Microsoft Build 2020: Nadella says “The role of developers has never been more important”

This year’s Build held Virtually, All-Digital format for 24 hours a day, in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said “2 years worth of digital transformation in just 2 months” in the kick off keynote for Build 2020, its annual developer conference.

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella kicks off Microsoft Build 2020

“Our industry has been called upon to help address the world’s most acute needs through this crisis,” said Nadella. “I’m proud of how all of you have raised the game and being there when the world needed you the most.”

Build 2020: CEO Satya Nadella’s opening remarks

At Build 2020, Microsoft previewed the open-sourced “Windows Package Manager,” a command line tool which allows you to install applications on Windows 10 and also the open-sourced “Fluid Framework” to bring real-time collaboration to the Office.

Additionally, the company announced that it has built one of the top five supercomputers in the world, Azure-hosted, to help accelerate AI development and launched Cloud for Healthcare, industry-specific cloud solutions which extend the value of Microsoft Dynamics 365 Marketing, Dynamics 365 Customer Service. Continue reading

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Adobe to host MAX 2020 virtually for free for everyone

Deliver “Digital MAX” to everyone at no cost Oct. 19–21

Adobe today officially announced it will host its annual Max conference virtually, kicking off on October 19, all for free to anyone who wants to attend.

The MAX is typically the largest in-person design conference with keynote and breakout sessions to unveil the latest Creative Cloud apps updates and share the latest solutions.

Adobe MAX to take place virtually starting on Oct. 19

Due to the the coronavirus pandemic, the company took the decision that it would provide a full digital MAX experience for the first time. For the remainder of 2020, Adobe’s events move to a virtual format.

“The health and safety of Adobe customers, partners, and employees is and always has been our top priority,” says Adobe. “And while we won’t be seeing you in person, we’re planning an immersive event that stays true to the MAX spirit of mind-blowing creativity and inspiration.”

This year, Microsoft’s Build 2020 and Apple’s WWDC 2020 will be virtual and Google’s I/O 2020 was completely canceled.

Adobe’s virtual MAX will be held between October 19–21. The registration will be needed and open later this summer. The agenda and more details about the event will be coming before long. Check the Max website.
Anyway, you could enjoy the shows while staying at home.

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“Procreate 5” has arrived with Photoshop brush import, Animation Assist and CMYK support

Procreate for iPad gets a major 2019 update

Savage Interactive has released the newest version of its software with a huge update on December 9th, 2019.

Procreate 5 runs on a new “Valkyrie graphics engine”, designed to get the best performance out of the iPad, with a redesigned and improved interface.

This version brings some of the most demanding features such as Animation Assist, Brush Studio for custom brush creation, Photoshop brush (ABR) import, CMYK mode for print and more.

The app is built to run on a new “Valkyrie graphics engine” which works with Apple Metal architecture and designed to get the best performance out of the iPad.

Animation Assist offers fundamentals like onion skinning and instant playback to helps you create rich illustrative animations, animatics and looping GIFs to share with others.

Brush Studio comes with over 100 new settings for unparalleled customization to build your own unique brush creations. You can also combine brushes for all-new Dual Brush experience.

Brush Studio
Brush Studio
Procreate 5.0 CMYK support
Procreate 5 supports CMYK mode

This update includes Color Harmony, Color Dynamics, Color Companion, Clone Tool and floating color picker with a redesigned and improved interface.

At last you can import Photoshop brushes (.abr files) and the app company says “imported brushes work faster in Procreate than Photoshop”.

Procreate is available on the App Store for $9.99 / 1,220 Yen. Free update for all existing users.

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