Adobe invites users to beta test Illustrator for iPad

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Adobe is now looking for public beta testers for its iPad version of Illustrator.
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Transitioning out of a closed beta, Adobe is now inviting users to beta test an upcoming iOS release of Illustrator for iPad, according to reports from various customers who have received an invitation in the past few days.

Small Apple-related companies grappling with COVID-19 impact

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Self-isolation orders in San Francisco emptied this studio at WaterField Designs.
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Gary Waterfield should be collaborating with colleagues today over the hum of sewing machines producing an elegant leather crossbody laptop bag.

The small-batch tech backpacks and shoulder bags of WaterField Designs since 1998 have attracted discerning Apple users. Waterfield likes to time a new production run with an Apple product launch.

But when Apple unveiled the new MacBook Air and iPad Pro with Magic Keyboard this week, the handful of WaterField employees were stuck in their San Francisco-area homes on one of the strictest lockdowns since the coronavirus invaded American soil.

Google I/O 2020 goes online-only due to COVID-19 fears

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Sundar Pichai's annual keynote appearance will be a streaming-only event.
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The COVID-19 virus killed another major tech event Tuesday, when Google canceled the physical aspect of its annual developers’ conference, Google I/O 2020.

The company sent emails to attendees this afternoon notifying them that the event, scheduled to take place from May 12 to 14, has been canceled due to coronavirus concerns. The news came shortly after Adobe canceled its annual developers’ conference.

Photoshop celebrates its 30th birthday with new features for iPad

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The new Object Selection tool works like magic.
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Photoshop turns 30 today, and to celebrate this massive milestone, Adobe is rolling out some handy new tools for the iPad version of its app.

The latest update brings an Object Selection tool and Type settings. They help bring Photoshop for iPad a little bit closer to the desktop version, and they’re part of Adobe’s mission to deliver a “continuous stream” of new features.

There are some nice additions for Photoshop on desktop, too.

Master Adobe Illustrator with over 30 hours of training [Deals]

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Master the industry-standard vector graphics program with 34.5 hours of training on Adobe Illustrator CC.
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Adobe Illustrator is the industry standard for vector graphics. So if you’re doing work in the visual realm, it’s a platform worth mastering. With this progressive set of Illustrator courses, you can do just that.

AI-driven Select Subject tool added to Photoshop on iPad

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Photoshop for iPad now has Select Subject powered by Artificial intelligence.
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A promised update to Photoshop on iPad debuted today. A notable new feature employs artificial intelligence to enable users to easily select the subjects of images. The latest version also makes accessing cloud storage much faster.

This is the first in a planned series of improvements for the iPad version of this professional image-editing software

Lightroom for iPad gets import-export features it should have had all along

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Adobe cuts a little workflow time with Direct Import for Lightroom mobile for iOS and iPadOS.
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Adobe launched a major power boost today to Lightroom Mobile that adds Direct Import and Advance Export features to iOS and iPadOS.

Direct Import streamlines the workflow by eliminating the need to import photos into the Camera Roll. Users can now skip that by connecting a drive or SD card to transfer photos directly to Lightroom for iOS or iPadOS.

Adobe takes first steps to fix Photoshop for iPad

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Adobe promises changes to Photoshop on iPad very soon.
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Adobe says it will soon deliver features and updates to its iPad version of Photoshop.

The announcement comes after a buildup of user frustration over the launch earlier this month of Photoshop for iPad, a highly anticipated release after the imaging software giant promised a full-power version for the tablet computer.

Adobe chief defends Photoshop for iPad following poor reviews

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As the great D:Ream once sang, things can only get better.
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It’s no secret that Photoshop for iPad is unfinished. A lot of fans have accepted that and are enjoying it for what it is. But others are not, and they’ve forced one Adobe chief to defend its current state.

Scott Belsky, the company’s chief product officer, took to Twitter this week to explain Adobe’s process — and to promise that Photoshop for iPad will get better.