Adobe Systems has announced a series of updates to its Creative Cloud suite, along with a new release candidate version of its Camera Raw and DNG converters.
The latest Creative Cloud applications contain updates to 13 essential CC desktop tools that link to a new family of integrated mobile apps. New versions of Photoshop CC and Illustrator CC include improvements to Touch support for Microsoft Windows 8 and Surface Pro 3 plus an all-new Creative Profile that enhances connections between CC desktop tools and nine new mobile apps that extend the power of the Photoshop, Lightroom, Illustrator and Premiere franchises onto mobile devices. The new Creative Profile moves from app-to-app and device-to-device, so assets like files, photos, colours, brushes, shapes, fonts, text styles and graphics automatically appear when users need them, in the right context.
In the Photoshop family, Photoshop Sketch provides users with new built-in expressive brushes and enables an integrated workflow with Photoshop CC and Illustrator CC. Updates to Photoshop Mix extend precise mobile compositing capabilities and include enhanced integration with Photoshop CC, as well as a new iPhone version. A new Lightroom Mobile app builds on integrated desktop and mobile workflows and includes features to allow clients, friends or family to select favorites and leave comments for photos shared online; and GPS information from iPhone photos now syncs with Lightroom desktop.
In the Illustrator family, Illustrator Draw (formerly Adobe Ideas) gives users access to a modern, streamlined interface, high-fidelity integration with Illustrator CC and enhanced support for Adobe Ink and Slide. Illustrator Line, a precision drawing app, provides new features for distributing shapes as they are drawn, plus the ability to send sketches to Illustrator CC. In the Premiere family, the new Adobe Premiere Clip app can transform the video shot on iPhone or iPad into edited videos that are simple to share or send to Adobe Premiere Pro CC for advanced editing and finishing.
Adobe has also introduced a new category of “capture” apps: Adobe Brush CC, Adobe Shape CC and Adobe Colour CC (formerly Adobe Kuler). These mobile apps work with all Creative Cloud plans and provide the benefits of a deeply integrated mobile and desktop workflow, connected via the user’s Creative Profile.Adobe also launched the public beta of a Creative SDK that powers the delivery of new third party mobile apps that connect to Creative Cloud. Adobe Creative SDK is available at: creativesdk.adobe.com.
Today’s updates to Creative Cloud are expected to be available to Creative Cloud members by the end of the day as part of their membership at no additional cost. The new and updated mobile apps are free to everyone. More information will be available later today at: http://www.adobe.com/creativecloud/catalog/mobile.html.
The Release Candidate versions of Adobe Camera Raw 8.7 and DNG Converter 8.7 are available to users with the subscription-only Creative Cloud and CS 6 versions of Photoshop. Both plug-ins can be downloaded from http://labs.adobe.com/downloads/cameraraw8-7.html, where you can also find a link to a list of cameras and lenses supported.