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Adobe unveils new hardware, updates Creative Cloud, mobile photo apps

Sections: Graphics / Design, iDevice Apps, iPad, iPad Air, iPad mini, iPhone/iPod touch/iPad, Mac Software

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Yesterday, Adobe unleashed a slew of app updates and some new hardware for photographers and other digital creatives. There were updates to mobile and desktop apps, some brand new apps, and even a new appcessory bundle consisting of a digital sketch pen, ruler, and companion apps.

Creative Cloud Photography Plan

Adobe’s Creative Cloud gives you access to the Adobe suite of products in the cloud, but it can be kind of expensive. Adobe’s carving out a section dedicated just for professional photographers and serious amateurs who don’t need access to Adobe’s full suite of programs. The new Photography plan is $9.99, which is $40 cheaper than a regular Creative Cloud subscription, and includes access to:

  • Photoshop, Lightroom, and Lightroom mobile for iPad/iPhone, which gives you access to powerful image organization, curation, and editing tools on your Mac or mobile iDevices
  • Photoshop Mix, a brand-new app which provides access to some of Photoshop’s features in the cloud on your iPad. While it doesn’t provide full Photoshop functionality, you do get the ability to perform limited enhancement. And because everything’s stored in the cloud, you can pick up with the full desktop version of Photoshop to continue your work.
  • Adobe Voice access to Lightroom collections stored in the cloud, which allows you to create animated stories from your photos.

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Creative Cloud App Updates

The entire Creative Cloud suite of apps—including standard apps like Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, and Premier Pro—also got updates. The app updates are available to all Creative Cloud subscribers, and the subscription plans were updated as well to include new options for enterprise and education customers. Access for individuals starts at $30 per month for users upgrading from the Creative Suite, or $50 per month for new users. This subscription entitles users to upgrades, so the next round of software updates will be delivered to your apps without any additional charges.

Digital Pen and Ruler Accessories

Adobe also unveiled a set of digital accessories and companion apps that tie into their Creative Cloud offering. The Adobe Ink and Slide accessories provide a pressure-sensitive Bluetooth stylus and ruler that simulate the ruler and ballpoint pen an artist would use on paper. The companion apps are integrated into the Adobe Creative Cloud, so your drawings and sketches can be made part of your projects in Photoshop, Illustrator, or other apps. The Adobe Line and Adobe Sketch apps for iPad are free, while the Ink and Slide kit costs $200.

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For full details on all of the products Adobe delivered in this update, be sure to check out the Photoshop.com blog.

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