July 19, 2013

9to5Toys Last Call: $120 Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 (PC/Mac), $72 External Blu-ray player/writer, apps/games, more

From 9to5Toys.com:

A large majority of the deals we cover each day come from a variety of ‘Daily Deal’ websites or are so popular that they don’t even last 24 hours. We know you can’t be at your computer every second, so we’re going to round up the best deals each day to make sure you have a fair shot at the deals you want. Be sure to follow 9to5Toys.com so you never miss a deal... Twitter, RSS Feed, Facebook, Google+.

Also check out the latest 9to5Mac Happy Hour to hear the latest 9to5Toys segment. During the show, there’s a mention of $50 video conversion software currently available for free and the VPN service proXPN.com available at a 20% discount.

Today’s Featured deals:

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 Software for Mac and Windows (Boxed Version) $120 Shipped

Samsung 6X USB External Slim Blu-ray/CD/DVD reader/writer $72 Shipped (Reg. $98)

Other great deals we love:

July 18, 2013

Apple releases software update for new MacBook Air to fix Wi-Fi, audio & Photoshop bugs

Apple just released a software update for the mid 2013 MacBook Air that addresses rare issues related to wifi connectivity, audio playback, and Photoshop:

This update fixes an issue that in rare instances may cause an intermittent loss in wireless connectivity, an issue with Adobe Photoshop which may cause occasional screen flickering, and an issue which may cause audio volume to fluctuate during video playback.

Last month, we reported that Apple started investigating reports of Wi-Fi issues on its new MacBook Air and some customers even received replacements.

The 3.35MB MacBook Air (Mid 2013) Software Update 1.0 is available to download now.

May 6, 2013

Live from Adobe’s MAX 2013 Creativity Conference in LA, the company has just unveiled possibly the biggest update yet to its suite of web, design, and video products for Creative Cloud members. Today the company is announcing it is rebranding its Creative Cloud products to “CC” and introducing a ton of new features that will only be available to Creative Cloud members when they launch in June.

One of the biggest updates goes to Photoshop CC with a long list of highly requested new features including: All-new Smart Sharpen, Intelligent Upsampling, Camera Raw 8 and layer support, features from Photoshop Extended, and much more.

Enlarge a low-res image so it looks great in print, or start with a larger image and blow it up to poster or billboard size. New upsampling preserves detail and sharpness without introducing noise.

Other new features rolling out today include live previews up to a 100x faster when painting 3D objects and texture maps, the ability to resize and re-edit shapes at any time, camera shake reduction, and multi-shape and path selection: expand full story

February 26, 2013

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Adobe unleashed its flagship photo-editing product today for iPhone and Android. Called “Adobe Photoshop Touch” for phone [iTunes-$4.99], the app brings many of the features of the tablet version to the small screen.

Much like the tablet version, Photoshop Touch on the phone has core Photoshop features like layers, advanced selections tools, adjustments and filters. We also packed in features exclusive to Photoshop Touch, like Scribble Selection for high-precision selections using only your finger, and Camera Fill for real-time creative blending of your camera feed with layers. This app features the same creative filters as the tablet version, like Color Drops and Acrylic Paint, and also a new Ripple filter.

The bad news is that it isn’t a universal app—meaning, if you purchased it already for iPad, you’ll have to purchase it again for iPhone.

Adobe gives you 2GB of free Creative Cloud space, but, if you are after more (plus the whole Creative Suite), it is also offered at significant discounts: Creative Cloud Software starts at just $19.99 per month.

More on the Photoshop blog, and full description is below: expand full story

December 11, 2012

Adobe Creative Cloud eventYesterday, Adobe finally took the wraps off its Retina versions of Photoshop and Illustrator CS6, and now the company is continuing its announcements at the CreateNow event with the introduction of a major update to its Creative Cloud service. To kick things off, Adobe announced new features for Creative Cloud users with perhaps the most notable being “access to over a dozen exclusive new features for Adobe Photoshop.”

On top of the new features, Adobe is also unveiling a new “Creative Cloud for teams” service, showing off new Creative Cloud features of Adobe Muse, as well as launching Creative Cloud Connection to allow “desktop synching and collaborative sharing.” In its press release announcing the features, Adobe also shared some stats for the service that is now home to more than 1 million free and paid members—326,000, of which, are paying members.

Among the new Photoshop features available to Creative Cloud users:

· Immediate support for HiDPI (Retina) displays for Apple MacBook Pro. This feature was also made available to perpetual license customers as a free update. · Smart Object support for Blur Gallery and Liquify. · The ability to quickly export CSS code for text and objects, and import color swatches to easily design incredible websites. · New workflow timesavers including Crop tool refinements. · 3D enhancements including improved live (OpenGL) previews of shadow effects and additional control over illumination using 32-bit color picker to create glow effects. · Conditional Actions that automatically select the appropriate Action based on user-defined rules, giving users enhanced image processing speed.

One of the bigger announcements, Creative Cloud for teams, will provide users with same Creative Cloud service plus the following team-oriented features: “easy management of virtual workgroups, 100GB of cloud storage per user (versus 20GB for the individual Creative Cloud offering), expert support services, centralized administration for the quick and easy deployment of new seats, and centralized billing and efficient license management.”

Adobe walked us through the new Creative Cloud Connection desktop sync app, updates to Adobe Muse, and Cloud Training tutorials:

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December 10, 2012

click to Retina-fy

Adobe recently gave us a sneak peek at its new version of Photoshop and Illustrator CS6 that is blessed with a healthy mix of new features (below), but a Retina Display overhaul, or “HiDPI” as they like to call it, headlines. As you’d expect, the difference is night and day on rMBPs. All of the menus and layout are just as clear as you’d expect, and there is simply no going back once you’ve had a taste.

As expected, the 129MB Retina update just hit Adobe’s update servers. So, it is in the wild and ready for your perusal. If you are using a 13- or 15-inch Retina Display-enabled Mac, and are down with CS6, by all means, get downloading. Even if you aren’t using a Retina-enabled machine, this is a free update for all Photoshop 13 customers as well as CS6 and Creative Cloud subscribers. We’d be remiss if we didn’t remind readers that Creative Cloud pricing is set to change Dec. 31, but it is currently as low as $19.99 a month or 40 percent off for CS updaters.

Adobe has more exciting announcements lined up, starting tomorrow at its CreatNOW event.

Some other notable features from the release notes:

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November 28, 2012

Vimeo version 3.0: Vimeo is today releasing an entirely redesigned app that brings a new UI with tab-based navigation, automatic Twitter and Facebook sharing, the ability to upload videos in the background, a Watch Later queue, and much more:

-Conveniently manage and watch all your videos on the go -Quickly search for videos from the entire Vimeo catalog -Discover new and amazing videos in the Explore tab -Upload easily from your camera roll or shoot right from the app -Continue using the app while your videos upload -Share any video via Facebook, Twitter, email, iMessage, or copy the link and share how you want -Watch videos from your Vimeo feed, Watch Later queue, or your uploads or likes -Easily like videos, comment, and add to your Watch Later queue

Skype version 4.2: One of the biggest updates today goes to Skype’s iPhone app with the introduction of the support for Messenger, Hotmail and Outlook.com contacts and the ability to sign in and sync your Microsoft account. Other new features include easy account creation from within the app, the ability to edit instant messages by tapping and holding, and support for animated emotions on Retina displays. A full list of what’s new below:

-Chat with Messenger, Hotmail and Outlook.com contacts – sign in with and merge your Microsoft account. -New to Skype? Create a new account right from the app. -Tap and hold on instant messages to edit them. -Choose an emoticon while typing an instant message. -Animated emoticons for devices with a Retina display. -Edit saved phone numbers right from the dial pad. -Bug fixes.

TomTom U.S.A version 1.12: TomTom is updating the majority of its apps today with many new features, a few of which include full compatibility with iOS 6, optimizations for iPhone 5, integration with Apple Maps as a routing app on iOS 6, improved HD traffic, and more. TomTom also released variations of the update for its US & Canada, Europe, Western Europe, Brazil, Australia, UK & Ireland versions, as well as the majority of other locations it offers apps for. expand full story

November 27, 2012

Adobe is teasing a new version of Photoshop CS6 with some “goodies” for its upcoming Create Now Live event in the YouTube video embedded above. Create Now Live will be a live-streamed event that was originally scheduled for Dec. 5 but was moved to Dec. 11 in the last week or so.

Macotakara noted that there are plenty of hints in the video of a Retina version of Photoshop, not the least of which is the Retina MacBook Pro it is being displayed on. Here’s a screengrab of the Adobe video—where it is pretty easy to see the Retina Photoshop elements in the next CS6:

Adobe brought its Lightroom application to Retina specs just two weeks ago, but it is really nice to see the flagship application getting the Retina display it deserves. More event details follow:

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November 21, 2012

Adobe Black Friday Deals: Lightroom: $119, Photoshop & Premiere Elements: $59

Adobe is offering special BLACK FRIDAY pricing on Adobe.com for Lightroom 4, Photoshop Elements 11, Premiere Elements 11, and the Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements 11 bundle 

Holiday Pricing: Valid Nov. 22 through Nov. 28

  • ·         Lightroom 4 — Available now for $119 (originally $149)
  • ·         Photoshop Elements 11 — Available now for $59.99 (originally $99)
  • ·         Premiere Elements 11 — Available now for $59.99 (originally $99)
  • ·         Photoshop Elements 11 & Premiere Elements 11 bundle— Available now for $89.99 (originally $149)

See all Adobe discounts here.

November 13, 2012

Skype for iPhone version 4.1.2: The Skype iOS app finally gets official support for the iPhone 5’s taller display this morning:

-Support for iPhone 5 display.
-Bug fixes.

Adobe Photoshop Express version 2.6: A nice update for Adobe’s Photoshop Express iOS app brings new sharing and editing features including the ability to “tap to eliminate red-eye” and and make more precise edits with numerical values:

• Easily tag faces while sharing photos to Facebook.
• Share photos more quickly with updated sharing screens.
• Simply tap to eliminate red-eye.
• Make more precise edits now that adjustment sliders display numerical values.
• View animated Help content to get up and running quickly.
• Use the app on the latest Apple devices thanks to support for iOS6.
• Count on bug fixes, performance boosts, and in-app notifications for greater speed and ease-of-use

Overgram: Creators of the Over iPhone app for adding creative typography to photos and sharing them on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr & Instagram is out today with a free version of the app called Overgram. The free version provides 10 of the 225 fonts found in the paid Over version.

In only a few seconds you can add captions, quotes, jokes, memes, poems or anything else you can think of to a photo… STUNNING FONTS: We ♥ typography! We carefully selected 10 amazing fonts that will make your photos beautiful and engaging.

TiVo version 2.1: Official iPhone 5 support and performance improvements for the TiVo iOS app: expand full story

Adobe Photoshop Elements half off ($49.99) in box or download

From 9to5Toys.com:


Amazon offers Adobe’s entry level photo manipulation tool, Photoshop Elements 11 for just $49.99. That’s half off of the list price and the lowest price we’ve ever seen for this product. It is available both as a boxed copy or as an instant download. The price compares favorably to the $79.99 price point in the Mac App Store.

We reviewed Photoshop Elements last month.

More Adobe deals here.

November 8, 2012

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom goes Retina

Adobe announced this afternoon that Adobe Photoshop Lightroom has been updated with Retina graphics to support the Retina MacBook Pro. The update comes in the way of the Lightroom 4.3 Release Candidate — RV label indicating it’s being tested before going to the — available through Adobe Labs this afternoon. Additionally, Adobe added 13 new cameras and a slew of bug fixes in the update. We’ve listed them below:

October 2, 2012

Adobe recently announced the latest Mac versions of Photoshop Elements 11 and Premiere Elements 11, and I had a brief opportunity to glance at some of their shiny, new add-ons. Version 11 of both programs notably boast new looks, new experiences, new features, and new functions; but more importantly, they effectively tout prosumer video- and photo-editing solutions for the average consumer.

For those unaware, Adobe Photoshop Elements essentially provides iPhoto users with a Photoshop or Aperture-ish editing experience without the hefty price tag; and similarly, Premiere Elements gives iMovie users the more pocket-friendly bells and whistles of Premiere Pro or Final Cut Pro X.

Go below for the full review.

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September 24, 2012

Today is a big day for Adobe due to its Edge HTML authoring tools announcement earlier.

We just got word that Adobe will also update its consumer image and video editing tools, Photoshop and Premiere Elements to version 11.

Photoshop Elements gets the following updates:

• A completely refreshed, user-friendly interface featuring the same engine as Adobe Photoshop – the industry standard for digital imaging – includes easily-navigated Quick, Guided and Expert editing modes; one-click options; a helpful Action bar; and big, bold icons to help users get the most from their shots • Organize photos based on people, places (via Google maps geo-tagging) or events easily and intuitively • New Guided Edits make pro-level effects like tilt-shift, vignettes and high and low-key easy to create • New filters – Comic, Graphic Novel and Pen & Ink – inspire creativity by turning photos into stunning illustrations • Intelligent Photoshop technology makes it easy to extract objects from different photos • Easily share photos via email, Facebook, YouTube™, Vimeo® and more

Meanwhile, Premiere Elements gets:

• An entirely new and improved user interface including many of the same updates found in Photoshop Elements 11 • Add polish with a wide range of great-looking effects, transitions, themes, titles, disc menus, and professional-level effects and sound • Give videos Hollywood movie styles with FilmLooks; easily apply slow and fast motion effects; dial-in colors with slider controls; effortlessly integrate blends for seamless transitions; and make adjustments with Quick Presets • Show off finished creations with integrated video sharing on Vimeo

The apps are $100 each or $150 for the pair, while upgraders will pay $80 each or $120 for the pair.

[Via Adobe]

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September 5, 2012

Adobe Photoshop Touch updated with Retina support, images up to 12 megapixels, and new features

Adobe announced a significant update to its Photoshop Touch app for iPad today, with the introduction of version 1.3. Included in the free update to the $10 app is full Retina display support for the new iPad, higher resolutions with support for images up to 12 megapixels, and a number of other new features and enhancements. A full list of features, which include two new languages and effects, is below:

Photoshop Touch can now work with print-resolution images, up to 12 megapixels with several layers. Remember that Photoshop Touch works with up to 16 full-size layers in a single file, all in real-time, in contrast to more simple single-layer apps. The ability to work with multiple layers at such a high resolution is a big accomplishment, and we can’t wait to see what you can create with it. The default resolution is 4.2 megapixels with 10 layers, but you can raise that to 12* megapixels in Preferences.

What’s New in Version 1.3

• Retina Display Support: See your images like never before with the Retina display on the new iPad (third generation). • Higher resolution capabilities: Work on high-resolution images while maintaining the highest image quality. Supports images up to 12 megapixels. • Two new languages: Russian and Brazilian Portuguese. • Two new Effects: Shred and Colorize • Smoother animation and scrolling in the organizer, tutorial browser, and file picker • New gesture to toggle 100% view and fit screen (three-finger tap) • New pixel nudging mode for precise movements • Support for Apple Photo Stream • Various bug fixes

August 30, 2012

Adobe just announced on its blog that Photoshop CS6 would recieve a Retina update this fall:

The Photoshop and Lightroom teams are pleased to announce we will provide support for HiDPI displays in the coming months, including the Retina Display available on the new MacBook Pro. Supporting this new technology requires significant work by our product teams and we’re committed to provided a free update to all Photoshop CS6 customers this Fall and Lightroom 4 as soon as the work is complete. Please note that Creative Cloud members will receive Photoshop updates more frequently and receive this update in advance of updates for non-members. While Photoshop,Photoshop Touch and Lightroom will be joining Adobe Ideas in their support of HiDPI Retina Displays, Photoshop Elements will not fully support HiDPI displays in the immediate future however the team is investigating the effort required to support these new displays.

We are also hard at work on some new features that will be rolling out to Creative Cloud members in the coming months. Stay tuned for more details.

For additional background and information on other Adobe software products, please read this blog post.

Thanks for your patience as we work to ensure the quality of our products meet your expectations.

Adobe Creative Cloud is still $29 per month for a limited time.

Update: Adobe has detailed that Retina support will also be coming to the following software around the same time:

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August 22, 2012

As always, we’ll update this list throughout the day with notable app news…

Wild Blood: Gameloft has officially released the first full length gameplay trailer for its upcoming ‘Wild Blood’ title. The third person action game, Gameloft’s first powered by Unreal Engine, will feature a single-player campaign, as well as co-op and arena modes. VentureBeat has first impressions from an iPad demo:

Though you’ll start out with just one giant sword, your arsenal increases as you earn experience points; in the demo (shown on an iPad 3), a leveled up Lancelot dual-wields a pair of magical axes and shoots enemies from afar with his bow… Combat leans toward a simple combo system that feels very responsive and smooth as Lancelot dodges and rolles his way through a large group (around a dozen or so) of demons. In a matter of seconds, these creatures became nothing more than a fine bloody mist.

AutoCad WS version 1.5.2: A nice update for Autodesk’s free AutoCAD WS iPad app brings support for the new iPad’s Retina display in addition to a number of bug fixes.

Adobe Photoshop Express version 2.5.1: Adobe’s free Photoshop Express iOS app gets updated today with a new variant of the Film Emulsion border and a fix for a white colour issue with Film Emulsion. Adobe also noted it “emphasized the free Effects and Borders with separate free categories.” expand full story

June 8, 2012

Apps & updates: Adobe Photoshop Express, Growl, SketchBook Express, Angry Birds Space, and more

Below is our usual list of newly released apps and updates that landed in the App Store today. Some of the more notable apps on the list include updates to iOS apps Adobe Photoshop Express, and SketchBook Express, and Mac App Store apps Growl and Angry Birds Space. We will keep the list updated as more apps and updates are released throughout the day.

Adobe Photoshop Express Version 2.5: The free universal iPhone and iPad app was updated to include the Adobe Effects Pack of “45- eye-catching effects” and the Enhanced Adobe Border Pack with 18 new borders as in-app purchases. The update also includes improvements to borders, effects, and editing, as well as Tumblr and Twitter sharing options, improvements to Facebook and Flickr sharing, and support for the iPad’s Retina display.

SketchBook Express Version 2.5: The free version of Autodesk’s SketchBook Pro app was updated today with a few new features including palm rest, a random color option in Color Editor, and other enhancements and bug fixes.

Voice Answer Version 1.3: We told you about the Voice Answer app before when Apple rejected it for being too much like Siri. Today, Apple has finally allowed an update to the app that turns the app’s AI— named Eve—into a “a fully animated 3D robot.” The update also includes voice messaging, email, and calling, and it now supports 54 languages for translations.

Growl Version 1.4:  Popular Mac notification app Growl received an update on the Mac App Store today with dozens of enhancements and tweaks to the service. The app’s release notes mentioned: “Major improvements to networking,” “Applications Tab Redesign,” and a long list of other improvements.

Angry Birds Space Version 1.2.0: The same as the iOS apps the other day, the Mac App Store version of Angry Birds Space now includes the “delicious food planet of Utopia,” which features 10 new levels for the title that recently reached 100 million downloads.

May 18, 2012

Adobe Photoshop/Premiere Elements 10 $47/ea or $70 for both

From 9to5toys.com:


Today only, Amazon’s Goldbox deal is Adobe Photoshop Elements or Premiere for $47/each or $69.99 for the combo.  That’s the lowest price we’ve seen for these photo and video editing applications from Adobe which are available in both boxed and downloadable formats for Mac and PC.

By comparison, both are available at the Mac App Store (Photoshop/Premiere) for $80/ea. For a list of all of Adobe’s current discounts and specials click here.

Want to brush up on Premiere? Here’s a great tutorial

May 11, 2012

Adobe Photoshop Touch updated to version 1.2

The Adobe Photoshop Touch iOS app received a slew of fixes and small new features this morning after being updated to version 1.2 overnight. The most notable feature in version 1.2 is a new maximum resolution of 2,048-by-2,048 pixels for images. The default measurement will still be 1,600-by-1,600 pixels, but for those looking for a little more can change it in the app’s settings. Sadly, Photoshop Touch still is not Retina-compatible. Other new features include:

  • Automatic synchronization with Creative Cloud
  • Available in 6 languages (English, French, German, Japanese, Spanish, Italian)
  • Added export to PSD and PNG via Camera Roll or email.
  • Improved rotate and flip image workflow.
  • Added ability to transfer images to desktop via iTunes.
  • Added two new Tutorials.
  • Added four new Effects (Watercolor Paint, HDR Look, Soft Light and Soft Skin).

As for fixes, Adobe corrected the supported languages in iTunes and fixed an issue with logging in via Facebook. You can grab this update over on the App Store.

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