Adobe is aggressively and continually making improvements to their suite of phone and tablet apps. They have recognized and are responding to several trends in how people use their cameras, in fact in what their cameras are. For a lot of people, their only camera is what their phones can do, we “real photographers”, with our heavy DSLRs are becoming rarer and rarer. In truth, cell phone cameras are approaching the quality of many cameras. People also want to have access to their photos or artistic creations wherever they happen to be. For those individuals, lucky enough to be creative, they want the tools to create, capture and share across multiple platforms and channels. What is powering all of this, is the part that I actually understand, the power, speed and availability of real-time cloud computing is increasing daily, while the costs are dropping faster than Roger’s camera from a table.
Adobe has been telling everyone that the future will reside in the cloud for quite a while now. In the last two weeks, they have finally announced the end of support for the Creative Suite stand-alone versions. For the time being, you still can purchase a non-subscription version of Lightroom, but that writing is on the wall as well. Truthfully, like many I was skeptical at first, but the pace at which they roll out new features and fix bugs along with the increasing level of integration between all the applications and the apps through the Creative Cloud have convinced me. There are apps now for everything from Adobe Premiere for capturing video clips for production, drawing, sketching and painting applications, and of course mobile versions of Photoshop and Lightroom.
I’m going to spend a few blogs talking about what these apps do and why you should start using them. I have an entire page of my iPad and iPhone filled with Adobe stuff and I use them all the time.
At the center of the app world is the Adobe Creative Cloud app itself. It is the Central hub connecting the desktop applications, the mobile apps and your assets that you want to share across all of them.
You can save color schemes, brushes, patterns and files. They work from Illustrator to Photoshop and are linked through your Adobe login and password. You can create separate libraries for multiple projects and can share them with specific people.
Next week we will start in-depth with LR mobile.