This release is for the artist who captures the colors of the sunset on the way home from his studio. For the designer who starts an ad layout on her iPad during her commute and finishes it on her desktop when she gets to work. For the photographer who wants to expand the reach of his work to a global community of buyers. And for the Creative Director who wants a secure way for her team to design, collaborate and access their creative assets. Creative Cloud customers are as diverse as the work they produce, but their desire to work without constraint, whenever and wherever an idea strikes them, is universally shared.
Adobe has been working really hard to make it easy for its users to move from device to device. The latest iteration of this is CreativeSync, that allows you to synchronize any of your files and assets across devices. It is paired with an integration of Creative Cloud Libraries into Adobe’s major design applications, so that users can make use of their brushes and other assets easily from any of their Creative Suite programs.
With Creative Cloud 2015, Adobe has completed its integration of royalty-free (RF) stock library Fotolia. Its 40 million RF images will be easily accessible from within Adobe’s design applications including Photoshop and Premiere Pro. What makes Adobe Stock unique is the extent of the integration. As part of Adobe’s CreativeSync capability, users have access to their licensed images from all your devices. And any edits made on a watermarked image are instantly applied when users license the image later, potentially saving them hours.
Popular updates to the desktop apps are as follows:
- Photoshop CC – introduces Artboards, the best way to design cross-device user experiences in a single Photoshop document and quickly preview them on a device.
- Lightroom CC – gains the new Dehaze feature. Dehaze, eliminates fog and haze from photos, including underwater shots, for startlingly clear images. Haze can also be added to a photo for artistic effect.
- Premiere Pro CC – furthers its lead in the market with the addition of the Lumetri Colour panel for powerful colour corrections using intuitive sliders and other simple controls; and Morph Cut, which makes it easier to deliver polished interview content by smoothing out jump cuts in talking-head shots to create a cohesive, polished sequence.
- After Effects CC – now has Uninterrupted Preview to allow artists to adjust a composition’s properties and even resize panels without impacting playback. Also, the ground-breaking Adobe Character Animator brings 2D figures to life using a webcam to track facial movements, record dialog and apply movements in real time onto a pre-configured character.
- Illustrator CC – is now 10 times faster and 10 times more precise than CS6. Powered by dramatic boosts to its Mercury Performance Engine, users can now pan and zoom smoothly without delays. With the new Chart tool, designers can also create beautiful custom charts and share them with others via CC Libraries.
- InDesign CC – gets its own Mercury performance surge with zooming, scrolling, and paging through complex documents now twice as fast. InDesign now also allows users to publish and distribute documents with a single click.
- Dreamweaver CC – has new responsive web design capabilities that let designers quickly lay out and build production-ready sites that adapt to any screen size.
- Adobe Muse CC – now includes instant access to premium fonts from Typekit.
Adobe is bringing more of its mobile apps, introduced in iOS, to Android. Following Lightroom Mobile, Android users can now download Photoshop Mix, Shape, Brush, and Color. The apps are available on the Google Play store and while they’re free to download, some features require an Adobe CC subscription. Adobe has also updated many of its popular Creative Cloud mobile apps for iPhone and iPad, including Adobe Comp CC, Photoshop Mix, Photoshop Sketch, Illustrator Draw, Brush CC, Shape CC and Color CC. In addition to these updates, Adobe debuted Adobe Hue CC. This app provides an easy way to capture and share production-quality lighting and colour schemes – for video, film and broadcast. It is compatible with Premiere Pro CC or After Effects CC and integrates the colour schemes into these desktop apps.
This is the biggest update to Creative Cloud since its launch in 2013 and these features are what users specifically asked for on FAQ forums and other platforms. The 2015 release is available immediately to existing subscribers throughout Africa.