Today at Adobe MAX 2011 a new suite of touch optimized applications was announced that will soon be available for both Android tablets and the iPad. The set of six applications will launch on Android next month and we can expect an announcement about the availability of the iPad applications sometime in early 2012. We guess Flash 11 and Air 3 aren’t the only things to look forward to.
The six new applications include:
- Adobe Photoshop Touch lets users transform images with core Photoshop features in an app custom-built for tablets. With simple finger gestures, users can combine multiple photos into layered images, make popular edits and apply professional effects. The tablet-exclusive Scribble Selection Tool allows users to easily extract objects in an image by simply scribbling on what to keep and then what to remove. With Refine Edge technology from Adobe Photoshop, even hard-to-select areas with soft edges, such as hair, are easily captured when making selections. Additionally, the app helps users quickly find images, share creations, and view comments through integration with Facebook and Google Search. Using the syncing capabilities that are a component of Adobe Creative Cloud, files can be opened in Adobe Photoshop.
- Adobe Collage helps creatives capture and refine ideas and concepts by allowing them to combine inspirational images, drawings, text and Creative Suite files into modern, conceptual mood boards. Features include importing of images, four customizable pen types for drawing, adding text, and applying color themes. A virtually unconstrained canvas grows as needed to accommodate more assets. Files can be shared or transferred for access in Adobe Photoshop.
- Adobe Debut allows users to present designs to clients and stakeholders virtually anywhere. Adobe Debut quickly opens tablet-compatible versions of Creative Suite files for convenient and beautiful viewing on the tablet, including Photoshop layers and Illustrator® art boards. Feedback is gathered using a markup pen tool to add notes and drawings on top of the work.
- Adobe Ideas is an easy-to-master, vector-based tool for drawing. By using a stylus or finger, strokes appear smooth at any zoom level. Starting with a blank canvas, users can choose color themes, and pull in tablet-compatible image files that can be controlled as separate layers. Finished results are easily accessed in Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop.
- Adobe Kuler makes it easy to generate color themes that can inspire any design project. Color can be explored and discovered, with hundreds of thousands of Kuler themes already available via the creative community. Social engagement in the community is enhanced by rating and commenting on themes, which can be exported as color swatches for Adobe Creative Suite projects.
We’re obviously excited about Photoshop Touch the most but we do question just how well it will perform out of the gate. Either way, we’re more than certain that it will definitely perk up the ears of many people and should quickly gain popularity. We’re also very eager to give the Collage application at try.
You’ll also be able to your keep your content in Adobe Creative Cloud, allowing you to truly depart from the desktop counterparts. The Adobe Touch applications will debut with a $9.99 pricetag, making them above the average application price but the extra money will give you access to the Adobe Creative Cloud so it may be worth it for most people.
We’ll be sure to give you the nitty-gritty on the upcoming Touch Apps as soon as they launch next month.