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Adobe adds Flash sandboxing to Firefox

Adobe has released beta code for sandboxing its heavily hacked Flash code within Firefox, in a similar fashion to the Chrome security protections added to its Reader software and Google’s Chrome browser. “Sandboxing technology has proven very effective in protecting users by increasing the cost and complexity of authoring …
Iain Thomson, 07 Feb 2012
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Adobe feeling drained by new model, but hopes things will improve

Adobe's second quarter net income eased on poor European demand as well as its move to take Creative Suite into the cloud. Net income eased 2.4 per cent to $223.8m from $229.4m in the same quarter of last year. Adobe also said that it was cutting its revenue growth estimate for the full year, blaming the economic crisis in …
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Adobe Cloud offers leg up over Creative Suite's price wall

Adobe has launched its mighty Creative Suite in to the cloud, potentially giving designers and illustrators a slightly more affordable way to access its reassuringly expensive tools. On Monday the company unveiled Creative Suite 6, which is available for the first time on a subscription basis from the Creative Cloud, also …
Gavin Clarke, 23 Apr 2012
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Adobe buys Auditude

Adobe continues to spend up expanding its advertising business with the acquisition of Auditude, an online video ad management platform. Terms of the deal were not disclosed but speculation suggests the transaction was worth around $US100 million. Palo Alto based Auditude has raised nearly $US40 million in the past four years, …
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Windows Firefox stiffs Adobe Flash, plays H.264 YouTube vids

Users of the Firefox web browser on Windows can now dump Adobe Flash and still watch H.264-encoded videos online. Fresh overnight builds of Firefox 20 will now play footage found on HTML5 websites, such as YouTube and Vimeo, that use the patent-encumbered video codec - without the need for Adobe's oft-criticised plugin, which …
Gavin Clarke, 20 Dec 2012
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Adobe goes gaga for web standards with Edge tool push

Adobe has kicked off its worldwide "Create the Web" tour by announcing a new set of applications aimed at making it easier for developers and designers to build graphically rich, interactive applications based on web standards. You read that right: web standards, not Flash. Flash's star has been waning for web and mobile …
Neil McAllister, 24 Sep 2012
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Adobe lobs out Flash update to plug 3D security hole

Adobe has released an out-of-schedule upgrade for its Flash Player software that tackles two serious vulnerabilities. The cross-platform update is suitable for users of Windows, Mac OS X, Linux and Solaris. Android punters also need to patch their smartphones to guard against possible attack. The two flaws involve a memory …
John Leyden, 06 Mar 2012
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Adobe auto-update eases Flash update chore - on Windows only

Adobe has introduced an auto-updater for its Flash software packages that reduces the chore of updating the widely-used application by automating the process for all supported browsers on Windows machines. Previously users had to apply individual updates to Chrome, Firefox and IE add-ons and plug-ins, a process that often went …
John Leyden, 29 Mar 2012
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Adobe automates website design for arty Luddites

Adobe is looking for beta testers for its web design software, which it claims removes the need for coding. Aimed at graphic designers with limited technical skills, Muse claims to make it possible to design complex websites using point-and-click and drag-and-drop rather than hand coding. Adobe is aiming for a full release of …
John Oates, 15 Aug 2011
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Adobe startles Wall St with Q4 sales climb

Just one month after Adobe confirmed it was axing around 7 per cent of its global workforce and backing away from its Flash Player software on mobile gadgets, the company has reported final quarter results that surprised Wall Street. It pulled in revenue of $1.1bn (£0.7bn) for the three months ended 2 December, up 14 per cent …
Kelly Fiveash, 16 Dec 2011
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Adobe price hike: Your money or your files, frappuccino sippers

So, Adobe: can it justify shifting its Creative Suite to a contentious new licensing model? Some say it is making life more difficult and expensive for those users who'd prefer to simply purchase the software outright, while others say it's just a decent business trying to do right by everybody. I refer, of course, to the …
Tim Worstall, 13 May 2013
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Adobe backs down, patches critical Photoshop CS5 hole

Adobe backed down on Friday and promised to release a fix for earlier versions of its Photoshop software after previously insisting users who wanted to safeguard themselves from a critical security vulnerability had to pay for an upgrade. A security flaw in Adobe Photoshop version CS5 and earlier means users could be exposed to …
John Leyden, 14 May 2012
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Adobe kills two actively exploited bugs in Reader

Adobe has released updates for its Reader and Acrobat applications that fix two vulnerabilities that attackers were exploiting to seize control of Windows-based machines. Version 9.4.7 of the programs fix two memory-corruption bugs that Adobe says are “being actively exploited in limited, targeted attacks in the wild” against …
Dan Goodin, 17 Dec 2011
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Crocodoc tries to take bite out of Adobe dominance

Crocodoc is looking to take a big chunk out of Adobe's market share with an HTML5 viewing and annotation system for PDFs and Office documents that eliminates plug-ins or vulnerable software. "I think we beat Adobe to the punch," CEO Ryan Damico told The Register. "We're taken a file format that they've created that's now an open …
Iain Thomson, 02 May 2012
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Adobe slated over channel compo cockup

Adobe appears to have made a real hash of the move to a new rebate structure, with resellers claiming they are still unable to measure progress made on sales targets. The Creative Suite developer, which is cutting 7 per cent of its workforce, moved to a new deal registration programme back in October – one month into its fiscal …
Paul Kunert, 30 Nov 2011
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Adobe reels in game coders with a quick free Flash

Adobe is allowing programmers to use "premium features" in Flash Player 11.2 for free to kickstart take up among games makers. After unleashing the Flash build and AIR 3.2 upon the world, Adobe announced that premium functionality in Player will be available free of charge to content published before 1 August and there will be …
Gavin Clarke, 28 Mar 2012
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Adobe rushes out patch for all-platform Flash vuln

Adobe has fixed a potentially serious cross-platform security bug in its Flash Player software with an out-of-sequence security update. A series of patches for different platforms, published on Sunday, tackles a cross-site scripting vulnerability in Flash. Adobe Flash Player version 10.3.181.16 – and earlier across a range of …
John Leyden, 06 Jun 2011
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Australian Parliament issues summons to Apple, Microsoft, Adobe

The IT Pricing Inquiry being conducted by Australia's House Committee on Infrastructure and Communications has issued summons to Apple, Microsoft and Adobe. The inquiry kicked off in 2012 and is investigating why Australians pay more for hardware and software than those overseas. At current exchange rate one Australian dollar …
Simon Sharwood, 11 Feb 2013
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Adobe sucks on Oracle brain drain for HTML5 game gain

Adobe seems to be juicing its software gaming credentials against HTML5 by grabbing some hard-core Sun Microsystems talent as they slip out Oracle's back door. Four senior and respected members of the old Sun Hotspot Java Virtual Machine team jumped clear of Oracle during March and April, and all four have landed at Adobe. The …
Gavin Clarke, 17 May 2012
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Put down that airbrush, now you can touch up hot models in REAL LIFE

Adobe has updated its Photoshop Creative Cloud (CC) so that users can output their designs to 3D printers. The company hopes the upgrade will simplify the process of refining and fabricating stuff using the trendy gear: models, created using Adobe's software or imported from third-party tools, and built as three-dimensional …
Shaun Nichols, 17 Jan 2014
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Adobe tosses more big deals dosh at resellers

A shakeup of deal registration payments by Adobe could help its links with hard-pressed resellers. A classic four-tiered partner scheme – Registered, Certified, Gold and Platinum – goes live on 3 October and as part of this Adobe is raising fees for deals logged on its system. "Resellers are facing an increasingly competitive …
Paul Kunert, 20 Sep 2011
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Adobe takes on Efficient Frontiers

Adobe is building up its anti-Google fire power with the inclusion of advertising services outfit Efficient Frontier into its armoury. The new advertising asset will sit snugly with last month’s acquisition of Palo Alto based video advertising company Auditude, data management company Demdex, purchased earlier this year, and …
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Adobe axes 750 jobs to focus on HTML5, cloud

Adobe has confirmed it is slashing 750 jobs across its enterprise licensing biz and focusing on HTML5 work as part of a restructure to pump up its digital media and marketing software. The proposal to cut around seven per cent of its workforce came as the maker of reassuringly expensive graphic design software reaffirmed …
Paul Kunert, 09 Nov 2011
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Adobe snarfs up electronic signature automator

Adobe Systems has acquired the online electronic-signature and signature-automation provider EchoSign. "We're extremely pleased to announce that EchoSign is now part of the Acrobat family," enthused EchoSign CEO Jason Lemkin and Adobe Acrobat headman Kevin Lynch in a post on the just-acquired company's blog – and, yes, that's …
Rik Myslewski, 18 Jul 2011
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Adobe unfurls Flash 10.3 beta

Adobe has released a beta of Flash Player 10.3 that – among other new niceties – includes a preferences pane for managing your storage, camera, playback, and other settings. Previously, users needed to access an Adobe-hosted settings webpage to control preferences for global and website privacy and storage, security, protected …
Rik Myslewski, 08 Mar 2011
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Adobe resuscitates 64-bit Flash for Linux

Adobe has resuscitated Flash Player for 64-bit Linux, drawing cheers from penguins across the planet. On Wednesday, the company released a beta version of Flash Player 11 for the desktop, and this included a 64-bit Linux beta. In June of last year, Adobe murdered an experimental version of Flash 10.1 for 64-bit Linux, but it …
Cade Metz, 14 Jul 2011
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Adobe Photoshop Touch

Annoyingly for us iOS fans, Photoshop Touch actually made its debut on Android, late last year. You can download it from Google Play. However, it has now arrived on the iPad 2 and the ‘new iPad’ – but not the first-generation iPad or any other iOS device – just in time to bump pixels with Apple’s own iPhoto. They’re not really …
Cliff Joseph, 15 Mar 2012
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Adobe can't penetrate punters' tight wallets: Users holding out for CS6

Adobe's first quarter profits took a bashing as customers of its legacy desktop software deferred purchases in anticipation of forthcoming Creative Suite 6 and Creative Cloud. The maker of reassuringly expensive software saw net income slide 21 per cent to $185.2m for the first quarter ended 2 March. Total sales edged up 1.3 …
Paul Kunert, 20 Mar 2012
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Adobe confirms mobile Flash Player's race is run

It's official: Adobe Flash Player is dead for mobile browsers… almost. Once Flash 11.1 for Android devices and RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook is done, Adobe will develop no future versions, it confirmed today, though it will patch bugs and plug security holes yet to be discovered in the 11.1 code. Adobe said it views HTML 5 as the " …
Tony Smith, 09 Nov 2011
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Adobe Reader

It’s hard to believe that it has taken Adobe so long to release a PDF reader for iDevices, especially since the Android version has been available for more than a year now. And with so many other apps already available for reading PDF files, including Apple’s own iBooks, I could barely muster the enthusiasm to download Adobe …
Cliff Joseph, 03 Nov 2011
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Military contractor warns of new Adobe Reader exploit

Attackers are exploiting a vulnerability in the latest versions of Adobe Reader and Acrobat applications to hijack computers running Microsoft Windows, Adobe warned on Tuesday. The vulnerability, which corrupts memory involved with the U3D, or Universal 3D, file format, was reported by members of Lockheed Martin's computer …
Dan Goodin, 06 Dec 2011
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Office, IE, Flash fixes accompany Windows XP's final Patch Tuesday

Microsoft has released patches for critical security vulnerabilities in Word and Internet Explorer on what is to be the final Patch Tuesday update for Windows XP systems. The April edition of the monthly security update contains four bulletins that address a total of 11 vulnerabilities in various Microsoft products. Two of the …
Shaun Nichols, 08 Apr 2014

Think unpatched Win XP hole's not a big deal? Hope you trust your local users

An unpatched vulnerability in Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 creates a means for hackers to gain admin rights on vulnerable Windows XP machines, Microsoft warned on Wednesday. The zero-day local privilege escalation vulnerability is not suitable for remote code execution but might allow a standard user account to execute …
John Leyden, 28 Nov 2013
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Adobe offloads unwanted Linux AIR onto OEMs

Adobe Software is putting the future of Linux AIR in the hands of OEMs, admitting its own attempts to promote the Flash-based media runtime on Linux have had very little impact. The company has said it plans no new versions of the AIR runtime or development tools for Linux. Adobe seems to believe AIR stands a better chance …
Gavin Clarke, 17 Jun 2011
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Adobe's future is controlling what you watch, not delivering it

Adobe's decision to stop developing mobile Flash shouldn't surprise: Adobe can see there's more money in preventing people watching stuff than enabling them to do so. The news came on the back of 750 layoffs and a refocusing of the company which will see Adobe "investing aggressively in Digital Media and Digital Marketing" – …
Bill Ray, 11 Nov 2011
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Adobe CreatePDF

There are plenty of PDF viewer apps available for iOS devices, so it’s a little surprising that it’s taken this long for Adobe - deviser of the Portable Document Format - to release this CreatePDF app. Its job is to convert documents in any of a variety of formats - Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OpenOffice, Photoshop, Illustrator, …
Cliff Joseph, 08 Sep 2011
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Adobe InMarket out of market

If anybody had the reach and brand needed to carve out a place in apps markets in competition with Apple and Google, Adobe would have looked like a good candidate. Instead, it’s abandoning the field of battle, announcing that it will close down both the Air Marketplace and InMarket. Instead, the company says it will help …
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Adobe patches critical bugs in Flash and Reader

Adobe has rolled out updates for its widely used Reader PDF viewer and Flash animation programs that fix flaws, some that hackers have been exploiting to hijack end user computers. The emergency patch for Flash was the second time in nine days that Adobe has rushed out a fix for a serious bug in the program. The vulnerability …
Dan Goodin, 15 Jun 2011
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Adobe announces Creative Cloud, acquires PhoneGap

Adobe is aquiring Nitobi, creators and sponsors of the open source PhoneGap project that lets you build cross-platform mobile apps using HTML technologies, and has announced a suite of cloud services named, unsurprisingly, Creative Cloud. The announcements were made during a Monday keynote presentation at the company's Adobe MAX …
Tim Anderson, 03 Oct 2011
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Adobe releases lengthy list of Apple Lion woes

One day after Apple's Mac OS X Lion was released into the wild, Steve Jobs' bête noire, Adobe, has released an extensive list of wounds that the big cat has clawed into its products. The appropriately titled "Known Issues with Adobe products on Mac OS 10.7 Lion" is a 1,500-word litany of woe, listing Lion-caused problems in 19 …
Rik Myslewski, 21 Jul 2011
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Adobe outs un-Flash web animation tool

Adobe has released an early incarnation of its new un-Flash web design tool, Adobe Edge. First revealed last October at the annual Adobe Max show in Los Angeles, Edge is a means of building web animations using standard technologies such as HTML5, CSS, and JavaScript. It's not a straight replacement for Flash – web standards …
Cade Metz, 01 Aug 2011
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Norkoshop: How Pyongyang well and truly forked Adobe

The recent news that North Korea had been caught red-handed indulging in some not-so-light hovercraft cloning, led our beloved Reg commenters to ponder just what software Pyongyang uses to big up its military capabilities. One initial suggestion was that the communist state's Illustrious Father and Leader, Kim Jong-Un, had …
Lester Haines, 05 Apr 2013
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Silicon Valley wage collusion case will go to court

Silicon Valley companies will be lining up in front of Judge Lucy Koh to defend themselves over their notorious anti-poaching agreements at the end of May, after the judge denied their attempt to have the case tossed out. Judge Koh has slapped down the attempt by Apple, Google, Intel and Adobe seeking summary judgement in the …
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'Occupy Flash' web hippies aim to rid world of Adobe plugin

An "Occupy Flash" website is urging PC users to rip Adobe's ubiquitous media player off their computers and embrace HTML5. The Occupy Flash site describes its goal as ridding the world of Adobe's Flash Player plug-in because, it says, HTML5 has won the future of the web. Adobe earlier this month admitted it is no longer …
Gavin Clarke, 21 Nov 2011
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Adobe Flex SDK bombshell STUNS developers

Adobe is to hand over its Flex SDK, which lets you develop applications for the Flash runtime using XML and ActionScript code, to an open source foundation. The company is committing to HTML 5 as the “best technology for enterprise application development”, according to a statement issued on Friday, November 11 by two Adobe …
Tim Anderson, 15 Nov 2011
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Most Adobe Reader installs are out of date

Six out of every 10 users of Adobe Reader are running vulnerable versions of the ubiquitous PDF reader package, according to stats from freebie anti-virus scanner firm Avast. Adobe applications, behind only browsers and Microsoft Office as a favourite target for hackers, are regularly the target of Trojan-based hacking attacks, …
John Leyden, 14 Jul 2011
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Adobe: crashing 100 million machines not an option

The vast majority of time Adobe spends patching zero-day vulnerabilities in its ubiquitous Reader and Flash Player applications is devoted to making sure the fixes won't cause catastrophic crashes on end-user machines, the company's security chief said. “The last thing we want to do is ship a release that blue screens hundreds …
Dan Goodin, 03 Oct 2011

It's 2014 and Microsoft Windows PCs can still be owned by a JPEG

Microsoft has fixed security bugs in Internet Explorer and Windows that allow hackers to remotely execute code on victims' vulnerable machines – one bug a result of poor JPEG handling. Redmond said the March edition of Patch Tuesday – out today, natch – tackles programming errors in the software giant's web browser, operating …
Shaun Nichols, 11 Mar 2014
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How's it going, Microsoft users? Patching your PCs? You SHOULD be

Brace yourselves, users and administrators, Microsoft and Adobe have released another monthly batch of critical security updates for their products. The December edition of Patch Tuesday will fix five critical vulnerabilities in Microsoft software, two which are being exploited in the wild by miscreants. The first of the …
Shaun Nichols, 10 Dec 2013

Naughty Flash Player BURIED ALIVE in OS X Mavericks Safari sandbox

The Adobe Flash Player plugin runs in a locked-down sandbox under Safari on OS X 10.9 "Mavericks," making Apple the latest major web browser vendor to provide additional security when viewing Flash content on the web. According to a memo posted by Adobe security strategist Peleus Uhley on Thursday, Flash Player in Mavericks is …
Neil McAllister, 24 Oct 2013