Adobe Carousel Will Struggle Against Free Photo Stream

Overpriced and underpowered, Carousel v1 fails to compete with Photo Stream

Adobe has released Carousel, a suite of multi-platform apps that let you share and edit your photographs on any device you on, seamlessly. If it sounds familiar, that’s because its a lot like a pro version of Apple Photo Stream.

Carousel runs on iOS devices, as well as the Mac, with Android and Windows versions on the way. Any photo you add on any platform will be almost instantly mirrored. Edited photos are re-uploaded and then re-synced across devices.

Editing is simple and straightforward. Whilst it’s not the Lightroom Lite we were hoping for, you do get a small subset of Lightroom’s editing tools. And these are nicely organized. You can adjust a slider to change white balance, for example, but when you hit the little arrow next to the slider, you get the option to adjust temperature and tint separately.

It’s well put together for a 1.0, and does one thing that Apple’s Photo Stream can’t: delete photos.

However, it has a lot of barriers to use. First is that it costs $6 per month (there’s a free 30-day trial), compared to the free Photo Stream. Second, you have to manually add pictures to the Carousel library. Third, it’s currently JPG-only, so no PNG screenshots and no RAW files (Photo Stream does both).

Complete integration is perhaps Photo Stream’s biggest strength. Any app that can write to the camera roll automatically joins the game (even Carousel, ironically). Apple’s pro apps (I’m looking at you, Aperture) are crowded and nard to use, but when it comes to making the simple stuff easy, it’s hard for others to match the convenience.

Carousel is available now in the Mac and iTunes App Stores.

Adobe Carousel [iTunes]

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Adobe Air-based Xdrive Desktop Lite Launches

This article was written on February 25, 2008 by CyberNet.

Adobe AIR 1.0 has officially shipped and now we’re already starting to see applications built with the new platform. One such application is AOL’s Xdrive Desktop Lite. It was designed for uploading and downloading files from AOL’s Xdrive storage solution.  As a quick reminder, Xdrive is a service that allows users to store (for free) 5GB worth of data. It’s particularly useful for Windows users who can install Xdrive as a virtual hard drive and ends up being a backup solution.  The new Xdrive Desktop Lite works for Windows users but also Mac users now for the first time.

Xdrive Desktop Lite Features

  • Queue multiple files/folders for simultaneous upload and download
  • Easy-to-use file organization tools to create, move, and rename your folders
  • Preview of supported media files on the fly with built-in players
  • Browse files and your desktop, hard drive, or USB device, not just your Xdrive account
  • Drag-and-drop uploading

xdrive desktop lite

If you’d like to try Xdrive Desktop Lite, you’ll need to do the following:

  • Install Adobe Air (get it here)
  • Install Xdrive Desktop Lite and launch it (get it here)
  • Login to Xdrive Desktop Lite (using a AOL or AIM screen name) and begin using it

We’re excited about Xdrive Desktop Lite, especially because Windows Live SkyDrive which launched last week wasn’t all that we expected it to be. While they offer 5GB of storage like AOL does, Microsoft didn’t integrate it into Windows as well as they could have. AOL’s solution isn’t perfect, but with Adobe Air behind it now, the application looks great which is always a plus. And with competitors like omnidrive, mozy,, and SkyDrive, AOL needed something to set themselves apart from the others. For those who need more space, AOL offers 50GB of storage for $9.95 per month or $99.50 for the year.

Eventually AOL intends to say “adios” to the PC only desktop version and stick with an application built with Adobe’s Air platform.

Source: Download Squad

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Poll: Vote for your favorite Frankengadget!

We had a great time combing through your Frankengadget mash-ups, and while there were many worthy submissions, we sadly had to narrow it down to just five. Our submission deadline has since passed, but now the real fun begins — it’s time to vote! Scroll through the gallery at the bottom of this post, then make your pick in the poll below, selecting just one winner (you can use the thumbs above as your guide). Your top selection’s creator will get to take home their very own copy of Adobe Creative Suite 5.5. Voting closes at 12PM ET on Friday, and the winner will be announced on the Engadget Show later that evening, so stay tuned!

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Sci-Fi Tech: New Adobe Plugin Removes Photo Blur

Adobe’s new deblurring algorithm is like something out of science fiction

There are two things that work with photos in sci-fi movies that still don’t work in real life. One is saying “enhance” to your computer and having it magically zoom in and conjure new pixels from nowhere. And the other one is removing the blur from an image.

Thanks to the brainiacs at Adobe, the next version of Photoshop may actually take care of the second one. Above you see the before/after results of the new deblur tool (click to see it full-sized). The plugin — currently in the early prototype phase — first examines the image to work out what kind of blur it has. This generates a grayscale map which can be visualized as a line, with direction.

Then this information is used to correct the blur. The Photoshop team is keeping hush-hush on the details, but the main problems seem to be that combination blurs are very tricky to decipher. Thus, if you take a photo of a speeding car, it may blur. If you shake the camera at the same time, that will blur everything, not just the car. Separating these from each other requires a lot of processing power.

If you can stomach some idiot actor trying to be funny and heckling the poor technician who demoes the tool, you might like to watch the video of it in action. Deblur works especially well on text. This could certainly help with the shaky shots I take of menus and business cards with my cellphone camera.

The tech might be too far off to make it into the next version of Photoshop, but at least it has made it into the near future, instead of the far-future of movies.

Behind All the Buzz: Deblur Sneak Peek [ Blog]

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Adobe CS3 Design and Web Editions Released

This article was written on April 16, 2007 by CyberNet.

Adobe CS3 Released

Adobe officially announced this morning that they have released Adobe CS3 in two flavors: Design and Web editions. In two days it will be exactly two years since Adobe acquired Macromedia, and now we finally have a whole new line of software. All of the products have rightfully been renamed to “Adobe” leaving the Macromedia name in the past.

If you’re not into spending the $1600+ on an entire suite of applications, then they also offer each of the applications for sale on a stand alone basis. Here are the applications that are available at this time: Adobe Photoshop CS3, Adobe Photoshop CS3 Extended, Adobe InDesign CS3, Adobe Illustrator CS3, Adobe Flash CS3 Professional, Adobe Dreamweaver CS3, Adobe Fireworks CS3, and Adobe Contribute CS3.

The suite of applications does contain some new features that will benefit some users, and here are a few of the things they mentioned in the press release:

  • Creative Suite 3 Web editions offer users faster, more productive workflows across the applications.
  • Web professionals can import native Photoshop and Illustrator files directly into Flash and Fireworks with full fidelity.
  • Users can also create consistent experiences across all browsers, operating systems, and a range of mobile and handheld devices with the new Spry Framework for AJAX, a pre-built, cross-browser compatible library of widgets and effects that make it faster and easier to build rich, interactive websites.
  • Fireworks CS3 boasts new workflows for rapidly prototyping RIA layouts for websites and web applications, intelligent Photoshop and Illustrator integration, and a library of common and customizable graphics assets.
  • Both the Creative Suite 3 Design and Web editions include Adobe Device Central CS3, designed to boost the productivity of creative professionals developing content for mobile handsets with essential tools to design, emulate and test content across a wide range of mobile device and handheld frameworks.

I’m sure this software will be among the most pirated ever just like we have seen in the past with Adobe and Macromedia products. Most people want to enjoy the large number of features that the products offer, but can’t afford the steep cost that goes along with them. I did a quick search on a couple BitTorrent networks and noticed that the Mac version of the Adobe CS3 Design Premium Suite is already on there and weighs in at a whopping 2.5GB…it has actually been available for nearly two weeks. However, there doesn’t appear to be a PC version of the Torrent.

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LG Smart TV goes on the charm offensive, appeals to Adobe developers

LG wants to bring the world of Adobe Flash to your living room. Yes, 2012’s lineup of Smart TVs, theater systems and Blu-ray players are all set to arrive with support for both Flash Player and AIR 3, and the Korean manufacturer is keen to get developers signed up for its next-generation Smart TV SDK. The new software development kit will include a simplified dashboard, the ability to render 2D apps in 3D and even “console-quality gaming.” Throw in Adobe’s new Game Input API, and we could see tablets, joysticks and even LG-made smartphones used to control on-screen action. LG has informed us that these upgrades will be limited to next year’s catalogue — your 2011 purchases won’t support the new software, and will have to make do with the slightly weedier Adobe Flash Lite. New Smart TVs will also be compatible with the Wiimote-esque Magic Motion Remote, bringing gesture-based awkwardness to menu selection.

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Adobe reveals Creative Cloud, links Touch Apps to Creative Suite with 20GB storage

Dropbox just not doing the trick for your design work load? Perhaps Adobe can help. The company has announced Creative Cloud, a “hub for viewing, sharing and syncing of files created by Adobe Touch Apps and Adobe Creative Suite.” Included with the service is 20GB of cloud storage, which will probably get you through that web design project you’ve been putting off. After the first of the year, Adobe expects its cloud to include access to applications software (apps too), digital publishing / business services and a global creative community for inspiration and feedback. Also unveiled were Touch Apps, a set of six applications designed to make your tablet a design machine — if you’re down to work on that small of a screen, of course. You’ll have to wait until November to find out just how much the Creative Cloud will set you back, but in the meantime check out the source link for more details.

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Adobe Pushes Further Into Mobile with Suite of Touch-based Apps

Adobe unveiled Creative Cloud, a suite of apps and services for tablet-based creativity. Image: Adobe

Adobe unleashed a suite of services aimed at the growing mobile crowd at its Adobe MAX 2011 Conference today. The apps and services allow creative professionals and hobbyists to do what they do best without being tethered to traditional digital creative tools like desktops or laptop PCs.

It’s all part of Adobe’s so-called Creative Cloud initiative, which provides apps, services and (in the near future) a community surrounding them. Adobe will be releasing six iPad and Android touch apps for Creative Cloud, including Photoshop Touch, Collage, Debut, Ideas, Kuler and Proto. Adobe is also introduce Digital Publishing Suite, Single Edition, an iPad publishing platform for freelancers and small businesses.

The introduction of Adobe Photoshop Touch is especially exciting for aspiring artists who want to move away from using the usual digital tools. The app will feature Facebook and Google integration, as well as a tablet-only “Scribble Selection Tool” that will let users scribble on areas they want to keep or remove. The app syncs with Adobe’s “Creative Cloud” so files can be worked on both in the app or in Adobe’s Photoshop program on the desktop.

Digital Publishing Suite, Single Edition will let designers use InDesign CS 5.5 to design page layouts, which they can then use to publish a single, custom iPad app.

It’s even more exciting for the non-iOS fans in the creative community. Although there are a number of drawing and vector graphics apps for the iPad, few have been ported over to the Android platform. Sketchbook Pro is one notable exception, as was Adobe’s Photoshop Express app. It’s a sign of Android’s success that a tablet-based app isn’t launching as an iPad exclusive.

Pricing for the entire Creative Cloud package will be announced in November, but the Single Edition Digital Publishing Suite will cost $400 and individual touch apps are $10 each.

Flash 11 and AIR 3 landing tonight and delivering 7.1 surround sound to connected home theaters

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Later tonight Adobe Flash 11 and AIR 3 will hit the tubes delivering with it a host of new features, including hardware acceleration for 2D and 3D graphics — at least for desktops. Stage 3D support will be added to the mobile variants for Android, iOS and BlackBerry at a later date. AIR 3 will also be sprucing up connected entertainment devices, like Samsung SmartTVs, with the ability to deliver Flash-based games and content to your home theater system. What’s more, Adobe has baked in support for both Dolby Digital and DTS surround sound. That means both 5.1 and 7.1 sound can be built into an AIR app, whether it be a game or streaming video, and pumped out at up to 512Kbps though your Blu-ray player or other connected theater component. For more, including a demo of a Flash app on a phone and a TV communicating, check out the trio of press releases and video after the break.

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Microsoft and Adobe Go Head-To-Head…Again

This article was written on April 16, 2007 by CyberNet.

It was almost a year ago when Microsoft and Adobe went head-to-head because of the built-in PDF functionality that Office 2007 was supposed to include. Adobe was obviously afraid that by Microsoft incorporating the ability to save a document as a PDF, that they could lose out on people needing their tools. In the end Microsoft had to provide the feature as an add-on that can be downloaded at no cost.

Now they are both at it again because Microsoft is launching a new technology called Silverlight and Adobe introduced a media player. Both of the offerings aim to make the user’s media experience on the Web more feature-rich while also making the media transfer more efficient.

SilverlightHere are some snippets from Microsoft’s press release on Silverlight:

Microsoft Silverlight, previously called Windows Presentation Foundation Everywhere (WPF/E), integrates with existing Web technologies and assets to provide higher-quality experiences with lower costs for media delivery. Delivered to end users through a seamless, fast installation, Silverlight offers consistent experiences to both Macintosh and Windows users on a variety of browsers including Internet Explorer, Firefox and Safari.

Leading media companies and solution providers have announced support for Silverlight including Akamai Technologies, Brightcove, Eyeblaster, Limelight Networks, Major League Baseball, NaviSite Inc., Netflix, Pinnacle Systems Inc., Rhozet Corp., Skinkers, Sonic Solutions, Tarari Inc., Telestream Inc. and Winnov. All have indicated plans to deliver Silverlight-based experiences for their viewers and customers.

“Netflix is leading the way for people to rent movies for instant viewing over the Internet,” said Netflix Chief Product Officer Neil Hunt. “With 6.3 million members now and millions more in the next few years, Netflix needs rapid and reliable scalability so all members can enjoy DVD-quality movies immediately on our instant-viewing feature. We depend on Microsoft Windows Media technologies, and we’re excited about Microsoft Silverlight as a platform to enable instant watching of great content for all our members, on multiple platforms.”

Adobe plans on doing just about the same thing with their media player, and they even plan on dipping their hands in some Flash DRM! As NewTeeVee points out this will essentially be a video RSS Reader that retrieves the video listings from feeds. Here is what Adobe has to say about the media player in their press release:

For viewers, Adobe Media Player enables higher quality Flash format playback, the ability to download and view videos offline, ways to discover interesting new shows, full screen playback, one-click viewer ratings, and a powerful Favorites feature that automatically downloads new episodes of favorite TV shows or video podcasts. The player is cross-platform, based on open standards – including RSS and SMIL – and brings viewers the highly desired ability to play the Web’s most popular video format outside of their browser.

For content publishers, Adobe Media Player enables better ways to deliver, monetize, brand, track and protect video content. It provides an array of video delivery options for high-quality online and offline playback, including on-demand streaming, live streaming, progressive download, and protected download-and-play. The Adobe Media Player enables a wider selection of monetization and branding options including viewer-centric dynamic advertising and the ability to customize the look and feel of the player on the fly to match the brand or theme of the currently playing content.

Adobe Media Player

Unlike Microsoft, Adobe is yet to announce any partnerships that they have already setup. Either they don’t want to tip off Microsoft as to companies that are looking for a better online media solution, or they don’t have any big companies like Microsoft.

One thing is for sure and it’s that this will be one big cat fight. Normally when two companies compete like this, the consumer is always the winner because they are constantly updating and innovating their technology.

Source: GigaOm

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