Adobe announced this week that it will discontinue its sales of packaged software and move its business entirely online. That means you will no longer be able to purchase Adobe’s popular Creative Suite–which includes such applications as Photoshop and Dreamweaver–in the traditional manner.
In place of Creative Suite, Adobe is now advertising its new Creative Cloud, which provides online access to all of its Creative Suite products for a monthly subscription fee of around $50 per month. As soon as you stop paying for your subscription, you will lose access to the software.
As you might expect, early reviews of Adobe’s new business model have been mixed at best. If you’ve been only too happy to buy Photoshop one time and use it for many years (even as it becomes outdated), you’re going to be out of luck in the future. It’s likely that the monthly fees will price many individual users, nonprofit organizations, and small businesses out of the market.
If you prefer the old way of doing things, you can still purchase the current (and as it turns out, last) version of Creative Suite (CS6). Of course there are always alternatives to Adobe products, but few of them are quite as good.
And rest assured that your favorite Adobe applications will always be available for you to use at the VRC. Even with this costly new subscription service, Photoshop is quite simply too central to our mission for us to entertain any thoughts of giving it up.
Iranian (Safavid), Ardabil Carpet (detail), 1539-1540 (Photo © Los Angeles County Museum of Art, www.lacma.org)
Two years ago, I reported that the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) had launched its Image Library, which allowed users to download images of works from its collection for any purpose. Now LACMA is expanding this service through its new collections website, which vastly increases the number of images available for download from 2,000 to 20,000. And like before, the Museum places no restrictions on your use of these images, so you are free to do whatever you want with them.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York has received a major gift in the form of Leonard Lauder’s collection of Cubist art, considered one of the greatest of its kind still in private hands. The 78 works in the Lauder Collection include 33 paintings by Pablo Picasso, 17 by Georges Braque, and 14 each by Juan Gris and Fernand Léger.
You can read the Met’s press release here, and an article about the donation in The New York Times here.
ARTstor has announced that it will soon discontinue the use of Java in its Digital Library. This comes after security concerns over Java caused some subscriber institutions to drop support for Java, effectively preventing them from using ARTstor at all. While this has not occurred at UD, we have noticed some technical difficulties with Java recently.
We won’t know how much of a change this will mean for regular ARTstor users until we see it in action, but I suspect it will only require minor adjustments to our current habits. After the switch, downloads will arrive to you as zip files, a change which will likely affect PC users (who may have the added step of “unzipping” the files) somewhat more than Mac users.
The VRC staff will be here to help if you have any problems during the transition!
On Wednesday, March 6, there will be a lecture on “Copyright and the Digital Humanities” by Kenneth Crews, director of the Copyright Advisory Office at Columbia University. This event will take place at 5:00 pm in the Morris Library Reading Room. I have seen Dr. Crews speak in the past, and he actually makes copyright law entertaining!
You can read more about this upcoming talk in UDaily.
Pierre-Auguste Renoir, La Loge, 1874, Courtauld Gallery, London
ARTstor has released a number of important new image collections recently. These include the following:
- The Courtauld Gallery (one of London’s most renowned small museums; it’s the home to Édouard Manet’s famous A Bar at the Folies-Bergère and other masterpieces of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist painting)
- IAP images from the Walters Art Museum, Baltimore (the Walters has long contributed to ARTstor, but now it is making available high-resolution images of its works suitable for publication as part of the Images for Academic Publishing (IAP) program)
- Additional images from the Indianapolis Museum of Art (over 1000 new images from the museum, some of which are also part of the IAP program)
For a more complete list of recent collection releases in ARTstor, click here.
If you find that you are unable to download images from ARTstor, you may need to upgrade the version of Java that’s running on your computer. You can read ARTstor’s notice for more information on fixing this problem, or stop by the VRC and we can help you out!