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Penn State negotiates Adobe software distribution agreement

April 16th, 2014

In response to changes in Adobe’s software distribution model, Penn State’s Information Technology Leadership Council (ITLC) and the University’s software licensing unit collaborated on a contract that will make it easier for Penn State departments to order and keep track of select software titles and licenses in Adobe’s Creative Cloud service.

The Adobe Enterprise Term Licensing Agreement (ETLA), an equitable, cost-sharing distribution model, provides a streamlined process for users to request and receive software for University computers. Under this model, which will be in effect until 2016, users submit requests for Adobe software titles to a unit administrator who works with the user to distribute his or her software digitally.

Penn State’s previous distribution model with Adobe was a standing order in which users purchased physical pieces of media and software license codes each time the software was needed.

“The IT Leadership Council is made up of the senior-most IT leaders from across the University,” said Joanne Peca, chief information officer at Penn State Altoona and chair of the ITLC. “When Adobe announced the licensing changes, the software licensing team knew they could turn to the ITLC to ensure that all units had insight on the changes and input into the final decision on how to move forward.”

The Adobe ETLA program is expected to make it easier for users to install Adobe software and keep it up-to-date. Because Adobe’s digital software subscription service automatically pushes out software updates, users across the University will have access to the same version.

Penn State’s cost for the Adobe ETLA program is expected to remain roughly the same as the previous contract but could vary for each department depending on usage. The cost model for each administrative area for the first year of the new program is based on that area’s average cost for the previous three years of Adobe software. That amount is converted into an overall percentage of the cost for the program. For example, if an area had 10 percent of the past sales for Adobe software at Penn State, that area will pay 10 percent of the cost on the new ETLA. Each area’s cost for the second and third year of the Adobe ETLA program will be based on its usage during the previous year.

The Adobe ETLA program decision is another example of the important role of the ITLC, which was able to work directly with the University’s software licensing unit on what made the most sense for each administrative area and Penn State as a whole.

“Having an established forum like the ITLC is hugely important to our ability to address opportunities and challenges that impact the entire University,” said Peca.


Adobe adds 3D printing capabilities to Photoshop CC

January 16th, 2014

As with all updates to the Creative Cloud (CC) software suite, additional 3D printing features will be available as an instant download to all users with a CC subscription, starting from 16 January. Printing options will be added to the existing 3D menu, allowing users to import models created from different sources and apply finishing touches in Photoshop.

Adobe currently sees a significant gap between existing 3D modelling tools and what 3D printers need in order to successfully print designs. For example, if 3D meshes contain flaws, such as holes in the mesh or a structure not being watertight, the printer will reject it. Photoshop aims to be the intermediary that helps iron out those kinks.

“Overcoming these flaws is a huge burden, particularly to creatives who do not understand the complexities of these printers,” said Photoshop product manager Andy Lauta.

When a 3D object is imported into Photoshop, users will be able to manipulate it in the 3D viewing mode as well as apply colour, texture and overlays onto the model, using the same controls as when working on a regular Photoshop object. A typical workflow would involve importing objects from other sources and making adjustments as necessary, however, Adobe did emphasise that it would also be possible to build 3D models from scratch.

When a user sends the model to the printer, Photoshop prepares the mesh by checking for appropriate wall thickness and support structures to ensure that the object can be printed without falling over on the print bed. After the object goes through this fixing process, users are presented with the final render in a WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) interface. Press print, and your model is sent to either a local printer or to another 3D printing service.

Adobe has partnered with Makerbot for a tight integration with its home-based 3D printers, with native support available in Photoshop. There will also be in-software support for Shapeways, including a selection of materials and the ability to export directly to the service. Some particular use cases that Adobe sees for Photoshop’s 3D printing capabilities include product prototypes, jewellery design and objects for animated films.

At the moment, Photoshop CC will be able to read five popular 3D formats: OBJ, STL, 3DS, Collada and KMZ. Adobe also showed off another potential application for photographers wanting to experiment with 3D printing: Simply open up an image, create a lithophane, and a 3D render of the image will be used to create a depth map, which in turn creates a 3D object that can be printed.

Makerbot and Cube are currently the only home 3D printers supported natively in-software, but more options will appear in subsequent releases. Users will also be able to build their own custom printer profiles.

Other new features rolled out in the latest Photoshop CC update include perspective warp and linked smart objects.


Adobe’s Piracy-Proof Software Gets Hacked A Few Days After Release

June 24th, 2013

Adobe claimed before its release that it’s new software subscription service was piracy-proof. Now just days after the service went live cracked versions of Photoshop and other Adobe applications are showing up on The Pirate Bay and other torrent networks.

Adobe’s creative suite of tools are some of the most pirated in the world because of their hefty retail prices which can cost upwards of $700 for Photoshop. Adobe’s new focus is to charge $20 per month for a single application or $50 per month for the entire Creative Suite. Subscribers then receive the ability to install and upgrade Adobe Software over the internet.

The Adobe Creative Cloud as it is known requires installation disks to “phone home” over the internet to verify themselves. However, crackers have figured out how to isolate and remove the component that requires the use of Adobe server verification.

The cracked versions of the online suite were first pointed out by photo-editing blog PetaPixel which pointed out BitTorrent seeds for ostensibly cracked versions of the Creative Cloud versions of Adobe products.

Cracked versions of Photoshop, Dreamweaver and the vector-based drawing application Illustrator all showed up online.

Since that original report other apps have also shown up in The Pirate Bay searches, apps that now include Creative Cloud editions of Adobe Premiere (video editing), Flash Professional (Web apps), After Effects (video effects). The entire Creative Suite for Mac also showed up but was quickly removed.

A lot of the cracked versions work but also contain malware which means users must install at their own risk. Experts suggest scanning each installer with a malware scanner before moving forward.

Adobe Photoshop Elements is also available for only $100 or less if you just need a stripped down version of Photoshop’s capabilities.

Are you surprised that Adobe’s Piracy-Proof software was hacked in just a few short days.


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