Following on from Adobe Live 2004, I wondered how Adobe Live 2005 (26–27 May)would fare. The change of venue to the Design Business Centre in Islington was welcome – making it easily accessible from Euston. Last year the event was used to launch the CS Suite, and this year CS2; leaving me wondering whether subsequent years will follow suit.
The main auditorium sessions focused on design as the central focal point of all Adobe software development and the new opportunities the CS2 presents to the design world.
Multimodal: 'Create once, publish everwhere' seems to be the buzzword, and is the thinking behind Adobe's software development, recognising that many designers are now working cross-platform and publishing to a multitude of channels.
Photoshop CS2 was show-cased, focusing on new features, many which are quite impressive, especially the filter vanishing point and the healing brush, which drew hushed tones from the audience.
I am always eager to see what has been developed in Illustrator, especially terms of the vectorising of photos, something I often want to do. I was not dissapointed! The new Livetrace feature resembles Streamline (which dates back to a time only a few members of the audience could care to remember) which was a really useful tool. Livetrace has been independently developed by Adobe, and works in a similar manner to Streamline. A powerful and sophisticated development on the current trace tool in CS2, it is a big leap forward in the ability to vectorise photographs.