Adobe announced today that Adobe Experience Manager (AEM) is now available as a cloud-native SaaS application. Prior to this, it was available on premises or as a managed service, but it wasn’t pure cloud-native.
Obviously being available as a cloud service makes sense for customers, and offers all of the value you would get from any cloud service. Customers can now access all of the tools in AEM without having to worry about maintaining, managing or updating it, giving the marketing team more flexibility, agility and ongoing access to the latest updates.
This value proposition did not escape Loni Stark, Adobe’s senior director of strategy and product marketing. “It creates a compelling offer for mid-size companies and enterprises that are increasingly transforming to adopt advanced digital tools but need more simplicity and flexibility to support their changing business models,” Stark said in a statement.
AEM provides a number of capabilities including managing the customer experience in real time. Having real-time access to data means you can deliver the products, services and experiences that make sense based on what you know about the customer in any given moment.
What’s more, you can meet customers wherever they happen to be. Today, it could be the company website, mobile app or other channel. Companies need to be flexible and tailor content to the specific channel, as well as what they know about the customer.
It’s interesting to note that AEM is based on the purchase of Day Software in 2010. That company originally developed a web content management product, but over time it evolved to become Adobe Experience Manager, and has been layering on functionality to meet an experience platform’s requirements since. Today, the product includes tools for content management, asset management and digital forms.
The company made the announcement today at NRF 2020, a huge retail conference taking place in New York City this week.
Adobe’s Photoshop on the iPad got off to a rocky start that doesn’t seem to have left fans of the desktop version very happy, but the company looks intent on incorporating user feedback and releasing meaningful feature updates on a timely basis. Like today, for instance, it’s adding ‘Select Subject’ to the iPad version of Photoshop, which is a feature that should make working with photos and compositions on the Apple tablet much, much easier and more flexible.
Select Subject is a new feature that Adobe introduced last year to the desktop version, and offers one-tap selection of the subject of your image, as determined by Adobe’s Sensei AI engine to take all the manual work out of the process. This is one of the Photoshop tasks that people are used to doing manually using either pen input and freehand selection, or a combination of the Magic Wand, lasso and polygonal selection tools, all of which involve considerably more work.
Adobe says the 2019 version of Select Subject on iPad and on desktop provides better selection edges and works almost instantly, even on iOS. Behind the scenes, the feature is actually a bunch of different machine learning algorithms working together to make the selection, refine the selection, de-artifact the edge and more. The end result is that you can get a very usable subject cut out that allows you to easily recompose, or independently edit subject and background very quickly and with very little, if any, manual refinement required.
You’ll still get better, cleaner results with defined, continuous edges and high-contrast backgrounds, but Adobe says it’s working on improving Select Subject performance around things like hair and fur.
Meanwhile, Adobe also started rolling out improvements for its cloud documents feature, which was introduced alongside the public release of Photoshop for iPad and lets you work with PSDs across platforms via shared cloud-based storage. They’ve also tweaked the user interface with improvements to things like text entry and layer management.
Adobe still has a lot to do to make a convincing argument that it regards Photoshop for iPad as a flagship product on par with the desktop version, but these are steps in the right direction, and it looks like 2020 should bring a host of additional refinements and improvements, along with and iPad version of Illustrator and more.
Yesterday, Adobe submitted its quarterly earnings report and the results were quite good. The company generated a tad under $3 billion for the quarter at $2.99 billion, and reported that revenue exceeded $11 billion for FY 2019, its highest ever mark.
“Fiscal 2019 was a phenomenal year for Adobe as we exceeded $11 billion in revenue, a significant milestone for the company. Our record revenue and EPS performance in 2019 makes us one of the largest, most diversified, and profitable software companies in the world. Total Adobe revenue was $11.17 billion in FY 2019, which represents 24% annual growth,” Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen told analysts and reporters in his company’s post-earnings call.
Adobe made a couple of key M&A moves this year that appear to be paying off, including nabbing Magento in May for $1.7 billion and Marketo in September for $4.75 billion. Both companies fit inside its “Digital Experience” revenue bucket. In its most recent quarter, Adobe’s Digital Experience segment generated $859 million in revenue, compared with $821 million in the sequentially previous quarter.
Obviously buying two significant companies this year helped push those numbers, something CFO John Murphy acknowledged in the call:
“Key Q4 highlights include strong year-over-year growth in our Content and Commerce solutions led by Adobe Experience Manager and success with cross-selling and up-selling Magento; Adoption of Adobe Experience Platform, Audience Manager and Real-Time CDP in our Data & Insights solutions; and momentum in our Marketo business, including in the mid-market segment, which helped fuel growth in our Customer Journey Management solutions.”
All of that added up to growth across the Digital Experience category.
But Adobe didn’t simply buy its way to new market share. The company also continued to build a suite of products in-house to help grow new revenue from the enterprise side of its business.
“We’re rapidly evolving our CXM product strategy to deliver generational technology platforms, launch innovative new services and introduce enhancements to our market-leading applications. Adobe Experience Platform is the industry’s first purpose-built CXM platform. With real-time customer profiles, continuous intelligence, and an open and extensible architecture, Adobe Experience Platform makes delivering personalized customer experiences at scale a reality,” Narayan said.
Of course, the enterprise is just part of it. Adobe’s creative tools remain its bread and butter with the Creative tools accounting for $1.74 billion in revenue and Document Cloud adding another $339 million this quarter.
The company is talking confidently about 2020, as its recent acquisitions mature and become a bigger part of the company’s digital experience offerings. But Narayan feels good about the performance this year in digital experience: “When I take a step back and look at what’s happened during the year, I feel really good about the amount of innovation that’s happening. And the second thing I feel really good about is the alignment across Magento, Marketo and just call it, the core DX business in terms of having a more unified and aligned go-to-market, which has not only helped our results, but it’s also helped the operating expense associated with that business,” he said.
It is no small feat for any software company to surpass $11 billion in trailing revenue. Consider that Adobe, which was founded in 1982, goes back to the earliest days of desktop PC software in the 1980s. Yet it has managed to transform into a massive cloud services company over the last five years under Narayan’s leadership and flourish there.
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Peachpit Publishes GoPro: Professional Guide to Filmmaking
“This is the book we wish we’d had five years ago, when we first started making videos for GoPro.” —Bradford Schmidt and Brandon Thompson
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIF November 21, 2014 Written by GoPro Creative Director of Media Bradford Schmidt and Senior Editor Brandon Thompson, GoPro: Professional Guide to Filmmaking is a guide to the HERO4 and all GoPro camera models. This book is packed with hundreds of beautiful photos and interactive links to videos created by professional athletes, filmmakers, and inspired users from around the world. It is the only book to cover the art and technique of filmmaking by the team at GoPro.
GoPro has become a global movement of visual expression and users of the cameras are able to self-document and share their interests and experiences like never before. This book demonstrates how to tap the true potential of the GoPro camera to capture immersive and engaging content from an unlimited range of perspectives.
Besides containing numerous inspiring photos and links to jaw-dropping videos, this book explores GoPro’s history, all of the different camera modes and settings, standard and experimental mounts, shooting principles, editing techniques, turning footage into a compelling story, and sharing that story with the world.
“This book is an invaluable window into Bradford and Brandon’s creative thinking and summarizes years of experience and insight. Hopefully it serves as a spark for you just as the authors have for GoPro.” —From the Foreword by Nicholas Woodman, Founder of GoPro.
GoPro: Professional Guide to Filmmaking is now available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Peachpit, and other retailers worldwide. For more information, visit www.peachpit.com/goprobook.
About the Authors Bradford Schmidt is a founding member of GoPro’s media department. Bradford first met GoPro founder and CEO Nick Woodman on a surfing trip in 2002, while riding on a wooden chicken ferry in Sumatra. The two bonded through their love of surfing, travel, and photography. Over the next seven years, Brad helped Nick develop what would become GoPro, testing prototype mounts and cameras and filming footage for sales, marketing, and trade shows. In 2009, Bradford moved to Half Moon Bay, California, to create GoPro’s media department and start a YouTube channel that would rise to become one of the most powerful content-driven brands online.
Brandon Thompson joined GoPro as the second member of the media department, and specializes in video post-production as a Senior Editor. Brandon’s work for GoPro has received over 50 million views on YouTube, and has been shown in forums as diverse as Super Bowl halftime commercials, Xbox Live, Virgin Air flight programming, and film festivals.
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Peachpit Author Leads in Photography Techniques Book Sales, According to Nielsen Bookscan Data
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIF March 10, 2014 For the fourth consecutive year2010, 2011, 2012 and now 2013Scott Kelby has been recognized as the top-selling photography techniques book author in the U.S., according to research based on Nielsen BookScan data.
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Scott Kelby, author of more than 50 books, is president and CEO of KelbyOne and cofounder and CEO of Kelby Media Group. Additionally, Kelby is Editor-in-Chief of Photoshop User magazine and Light It magazine; he serves as training director for KelbyOne LIVE; and he is the technical chair of the Photoshop World Conference & Expo. Kelby’s books have been translated into many different languages, including Chinese, Russian, Spanish, Korean, Polish, Taiwanese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Dutch, Swedish, Turkish, and Portuguese, among others. For more information, visit http://www.scottkelby.com and http://kelbymediagroup.com.
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Adobe Press Publishes Third Edition of Best-Selling Book by Erik Spiekermann
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIF— January 23, 2013 — After two decades as one of the world’s best-selling books on designing with type — including editions in Korean, German, Russian, Portuguese, and Polish — Stop Stealing Sheep & find out how type works, written by acclaimed type designer Erik Spiekermann, is now available in its third edition.
Spiekermann brings his type classic fully up to date, with new details on mobile and web typography and scores of new visual examples on how to effectively communicate with type. He also includes a full selection of new typefaces that are used and referenced throughout the book.
“These days people need better ways to communicate to more diverse audiences,” said Spiekermann. “We know from experience that what we have to say is much easier for others to understand if we put it in the right voice; type is that voice, the visible language linking writer and reader.”
The third edition of Stop Stealing Sheep offers an engaging, common-sense look at how to work with type, choose the best typeface for the message, and express oneself more effectively through design.
About Erik Spiekermann Erik Spiekermann is an information architect, author of books and articles on type and typography, and the designer of such typefaces as FF Meta, ITC Officina, FF Info, LoType, and Berliner Grotesk, among others. Founder of MetaDesign, Germany’s largest design firm, Spiekermann now works as a freelance design consultant in Berlin, London, and San Francisco, designing publications, complex design systems, and more typefaces.
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Stop Stealing Sheep and Find Out How Type Works, Third Edition
By Erik Spiekermann
Adobe Press – December 11, 2013
ISBN-13: 978-0-321-93438-4 – $39.99 – Hardcover