In conjunction with its new Creative Cloud initiative, Adobe has announced six mobile apps designed to make it easier for artists and designers to create and share their work. Files created with the apps--Photoshop Touch, Collage, Debut, Ideas, Kuler, and Pronto--can be shared, viewed across devices, and transferred into Adobe Creative Suite CS5.5 for further refinement.
The apps are devoted to several areas of the creative process such as image editing, ideation, sketching, mood boards, website and mobile app prototyping, and presentation.
Not coincidentally, this announcement comes some six months after the debut of the Photoshop Touch SDK which, paired with a new scripting engine in Photoshop CS5, was designed to pave the way for iOS apps and other platform apps to drive and interact with Photoshop on the desktop.
According to Adobe, with the introduction of the new Photoshop Touch app, the existing Eazel, Nav, and Color Lava, as well as other apps that interact with Photoshop CS5 software using the Adobe Photoshop Touch SDK, are now called companion apps rather than Photoshop Touch apps. And the Photoshop Touch SDK has been rolled into the Photoshop SDK as a connection API.
Designed and focused on tablets, at least initially, the Touch app interface is driven by onscreen gestures. Some tools, like Kuler and Ideas are already familiar either from Photoshop or the iOS. Others are brand new. All interoperate with each other via cloud-based computing. All are designed for fingertip and stylus input.
Adobe Creative Cloud will power the viewing, sharing, and syncing of files created by Adobe Creative Suite and Adobe Touch apps alongside 20GB of cloud storage. By syncing though the new Creative Cloud, users can bring their work to the desktop for further refinement or other kinds of sharing and collaboration.
iOS users are in for a wait, however. While Adobe Touch apps will be available for Android devices in November, Adobe doesn't plan to announce iOS availability until early 2012. Introductory pricing is $10 for each app. Access to the file viewing, sharing, and transfer functionality of the Creative Cloud is included in the price of each Adobe Touch App.
Adobe will provide details on pricing for the Adobe Creative Cloud and its expanded capabilities concerning applications, services, and community in November.
For now, here are additional details about each of the new Touch apps.
This app lets users transform existing images and combine several images into a new layered image. Using simple finger gestures, users can move, scale, transform, rearrange, and otherwise place a series of images into a single document.
The app provides access to tools derived from Adobe Photoshop such as brushes, clone, eraser, text, and gradients in addition to layers, blend modes, and Photoshop's Refine Edge feature. A new tool called scribble lets you make basic selections of foreground and background to ease compositing. You can create masks or extract selections and place an object on a new background--all with finger gestures.
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