Adobe’s board elects Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen as Chairman

Adobe today announced that its Board of Directors has elected Shantanu Narayen as Chairman of the Board. Narayen will continue in his role as President and CEO of Adobe and succeeds Co-Chairs and Co-Founders of the company, John Warnockand Chuck Geschke, who will remain on the Board.

“We are delighted that Shantanu Narayen, who has repeatedly demonstrated that he has the vision and capacity to lead Adobe into the future, will be the next chairman of Adobe,” said John Warnock and Chuck Geschke. “You cannot imagine how proud we are of our employees and the company that we have all built.”

Narayen’s vision and leadership drove Adobe’s transformation from a packaged software provider to one of the world’s largest and most diversified cloud companies. In 2009, Adobe acquired Omniture, launching what is now a multibillion-dollar digital marketing category and business for Adobe.

The company also announced that board member Jim Daley, a 35-year Price Waterhouse veteran and prior CFO of a publicly traded technology company, has been named Lead Director to ensure continued sound corporate governance. Daley has been a board member since 2001 and was formerly the head of the audit committee.

“Adobe’s co-founders John Warnock and Chuck Geschke have been instrumental in shaping Adobe’s innovation agenda and our unique culture for decades,” said Shantanu Narayen, Adobe president and CEO. “I’m grateful to John and Chuck for their ongoing counsel and for entrusting me with the leadership of the amazing company they founded.”

In 2011, Adobe moved its highly profitable creative software business to a software-as-a-service (SaaS) model, becoming the first packaged software company to successfully pivot to the cloud. Adobe is now transitioning its documents business—based on its PDF standard—to a cloud services model with its Document Cloud.


[Source:- Techrader]


Adobe’s Stock Contributor enters beta


Adobe is going all out with their stock photo service. After integrating it with their CC applications, announcing plans to revolutionize the stock industry, and printing stock photos on t-shirts, we are getting a way to contribute our own photos…and vectors…and videos.

Adobe wants it all; with the new Adobe Stock contributor site, you can give it to them.

It’s a relatively simple platform for uploading files and selling them. It will also keep you informed of your files’ status during the approval process, and, of course, track your sales.

In addition to dragging and dropping files into the browser, you can also upload via FTP, which is useful for anyone with a lot of large files to upload. It should be noted that video uploads are only uploaded via FTP.

The service is currently in beta, but it’s already got some great features.

Let’s start with the obvious: Adobe CC integration. There’s already a new plugin for Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Bridge that will allow you to upload stock photos to theStock Contributor site right from those apps. So don’t bother opening a browser window. Once you’re happy with a photo, just set it to upload, and move right on to the next one.

If we want to see an end to the kinds of stock photos that get ironically printed onto t-shirts, Adobe users will have to contribute something better

Secondly, Adobe is using machine learning to automatically assign keywords to uploaded photos based on similar images. Just upload, check the keywords, get rid of any that don’t apply, and add any you feel are missing. For people who upload a lot of photos at once, this should save a lot of time. Of course, this is machine learning. It won’t be perfect. However, it will get better as more people use it, and more images are uploaded. It’ll be fun to see how good computers get at identifying objects in photos.

Adobe has made much of their plans to revolutionize stock as a concept. The truth of the matter is that they’ll be selling the media that we upload. If we want to see an end to the kinds of stock photos that get ironically printed onto t-shirts, Adobe users will have to contribute something better.

Like other companies before it, Adobe’s just giving us an easy way to do that, and perhaps even profit from it. Almost makes me want to dust off my camera and hunt down my cats.



[Source:- webdesignerdepot]