October 5, 2011

Adobe Brings Creative Suite to Tablets with Six New Touch Apps

At the same MAX conference where they announced Creative Cloud, Adobe also demonstrated not one but six new touch apps for tablet interfaces. These $9.99 programs, along with a $60/year Carousel photo storage/sharing service, include "anytime, anywhere" apps that allow for image editing, sketching, "ideation," mood boards, website/mobile prototyping, and presenting finished work. The apps -- which do not include a video editing solution (yet), will be available on Android starting in November. As for iOS and their sometimes bristly relationship with Apple, Adobe "expects to make an announcement regarding iOS availability in early 2012." Here are video demos of each touch app in action:

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. 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.

Adobe Proto enables the development of interactive wireframes and prototypes for websites and mobile apps on a tablet. Ideas are communicated and shared with teams and clients using a touch-based interface. Gestures quickly express a design concept, explain website structure or demonstrate interactivity. The wireframe or prototype then can be exported as industry standard HTML, CSS and JavaScript, and shared in popular browsers for immediate review and approval.

Seems to me some of these apps are pretty similar to each other, which is one of my issues with Adobe's Creative Suite -- for example, I would love Premiere Pro and After Effects, despite their tight integration, to morph into one program. And given Apple has mobile iMovie, I would also expect to see a mobile version of Premiere at some point. If you watched the video demos above, any thoughts?

[via BusinessWire]

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for... android? that's a twist

October 5, 2011 at 3:49PM, Edited September 4, 10:54AM


I must admit, I'm still not sold on tablets being an actually useful thing. What I'd really love to see as far as video goes, is some way of using a tablet as a finger friendly (and of course very large) touch interface - like a trackpad but less awful, I guess, or a Wacom tablet you can use with your fingers. A man can dream.

October 5, 2011 at 4:33PM, Edited September 4, 10:54AM


I may be small minded, but I just think something like video editing needs a mouse and keyboard. I can't imagine trying to make a precise cut with my thick fingers.

October 5, 2011 at 11:32PM, Edited September 4, 10:54AM


On the other hand color correction is a prime example of something perfect for multi-touch. The lift/gamma/gain interface is fundamentally unsuited to a mouse.

October 6, 2011 at 12:21AM, Edited September 4, 10:54AM

Ryan Koo

Hi i'm a cinematographer who's using tablet for color correction.

October 7, 2011 at 7:27AM, Edited September 4, 10:54AM


as long as we're dreaming, I want the 3D interface from Iron Man. I'd love to do AE compositing in a 3d hologram.

October 6, 2011 at 9:24AM, Edited September 4, 10:54AM


I could see photoshop touch being really cool if you were able to shoot tethered for photographers, otherwise I don't think fat fingers lend themselves to effective detail work

October 6, 2011 at 9:30AM, Edited September 4, 10:54AM


I agree with these comments. I have not found my tablet to be that great for actual work -- it's great for passive activities and games, but not so much for getting things done. Even for email I bring a bluetooth keyboard.

Seems to me that the portability of a tablet + a mouse would make learning all these tedious gestures a lot easier, as well.

The prototyping program seems like it has some potential.... as it exports to real HTML.

October 6, 2011 at 3:25PM, Edited September 4, 10:54AM


I dont understand why they would do a live video demo of a product so clunky and laggy. And what creative professional has an Android tablet?

I think there's real potential with tablet editing (in fact, my suspicion is that Final Cut X is laying the groundwork) but the hardware needs to perform better.

October 7, 2011 at 9:50AM, Edited September 4, 10:54AM