Photoshop’s upcoming Content-Aware Crop tool magically fills in missing areas

By Christian Zibreg on May 26, 2016

An upcoming release of Photoshop CC includes a brand new cropping tool which uses Adobe’s pretty awesome Content-Aware technology to automagically fill in missing areas of a photo. After straightening a photo by rotating it to one side or another, you’re normally left with missing corners. Read More

 

Removing password protection from a PDF file on Mac

By Anthony Bouchard on May 24, 2016

The ability to password protect PDF files is a great way to keep personal information safe from prying eyes, especially when you want to control who is and who isn’t allowed to see the contents of a file.

But on the contrary, what do you do if you want to remove password protection from a PDF file on your Mac?

In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to convert a password-protected PDF file to a basic PDF file that can be opened by anyone. Read More

 

Google to ditch Flash for HTML5 by default in Chrome come this fall

By Christian Zibreg on May 16, 2016

The slow death of Adobe Flash continues as Google preps to put another nail into the beleaguered technology’s coffin come this fall. According to a draft proposal from the search giant, a copy of which was obtained by Venture Beat, Google’s desktop browser will default to showing HTML5 content and video, falling back to Flash as a last resort.

Chrome ships with a built-in Flash Player which automatically kicks into action whenever a piece of Flash content is detected on a webpage. Read More

 

How to remove Adobe Flash from your Mac

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 26, 2016

The succession of vulnerabilities found in Adobe’s Flash Player shows no signs of dying down: not a month goes by without Adobe releasing another yet emergency update for Flash to patch a bunch of newly discovered vulnerabilities (measuring in the dozens).

Some of them can be pretty nasty as they introduce new attack vectors for spyware, ransomware, trojans and other malicious applications that you don’t want anywhere near your computer.

A few years ago, Flash Player was impossible to avoid because a bulk of web video was encoded in Adobe’s proprietary Flash format, but not anymore: YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook and many other popular web services now use HTML5-based video players that work in any modern browser.

While Apple does block older, vulnerable versions of Flash in the Safari browser on OS X, you should do yourself a favor and remove Flash Player from your Mac using step-by-step instructions provided in this tutorial. Read More

 

PDF to Word: convert PDF files to Word files on iOS

By Anthony Bouchard on Jan 18, 2016

If you deal regularly with PDF files, and often use word processors such as Microsoft Word to edit your text documents, then an app called PDF to Word from the App Store could easily become your new best friend.

This app lets you easily convert PDF files to Word files (DOCX) so that you can edit them in Microsoft Word for iOS or on Microsoft Word on your computer. In this tutorial, we’ll go through the process of using the app and show you just how easy this process can be. Read More

 

Adobe releases Post, an iPhone app for turning photos and text into share-worthy graphics

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 17, 2015

Photoshop maker Adobe on Thursday released Post for iPhone, a brand new application for turning text, photos and graphics into eye-candy illustrations for instant sharing on social media and elsewhere.

With professionally designed templates and filters, gorgeous typography with resizable fonts, one-tap color adjustments, a curated selection of fonts and shapes and more than half a million free photos, creating instant memes should be fun.
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Lightroom for iOS gains iPad Pro & 3D Touch support, camera with real-time presets and more

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 16, 2015

Adobe today unleashed a major update to its Lightroom photography application for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad in the App Store.

Both Lightroom for iPhone and Lightroom for iPad apps now feature full support for the iPad Pro’s high-resolution screen and iOS 9’2 Split View and Slide Over multitasking modes, in addition to an all-new built-in Adobe camera with shoot-through presets.

You also get split-tone adjustments, a Notification Center widget to launch the Adobe camera, full support for 3D Touch shortcuts on the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus and much more. Read More

 

Adobe makes Lightroom for iOS free for everyone, no subscription needed

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 8, 2015

Since its April 2014 debut, Adobe’s Lightroom mobile app has required you to subscribe to Adobe’s Cloud service in order to use the app, but not any longer. As first noted by The Next Web, both Lightroom for iPhone and Lightroom for iPad are now available for everyone without the desktop app, without a Creative Cloud Photography Plan subscription and even without an Adobe ID. Read More

 

Adobe releases Photoshop Fix and Capture CC for iPhone and iPad

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 5, 2015

Adobe launched new services at its annual Adobe MAX creativity conference today while updating the Creative Cloud lineup and releasing a pair of brand new mobile apps: Photoshop Fix and Capture CC.

Built on the Photoshop technology, Photoshop Fix, a free download from the App Store, brings desktop tools like Liguify and Healing Brush to image editing on the go.

Capture CC, another new app available at no charge, includes functionality provided by several mobile apps like Adobe Brush, Adobe Color, Adobe Hue and Adobe Shape. Read More

 

Judge green-lights $415M settlement in Apple, Google anti-poaching lawsuit

By Cody Lee on Sep 3, 2015

US District Judge Lucy Koh handed down final approval late Wednesday for a settlement between Apple, Google, Adobe and Intel, and their former employees. The payout is said to be worth around $415 million, and should effectively end the long-running Silicon Valley anti-poaching suit.

For context, in 2011, employees of the aforementioned tech firms filed a class action lawsuit against the companies for anti-competitive labor practices. The suit alleged the firms conspired to avoid hiring each other’s workers in an effort to curtail salaries, costing workers $3 billion in wages. Read More

 

Mozilla blocks Flash in Firefox as Facebook calls on Adobe to kill it off completely

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 14, 2015

Remember when Steve Jobs published an open letter calling for Adobe to kill off Flash and minced no words, saying Flash was “the number one reason Macs crash”? Five years later, the prospect for Adobe’s proprietary multimedia plugin is looking increasingly grim as opposition is mounting against Flash.

Early in the year, Google stopped using Flash on YouTube after rolling out an HTML5 video player. Last week, Facebook’s chief security officer slammed Flash on Twitter and now the non-profit organization Mozilla has added every version of Flash to Firefox browser’s default blocklist. Read More

 

Adobe retires Photoshop touch apps & previews Rigel, its new retouching solution for iPad

By Christian Zibreg on May 21, 2015

Photoshop maker Adobe said today it will be pulling Photoshop Touch apps for the iPhone and iPad from the App Store and other mobile platforms next Thursday, May 28. At the same time the company gave a sneak peek of its forthcoming new retouching solution for mobile, Rigel, which should be available later this year.

Adobe said it will sharpen focus on Creative Cloud mobile apps like Photoshop Mix, Photoshop Sketch, Adobe Comp CC, Adobe Shape CC, Adobe Brush CC and Adobe Color CC. Read More

 

Judge approves $415M payout in Apple, Google anti-poaching suit

By Cody Lee on Mar 4, 2015

US District Judge Lucy Koh granted preliminary approval on Wednesday for a settlement between Apple, Google, Adobe, and Intel and their former employees. The payout is said to be worth around $415 million, and would effectively end the long-running anti-poaching lawsuit. Read More

 

New Adobe apps: Digital Editions e-book reader and PaintCan for turning photos into paintings

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 30, 2015

Adobe has published a pair of new applications on the App Store, Adobe Digital Editions and PaintCan. The former allows you to access and manage e-reading material in Adobe’s DRM-protected format on your iPad, with editions for Windows and Mac PCs also available for achieving cross-platform nirvana.

The latter, as the name suggest, is an easy-to-use painting software for creating nice-looking artworks from your favorite photos using either one of the preset brushes with different textures or your own brushes customized to your liking. Read More

 

YouTube stops using Adobe Flash, now defaults to HTML5 video player

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 27, 2015

When Steve Jobs was challenged on the iPad’s lack of support for Adobe’s Flash runtime for web video, manifested at the time as black rectangles on websites in place of Flash video, he said that “those holes are getting plugged real fast”.

And guess what? He was damn right.

It was a time of the prevalence of Flash and web developers had only begun experimenting with HTML5 for online video delivery, but boy what a difference a few years make.

As reported by VentureBeat, YouTube announced today that it’s ditched Flash for HTML5 video by default. “Other content providers like Netflix and Vimeo, as well as companies like Microsoft and Apple have embraced HTML5 and been key contributors to its success,” YouTube said in a statement. Read More

 

Apple, Google reach new deal to end employee poaching suit

By Cody Lee on Jan 14, 2015

Apple, Google, Intel and Adobe have reached an agreement that would settle their long-standing antitrust class action lawsuit with Silicon Valley employees, reports Reuters. The suit, filed in 2011, accused the 4 tech giants of conspiring to avoid poaching each other’s employees in an effort to keep a lid on salaries. Read More

 

Judge rejects $324 million anti-poaching settlement from Apple and others

By Cody Lee on Aug 8, 2014

In 2011, tech employees levied a class action anti-poaching lawsuit against Apple, Google, and other companies. The suit covered more than 60,000 workers, who claimed the firms conspired to keep their salaries lower by entering in a non-poach agreement with one another.

It was reported in April that Apple, Google, Intel and Adobe had reached a settlement for $324 million, but apparently Judge Lucy Koh (yes, that Judge Koh) didn’t like that number. Judge Koh officially rejected the proposed offer today, saying that it needed to be higher… Read More

 

Google starts clearly labeling Flash content in search results

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 15, 2014

Users of Apple’s iPad, back when the device debuted in 2010, were used to seeing holes on websites in place of Adobe Flash content.

But not for long as those holes were getting plugged real fast – even more so after Steve Jobs penned his famous critique of Adobe’s proprietary runtime, titled ‘Thoughts on Flash’.

Though most web videos no longer require Flash, some websites and web applications continue to rely on Adobe’s technology for interactivity, animations and what not. From now on, it’s easier to identify Flash items in search results because Google Search now flags Flash content, saving you clicks… Read More

 

Photoshop Express can now remove blemishes, reduce fog and haze in photos and more

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 11, 2014

Having received a major update in May adding features like new brushes, a Quick Selection tool and more, the past month or so has marked a relatively quiet period for Adobe’s Photoshop Express software for the iPhone and iPad.

But as Apple confirms ceasing development of its Mac photography software, Aperture, Adobe has renewed its commitment to the platform.

First, they’re helping Aperture customers migrate to its Lightroom software and now Adobe’s made the newly updated Photoshop Express 3.4 even more useful with such additions as blemish removal, a new DeFog tool and more… Read More

 

Adobe responds to Apple’s Aperture news

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 27, 2014

It didn’t take long for Adobe to respond to Apple’s somewhat shocking announcement that it was winding down development of its professional photo editing software, Aperture, to focus on the upcoming Photos app for OS X Yosemite app, due in 2015.

As expected, Adobe is happy to seize the opportunity to sell its Lightroom software and Creative Suite subscriptions to the disappointed Aperture fans whom Apple’s announcement left flabbergasted… Read More

 
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