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The Aperture is Closing

Apple is discontinuing another of their "pro" apps, Aperture. [more inside]
posted by juiceCake on Jun 28, 2014 - 43 comments

Jennifer in Paradise

Its subject is Knoll's then-girlfriend Jennifer, topless on the beach in Bora Bora, gazing out at To'opua island. The young couple worked together at Industrial Light & Magic, Lucasfilm's special-effects company, and were enjoying some well-earned R&R after working 70-hour weeks on the film Who Framed Roger Rabbit. Looking back, Jennifer says: "It was a truly magical time for us. My husband actually proposed to me later on in the day, probably just after that photo." Little wonder that John would name the photo Jennifer in Paradise.
If you were around when Photoshop was first released, you know the image, as it was the first photoshopped image in the world and use in a lot of the early demos for the programme. Bonus: for the twentieth anniversary release of Photoshop 1.0, John Knoll replicates the demos he used to do to sell Photoshop to Adobe.
posted by MartinWisse on Jun 19, 2014 - 37 comments

And the Skies are Cloudy All Day

Adobe's controversial Creative Cloud service stumbles and fails, leaving many who have paid for the service unable to use it for 24 hours. Adobe says the cause was an unexpected failure during database maintenance. Compensation may be possible.
posted by juiceCake on May 17, 2014 - 98 comments

"The Techtopus": Much bigger than we realized

Mark Ames follows up on The Techtopus (previously) with a new report showing a much larger conspiracy than has been previously reported: [more inside]
posted by tonycpsu on Mar 22, 2014 - 74 comments

The Silicon Valley cartel

Mark Ames on Silicon Valley's conspiracy to drive down workers' wages:
In early 2005, as demand for Silicon Valley engineers began booming, Apple’s Steve Jobs sealed a secret and illegal pact with Google’s Eric Schmidt to artificially push their workers wages lower by agreeing not to recruit each other’s employees, sharing wage scale information, and punishing violators.... The secret wage-theft agreements between Apple, Google, Intel, Adobe, Intuit, and Pixar (now owned by Disney) are described in court papers obtained by PandoDaily as “an overarching conspiracy” in violation of the Sherman Antitrust Act and the Clayton Antitrust Act....
[more inside]
posted by enn on Jan 24, 2014 - 95 comments

The Parallax Effect: Bringing still images to pseudo-life

The "2.5D" Parallax Effect: How To Animate a Photo provides a quick tutorial of the methods used to animate still images, as seen in the documentary The Kid Stays in the Picture (see the trailer for some fleeting examples), and clearly employed by this video that utilized only images from the World Wildlife Foundation's photo archives. The technique is also used in what appears to be more standard animation, as seen in this thesis animation project from Arquis B. Silp, and this animation by Frederic Kokott (look behind the scenes). [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Jan 20, 2014 - 22 comments

How QuarkXPress became a mere afterthought in publishing

In the early '90s, Quark boasted 95% market share. In '99, InDesign arrived... (SLAT)
posted by monospace on Jan 18, 2014 - 85 comments

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The Greatest Crossword Puzzle In The History Of The World is now playable: Adobe Crossword
posted by the man of twists and turns on Nov 21, 2013 - 37 comments

Free HTML5 animations for all

Google Web Designer is a free and neat little HTML5 animation authoring tool (system requirements)
posted by Blazecock Pileon on Sep 30, 2013 - 35 comments

RIP Creative Suite

After 10 years Adobe is retiring it's Creative Suite, and boxed versions of Photoshop, InDesign and other CS programs along with it. it will be replaced by the subscription only Creative Cloud.
posted by Artw on May 6, 2013 - 239 comments

It's The Claw

Documenting the absurd finger acrobatics required to Save For Web in Adobe software (SLTumblr)
posted by metaphorever on Apr 10, 2013 - 64 comments

Its totally 'shopped.

Watch Deviant Art's Elemental79 remaster classic game screen caps of Metroid, Contra and Doom into stunning HD works of art. [via Gizmodo]
posted by MiltonRandKalman on Mar 25, 2013 - 27 comments

The archaeology of Photoshop

But like anything, the original Photoshop was a product of its time. Knoll’s foundations grew to support functionality he’d never imagined; as the features piled on, more staff was added. What started as mostly a photography tool turned quickly into a graphic design powerhouse. And when a port to Windows became inevitable, things started to really get messy.

Photoshop is a city for everyone: how Adobe endlessly rebuilds its classic app.
posted by Horace Rumpole on Feb 13, 2013 - 118 comments

Exporting from Lightroom

An Analysis of Lightroom JPEG Export Quality Settings.
posted by The Girl Who Ate Boston on Jan 23, 2013 - 41 comments

Adobe Edge Web Fonts

Adobe is getting in on Google's act, offering 500 font familes of Typekit fonts for you to use for free on your website.
posted by crunchland on Sep 24, 2012 - 42 comments

[] Brackets

Brackets - An open source code editor for the web
posted by Artw on Jun 26, 2012 - 58 comments

We Start With Color

Are you curious how the brand of a large suite of complementary products is developed? It's more interesting than you might think. Adobe describes the decisions that went into the new icons, splash screens, and other brand elements of Creative Suite 6.
posted by gilrain on May 25, 2012 - 23 comments

Anti-employee collusion by SF bay area tech companies

Google, Apple, Intel, Adobe, Disney, Pixar, Intuit and Lucasfilm are facing a lawsuit for their for their "no poaching" agreements (Bloomberg, TechCrunch). [more inside]
posted by jeffburdges on Jan 28, 2012 - 59 comments

Occupy Flash

Occupy Flash - The movement to rid the world of the Flash Player plugin [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon on Nov 21, 2011 - 143 comments

Adobe kills mobile Flash

18 months after Steve Jobs wrote Thoughts on Flash, and despite their protests that "Flash Player performs as well as, if not better than, comparable multimedia technologies", Adobe today announced they are stopping development on Flash for mobile. [more inside]
posted by fightorflight on Nov 9, 2011 - 175 comments

"The easiest way to use Real Fonts on your website"

Typekit, the subscription based Web Font service founded by Jeffery Veen, has been aquired by Adobe.
posted by Artw on Oct 3, 2011 - 44 comments

Data Visualization

InForm: Turning Data into Meaning. An exhibit at the Adobe Museum of Digital Media.
posted by OmieWise on Sep 19, 2011 - 10 comments

Gone in a Flash

Microsoft announced today that Internet Explorer 10, part of Windows 8 and a massive UI and structural redesign, will come in two flavors: a desktop app that will continue "to fully support all plug-ins and extensions, " and the flagship version intended for touchscreen devices called Metro, which will be as "HTML5-only as possible, and plug-in free". Specifically, Metro won't support Adobe Flash. [more inside]
posted by 2bucksplus on Sep 15, 2011 - 157 comments

Hotcakes, no. Hotkeys, yes!

Hotkeys! Hotkeys! Get yer hotkeys! Steaming hot and ready for your Windows, Macs and Linuxeses! Even more for Macs! We've got some for your Microsofts and Open Offices! For yer Adobes and Gimps! Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari, and Opera! And for the baker's dozen, DOS Shortcuts and a lot more shortcuts that also work for modern Windows systems.
posted by filthy light thief on May 20, 2011 - 31 comments

Finger painting

Adobe announces Photoshop Touch SDK plus three Photoshop iPad apps
posted by Artw on Apr 11, 2011 - 30 comments

Apple jailbreaks itself

Apple Inc. is making a version of its iPhone that Verizon Wireless will sell early next year, according to people familiar with the matter, ending an exclusive deal with AT&T and sharpening the competition with Google Inc.-based phones. [more inside]
posted by Joe Beese on Oct 7, 2010 - 99 comments

Choo, Choo, Choose Me

Adobe's Latest PR Campaign should bring comfort to those who fear Adobe pulling products from the Mac, given that Adobe loves Apple, and have said so today publicly. [more inside]
posted by juiceCake on May 13, 2010 - 112 comments

Nope.

Here's Why We Don't Allow Flash On The iPhone And iPad. An open letter by Steve Jobs. Some previous discussion here, here.
posted by mazola on Apr 29, 2010 - 967 comments

Aaaaaand we'll just remove a nice, happy tree from riiiiight......abouuuuuut....there. That's nice.

We've already seen seam carving for content-aware image resizing. Now, here's content-aware fill.
posted by lazaruslong on Mar 26, 2010 - 76 comments

Secret desktop wars

The war in desktop publishing began in 1985 in the shadowy hallways of offices, raging for decades and leaving scores wounded as first one king, then another was toppled. Today the current leader gleefully celebrates its victory, but on the horizon, a possible challenger looms.
posted by Brandon Blatcher on Mar 10, 2010 - 95 comments

Sic Transit Gloria VML

Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) - a sort of image format which records shapes and lines instead of pixels - is partially supported in most web browsers but not in Internet Explorer. Javascript libraries such as dojo.gfx and Raphaël have tried to bridge the gap programmatically with impressive results but it remains difficult to simply draw something in one of the available illustration tools and display it on the web (without converting to a raster graphic as Wikipedia does.) But hope for compatibility may be on the horizon: Microsoft has just joined the W3C SVG Working Group. (previously)
posted by XMLicious on Jan 7, 2010 - 51 comments

Adobe will use this crash report to help find a future solution to this problem.

After Effects Crash Reports
posted by grumblebee on Dec 12, 2009 - 78 comments

Build iPhone Apps with upcoming Flash CS5

Upcoming Flash CS5 will allow you to publish iPhone Apps. Today at Adobe MAX, Adobe announced that the upcoming Flash CS5 will allow you to build and export Flash Content as an iPhone App. This is not the same as Flash coming to the iPhone, it just means that instead of writing apps in Objective-C, folks can use ActionScript 3. Designers everywhere are already buzzing:perhaps time to re-purpose all those old intro screens? Perhaps the real question is: Do consumers win or lose?
posted by jeremias on Oct 5, 2009 - 169 comments

Adobe UI Gripes

Adobe UI Gripes
posted by nthdegx on Sep 30, 2009 - 82 comments

Adobecards

Adobecards - an aesthetic Flash-based advertisement for a new Adobe product
posted by Blazecock Pileon on Dec 24, 2008 - 29 comments

Dear Adobe,

Dear Adobe is a site that allows users to rant/rave (mostly rant) about all things adobe, and to vote the rants & raves of others up or down (top 25). Apparently Adobe is taking notice.
posted by sero_venientibus_ossa on Aug 25, 2008 - 80 comments

Annoying Software : A Rogue's Gallery.

Annoying Software : A Rogue's Gallery. (single-page version). Software that makes us hate the internet and wish it had never been invented. High on their list : Adobe Reader, Java, RealPlayer, and Flash. [more inside]
posted by Afroblanco on May 20, 2008 - 111 comments

Buzzword

Buzzword is a fancy new online word processor by Adobe. (flash based)
posted by blue_beetle on Nov 8, 2007 - 52 comments

If You're Into Colors Check Out Kuler

Everyone needs more Kuler. There a lot of color pickers out there...and I generally like all of them...but Kuler takes things a step further by making a community of color and color themes. Of course it's tied with their products but that doesn't distract from the usefulness of this free online application. It is also a beautifully designed website both in form and function.
posted by rmmcclay on Apr 9, 2007 - 14 comments

Microsoft Expression

Designing With Microsoft? Evidently this is Microsoft's attempt at competition with 'Macrodobe', the strange, hybrid beast (lumbering?) that is the combined Macromedia/Adobe merger. Microsoft has launched a full suite of products taking aim at Dreamweaver, (is it better?) Illustrator-Photoshop and Flash. For many designers who pretend to be developers (or vica versa) Microsoft's new "Expression" will be 3 or 4 orders of magnitude less relevant than that old Corel Suite. The central issue seems to be one of credibility: Can Microsoft escape the seemingly permanent "FrontPage" stigma, not to mention even more recent design community letdowns?
posted by thisisdrew on Jan 23, 2007 - 101 comments

An open letter to John Warnock

An open letter to John Warnock. "Please consider releasing eight to twelve core fonts into the public domain. The amount of revenue lost from a small core set of fonts surely can’t have a significant impact on Adobe’s bottom line."
posted by DrJohnEvans on Aug 30, 2006 - 53 comments

Copy Detected

dont pirate software cos if you do the cd will keep coming out of the drive and then you will look silly and injure your employer by making him trip over ADOBE RECOMMENDS GENUINE SOFTWARE THXBI [flash]
posted by Pretty_Generic on Nov 17, 2005 - 36 comments

3D models for Adobe Reader 7

Some nifty 3D models for test-driving the Universal 3D capabilities of Adobe Reader 7.
posted by nthdegx on Oct 19, 2005 - 13 comments

Apple Takes a Swing at Photoshop

Apple announces Aperture: their answer to the professional photograph editing market. I wonder what the folks at Adobe think about this? I know I'm just aching for something, _anything_ to compete with Adobe — as its customer service went down the tubes a few years back.
posted by silusGROK on Oct 19, 2005 - 86 comments

Open Source Flash

Open Source Flash
posted by Tlogmer on Aug 15, 2005 - 3 comments

The 2005 Adobe Design Achievement Awards

The 2005 Adobe Design Achievement Awards, which "celebrate student achievement that reflects the powerful convergence of technology and creative arts." You can also browse past winners from 2004, 2003, 2002, and 2001 [via]...
posted by tpl1212 on Jul 26, 2005 - 9 comments

Adobe to buy Macromedia

Adobe to buy Macromedia I almost choked when I saw this press release, Adobe is going to buy out Macromedia for $3.4 billion in stock. Adobe is paying about $9 over the current share price, which means the investors will make out nicely. With the two largest design software companies becoming one, the new Adobe will be a monopoly (if it isn't already with Photoshop). I just hope they remove the ability to make really annoying Flash movies...
posted by jonknee on Apr 18, 2005 - 92 comments

A New Approach

Unexpected Features in Acrobat 7: A company called Remote Approach offers a feature to PDF authors to allow them to track the dissemination of their documents. Linux Weekly News reports, "After doing a little research, we found that Adobe's Reader was connecting to http://www.remoteapproach.com/remoteapproach/logging.asp each time we opened the document."
posted by knave on Apr 13, 2005 - 36 comments

Here we go again

Adobe announces new round of design applications. Inspring groans from designers everywhere who just got used to the CS apps, Adobe announced today CS2, 18 months after the last version. Included in the updates are Photoshop, Indesign, Illustrator, Golive and a new component called Bridge. The only hitch in the planned obsolescence model is that all the applications will now require product activation, thereby inspiring crackers everywhere to get busy.
posted by jeremias on Apr 4, 2005 - 57 comments

Reading rainbow?

There is nothing wrong in this whole wide world. Artist Chris Cobb convinced Adobe Bookshop in San Francisco to allow him to reclassify 20,000 books based solely on their color. The result is like something out of a dream. Here are some pictures, and here's an interview with him.
posted by O9scar on Nov 16, 2004 - 39 comments

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