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While Adobe is busily showing off its latest and greatest wares at NAB 2013 this week, AMD is banging the drum for the major upgrades that it helped bake into the next version of Adobe Premiere Pro software. While Mac users have of late enjoyed the graphical power of OpenCL with either NVIDIA or AMD graphics cards, Windows users were forced to use NVIDIA’s CUDA only. Now, however, AMD and Adobe have enabled OpenCL support on Windows systems with AMD APUs and GPUs. “Our customers require powerful systems that enable them to work quickly and efficiently. While we already support OpenCL on the Mac, today’s announcement gives creative professionals the opportunity to tap into the... Read more...
It wasn’t all that long ago that Steve Jobs famously feuded very publicly with Adobe over the use of the latter’s Flash in mobile devices. (A few years hence and HTML5 is king. Go figure.) Now, one of the guys calling the shots at Adobe during that time, Kevin Lynch, is leaving the company to become Apple’s vice president for technology. According to Bloomberg, Lynch will report to Senior Vice President Bob Mansfield, and he will likely work on cloud services for Apple, as developing subscription-based services with a mobile bent was his forte at Adobe. Farewell, Adobe headquarters It’s interesting that Lynch is moving from CTO to VP, and it’s also worth noting that... Read more...
You've got to love hacker conferences. Software vulnerabilities are never going away, that much is obvious, but it's with competitions at hacker conferences where we can really see just how vulnerable the software we use every single day is. Putting this into perspective, prior to the Pwn2Own conference in Canada, Google patched-up ten bugs in Chrome - six of which were considered severe. Despite that, Chrome was hit with a zero-day during the conference that granted code execution in the browser's sandbox renderer process. Chrome is hardly the only guilty party, however. Equally-severe exploits were presented for IE 10 under Windows 8, IE 9 under Windows 7, Firefox under Windows 7... Read more...
Adobe is bringing its powerful Photoshop editing software to Android and iOS smartphones in the form of its Photoshop Touch software. This app, which sells for $4.99 on both the iTunes and Google Play stores, offers many of the Photoshop features users love in a mobile form. With Photoshop Touch, you can combine images, apply effects, and share images with friends and family. Photoshop Touch for Android, iPhone, and iPod touch offers many of the same features as the tablet version including the ability to create layers, add graphical text, combine images, and more. Other noteworthy features include selection tools, adjustments, filters, painting effects, and a Camera Fill feature. With the Scribble... Read more...
After confirming the existence of a zero-day vulnerability affecting its Reader and Acrobat software, Adobe said it plans to make available an update that will resolve the issue. The patch will come out sometime this week, though Adobe wasn't able to nail down a specific day. "Adobe is in the process of working on fixes for these issues and plans to make available updates for Adobe Reader and Acrobat XI (11.0.01 and earlier) for Windows and Macintosh, X (10.1.5 and earlier) for Windows and Macintosh, 9.5.3 and earlier 9.x versions for Windows and Macintosh, and Adobe Reader 9.5.3 and earlier 9.x versions for Linux during the week of February 18, 2013," Adobe stated in an updated security bulletin.... Read more...
If there's one piece of photo editing software that just about everyone seems familiar with, or at least acquainted with, it's Photoshop. Adobe's history in the space stretches back many years, and every new edition of the program receives huge amounts of attention as digital artists wait to see what kind of magic lies in the next-gen code. But what about the original code? It can now be yours if you want it. Way back in 1988, a program called "Display" was renamed "Photoshop," with Adobe agreeing to license and sell it in April of 1989. Over the next decade, over three million copies of the program were sold. The v1.0 was written almost entirely in Pascal for the Apple Macintosh computer, and... Read more...
Another day, another Adobe Reader vulnerability -- what else is new, right? It just so happens that this latest security hole affects several versions of Adobe Reader, including 10 and 11, both of which are supposed to keep the operating system isolated from attacks through sandbox technology. No dice. "Adobe has identified critical vulnerabilities (CVE-2013-0640, CVE-2013-0641) in Adobe Reader and Acrobat XI (11.0.01 and earlier), X (10.1.5 and earlier) and 9.5.3 and earlier for Windows and Macintosh," Adobe stated in a security bulletin. "These vulnerabilities could cause the application to crash and potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system. "Adobe is aware of reports... Read more...
In tandem with a release of new security updates for Adobe Flash Player for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Android operating systems (which patch a vulnerability “that could cause a crash and potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system”), Adobe’s ASSET Platform Security Strategist Peleus Uhley took to a blog post to talk about the update. The Adobe team has seen these now-patched vulnerabilities exploited in the wild both in attacks using Flash content on websites and via targeted emails that bait users into opening a poisoned Microsoft Word document attachment. Uhley made a note of discussing how Adobe is working hard to improve security by sandboxing Flash... Read more...
Software vulnerabilities will be the main target of cyber criminals in 2013, according to research by Panda Security's malware laboratory, PandaLabs. Java and Adobe in particular will prove points of emphasis for both cyber criminals and intelligence agencies in countries around the world. "In 2012, we saw how Java, which is installed on hundreds of millions of devices, was repeatedly compromised and used to actively infect millions of users. In second place is Adobe, as given the popularity of its applications (Acrobat Reader, Flash, etc.) and its multiple security flaws, it is one of the favorite tools for massively infecting users as well as for targeted attacks," PandaLabs said. Unfortunately,... Read more...
For about as long as it's existed, Adobe's Flash plugin has been one of the most vulnerable pieces of software on the planet. Much like an operating system itself, most people readily install a Flash plugin soon after a fresh install, so it's no wonder that people are often on the hunt to see what kind of exploits can be had. It's for this reason that Adobe releases updates frequently, and one of the reasons people are often annoyed with the company. As the Dos Equis man would say, "I don't always have to update Adobe software - oh wait, I do." In an update to its quarterly security report, Kapersky has awarded 4 of the top 10 places in a list of serious vulnerabilities to Flash/Shockwave. This... Read more...
My, how times, have changed. It wasn’t that long ago that Apple reigned supreme on the security front and Windows (and the operating system's associated software) was a vulnerability-laden punchline, but over the years Microsoft has buckled down to fix its security woes. No one is saying that Microsoft is suddenly immune to attacks, but Kaspersky no longer has any Microsoft products on its list of Top 10 vulnerabilities for Q3 2012. In fact, in its “IT Threat Evolution Q3 2012”, Kaspersky lists two Apple products on that list: QuickTime and iTunes, both of which have multiple vulnerabilities. The list is compiled from all of Kaspersky customers’ machine from Q3 2012. There... Read more...
Do you know who's cooler than the girl with the dragon tattoo? Megan Orsi, a former student at the Pittsburgh High School for the Creative and Performing Arts who's currently a wife and mother to an 18-month-old son. Orsi's also a Photoshop user and is so passionate about the program that she had a Photoshop toolbar tattooed on her arm. She's now known as "the girl with the Photoshop tattoo," a distinction that Adobe embraced as it sought her out for a short interview. The biggest question on everyone's mind has got to be, why get a Photoshop tattoo? "Honestly? I’ve always loved tattoos," Orsi explains. "I read an article a while ago about biggest regrets in life. The No. 1 regret was 'Not... Read more...
Last November, Adobe announced plans to discontinue development of the Flash Player for mobile devices. Now, Adobe is letting users know a little bit more about what they can expect moving forward. For starters, Adobe will not be offering any certified implementations of Flash Player for Android 4.1. In addition, starting August 15th, Adobe plans to use the configuration settings in the Google Play Store to limit access to Flash Player updates to devices that already have Flash player installed. In other words, if you want Flash Player on your Android phone and you don't already have it, make sure you install it before August 15. An Update on Flash Player and Android We announced last November... Read more...
As any software company well knows, there comes a time where you simply cannot support older versions. Try getting Microsoft to give you tech support on Windows 3.1, for example. But that line has always been a fine one, and Adobe has been pushing its luck of late. For instance, Lightroom 3 will never get a RAW plug-in update to support Nikon's D4, despite Lightroom 4 only recently shipping. But while the company may get away with that, it has been forced to change its tone with regard to security. A convenient update like D4 support is one thing; patching security holes only for those who buy your newest software? Well, that's reason to bark. Responding to PR and public backlash, Adobe has changed... Read more...
Photoshop might well be the most recognized design software this planet has ever seen, and when a new version hits, the Internet pays attention. In fact, Adobe has just launched an entirely new Creative Suite altogether, with CS6 officially going on sale today. The new bundle includes tools like Photoshop, InDesign, lllustrator, Dreamweaver, Premiere Pro, After Effects and Flash Professional with new programs such as Prelude and SpeedGrade. Looking for new features? We're promised new levels of performance with tools that take advantage of Adobe Mercury Graphics functionality, allowing users to go from ideas to finished work faster than ever before, as well as enhanced user interfaces that vastly... Read more...
If you're using Flash on your computer or phone, there seems to be an update in order. Adobe has just issued a security bulletin notifying users that there's an update available for Flash Player. Updates have been unleashed for Adobe Flash Player 11.2.202.233 and earlier versions for Windows, Macintosh and Linux, Adobe Flash Player 11.1.115.7 and earlier versions for Android 4.x, and Adobe Flash Player 11.1.111.8 and earlier versions for Android 3.x and 2.x. These updates address an object confusion vulnerability (CVE-2012-0779) that could cause the application to crash and potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system. There are reports that the vulnerability is being... Read more...
Adobe on Tuesday confirmed the existence of an unpatched zero day vulnerability rated as "critical" in Adobe Reader X (10.1.1) and earlier versions for Windows and Macs, Adobe Reader 9.4.6 and earlier versions for UNIX, and Adobe Acrobat X (10.1.1) and earlier versions for Windows and Macs. In theory, the critical vulnerability could cause a crash and potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected machine. And in practice? "There are reports that the vulnerability is being actively exploited in limited, targeted attacks in the wild against Adobe Reader 9.x on Windows," Adobe stated in a Security Advisory. Unpatched security holes in Adobe software are nothing new, but what's disturbing... Read more...
It hasn't even been 12 months since multiple manufacturers were positioning Adobe Flash support as a centerpiece of their tablet strategies. Flash, we were told, was required for a "full Internet experience," and vital to the presentation of rich content. Today, Adobe dropped a bombshell. From this point forward, "We will no longer continue to develop Flash Player in the browser to work with new mobile device configurations (chipset, browser, OS version, etc.) following the upcoming release of Flash Player 11.1 for Android and BlackBerry PlayBook." Adobe will continue to provide bug fixes and security updates for all versions of Flash across all products; Flash licensees are free to continue... Read more...
Apple's lawsuits against Samsung and HTC have drawn commentary that the company might be attempting to litigate its competitors out of the market rather than relying on the free market to decide who had superior products. The new, authorized Steve Jobs biography, however, paints the company's legal actions in a different light. Jobs is famous for his blunt commentary—he once declared "We also know first hand that Flash is the number one reason Macs crash," and "We don’t want to reduce the reliability and security of our iPhones, iPods and iPads by adding Flash," but his anger over Android was an order of magnitude greater. Eric Schmidt, Google's former CEO, was an Apple board member... Read more...
Adobe has delivered a number of announcements at its MAX 2011 conference, including partnerships, acquisitions, and new products. Arguably the most compelling of the bunch is the company’s new Creative Cloud, which is essentially hosted versions of many of its most popular content creation software, including Photoshop, InDesign, and Dreamweaver. Users will also get 20GB of storage of online storage and access to services including help with interactive publishing on tablets, elements of Adobe Business Catalyst, design services, and more. Adobe will also be building some community aspects into Creative Cloud so users can view and share each others’ work and collaborate on discussions... Read more...
In a breathtakingly long blog post, Adobe announced that Adobe Flash Player 11 and AIR 3 will launch early this October. Right off the bat, Adobe alluded to the fact that Flash Player 11 and AIR 3 will run on just about any type of Internet-connected screen you have, from smartphones to computers to Internet-connected TVs. Specifically, the post mentions Android, iOS, BlackBerry Playbook, and Windows and Mac computers. This is in contrast to Flash Player 10, which took a while to add functionality for smartphones. It’s nice to see that Adobe built this version to run on a variety of device types. At launch, Adobe will also debut a new hardware accelerated graphics architecture called Stage... Read more...
Tons of new Windows 8 details are flowing out after BUILD 2011, and the trickle has yet to stop. Adobe's chipping in with a very important tidbit: Flash. Flash remains a huge part of the Web, for better or worse, and with the world's most prominent tablet platform not supporting Flash sites (iOS), but Android supporting it, many were wondering where Windows 8 would position itself. A new post about the Flash Platform Blog has explained that "rich web based games and premium videos that require Flash" will be supported in Windows 8, and the company expects that Flash-based apps will come to the Metro side of Win8 via Adobe AIR. That's a familiar concept; the same has happened with iOS and Android,... Read more...
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