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Download 30 Free Adobe Books from Our Growing eBook Collection

April 27th, 2017 4 comments

Download 30 Free Adobe Books

Next to our Adobe software direct download links, easily the most popular resource here at ProDesignTools is the set of free Adobe books that we’ve put together over the years…

So we’re pleased to announce that, with the recent addition of the Lightroom Performance Guide, this no-cost collection has now grown to 30 different titles that you can legally download and use royalty-free, forever. These eBooks comprise thousands of pages covering the CC and CS releases of all major Adobe products. So before you go and spend money for a book, you might want to check these out first!

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Download New Adobe Captivate 2017 Release: Direct Links & Trials

April 20th, 2017 3 comments

Download the New Adobe Captivate 2017 Free Trial Now

Adobe just announced the latest versions of its industry-leading eLearning and mLearning authoring tool, Captivate 2017 (aka Captivate 10), and learning management system (LMS), Captivate Prime. Used in conjunction, as an end-to-end solution, or as standalone offerings, these powerful eLearning products continue to break new ground in learning, development, and training – delivering exceptional learning experiences that are personalized and available on any device.

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Can You Open/Use/Export/Save Adobe CC Files on CS6 – and Back?

March 29th, 2017 65 comments

Now that the Adobe CC release has become ubiquitous with over 9 million paid customers, more folks are asking us whether the new versions of the tools in the Creative Cloud can read or save older data/document/project file formats like CS6, CS5.5, CS5, CS4 & CS3…

Are Adobe CC Files Backwards Compatible with CS6?

In fact, since Adobe’s flagship creative toolset CC 2017 is now five major releases past CS6 from 2012 (which they no longer sell), file version compatibility can some­times be an important decision point in moving forward.

In the past, new Adobe product versions have often brought different or expanded file formats to support significant new features – and customers want to know if their existing projects will easily carry forward with them when they upgrade, or if they will be able to save back to older formats for coworkers or clients who may still be running an earlier revision of the programs…

OK then, here’s how it works. Generally, your new CC tools will be able to open and use any and all earlier CS project and data files – including CS3, CS4, CS5, CS5.5, and CS6 files – with no problem or loss of information. In other words, all Adobe software is able to read or import file formats from previous versions of the same program – and it should happen seam­lessly and automatically. The only exception to this is Premiere Pro, where it’s best to open/edit projects in the same versions that created them.

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Download Free 213MB Collection of Custom Photoshop Textures

March 28th, 2017 8 comments

Download the Free 213MB Warunicorn Textures Collection with 18-Page Guide Now!

We’ve got a great new resource for you – a free 213 MB collection of custom Photoshop textures to help set your work apart… This exclusive set of 29 different hand-crafted textures was just released by War Unicorn Media at no cost and is 100% royalty-free. This collection comes complete with an 18-page guide (available online or as a downloadable PDF), filled with tips and tricks on how to best use textures in your Photoshop workflow, as well as how to create your own!

Textures are super-easy to apply and use in Photoshop. Just load the texture into a new layer above your composition, and then set its Blending Mode and Opacity for how you want it to impact the photograph or image underneath. More details and ideas are given in the short tutorial video included below.

Here is James Rodel’s introduction from the accompanying guide, which is packed with examples and entitled, “Textures, the Universe, and You“:

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How to Solve It When Adobe Programs or Updates Won’t Download

March 20th, 2017 61 comments

The Adobe CC Desktop App Manager: How Does It Work?

We’re on the Adobe Help Forums every day and regularly see users posting queries like “Can’t install Photoshop CC from the Creative Cloud” or “CS6 won’t download,” or “my product updates aren’t working”… It could be for the free trials or for the full paid versions.

Often the issue is related to one or the other download managers (DLM) that Adobe uses to deliver its software install­ers. Over the years and for various tools, they have used the Akamai Download Manager, the Adobe Download Assistant (ADA), the Adobe Application Manager (AAM), and most recently the Creative Cloud’s CC Desktop App.

Adobe employs these helper utilities because their downloads are usually large – multiple gigabytes – and download managers can help correct for unreliable Internet connections, and resume a download after it has been paused or unexpectedly broken.

But it turns out there can be interactions between the DLM and some configuration on the user’s computer, web browser, anti-virus software, Internet connection, or something else which causes it not to work… So the first step is to try something different with those.

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Learn How to Create a Website with Adobe Muse: Free 7-Part Tutorial

March 1st, 2017 1 comment

Download Adobe Muse and Design Your Responsive Website with No Coding Required

Adobe Muse is a modern website builder that enables you to create gorgeous HTML5 sites that dynamically scale to any device – and Muse allows you to do this without writing any code. Muse is included for all Complete Creative Cloud (“All Apps”) members, as well as available via a Single-App Subscription. So with millions of people already receiving Muse with their CC purchase, there’s a broad audience for training materials on how to get going with this helpful program…

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Learn Photoshop Absolutely Free with This New 5½-Hour Intro Class

February 15th, 2017 9 comments

Watch the 5½-Hour Photoshop Training Class Now for Free!

Here’s a fantastic new resource that you should not miss – and even bookmark/share… It’s a complete introductory-level class on how to best use Photoshop from the training team at Adobe KnowHow – a course worth hundreds of dollars, but now completely FREE with no catch. It includes 5½ hours of high-quality instruction broken out into 16 chapters with 58 video tutorials (in HD or SD), covering everything you need to know to really get going with Photoshop – the world’s leading graphics and photo editing application – at no cost!

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Get Adobe Stock for Free & Download 10 High-Quality Images ($50)

February 8th, 2017 5 comments

Get 10 Free Adobe Stock Images Now

Adobe has really been sweetening the pot lately for you to try out their massive Stock photo collection… These are high-quality, curated images, illustrations, vectors, graphics, templates, and more from a vast collection of over 75 million assets to choose from. After completing the acquisition of Fotolia in 2015, Adobe rolled out a one-month-free offer which was nice, but it required paying for your first month up front (which would later be refunded).

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Why Not to Buy Adobe Software on eBay, Craigslist or Amazon Mkt

January 30th, 2017 226 comments

[UPDATE – Adobe just stopped selling CS6 entirely – here’s why… This means the CS products are no longer being made by the company, nor legitimately for sale through any channel in any country, from any vendor or reseller.]

Some folks think it might be a good idea to try to save a few bucks and buy Adobe software off of eBay, Craigslist, Amazon Marketplace, or from any vendor who is unfamiliar.  It could be Creative Cloud, CS6, Photoshop, Lightroom, Acrobat, Elements, or any other title – in a retail, student, full or upgrade version… or sometimes it’s the “OEM” scam, or the plausible-sounding “extra” volume/enterprise license swindle.

But it’s actually not a very good idea at all.  Why?

Why You Should Never Buy Adobe Software on eBay, Craigslist, or Amazon Marketplace

The first problem is that Adobe does not recognize these venues as valid or authorized resellers, they are fully disregarded and invalid. So as a result, Adobe will not officially recognize any of those buyers as actually owning their software. Yes, you read that right.

Meaning, you think you own the genuine article but effectively you don’t. You cannot provide an accepted proof of purchase – so you can’t formally prove you own the products. You may not be able to transfer the software to someone else, nor be able to get product support or upgrade to the next version, etc…  You also aren’t able to return the software to get your money back from Adobe like you normally can.

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Update: You Can No Longer Buy CS6 from Adobe – Here’s Why

January 25th, 2017 46 comments

Almost five years ago, in the spring of 2012, Adobe launched two major products at one time: Creative Suite 6 and the Creative Cloud. The Creative Suite 6 suites were well received and cost from US$1,300 to $2,600 – while Creative Cloud, a subscription to their full range of creative applications, had a much lower cost of entry and gave customers access to the CS6 tools and services, as well as ongoing upgrades. A year later, Adobe announced that CS6 would be their last perpetual software release, and there would be no CS7.

Here's the page where you previously could buy Adobe CS6

Since then, the Creative Cloud has evolved to include the newer milestone releases CC 2013, CC 2014, CC 2015, CC 2015.5, and now CC 2017. Over this time, thousands of new features and improve­ments have been delivered exclusively to Creative Cloud members, while the original CS6 release has remained largely static. By law, with the purchasing model that CS6 had, Adobe could not legally add significant new features to the traditional release.

By June of 2014, after the first two major CC versions, Adobe described new CS6 sales as “de minimis,” with the vast majority of customers choosing Creative Cloud instead.

Adobe did continue providing maintenance (bug/security) fixes to CS6 and refreshing Camera Raw through July 2015, over 3 years after CS6 came out – but then finally discontinued support in order to evolve the platform and pursue further innovations in image processing and workflow technology.

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