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Creative Suite 6, arriving in May with a long list of new features for those dealing with photo, video, Web sites, and publishing. Stephen Shankland April 22, 9: After a series of sneak previews and early announcements, Adobe now is detailing the full CS6 line, the meat and potatoes of Adobe's business. It's important to a large number of people involved with photography, videography, design, and publishing on the Web or on paper, and it's set to be arrive within 30 days, Adobe announced today.
But CS products aren't cheap, so Adobe must periodically add something new to keep people coming back. The subscription includes a lot more than the CS6 Master Collection, including an 20GB Dropbox-like online file sync service, Lightroom for photo editing and cataloging, Adobe's new Edge and Muse tools for designing Web pages in the HTML5 era, the Touch apps for tablets, Web site hosting, and a tablet publishing service.
But for the traditional set, Adobe also is continuing to offer its perpetual-license model for the narrower CS6 line. What exactly is Adobe throwing into the mix to attract customers? Here's a breakdown, and Adobe's list of top items is at the bottom of the story. Photoshop CS6 The updated Photoshop comes with a darker interface and a number of features.
For one thing, its brainy content-aware tools are a notch brainier for filling in backgrounds or stretching features automatically.
For another, it gets a more more sophisticated video editing that's now in the ordinary version of Photoshop, not just standard.
Photoshop CS6 adds new "content-aware" tools for making up image data automatically when objects are removed or elongated.
Adobe Systems And it's got a lot of new hardware acceleration for better performance. Blur effects can be used to selectively focus on one patch of a photo or to simulate the currently vogue tilt-shift lens effect. And an adaptive wide-angle filter lets people fiddle with photos to get more natural-looking perspectives. Premiere Pro Adobe's video-editing tool gets a radically simplified user interface that puts the video itself front and center rather than relegating it to panels encrusted with buttons and menus.
The panel for managing video clips lets videographers scrub through videos and set the in and out points on the spot for faster work. Premiere Pro CS6 gets a streamlined interface and a retooled panel at lower left for organizing and trimming video clips. Adobe Systems Keyboard-oriented editors also get new controls for trimming video clips to a precise length, After Effects' Warp Stabilizer feature has been built in to correct for camera shake and rolling shutter problems, and the software can handle any number of cameras for multicam shoots.
Laptop users will be pleased to know that the hardware-accelerated Mercury Playback Engine now supports higher-end new MacBook Pro models, too. After Effects This program is for video editors who need to add visual effects, composite multiple videos together, and build motion graphics -- think of the logos that fly across a TV screen as the big game is starting up.
The big new feature here is caching that dramatically improves performance. A memory cache and a disk cache mean that once AE effects such as color changes are calculated, they can be reused as a foundation when adding other effects; previously, the software would have to recalculate every layer each time a new one was added.
Adobe hopes the new approach will lower the barriers to experimenting with new looks. Another new feature is the 3D camera tracker, which computes the position in 3D space of the camera used to shoot the footage based on the 2D motion in the video. Knowing that position means it's easier to perform effects such as creating shadows from 3D text added to a scene. The new Prelude Yet another video-editing facet is handled by a new program called Prelude. It's designed to get an early start on video editing by letting editors ingest video right after it's shot, tag it with metadata such as comments linked to particular moments in the footage, and assemble rough cuts out of collections of clips.
Rough cuts can be handed off to Premiere Pro for more refined work. The new SpeedGrade Another new package is SpeedGrade for color-grading video, which means applying a particular color and tonal look. The software can give digital footage a film-like look through presets or custom settings. Illustrator For designers working with vector art, the chief change in the CS6 version of Illustrator was made under the covers.
One of the big advantages of Illustrator's shift is the ability to handle larger, more complicated illustrations with numerous elements.
Illustrator CS6 gets an overhauled tracing tool to convert bitmap graphics to vector graphics. Adobe Systems Also in Illustrator is a new utility to convert bitmaps such as photos into vector art. We replaced it with a brand-new feature that has much better results and a much simpler user interface," Sutherland said.
Illustrator also has a tool for creating tiles that can be linked together into repeating patterns such as wallpaper, wrapping paper, or screen backgrounds. InDesign This software for layout has been updated to be more adept at digital publishing, not just paper. New "liquid page rules" let designers designate elements of a page as anchored or movable so a layout can automatically adjust to different screen sizes or shifts from portrait to landscape orientation on tablets.
For more dramatic reworking, a tool called the content collector serves as a beefed-up version of copy and paste. A designer can use it to harvest elements from one design that then can be placed quickly onto another.
It remains widely used on personal computers as a way to deliver streaming video and casual games, but faced with Apple's iOS ban, Adobe ditched an effort to spread it to mobile devices. One of the big new features in the latest AIR is Stage3D, which enables use of hardware-accelerated 3D graphics useful in games.
Dreamweaver Adobe's Web site design software, Dreamweaver, is getting more attention with the prominence of HTML5 and the host of increasingly capable related Web standards. With CS6, the software works better for creating adaptable pages that work on everything from smartphones to personal computers, said product manager Scott Fegette. Dreamweaver CS6 gets new abilities for Web page layouts that can be set to fluidly adapt to different screen sizes. Adobe Systems Also new in Dreamweaver is support for CSS transitions, a standard that can add pizzazz to Web pages through animated effects to Web page elements.
Muse is geared for designers who want to make Web sites without having to learn how to code, while Edge is for creating interactive Web sites powered by Web standards. Adobe is just wrapping up Muse, and Edge is coming later in the year. Closer integration with other Adobe software is possible with Creative Suite 7, said Scott Morris, senior marketing director for Adobe Creative Professionals. For now, though, Adobe hopes customers will lean toward the Creative Cloud option.
Updated at 8: PT to replace an incorrect Adobe chart. Adobe Systems.