Adobe CS5 - Creative Suite 5 for Mac 64 bit and great new features, minus flash
Adobe have made some great strides with their latest software: great new brushes and pallet work makes desktop artists a very attainable person.
Brushes can be used in realtime to twirl, reacting to 'surfaces' and can be used straight on photos which become pallets of their own. 64-bit support may make a big difference for those with heavy files, but I think most amateurs won't miss a thing.
The video is full of Jobs-esque, 'wow', 'smash', and 'gee golly' editorials, but the technology speaks. My favourite portion is the newly tweaked anchor points which allow users to reset any image, twirl parts of it around and set hinge locations in real-time. It makes for amazing computer-animation results in freeze-frame.
Flash, denied by adherents to web-standards such as Apple, is finding new, forced-entry positions in inDesign and applications which support real-time tips for actionscript. Silly, maybe, but it is Adobe's struggle to maintain relevance for the proprietary software.
In its own software, why not - Adobe created it. But, moving to the web with a proprietary design is awful.
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