April 8th, 2014

Adobe Launches Lightroom Mobile App for iPad; Here’s Our Hands-On Review

Photographers have been asking for a mobile version of Adobe Lightroom pretty much since the first iPad launched four years ago and, for some eager folks, even prior to that. Well, everyone finally got their wish tonight, as Adobe launched the Lightroom mobile app, which lets you edit and organize your images on your iPad. (The company says iPhone and Android versions of the app are also in the works.)

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While the Lightroom mobile app is free to download, you need to have one of Adobe’s controversial subscription plans in order to use it. The best current Adobe subscription deal for photographers is the Photoshop Photography Program, which costs $9.99 a month and gives you Photoshop CC and Lightroom 5, along with some other features including 20GB of cloud storage. You’ll also need the latest iteration of Lightroom, which is at Version 5.4, to run the app, but that’s a free update and available now.

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October 5th, 2013

Adobe Cyber-Attack; Security Alert Issued

Adobe has reported that a cyber-attack by a third party has compromised the security of user information including the encrypted credit/debit card data, Adobe ID’s and passwords of 2.9 million customers. At the time the alert was issued, Adobe did not believe that decrypted credit card or debit card numbers were accessed. The company says in a security alert (posted in full below) that it has reset the affected passwords and is sending emails to customers whose data has been accessed (and to only those customers) with instructions on how to change their passwords. If you haven’t received an email and want to reset your Adobe password, instructions can be found here. Adobe also recommends changing the password of other accounts with the same user ID and password. Although Adobe has not specifically mentioned Creative Cloud in its security alert, that appears to be the target of these attacks; it’s possible that non-subscriber information has been accessed as well.

Additionally, Adobe is sending letters to those customers whose credit or debit card information “was believed to be involved,” with information about next steps to help prevent potential misuse of the information. Processing banks for Adobe payments have been notified. Further, Adobe is offering a complimentary, one year credit monitoring membership (“where available”) for those whose credit card and debit card information was breached.

And, finally, Adobe is working with federal law enforcement to investigate the attack.

At the same time, Adobe says that source code for Adobe Acrobat, ColdFusion, ColdFusion Builder and other Adobe products has also been accessed by a third party. The company is currently not aware of any increased risk to customers; you can read more about this security alert here. A security update for Acrobat XI and Acrobat Reader is expected on Tuesday, October 8.

 

Important Customer Security Announcement

POSTED BY BRAD ARKIN, CHIEF SECURITY OFFICER ON OCTOBER 3, 2013 8:08 AM IN EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVES

Cyber attacks are one of the unfortunate realities of doing business today. Given the profile and widespread use of many of our products, Adobe has attracted increasing attention from cyber attackers. Very recently, Adobe’s security team discovered sophisticated attacks on our network, involving the illegal access of customer information as well as source code for numerous Adobe products. We believe these attacks may be related.

Our investigation currently indicates that the attackers accessed Adobe customer IDs and encrypted passwords on our systems. We also believe the attackers removed from our systems certain information relating to 2.9 million Adobe customers, including customer names, encrypted credit or debit card numbers, expiration dates, and other information relating to customer orders. At this time, we do not believe the attackers removed decrypted credit or debit card numbers from our systems. We deeply regret that this incident occurred. We’re working diligently internally, as well as with external partners and law enforcement, to address the incident. We’re taking the following steps:

  • As a precaution, we are resetting relevant customer passwords to help prevent unauthorized access to Adobe ID accounts. If your user ID and password were involved, you will receive an email notification from us with information on how to change your password. We also recommend that you change your passwords on any website where you may have used the same user ID and password.
  • We are in the process of notifying customers whose credit or debit card information we believe to be involved in the incident. If your information was involved, you will receive a notification letter from us with additional information on steps you can take to help protect yourself against potential misuse of personal information about you. Adobe is also offering customers, whose credit or debit card information was involved, the option of enrolling in a one-year complimentary credit monitoring membership where available.
  • We have notified the banks processing customer payments for Adobe, so that they can work with the payment card companies and card-issuing banks to help protect customers’ accounts.
  • We have contacted federal law enforcement and are assisting in their investigation.

We are also investigating the illegal access to source code of numerous Adobe products. Based on our findings to date, we are not aware of any specific increased risk to customers as a result of this incident. For more information, please see the blog post here.

We value the trust of our customers. We will work aggressively to prevent these types of events from occurring in the future. Again, we deeply regret any inconvenience this may cause you. If you would like additional information, please refer to Adobe’s Customer Support page.

Brad Arkin
Chief Security Officer

 

September 16th, 2013

Adobe Intros $9.99/Month Creative Cloud Photography Program

Adobe_deal_equation_650px_cropGiven the backlash from the photography community over Adobe’s Creative Cloud subscription-only pricing model for Photoshop and its Creative Suite products, we weren’t too surprised when Adobe announced its new Photography Program. Adobe is now pricing subscriptions to Photoshop CC and Lightroom 5 at $9.99 a month for owners of commercial versions of Photoshop or Photoshop Extended CS3 or later who sign up no later than December 31, 2013. Suites and volume licenses do not qualify. According to Adobe, this is not an introductory price; it is the “standard price” for this level of membership–until or unless you cancel your membership. If you decide to cancel, you will not be able to re-join at the same price.

If you already have a Creative Cloud Single App membership for Photoshop at the $9.99/month price, your membership will automatically be transitioned to the new pricing model so you will continue to pay the same amount going forward and receive the same benefits as those just signing up, including Lightroom 5. Other CC members who meet the qualifications and want to take advantage of the $9.99/month rate should contact Adobe Customer Service about transitioning their membership to the new pricing structure.

The Photography Program requires an annual commitment with monthly payments and includes Adobe Photoshop CC, Lightroom 5 (soon to be updated to v. 5.2), Bridge, a Behance membership with a ProSite, 20GB of free storage, and access to all updates and Creative Cloud Learn’s training resources.

Sign-up is slated to begin this week, on or after September 17.

Related articles:

Adobe Turns Creative Suite into Cloud-based Subscription Software

Product Review: Adobe Photoshop Creative Cloud

 

August 9th, 2013

Product News from Adobe, SmugMug, Photodex and More…

While we anticipate breaking news as we get closer to PhotoPlus Expo, we decided to put together a quick round-up of recent product updates over the past week or so. Be sure to subscribe to the PDNPulse RSS feed for future posts.

Adobe rolls out file and font sync features

Adobe just started rolling out its file and font sync features beginning with early adopters of Creative Cloud. We don’t know how long it will take until the roll out arrives on your desktop but unless you were one of the first to sign up for a membership to Creative Cloud, your best bet is to sign up here to request early access to these features. If you don’t have a membership and want to learn more about Adobe Photoshop Creative Cloud, see our review in the September issue of PDN.

SmugMug gets a major makeover

If you haven’t heard about SmugMug’s redesign, head on over to the site to see it for yourself. SmugMug’s rather staid legacy look is still available but the photo sharing site now offers 24 slick preset (but customizable) designs to choose from. Regardless of which design you choose, SmugMug automatically optimizes it for viewing on mobile devices (and you can preview them online). If you already have a SmugMug account, you can play around in what the company calls the “sandbox” until you find/create the design you want. Your new site will be automatically populated with your most current images, which will save you some time. If you don’t have an account, SmugMug offers a 14 day free trial; prices for hosting services start at $5.

Unified Color updates Expose and 32 Float

Unified Color recently updated its HDR software Expose and 32 Float to version 3.0. For a quick look at some of the new and enhanced features, visit our sister publication’s Tech Tuesday blog.

Photodex’s ProShow Web receives major updates

If creating videos for your clients is your thing, Photodex’s ProShow Web—the company’s online video creation and sharing site—just received some major updates including the ability to set custom times for effects in a slideshow, Dropbox support, widescreen layout and lots more. Plus and Premium subscribers also benefit from longer slideshows—up to 20 minutes. Subscription prices range from free to $150 a year.

Seim Effects releases Power Workflow 4

Seim Effects just released its latest collection of Lightroom presets for Lightroom 4 and 5. Power Workflow 4 offers 75 presets that make short work of correcting common and some not so common problems. Haven’t updated Lightroom in a while? Power Workflow 4 comes with Power Workflow 3 Legacy Presets for Lightroom versions 1-3. Power Workflow 4 is on sale for $49 for a limited time; the software will cost $59 when the $10 discount expires. Upgrade pricing is also available.

June 11th, 2013

New Versions Of Camera Raw and DNG Converter Released By Adobe

adobe-logoAdobe has released Camera Raw 8.1 and DNG Converter 8.1.  ACR 8.1 works with both Photoshop CC and Photoshop CS6 to add support for 7 additional cameras along with profiles for 16 new lenses.  Customers of previous versions of Photoshop can utilize DNG Converter 8.1 to receive raw file support for the newly added cameras. The Olympus PEN E-P5 and E-PL5, Ricoh GR and Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6 are the most noteworthy of the newly supported cameras. Finally, ACR 8.1 fixes bugs in the previous redeye, sharpening, and and fill light tools.

Download ACR 8.1/DNG 8.1 for Windows

Download ACR 8.1/DNG 8.1 for Mac

May 6th, 2013

Adobe Turns Creative Suite Into Cloud-Based Subscription Software

Adobe Creative CloudBack in March, a rumor made the rounds that Adobe would move away from selling packaged software, making Creative Suite programs such as Photoshop and Illustrator only available as cloud-based subscription software. The rumors claimed May 1 as the date this this change would happen. While not giving much specific information, Adobe at that time did confirm that it would stop selling physical packaged software and that all software would be available via download or online subscription. As often happens with rumors, May 1 came and went with no announcement from Adobe.

However, today during its keynote at the Adobe Max Creativity Conference, Adobe announced sweeping changes to the Creative Suite programs. All Creative Suite programs will now be re-branded as Creative Cloud.  Adobe will stop selling perpetual licenses and move completely to a subscription-based pricing system for all former CS apps. Creative Cloud (CC) is currently priced at $50 per month for individuals who purchase an annual subscription. Existing Adobe customers who own CS3 through CS5.5 get the first year of Creative Cloud at a promotional price $30 per month; educational pricing is also $30 per month. CS6 users can sign up for CC for $20 a month for the first year. More importantly for many photographers, single app pricing is $10 a month for the first year. Lightroom is the only CS app that will exist both as part of the CC and as a perpetual license. According to Adobe, this is due to Lightroom’s status as both a consumer and professional product. Adobe also announced significant upgrades to the new CC apps that will launch in June.

What does this mean for professional photographers? For most of us, it will be a big change. CS6 will continue to be available as a perpetual license and will be supported through the next significant upgrade to the Mac and Windows operating systems. However, there will be no further development for that version. Going forward, if you want to use Photoshop, you will have to have a Creative Cloud subscription of some sort.

While some level of internet connectivity is likely required, these are not (despite the name) cloud-based apps that require a constant connection. These are software programs that you download and install to your computer. You can work offline as you would with any version of Photoshop you have used in the past. The big difference now is that if you don’t pay your subscription fee, the software will stop functioning.

More information about the changes coming to Photoshop specifically can be found on Adobe’s website:

http://blogs.adobe.com/photoshopdotcom/2013/05/breaking-from-tradition-photoshop-cc.html

http://blogs.adobe.com/photoshopdotcom/2013/05/photoshop-cc-for-creative-cloud-members-coming-soon.html

 

April 16th, 2013

Adobe Launches Lightroom 5 Beta

Adobe has announced the release of the public “beta” version of Lightroom 5. From the Adobe Lightroom Journal blog post:adobe-lightroom-5-beta

The Lightroom team is proud to introduce the fifth major version of the product designed for and by photographers. It was 7 years ago when we introduced the very first public beta of Lightroom at MacWorld on January 9, 2006. Since 2006 we’ve been hard at work improving an application that’s intended to be as easy to use as it is powerful.  This release builds on the image quality improvements in Lightroom 4 to provide a truly complete workflow and imaging solution.  We keep hearing from customers that they love Lightroom but needed to leave Lightroom to complete X, Y, or Z.  Lightroom 5 beta solves those issues.

New/Improved Lightroom 5 features of note include:

  • Advanced Healing Brush
  • Upright Perspective Correction
  • Radial Filter
  • Smart Previews
  • Improved Photo Book Creation
  • Slideshows with Videos and Still Images
  • PNG file support
  • True Full Screen Mode
  • Configurable grid overlays
  • Additional search criteria for filters and smart collections
  • Lock zoom position preference settings
  • Direction field in EXIF metadata panel
  • “Set as Target Collection” checkbox in Create Collections dialogue
  • Integrity verification of DNG files
  • LAB color readout
  • Aspect slider added to the Manual tab in the Lens Correction panel
  • Persistent clipping indicators between Lightroom sessions
  • Crop overlay aspect ratios

More information, including system requirements, can be found on Adobe’s blog announcement post. The Lightroom 5 public beta can be downloaded from Adobe’s website: http://labs.adobe.com/technologies/lightroom5/

March 22nd, 2012

Adobe Launches Free Photoshop CS6 Beta; Read Our Hands-On Preview

By Theano Nikitas

Adobe has been teasing photographers with sneak peeks of Photoshop CS6 for the past couple of months and tonight finally unveiled the software as a free public beta that’s available now for download. You can download Photoshop CS6 as a beta by clicking here.

We got an early look at the software, under NDA, at an Adobe-sponsored workshop last month. Click here to read our first impressions of Photoshop CS6.

Once you download the free beta of Adobe Photoshop CS6, tell us what you think of the software in the comments below.