Adobe Acrobat XI Pro
Adobe Acrobat is so firmly established as the premiere PDF application on the planet, and the PDF format is so firmly established as a worldwide standard that a new version, like Adobe Acrobat XI, may not seem very exciting. In fact, though, Acrobat XI does more to simplify and streamline PDF editing and management than anything I've seen in a long time, and it's an essential—and reasonably priced—upgrade for all serious PDF creators.
Acrobat for the first time makes it almost as easy to edit text and graphics in a PDF as it is in a word-processor, though with significant limitations that I'll get to in a moment. The formerly clumsy process of merging documents into a single PDF now gets a streamlined and powerful interface. New form-editing and document-signing features make it easier than ever to add electronic signatures to documents via computers, tablets, and smartphones. Acrobat XI preserves the simplified interface that Adobe introduced in Acrobat X, but it's learned a lot of smooth new moves.
Adobe Photoshop CC
Creative Cloud changes everything. Well, maybe not everything: Adobe Photoshop CC looks nearly identical to its CS6 predecessor, but it packs several powerful new features, including a revolutionary photo motion blur corrector, more effective image upscaling (think getting those low-def images looking good on a Retina display), new photo geometry corrections, and multiple shape and path selections.
Since it's part of the cloud subscription, as long as you pay $19.99 a month for Photoshop alone or $49.99 for the full creative suite ($29.99 for students, teachers, and upgraders from CS3 and later), you'll always have access to any new features that come along. That sounds more palatable to me than the old $699 to $999 up front, though I realize that some longtime users have expressed displeasure that they have to continue paying to use software. With the subscription, it would take you at least 3 years to spend the previous up-front money, and by then, you'd probably want to upgrade anyway.
Adobe InDesign CC
First introduced in 1999, Adobe InDesign is the base of the publishing platform. It is targeted at designers, publishers and anyone who job it is to create professional layouts for periodical publications, posters, print media, and more. It is now taking on more responsibility in the world of electronic publishing and supports content consumption on various electronic devices.
So what is new with InDesign CC?
• A more modern UI, updated so that the user interface is consistent with Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, making it easier to work across your Adobe applications. And now you control the brightness of the UI so you can see your layouts more clearly.
• Faster Performance from new under-the-hood improvements throughout InDesign keep you working quickly and smoothly. Harness all of your system’s RAM with native 64-bit support. See the greatest improvements in speed and stability when printing and when exporting PDF and INX files.
• HiDPI and Retina display support means that from text to complex artwork, every element of your design will have greater clarity and vibrancy, thanks to support for the high-resolution Retina display on the new MacBook Pro.
Adobe Illustrator CC
Adobe Illustrator is a vector-based graphics editor. It was first developed for the Apple Macintosh in 1986 and is the companion product of Adobe Photoshop. It wasn’t until the mid-1990s with Illustrator 7′s ports for both Windows and Mac that Illustrator became the standard for the design industry.
So what is new with Illustrator CC?
• Touch Type tool: This gives you a new way to design with type. You can take and manipulate discrete characters within a type object as if they were individual objects. There is no need to set each letter separately or convert text to outlines and ungroup the result. Instead, using simple on-character controls, you can scale, rotate, and reposition each letter individually, as well as distort letters vertically and horizontally. The best part is that the text remains editable, so you can change the font, modify kerning, tracking, leading, and baseline position, or edit the text at any time.
• Images in brushes: Art, Pattern, and Scatter brushes can contain raster images, so you can paint with a brush made from a photo, quickly creating complex organic designs with simple brush strokes. As with all Illustrator brushes, strokes can be reshaped and modified at will – when you modify a path, the artwork adjusts accordingly. Use new corner options to fine-tune the brush, giving it automatically created corner tiles that provide a perfect fit at internal and external corners.
• CSS extraction gives you the ability to generate and export CSS code, an efficient way of maintaining the integrity of your design. You can then use the new CSS Properties panel in Illustrator to produce CSS code. Your developer creates an HTML page containing basic structure and content, then can incorporate the CSS code into an HTML page using a code editor such as Adobe Edge Code CC or a text editor such as BBEdit.
Adobe Dreamweaver CC
Adobe could have rested on its laurels when updating Dreamweaver to its latest incarnation in the subscription-based Creative Cloud service as Dreamweaver CC. In its previous incarnation as Dreamweaver CS6, part of Adobe's Creative Suite 6, Adobe's advanced website editor already had little or no serious competition as a tool for creating and maintaining today's multiplatform websites. Dreamweaver CS6, for example, introduced ready-to-use "fluid grid" Web layouts that use CSS to reshape webpages automatically according to the screen size, making it easy to build a single site use with phones, tablets, and desktops without the complex CSS hand-coding previously required.
The new Dreamweaver CC enhances the fluid-grid feature by supporting HTML5 structural elements such as Sections and Articles. It also adds an equally effort-saving tool, a new CSS Designer that uses an interactive graphic interface for modifying CSS properties like shadows and curved corners, so you only need to click and drag to modify complex CSS code while seeing the results in real-time. Full support for Web-based fonts—downloaded from Adobe's servers while the browser loads a page—makes it easy to create eye-catching designs. Also, like the rest of the Creative Cloud suite, Dreamweaver also gets a simplified and more easily customizable interface, and works identically under both Windows and OS X.
Adobe Muse CC
This is a major update for Muse and with it comes some highly requested features such as client side content management, contact forms that work with any hosting provider, and a layers panel to simplify the design process. Adobe has also implemented Parallax Scrolling in Muse, which can be a great addition to any website when used properly.
Content management gives the user (or client) the ability to login to the back-end of a website, and make updates to the content (images / text) without having access to the Muse working file. Simply enable the CMS features in the Site Properties, publish your site to Adobe's Business Catalyst platform and invite your client to edit the site. Site edits are made directly in the browser by selecting an element and modifying it's content. When you've finished making in-browser edits simply click publish, and the update site is live.
This should make a ton of Muse users very happy. Adobe has figured out how to make the Muse contact forms work with any hosting provider. Now you can publish or upload your site to any hosting platform, and users can input form data and it will send directly to the email address you specify.
Adobe Premiere Pro CC
With Apple’s Final Cut Pro going its own way, with a sleek and modern interface, and Avid’s curmudgeonly Media Composer still holding sway over traditional video editors, it was always going to be interesting to see which way Premiere Pro went with the new Creative Cloud version.
The most obvious change is that you are now leasing the software, and if you stop subscribing you can’t use it. The plus side is that, unless you're paying for Premiere Pro alone, you'll have access to After Effects CC, Photoshop CC and Illustrator CC. While the online cloud storage and sharing will have some merit, it’s the integration with Adobe Anywhere that has the biggest potential, enabling team members in different locations to work on the same project. Unfortunately, that doesn’t come with the Creative Cloud subscription, it’s extra, and you'll need your own hosting servers to put the production on. That’s also how Premiere differentiates between file types for editing. A project file is yours alone, a production file is for multiple users.
So, back to the original question, and Premiere has shuffled somewhat towards Media Composer. While Premiere could import its AAF files, they weren’t always that accurate. This has been improved for both importing and exporting, with better support for Media Composer’s native DNxHD media format. Another option is the ability to select specific sequences when exporting to AAF. So FCP owners don’t feel left out, there’s better compatibility with Final Cut projects as well. Helping things along are the built-in Messanine codecs; Adobe now has a team doing nothing else but working on codecs, so they will be 64-bit and multi-core threaded. As such, Sony XAVC and Panasonic AVC-Intro 200 are now supported. Of course, there’s still the 2K and 4K formats that Media Composer has trouble with – version 7 expected to address – which can be edited directly on the timeline.
Adobe After Effects CC
Adobe has hit another home run with After Effects CC, expanding the software’s capabilities and refining the tools that professional filmmakers and motion-graphics artists depend on. Further enhancements in performance make After Effects CC a must-have partner for animators and video editors working with Premiere Pro CC.
New features such as a live 3D workflow with Cinema 4D Lite, now included with Creative Cloud, give motion-graphics artists and compositors much-needed integration with true 3D object animation.
In addition, several upgraded tools—including the Refine Edge Tool (for use with Roto Brush), Warp Stabilizer VFX, and Pixel Motion Blur—make the CC version a substantial revision for compositors and animators. Also new are the enhanced 3D Camera Tracker, bicubic sampling for layers, and the ability to send a comp to render through the Adobe Media Encoder, which allows you to continue working in After Effects while your project renders in the background.
For me, however, the real beauty of Adobe’s Creative Cloud is the ability to sync my user profiles and preferences between machines and to access my software and settings when I’m working remotely—simply by signing in with my Creative Cloud User ID.
Adobe Flash Professional CC
Absent flashy, headline-grabbing new features, Adobe's updates for Flash Professional CC are simply improvements to the program's existing core features and functions. Alongside the app's enhanced user interface, Flash CC's new ability to export projects to HTML, to full HD video and audio, and to test animations directly via USB on mobile devices, are designed to benefit the vast majority of users.
Adobe has overhauled the familiar Flash user interface in this version. It is now a fashionable dark gray, which looks very professional (but can be switched back to light gray). The timeline and code editor have also been improved, alongside numerous other interface elements. A full screen editing mode, which shows only the canvas, hiding all the palettes, is a great addition.
The workspace canvas has also been adjusted. In the past, you were limited to a maximum size. That limitation is now gone, so you can import large graphics for a scrolling background—great for game developers creating a jump-n-run (side scroller) game.
Flash's new 64-bit architecture works well with late model MacBook laptops and will surely scream with the recently introduced Mac Pros. Adobe has rewritten most of Flash's code to convert it to a native cocoa application. For artists who like to work anywhere from a client's workspace to their home office, Flash CC automatically syncs preferences of your Flash installations through the Creative Cloud.
ESET NOD32 Antivirus 6
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Most antivirus vendors come out with a new version each year. Some include the year in the product name, some increment the version number. A few, like Kaspersky and Symantec, have chosen to drop versioning altogether in favor of continuous updates. The developers at ESET have a simpler plan—they release a new version when it's ready, rather being driven by market forces. ESET NOD32 Antivirus 6 ($39.99 direct; $59.99 for three licenses) comes almost a year and a half after its previous version, and it comes with some interesting new features.
The organization of the main window has changed little since version 5, but ESET's cyborg mascot now graces the home screen. If all is well, a green status indicator reports that you have maximum protection. If there's a problem, you get a red status indicator and a link to the necessary fix. Simple!