Canva acquires Affinity to fill the Adobe-sized holes in its design suite

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Web-based design platform Canva has acquired the Affinity creative software suite, positioning itself as a challenger to Adobe’s grip over the digital design industry. Canva announced the deal on Tuesday, which gives the company ownership over Affinity Designer, Photo, and Publisher — three popular creative applications for Windows, Mac, and iPad that provide similar features to Adobe’s Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign software, respectively.

https://www.theverge.com/2024/3/26/24112277/canva-affinity-acquisition-design-software-suite-adobe-rival

Adobe adds Firefly generative AI features to new Express mobile app

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Adobe has released a new app for Adobe Express, its cloud-based mobile design platform, bringing the same creative, editing, and Firefly-powered generative AI features enjoyed by desktop users to iOS and Android devices. Available to try for free today in beta, the new Adobe Express app allows users to easily produce creative assets like social media posts, posters, and website banners, with Creative Cloud members able to access and edit Photoshop and Illustrator files directly within the mobile app.

https://www.theverge.com/2024/3/7/24093148/adobe-express-mobile-app-beta-firefly-generative-ai-design-tool

TikTok’s AI-powered Creative Assistant is now available directly in Adobe Express

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The Creative Assistant add-on in Adobe Express aims to reduce the time and effort required when working across different platforms when creating content. With Adobe Express, creators have access to templates, Adobe Stock video clips, audio, stickers and an Adobe Express TikTok video creator. With the new Creative Assistant add-on, creators will get access to TikTok insights about trending hashtags and AI-powered tools all within Adobe Express. The Assistant can also brainstorm creative ideas or even write out video scripts.

https://techcrunch.com/2024/02/13/tiktoks-ai-powered-creative-assistant-is-now-available-directly-in-adobe-express/

Adobe throws XD overboard after losing out on $20bn Figma deal

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It’s all over for Adobe XD. After losing out in its $20bn bid for Figma, the firm is conceding defeat in the UI design arena – for now, at least. In the fallout of a deal that saw the company placed under the microscope of competition authorities in Europe and the US, Bloomberg is reporting that Adobe has confirmed it has “no plans to further invest” in its own UI/UX web design software.

https://www.techradar.com/pro/adobe-throws-xd-overboard-after-losing-out-on-dollar20bn-figma-deal

Adobe abandons $20 billion acquisition of Figma

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Following mounting pressure from regulators in the UK and EU, Adobe and Figma announced on Monday that both companies are mutually terminating their merger agreement, which would have seen Adobe acquire the Figma product design platform for $20 billion. “It’s not the outcome we had hoped for,” said Figma CEO Dylan Field in a statement. “But despite thousands of hours spent with regulators around the world detailing differences between our businesses, our products, and the markets we serve, we no longer see a path toward regulatory approval of the deal.”

https://www.theverge.com/2023/12/18/24005996/adobe-figma-acquisition-abandoned-termination-fee

Adobe Firefly’s generative AI models can now create vector graphics in Illustrator | TechCrunch

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Illustrator is Adobe’s vector graphics tool for graphic artists and it’s about to join the generative AI era with the launch of the Firefly Vector Model at Adobe’s MAX conference today. In its beta, Illustrator will now let you create entire scenes through a text prompt. What’s nifty here is that those scenes can consist of multiple objects. So this isn’t just a jumble of vectors that make up the overall graphic but Illustrator will automatically generate these different objects and you can manipulate them individually to your heart’s content, just like any other group or layer in Illustrator.

https://techcrunch.com/2023/10/10/adobe-brings-its-firefly-generative-ai-models-to-vector-graphics-in-illustrator/

Chromebook Plus buyers will get a long free trial of the new web-based Photoshop

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Adobe is entering a partnership with Google and offering a free three-month trial to both Photoshop on the web and an Express Premium plan to those who purchase one of the new Chromebook Plus devices. Up until recently, it wasn’t possible to run Photoshop on ChromeOS because important executable files couldn’t be installed.

https://www.techradar.com/computing/chromebooks/chromebook-plus-buyers-will-get-a-free-trial-of-the-new-web-based-photoshop