Tagged: Adobe

Two of my favorite Adobe apps from the past

Adobe Streamline & Dimensions
Both apps were rolled in to Adobe Illustrator years ago—but the features still don’t work nearly as well as they did back in the Mac OS 9 days when they were stand-alone apps.

Of course, if we’re talking about great apps that Adobe killed off:
Adobe Type Manager
GoLive
LiveMotion
PressReady
ImageReady

There is more, but those are some of the ones I used almost daily back in the day.

Photoshop Mix for iPad

Adobe Photoshop Mix gives you powerful, easy-to-use tools that let you combine and cut out images, apply looks, and make nondestructive edits on your iPad — all compatible with Adobe Photoshop CC.

The short video at the top of the page shows the general idea behind the app. Looks pretty cool. I wish my son would let me use his iPad so I could try it out.

Adobe releases free multi-language font for Creative Cloud users

Adobe, in partnership with Google, is pleased to announce the release of Source Han Sans, a new open source Pan-CJK typeface family that is now available on Typekit for desktop use.

Source Han Sans

Source Han Sans, available in seven weights, is a typeface family which provides full support for Japanese, Korean, Traditional Chinese, and Simplified Chinese, all in one font. All told, each font weight in the family has a total of 65,535 glyphs (the maximum supported in the OpenType format), and the entire family rounds out at just under half a million total glyphs.

This is awesome for designers who must work with multi-language files. The font is available for all Creative Cloud users (including free subscription users).

Extension compatibility with Adobe Creative Cloud 2014 apps

Adobe Creative Cloud 2014

If you’re an Adobe Creative Cloud subscriber, you’ve no doubt downloaded and installed the latest versions of the CC apps. Adobe has smartly opted to install the apps beside existing CC apps, so you now have two versions of the main apps. This is important because many extensions and plug-ins are not yet compatible with the latest versions of InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator.

Extensis has announced that Suitcase Fusion 5 font auto-activation plug-in updates are on the way (they currently don’t work in CC 2014) and will be free.

One of my favorite Photoshop plugins, GuideGuide, has been updated to work in PS CC 2014. AlienSkin’s EyeCandy, BlowUp and Bokeh (no longer sold) plugins appear to work fine simply by copying the plug-ins from the old PS CC plugins folder into the new version’s plugin folder.

I’m still waiting on an update for the incredibly useful FlatIcons extension to be updated.

If you rely on an extension or plug-in that hasn’t been updated to work with the new Creative Cloud 2014 versions, you can still use them in the older CC versions of the apps which are still installed on your hard drive – unless you un-installed them.

Free Webcast: Font management in Adobe Creative Cloud

Font management seminar
Fonts. We love them. From cool to crazy, free and open source to extremely expensive, there are a massive number of fonts in the world, and we want to collect them all for current and future projects.

While impressive, an ever-expanding personal font collection can become unwieldy, problematic and even unusable over time.

Join Extensis font management expert Jim Kidwell in this free webcast to learn how to:

  • Remove corrupt fonts from your workflow
  • Dispel the dreaded “missing font” dialog box in Creative Cloud apps
  • Efficiently organize your font collection
  • Speed font prototyping
  • Remove font duplicates
  • Clean font caches
  • And more

Adobe Bridge CC’s missing Output module: How to get it back

Bridge CC Output module

When Adobe shipped Creative Cloud, Bridge was missing a feature many designers and photographers use quite often – the Output module. The Output module allows you to select folders of images and create a customizable contact sheet in PDF or Web Gallery format.

Thankfully, Adobe has made the Output module available as a stand-alone install, which you can download here. It’s fairly simple to install, and of course, absolutely free to all Creative Cloud users.

OS X Mavericks and Adobe CS6 / Creative Cloud

The official statement from Adobe is that Mavericks and Adobe Creative Suite 6 and Creative Cloud play nice together. In fact, they claim compatibility back to CS3.

I had to re-enter username & password for the Creative Cloud app after upgrading to Mavericks, InDesign runs horribly, and Adobe Illustrator opens on an old MacBook Air, but not on a brand new iMac with the exact same apps & fonts installed. Previously, Creative Cloud was running perfectly fine.

I’ve also come across dozens of other apps that are now broken, such as two different screen capture apps.

I would say if you haven’t installed Mavericks on your main rig, don’t do it yet.

Adobe Photoshop Creative Cloud updates

Adobe Photoshop CC

Adobe has updated, for the second time in a very short period, Photoshop Creative Cloud. It’s actually kind of nice to see the update notification pop-up more often with CC apps.

Two handy Adobe Illustrator selection shortcuts

Layer object selectionI love keyboard shortcuts, but I must admit that while I use the heck out of them in InDesign and Photoshop, I’m not as fluent in Illustrator. Here are two handy shortcuts for selecting objects in your Adobe Illustrator document that I do use quite often.

To select all the objects on a layer in Illustrator, you can do one of two things. You can Option + Click on the layer in the layers panel, or click the tiny circle to the right of the layer name in the layers panel (as seen in the screenshot). Either way, only the objects on that layer will be selected.