Adobe Creative Suite 6 launch propels design, Web, and video apps onto center stage

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jQuery Mobile Themes You can now preview and apply themes and attributes to your designs as you design and develop applications for mobile devices. The new ability to access mobile themes makes them easier to work with. Now, you can use the jQuery Mobile Theme panel to find and preview prebuilt options. You can also create custom jQuery Mobile themes in Fireworks and access them within Dreamweaver.

Integration with jQuery Mobile makes it easier to design for mobile applications.

Integrated PhoneGap Build Support With the new ability to integrate with Adobe's PhoneGap Build service, you can package native mobile apps for iOS and other platforms such as Android, iOS, Blackberry, WebOS, and Symbian. With updated PhoneGap support in Dreamweaver, you can author HTML 5, CSS3, and JavaScript-based applications and let the PhoneGap Build service build the applications. You can add device-specific functionality, such as incorporating multitouch, geolocation and accelerometer features into your mobile projects. When the design is finished, use Dreamweaver to compile and package the app for delivery to devices.

Revised Live View The new version of Dreamweaver features enhancements to Live View to provide more accurate renderings of HTML 5 and CSS3 code. The new version of Live View lets you preview and manage your Web and mobile projects. You can preview HTML 5 video content and other rich media or use Live View with fluid grid layouts to design for mobile apps. Live View improvements are supported by the latest version of WebKit, the standard browser and device rendering engine.

The CSS Transitions panel lets you visually create transitions written in CSS3 code. Enter the values in the New Transition dialog box to create a CSS transition without writing any code.

W3C validation Dreamweaver CS6 uses the live W3C validation server for checking accuracy and high-quality code results for multiple versions of XHTML and HTML. Validating your code in Dreamweaver is the same as before, except that Dreamweaver now sends pages to the W3C validation service for processing.

Business Catalyst There’s updated integration between Dreamweaver and Adobe Business Catalyst, an all-in-one Web host that includes content management, shopping carts, module-based site features, reporting metrics, customer data, and email marketing. Business Catalyst lets you cevelop e-commerce sites and create online stores without writing server-side code.

CSS3 Transitions Dreamweaver now includes a new CSS3 Transition panel that lets you visually create smooth animation effects and color fades between two CSS states without writing code. With the panel, you can target a CSS selector (including custom classes and IDs) and create transitions that morph between changes of a CSS property. The code generated by Dreamweaver is pure CSS3 and is supported by modern browsers and mobile devices. The transitions do not require JavaScript to display.

On the Mac, Dreamweaver requires a multicore Intel processor, Mac OS X 10.6 or 10.7, and 512MB of RAM. For Windows, it requires an Intel Pentium 4 or AMD Athlon 64 processor, Microsoft Windows XP with Service Pack 2 (Service Pack 3 recommended); Windows Vista Home Premium, Business, Ultimate, or Enterprise with Service Pack 1; or Windows 7, and 512MB of RAM.

Illustrator

Illustrator CS6, targeted to print and multimedia designers, Web and interactive designers, and video production artists, offers upgrades to features, technologies, and interface. New pattern tools, image tracing, and gradients on strokes enhance the tool's feature set.

Adobe Illustrator CS6
Adobe has overhauled the program’s engine and replaced it with the new Mercury Performance System, which uses the graphics processor as opposed to the CPU. Illustrator now offers native 64-bit support, accessing all the RAM on your system. Adobe has also freshened the interface of its 25-year-old illustration software.

Image Trace This feature lets you convert raster images to editable vectors via the program’s new tracing engine. This approach gives you quick results with image sensing, which automatically applies the most appropriate preset, while an Image Trace panel that presents you with options all in one place. Adobe says that the interface is more intuitive and interactive, giving you clean lines, accurate fitting, better color recognition, and more reliable results.

Image Trace lets you convert raster images to editable vectors with clean lines and accurate colors.

Pattern Creation New pattern tools provide a different approach to crafting seamless, repeating vector patterns. On-artboard controls let you create and edit patterns interactively. One-click tiling arrangements let you experiment with different types of repeating tiles and pattern shapes that can be edited at any time. A new Patterns Options panel provides easy access to controls for creative exploration and instant previewing.

Pattern creation resulting in cleaner, more exact, and easier to work with paths.

Gaussian Blur Enhancement Gaussian Blur and effects such as drop shadows and glows are now faster, and interaction with the tools is improved. With Gaussian Blur, you can now set a blur radius using a slider and preview instantly on the artboard, rather than in an intermediate dialog box.

Gradients on Strokes This new Illustrator version lets you apply gradients to your strokes—along the length, across the width, or within the stroke itself—all with control over placement and opacity.

On the Mac, Illustrator requires a multicore Intel processor with 64-bit support, Mac OS X 10.6.8 or 10.7, and 2GB of RAM (8GB recommended). On Windows, it needs an Intel Pentium 4 or AMD Athlon 64 processor, Microsoft Windows XP with Service Pack 3 or Windows 7 with Service Pack 1, and 1GB of RAM (3GB recommended) for 32 bit; 2GB of RAM (8GB recommended) for 64 bit.

Flash Professional

Flash Professional CS6, targeted to interactive designers and game developers, focuses on Adobe AIR runtime. This new version of Flash offers new sprite sheet generation, delivery of apps with a prepackaged Adobe AIR captive runtime, and access to device-specific capabilities with prebuilt native extensions.

Adobe Flash CS6
Sprite Sheet Generation A sprite sheet is a single bitmap image containing multiple frames of one or more animations and symbols, with a separate data file that contains all of the coordinates of each of the states. By using sprite sheets, a browser or a game can load a single image and use the coordinates in the data file to show a specific state. Bitmap-based sprite sheets can have a dramatic effect on game performance, offering smooth playback by using the GPU as opposed to the main processor.

Prepackaged AIR App Creation With Flash Professional CS6, you can create and deliver applications with a prepackaged Adobe AIR captive runtime. This means that you can quickly test your content on different devices without having to install runtimes first, and end users can download, install, and use your content without requiring additional steps or downloads (other than accepting the licensing agreement).

Sprite Sheets let you load a single bitmap image containing multiple frames. It takes advantage of the GPU.

Platform and Device-specific Access Prebuilt native extensions allow you to access to platform- or device-specific capabilities in your code. You can download native extensions at no charge. New extensions are added as new devices and capabilities are released.

Adobe AIR Mobile Simulation With tablets, smart phones, and even televisions and monitors offering support for touch interfaces (which, beyond basic functions like swiping and pinch zooming, may also include accelerometer and GPS functions), you can add engaging expression and interactivity to your content. New support for simulating these functions on the desktop lets you speed up testing and spend less time debugging.

AIR publishing improves user experience.

Toolkit for CreateJS CreateJS is a collection of JavaScript libraries containing animation, sound, tweens, and tools that allow you to use the program's animation and drawing capabilities to create HTML 5 content. It's available as a free extension to Flash Professional CS6 owners and subscribers to Adobe Creative Cloud.

For the Mac, Flash Professional needs a multicore Intel processor, Mac OS X 10.6 or 10.7, and 2GB of RAM (3GB recommended). For Windows, it requires an Intel Pentium 4 or AMD Athlon 64 processor, Microsoft Windows XP with Service Pack 3 or Windows 7, and 2GB of RAM (3GB recommended).

Production Premium CS6

Adobe showcased Production Premium CS6 at the 2012 National Association of Broadcasters convention. Macworld published a hands on look at all the Production Premium software. Meanwhile, here's the summary.

Adobe Production Premium CS6
Premiere Pro Adobe’s flagship video editing software package is targeted to a wide range of users, such as editors and post-production pros, motion graphics designers, visual artists, and photographers. Updates include new features and improvements in interface, workflow, image stabilization, enhanced multicam editing, and an enhanced Mercury Playback Engine. The program provides native support for more pro level cameras and more powerful color workflows.

Premiere Pro integrates well with other suite programs. Premiere Pro works with the new Adobe SpeedGrade, for color grading workflows, or use it to import rough cuts and associated metadata from the new Adobe Prelude. The 64-bit Adobe Media Encoder lets you encode video faster and use the new Preset Browser to configure a single source for output to a combination of video and device formats. You can send Adobe Premiere Pro projects directly to Adobe Encore and After Effects without intermediate rendering via the faster Dynamic Link. Encore is now natively 64-bit, so you can produce completed DVD, Blu-ray Disc, and Web DVD projects faster.

For the Mac, this software requires a multicore Intel processor with 64-bit support, Mac OS X 10.6.8 or 10.7, and 4GB of RAM (8GB recommended). For Windows, it needs an Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD Phenom II processor with 64-bit support, Microsoft Windows 7 with Service Pack 1 (64 bit), and 4GB of RAM (8GB recommended).

Premiere Pro's live video scrubbing in the scaleable thumbnails inside the new Clip Bin.

After Effects This software, targeted to motion graphics designers, video editors, post-production professionals, and interactive designers, is used to create cinematic special effects and motion graphics. A new Global Performance Cache boosts productivity by saving almost all previews for instant recall. You can create and work with extruded text and shapes directly in After Effects. The new versiona also features Variable Mask Feathering, a new 3D Camera Tracker, Rolling Shutter Repair, and more high-quality, built-in effects.

For the Mac, the software requires a multicore Intel processor with 64-bit support, Mac OS X 10.6.8 or v10.7, and 4GB of RAM (8GB recommended). For Windows, it needs an Intel Core2 Duo or AMD Phenom II processor with 64-bit support required, Microsoft Windows 7 with Service Pack 1 (64 bit), and 4GB of RAM (8GB recommended).

Speedgrade A new addition to the Creative Suite, SpeedGrade is a native 64-bit program offering GPU-accelerated performance and support for formats like RAW, HDR, and stereoscopic content. SpeedGrade provides advanced color grading capabilities to the Production Premium bundle. It works with digital cinema cameras such as ARRI ALEXA and RED, and with post-production interchange formats such as QuickTime, DPX, and OpenEXR. The software ensures that all your shots are accurately matched and every project is styled using layer-based tools for color correction and look design.

On the Mac, SpeedGrade requires a multicore Intel processor with 64-bit support, Mac OS X 10.6.8 or 10.7, and 4GB of RAM (8GB recommended). For Windows, it requires an Intel Core i7 processor with 64-bit support, Microsoft Windows 7 with Service Pack 1 (64 bit), and 4GB of RAM (8GB recommended).

SpeedGrade interface

Prelude Targeted to producers, directors, and film editors, Prelude provides a unified interface for ingest and logging workflows, allowing you to work faster, stay organized, and generally streamline your production process. With this software, you can copy and transcode to your storage infrastructure and begin logging immediately, and add searchable markers and other temporal metadata. You can also create rough cuts with post-production notes that flow into Premiere Pro.

On the Mac, Prelude requires a multicore Intel processor, Mac OS X 10.6 or 10.7, and 1GB of RAM (2GB recommended). For Windows, it requires an Intel Pentium 4 or AMD Athlon 64 processor, Microsoft Windows XP with Service Pack 2 (Service Pack 3 recommended) or Windows 7, and 1GB of RAM (2GB recommended).

Audition This audio package provides an editing and mixing environment for video and broadcast workflows, integrating with Premiere Pro as well as third-party nonlinear editors and digital audio workstations. Audition offers new features for editing and sound design, such as real-time clip stretching, automatic speech alignment, and automatic pitch correction. It expands your production capacity with control surface support, recordable track automation, multiple clipboards, HD video playback, native 5.1 surround editing, and audio sweetening and restoration tools.

On the Mac, Audition requires a multicore Intel processor, Mac OS X 10.6.8 or 10.7, and 1GB of RAM; 2GB for HDV and HD playback. For Windows, it requires an Intel Core2 Duo or AMD Phenom II processor, Microsoft Windows XP with Service Pack 3 or Windows 7 with Service Pack 1 (32 bit or 64 bit), and 1GB of RAM; 2GB for HDV and HD playback.

At a Glance
  • Adobe Audition CS6

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