ton of emphasis on web design and responsive mobile design lately. Here’s what the company has planned for the more technical side of creative teams.

“The Flash timeline panel lets you swap symbols or bitmap images on the stage. Select multiple objects on a layer and distribute them to key frames with a single click.”

  • Flash has been reengineered for performance with 64-bit architecture.
  • Flash now has hi-def export options, better HTML publishing, and a simpler UI.
  • The new Flash brings a powerful code editor and comes with Adobe Scout, which detects potential problems in your code.
  • With USB connections, you can now do real-time mobile testing in FLash with iOS and Android devices.
  • Edge Animate now has motion paths, templates, and support for swipe gestures, as well as an Akamai-hosted content delivery network for your runtime files.
  • Edge Reflow is getting an Assets panel and Typekit integration.
  • Dreamweaver has a new CSS Designer, a Typekit-powered font library, and a simpler UI.
  • You can also author new Dreamweaver projects in HTML, JavaScript, and CSS, and you also get a jQuery widget.
  • Dreamweaver has PhoneGap integration and an upgraded Fluid Grid layout for doing responsive design.
  • As with all the other new CC products, Dreamweaver supports syncing of files, preferences, and settings across your whole system.

after effects

New for video

Video pros and special effects folks will also see a lot of the syncing, collaboration features popping up elsewhere in the Creative Cloud family. But Adobe’s video apps are also getting their own special dose of refreshed magic.

“Use the new Premier Lumetri Looks folder to apply rich, beautifully styled preset color grading effects. Apply LUTs or exported SpeedGrade looks to clips or adjustment layers with the Lumetri effect.”

  • Premier is getting a redesigned Timeline to make editing more efficient.
  • Link and locate in Premier will help you keep track of the thousands of clips in a big project.
  • Collaborative editing in Premier and After Effects is easier with new sync options. You can also use Anywhere features to edit on the go from a shared server without running into versioning issues.
  • Premier Pro now supports closed captioning.
  • A few Premier features focus on more precise audio control, including a clip mixer and new plugins.
  • In After Effects, you can use tools like Refine Edge, Warp Stabilizer, and Pixel Motion Blur to up your creative game and create higher-quality visual effects.
  • After Effects has new tools for 3D video with Cinema 4D support.
  • Audition is getting new features for sound removal, previewing tracks, and multitrack editing.
  • Adobe is also announcing minor feature upgrades for Prelude, SpeedGrade, and Story Plus.

Image credit: Adobe


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