[UPDATE (February 2013) – Adobe has just released a free software upgrade and everyone can now download Edge Animate 1.5 (still) for free! They've also now made available for all users a free preview version of Edge Reflow, their new responsive-web design tool.]
Perhaps the biggest news from Adobe’s Create the Web event earlier this week is how much they’re giving away their new mobile-ready web development software… The new Edge Tools & Services collection includes some great products for free download and use, including the final official release of Edge Animate 1.0 – the full and permanent version at no charge (regularly US$499) – for creating interactive and animated web content.
Edge Animate (formerly known as “Adobe Edge” during its long Preview period) is effectively Adobe’s “Flash Pro for the HTML5/CSS3 world” – this new application works similarly to how Flash Professional does for creating rich media – but instead of generating Flash, it outputs standards-based HTML that can be viewed in browsers all across the web, on desktops and laptops as well as mobile devices and tablets.
We’ve previously covered 30 hours of free video tutorials for Adobe’s Creative Suite 6, as well as four hours for Lightroom 4 – so here are some helpful (and free) new learning resources for the just-released Elements 11 product line…
Because Elements 11 has an all-new intuitive editing environment with a revamped Organizer plus other new features, the content here doesn’t carry well to older versions of Photoshop Elements. However, we do also have a page still available with several hours of free tutorials for PSE 10 & 9 and earlier.
In the brand new course given below, the experts share how to get started with Photoshop Elements 11, the basics of the software, new features, how to use key tools and functions, plus their favorite tips and techniques. In sum, there is nearly 3 hours of free training video, with 33 separate chapters.
Most modern cameras now also take great videos in addition to photos, so Photoshop Elements is well-integrated with Premiere Elements for video editing – and since many people use the tools together, we’ve also included links for over two hours of free tutorials for learning how to use Premiere Elements 11.
If you need a copy of Photoshop or Premiere Elements 11 to get going right away, just download the free trials and they will work fully for 30 calendar days, which should be plenty of time to get through the classes. Note at the bottom of this page, you’ll also find quick demos of the two programs.
Yes – Adobe Photoshop Elements 11 and Premiere Elements 11 are just out and available immediately! Pretty much on the timeframe we forecast, both products are available on both Windows and Mac with the same features across platforms… See what you can do with these tools now with the Elements family comparison. You can instantly download the free trials as well, and the new software will work side-by-side with any previous release(s) of Elements you may own. If do you have an earlier version installed, you can automatically import and convert your work.*
Continuing our custom of providing the direct download links for major Adobe products such as Creative Suite 6, Lightroom 4, and Acrobat XI, below you’ll find the direct links from Adobe’s servers for the free trials of the all-new releases of Photoshop Elements 11 and Premiere Elements 11, for both Windows and Mac OS.
These links go to the authentic and secure files residing on Adobe’s servers, are guaranteed genuine, safe, and will not change. They are especially useful when you are unable to download Adobe’s free trials via other means – often due to difficulties with the Akamai Download Manager or Adobe Download Assistant…
With the links provided below, you can use your own browser’s download capability (without DLM), or another download manager of your choice.
For setting up Elements on Windows (both PSE 11 and PRE 11), each program consists of two downloaded files: an .exe and a 7-Zip file (.7z). The .exe file will only work (and install) once the .7z file is fully downloaded and resides in the same location. For the Mac, it’s just a single .dmg file for each program.
It’s been a while now since Acrobat X was released, and considering Adobe usually runs on two-year release schedules for this product, give or take, what does this imply for when Acrobat 11 (Pro/Standard/Reader) will be coming out?
That’s the question of the season – along with, of course, whether the next version will be dubbed “Acrobat 11″ or “Acrobat XI”…
At present there is precious little public information out there to answer these questions. Our best estimate would be simply to go with the release dates for the past few revisions of Acrobat and then extrapolate.
Acrobat 8 came out on November 2, 2006 – Acrobat 9 arrived on June 25, 2008 – and Acrobat X began shipping on November 15th, 2010. So a bit of basic math would project the Acrobat 11 release date to be sometime in mid to late November 2012. Typically, Adobe would launch (or announce) the new product lineup a few weeks before that ship date.
But if you can’t wait until release day to see (and try) it, then register your interest in a possible Acrobat XI public pre-release program. There are no guarantees on being accepted if/when it opens, but it’s free and easy to sign up so it’s worth a try. The application is open for Acrobat, Adobe Reader, or both. Adobe’s goal with prerelease programs is to receive input on product usage and new features, plus learn about any early issues to help produce a tool that’s better for everyone.
[UPDATE – Also see our new Spring Photoshop CS6 + Suite Giveaway!]
Now, nobody can actually say whether it would be called Acrobat XI or Acrobat 11, but one thing for sure is that the upgrade will be incorporated into the next release of Creative Suite (CS6.5 according to plan) and the new Creative Cloud, as well as sold separately.
It hasn’t been announced by Adobe when or what new features would be in an Acrobat XI Pro or Standard, but we do have some educated guesses…
In the meantime while we wait for developments on this front, we’re going to give away two copies of Acrobat 11 to two lucky readers here (meaning you!) as soon as it’s available… Pricing is not definite but if version 11 costs the same as version 10, then Acrobat XI Pro would sell for US$449 for a full copy – meaning this new giveaway is valued at US$948.
And importantly, by popular request from previous giveaways, this one is open worldwide.
[UPDATE (April 2013) – Check out Adobe's new coupon for 40% off Creative Cloud!]
A year ago Adobe featured probably their biggest promotion ever, the extremely popular “Switcher” offer for 50% off Premiere Pro and the Production Premium suite…
Now that CS6 is out, they’ve just relaunched the deal in a smaller but still very attractive form – they’re now offering 30% off the price of the Full CS6 Production Premium suite with coupon code SWITCH, or 40% off membership to the new Creative Cloud, which includes all CS6 tools and more.
The offer is geared for owners of competitive software as well as owners of older Adobe suites who can now buy the latest CS6 release (Windows or Mac) at a terrific savings, and these discounts are available all over the world…
The promotion is officially targeted at video users and creators, but because the suite contains top products like Photoshop Extended, Illustrator, Flash Professional, and Audition in addition to Premiere Pro, After Effects, Prelude, and SpeedGrade (see the complete list of applications included), many customers can take advantage of this sale. For example, the normal price of Photoshop CS6 Extended is US$999, but with this special you get that plus an entire suite of 8 other top products for US$1329 total.
[ First Look: Adobe CS6 Production Premium Suite — What’s New? ]