Build Your Own Adobe Creative Suite with Free and Cheap Software | LifeHacker

Adobes Creative Suite is one of the best software packs out there for professionals, but the suite is prohibitively expensive for most people. If you cant drop the cash, you can still get a similar experience with free or cheap software. Heres how to build your own Creative Suite.

READ MORE: Build Your Own Adobe Creative Suite with Free and Cheap Software | LifeHacker

Adobe’s e-book reader sends your reading logs back to Adobe—in plain text [Updated] | Ars Technica

Adobe’s Digital Editions e-book and PDF reader—an application used by thousands of libraries to give patrons access to electronic lending libraries—actively logs and reports every document readers add to their local “library” along with what users do with those files. Even worse, the logs are transmitted over the Internet in the clear, allowing anyone who can monitor network traffic such as the National Security Agency, Internet service providers and cable companies, or others sharing a public Wi-Fi network to follow along over readers’ shoulders.

Ars has independently verified the logging of e-reader activity with the use of a packet capture tool. The exposure of data was first discovered by Nate Hoffelder of The Digital Reader, who reported the issue to Adobe but received no reply.

via Adobe’s e-book reader sends your reading logs back to Adobe—in plain text [Updated] | Ars Technica.

News: Education & Technology, Librarianship

Education & Technology

Twitter had its IPO today. Twitter’s Strong IPO Leaves The Company More Richly Valued On A Per-User Basis Than Facebook At Its Debut | TechCrunch. You may also like: Post-Twitter IPO: Time to fret about a new tech bubble? | CNET and 14 Moments That Defined Twitter | FastCompany

Did your Adobe password leak? Now you and 150m others can check | theguardian
Leak is 20 times worse than the company initially revealed, and could put huge numbers of peoples’ online lives at risk. Direct link to the Adobe leaked credentials checker.

How Pinterest Plans to Woo the Rest of the Internet | FastCompany
Unlike social media platforms like Twitter that capture the here and now, Pinterest is for dreaming of what’s ahead, says CEO Ben Silbermann…“People use Pinterest every day to get ready for and excited about something in their future–what they’re going to make for dinner, what they’re going to teach their classroom of students. If we can create a set of connections between things that they’re interested in, we can help them plan for that future.”


Adobe Data Breach Affects 38 Million — Not 3 Million, as Reported | Mashable

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In early October, Adobe announced that 2.9 million customers were hit in a major data breach. As it turns out, the breach went much further, affecting 38 million users, according to a report from Naked Security.

The attackers gained access to users’ customer IDs, names, encrypted passwords, encrypted debit and credit card numbers and other personal data.

“So far, our investigation has confirmed that the attackers obtained access to Adobe IDs and (what were at the time valid), encrypted passwords for approximately 38 million active users,” said Adobe spokesperson Heather Edell.

Adobe initially believed the hackers accessed source code from Adobe Reader, Acrobat and ColdFusion. New data shows that a portion of source code for its Photoshop software was stolen, too.

Adobe set up a help page for affected users, notified them and reset their passwords. The company advises users to change their passwords entirely not only for Adobe products, but also for other sites where they used the same password.

Adobe Data Breach Affects 38 Million — Not 3 Million, as Reported | Mashable.

Adobe Gets Hacked, Product Source Code And Data For 2.9M Customers Likely Accessed | TechCrunch

Now this is interesting and worrying. Source code being accessed is a very big deal, especially the company being Adobe. Subversive response to the move to subscription-based cloud services perhaps?? Hijacking code to exploit vulnerabilities…insert viruses…gain access to even more data. Very worrisome.

Article in Full from TechCrunch

“Uh oh — Adobe has just disclosed that one of their servers has been hacked.

While their investigations are still ongoing, Adobe has shared a few details on what they believe could have been accessed and obtained in the hack — and it’s a big one.

From what Adobe has shared so far, it sounds like the hackers had access to encrypted data for as many as 2.9 million customers. While Adobe stresses that the data is encrypted and that they “do not believe the attackers removed decrypted credit or debit card numbers”, that data — encrypted or not — is definitely not something they want out in the wild.

Adobe has yet to disclose how that data was encrypted, so it’s currently unclear just how secure it is.

Meanwhile, it also appears that the hackers may have been able to access the source code for at least three of Adobe’s products: Acrobat, ColdFusion, and ColdFusion Builder. This goes hand in hand with a report from Brian Krebs this morning, who noted that he and a fellow researcher had discovered at least 40GB of Adobe source code available on a hacking group’s private server.

Beyond the obvious business implications of having your otherwise locked down source code floating around in the wild, there are potentially massive security concerns here. Once you’ve got the source code for an application in hand, it becomes much easier to dig up the stealthy lil’ security screw ups that might otherwise go unnoticed. Combine this new potential for big zero-day exploits with the many, many millions of Adobe Acrobat (Adobe’s official PDF reader) installs around the world, and this all starts to get pretty worrisome.”

via Adobe Gets Hacked, Product Source Code And Data For 2.9M Customers Likely Accessed | TechCrunch.

Adobe kills Creative Suite, goes subscription-only | Business Tech – CNET News

Just a year after launching its $50-per-month plan, Adobe has made its Creative Cloud the only way to get the new versions of its full software suite. Customers “overwhelmingly” prefer it via Adobe kills Creative Suite, goes subscription-only | Business Tech – CNET News.

Adobe Creative Cloud

You may also like this opinion piece about the Adobe subscription announcement from The Digital Shift: I, For One, Welcome Our New Software Overlords. Or this interview with the Adobe CEO: The Truth About Creative Cloud | Mashable.

Mashable: Is the Digital World Killing Creativity?

Is the Digital World Killing Creativity? [INFOGRAPHIC] from Mashable

GTA Technology Tips & Tricks: U of A Microstore/Adobe Products

Do you know about the University of Alberta Microstore?  This is the place to get student priced software and hardware.
Are you savvy with graphics and design?  One of the best software deals a student can get is an Adobe Design Creative Suite Software package.
For example, the Adobe Design Premium package costs $399 with education pricing (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Acrobat X Pro, Dreamweaver, etc.). But the regular price of this package is US$1899.
To buy only Acrobat X Pro from the Microstore costs $75.  Why would you buy this software?  Acrobat Pro is Acrobat Reader but with a lot more functionality, such as writing sticky notes, replacing text, highlighting text, printing to PDF, inserting and deleting pages, fillable forms, OCR text recognition and security options.
But of course there are all sorts of free open source tools out there that may offer similar features if you are willing search them out!