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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Adobe Unveils Milestone 2015 Creative Cloud Release

Unprecedented Innovation and Integration across Creative Cloud Desktop and Mobile Apps, including Android Support

NEW DELHI, India — June 16, 2015 — Adobe (Nasdaq:ADBE) today launched a milestone release of its flagship Adobe Creative Cloud tools and services. The 2015 release of Creative Cloud includes major updates to Adobe’s industry-defining desktop tools, including Photoshop CC, Illustrator CC, Premiere Pro CC and InDesign CC; as well as new connected mobile apps for iOS and Android. The company also shipped Adobe Stock, the industry’s first stock content service to be integrated directly into the creative process and the tools creatives use every day (see separate press release). In addition, Adobe announced an expanded Creative Cloud enterprise offering that includes enterprise-grade administration, security, collaboration and publishing services for design-driven brands, businesses and large organizations.

Since Creative Cloud was introduced in 2012, Adobe has championed the idea that mobile devices should be integral to the creative process, with free companion mobile apps working seamlessly with CC desktop tools. Adobe today released Brush CC, Shape CC, Color CC and Photoshop Mix on Android for the first time, bringing connected mobile workflows to millions of creatives worldwide. Adobe has also updated many of its popular Creative Cloud mobile apps for iPhone and iPad, including Adobe Comp CC, Photoshop Mix, Photoshop Sketch, Illustrator Draw, Brush CC, Shape CC and Color CC.

In addition to these updates Adobe debuted Adobe Hue CC today. Hue CC provides an easy way to capture and share production-quality lighting and color schemes -- for video, film and broadcast -- by using an iPhone camera and then applying these light and color moods into a Premiere Pro CC or After Effects CC project.

At the heart of Creative Cloud is Adobe CreativeSync, a signature technology that intelligently syncs creative assets: files, photos, fonts, vector graphics, brushes, colors, settings, metadata and more. With CreativeSync, assets are instantly available, in the right format, wherever designers need them -- across desktop, web and mobile apps. Available exclusively in Creative Cloud, CreativeSync means work can be kicked-off in any connected Creative Cloud mobile app or CC desktop tool; picked up again later in another; and finished in the designer’s favorite CC desktop software.

“The 2015 release of Creative Cloud is packed with innovation. Adobe Stock, our brand new stock service, makes 40 million photos, vector graphics and illustrations accessible directly within your favorite CC desktop apps. Our CreativeSync technology deepens the connections between desktop apps and mobile apps on iOS and Android; and major updates to Creative Cloud’s infrastructure and administrative capabilities make this an essential upgrade for enterprise customers,” said David Wadhwani, senior vice president, Digital Media, Adobe. “Creative Cloud 2015 is our most powerful and comprehensive release to date.”

“We know that companies that foster creativity are 3.5 times more likely to outperform their peers in terms of revenue growth, based on Forresters Creative Dividends research released late last year,” said Umang Bedi, Managing Director – South Asia, Adobe. “Enterprises of all sizes, SMBs, creative professionals and serious hobbyists will find this release of Creative Cloud most useful. Not only does it put the power of mobile in the hands of creatives and makes them much more agile and productive; with deep connections with Adobe Digital Publishing Solution (DPS) and Adobe Marketing Cloud it allows businesses to make, mobilize, manage, measure, and monetize content in a secure fashion thus transforming their own and their customers’ businesses.”

Desktop Tools Take Giant Leap Forward

With the 2015 release of Creative Cloud, Adobe magic and Mercury performance provide speed and technology breakthroughs across 15 CC desktop applications, including:

· Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, Photoshop CC introduces Artboards, the best way to design cross-device user experiences in a single Photoshop document and quickly preview them on a device; and a preview release of Photoshop Design Space, a sleek new work environment focused on the needs of mobile app and web site designers.

· Lightroom CC and Photoshop CC both gain the new Dehaze feature, which appeared first as a MAX sneak in October 2014. Dehaze, eliminates fog and haze from photos, including underwater shots, for startlingly clear images. Haze can also be added to a photo for artistic effect.

· Premiere Pro CC furthers its lead in the market with the addition of the Lumetri Color panel for powerful color corrections using intuitive sliders and other simple controls; and Morph Cut, which makes it easier to deliver polished interview content by smoothing out jump cuts in talking-head shots to create a cohesive, polished sequence.

· After Effects CC now has Uninterrupted Preview to allow artists to adjust a composition’s properties and even resize panels without impacting playback. Also, the groundbreaking Adobe Character Animator brings 2D figures to life using a webcam to track facial movements, record dialog and apply movements in real time onto a pre-configured character.

· Illustrator CC is now 10 times faster and 10 times more precise than CS6. Powered by dramatic boosts to its Mercury Performance Engine, users can now pan and zoom smoothly without delays. With the new Chart tool (preview), designers can also create beautiful custom charts and share them with others via CC Libraries.

· InDesign CC gets its own Mercury performance surge with zooming, scrolling, and paging through complex documents now twice as fast. InDesign now also allows users to publish and distribute documents with a single click.

· Dreamweaver CC has new responsive web design capabilities that let designers quickly lay out and build production-ready sites that adapt to any screen size.

· Adobe Muse now includes instant access to premium fonts from Typekit.

· And much, much more. Additional updates to these and other CC desktop applications make this one of Adobe’s biggest releases in years.

Creative Cloud Enabling The Digital Transformation of Enterprises

Major enhancements to Creative Cloud for enterprise were also announced today: a solution for large commercial, education and government customers who must radically speed the development and publishing of customer experiences, as part of their digital transformation strategies. This edition includes all the product features from today’s Creative Cloud 2015 release, plus expanded security options and deep connections with Adobe Digital Publishing Solution (DPS) and Adobe Marketing Cloud. Two new security capabilities ensure protection of corporate assets, including customer-managed encryption keys and a new managed service hosting option, which offers dedicated storage behind a customer’s firewall.  Creative Cloud for enterprise also supports an upcoming release of DPS, empowering existing teams in organizations to rapidly design and publish mobile apps without writing code. A public beta of this major update to DPS is available this week, with more information available here. Content from Creative Cloud for enterprise also syncs with Adobe Experience Manager (AEM), a key component of Adobe Marketing cloud, to accelerate marketing campaigns by streamlining creative-to-marketing workflows. 

Adobe Stock Content Service Launched, With Deep Creative Cloud Integration

The company also announced Adobe Stock, the industry’s first stock content service to be integrated directly into the creative process and the tools creatives use every day. Adobe Stock, a new stock service, makes 40 million photos, vector graphics and illustrations accessible directly within CC desktop apps.

The launch of Adobe Stock shakes up the $3 billion global stock image market, as Adobe customers are active contributors to stock image services and regular purchasers of stock content. An estimated 85 percent of creatives who buy stock content use Adobe tools; and more than 90 percent of stock content sellers use Adobe software in the preparation of their photos and images. In addition to utilizing the Adobe Stock service, creatives can contribute work to Adobe Stock, accessing a worldwide community of motivated stock content buyers. Adobe also announced it will offer industry-leading rates to photographers and designers contributing content to Adobe Stock. Adobe Stock is based on the acquisition of stock content provider Fotolia, earlier this year.

Adobe Stock is available now in 36 countries and 13 languages worldwide, including the US, UK, Australia and Japan. It is expected to be available in India in the near future. Adobe Stock is also available as a standalone stock service, stock.adobe.com, where designers and marketers, who are not yet Creative Cloud members, can download, purchase and sell stock images.

Pricing and Availability

Today’s updates to CC desktop and mobile apps are immediately available for download by Creative Cloud members as part of their membership at no additional cost. Membership plans are available for individuals, students, teams, educational institutions, government agencies and enterprises. For pricing details, click here. For details of the new features and capabilities launched today click makeit.adobe.com.

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Adobe Acrobat Document Cloud – A Review

Adobe launched the Acrobat Document Cloud sometime back and we are here with a review about it for you. First things first; while Acrobat continues to retain the features that you are so used to having in the older versions, it has polished these up a little bit in order to make them shine out amidst the gamut of shiny and nifty new features that have been brought in.

What’s new?

  • Working on touch enabled devices.
  • Storing and sharing files online for instant access across devices.
  • Facility to send, track and confirm delivery of important documents electronically.
  • Ability to recognize text in scans (this existed previously as well) and then preview and correct suspected errors with a side by side view.
  • Automatically fix document photos to remove backgrounds and adjust perspective.
  • Integration with MS Word for Mac to create high quality PDFs. This existed in Windows apps since quite a while now.
  • Ability to edit text and reorganize pages on the move on an iPad.
  • Ability to turn scanned paper documents into instant editable PDFs.
  • A Smart auto fill option to allow quick and seamless form filling experience across devices.

True to its name, Adobe Acrobat Document cloud offers a seamless experience working with documents across devices and people. We tested the Document to editable PDF and found that the app worked instantly and recognized form fields perfectly fine. A quick test on an image scan proved that the application was smart enough and could not be tricked easily.

Earlier versions of Acrobat suffered with the serious flaw of not being able to recognize text correctly when the document was being exported to word processing applications. This has also been fixed now and the application highlights those letter/words that it is unable to recognize thereby requesting an intervention at an earlier time. A correction done to similar looking characters is cascaded resulting in you needing to cross verify it only once.

The auto fill is another nifty feature that Adobe has borrowed from the modern day browsers. Most of us tend to have tons of redundant data that we end up typing every now and then at multiple places. Since Adobe is looking to revolutionize the way people work with documents and forms, this comes in handy by allowing you to save up your details in a centralized repository that is synched across all the devices. Acrobat recognizes intelligently the kind of data that is expected out of a field and automatically provides you with just that and no more. Eg: It recognizes well which is an email field and would provide you with only the email ids as the options there rather than every other data that you have saved.

Adobe has also improved the document correction algorithm and provides a great feature that fixes bad scans and makes them look professional. This comes in handy when the user has no good scanner and uses his mobile to click pictures and send instead of scans. The algorithm not only skews and crops the document to the right fit and angle but also removes any unnecessary background color thereby aiding the several who may use this feature.

Adobe has also gone a step further in terms of the electronic signatures by allowing end users to track and confirm delivery in real time. This would be of great use when sending across important documents like contracts for signatures since eSignatures are now considered very normal thing to do. This information is available privately to the document sender and if needed can be made public as well.

The new Acrobat is now available as Standard and Pro versions and come in multiple pricing options that would suit just about every need.

Verdict?

The new Adobe Acrobat DC is definitely a giant leap by Adobe in the right direction. The only thing that one could ask for at this moment is integration with the multiple digital lockers that are coming up so that the data can be locked away on the cloud other than Adobe’s cloud alone. Acrobat has long been considered for use only as a paid model that would provide features like forms etc to the end user. Adobe could also probably look at opening up such elemental features to regular laymen users who tend to make use of quite some forms for various purposes and not restrict it to the paid versions alone.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Flipkart Big App Shopping Days Festival is here

Flipkart started their Big App Shopping festival today. The festival is on until the 24th of June and has great deals and offers on all items on sale with them on their app. The app can be downloaded and installed from here.

Major deals include open sales on several mobiles as well as a new launch. The One Plus One would starting today be available on Flipkart ending its exclusivity with Amazon. Follow the links below to get to the Open Sale mobiles as well as the newly launched One Plus One on Flipkart.

The One Plus One can be bought from here.

Also available on sale over Flipkart is Xiaomi’s Mi Band which has recently come back in stock. You can buy the band for an attractive offer on the app from here.

In addition, the other Open Sale devices and their respective links have been listed below:

Lenovo A6000 Plus (open sale) and Flat Rs 500 Off
Moto G 2nd Gen. at Just Rs 9,999 and Exchange Offer (Upto Rs 5,000 Off)
Honor Bee - Exchange any working phone for Rs 750 off
Lenovo A7000 (Open Sale) Launch Of New Colour (White) and Exchange Offer (Upto Rs. 4,000 Off)
Moto E (2nd Gen) 4G at Just Rs. 6,999 and Exchange Offer (Upto Rs. 2,000 OFF)
Micromax Canvas Nitro A311 at Just Rs. 7,999
Samsung Galaxy S5 at an Exclsuive Prices of Rs 22,999
Apple iPhones Exchange Offer (Upto Rs 15,000 Off)
Mi 4i (Open sale) Exchange Offer (Upto Rs. 5,000)
Mi Pad at Just Rs 10,999 (only on App)
iBall WQ77 Windows Tab at Just Rs 6,999 (and free video streaming device)

The offers are not restricted to just mobiles but include Laptops, Cameras, Memory Cards, Headphones and the Google Chromecast. You can get them all by visiting the links below:

Upto 55% Off on Sandisk Ultra Memory Cards
HP Laptop (Quad Core A8 Notebook) at Just Rs 23,990
Google Chrome Cast Media Streaming Device at Just Rs 2,499
Flat 20% Off on Canon Point & Shoot Cameras
Minimum 60% Off on Designer Cases & Covers for Mobiles
JBL Headphones below Rs. 649

In case you happen to be a SBI Bank Credit or Debit Card user, then there are even better news for you. Flipkart offers an additional 10% discount on all purchases made at the Big App Shopping Days Festival. Click here to know more about the offer.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Samsung Launches Two Mid-Segment Galaxy Tablets

Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. recently announced the launch of two stylish mid-segment tablets-Galaxy Tab A and Galaxy Tab E in India. The next step in Samsung’s legacy of innovation in the tablet category, Galaxy Tab A ensures an optimal viewing experience with its 4:3 aspect ratio and rich Adaptive Display. The device is capable of automatically adjusting the colour gamut, contrast and sharpness on the screen to add to the viewing pleasure. Galaxy Tab A is 4G-LTE enabled and supports multiple frequency bands for both FDD and TDD modes, ensuring seamless performance for faster video streaming and webpage loading.

Galaxy Tab E is an impressively powerful android tablet with a sleek and ergonomically designed body and a large 9.6” screen size. It is powered with enhanced productivity features and will be exclusively available for sale on Flipkart.

Both the tablets support voice-calling capability and have been uniquely positioned, offering superior entertainment experience to our discerning consumers. The launch of these new devices will further strengthen Samsung’s product portfolio in the mid-range segment and expand its leadership position within the tablet market.

Mr. Asim Warsi, Vice President, Marketing, IT & Mobile at Samsung India, said, “Samsung is committed to address diverse consumer demands and personal preferences. With consumers embracing new 4G technologies and innovative products, we foresee incredible opportunities in this segment. Samsung is a leader in the Tablet category in India and we are focused on expanding our content, services packages and on increasing our retail coverage. The launch of two new tablets will carry forward our legacy of introducing smart media devices and we are confident that new Galaxy Tabs will seamlessly become a part of consumer’s daily routine.”

Designed for Beauty and Portability

The Galaxy Tab A and Tab E is the perfect blend of mobility, style and usability. At 7.5mm, the Tab A is extremely thin. It weighs only 320 grams. Consumers can utilize the supreme portability of this device without comprising on screen size.

The Galaxy Tab E is 8.5mm slim and weighs 495 grams, bringing a sleek device to everyone’s palm. This tablet integrates easily in everyday life and suits consumer style--especially with subtle but stand-out fabric-style pattern on the back cover and sleek design suits.

Optimal Viewing Experience – Tab A

The 4:3 screen ratio is ideal for showcasing websites and publications better, maximizing coverage and minimizing blank space. Users will be able to view 20% more material for web pages and 30% more in composing long emails and SNS messages. Galaxy Tab A’s newly-designed book cover transforms into 3 different positions for optimal typing, web browsing or watching movies.

Samsung, via Galaxy Gifts, is also offering its consumers free access to premium applications and services, to enjoy the device and experience the perfect fit for reading and browsing.

Best-in-class performance – Tab E

The Galaxy Tab E with a 9.6 inch screen and 16:10 ratio is made for consumption of multimedia content. Tab E users can utilize the tablet’s expansive screen size for an unrivalled entertainment experience including watching movies and paying games. The tablet’s advanced performance includes the ability to multi-task with ease and allows usage of Multi-Window to access two apps at the same time.

Galaxy Tab E features ‘Kids Mode’, which offers content that motivates children to use the tablet to explore, create and have fun. The kids-friendly GUI ensures apps are simplified, visually stimulating and highly intuitive for the child.

Enhanced Camera

Galaxy Tab A and Tab E features enhanced camera functions that capture memorable moments more easily. From easy access to camera modes to instant access to Continuous Shot, customers can capture successive moments as they happen, without wasting precious seconds changing the shutter settings. Both tablets incorporate expandable memory up to a massive 128GB, which allows users to maintain a library of information and entertainment content for access, storage, backup and sharing.

New Tablet UX

The new UX in both Tab A and Tab E has been upgraded for better usability, making it easier to view and select your favorite apps at a glance. The home screen is optimized, file sharing is easier than ever, and action buttons are always within easy reach.

Price & Availability

Samsung Galaxy Tab A is priced at INR 20,500/-. Galaxy gifts worth INR 30,000 are offered across genres such as Entertainment, eBooks, Lifestyle, Utility Apps with Galaxy Tab A in India.

Airtel will also be offering 2GB data free for 2 months on its 4G network to Tab A consumers.

Galaxy Tab E is priced at INR 16,900/- and will be available exclusively on Flipkart.

Vodafone will be offering free 2GB of 3G data per month for 2 months for post-paid consumers and 1GB of 3G data free on purchase of 1GB by a prepaid consumer for 2 months.

Galaxy Tab A will be available in Smoky Titanium and White colours and Galaxy Tab E will be available in Metallic Black and Pearl White colours across India.

Friday, June 5, 2015

PHICOMM enters India with their flagship smartphone Passion 660


PHICOMM, China’s leading provider of telecommunication equipment, terminals, and services today launched its flagship LTE Android smartphone - PHICOMM Passion 660, in India. This versatile and easy to use smartphone based on a Qualcomm Reference Design by Qualcomm Technologies Inc. (QTI) has a 5.0-inch IPS LCD display with 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution (FHD) and is powered by a Qualcomm® Snapdragon 615 processor with 4G LTE. Qualcomm Snapdragon is a product of Qualcomm Technologies Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated. PHICOMM Passion 660 features a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera with LED flash and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera. With PHICOMM’s own EXPECT 5.0 UI, Global 4G Roaming supportand its unique pedometer, PHICOMM Passion 660 offers consumers a dream like technologically advanced device aimed to enhance their mobile experience.
PHICOMM Passion 660 will seamlessly allow you to stay constantly connected with its Qualcomm Snapdragon chip with 4G LTE that offers high-speed connectivity that allow consumers to share their content, browse, game and more, around the world.
The PHICOMM is only 7.3mm thick and weighs only 110 grams, PHICOMM Passion 660 is one of the thinnest and lightest 4G smartphones available in the market. It has stronger structure on one piece metal body, seamless back cover by unibody process and decoration of metal frame.
PHICOMM Passion 660 exhibits features based on innovative technology which includes a professional pedometer along with gesture recognition. The pedometer is one of the best features of the smartphone which enables one to track how much you walk in a day and also counts the calories burnt! Set a goal and record your growth towards good health.
The built –in step-counter sensor does not require GPS & Network and it has 166 times power saving ability as compared to a Software Solution. Gesture recognition enables you to access the functions of the phone with hand gestures, making the smart phone a futuristic gadget. Passion 660 can also record your altitude by the built in barometer. When taking a picture, you can use Geotag and Barometer to record your 3D position (That means your latitude, longitude and altitude of your position).
The PHICOMM Passion 660 employs 2 microphones to enable noise cancellation and suppression using Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ Voice+ technology for superior speech clarity even in noisy environments.
The 5.0” FHD IPS screen at 441ppi gives an excellent colour reproduction and contrast. A 13 MP rear camera,armed with IMX 214 sensor from Sony and a5MP BSI front camera with super wide view angle (84 degrees) guarantee that your photos will look brilliant with amazing colour and outstanding details whatever taken in a bright or a dull background. The built in memory (2GBRAM/ 16GB ROM) can be additionally expanded up to 64GB via SD card.
PHICOMM Passion 660 is exclusively available on Amazon.in. The registration for the phone would begin on www.Amazon.in and the sales would begin on 9 June 2015.