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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 Review

Posted by Lee Yuan Sheng in "Digital Home Software" @ 08:00 AM

Product Category: Photo Post Production and Library Software
Manufacturer: Adobe
Where to Buy: [Full version] [Upgrade] [Digital Download Windows] [Digital Download Mac OS X] (Affiliate)
Price: US$149 for Full, US$79 for Upgrade.
System Requirements: For Windows: Intel® Pentium® 4 or AMD Athlon® 64 processor, Microsoft® Windows Vista® with Service Pack 2 or Windows® 7 with Service Pack 1, 2GB of RAM, 1GB of available hard-disk space, 1024x768 display, DVD-ROM drive, Internet connection required for Internet-based services. For Mac OS: Multicore Intel processor with 64-bit support, Mac OS X v10.6.8 or v10.7, 2GB of RAM, 1GB of available hard-disk space, 1024x768 display, DVD-ROM drive, Internet connection required for Internet-based services.
Specifications: Partial Feature List


  • Easy to use but powerful workflow
  • Good results are fast to achieve
  • For Nikon users: Proper colours, finally!
  • US$149 price point is hard to ignore


  • Slow, slow, slow. Performance issues are present
  • Expects to be the centre of your workflow; stepping out of it can make things awkward
  • It is slow. It bears repeating. Are you sure you want to use that D800 with this?

Summary: Adobe's Lightroom has reached version 4, and we take a look at its two main modules, and how it works for one of the last holdouts against it. There are some performance issues, but it is capable of some great results. The performance issues cannot be overlooked that easily however, and it does cost the software some points in overall usability. The new price point makes it a relative bargain for many, however. Read more...

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Adobe's Creative Cloud Subscription Service - Worth It?

Posted by Brad Wasson in "Digital Home Talk" @ 06:00 PM

"Today is a big day for Adobe. Not only is the company officially unveiling the next versions of virtually all of the applications in its Creative Suite, but Adobe is also launching its Creative Cloud online offerings. This marks a major change in how Adobe is selling and marketing its flagship product: while the company will continue to offer a shrink-wrapped version of CS6, it's also introducing a subscription service with this update. For $49/month with an annual subscription or $79/month for month-to-month memberships, users can now get full access to any CS6 tool, including Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, Premiere Pro and AfterEffects. The suite will also include Adobe's new HTML5 design and development tools Muse and Edge, and will be deeply integrated into the company's tablet apps. Users will be able to download and install these apps on up to two machines."

Adobe recently announced the newest release of Creative Suite, the sixth version (CS6). As shown in the graphic above, there are numerous feature enhancements across all the products in the suite. Upgrading even one of the Abobe apps can be an expensive proposition for most people. Personally, I have a copy of Photoshop that is a few revisions behind, but would like to upgrade it. It is probably a good time to do so from a functionality perspective. What is intriguing with this latest release of apps, is that a new option purchase option is available. Called Creative Cloud, this new purchase option is actually a subscription service. For $49/month (US) with an annual subscription or $79/month (US) for month-to-month memberships, users can now get full access to any CS6 tool. For me, this is an incredibly tempting offer.

The Read link article has all the details about the new edition of Creative Suite, and the new subscription service. Once you've had a chance to read it, drop back here and let me know if you think the subscription service is a good deal.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Adobe's Lightroom 4 Beta Previewed

Posted by Lee Yuan Sheng in "Digital Home Software" @ 10:00 AM

"The Lightroom 4 beta introduces quite a list of features, including a completely new book-creation module, expanded support for video, soft proofing capability, and geo-tagging of still and video images via a Google Maps-powered module. Image editing tools have also been significantly updated, with a new process version (PV2012) that includes a reworking of the Basic panel controls and new localized editing options."

Adobe has announced a beta for Lightroom 4, and DPReview takes a look at the changes. While they look interesting, I am plenty invested in my current workflow to not start using a Lightroom-based one. I guess there are a lot more people who are excited though, so take a look at the comprehensive preview.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Adobe Photoshop Elements 10 and Premier Elements 10 Released For Windows And Mac

Posted by Richard Chao in "Digital Home Software" @ 03:00 AM

"Adobe today announced Adobe Photoshop Elements 10 & Adobe Premiere Elements 10 bundle for Windows and Mac, the newest version of Adobe's award-winning, No. 1 selling consumer photo- and video-editing software. This milestone release celebrates 10 years of bringing powerful, easy-to-use technology to consumers. Available as standalone products or as a single retail package, the Photoshop Elements 10 & Adobe Premiere Elements 10 bundle offers two complete solutions that redefine what it means to bring photos and videos to life."

Adobe has just released Photoshop Elements 10 and Premier Elements 10. The products are available separately for $99.99 or as a bundle for $149.99. The press release is posted in its entirety after the break.


Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Adobe Releases Lightroom 3.5 and Adobe Camera Raw 6.5 Release Candidates

Posted by Lee Yuan Sheng in "Digital Home Software" @ 11:40 AM

For Lightroom and Photoshop users, the release candidates for Lightroom 3.5 and Adobe Camera Raw 6.5 are out. Updates adds a number of cameras (including the newest Olympus and Panasonic cameras), as well as lens profiles. Check it out if you're on an Adobe workflow.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Abobe Creative Suite 5.5 - Now With Subscription Options

Posted by Brad Wasson in "Digital Home Talk" @ 07:30 AM

"New Subscription Editions ensure customers are always working with the most up-to-date versions of the software without the upfront cost of full pricing. With subscription pricing, customers can use flagship products such as Photoshop for $35 per month, the Design Premium for $95 per month, or the Master Collection for $129 per month, for example."

At first glance this appears to be quite an attractive opportunity to buy in to the Abobe world of products. If you are a design or photography professional you will know that their products are amongst the best available, but are considered by some to be expensive. Whether their cost is justifiable will depend on your business case for their use. The Subscription Editions offer a new purchase and use option that might be quite desirable, but be careful calculating your overall costs. Note also that with the release of Adobe Creative Suite 5.5 new product features are also included.

There are quite a few options to consider (hit the Read link for a full analysis), but in general the idea is that you pay a monthly fee to have a valid license to run a particular product. You can subscribe on a month-to-month basis, or commit to longer period with additional savings. You may have to consider a few scenarios to figure out if this is more cost-effective for you. If, for example, you start and stop fairly short-duration projects, employing part-time or contract professionals, then this subscription model might work well for you. You could purchase a license for a few months and then cancel once the project is complete. If you employ a team of design professionals, full time, then there may still be cost advantages to keeping with the traditional model of buying a product license outright, and upgrading when you feel the new features warrant it. All things considered, this new model may be just the option you are looking for to get access to Adobe products in a cost-effective manner.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Adobe Readies Flash 10.2 Beta

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home News" @ 04:30 PM

"Welcome to the Adobe® Flash® Player 10.2 beta. Flash Player 10.2 introduces new features and enhancements, including a new video hardware acceleration model that enables dramatically enhanced video playback performance."

2009 is a year Adobe would probably like to try and forget; it was the year they became the whipping boys for seemingly all that ails Windows, OS X, iOS, Android, and, oh, a few others. I'm not nearly as opposed to Flash as some people are. Yeah, I've had my fair share of complaints about Flash causing browser instability, but I haven't had problems with Flash in quite a while. Version 10.2 brings some nice improvements to the otherwise under-utilized GPU in most computer systems, and it looks like Adobe is on the right track when it comes to improving performance. Once the software developers at Adobe finish fixing Flash, they should all be assigned to Adobe Premiere Elements - because there's an app that needs some serious help.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Six Reasons Why Adobe Lightroom 3 Should Be in Your Digital Toolkit

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Software" @ 07:00 AM

Back in 2009, I reviewed Lightroom 2 - and gave it a fairly glowing review. I spent a fair bit of time evaluating different raw process solutions back then, and Lightroom 2 was the best one out there. A year and a bit later, Adobe has released version 3 of this software tool and it's only gotten better. All of the basics are still the same, so rather than repeating what I've already covered in my review of v2, I thought I'd cover off some of the things that I like the most about Lightroom 3 ($285.99 USD full version, affiliate). Here they are. Read more...

Monday, September 20, 2010

Adobe Releases Premiere Elements 9: Hopefully it Crashes Less

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Software" @ 10:51 PM

"SAN JOSE, Calif. - Sept. 21, 2010 - Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced Adobe(r) Premiere(r) Elements 9 software for both Windows(r) and Mac. Available for the first time on the Mac platform, Adobe's No. 1 selling consumer video-editing software* enables users to turn raw video footage into professional-looking movies in minutes and share virtually anywhere with friends and family."

I have a real love-hate relationship with Premiere Elements. On the love side, it's incredibly easy to use and generates excellent quality output. It's flexible in terms of output formats - I can create MPEG4 h.264 files at 1080p with two-pass VBR encoding at whatever bit rate I want...many consumer-level apps can't do that - and does basically everything I need it do. I find the user interface easy to figure out, the text tools are nice, and I have a nice, fast work-flow when using the program.

On the hate side, it crashes...a lot. I've never seen an application crash as often as Premiere Elements does. It crashes when editing a video, rendering a video, editing text, even exiting the application. I haven't seen an application crash this often since the days of Windows 95. It's been like this for years - check out this post of mine from 2008. Premiere Elements crashes so much that in version 8, Adobe introduced an error reporting wizard that asks you what you were doing when the application crashed, asks you for your email address, and presumably sends them crash information. I say "presumably" because in all of the crash reports I've submitted - and I'd estimate I've submitted at least 50 of them in the past year - I've never heard back from Adobe tech support. Worse, Adobe as a rule doesn't release patches or updates for their Elements software - if it has a glaring bug, it will not get fixed. Adobe simply expects the user to buy the next version of the software that has the fix. Appalling, isn't it? Read more...

Adobe Announces Photoshop Elements 9

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Software" @ 10:21 PM

"SAN JOSE, Calif. - Sept. 21, 2010 - Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced Adobe(r) Photoshop(r) Elements 9 software for Windows(r) and Mac, offering a complete photo solution to anyone who wants to organize, edit, create and share extraordinary photos. With the newest version of the No. 1 selling consumer photo-editing software,* Adobe delivers powerful new technology to equip every consumer with the ability to achieve professional results easily and quickly."

Adobe has released the latest in the Adobe Photoshop Elements line, and as a long-time user of this product, I'm glad to hear it. I've believed for a long time that too many people think they "need" to buy the very expensive full version of Photoshop, when the reality is that Elements will likely do everything they need. These are the people though who feel like they're somehow less than cool if they're not using the most expensive software there is, the most expensive lenses, etc. But I digress...

So what does Photoshop Elements 9 bring to the table? The Spot Healing Brush, adapted from Photoshop CS5's much-praised content aware fill, should be pretty slick. There's a feature called Photomerge Style Match, which sounds like it functions a bit like the copy/paste settings in Lightroom. There's the ability to post to Facebook, and create online "interactive albums". Portraits get a boost with the "Perfect Portraits" feature - sounds like some sort of one-click retouch. I never touch the Organizer part of Elements, mostly because in previous versions I've found it to be intrusive and awful from a performance aspect, but prolific shooters may like the feature that automatically analyzes your photos and assigns it a rating based on lighting, focus, or contrast.

I get every very of Photoshop Elements, so I'll get this one too...but I should point out that v9 very likely continues the ugly trend Adobe introduced in v8: online activation that's restricted to two copies of the software. As someone that routinely uses six different computers, software with activations plans like this really irk me. I use Photoshop Elements 7 on my other computers because it lacks the online activation - I really wish Adobe treated their Photoshop Elements customers the way they treat their Lightroom customers; no online activations.

Adobe hasn't updated their product Web site yet, and I didn't get any images to go along with the press release, so for now you'll have to use your imagination. The remainder of the press release is after the break. Read more...

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Adobe Releases Lightroom 3.2

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Software" @ 12:00 PM

What happened to Lightroom 3.1? I have no idea. But Lightroom has jumped from 3.0 to 3.2, and this new update adds support for new cameras, corrections for "issues", Facebook publishing, and over 120 new lens profiles. I wonder if one of the "issues" is performance? Lightroom 3.0 often feels sluggish to me, even on strong hardware. I'm downloading it now...

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Adobe Ups Its Photoshopping Game

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Digital Home News" @ 12:00 PM

"While registering for a free account is a requirement for storing photos online, creating and sharing galleries and albums, the Photoshop Express Editor no longer requires registration, which means the online editor is available to anyone who visits The Editor also now supports the ability to upload directly from a hard drive, apply edits, filters and effects and save the results back to the hard drive, without ever replacing the original."

The bread and butter of Adobe is not sitting still in this technological landscape. Web applications is what everyone is into, and while has been around for a while, it has been updated, and without registration, it is open to everyone! Of course, the features supported by Photoshop Express Editor is not in the same league with its old grand-daddy, but still quite handy for those who want an easy way to do touch-ups and have Flash on their computer. While I personally prefer to tools and responsiveness of an installed program, after trying out Express for a while, I can see this fitting the needs of a casual user. Anyone sold on

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Adobe Lightroom 3 Reviewed by Digital Photography Review

Posted by Lee Yuan Sheng in "Digital Home Software" @ 02:00 PM

"Adobe Photoshop Lightroom first saw the light of day in January 2006, as a publicly available beta. Its intended audience, then as now, was professional and enthusiast photographers who want to organize and edit images - primarily RAW files - quickly and simply. For this reason, it doesn't offer layers, or any of Photoshop CS5's various graphic design-oriented features, and originally it offered very little in the way of pixel-level adjustments either." has their writeup on Lightroom 3, and liked it a lot. Since I'm still not going to use Adobe Camera RAW for my photos, I will give this a pass. For others though, Lightroom 3 offers plenty of power for organising and doing workflow edits to your photos. I tried the beta and quite liked its organisation-to-editing capabilities. I'm looking forward to what Phase One comes up with when it updates its acquisition of Expression Media (formerly iView Media Pro), and see how the two compare. I know they're different, but it's interesting to see how they'll shape up.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

New Adobe Flash Player Promises Improvements

Posted by Reid Kistler in "Digital Home Software" @ 05:30 PM

"Last month I called Adobe's Flash "the new Vista," and wondered out loud about Adobe's commitment to fixing its reliability and security problems. Now that Flash Player 10.1 has been officially released, I have some initial, very preliminary data to help answer the reliability question, as well as some simple tests to see whether performance is any better with this new version. On reliability, the 10.1 upgrade gets a big thumbs up. I have yet to see a crash or slowdown related to it...."

Ed Bott, at, has not been happy with Adobe's Flash Player, citing performance, reliability, and security issues with the common browser add-on. However, he finds that the latest release, version 10.1, appears to have addressed the performance and reliability issues - at least on Windows based systems. Read his article for details on the data upon which he bases his ("preliminary") conclusion. You can also visit Adobe's site for information on the new features version 10.1 introduces, or to simply download this release. I have not had significant problems with Flash of late (running Ver, mainly under Firefox), but increased performance and reliability make an update to 10.1 seem attractive. What has your past experience been using Flash? Have you tried the new release? And, if so, does it indeed work better?

Monday, June 21, 2010

PhotographyBLOG Reviews Adobe Lightroom 3

Posted by Lee Yuan Sheng in "Digital Home Software" @ 11:00 AM

"Close on the heels of Adobe's release of Photoshop CS5, Lightroom 3.0 is now available. Lightroom, unlike Photoshop, is built from the ground up for photography and the unique workflow that we have as digital photographers. Rather than dealing with 3D, vector graphics, and other general graphics tasks that aren't of interest to most of us, Lightroom distills the features down to what is important - image management and optimization. While Lightroom 2 is a popular option for many, the latest release adds some new features that improve the overall workflow and quality of output."

PhotographyBLOG takes a spin at the latest incarnation of Lightroom, and gives it the thumbs up. The main attraction of Lightroom for me is its DAM (Digital Asset Management) capabilities, though currently it's still weak at handling video files, if you're a hybrid user.

For me, I'm still waiting for Nikon to make a Capture Plugin for Photoshop/Lightroom. That's combining the best of both worlds: Capture's better image quality with Adobe's better and more universal workflow.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Photoshop's Content Aware Fill: WOW!

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Software" @ 09:00 PM

I hack on Adobe now and then for their unstable software, but I've got to hand it to them: this is some damn impressive software coding! This feature looks extremely impressive - I wonder how long it will take to filter down to their Elements version of Photoshop?

Adobe Releases Lightroom 3 Beta 2

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Software" @ 12:50 AM

"New features in this release include tethered shooting support for select Nikon and Canon cameras, the ability to import and manage video files from DSLR cameras for a streamlined workflow and additional behind-the-scenes architecture enhancements for faster importing and loading of images. The addition of luminance noise reduction to the color noise reduction options already available in the beta helps photographers achieve overall exceptional image quality from high ISO images. The import experience and watermarking functionality have also been modified to reflect feedback received from the Lightroom community during the first beta period."

Anyone using the Lightroom 3 beta? I'm toying around with it on one of my laptops, but it's a sadly underpowered 1.6 Ghz AMD Neo processor that is pretty awful at keeping up with Lightroom - I'm still using Lightroom 2.0 on my main media editing computer. Lightroom 3.0 brings some pretty cool things to the table - I like that it's able to import and manage video files now. It's a hassle to insert a memory card, import the photos using Lightroom, then have to manually dig to get the video files. I don't expect Lightroom to help me edit the video files, but I do expect it to at least import them for me. Looks like Lightroom 3.0 is shaping up to be a winner!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

HTML5 and Flash in a Video Cage Match

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Digital Home News" @ 03:30 PM


"Since the comparative efficiency of Flash vs. HTML5 seemed easy enough to quantify, I endeavored to do so, using YouTube's new HTML5-based player as the test bed. Specifically, I played a YouTube video in the same browser twice, once via HTML5, once via Flash, and measured CPU utilization during playback."

The results of Streaming Learning Center's tests shuld not be considered exhaustive but it does indicate that HTML5 is an viable all around solution for streaming video to web browsers that support it. The results also show the huge difference between implementations for the Mac version of Flash compared to Windows. I imagine that Linux tests would more closely emulate the results seen on the Mac compared to Windows as well. It should signal to Adobe that it has a lot of work to do in terms of optimizing Flash for OS X and Linux if it wants to remain relevant in today's web. Unfortunately, while Flash also offers a lot of flexibility to allow designers to create more interactive websites more easily, or to develop games, probably the biggest strike against it is that advertisers currently really favor the format as well. Of course, as HTML5 matures and becomes more universally supported, advertisers will begin to design HTML5 based ads, which may end up becoming a horror story in itself.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Flash is a Must Have for the Future

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Digital Home News" @ 03:30 PM

"We are ready to enable Flash in the browser on these devices if and when Apple chooses to allow that for its users, but to date we have not had the required cooperation from Apple to make this happen. Longer term, some point to HTML as eventually supplanting the need for Flash, particularly with the more recent developments coming in HTML with version 5. I don't see this as one replacing the other, certainly not today nor even in the foreseeable future."

I will gladly argue, and have argued that Flash is a ciritcal component to getting the whole "web" experience at present. With its pervasiveness at hundreds of major sites, I consider Flash as much a part of the everday web as I consider PDFs a sad reality of government website forms. That being said, Flash definitely needs to be concerned, and it hopefully will be replaced in the future, despite the confidence that Kevin Lynch exudes. Developers will be pushed by management to develop on what will get the most penetration and presumably, costs the least. Right now, Flash is a great, cheap way to get neato dynamic content online. However, there is a growing population, largely driven by smartphones with the iPhone as the leader, that are accessing online that do not have decent Flash support. With the shrinking userbase, companies are going to look to alternative solutions like HTML5, which can serve the whole market. Well, that is unless they buy into this whole "app" thing, and hire developers to make an iPhone app, other developers for an Android app, even more developers for a Maemo app and even some developers for a WinMo app, if it still exists in a few months. Apple is betting that their base of iPhone users, soon to be bolstered with iPad users, is enough to push companies to go an alternate route than deal with Flash. Had the iPad come before the iPhone, it probably would be a different story, but Flash's days may very well be numbered!

Tags: software, flash, adobe

Monday, September 28, 2009

Adobe Releases Photoshop Elements 8 and Premiere Elements 8

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Software" @ 11:36 AM

"Adobe Photoshop Elements 8 & Adobe Premiere Elements 8 software gives you power and ease of use so you can do some amazing storytelling with photos and videos. Create extraordinary photos and incredible movies, and use them together in cinematic slide shows and more."

Another year, another version of Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements. It still feels like v7 of both products are "new" to me, but Adobe has locked into a yearly release cycle for both these products so I shouldn't be surprised. I'm a big fan of Photoshop Elements and use it daily. I happen to believe that a large number of people using Photoshop really don't need it, and encourage people to give Photoshop Elements a try whenever I can - it's a very capable program that can do everything most people need to do. There's certainly a place for the full-fledged version of Photoshop in the marketplace, but I think people buy into the "I need to have Photoshop, nothing else will do" a little too often.

Premiere Elements? I have mixed feelings about this program. On the one hand, it's delightfully easy to use - everything is fairly intuitive about it, and after having used it for a few years I can work really quickly with it. The down-side is that, in general, it's not a very stable program. Prior to v7, I'd describe it as "crash happy". Things got much better with v7, but I still had trouble with it on a fairly frequent basis. What boggles the mind is that Adobe seems to be the only company in the world that never releases software patches or updates for their Elements line - they don't fix bugs, or address new codecs, they just release a new version and presumably fix the problem in the new version. As an example, Premiere Elements 7 chokes on the AVCHD Lite files from my Panasonic DMC-ZS3 camera. Is there going to be an update to fix this problem? Nope. Will it work properly in v8? Yes, it's likely that it will. So I'll very likely give v8 a try and hope that things get better with it again...

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