November 4, 2016
Among Adobe’s updates to Creative Cloud applications is the debut of Project Felix, a 2D/3D compositing tool that allows the user to easily combine 2D and 3D objects and create a photorealistic scene. Photoshop CC now offers a universal search tool for searching Adobe Stock, and other workflow-related features. After Effects has a new 3D rendering engine that’s twenty times faster than before, and Premiere now offers better support for VR content and Character Animator. Adobe also previewed the Project Nimbus photo editor.
TechCrunch says the Creative Cloud changes are so comprehensive that, “there isn’t enough space here to look at every new feature and tweak,” and that all the CC apps are now available for Android. Character Animator now has closer integration with Photoshop and Illustrator; Adobe Stock will automatically find matching elements; and Photoshop and Illustrator now have support for templates in Adobe Stock and better support for working with SVG elements and SVG color fonts.
Adobe has optimized video for sharing across multiple video platforms for Premiere Pro. Team Projects (in beta) allows users to co-edit videos simultaneously, a feature that is “available for Adobe Cloud for Teams and Enterprise users for now and works in Premiere, After Effects and Prelude.”
Adobe Experience Design (XD), still in beta, is “Adobe’s new tool for designing and prototyping mobile apps,” and with the update is “getting support for layers and commenting.” Adobe also says it will debut a Windows 10 version by end of 2016, and add co-editing and visual versioning in the first half of 2017.
Wired reports that, with Felix and its machine learning algorithms, “Adobe has made photorealistic 3D rendering available to the creative masses without forcing them to master professional-grade CAD tools.”
“We are building something that people can use without specific 3D knowledge,” said Adobe computer scientist Stefano Corazza. “You don’t need to know about polygons.”
Felix’s algorithms come from the scientists at the Creative Technologies Lab at Adobe Research. Wired adds, “Felix’s addition to Adobe’s suite of creative tools … will precede a host of new machine learning-infused tools,” including Semantic Aware Sky for sky replacement with accurate lighting and Time of Day Hallucination for recasting the direction of the sun in an image.
The Project Nimbus Photo Editor, says TechCrunch, is a “cloud-native, Lightroom-like photo editor that takes away a lot of the complexity of Adobe’s flagship photo-managing and editing application and replaces it with simpler, smarter tools.” Nimbus “brings a lot of what Adobe has learned from mobile back to the desktop,” and is intended to work well with the rest of the CC toolset and share the same image and asset library. Nimbus, which also responds to natural language, is expected to go into beta in 2017.