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Adobe Max 2015: Connected creative canvas expands with two new mobile apps

J.R. Bookwalter | Oct. 15, 2015
Artists are increasingly turning to smartphones and tablets for larger portions of the creative workflow.

Adobe Capture CC consolidates four of the company’s mobile design asset creation apps into one.

Colors and vector-based shapes or brushes can be used in many of Adobe’s other mobile offerings such as Comp CC, as well as key creative applications for the desktop, such as Photoshop CC, Illustrator CC, and InDesign CC. Capture CC also includes the ability to grab color and light to create filters and looks that can be used with video-centric software like Premiere Pro CC, its mobile equivalent Premiere Clip, and After Effects CC.

Photoshop Fix and Capture CC require only a free Creative Cloud account to use, but are best paired with a paid membership. Starting at $20 per month for a single desktop app, a monthly subscription includes signature Adobe technology like Libraries and CreativeSync, which makes it possible to sync files, photos, fonts, vector graphics, brushes, colors, settings, metadata, and more.

A touch of design

Adobe also used the conference to unveil new features for existing desktop software across all of the company’s traditional product lines. Photoshop CC improves upon layers and elements with Artboards, while the new Design Space streamlines your workflow when using the venerable image editing application for this very specific task.

indesign touch workspace
InDesign received a special touchy-feely workspace mode on devices like the Microsoft Surface Pro.

Also on the design front, InDesign CC finally joined the Touch workspaces party for Windows and Mac users, gaining online publishing capabilities in the process. Likewise, Illustrator CC’s existing Touch functionality now delivers powerful new tools such as Shaper, Live Shapes, and enhanced Smart Guides. Adobe also added a preview version of Fuse CC to the mix, a 3D character application that works in conjunction with Photoshop CC.

Adobe also demonstrated the forthcoming Project Comet, an end-to-end user interface solution designed to work equally as well on desktop and mobile alike. Web designers had something to get excited about at Max 2015 thanks to the responsive design capabilities now available in Dreamweaver CC and Muse CC, while videomakers can enjoy native UltraHD format support in Premiere Pro CC and After Effects CC.

adobe stock video
First launched in June of this year, Adobe Stock now adds video to its lineup of photos, images, and graphics.

Stock portfolio

Speaking of video, Adobe Stock added motion content to its arsenal of photos, images, and graphics. Customers can browse and purchase assets directly from their favorite Creative Cloud applications, which has expanded to include Muse CC, Dreamweaver CC, and Flash Professional CC.


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