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When it comes to our creative apps, a lot of folks (myself included) sometimes have a contradictory set of requirements. We want our apps to be powerful and packed with features so they can do anything we want. And at the same time, we want those apps to be streamlined, efficient, and easy to learn and use.


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When's the last time you saw a presentation that really captured your imagination and attention? No matter how engaging the content is, it can be hard for presenters to make their work stand out simply because the format of a slide deck is about as fresh as Windows 95. If you're looking for an alternative to slide-based presentations, you might want to take a look at a new app for iPad called Scrollshow.



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Trish Witkowski of FoldFactory.com points out in the current "60-second super cool fold of the week" video that interactivity isn't just for the screen anymore. You could call it, " Interactive Designers Wanted: Must Have Print Experience."
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Ebooks. Digital magazines. Interactive PDFs and SWFs. They're all relatively new creatures, which means there are a lot of questions surrounding the technology, from creation to distribution.
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Editor's note: CreativePro.com will publish reviews of the core CS4 apps throughout the end of October.


Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced the immediate availability of the Adobe® Creative Suite® 4 product family, the highly anticipated release of industry-leading design and development software for virtually every creative workflow. Delivering radical breakthroughs in workflow efficiency - and packed with hundreds of

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innovative, time saving features - the new Creative Suite 4 product line advances the creative process across print, Web, interactive, film, video and mobile.


Customers can choose from six new versions: Adobe Creative Suite 4 Design Premium, Design Standard, Web Premium, Web Standard, Production Premium and Master Collection. The combination of Creative Suite and the new capabilities of Adobe Flash® Player 10, also available today (see separate press release) deliver new levels of creativity and expressiveness across media channels. Designers using the Adobe Creative Suite 4 product family will gain unprecedented creative control using the new expressive features and visual performance improvements in Adobe Flash Player 10 to deliver breakthrough Web experiences across multiple browsers and operating systems.


As part of the CS4 product launch, the largest in Adobe's history, also available today are brand new versions of Photoshop® CS4, Photoshop CS4 Extended, InDesign® CS4, Illustrator® CS4, Flash CS4 Professional, Dreamweaver® CS4, Fireworks® CS4, Contribute® CS4, After Effects® CS4, Adobe Premiere® Pro CS4, Encore® CS4, Soundbooth® CS4 and Adobe OnLocation(tm) CS4.


Intuitive Workflows Improve Creative Efficiency

A simplified workflow in Adobe Creative Suite 4 enables users to design across media more efficiently by making it easier to complete common tasks and move content seamlessly among applications. InDesign CS4 includes a new Live Preflight tool that allows designers to catch production errors and a newly customizable Links panel to manage placed files more efficiently. The revolutionary new Content-Aware Scaling tool in Photoshop CS4 and Photoshop CS4 Extended automatically recomposes an image as it is resized, preserving vital areas as it adapts to new dimensions. An expanded version of Dynamic Link in CS4 Production Premium enables users to move and update content between After Effects CS4, Adobe Premiere Pro CS4, Soundbooth CS4, and Encore CS4 without rendering, saving countless hours in production. With deep XMP metadata support, the production workflow is simplified, resulting in online content that gives viewers new ways to interact with and search for video, while giving content owners new opportunities to track and monetize content.


Adobe Creative Suite 4 brings 3D center-stage providing the ability to paint, composite, and animate 3D models using familiar tools in Photoshop CS4 Extended. Flash CS4 Professional now offers the ability to apply tweens to objects instead of keyframes, providing greater control over animation attributes. Also in Flash CS4 Professional, the new Bones tool helps create more realistic animations between linked objects. With a searchable library of more than 450 dynamically updated device profiles from leading manufacturers, Adobe Device Central CS4 enables users to easily test mobile content designed using many of the Creative Suite 4 products.


New and Expanded Services Extend Capabilities for Online Collaboration

Adobe Creative Suite 4 now also offers a host of services* for online collaboration. Adobe ConnectNow, a service of Acrobat.com, allows real-time collaboration with two colleagues or clients. Designers can also share color harmonies with Adobe Kuler(tm). Other online resources include: Adobe Community Help for technical questions; Resource Central for accessing video and audio product-related news and tutorials, as well as Soundbooth scores and sound effects; and Adobe Bridge Home, a customizable resource for tips, tutorials, news and inspirational content.


Pricing and Availability

Adobe Creative Suite 4 and its associated point products are immediately available through Adobe Authorized Resellers and the Adobe Store at www.adobe.com/store. Estimated street price for the Adobe Creative Suite 4 Design Premium is US$1799, US$1699 for Adobe Creative Suite 4 Web Premium, US$1699 for Adobe Creative Suite 4 Production Premium, and US$2499 for Adobe Creative Suite 4 Master Collection. To reward customers for staying current, Adobe is offering Creative Suite 3 customers moving to Creative Suite 4 a lower upgrade price than it offers to those moving from older, qualifying versions. For a limited time, a special introductory offer enables customers with older qualifying products to enjoy the same lower price with savings of up to US$200 off their actual upgrade price. For more detailed information please visit www.adobe.com/creativesuite.


Adobe Flash Player 10 is available immediately as a free download for Windows, Macintosh and Linux platforms (including new support for Ubuntu 7 and 8) from www.adobe.com/go/getflashplayer.



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Unlike fonts themselves, which seem to multiply like rabbits, there are only a few font-editing apps. Now a new editor has debuted: Glyphs, developed by type designer Georg Seifert. This $299 app runs only on the Mac (OS X 10.6.6 and above).
Whether you want to break new ground and draw a typeface like no other, or just need to tweak a serif here and there, Glyphs has the tools. For example, you can use its layers palette to quickly compare variations on individual characters as you refine them:
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Photoshop's senior product manager, Bryan O'Neil Hughes, gives you a glimpse into Photoshop CS6. Although Adobe hasn't officially announced when CS6 will be released, the fact that this sneak peek is out in the wild makes me think it won't be, say, 2013!


Using a photo he shot with his mobile phone, Bryan demonstrates some of the new power and finesse in Camera Raw, the raw processing engine behind Photoshop CS6 and Lightroom 4 (now in beta).


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Mogo Media is offering a free webinar, "Design and Create Your Website," on July 19, 2011, from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM Eastern time. The speaker is Chris Converse, a designer well-versed in print, the Web, and animation. Chris will explain how to prototype website designs, add interactivity, and how to incorporate the Web's newest buzzword technologies, CSS3 and HTML5.
Register for Design and Create Your Website" here.
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You've seen images that are made up of hundreds (or thousands) of smaller photos, right? Now there's a new text version of the concept. Textify.it is a free web service and a $.99 app for iOS devices. For either version, you supply the imagery and tweak some settings, click a button, and bam! You have a new image made entirely out of different-colored text.
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We've been fans of the Olympus PEN line of digital cameras since the E-P1 launched two years ago. These micro four-thirds cameras are small, mighty, and (you know this matters to you) retro-cool.
Now there are three more PEN cameras: PEN E-P3, PEN E-PL3, and PEN E-PM1. Only the E-P3 looks vintage, sadly, but all three models capture still images and HD video with a 12.3-megapixel image sensor.
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