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Is it That Time of Year Again? Another Adobe CC Upgrade?

So What's New in CC 2022?

Once again it's time to see what the Adobe Gods have given us in a new release of Creative Cloud, this time CC 2022. It's fun, frustrating, inspiring, and perplexing.

Julia Viers
Russell Viers
December 9, 2021
7.25 mins.

It’s that time of year again

when I get to dive into the Adobe software upgrades and see what’s new from previous versions.  I also try to find what’s changed, what’s fixed, what’s broken, and if all of the apps still play nicely with each other.

I get to play with prerelease software well in advance of the annual releases that coincide with AdobeMax, but I don’t like to do the deep digging until I’ve installed the final releases.

And that’s just what I did the other night while watching the AdobeMAX keynote.

Keep in mind that the new features they show at MAX, or what’s listed in the “new features” sections of adobe.com and the software help menus are just the big features. The features that aren’t that sexy are hardly mentioned, if at all, and we have to find them ourselves. The same applies to fixes.

So I’m digging.

NOTE: The new Series "What's New Adobe CC" is now live at Digiversity.tv with new Episodes added regularly.

An important goal here at Digiversity.tv is to keep all of our videos current. If we make a video showing features in version 2021, but they don’t change for 2022, we won’t remake that video. If some features have changed slightly, we might be able to edit a video to make it current. But if the interface has changed, and the functionality of a feature or function is totally different, we’ll remake the video.

I just finished a Digi Bites Episode showing how to easily convert your .heic photo files to a format you can place in InDesign, Illustrator, and Acrobat. You guessed it, InDesign, Illustrator, and Acrobat don’t support .heic formatted files. 

Well, they DIDN’T. Now Illustrator supports .heic. So, yes, this morning I fixed that Episode so the current version is now on the site for you to view.

Another “fix” I have to make today is to edit all videos where I talk about InDesign’s Master Pages. They have changed the name to Parent Pages because, according to adobe.com, “We have replaced non-inclusive terminology to support core Adobe values of diversity and inclusion. From InDesign 2022 (version 17.0) onwards, you'll reference Parent pages (called Master pages earlier) for applying page layouts, design, and style.”

So I’ll fix that. I’m still waiting to see what Adobe is calling the “parent/child” relationship between a Parent Page based on another Parent Page. In previous versions, the hierarchy was that all Master Pages are called Master Pages but you can have Masters based on other Masters. When this happened, the Master Page based on another was the Child and the Master Page that controlled the design was the Parent.

I’ll keep you posted.

So what IS new,

besides the two minor bits I’ve already mentioned? Well, the biggest feature is probably the fact that CC 2022 is able to run on Macs with the M1 chip. I say this is the biggest because Adobe admits this took a huge amount of programming resources to accomplish, at the expense of other new features. 

So if you’re a Windows user, you probably aren’t impressed with this feature. Luckily, there are other good bits in the upgrade offering. Things like:

Creative Cloud

  • Did I mention the M1 chip?
  • Free Adobe Stock assets
  • Auto Crop in Project Aspen

Photoshop

  • New and Improved Neural Filters in Photoshop
  1. Colorize
  2. Depth Blur
  3. JPEG Artifact Removal
  4. Landscape
  5. Smart Portrait
  6. And more
  • Improved Gradients in Photoshop
  • Enhanced Object Selection Tool in Photoshop
  • Powerful new masking tools for Lightroom, Lightroom Mobile,  and Adobe Camera Raw
  • Select Subject or Sky in Lightroom, Lightroom Mobile and Camera Raw
  • Share for Discover in Lightroom and Lightroom Mobile

InDesign

  • Share for Review in InDesign
  • Extract from Image in InDesign
  • Subject Aware Text Wrapping in InDesign  (new-ish)
  • Scalable Interface in InDesign

Illustrator

  • Improved 3D Effects in Illustrator
  • Simplified variable-width strokes in Illustrator
  • Select Same Text in Illustrator
  • Place linked Cloud Document files in Illustrator
  • Placement of .heic files in Illustrator
  • Auto Activating Missing Fonts in Illustrator

Bridge

  • Create Custom Workflows in Bridge
  • Support for 3D Materials

Devices

  • Capture colors from built-in camera (Ai Ipad)
  • Rulers and Guides (Ai Ipad)
  • Place linked cloud documents (Ai Ipad)
  • Seamless reviews with commenting (Ai Ipad)
  • The Paint Brush Tool (Ai  Ipad)
  • Transform complex shapes with Shape transform tool (Ai Ipad)
  • Vectorize - Convert raster images to vector art (Ai Ipad)
  • Blend objects with the Blend tool (Ai Ipad)

Okay, so the list isn’t as long as in previous iterations, but let’s hope Adobe delivers more features in the near future now that they’ve got M1 chipification issues behind them. Let’s also hope they don’t wait until CC 2023 to deliver. As promised when they started the subscription model, one benefit of the monthly fee was we would get new features and fixes as they came out. 

So we wait.

Whenever I see a feature that looks exactly like the previous version, I have a mixed reaction. There is joy that I don’t have to redo the Episode, but there is also a wish they had changed it so it behaved a different way. An example is the Home Screen in InDesign. It’s the same. It has been the same for a few versions. I would like to see it changed to allow custom presets and templates in the “Start a New File Fast” menu. It doesn’t. But I digress.

M1 Chip Support

Then you learn some real hidden stuff, like if you are working on an Apple computer with the M1 Chip. If you go to the Apps tab of the Creative Cloud software, you will see three dots to the right of the Open button on the right. If you click on that you can select “Other Versions” and see older versions of that software. On the Macbook I’m using right now (non-M1) I can go back to InDesign 2020 and install it. On my M1 Mac I can only go back to 2021. 

InDesign 2020 didn’t support M1, so it all makes sense, but it’s important to note, if you are working with customers still on 2020 and you need to keep in install of it to work with them.

“That’s Crazy!” you might say. “Why would someone still be using 2020 when they can upgrade to 2022 for free?” Well, it happens all of the time. Some workflows may have proprietary plug-ins and scripts that haven’t been updated and tested, yet. I have schools that only update computers in the summer, so when October rolls around and they put out the upgrades, they have to wait. And there are other reasons there would be the old software on some machines.

Well, now you know. If you have an M1 Mac, you can’t install versions prior to 2021.

So this week we’ll keep digging, taking notes, playing, and testing some more. I love this. I’ll share what I find with you in the coming weeks in the way of new Episodes, Livestreams, and blog articles.

In the meantime, if you find anything new you would like to share with me, drop me a line on our Contact Page or use the Chat on any page of the site.

You can always email us at studio@digiversity.tv.

It’s that time of year again

when I get to dive into the Adobe software upgrades and see what’s new from previous versions.  I also try to find what’s changed, what’s fixed, what’s broken, and if all of the apps still play nicely with each other.

I get to play with prerelease software well in advance of the annual releases that coincide with AdobeMax, but I don’t like to do the deep digging until I’ve installed the final releases.

And that’s just what I did the other night while watching the AdobeMAX keynote.

Keep in mind that the new features they show at MAX, or what’s listed in the “new features” sections of adobe.com and the software help menus are just the big features. The features that aren’t that sexy are hardly mentioned, if at all, and we have to find them ourselves. The same applies to fixes.

So I’m digging.

NOTE: The new Series "What's New Adobe CC" is now live at Digiversity.tv with new Episodes added regularly.

An important goal here at Digiversity.tv is to keep all of our videos current. If we make a video showing features in version 2021, but they don’t change for 2022, we won’t remake that video. If some features have changed slightly, we might be able to edit a video to make it current. But if the interface has changed, and the functionality of a feature or function is totally different, we’ll remake the video.

I just finished a Digi Bites Episode showing how to easily convert your .heic photo files to a format you can place in InDesign, Illustrator, and Acrobat. You guessed it, InDesign, Illustrator, and Acrobat don’t support .heic formatted files. 

Well, they DIDN’T. Now Illustrator supports .heic. So, yes, this morning I fixed that Episode so the current version is now on the site for you to view.

Another “fix” I have to make today is to edit all videos where I talk about InDesign’s Master Pages. They have changed the name to Parent Pages because, according to adobe.com, “We have replaced non-inclusive terminology to support core Adobe values of diversity and inclusion. From InDesign 2022 (version 17.0) onwards, you'll reference Parent pages (called Master pages earlier) for applying page layouts, design, and style.”

So I’ll fix that. I’m still waiting to see what Adobe is calling the “parent/child” relationship between a Parent Page based on another Parent Page. In previous versions, the hierarchy was that all Master Pages are called Master Pages but you can have Masters based on other Masters. When this happened, the Master Page based on another was the Child and the Master Page that controlled the design was the Parent.

I’ll keep you posted.

So what IS new,

besides the two minor bits I’ve already mentioned? Well, the biggest feature is probably the fact that CC 2022 is able to run on Macs with the M1 chip. I say this is the biggest because Adobe admits this took a huge amount of programming resources to accomplish, at the expense of other new features. 

So if you’re a Windows user, you probably aren’t impressed with this feature. Luckily, there are other good bits in the upgrade offering. Things like:

Creative Cloud

  • Did I mention the M1 chip?
  • Free Adobe Stock assets
  • Auto Crop in Project Aspen

Photoshop

  • New and Improved Neural Filters in Photoshop
  1. Colorize
  2. Depth Blur
  3. JPEG Artifact Removal
  4. Landscape
  5. Smart Portrait
  6. And more
  • Improved Gradients in Photoshop
  • Enhanced Object Selection Tool in Photoshop
  • Powerful new masking tools for Lightroom, Lightroom Mobile,  and Adobe Camera Raw
  • Select Subject or Sky in Lightroom, Lightroom Mobile and Camera Raw
  • Share for Discover in Lightroom and Lightroom Mobile

InDesign

  • Share for Review in InDesign
  • Extract from Image in InDesign
  • Subject Aware Text Wrapping in InDesign  (new-ish)
  • Scalable Interface in InDesign

Illustrator

  • Improved 3D Effects in Illustrator
  • Simplified variable-width strokes in Illustrator
  • Select Same Text in Illustrator
  • Place linked Cloud Document files in Illustrator
  • Placement of .heic files in Illustrator
  • Auto Activating Missing Fonts in Illustrator

Bridge

  • Create Custom Workflows in Bridge
  • Support for 3D Materials

Devices

  • Capture colors from built-in camera (Ai Ipad)
  • Rulers and Guides (Ai Ipad)
  • Place linked cloud documents (Ai Ipad)
  • Seamless reviews with commenting (Ai Ipad)
  • The Paint Brush Tool (Ai  Ipad)
  • Transform complex shapes with Shape transform tool (Ai Ipad)
  • Vectorize - Convert raster images to vector art (Ai Ipad)
  • Blend objects with the Blend tool (Ai Ipad)

Okay, so the list isn’t as long as in previous iterations, but let’s hope Adobe delivers more features in the near future now that they’ve got M1 chipification issues behind them. Let’s also hope they don’t wait until CC 2023 to deliver. As promised when they started the subscription model, one benefit of the monthly fee was we would get new features and fixes as they came out. 

So we wait.

Whenever I see a feature that looks exactly like the previous version, I have a mixed reaction. There is joy that I don’t have to redo the Episode, but there is also a wish they had changed it so it behaved a different way. An example is the Home Screen in InDesign. It’s the same. It has been the same for a few versions. I would like to see it changed to allow custom presets and templates in the “Start a New File Fast” menu. It doesn’t. But I digress.

M1 Chip Support

Then you learn some real hidden stuff, like if you are working on an Apple computer with the M1 Chip. If you go to the Apps tab of the Creative Cloud software, you will see three dots to the right of the Open button on the right. If you click on that you can select “Other Versions” and see older versions of that software. On the Macbook I’m using right now (non-M1) I can go back to InDesign 2020 and install it. On my M1 Mac I can only go back to 2021. 

InDesign 2020 didn’t support M1, so it all makes sense, but it’s important to note, if you are working with customers still on 2020 and you need to keep in install of it to work with them.

“That’s Crazy!” you might say. “Why would someone still be using 2020 when they can upgrade to 2022 for free?” Well, it happens all of the time. Some workflows may have proprietary plug-ins and scripts that haven’t been updated and tested, yet. I have schools that only update computers in the summer, so when October rolls around and they put out the upgrades, they have to wait. And there are other reasons there would be the old software on some machines.

Well, now you know. If you have an M1 Mac, you can’t install versions prior to 2021.

So this week we’ll keep digging, taking notes, playing, and testing some more. I love this. I’ll share what I find with you in the coming weeks in the way of new Episodes, Livestreams, and blog articles.

In the meantime, if you find anything new you would like to share with me, drop me a line on our Contact Page or use the Chat on any page of the site.

You can always email us at studio@digiversity.tv.

Author

Russell Viers

Third Chair Trumpet

I'm just a guy who was lucky to have made MANY mistakes creating files since 1987...and learning from those mistakes. Always trying to find a better way, I've learned the techniques you see in these videos on real projects over 35 years (plus many more doing paste-up).

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