Adobe releases public beta of Soundbooth audio app
Posted 25 October 2006 - 11:42 PM
To me, this spells smoother convergence of traditional print media, Adobe's traditional and yet current stronghold, with existing and emerging electronic media. It not only better assures their continuing dominance in the new media--especially by leveraging Flash and other Macromedia assets--but they are looking for broad adoption through expanding developer activity and through support of open standards such as Java and XML, as the new media is largely interactive, thus requiring "documents" to be interactive and more akin to applications.
It's like they're sowing new seeds in a hugely expanded garden. Lots of work yet to do to cultivate all the "plantings." But it's very exciting to me to contemplate the eventual tasting of the fruits of the upcoming harvest.
Posted 25 October 2006 - 11:51 PM
Wasn't expecting an Intel-only release, though. I thought it would be a few more years before "Universal Binary" turned into "Intel Only, PPC SOL."
Posted 26 October 2006 - 12:48 AM
Posted 26 October 2006 - 01:00 AM
Posted 26 October 2006 - 01:50 AM
I tried it out a bit, but it seems too simple, you are probably better off using Amadeus (shareware). I'll stick with Soundtrack Pro.
Posted 26 October 2006 - 07:47 AM
How does an audio app have anything whatsoever to do with Adobe's traditional print media stronghold?
As a specialist in digital print production, I've got to say that Adobe's emphasis on web technologies is strongly detrimental to their traditional print stronghold. My company is still primarily using Illustrator 10 because CS and CS2 are too buggy and problematic. We'd be even happier if we could get away with using Illustrator 8, which was the last really good version of Illustrator that Adobe made. It's a shame, because Photoshop CS2 is great, and InDesign CS2 is tolerable (I'm no great fan, but it's not bad). Don't bother calling me a Luddite, because I'm usually an early adopter of new technologies -- but if they prove to be detrimental to a smooth workflow, like Illustrator CS/CS2 have been, they don't get adopted full-time. This problem began when Adobe started trying to position Illustrator as a web design application, and got much worse when they decided to adopt InDesign's text engine, which has been an unmitigated disaster in trying to work with legacy files. Maybe they should have divided Illustrator into a print version and a web version and not bothered trying to approximate the typographic tools of a page-layout application.
If we can expect further useless features from Adobe in the future (how about if we incorporate some audio editing into Illustrator? yeah, that would be cool!), then they might face a problem in their traditional print stronghold very similar to the one Quark has been facing. At this point I'd almost rather use QuarkXPress 4.1 (which actually works and produces reliable output, even if it's pretty primitive) than face Adobe's idea of what print and web convergence should be -- I get the impression from them sometimes that they think print should just die already so they can stop supporting it.
Sorry for the rant. Adobe used to make great software. I wish they'd get back to it instead of trying to shoehorn in everything but the kitchen sink. At least Soundbooth is its own app and not a feature in something else... for now.
Posted 26 October 2006 - 08:35 AM
Soundbooth is designed to be a spoke in the visual workflow, while [high-end audio applications like] Audition are designed to be the hub.
This is a nicely turned phrase and it rings true. I do not do video production, I build test systems, but I know what it is like to put together a system with a half dozen devices that each want to be the hub. /forums/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/tongue.gif