Adobe improves Lightroom


Lightroom 5

My personal favorite imaging application continues to get better: Last week Adobe briefed industry reporters on the new version of Lightroom, and this week the company is offering everyone an advanced look at the app, with a free beta version.

Lightroom organizes and enhances images with ease. The latest version adds an improved healing brush, an automatic leveling function, a radial gradient, and updated previews, slideshows, and book features.

The test software is here.


Photoshop on a phone: Adobe Touches Android and iOS


photoshop phone

While most of us take plenty of pictures on our phones, how many of us want to extensively edit them on the tiny screen?

Plenty, thinks Adobe. “Mobile phones are increasingly becoming the primary tool for people to take and edit photos, “the company says. “…Photoshop fans wanted some core Adobe imaging magic on their smartphones.”

The Photoshop Touch phone app “brings core features of Photoshop desktop software to mobile devices” and offers “intuitive, touch-based gestures and features,” Adobe says.

New features include layers, selection tools, filters, tonal and color adjustments, all with a 400-percent touch zoom. It can select and combine image elements with the Scribble Selection tool, Adobe adds. The $5 app can work with photos as large as 12 megapixels. [It’s a separate app — and purchase — from the previous tablet version.]


More information is here.


PixelTone audibly edits images



The next time you talk to your computer while fixing a photo, it might not be because you’re losing it…. Instead, you might be directing your image editing app to carry our a command.

A team of Adobe researchers are working with the University of Michigan to develop PixelTone, which they bill as a multimodal interface for image editing” that combines speech and direct manipulation.

“We observe existing image editing practices and derive a set of principles that guide our design,” they write. “In particular, we use natural language for expressing desired changes to an image, and sketching to localize these changes to specific regions. To support the language commonly used in photo editing we develop a customized natural language interpreter that maps user phrases to specific image processing operations. Finally, we perform a user study that evaluates and demonstrates the effectiveness of our interface.”

A full video demonstration of the software is here.



Adobe frees Revel online image organizer


From $5/month to free: Adobe is now giving away its Revel photo library organizer service, which syncs your photos among multiple devices.

Users can now import their entire photo libraries for free, Adobe says – ”As many photos as you want in the first 30 days.”

Adobe is still offering a $6/month premium paid subscription, to import more than 50 new photos per month after the first 30 days.

Revel lets you access your photos almost anywhere you go, Adobe says, back-up your photos to the cloud, organize and share all the photos you have, apply non-destructive edits, and share web galleries that update automatically.


New Photoshop features in the Cloud


I haven’t even tried all the features in the last version, and now there’s more — but the latest features are only available to subscribers: Adobe Systems says its new Photoshop CS6 capabilities available to Creative Cloud members include smart object support for blur gallery and liquify, 3D enhancements including improved live previews of shadow effects, and support for Retina displays on Apple’s MacBook Pro.

Also, the new “Creative Cloud for Teams” makes it easy for creative professionals to collaborate with colleagues, with easy management of virtual workgroups, and 100GB of cloud storage per user.

Adobe Creative Cloud membership for individuals is $50 per month; Creative Cloud for teams is $70.