Adobe's Creative Cloud has been hacked, exposing millions of accounts to hackers. Although the passwords were encrypted by Adobe, the hints were not, allowing hackers to deduce what passwords were. Most were set to "123456," or "password." Adobe has required users to change their password immediately, but the damage may have already been done since credit cards are linked to the accounts. Leo advises everyone to make passwords very difficult to deduce or to crack via brute force attack.
Kevin is looking for an alternative to Adobe's Creative Cloud since he thinks that $40 a month to use Photoshop is too much. Leo says that Adobe has been wanting to do this for a long time. Adobe is afraid of piracy and have figured out they can make more money by renting out the software instead of selling it.
Here are some other solutions:
David just bought an HTC Android phone but it doesn't come with Flash anymore and he learned that Adobe doesn't even support it anymore. Leo says that nobody likes Flash because it's a pig and has a lot of security issues. He could probably side load it onto his Android phone, but it's not worth it. The industry is moving towards HTML5 anyway.
Grant has an old computer with Windows XP and he got bit by a virus and lost Photoshop. He'd like to find a cheap photo editing solution to replace it.
Leo says that PDF Portfolios are multiple files that are put together into one master PDF file. Adobe did this to get a handle on the PDF format, which has pretty much gone open source. PDF stands for "portable document format" and it's essentially an image of a document that preserves formatting across a multiple formats and operating systems.
Mark wants to know what Leo thinks about Adobe moving to subscriptions instead of selling software. Leo says it's been obvious for awhile that Adobe would rather sell subscriptions rather than software. It's really the trend everywhere now. Leo says if enough people just bought the last version and then stopped, they'd get the message that people don't want a subscription.
Pam is having trouble watching videos online with her Mac. Apple probably blocked Flash since Pam had neglected to update it. Leo advises uninstalling Flash and then install it from Adobe.com/flashplayer to download the stand alone Flash installer. Then, install it with all browsers closed. She will have to keep it updated, or Apple will block it again.
Bonnie uses Cyberlink Power Director to edit her videos, but she's getting error messages that cause the rendering to stop. Leo says it's likely that Bonnie has run out of RAM while the file is rendering. Or it could be a bug in Power Director itself.
Mike wants to know what software would be best to do motion tracking. Leo says After Effects can do it, but it's pricey. FilmRiot has a great tutorial that shows how to do it.
There's also an open source solution called MultiBlob GridFlow PD.
Create Digital Motion is a great source for animators and motion tracking.
Think of it this way: Office 365 is "renting" office by using online versions of Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Email, and more. Office 2013 is the desktop version which would also include the online version of Office. It costs more to get Office 2013, but then he would actually be able to use both versions.