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Adobe Lightroom is now available in Mac App Store

2019 June 20
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Lightroom has become Adobe’s first pro app to be added to Apple’s redesigned Mac App Store.

An Aperture replacement

Lightroom is a cloud-based photography service akin to Apple’s iCloud Photos service and the stock Photos app. With Lightroom, you can edit, organize, store and share your photographs across platforms and access them anywhere with the included 1TB of cloud storage.

Although Lightroom is a free download, you will need to subscribe after a 7-day trial in order to continue using the software without restrictions, access your files in the Adobe cloud and more. In that regard, the Mac App Store version is the same as the Lightroom edition included in Creative Cloud subscriptions available through Adobe’s website.

Lightroom hits Mac App Store

You can have both your full-resolution originals and edits backed up to the Adobe cloud, organize your photos with searchable keywords that are automatically applied thanks to the computer vision and machine learning algorithms that Adobe calls Sensei AI.

Thanks to Sensei AI, Lightroom also provides features like an auto-editing tool that automatically adjusts a photo’s exposure, contrast and other elements for best results.

The Mac App Store version takes advantage of Apple’s In-App Purchase mechanism to offer monthly and annual subscriptions at $10 and $119, respectively. Apple takes a 15-30 percent cut on all in-app subscriptions but it probably cut a special revenue sharing deal with Adobe in order to incentivize the Photoshop maker to put Lightroom on Mac App Store.

Lightroom for Mac: features highlight

Adobe shared a rundown of the features you can expect in the Mac app.

Anywhere editing

With easy-to-use photo editing tools like sliders and filters, Photoshop Lightroom makes it simple to create photos that look just the way you want. And you can edit your full-resolution photos anywhere — on mobile devices, the web or your desktop. Edits on one device are automatically applied everywhere else.

Smarter organization

Adobe Sensei uses machine learning to recognize the people and other content in your photos and then applies searchable keywords automatically. Looking for shots of your cousin or favorite trips to the water? Auto-tagging makes searching a snap so you can create albums based on any person or theme you want

Worry-free storage

The 1TB of cloud storage included with Lightroom ensures that you can access your entire library of full-resolution photos anytime you want, anywhere you are, from any device.

Easy sharing

Share your photographs with loved ones, clients or an even bigger audience. Post photos directly to social sites, showcase them on your website by sending them directly to Adobe Portfolio and create stunning graphics, web pages and video stories in minutes with Adobe Spark. It’s all included in your membership.

Other apps are returning to Mac App Store

Last summer, Apple said it’d relaxed some of the stringer sandboxing rules on Mac App Store in order to persuade big name developers to put their warez back in the store. Since then, several major apps and whole suites have returned to Mac App Store, including Panic’s excellent FTP client Transmit, Microsoft’s Office suite, the powerful text editor BBEdit and more.

Other apps and developers mentioned during last year’s WWDC keynote as returning to Mac App Store include Serif, which just released the desktop publishing app Affinity Publisher, as well as Bloom, Feral, Corel, Aspyr, Black Magic Design, Intua and Houseparty.

Adobe’s only other app on Mac App Store is Photoshop Elements 2019, at $70.

Photoshop for iPad is coming

Adobe’s been working on a native iPad edition of Photoshop that shares much of the code base with its desktop counterpart and includes features like seamless Creative Cloud syncing, full layer support, the ability to open files created in Photoshop for desktop and more.

Creative Cloud users can apply for the Photoshop for iPad beta program on Adobe’s website. The anticipated app will release some time in 2019, probably in the fall when new iPads arrive.

Grab Adobe Lightroom for free from Mac App Store.

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Streamline your workflow with this AI-powered photo editor

2019 June 20
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In the age of the smartphone, everyone likes to think of themselves as a professional photographer. But even the best Instagram filters are no match for truly pro-level editing techniques, which can transform a good pic into a truly great one.

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This 2-part bundle will help you streamline your workflow—thanks to an AI-powered photo editor that makes it easy to craft pro-level shots in seconds.

With a single click, this intelligent editor can perfectly adjust everything from color and tone to depth and contrast—all through advanced algorithms that are able to pick up on the subtleties of your photos.

This bundle also comes with detailed instruction that introduces you to every element of the Luminar 3 platform—so you’ll never have to scramble to understand new commands or tricks.

Treat your photos to a pro-level editing experience with the Award-Winning Luminar 3 Software Bundle for just $49—over 45% off its usual price for a limited time.

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Prices are subject to change.

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VIDEO: using Safari’s download manager and Files app to share books between iPhone and Kindle with iOS 13

2019 June 19
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iOS 13 brings a download manager in Safari along with support for connecting external storage devices in the Files app, opening up some pretty powerful on-the-go workflows.

The Loop reader Niles Mitchell took it upon himself to test how both features work, and he’s done so in an informative way by capturing an interesting video of the whole process which you can enjoy embedded right ahead. But rather than use the Files app to manage files on a USB thumb drive, Mitchell actually connected his iPhone to Amazon’s Kindle e-reader.

What his Kindle saw was a regular USB host device, thanks to iOS 13. That prompted the Kindle software to switch to file-transfer mode like it would when connected to a desktop computer. The video also shows off Safari’s download manager in action.

I’ve embedded the clip right ahead so give it a quick watch right now.

Knowing Apple, I was pretty convinced we’d never live to see the day when we’d be able to browse the file system of any connected storage device, on our iPhones, without any restrictions. It’s surreal, really, at least for me. I’m still finding it hard to believe that I can copy files to and from USB thumb drives and SMB servers in the Files app.

Yes, it’s a basic feature that Android has had from the onset, but this is Apple and for them to have implemented a download manager and support for external storage is a major move. If you do any serious work on an iPad, or have attempted to use it as your primary computer, you can tell that this is going to be a profound change when iOS 13 drops commercially this fall.

Safari’s download manager in iOS 13.

Many iPad workflows were ruined by the inability to downloading anything from the web without too much fuss. And if you resorted to trickery like using a third-party iOS browser to retrieve files from the web, you probably know all too well how complicated it can be to access those downloads from within the confines of another app.

Are you someone who takes a lots of images with your DSLR? So you shoot and edit high-quality video for a living? Maybe you’re someone like that, or maybe you’re a social media manger who needs to import assets from thumb drives and what not.

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Before iOS 13, there was no way to import images from a digital camera to any other app but Photos. You just couldn’t connect a digital camera to your iPad and import photos directly into Lightroom or a Pages document. And you definitely couldn’t import high-resolution images from a client’s USB drive into your iPad to work on those social media posts on the go.

This is my favorite new feature in iOS 13.

iOS 13 makes those and many other kinds of workflows possible thanks to Safari’s download manager and the much-improved Files app with support for connecting to servers and external storage devices. If you have an 2018 iPad Pro, you’ll just connect any USB storage device to the tablet with a USB to USB-C cable (or simply use the USB-C to USB-C cable that came with your iPad in case your external storage device uses USB-C rather than USB 3 or 2).

Folks with Lightning devices will need to purchase Apple’s Lightning to USB camera adapter which has both USB 3 and USB-C ports on it. You’ll need both ports, USB 3 for your storage device and USB-C for power because most USB storage devices require a powered bus.

Such workflows are now totally possible with iOS 13.

Future iPhones are predicted to swap Lightning I/O for USB-C, but you’re going to need some sort of an adapter anyway because the battery in your iPhone isn’t strong enough to power things like external hard drives and other storage devices (not so much on iPad Pro whose massive battery can be used for charging devices like your iPhone).

Because of that, we think Apple will release a dedicated adapter specifically designed for anyone wishing to make the most out of the Files app and its external drive support.

Does any of this impress you?

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Apple retail employees testing the Apple Card ahead of summer launch

2019 June 19
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The Apple Card arrives this summer. Before that happens though, the company has been slowly expanding availability to test out the card ahead of the public launch.

According to Bloomberg, Apple has expanded availability of its first credit card to retail employees. This new system is handled by an internal beta program which, according to the report, launched this week. The employees are able to activate the card on their personal device, with the Apple Pay portion switching on immediately. They have to wait two to three weeks for the physical card to arrive, though.

And, according to the report, everything is fully functional. This is a big moment for Apple as a whole, as this means thousands of employees are able to test the card in the wild, giving the company some real world expectations ahead of the public launch.

Screenshots of the employee beta of the Apple Card show that test versions of the card are fully functional and include the ability to receive daily cash back, pay bills, see an order status for a physical card and receive technical support via text messaging. Users can also schedule payments, access their credit limit and manage connected bank accounts, among other tasks. Users will also have the ability to set the Apple Card as the default payment method for Apple purchases.

Apple officially announced the Apple Card back in March of this year. It offers a variety of customer-focused features, including 3% cash back on Apple purchases, 2% cash back on any transactions made with Apple Pay, and 1% cash back on all other purchases. In fact, the benefits are so customer-friendly, in terms of standard credit cards, that many other banks backed out of the deal with Apple. Goldman Sachs is officially working with Apple to launch the Apple Card this year.

When the card arrives this summer, it will only be available in the United States to start. However, this report indicates that Apple has already set its sights on Europe, and is working with financial regulators in the region to bring the credit card to customers there in the future.

Are you planning on applying for the Apple Card once it launches?

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Free Apps to Download TODAY ONLY 06/19/2019

2019 June 19
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The Great Coffee App , Aureus Prime , Pool-Calculator and more


The Great Coffee App ( $2.99 → Free ) Baglan Dosmagambetov You’re provided with a short introduction to 19 of the most popular espresso-based drinks. Each drink is accompanied by a cut-through visual representation so you can see the layers for yourself, a short description, brewing instructions, and a demonstration video. You’re able to favorite drinks, and share them via Messages, AirDrop, Facebook, Twitter, or email. The app also includes relaxing background music, and a quick tutorial.

Aureus Prime ( $1.99 → Free ) Galta Take a good look at the board while it is lit up because the lights will go out! You must then match elements to create electrical currents that will briefly illuminate the board, disintegrate the elements, and turn them into gold. While the board is briefly illuminated from creating a match, you will have another chance at seeing where elements are located and how they’re aligned. If you wind up not getting a good enough look, you can use a hint. The game includes three modes, loads of ways to upgrade your gold producing machine, and achievements and leaderboards via Game Center.

Pool-Calculator ( $0.99 → Free ) Pool and Spa Resources, LLC Pool Calculator is a complete toolkit for pool and hot tub owners. It makes it easy to keep your water balanced and crystal clear by performing all of the calculations for you. No more complicated charts or formulas. Just input the necessary information and receive calculations for chlorine, raising pH, lowering pH, total alkalinity, calcium hardness, stabilizer, salt, oblate, and calcium saturation. Pool Calculator also includes a volume and chemical effects calculator.

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