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It’s 2012, and almost everything that we work with has turned digital. However, sometimes this creates bigger problems than its worth – such as signing documents. Taking pen to paper for a couple of seconds used to be something terribly easy. This allowed you to manage and sign everything you wanted quickly and simply, though getting the document to and from the sender took far longer.

Today, you can get a form digitally sent to you in seconds, but you’ll often have to print it out, sign it, scan it, then email or perhaps fax it back. It’s far from a simple process. That’s why Adobe’s EchoSign, an effortless and pain free method to e-sign documents professionally and securely, seems so exciting. We didn’t assume it’d work great, but came away very impressed by its actual implementation. Read on to find out more!

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The latest version of Adobe’s venerable set of creative applications will be released next week, but this launch is unlike any launch in Creative Suite’s history. Adobe is best known for creating native apps, including Photoshop, InDesign, Acrobat, Illustrator, and more. These apps only run on Windows and OS X, with some new tablet apps for iOS and Android, and Adobe only has a few fully online apps at Acrobat.com. And yet, this time, their biggest selling point for CS6 is their new Creative Cloud.

No, Photoshop didn’t get turned into a web app, yet anyhow. Creative Cloud, instead, gives you all of Adobe’s native apps for $49/month, along with a number of web tools. You’ll get the Creative Cloud sync service, which you can use to sync all of your creative files between all of your devices and the cloud. You’ll also get access to the new Adobe Muse to design HTML5 sites and host them with Adobe, and will get full access to the Typekit fonts to use on your sites. You’ll also get the Adobe Digital Publishing Suite to publish eBooks, eMagazines, and other digital publications to a variety of devices, seamlessly. It’s like a mashup of web apps and native apps, all with standard web app style pricing schemes.

Even for those of us who love web apps, Adobe Creative Suite is often an integral part of our workflow. That’s why we’re curious what you think about Creative Cloud. Will you be signing up for it, or will you just purchase a traditional Creative Suite upgrade license and keep using other cloud services individually while owning your CS6 license? Or, do you use other tools or older versions of Adobe tools instead? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!

The Web is an ever-changing place. What’s hip this week is forgotten by the next. The half life of an Internet meme feels like it’s less than five minutes. But we love the Web because of that, don’t we? It’s not just the content of the Web that ebbs and flows, the technologies that underpin it change just as quickly. While the fights for the victor may last longer, and wide-sweeping changes don’t exactly happen overnight, they do eventually happen.

We’re at another turning point in the history of the Web. Like the Browser Wars and the Web Standards Movements before them, mobile devices have taken the world by storm, and completely changed the landscape of the Web. There’s a responsive movement in the web design community to make sure the Web works its best everywhere the Web is available. And yet there’s been a rather large elephant in the room: Flash. Flash isn’t available on iOS. It’s barely available on Android. It’s a divisive influence on the Web.

But it’s Adobe’s Golden Boy, isn’t it? Their cash cow, the key piece of their secret plot for world domination. Well, it might’ve been. But then they announced their latest labs project, an HTML5 animation tool. This is called Edge. And it’s different.

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Running a business is tough. With multiple parameters to take care of and multiple variables to control, it takes multiple talents and multi-tasking to run the business smoothly. When it comes to the online presence of your business, there are many solutions out there to help you out.

However, it’s not always rosy; either there are to many standalone solutions or too much maintenance for in-house system resources. Wouldn’t it be nice to have an integrated business management solution in the cloud that doesn’t require an army of developers and system admins? Well, there is one such miracle app and it’s Adobe Business Catalyst. Business Catalyst replaces more than five standalone solutions and after the jump we’ll learn how it can help jumpstart your business.

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As of late, Flash has been increasingly filling my thoughts. If you follow Web.AppStorm (you do right?), you’ll know that we’re clearly fans of Flash-less web apps and excited by advancements in apps utilizing HTML5 and CSS3. Although some of our posts would lead you to believe we’re anti-Flash, we’re certainly not — though I personally tend prefer Flash-less apps.

As the year is coming to an end, I’ve been evaluating the content Web.AppStorm covers and why we’ve so severely neglected our Flash brethren. The simple fact of the matter is, HTML5 stole much of the limelight this year and Flash took a few hard knocks thanks to a some big names like Apple and Google.

You’ll notice many new or improved web apps are flaunting HTML5 versions or replacements, dropping Flash like a bad habit. In a way, Flash has become a dirty word to many — or maybe just less marketable. While this may have been the trend during this last year, we’re well aware of the fact that Flash is still a powerhouse and in many situations, the right tool for the job.

With that in mind, I’d like to balance things out and give Flash more love this coming year. As such, I’ve been trudging through the mountains of web apps I use to find some really great Flash-based apps for in-depth reviews on Web.AppStorm.

With that, I’m wondering if you avoid Flash-based apps or embrace them lovingly? Do you have some really great Flash-based apps in mind that you’d love to see reviewed or featured on Web.AppStorm?

And, dare I ask, are you an HTML5 vs Flash OR an HTML5 & Flash (living in harmony) web user? Are they rivals or are they different tools that, used together, can accomplish amazing things?

Recommended Reading: 10 Flash Things You Can’t Do With HTML5

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If we choose to forget the outrageous sticker price of Adobe’s creative suite apps, nobody can deny that they make some of the most awesome tools in the digital world. All their tools are built and distributed targeting hardcore professionals who happen to be the experts in their digital domain. Think you can buy InDesign and start working on the campus magazine ASAP? Absolutely not. Hours of learning, if not professional training will be necessary.

Taking into account the hardships of newbies, casual users and non professionals, Adobe has recently launched a publishing tool that spans across platforms – both desktop and web. Project ROME is largely focused towards point and click publishing and after the break we’ll take a look at this great app.

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Remember Adobe AIR? With advancements in HTML5 and even Silverlight, AIR seems to have been left in the back of our minds-at least here at Web.AppStorm. Adobe AIR has some pretty great apps, however, that are still rocking the AIR space and even leading their respective areas (like Twitter).

We’ve pulled together 10 kick ass Adobe AIR apps you should definitely try if you haven’t already. Take a look!

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More times than I can remember I’ve encountered situations where I need to split, merge or just reduce a PDF’s file size (optimizing). Fortunately I have had Adobe Acrobat (not reader) available the large majority of the time. Unfortunately, however, the PDF’s I’m generally working with are in collaboration with other people who don’t have Acrobat—let alone know how to use it.

Using ILovePDF.com and PDF-Tools.com, it’s never been easier to split, merge and optimize PDFs online. It’s free, available anywhere you have internet access and easy enough for those less tech-savvy to use. In today’s how-to I’ll show you a quick way to split, merge and optimize (reduce file size) PDFs online.

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Color is so important in any type of visual media, from illustration to graphic and web design. The colors that you choose for your project make a huge difference to the mood and feel of your work, and so it’s critical to get it right.

Kuler, a web application from Adobe gives you a great user interface to experiment with different color combinations, see what works, and find the color values for the colors that you’ve created.

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Over the past two months since Web.AppStorm was launched, I’ve received a good number of inquiries about Air.AppStorm. There seemed to be a lot of people curious about AIR apps and AIR news. Well, for the time being, we’ve decided to tuck the coverage of everything Air related under Web.AppStorm.

And today is the first day.

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