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Adobe announces CS4


Adobe has officially announced the latest version of the Creative Suite, CS4, scheduled to ship next month.

Lots of changes are expected with some of the most significant being:

Photoshop CS4:

  • GPU-based drawing of documents onscreen/GPU acceleration
  • 64-big for Windows (not for Mac)
  • Expanded 3D paint, lighting and rendering tools

Illustrator CS4:

  • Multipage documents with different sizes
  • Indesign-style separations preview
  • Many updated tools like gradient and blob brush

Indesign CS4:

  • Live preflighting
  • Easy Flash document creation
  • Smart guides and spacing tools

Flash CS4:

  • Powerful animation presets
  • H.264 encoding
  • Expanded 3D transformation and object support with inverse kinematics and bones

Dreamweaver CS4:

  • Better interactive Live View mode
  • Code hinting for Ajax and JavaScript
  • Photoshop Smart Object support

After Effects CS4:

  • Better 3D compositing and 3D model support
  • Better mobile device authoring
  • XMP metadata support for asset management

Premiere CS4:

  • Speech search for finding dialog within footage
  • AVCHD, P2, XDCAM EX, and XDCAM HD camera support
  • Better batch encoding via Adobe Media Encoder application

Encore CS4:

  • More sophisticated Blu-ray authoring support
  • DLT exporting for masters
  • Firewire video out and DTS support

Fireworks CS4:

  • Adobe AIR authoring for output to a variety of formats
  • PDF and CSS export
  • Better asset management and libraries

For more info check out the official site here.

[Via Ars Technica]


NFL to stream games over Internet using Flash


After using Microsoft’s Silverlight, an Adobe Flash competitor, to stream the Olympics over the Internet, NBC has decided to jump to drop Silverlight in favor of Flash for streaming NFL games online.

No word on exactly why the change was made, but I’d imagine it has something to do with Microsoft paying NBC to be used for the Olympics but not paying for NBC to use it for the NFL games, so NBC went with the one with the highest market share, which is Flash.

While watching the game online, the interactive version will allow you to switch camera angles, view picture-in-picture playback, view live stats and interact with the commentators in real-time.

Check out the first broadcast this Thursday between the New York Giants and Washington Redskins.

[Via Engadget]

Adobe CS4 announcement coming on September 23rd


On September 23rd Adobe will be holding a special online event to officially introduce the world to Creative Suite 4, or CS4.

Windows users will be able to get their hands on 32 and 64-bit versions of the apps in CS4, but unfortunately Mac users will have to wait until CS5 for a 64-bit version of Photoshop.

To register to watch the event online and to select your preferred viewing time visit http://adobe.istreamplanet.com/.

[Via Download Squad]

JavaScript performance boost coming to Firefox 3.1

The Mozilla Foundation is hard at work on the next version of their web browser and one thing users can look forward to in version 3.1 is a significant JavaScript performance boost.

How big?

Pretty significant.

The JavaScript engine will “take JavaScript performance into the next tier” thanks to a new optimization technique called tracing which can produce performance gains to the order of 20 to 40 times in some cases.

Mozilla has adopted this new tracing technology and Adobe’s nanojit directly into the JavaScript interpreter that is used in Firefox 3 called SpiderMonkey.

(charts below courtesy of Ars Technica)



[Via Ars Technica]

Adobe updates Photoshop Express Beta


Adobe’s trimmed down, web-based version of Photoshop named Photoshop Express is still in beta but it has gotten a few updates that should please some users.

There’s a new Adobe AIR-based desktop application that can be used to upload photos to Photoshop Express and since AIR is cross platform it will work fine from a Mac or PC.

Also new is the ability to print your photos through Shutterfly, the ability to drag and drop photos into Photoshop Express, and to resize images with one click.

For a very basic photo editor its not too bad. For more info about Photoshop Express check it out here.

[Via Photography Bay]

Adobe announces new, searchable Flash player


There’s a lot of content on the Internet that’s in Flash (no, not all of it is annoying) and one of the drawbacks to it is that the Flash content isn’t searchable, meaning as website search engines index the Internet they are only able to index text and hyperlinks in Flash files but not things like images and FLV files.

Yesterday, together with Google and Yahoo, Adobe announced that that they have a special Flash Player that Google and Yahoo both used to update their search algorithms so that now both Google and Yahoo are able to index anything within a Flash file that users can see. Plus, Flash developers don’t have to change anything with their Flash files to make them easier to search.

Good news for Flash developers worried about SEO (Search Engine Optimization).

[Via Download Squad]

Realmac releases RapidWeaver 4


Mac developer Realmac has released an updated version of their template-based WYSIWYG web page editor RapidWeaver 4.

The Leopard-only RapidWeaver 4 comes with over 40 templates and has new features like support for Core Animation and Quick Look for its new XML file format.

If you need to make a webpage or two, or even an entire site, RapidWeaver 4 sounds like a nice alternative to iWeb and an easier to use solution than Adobe Dreamweaver if you don’t need to do web application development.

For more info check out the product page here.

[Via TUAW]

Adobe launces Flash 10 beta, adds 3D and acceleration support


Adobe has released a public beta of its Flash Player 10, aka Astro, for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux.

Flash Player 10 is the first version to support hardware acceleration from graphics processors.

Other new features in Flash Player 10 are:

  • Support for 3D
  • Enhanced drawing API
  • Support for custom filters and effects in real time using Adobe Pixel Bender (formerly called ‘Hydra’)
  • Support for variable bitrate video that can automatically drop quality to maintain a constant framerate
  • More advanced text layout

Adobe asks that you uninstall any existing Flash Player before installing this beta version.

For more info check out the product page here.

[Via Electronista]

Adobe updates Photoshop Express, adds Flickr support

As promise, Adobe has updated their free, web-based photo editing application Photoshop Express to now include support for Flickr.

If all you need is a basic photo editor for fixing some colors, cropping, etc., Photoshop Express is definitely worth a look.

For a little more info about Photoshop Express check out this post or you can check out the product page here.

[Via Gizmodo]

Foxit Reader updated to 2.3, adds tabs

foxit_readerIf you need a PDF reader for Windows, forget the bloated Adobe Acrobat reader–Foxit Reader is faster, free, and has just been updated to include a few new tricks.

The biggest addition in the new version 2.3 is the inclusion of tabs, allowing you to open multiple PDF files in different tabs of the one application the same way Firefox (among others) let you do this with web pages.

Also new in version 2.3 are:

  • Bookmarks
  • Multimedia playback in PDF files (please, please don’t let embedding media into PDF files catch on)
  • Text tool for adding comments to documents
  • Rules for helping align documents
  • Magnifier for zooming into parts of a document
  • Automatic scrolling
  • Improved ability to print just a part of a document

Windows users can grab a copy here.

[Via Download Squad]