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Adobe Photoshop Express now available on Windows Phone

Are we having another influx of major apps? It sure feels like it. Yesterday Roku officially came to Windows Phone and Windows 8. Skype just gained Cortana support on Windows Phone. Zappos finally came a few days ago. It was also just yesterday that A&E, History and Lifetime dropped official apps for their channels into the Windows Phone Store.

You know where this is going. It's time to finally welcome Adobe Photoshop Express into the Windows Phone family.

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Adobe's flagship Photoshop image editor is in for a big update. Details of the upcoming Adobe Creative Cloud 2014 were revealed today, with some notably cool update coming to everybody's favorite image editor, Photoshop. The CC 2014 version of Photoshop is getting a new Focus Mask tool (you can see it in the video above), which will automatically select the in-focus portion of a photo so you can apply effects to just it or the out-of-focus area.

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While Microsoft may be dominating the Windows news today with the announcement of the Surface Pro 3 hardware, partner Adobe is also targeting creative professionals of the slate with an updated Photoshop experience that brings a better touch experience to the slate. Given the capabilities of the Surface Pro 3 such as an Intel Core i7 processor, an accurate pen for drawing and writing, and a capacious 12-inch display, the Surface Pro 3 may serve as a great Photoshop tool for users who need to draw and manipulate photos and images.

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Good news for those who rely on Adobe’s Reader for their PDF viewing as version 10.1 built for Windows Phone 8 has just hit the Store. Long a sore spot for some on Windows Phone, Adobe’s Reader has always lagged behind where the desktop version, causing some frustration amongst those who desire more robust document support on-the-go.

Detailed in a blog post on the official Windows Phone site, the app takes advantage of the current gen’s much faster tools, allowing a more fluid experience.

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Adobe released Photoshop Express the other day for Windows 8 and RT. Our initial impressions of the photo editor was good. It's a basic editor with the ability to grow through purchasing add-on packs.

After using Photoshop Express for a few days now, while we impressions are still good it's hard to ignore that there is a ton of room for growth. Photoshop Express is a start, a foundation if you will, but Adobe really needs to beef things up to make Photoshop Express a more useful editor.

There's no doubt that Photoshop Express is a light weight editor but it may be too light.

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Adobe has released Photoshop Express for Windows 8 and Windows RT. If you've been around digital photography for any amount of time, Adobe Photoshop should be a familiar term. The Photoshop editing software has dominated the digital photography market for years.

It's nice to see a Photoshop editor land for Windows RT and 8, especially for the tablet devices. Photoshop Express could be the answer to a lot of photographers who are looking for a mobile solution or an entry level editor for Windows 8/RT.

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Adobe Reader for Win Phone 7 updated

Adobe has updated its PDF reader for Windows Phone 7 handsets. The latest release arrives without a changelog, so we assume that a number of fixes and optimisations are included. The company has continued to display support for Microsoft's mobile platform with a steady supply of updates for its popular app.

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Good news for all of you heroes out there who have endured the “1” staring at you from your Marketplace Tile: you can now finally hit that update button for Adobe Reader.

In the ongoing Windows Phone Store oddities of late, Adobe Reader came under scrutiny as many users were upgraded to version 10.1, followed by a second update that seemed to be a bug fix and then a third update.

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Users are being told to 'update' only to go back to Adobe's ugly past

We’ve reported on some issues with the Windows Phone Store lately, including oddities with updates. And just a few days ago Microsoft said they had started to roll out some fixes to improve things. We’re not sure if that has anything to do with Adobe’s “issue” here but it is coincidental.

Now, users are being prompted for an update to the app—we had ours this morning. The problem is if you scroll down through the notes, you’ll see the version is listed as 9.0. That’s a downgrade from the “new” 10.1 that was rolled out three weeks ago. In fact, a recent update (v10.1.1) was pushed to users though we have no idea what the changelog was for, but presumably it may have been the start of this recent update error.

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There have been a number of updates being pushed through the Windows Phone Store today, including new versions for ARMED!, Farm Frenzy 2, Adobe Reader and USA Today. While we've only managed to obtain changes for ARMED!, we'll still fire up the alert that you can look forward to update notifications for both USA Today, Adobe Reader and Farm Frenzy 2.

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First shots: Adobe X for Windows Phone has finally arrived

We’re still rubbing our eyes to figure this one out but we’ve had no less than two emails from readers that they’re receiving an app update for the Adobe Acrobat Reader. The update is bringing it from version 9.0 to version 10.1.0 build 20120818. What’s more, as you can see above, we have the pics to evidently prove it.

Reportedly users in the Netherlands and Australia are able to get the update, however when we’ve repeatedly checked the Marketplace we’re still at 9.0 here in the US. What’s more, we were unable to see the update in the Web Marketplace outside the US.

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Although we still hear the occasional clamor for Flash on IE9 for Windows Phone 7, the masses have pretty much moved on. Good thing for us too as Adobe is expected to announce later today that they will no longer be porting or making Flash for any mobile OS or browser going forward. Some rudimentary support for Android is expected to remain e.g. security fixes, but if Android changes in a significant way (which it usually does), there will be no new support for those devices. From ZDNet's source:

"Our future work with Flash on mobile devices will be focused on enabling Flash developers to package native apps with Adobe AIR for all the major app stores. We will no longer adapt Flash Player for mobile devices to new browser, OS version or device configurations. Some of our source code licensees may opt to continue working on and releasing their own implementations. We will continue to support the current Android and PlayBook configurations with critical bug fixes and security updates."

Of course it was way back to February 2010, we heard Microsoft and Adobe were working on Flash for Windows Phone 7. There was further mention in June of that year including promises of Adobe AIR support,  but by February 2011, Microsoft had clearly moved on, betting it all on HTML5 and IE9. In the end, this seemed like a good decision by Microsoft (removing a feature is never received as well as adding one, even if it is janky). But now we know, we'll never have the frustration of watching Flash bring our devices to a crawl.

Well, we're not sad in the least.

Source: ZDNet; via Android Central

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One thing is clear: Adobe Flash has fallen out of favor with many on the web, especially in the mobile arena where Apple took a hardline stance and surprisingly, so did Microsoft (yeah, don't expect Flash anytime soon).

Adobe though is evidently moving on and have proposed 'Edge', an HTML5 based web based tool that will supposedly deliver "Flash like" animation on the web. So far, the focus for these tools have been for the iPhone but not too surprisingly, Windows Phone is on their radar too--after all, IE9 is a fully functional HTML5 browser, so why not?

"Adobe® Edge is a new web motion and interaction design tool that allows designers to bring animated content to websites, using web standards like HTML5, JavaScript, and CSS3.

Edge will be updated regularly to add new functionality, stay ahead of evolving web standards, and incorporate user feedback to provide the best functionality and experience possible. This is an early look at Edge with more capabilities to come."

In a recent tweet, Adobe confirmed that they will be testing on and demonstrating Edge on Windows Phone as well. That's good news for our side as embracing HTML5 looks to be a good pay off for standards, animation and now even Adobe transitioning over, we can expect the web to become even more rich, but with mobile in mind. (Thanks, Domenico A, for the tip!)

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Adobe Acrobat PDF support has been available on Windows Mobile for years now, but until things like Text Reflow became supported and adopted, it was rarely a fun experience (plus slow load times). And while Microsoft Office is covered in Windows Phone 7, the fate of Adobe and PDF has been unsure, until now.

Today, Adobe announced Acrobat X solutions, including Acrobat, Reader and Suite. More importantly, they announced support for Windows Phone 7:

Expands PDF access to mobile devices with free Adobe Reader X for Android, Windows(R) Phone 7 and Blackberry Tablet OS. Safer viewing of PDF files with new Protected Mode security capabilities in Reader X.

Curious, no iPhone support? (snicker)

The whole shebang is expected to ship "within 30 days" although it is unclear if that means we'll see an Adobe Reader X in the Windows Phone Marketplace at the same time. Lets just hope its pretty and works well.

Source: Forbes

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Just yesterday we were wondering when Adobe Flash would be launching with Windows Phone 7, especially with Adobe suddenly listing the fledgling OS on their site.

Today, we get word from  Michael Chaize, a Flash Platform evangelist based in Paris, that Flash and AIR (allows Flash to run in non-browser situations), will be released on WP7 "within months" of release, possibly as little as six-months post-release.

We think this would make sense for Microsoft as they would probably package it an maintenance release for the OS, pushed out to everyone with hopefully other things like copy-paste and socket support.

Of course this is Adobe, so "within months" from them is almost equivalent to 'Valve-time'.

[via Tim Anderson's ITWriting]

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It's not really news that Adobe is working to bring Flash to Windows Phone. Heck, they've been promising Flash for mobile for years now and we're almost shocked we have Flash Lite at this point. We also know that Adobe have abandoned plans for Windows Mobile and instead are working on Windows Phone 7 release.

With that we're not too surprised to see Adobe name-dropping Windows Phone 7 support for Flash 10.1--the real question is when?

So will Flash 10.1 come with Windows Phone 7 out the gate? We're not holding our breath. But here's another idea why Adobe is now putting the above writing on their site: this is just Adobe continuing the public-spat with Apple by showing all the other mobile OSs that will be supporting Flash at some point. So they threw WP7 up there to pad their supporter list, not to infer a release date.

Hey, we're all for Flash 10.1 on Windows Phone 7, but until we see more proof that its inclusion is more than jsut 'in the works', we won't get too excited. Still, we suppose an 'official' endorsement from Adobe at this point is better than nothing.

[via ReporTech; Thanks, Tal, for the tip]

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Microsoft didn't dance around the subject at their Windows Phone 7 Series presentation at Mobile World Congress. When asked if WP7S would have Flash, Steve Ballmer promptly replied that WP7S didn't yet have it, Microsoft wasn't against the idea.

Shortly thereafter, Adobe announced it no longer was pursuing development of Flash 10.1 for Windows Mobile 6.5 and would instead concentrate on working on Flash for WP7S. Makes sense.

This commitment to bring Flash to the Windows Phone 7 Series OS was reaffirmed recently on the blog of one Mike Chambers, Adobe's Principal Product Manager for developer relations for Flash. Writes Chambers:

"One thing I wanted to clarify as it may have been lost in some of the other news is that Adobe and Microsoft are working together to bring Flash Player 10.1 to Internet Explorer Mobile on Windows Phone 7 Series. I don't have an eta or other specifics right now, but it is something that both Adobe and Microsoft are working closely together on."

It appears Adobe wasted no time at jumping at the opportunity, and now we ask, will Flash 10.1 be in place by the anticipated Holiday 2010 launch of WP7S?  And if not, will it be missed?

[via wmpoweruser]

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Finally, after what has seemed like an eternity, Adobe this morning announced Flash Player 10.1 for Windows Mobile (and other smartphones, too) will be available in early 2010. No more Flash Lite. No more need for a proxy browser (though we still think they have their place). Real, live Flash in your mobile browser.

That said, we'll need to see it to believe it. We all know how taxing Flash can be on a desktop system, it's reasonable to believe that only the newer hardware will be able to capably run it. From the Adobe news release:

The browser-based runtime leverages the power of the Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) for accelerated video and graphics while conserving battery life and minimizing resource utilization. New mobile-ready features that take advantage of native device capabilities include support for multi-touch, gestures, mobile input models, accelerometer and screen orientation bringing unprecedented creative control and expressiveness to the mobile browsing experience. Flash Player 10.1 will also take advantage of media delivery with HTTP streaming, including integration of content protection powered by Adobe® Flash® Access 2.0. This effort, code-named Zeri, will be an open format based on industry standards and will provide content publishers, distributors and partners the tools they need to utilize HTTP infrastructures for high-quality media delivery in Flash Player 10.1 and Adobe® AIR® 2.0 software.

Get the full rundown here, and check out of a video of Flash 10.1 on the Toshiba TG01 (which is running a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, btw).

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