Graphicdesign.com Analyses Pricing On Adobe Monthly Membership Options

Graphicdesign.com breaks down Adobe Creative Cloud’s new pricing plan. Rafiq Elmansy discusses the pros and cons – is the Creative Cloud membership worth it? Or should consumers continue to pay one-time fees?

Dallas, TX (PRWEB) June 05, 2012

Members of the graphic design community may know about the rollout of Adobe Creative Cloud. With monthly and annual purchase plans available, Creative Cloud has puzzled several members of the industry. Is either the $49.99 per month annual plan or the $74.99 month-to-month plan worth it? And what are the pros and cons?

Enter Rafiq Elmansy, a featured writer on GraphicDesign.com and an official Adobe Community Professional. He’s in touch with new Adobe products as an expert and has published “Photoshop 3D for Animators.” Elmansy gave GraphicDesign.com readers an inside scoop on the cost-effectiveness and benefits of Adobe Creative Cloud in an exclusive article published on Monday.

The Cloud membership includes access to titles applications like Photoshop Extended, Illustrator, Flash, Dreamweaver, and Muse. As Elmansy pointed out, the application checks for membership status through an internet connection.

“When you get an Adobe Creative Cloud Membership,” wrote Elmansy, “with the monthly activation scheme, you will be able to download any of the Adobe applications and its updates. However, many people including myself prefer to work without being restricted to the monthly activation process”.

Members of Adobe’s Cloud service can also take advantage of cloud storage. Rather than use applications like Dropbox, Adobe simplifies the sharing process. Elmansy explained, “This is one of the greatest features of the Creative Cloud membership because many users need to work on different computers and share projects on their various devices and with other team members. The Cloud storage gives you a central location where you can save and retrieve your work easily from anywhere with flexibility.”

The traditional Adobe purchasing process necessitates delivery of a DVD, whereas Creative Cloud allows instantaneous downloads and updates. The author asserted, “Many users, like me, cannot wait a week or two to receive a DVD and prefer to download the software from the Adobe server directly without any further delay.”

Is a Creative Cloud membership worth it? Or should consumers continue to pay one-time fees? Elmansy concluded that the answer ultimately depends on the end user: “Choosing between them only depends on your own needs and requirements. The Adobe Creative Cloud membership is one of Adobe’s brand new services that may or may not meet your requirements, but it will surely be enhanced with time and according to your feedback.”

At the end of the article, GraphicDesign.com readers can answer several interactive poll questions. With an ever-growing desire to engage its membership, GraphicDesign.com editors ask readers whether they would consider buying the Cloud membership, whether its pricing is on point, and what the most alluring features are.

Visit GraphicDesign.com for more information and to get the dish on Adobe Creative Cloud. The article and poll can be found HERE.

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New Book from Cengage Learning Reveals How to Create Stunning Content for the Internet and the iPad Using Adobe InDesign CS6

CLIFTON PARK, N.Y., May 22, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Delmar, part of Cengage Learning and a leading provider of learning solutions for ongoing career development and education, today announced a new title focusing on the just-released Adobe® Creative Suite® 6 (CS6) software – Adobe InDesign CS6 Interactive: Digital Publishing for the Internet and the iPad. As part of the Revealed series, this new title is among 12 other books to be released in the series based on the CS6 suite of software. Adobe InDesign CS6 Interactive will provide in-depth lessons on using InDesign CS6, and show readers how to create web sites with video, sound, hyperlinks, animation and complex interactivity – for both the internet and the iPad.

Through the recent release of CS6, Adobe has transformed InDesign into a layout program not just for print but also for the web and for tablet devices like the iPad. This new upgrade revolutionizes digital publishing and creates enormous opportunities for designers and teachers of InDesign. Just five years ago, a designer wanting to create a web site would need to code in HTML or work in Adobe Flash or Dreamweaver. InDesign CS6 changes all that – now any designer who is proficient with InDesign can create web sites and publish to the iPad.

Adobe InDesign CS6 Interactive: Digital Publishing for the Internet and the iPad is a brand new title in the award-winning Revealed series that goes the full distance to teach users how to navigate InDesign’s newest interactive features. The title provides a hands-on approach to demonstrate the process of registering a URL, purchasing, hosting and uploading files to create a web site. In addition to the web, Adobe InDesign CS6 Interactive teaches students how to create layouts for the iPad, upload to the iPad and create unique downloadable apps.

“I am excited to continue being a part of the cutting-edge Revealed series,” said Chris Botello, author of Adobe InDesign CS6 Interactive: Digital Publishing for the Internet and the iPad. “The recent release of Adobe CS6 has expanded InDesign’s boundaries, and allows users more functionality with designing digital content than ever before. If past users had previously felt left out of web design because of a lack of programming knowledge, those days are over. InDesign CS6 Interactive will teach users to leverage design and visual communication techniques to create visually stunning web pages and iPad publications.”

Adobe InDesign CS6 Interactive is Chris Botello’s fourth addition to the Revealed series – with other titles published on InDesign, Illustrator and Advanced Photoshop. Additionally, Botello is a teacher at Tabor Academy in Marion, MA. He co-authored Adobe InDesign CS6 Interactive with Dylan Dove, a student from his basic InDesign class at Tabor Academy, currently in his junior year. Botello immediately recognized Dove’s skills with software and his in-depth understanding of the web and HTML coding. Botello demonstrated some of InDesign’s new interactive features to Dove and from there, the idea for Adobe InDesign CS6 Interactive took shape.

For more information on Adobe InDesign CS6 Interactive: Digital Publishing for the Internet and the iPad, the Revealed series and all other Adobe Creative Suite 6 offerings from Delmar, please visit www.cengage.com/community/AdobeCS6 or www.cengage.com.

About Cengage Learning and Delmar
Cengage Learning is a leading provider of innovative teaching, learning and research solutions for the academic, professional and library markets worldwide. Delmar, part of Cengage Learning, is the leading provider of lifelong learning products and services for the health care, technology and trades, and career education markets. Delmar’s market-leading imprints include Autodesk Press, Chilton, Milady and NetLearning. For more information please visit www.cengage.com or www.delmar.cengage.com.

Adobe Photoshop Creative Suite 6 Extended Alioscopy-Ready For No-Glasses 3D

Alioscopy enables millions of Adobe Photoshop digital imaging artists to generate Alioscopy-ready “no-glasses” 3D content. With Alioscopy’s patented technology integrated into Adobe Photoshop CS6 Extended, millions of artists in the global Photoshop community will benefit from a streamlined, all-inclusive workflow to generate “no-glasses” 3D content—one of today’s fastest growing trends in digital signage, trade show and events, advertising and education
Alioscopy and Adobe CS6 Extended

San Diego, CA (PRWEB) May 07, 2012

Alioscopy® USA, a 3D technology provider today announced that Adobe® Systems Incorporated has integrated its Alioscopy auto-stereoscopic, 3D multi-view algorithm as a new feature in Adobe® Photoshop® CS6 Extended software. As more and more digital imaging artists create content in stereoscopic and auto-stereoscopic 3D, Alioscopy offers a unique patented process for generating 8-view images for viewing and play-back on auto-stereoscopic 3D HD LCD displays.

In Photoshop CS6 Extended, anyone with a stereoscopic camera (left and right lens equipped) will be able to upload two-view images to Photoshop and convert it to multi-view (8-view) for display on an Alioscopy 3D screen—currently available in 21’’, 24”, 42”, and 47” configurations. Additionally, artists will be able to generate 3D objects directly in Photoshop or in other 3D software packages and apply the Alioscopy multi-view algorithm to create Alioscopy-ready content.

By integrating Alioscopy’s patented technology into Adobe Photoshop CS6 Extended, millions of artists in the global Photoshop community will benefit from a streamlined, all-inclusive workflow to generate “no-glasses” 3D content—one of today’s fastest growing trends in digital signage, trade show and events, advertising, and education.

“Creating and integrating 3D in Photoshop over the past few years has opened many new doors and possibilities for Photoshop artists,” said Zorana Gee, Adobe Photoshop Senior Product Manager. “By incorporating the Alioscopy 3D multi-view algorithm and camera model into Photoshop CS6 Extended, we’re offering artists yet another way to generate compelling 3D images and content which adds a whole new immersive dimension to content creation and editing,” added Gee.

To learn more about how to create Alioscopy-ready auto-stereoscopic 3D content in Photoshop Creative Suite 6 Extended, and view a demonstrational tutorial, go to:
http://www.alioscopyusa.com/content/alioscopy-partnership-adobe

YouTube tutorial

Years in development, Alioscopy technology helps digital content creation artists, brand retailers, tradeshow exhibitors, service businesses and museums attract and captivate their audience with 3D content that has incredible depth and dimension on an LCD display fitted with a lenticular lens. Potential customers stop to view auto-stereoscopic 3D content at least twice as long as traditional 2D media, and Alioscopy-generated content in “no-glasses” 3D offers still, animated, and interactive imagery that simply can’t be ignored.

“Adobe Photoshop is a ubiquitous digital content creation tool with over a million users worldwide, and we’re thrilled to license the Alioscopy no-glasses 3D algorithm as an integrated feature in the new Photoshop CS6 Extended,” said Pia Maffei, chief operating officer for Alioscopy USA. “The majority of Alioscopy customers turn to Adobe daily to create, augment, and finish their digital images, animations, and photographs. The Alioscopy 3D toolset is a powerful way to import, convert, create, and edit ‘no-glasses’ 3D content that will be Alioscopy-ready,” added Maffei.

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About Alioscopy
Alioscopy® USA, based in San Diego, CA, is a leading developer of a wide range of 3D technology solutions that represent one of the most significant leaps forward in auto-stereoscopic 3D display technology currently available. The company holds worldwide patents on a unique technology that delivers a one-of-a-kind immersive experience—without the aid of glasses or other devices. Markets and industries that can most benefit from Alioscopy technology include: point-of-sale kiosks (POS), digital signage, media and entertainment, mobile communications and games, automotive, architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) visualization, and medical, government and military.

© 2012. Alioscopy is a registered trademark of Alioscopy. Adobe, the Adobe logo, Creative Suite, and Photoshop are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Adobe Systems Incorporated in the United States and/or other countries. All other trademarks contained herein are the property of their respective owners.

Using an iPad to Work With Photoshop on Your Computer

Adobe has release a software development kit to aid developers in producing apps for the iPad that interact with Photoshop. The SDK is supposed to work with other tablets running Android and Blackberry OS’ but the first apps are for the iPad.

To work this requires an update to Photoshop to 12.0.4 level, which is coming shortly and is available to developers at this time. Adobe has announced three apps for the iPad that will use the SDK to interact with a computer running Photoshop provided they are running on the same wireless network.

This looks to be a huge but obvious development for Photoshop and one can only assume will also roll out for their other applications as well, Premier being an obvious one.

At the very least this lets you get some of your palettes off your computer screen and onto the iPad or be more efficient in your tool use. But the potential is so much greater. One of Adobe’s three apps, which should be available in early May from Apple’s App Store is a colour mixer that will work so much like a real painter’s palette.

One day all our computer screens will be touch. For now this is a great step in that direction.

Snow Leopard for Mac OS a Great Update for Photographers

I tend to be very conservative with software updates on my MacBook, as it is my main writing machine. But some software I wanted to run forced me to do the upgrade to the latest Mac OS X version. And a great update it is.

Snow Leopard brings 64-bit computing to the Mac core applications and a great performance boost it is too. Startup from cold or sleep is MUCH faster, as is shutdown or sleep at the other end. Things like Mail and Safari operate MUCH faster as well.

Interestingly, I have found my Mac generally much faster in all applications. Photoshop is faster to open up and opening files also seems noticeably faster, as are the other Creative Suite applications.

Now that 64-bit seems to be working well for the Apple core we can only hope that the soon to be announced CS5 includes 64-bit mode for the Mac, which was left out of CS4 because (according to Adobe) Apple had not sorted the 64-bit side out properly yet back when CS4 was rolling out. Given the apparent issues between Apple and Adobe over Flash and the iPad, I hope this does not impact on 64-bit for CS5. Many of us love both Apple and Adobe products and need them to play nicely with each other.

Adobe Creative Suite 4 ROI Study Shows Productivity as New “Killer Feature”

Tests Confirm CS4 Users Can Save Thousands of Dollars Through Productivity Gains in Everyday Tasks

Adobe today announced benchmarking results from an independent research study conducted by Pfeiffer Consulting and commissioned by Adobe. According to the report, features in Adobe Creative Suite 4 software can dramatically increase productivity, efficiency and return on investment. Research shows that every unnecessary click has the ability to slow down users’ productivity.  Routine operations across Adobe Creative Suite 4 can be accomplished more quickly now than with previous versions, dramatically improving the user experience and saving hours every month. Users can now dedicate more time to the creative side of the project with this latest version of the Creative Suite product line. More than 100 benchmark tests focusing on design (http://www.adobe.com/products/creativesuite/design/), print, digital imaging (http://www.adobe.com/products/photoshop/family/), Web (http://www.adobe.com/products/creativesuite/web/) and interactive design, and video production (http://www.adobe.com/products/creativesuite/production/)  were conducted. Tests covered workflow-related productivity measures as well as market-specific design and publishing activities. Continue reading “Adobe Creative Suite 4 ROI Study Shows Productivity as New “Killer Feature””