Adobe MAX 2019: Everything that was announced

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Adobe MAX, the world’s largest creativity conference kicked off today and Adobe announced a slew of next generation Creative Cloud apps. There were two new official 1.0 products launched today—Adobe Photoshop on iPad and Adobe Fresco for Windows (Microsoft Surface for now). It also previewed the highly-anticipated Adobe Illustrator on iPad and the all-new Photoshop Camera. With augmented reality (AR) taking flight in a big way, Adobe introduced its new AR authoring tool—Adobe Aero.

While the future points to touchscreen devices like the iPad and Microsoft Surface, innovations on the desktop continue as Adobe released major updates to Lightroom, Premiere Pro, After Effects, InDesign and Adobe XDAdobe Sensei, again, is featured front and centre, with the artifical intelligence and machine learning framework powering Creative Cloud products across the board including Auto Reframe in Premiere Pro, Object Selection in Photoshop, Auto Tone in Photoshop Caemra and Live Brushes in Fresco.

Adobe Photoshop for iPad
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Adobe Photoshop on iPad

The much-anticipated photo manipulation software for the iPad finally gets a 1.0 release after being previewed at MAX 2018. It features full PSD interoperability, a touch-based and optimised UI, cloud document access and has the core features of Photoshop. 

Adobe Fresco on Microsoft Windows

After a head start on the iPad earlier this fall, Adobe Fresco is now available on Windows, limited for now to Microsoft Surface Pro X devices an Wacom MobileStudio Pro hardware. Fresco provides a natural, intuitive and versatile drawing and painting experience on the table. The unique Fresco experience combines raster, vector and new Live Brushes. Again, powered by Adobe Sensei, the watercolour and oil Live Brushes can mix and interact on screen just like in real life. The app also lets you sync your favourite Photoshop brushes.

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Adobe Illustrator on iPad (Preview)

The much-rumoured leading digital illustration app gets a notable preview—reimagined as a touch-based app for the tablet. Just like Photoshop for iPad, it lets you work on the same documentrs across devices and thanks to the Adobe ecosystem, you’ll have access to Adobe Stock, Adobe Fonts and all Creative Cloud Libraries. Adobe Illustrator on iPad is set to debut in 2020. A private beta is available for select users. 

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Adobe Photoshop Camera

This was a bit of a surprise. Previewed for the first time today, Photoshop Camera is a mobile app that brings the power of Photoshop to the point of capture. It’s an intelligent camera app that applis Photoshop Magic to any photo. It uses Adobe Sensei to automatically enhance photo quality. It will include an expansive library of unique lenses and effects from leading artists and influencers including musician Billie Eilish.

Creative Cloud Updates

Lightroom gets interactive in-app tutuorials on desktop. It also gets Panorama Fill Edges which magically fills the edges of an image using Content-Aware Fill technology. The feature can be accessed in-app on Windows and Mac.

Premiere Pro gets Auto Reframe, a new time-saving feature that also uses Adobe Sensei technology to analyse footage and apply intelligent panning as well as cropping to keep the action in the frame. 

After Effects is now faster with significant performance updates that enables fluid playback of cached previews, fasdter Multichsannel EXR files and a faster Content-Aware Fill that Adobe says uses half as much memory as the previous release.

InDesign gains new support of SVG Imports across digital and print design workflows and the option to use customisable Variable Fonts within the app. Designers can adjust typeface properties like weight, width, slant and optical size. Adobe is also offering a new feature for Asset Link that enabls direct linking between Adobe Experience Manager (AEM) Assets and InDesign.

Live Coediting and Document History in Adobe XD

The new coediting feature lets multiple users work in a document simultaneously, enabling real-time collaborations. Adobe has also added Document History that allows anyone to see a list of saved versions of documents, as well as document changes. 

Creative Cloud Desktop redesigned

The Creative Cloud desktop app gets a major redesign, now more intuitively laid out for users to access, update, discover and learn Adobe apps. There’s now a powerful, native search engine as well as new way to acces services such as Adobe Fonts, Adobe Stock and Behance, as well as a new full-screen management too fro Creative Cloud Libraries.

Creative Cloud Libraries

Creative Cloud Libraries is the perfect tool to capture,m organise and share creative assets you want to have at your fingertipds. Libraries are fully integrated with XD. It can also be accessed in Microsoft Word and Powerpoint. Adobe has also developed Library packs, pre-populated Libraries built to inspire or as an entry way to Libraries for new users.

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Adobe Aero

Adobe released its augmented reality authoring tool Adobe Aero. The app leverages famiiar tools like Photoshop and Dimension to product immersive, three-dimensional experiences.

Pricing an availability

Updates to Creative Cloud apps are available to all Creative Cloud subscribers today.

  • Adobe Photoshop on iPad is available to all Creative Cloud customers who are subscribed to Photoshop. It can also be purchased through the Apple App Store. Additional plan information is available here.
  • Adobe Fresco is available as a single app for $9.99 per month, or with most Creative Cloud plans. A freemium version is also available with many of the same features as the full version. Additional plan information is available here.
  • Adobe Illustrator on iPad will be available in 2020. Users can sign up for a beta here.
  • Adobe Aero is available as a free iOS app.

Adobe MAX 2019

MAX 2019 will feature keynotes from some of the world’s most innovative and prolific creatives including musician Billie Eilish; artist Takashi Murakami; director and Foo Fighters front man Dave Grohl; director and producer M. Night Shyamalan; renowned photographer David LaChapelle; and visual artist Shantell Martin. Emmy Award-winning writer and comedian John Mulaney hosts this year’s MAX Sneaks—a preview of technology innovation from Adobe Research. The creativity conference runs from 4-6 November in Los Angeles, California.

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