by Sebastian Wöber | 9th August 2012
Adobe is really pushing their Creative Cloud now that CS6 is out since May. Maybe they didn’t get as many subscriptions as they intended to get, maybe this whole cloud thing is just too new and complicated for people to really pick it up. Anyway, they’re now really driving the ad mill and throwing out a deal until the end of August. You’ve got to own any previous Adobe CS app (CS3 or higher) and they give you $29.95/month instead of $49.95/month for the whole first year. Adobe Creative Cloud explained (again): Basically is the whole Creative Suite (CS6 as the real apps!) with some advanced cloud sharing features (like Apple iCloud), but you’re paying on a monthly basis, just as long as you use the Suite, much like an App Store if you will. The cloud version of CS6 will set you back $600 $360 (with August deal) a year while the retail version of the whole bundle (“Master Collection“) is $2599 and the lighter, filmmaking oriented package “Production Premium CS6” is $1799. And since we can expect another next version next year anyway that’s a pretty good deal for a serious suite like that. The downside is that you cannot use the cloud on a month-by-month basis, so you cannot only use it during September while editing and save the money cause you’re out shooting during October. Maybe Adobe wants to take over the disappointed Final Cut Pro people before Final Cut Pro X really takes off (if ever). It’s a fact that you’ve got to put in more braincells to learn CS6 than any Apple product. US: Get started with Adobe Creative Cloud (yearly plan) for $29.95: LINK For Europe: Adobe Creative Cloud (yearly plan) for 36,89€ (instead of 61,49€): LINK Why is it more expensive in Europe? Because we have taxes. Here are 10 free Premiere Pro CS6 Tutorials Andrew Devis to get you started on Premiere CS6:Read more
by Sebastian Wöber | 14th May 2012
As announced on April 23rd, the newest and most feature-packed version of Adobe’s design tools, Creative Suite 6, just started shipping. What’s really exciting though is the “creative cloud”: Adobe is launching their new creative cloud service in 2 days. Basically it’s the whole creative suite with some advanced cloud sharing features, but you’re paying on a monthly basis ($49.99 and $29.99 for students) to use an online version of all CS applications, much like an App Store if you will. The cloud version of CS6 will set you back $600 a year while the retail version of the whole bundle is $2599. This is how you access the 30-day free trial: Go to Adobe’s creative cloud page, click “join” and on the next screen you can choose the free trial. If you own a previous CS version you can start a creative cloud membership for a reduced price of $29/month: US LINK You can buy the Adobe CS6 products at B&H:Read more
by Sebastian Wöber | 15th February 2012
I just received news that the Adobe CS 5.5 Production Premium suite is 53% off (link). It loos like the end of the CS5.5 life-cycle is near, despite the fact that previous rumors and the NAB show in April would make a May 2012 release more credible. Adobe hasn’t said much about After Effects or Premiere CS6 yet, but they have released a blog post about the top feature requests for CS6 in the field of interest online section. As Jeff Riegel put it: “I don’t think anyone can make any future buying decision on a blog post (and an upgrade that addressed all 16 of these requests would be beyond huge) but it seems likely that this is more than a subtle hint at what we might expect out of AE CS6.” Top 16 After Effects feature requests: • import of AAF files • keyboard shortcut editor [hopefully better than the one in Premiere Pro] • Vector Paint effect • grouping layers in the Timeline panel [Yes please!] • variable-width mask feather • saving projects backward so that they can be opened by a previous version of After Effects • scopes (waveform and vector) [should be there already] • better handling of image sequences • extrusion of vector graphics • GPU/CUDA acceleration [double Yes please! Mercury engine in AE] • scaling: better algorithms and ability to choose • nodal compositing [To really play with the big boys] • custom zoom values • import of 3D objects • After Effects for Linux • bones and inverse kinematics within Puppet effect Adobe has recently also shown off some new features for Photoshop CS6 including “Content Aware Move”: Video: Content Aware Move in Photoshop (2:28) Now the final question that remains to be asked is: Will CS6 be cheaper if you buy the discounted CS5.5 with a later upgrade to CS6? Links: Adobe Production Premium Suite CS5.5 (mac) $799 Adobe Production Premium Suite CS5.5 (pc) $799 Premiere standalone is also off: Adobe Premiere Pro CS5.5 (mac) $525 Adobe Premiere Pro CS5.5 (win) $525Read more
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