Adobe Announcements

Adobe have also been very busy. Firstly they released v5.5 of Adobe Creative Suite, the “.5” designation really fits the version as not all of the products have been updated. Photoshop for instance has had no updates so this isn’t really a release for photographers. However if you are into video and/or use some of the other apps in the suites then it might be worth a look. That said some cool updates are coming out for the iPad (and other mobile devices) later in May 2011.

Adobe also announced that:

a) they are moving to a new release cycle in that every 2 years a major release will be coming out of the apps and suites whilst each year between them a minor release will be released. This is so that they can keep up-to-date with the very fast pace that the industry has been moving in.

b) they also announce that the suites and/or any individual app can be purchased as a subscription either month by month or for 12 months (slightly cheaper). This seriously lowers the entry price for the software particularly the suite which retail; for around £1000 or more. The subscriptions also include all product updates so you will always be using the latest versions. Whilst the overall cost over a 18 or 24 month period might be more than buying the suites outright, with Adobe moving to a 12 month release cycle the deal sounds better.

Adobe also announced the final release of Camera Raw 6.4; support for the following cameras has been added in this update. Visit the Camera Raw page for a complete list of supported cameras.

  • Canon EOS 600D (Rebel T3i / Kiss X5 Digital)
  • Canon EOS 1100D (Rebel T3 / Kiss X50 Digital)
  • Fuji FinePix S200 EXR
  • Fuji FinePix F550 EXR
  • Fuji FinePix HS20 EXR
  • Fuji FinePix X100
  • Hasselblad H4D-40
  • Kodak Z990
  • Nikon D5100
  • Olympus E-PL1s
  • Olympus E-PL2
  • Olympus XZ-1
  • Samsung NX11

Click here for the Windows camera raw update for Photoshop.
Click here for the Macintosh camera raw update for Photoshop.
Click here for the Windows camera raw update for Lightroom.
Click here for the Macintosh camera raw update for Lightroom.