Update Roundup Includes Interesting Updates From Atomic.io, Invision and Adobe

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Update Roundup Includes Interesting Updates From Atomic.io, Invision and Adobe

The Invision, atomic.io ,Adobe Clip and Adobe Lightroom mobile logos are shown.
There is a lot of goodness from Invision, Atomic.io and Adobe Mobile that arrived this month.

One of the really great aspects of our business the constant flow of feature updates to the software we use every day. For me, these updates usually fall into one of three categories:

  • Wow
  • About time, and;
  • Why?

The problem for me is this column has a minimum word count and many of the updates I could write about rarely have enough to them in order for me to meet the minimum. This why, I am starting a new, irregular, feature- Update Roundup - that keeps you abreast of the updates and what they do.  To kick this off this month, I will be looking at some pretty interesting updates from Atomic.io, Invision, and  Adobe. Let’s get started…

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Atomic.io Adds PNG Export

The Export Page As PNG button in the Properties panel is highlighted.
The ability to output a page as a .png document has been added to Atomic.io.

With the rise of the importance of UI/UX design a new genre of graphics software has been steadily gaining traction – Prototyping applications. This makes total sense because a lot of our graphics and design work has been shifting toward the mobile space. Trying to explain how a site or app works, without demonstrating and testing the project is difficult at best. Over the past couple of years I have talked about atomic.io, UXpin,  Principle for mac, Adobe Comp and over the coming weeks Project Comet from Adobe.

You might be interested in knowing that Atomic.io just added the ability to export the pages in a project as individual .png images. This falls squarely into the “About Time” category. By exporting as png images you can circulate your designs to your team or client prior to adding interactivity or motion.

It is dead simple to accomplish. All you have to do is to select the page and click the EXPORT PAGE AS PNG button in the Properties panel. You will be asked where you want the image to be placed and that is about it.

Coming soon to atomic.io is the ability to add custom web fonts to your projects. This looks interesting and here is a “teaser” around how it works.

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Invision Releases Craft

The Craft Text and Photo panels are shown in Sketch 3 and Photoshop.
Craft from Invision is one of those tools that is going to make a UI designer's live so much easier.

When you talk with UI/UX designers the conversation inevitably arrives at the tools they use and usually involves a “wouldn’t it be great if … “ discussion around what would make their lives easier. A common observation is : “Wouldn’t it be great if we could get rid of using lorem ipsum text and use actual data and text to populate our text areas” . Strike that question because Invision Labs has just released Craft which does exactly what you are asking for.

They are free and available as a Photoshop and Sketch 3 plug in. They also fit squarely into the “Wow” category.

Once you download and install the plug ins, using them is a breeze. Just be aware the Sketch plug-in is a bit more robust than its Photoshop brethren.

In Photoshop you can find the Craft plugs in Window>Extensions and they are Type,Photos and Duplicate. Once you launch them, their icons will appear in the Panels line up. To swap out a photo, simple select it in the layers panel and you can grab a photo from a folder, Dropbox or randomly grab an image from Unsplash once you have set a category. The same applies for text.

If you are a Sketch 3 user, you are in for a treat. The Photos and Text plugins have an extra button that allows you to go out to the web and grab an image or actual text from a web site.

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Create A Video From a Lightroom Collection With Adobe Clip

Image shows the Create A Video Clip option in lightroom and and the preview and Share screens from Adobe Premiere Clip.
From Lightroom Mobile, to Clip To YouTube is a a pretty neat way to show off your Lightroom collections.

I have to admit I have been a rather vocal critic of Adobe’s fascination with iOS apps at the expense of the Android platform. Though I “get” why, I still believe a major player in the mobile space has to be ‘platform agnostic”. This week, Adobe demonstrated that it can allow us to create some pretty cool stuff using our mobile devices. This week’s update to Lightroom Mobile was pushed out to both iOS and Android devices with the latest Android OS and contains a feature that will allow you to send a Lightroom Collection to Adobe Clip where it will be turned into a video with a sound track.

It is really easy to use and though I tend to put it into the “Why?” category I am sure there are a number of you that see it solidly in the “Wow” category.

You open Lightroom, find a Collection and select Create a Video Clip from the options.

This will automatically open Clip. Be aware the limit for a collection is 100 images and Clip wil notify you of this fact. Tap the play button in the interface and the video, with soundtrack, will play. If you want to switch up the sound track tap Replace Soundtrack and you can choose to use an audio file on your device or to choose one of the Premiere Clip Themes.

Once you are happy, tap the Send To button and you can share your production, open it in the desktop version of Premiere Pro, Save it to your CreativeCloud account, Save it to your Camera Roll or shoot it over to YouTube.

As an extra, added bonus for Android users, the update hands Android users the ability to shoot images on their device in the Camera RAW format and then edit that Camera RAW file in Lightroom Mobile. Petapixel has a very extensive overview of this process you might find rather interesting.