Adobe has really been great about ensuring that their software remains up-to-date, keeping inline with the latest technology and trends. This is one reason why they have been such a steady company over the years.
Back in January, Adobe first announced that Photoshop CC would begin supporting 3D printing. Since then, they have added even more 3D printing related features and enhancements to the software package. Today, they have announced several additional features, which should make Photoshop quite the handy tool for those of you who own 3D printers.
Update 2014.1 not only expands support for 3D printers, but also for 3D printing services. Here are some of the added features in this latest update:
- Supports MakerBot Replicator 5th Generation desktop printers.
- Supports DMM.com – A Japananese 3D printing service.
- Support added for the following 3D file formats: VRML, U3D, PLY, and IGES.
- Includes better integration with CAD workflows.
- Includes better support for 3D scanners
- Includes a Streamlined 3D painting experience.
- Allows for easily combining of multiple print jobs onto a single print bed.
- Adds Various 3D printing workflow improvements.
“The 3D printing features in Adobe Photoshop CC unifies what used to take us roughly 15 steps in several different programs into one easy-to-use program—condensing our workflow significantly,” explained Bradley Rothenberg, co-founder, Bradley Rothenberg Studio. “Our experience with using Photoshop in 2D is something we can easily leverage now with 3D models, which is incredibly helpful, and these latest features and enhancements will make it even better. I can’t wait to see what Adobe does next.”
For those interested in giving Photoshop CC a try, you can download a free trial now.
Without a doubt Adobe knows how to keep up with the latest trends. As more and more 3D printers hit the market, there is also an ever expanding list of new software packages out there. It’s nice that Adobe, with Photoshop CC is trying to make one software package that can be compatible with multiple 3D printers. For 3D printing to really reach the masses, there needs to be one, or at least a few software packages that everyone can familiarize themselves with. Will Photoshop CC eventually be that one? Discuss in the Photoshop CC forum thread on 3DPB.com.
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