We’ve previously featured over 30 hours of free video tutorials for Creative Suite 6, plus four hours for Lightroom 4 – so here’s a brand new collection for the recently-released Acrobat XI Pro & Standard…
In the free courses below, Adobe’s top product experts share how to get started, the basics of the software, overviews of major new features, how to use key tools and functions, plus their favorite tips and most useful techniques. In total, there are three courses with over two hours of free content, spanning 68 separate chapters.
If you need a copy of Acrobat XI Pro to get going right away, you can just download a free 30-day trial and then jump right in:
[UPDATE (December 11th) – Adobe has revealed all the new features described below, they are part of Photoshop CS6.1 available exclusively to Creative Cloud members and Photoshop subscribers, and will also be included in the next formal release of the product (not CS7 but Photoshop CC)… An update to Photoshop CS6 for HiDPI and Mac Retina Displays is also now available and free to download for all (version 13.0.5, which also includes some bug fixes).]
Check out this new “teaser” video that Adobe just slipped out entitled, See What’s Next in Photoshop coming on December 11th:
[UPDATE (December 11th) – As predicted, Creative Cloud for Teams is here now today!]
Response to the Creative Cloud has exceeded our expectations, and we expect adoption to accelerate as we deliver constant innovation exclusively to members. Our success thus far has been with individual users. Over the next few months, we will introduce new offerings for teams and enterprises which significantly expand the market opportunity for Creative Cloud.
In November, we will launch Creative Cloud for teams, which will enhance collaboration and simplify the setup, management and administration for creative workgroups.
Next year, we will also deliver an enterprise version of Creative Cloud targeted for companies who wish to deploy and provision Creative Cloud across large organizations with a scale similar to the enterprise license agreements we have for Creative Suite today.
Creative Cloud for teams and enterprises will be made available through our channel partners as well as directly from Adobe.
[UPDATE (Sept. 2015) – Elements 14 is here! These books still work for the new version.]
Just out and completely free! Download the new Adobe Photoshop Elements 11 Guide and Premiere Elements 11 Guide ebooks, together containing 22 chapters and 185 pages of visual tutorials and feature how-to’s, and both 100% gratis for personal use…
These e-books are great overviews and introductions to the Elements 11 tools, and cover a good deal of helpful material for getting started with the products or picking up more skills and techniques if you’re already familiar. Each volume is a collection of technical lessons for learning how to best use the popular programs.
The downloads are 7.5 MB (PSE) and 5.5 MB (PRE) in size, in PDF format (get the free and better Adobe Reader XI, if you haven’t done so yet). All you need to do to activate the ebook downloads is sign in with your Adobe ID (which is easy to create if you haven’t already got one).
If you don’t yet own Elements 11, just download the fully-working trial from Adobe to run it for free for 30 days. Some of the training in the book will be relevant for older versions of Elements as well, although if you need them we’ve also got older ebooks for Elements 9/10.
[UPDATE (Nov. 2017) – Check out Adobe’s new 2017 Black Friday & Cyber Monday Deals!]
Adobe is having a worldwide sale with money-saving deals lined up for Black Friday 2012 and Cyber Monday this year, and we’ve got the complete sneak preview guide… There are some terrific offers on tap for major products in this “season of savings” – with discounts as large as 60% off the regular price!
With these holiday promotions you can save 20% on the full version of Lightroom 4, 15% on upgrades to new Acrobat XI Pro or Standard, 30% off the full CS6 Production Premium suite, 40% on new Photoshop & Premiere Elements 11, 60% off some Creative Cloud memberships, free shipping or instant download, and more. Some of these specials are actually already live and available now, and the rest kick off on Thanksgiving Day – Thursday, November 22nd, with most running through Wednesday, November 28th.
All Elements 11 orders in North America will also receive a free $20 gift card from Shutterfly.
Install now: Get all new Adobe CC 2018 direct download links and free trials.
All the different deals and some of their graphics are detailed below, and are available for direct purchases only… Most of them require a special promotion code to be activated to receive the lower price. So if you’ve been waiting for a great sale to make a move – especially with the upcoming change to the Creative Suite upgrade policy – now could be your time with the deep discounts in Adobe’s Black Friday Savings Spree…
[UPDATE (May 6th, 2013) – Major news out: Adobe Unveils New “CC” Release (CS7)…]
Six months ago today, Adobe released Creative Suite 6… While that wasn’t long ago, this is usually around the time customers start asking when the next release might be coming out, and what new features and improvements will be included in it. We’ve covered this topic before for CS6, ahead of its original launch date, so let’s take a look at the future…
What should we expect going forward? Will the next version out be CS7, and when will that be? Or will we instead see a mid-cycle release like CS6.5 available first? Fortunately Adobe has already answered all these questions, and in fact they answered them last year.
Back when CS5.5 began shipping in May 2011, the company for the very first time shared a great deal of information about their future Creative Suite product release schedule. Previously the cycle had been for a new version of the CS software coming every 18 months or so. But beginning with CS5.5, Adobe rolled out a new plan in response to accelerating creative needs:
[UPDATE (April 2013) – Confirmed: Image Deblurring is coming soon in Photoshop!]
One year ago at their annual MAX conference, Adobe showed a sneak peak of some exciting work in progress: the prototype of a new Photoshop Image Deblurring feature that takes shaky photos and brings them into focus. The demonstration was impressive and the technology received huge press at the time, but ultimately was said to be too early stage to make it into the final release of Photoshop CS6 this past spring. Since that time, our readers have been asking about the status of the unblurring function – and when, where, and how we might see it finally released and available to the public.
Well now, we may finally have an answer.
Earlier this week as part of the Wall Street Journal’s Viewpoints West series, Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen gave a one-hour interview over a wide range of subjects including the changing media landscape, Steve Jobs, the U.S in the global economy, and much relating Adobe itself. Near the end of the sit-down session (at the 56:27 mark), he dropped a huge hint about what’s happening with Photoshop Image Deblurring:
[UPDATE – Also see our new MAX 2018 Ticket Giveaway!]
Creative Suite 6, Adobe’s flagship product line, has been doing very well in recent months… Available standalone for instant download or direct shipping, or as the central focus of their new Creative Cloud offering, there are many important differences in this release compared to Creative Suite 5, including hundreds of new features added to the individual applications.
And now we’d like to give away a brand new boxed copy of Adobe’s top-of-the-line CS6 suite to our incredible readers who have helped build our site to what it is today… It’s the CS6 Master Collection – the biggest of the best Adobe premium suites, containing nearly every amazing application that Adobe makes! It includes Photoshop Extended, Dreamweaver, Acrobat Pro, Illustrator, InDesign, After Effects, Premiere Pro, and many more – see all the applications it contains.
We’ve given away a lot of software through the years, but this prize is our largest one ever… And it’s not an upgrade or an education version – this is the shrinkwrapped, full commercial English release of CS6. Master Collection currently sells for $2,599 / €2,707 / £2,223 – and collectively the 14+ major programs within are worth US$7,988 if purchased separately.
[UPDATE (January 2013) – Existing CS4 and CS3 users can still upgrade to the Creative Cloud and receive a 40%-off discount off the regular price.]
In a nutshell, they said that the older Creative Suite versions CS4 and CS3 will only be able to get upgrade discounts to CS6 until the end of this year… Starting soon in 2013, only one major version back (i.e., CS5 and CS5.5) will be eligible for upgrade pricing to CS6. This goes for suite editions as well as standalone products like Photoshop.
Here it is, found on their site:
Special upgrade offer for CS3 and CS4 customers
Take advantage of our special introductory upgrade pricing on Creative Suite 6 for customers who own CS3 and CS4 individual products and suite editions. This temporary upgrade offer is valid through December 31, 2012. After that date, only customers who own CS5 or CS5.5 products will qualify for upgrade pricing to CS6.
Read the details about our Creative Suite upgrade policy »
In other words, Adobe’s longtime “three versions back” upgrade policy will last only until the end of this year… Starting in January 2013, owners of any product older than CS5 would have to pay full price, or switch to the Creative Cloud instead.
The Adobe Reader XI is out as a free download in 27 different languages, while Acrobat XI Pro and Standard are now available for purchase or (if you’d like to try the product out first on your own system) free trial download.
Celebrating its 20th birthday next year, you may wonder what new could Adobe add to this industry-standard product line to make it work better and more effectively, and enable you get your work done faster, saving time and money? The answer is, surprisingly, a lot…