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Adobe rolls out Creative Cloud updates

Brings Retina display support and collaborative features to Creative Suite software
Tue Dec 11 2012, 18:00
Adobe headquarters in San Jose

SOFTWARE DEVELOPER Adobe announced some major updates to its Creative Cloud digital hub across its Creative Suite (CS) software today.

What the firm calls "giving designers more reason to love the cloud", the update brings new elements to Photoshop and Adobe Muse for Creative Cloud members, as well as added features such as training and collaboration.

Speaking in a virtual conference, Adobe senior director of Product Marketing Scott Morris explained that the new Photoshop CS6 available to Creative Cloud members includes support for high DPI Retina displays for Apple MacBook Pro.

"We said [Retina support] would be coming before the end of the year," said Morris. "The change is that on 11 December we are delivering that feature to all customers through the Creative Cloud or CS6. And delivering same features for illustrator also by that time."

Smart Object support for Blur Gallery and Liquify, as well as the ability to quickly export CSS code for text and objects, and import colour swatches to easily design websites were also added in the update.

Adobe said there are also new 3D enhancements in the update, including improved live OpenGL previews of shadow effects and additional control over illumination using 32-bit colour picker to create glow effects.

Alongside the Photoshop improvements, Adobe also announced the availability of "Creative Cloud for Teams", a feature that is designed to help creative professionals work better together.

"Creative Cloud for teams delivers everything that's included with the individual version of Creative Cloud - all of the same desktop tools, online services for publishing and file sharing, and upgrades and feature updates when they are released," Adobe said.

"It also includes easy management of virtual workgroups, 100GB of cloud storage per user, expert support services, and centralised administration for centralised billing and efficient license management."

Morris said the updates to Photoshop and Illustrator for Creative Cloud members as well as Creative Cloud training will go live from today.

A Creative Cloud membership for individuals costs £38.12 per month without tax based on annual membership. However, Adobe said those existing customers who already own CS3 or later get their first year of Creative Cloud at a discounted rate of £22.22 without tax per month. µ


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