May 20 was packed with two major software updates along with the introduction of Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 tablet. The first update comes from Adobe on its 'Photoshop CC" for Surface Pro 3. The other update is from Google for its Chrome OS.
Adobe's Touch-Friendly Photoshop CC for Surface Pro 3
On Tuesday, at the Surface event, Microsoft introduced the most-anticipated Surface Pro 3 tablet to much fanfare. However, the event had a new accompaniment. The California-based company, Adobe, demonstrated a preview of the new "touch-optimized" version of "Photoshop CC" in the same event.
The company's vice president of experience design, Michael Gough, explained how Photoshop CC works on Microsoft's latest device and how Adobe perfected Photoshop CC for touch-based operations.
It is worth noting that Adobe's Photoshop CC did function on the touch-based devices like the Surface Pro and Surface Pro 2 in the past. But the support was restricted to the pressure sensitivity of the stylus.
Here are some of the improvements in the latest update:
- The user interface now comes with icons that look 200 per cent larger. This feature comes handy especially when dealing with high-resolution devices.
- Users can now pinch, zoom and pan using fingertips.
- Users can now rotate images and objects with regular rotation gestures.
Chrome OS Update
Google's Chrome OS has a new update to offer. The 35.0.1916.116 update introduces several new features to the user interface, along with bug fixes and security updates.
Here are the new features:
- With the newly added support for folders, sorting of apps has become quite easier and smoother in the Chrome OS Launcher.
- With user feedback in mind, the minimise button has been brought back and a long-press on the maximise button would enable left/right tiling of windows.
- "Ok Google" is now available on New Tab Page and Google.com for English (U.S.) users.
- Chrome OS can now detect "captive portals," which will help users in cafes, hotels and other locations to connect to the Internet via the portal.
Notably, this new update is being pushed to all Chrome devices with the exception of the ASUS Chromebox and Samsung Series 3 Chromebox.