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Adobe CS5 is Now Available. CS5 Adobe Products | Price Details

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Adobe has officially announced that its Creative Suite 5 products will be available from Today (ie Friday). You Can Buy Adobe CS5 Products online. Shipping of Adobe Products have Started.

Adobe CS5 features new versions of 14 products and their assorted applications, four new online services, and a brand new interactive Web design product. All told, Adobe promises more than 250 new product features in its suite, which the company aims at creative professionals working with print, Web, and video.

says Adobe Sources.

Adobe CS5 Products and Price Details
The Adobe CS5 Products now has 3 options which you can decide on Buy, Upgrade or Try
Adobe CS5 Design Premium
Deliver best innovative ideas in web, print, interactive and mobile design

Buy:US$1,899 Upgrade:US $599 (from US)

Adobe CS5 Web Premium
Redefining the extraordinary in web design & development.

Buy:US$1,799 Upgrade:US $599 (from US)

Adobe CS5 Production Premium
Use high performance production tools to create engaging content.

Buy:US$1,699 Upgrade:US $599 (from US)

Adobe CS5 Master Collection
Design and deliver across media

Buy:US $2,599 Upgrade:US $899 (from US)

Adobe CS5 Design Standard
Create outstanding print design, even under the tightest deadlines.

Buy:US$1,299

Two New Editions of Adobe Photoshop CS5 is available
Adobe Photoshop CS5
Industry standard image editing & compositing tools.

Buy:US $699 Upgrade:US $199 (from US)

Adobe Photoshop CS5 Extended
Everything in Adobe CS5 Photoshop Plus breakthrough tools for creating and editing 3D and motion-based content.

Buy:US $999 Upgrade:US $359 (from US)

Complete Details are available Here

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Why Apple did not use Flash for the iPad?

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Apple

Apple, being the second most successful multinational company based on computer technology, has finally released the iPad ! In case you don’t know this already, the iPad was one of Apple’s most successful produces yet. Apple had so many pre-ordered iPad’s to deliver that it had to temporarily shut down the Apple store to rebuild the stocks of the iPad.

The iPad was really made fun of at first. There were many jokes on the iPad. The most popular being those of MadTV and Hitler.

The main reason everyone thought that the iPad was going to be a iFailure was because it did not support flash. At this moment 90% of the internet is based on flash content. Flash was Adobe’s most successful product yet and is used by almost all web developers to deliver dynamic content.

The iPad not supporting flash was really shocking, as some people planned to use the iPad as a mini-pc. If the iPad could not load 90% of the web pages, then why buy it ?

Steve Jobs answered this question personally on the Apple Site.

Apple vs Flash

“New open standards created in the mobile era, such as HTML5, will win on mobile devices (and PCs too). Perhaps Adobe should focus more on creating great HTML5 tools for the future, and less on criticizing Apple for leaving the past behind.”

says Jobs.

According to Jobs, Apple has been teamed up with Adobe for a long time. But now when Adobe realized that Apple’s latest product does not support Flash it was really shocking to them.

Reasons why Apple is against Flash

1. Apple is not really Open

“Adobe’s Flash products are 100% proprietary. They are only available from Adobe, and Adobe has sole authority as to their future enhancement, pricing, etc. While Adobe’s Flash products are widely available, this does not mean they are open, since they are controlled entirely by Adobe and available only from Adobe. By almost any definition, Flash is a closed system.”

says Jobs.

Basically he means to say that there are some other open-source platforms such as scripting languages using which a user can create dynamic content. Flash need not be that dynamic content.

2. Availability of Open Standards

“Though the operating system for the iPhone, iPod and iPad is proprietary, we strongly believe that all standards pertaining to the web should be open. Rather than use Flash, Apple has adopted HTML5, CSS and JavaScript – all open standards. Apple’s mobile devices all ship with high performance, low power implementations of these open standards. HTML5, the new web standard that has been adopted by Apple, Google and many others, lets web developers create advanced graphics, typography, animations and transitions without relying on third party browser plug-ins (like Flash). HTML5 is completely open and controlled by a standards committee, of which Apple is a member.”

says Jobs.

These open standards are much better alternatives to Flash. They are recommended by W3C (World Wide Web Consortium), the non-profit organization created by the creator of the Internet (WWW) to promote open source standards for the internet. Its always better to use W3C standards rather than the standards which may look good.

3. Problem with the ‘Full Web’

The Full Web is the web pages that you see on your PC web browser. Mobile platforms usually cannot support the full web as they need powerful graphics card and a good memory space for that. This creates a major problem. Most users like the create that full web. Apple confirms that if the iPad had to support flash then it would not be as good as it is now.

4. Reliability, Security and Performance

“Symantec recently highlighted Flash for having one of the worst security records in 2009. We also know first hand that Flash is the number one reason Macs crash. We have been working with Adobe to fix these problems, but they have persisted for several years now. We don’t want to reduce the reliability and security of our iPhones, iPods and iPads by adding Flash.”

says Jobs.

This is a major concern to Apple. Many users have complained that the products that support Flash are really unstable and insecure. To remove this threat to the iPad, they completely eradicated Flash from the scene.

5. Battery Life

To achieve long battery life when playing video, mobile devices must decode the video in hardware; decoding it in software uses too much power. Flash is software !

6. Compatibility of Versions

Not all Flash sites use the latest version of Flash. The newer versions of Flash include H.264 decoder, but not all flash content will use this decoder. The decoder used depends on the version of flash used. If a web designer uses an old version of flash to create his site, then the flash decoder used will be old. The older the version, the more stress on battery life too.

7. Apple Touch Technology

Flash was meant for PC’s using mice, not mobile gadgets with touch screen. Apple’s touch technology is one of the best in the world. Have you noticed how responsive apple’s touch devices are ? Apple could surely not afford to risk its touch technology.

8. Flash is an external app

This according to Steve Jobs is the most important reason. He lays a lot of emphasis on it. Using external apps and third party layered software could really kill Apple. Its really not easy to apply third party apps in the iPad. For this reason, the iPad clearly discarded flash.

Did you miss out on our post: WHAT IS THE FUTURE OF GRAPHICS ? We’ve explained what alternatives could be better than flash in that post.
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Why Adobe Reader Sucks

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Adobe Reader

Adobe Systems developed the PDF file format which is now widely used as a standard for business files. But which reader should you use for reading PDF files ? Adobe Reader may be the original PDF reader but it doesn’t have to be the best..

Here are a few reasons why Adobe Reader Sucks….

1. Huge Download Size

Here is the screenshot of the Adobe Reader Download Page….

Adobe Reader Download

The download size of Adobe Reader is 45.11 MB which is quite a big download. It may seems as a small download to you, but downloading a reader which is 45MB ? It can’t even edit files ! I’m sure many people will forget to uncheck the free Mc-Afee download which can create one more headache.

2. Size on Disk

Here is the sreenshot of the application after installing on a PC….

This installation is of version 9.2 which took 208 MB on my hard disk. This is ridiculous ! More than 200 MB for a PDF reader ? It can’t even edit my PDF files. The newer versions eat up even more space.

3. Installer

Here is the new Adobe Reader installer…

Adobe Reader Installer

Is this installer really good ? It downloads from the net as well as the downloaded package. This combination is not very pleasing if you ask me.

4. Installing and Uninstalling

Have you tried both installing and uninstalling Adobe Reader ? Its a complicated software that stores many registry values and takes a long time for installing and uninstalling. This can become a big headache, especially while updating.

5. Slower System Start

By default Adobe Reader starts its start-up app so that it loads part of the software when the system starts. This ensures that when you open Adobe Reader it will start up faster. But this ultimately slows down system start up time.

Most important reason

Adobe Reader is only a free PDF viewer. Its not a PDF editor. This means that you cannot edit any PDF files, neither make new ones. This I would say is the most horrible part. All these bad things in one PDF viewer.

Best Alternative to Adobe Reader

If you want a free PDF viewer as an alternative to Adobe Reader then use Foxit Reader which is a free PDF viewer now fully compatible with Windows 7. It also has its mobile version available now.

If you need to edit a few PDF files, instead of downloading and installing a software you could use PDF Escape which is a free online PDF editing solution.

For professional business I would suggest Nitro PDF which is a paid PDF program as a good alternative for Adobe Acrobat.

Solution to Adobe Systems

  1. Reduce the size of Adobe Reader
  2. Use an alternative installer which downloads from web only. This will indirectly reduce the download size
  3. Make Adobe Reader simpler
  4. Adobe Reader should not occupy too much space on the disk
  5. Upgrade the framework and simplify the design even more

Basically Adobe Reader has been getting ‘bigger’ and ‘better’. I like the ‘better’ part, but not the ‘bigger’ part. It has become a bit too big and heavy compared to the new features it added. If Adobe can limit the size but at the same time provide quality software it’ll be #1 in the market. But of course, Adobe is known for quality, not the size. Applications like Photoshop and Flash are known for their quality, but they occupy a lot of space on the disk.

Are there any more features about Adobe Reader which you hate ? Are there any more suggestions you could give to Adobe to improve this PDF reader ? Leave your comments….

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Adobe Launches Adobe Acrobat Connect Pro for iPhone

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Adobe recently announced the release of their new application which is known as “Adobe Acrobat Connect Pro” for iPhone.

The application will be distributed free. It enables you to enjoy immediate access to meetings anytime, anywhere. You can watch and listen to live presentations including real-time presenter webcam video and screen sharing demonstrations. You can see who is in the meeting at any given time, and collaborate with others using live text chat. VoIP meeting audio will broadcast straight to your device over a WiFi or 3G connection, or the meeting host may give you the option to join a telephone conference call.

FEATURES as posted in Adobe Blog:

Attend Connect Pro Meetings with integrated conference call or Voice over IP audio. Let the meeting call you, and avoid entering cumbersome dialing codes.

  • See who has joined the meeting, and their role (host, presenter, or attendee)

  • View presentations, PDF documents, videos, and screen sharing provided by the meeting organizer. Rotate, pan, and zoom to choose your personal ‘best view’ of shared content

  • View webcamera broadcasts from unlimited live camera feeds provided in the meeting

  • Participate in Chat conversations throughout the meeting.

  • Join meetings attended by users on virtually any computer system: Mac, Windows, Linux, and Solaris. Plus other mobile attendees on iPhone and iPod touch.

Download From Apple Store

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