What will the next generation of CC Video apps bring?

Last week at NAB 2014 we revealed what you can expect from the next generation of Adobe Premiere Pro CC, After Effects CC, Prelude CC, Audition CC, SpeedGrade CC, Story CC Plus, Adobe Media Encoder CC and Adobe Anywhere.

Even for me many of the new features are quite exciting. While I am not a video pro I do use Premiere/After Effects/Audition/SpeedGrade to enhance the video tutorials I create/produce. And I am certain that many of the new features will make me more productive. For sure.

If you want to read and see the demos jump here (for videos) and here (for the complete list of new features).

Instead of simply listing some of the new features here, I’ll just say this: the next version is all about making you more productive when working with video and sound. And with video and sound you always work with a number of different apps (some for editing, some for video effects or color grading, other for sound editing and so forth). Thus in order to be productive it is not enough to have great software for each  step in the editing process, it is mandatory to have these individuals pieces “talking” to each other to smooth out the whole process.

And this is the essence of the most important updates: there will be better and tighter integration between Adobe Premiere Pro CC and friends.

I still remember the first time I edited a video tutorial in Premiere Pro CC. It was about 5 years ago. My current workflow couldn’t be more different. Both in terms of the end result and how easy I can achieve the vision I have in my head :).

Illustrator CC – Working with the Live Corners feature

Another great feature in Illustrator CC that comes with the update we released today is called Live Corners. This feature is all about controlling the shape of corners. It makes easier to change all corners, or just one, by altering the direction and amount of the curve.

The first thing you should know is how to access this tool: using the Direct Selection Tool (A) select the object/objects you want to edit. You should see inside of each corner a small double circle icon.

Live Corner Feature

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Illustrator CC – Working with new Pencil Tool and Path Segment Reshape

Illustrator CC remains one of the best tools for creating vector based graphics and with the SVG support across all modern browsers it becomes one of the de facto tools for creating complex SVG files for the web.

Regardless of what your illustration target is (the web or paper) chances are you are going to draw lots of curves and lines and (more importantly) to adjust them after the initial drawing.

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Great Creative Cloud Updates for Designers

We just released a major update to Creative Cloud. If you are a designer you’ll love this :)

Photoshop CC

The Perspective Warp feature makes it possible to apply perspective changes locally while keeping the rest of the image intact (read more here).

Perspective Warp

When you update a Linked Smart Object the update is pushed to all the documents where the object is being used. Now you can open 3D designs, refine, and print them to a 3D printer all directly from Photoshop CC.

Illustrator CC

The rebuilt Pencil Tool greatly improves drawing workflows while the Path Segment Reshape tool makes it easier to modify existing shapes (read my short tutorial here). Live Corners lets you edit the roundness of corners whenever you need to.

The perspective drawing and SVG generation features were improved too. When you change the grid perspective, the drawings dynamically update to match the new perspective. When you save a file as an SVG there is a new option in the SVG Options window called Responsive. If you check this option you get an SVG that automatically scales up and down with the size of the browser window.

InDesign CC

There is support for the EPUB 3.0 specification and simplified hyperlink creation and management makes  link creation easier and faster. There is support for Japanese Vertical Composition, Hebrew, and Arabic text now for EPUB output.

A great addition is the seamless integration with the fonts available for desktop from the Typekit Font service. Now, if you open a document that uses fonts not installed locally, InDesign automatically looks up for those fonts on Typekit and, if they are available,  downloads and installs them locally.

New Creative Cloud Learn Content

One important part of the Creative Cloud offering is the learning material we are providing for free to all members. Like a living person the content grows and becomes better over the time. Check out the Creative Cloud Learn if you want to stay in sync with the new features or to learn new tools and workflows.

How to get this update

If you have the Creative Cloud helper app installed on your computer just start this app. You should get a notification for these four updates and all you have to do is to install them.

If you don’t have Creative Cloud installed, create an account (you can create a free account too) and download the tools you want to try. You can use any tool you want for 30 days if you opted for a free account.

Vienna and Creativity

Last week I spent two full days in Vienna with no business obligations – just me, my wife, and the city. It wasn’t my first time over there and yet I had so much more fun than I thought I would have. With the images and experiences still fresh I thought I should share them with you.


In one of the museums I visited I saw these words (won’t tell you where, you have to read until the end):

Our real illiteracy is not the ignorance to read and write and not the incapability to repeat other people’s knowledge, but the inability to create.

There is something about these words both powerful and worrisome. At least to me.

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New Edge Reflow preview available

The Reflow team has been busy adding new features to the tool lately. Today they packed all these additions into a new preview available for download from the Adobe Creative Cloud. I also want to highlight the feedback we got from some of you -people who want to make Reflow as good as it gets. The Reflow forums weren’t a quiet place even during the holiday season :).

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Brackets Sprint 35 is available

Brackets, our favorite open source text editor for the web, was updated recently. If you want to get the latest features just make sure you open Brackets. If you have the Sprint 34 version you will be invited to download Sprint 35.

Here is the news:

  • Startup time was greatly improved, up to 50%. I know some of you complained about this, telling me that this or that editor is loading faster. Measure that again using this sprint and let me know :) For me it is fast enough. I actually have to wear my trusty aviator goggles so my eyes don’t water :D
  • On Mac, Chrome is not relaunched when starting the Live Preview feature (this was already implemented on Windows).
  • The UI for Find and Replace has been refined/improved.


A concise interview about the history of SVG

Somehow I missed this interview when it was published awhile ago. This is strange as I do work for Adobe and try not to miss Vincent Hardy’s posts :D. So what am I talking about? Vincent interviewed Jon Ferraiolo about the history of SVG.

Today many people have lots to say about SVG. What makes Jon special is that he was right in the middle of the things when the SVG standard was created. Actually, many think that Jon is the spiritual father of SVG.

It is interesting to note that although the SVG 1.0 standard was published on 2001, it took the browser manufacturers a while to actually implement/support SVG – props to Opera and Mozilla who were the first to implement SVG.

So, if you are curious about SVG history or if you want to understand why some features look the way they look and how the different parties involved in the standard creation negotiated the different bits and pieces make sure you read this.

How Creative Cloud makes your life easier

As a Creative Cloud Evangelist I’ve been talking a lot about Creative Cloud benefits over the past 18 months. And one recurring question I get is “Why would I switch to Creative Cloud?”. Now there are lots of reasons for switching. However, I will illustrate only two reasons in this post. Both come from my own experience.

Typekit syncing fonts to your desktop

This morning I got an email from my boss with a presentation attached. He was requesting my feedback. Now, I don’t know about you but when I get such a request I always switch to “damn smart crazy smart mode” and do my best.

There was only one problem: the presentation used a number of fonts that weren’t installed on my machine. Hence the layout was horrible with basically chunks of text overlapping – this was killing my creativity/out of the box thinking quickly.

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Brackets Sprint 33 is out

On November 1st the Brackets team released a new update that brings a number of cool features.

Short detour: It is hard to imagine that the project was only launched just last year. At least for me :). I’ve been using Brackets/Edge Code as my primary HTML/CSS/JS code editor for a while and I’d be hard pressed to find something bad to say about it. Yeah it is that “stable” and feature “rich”.

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