As part of Adobe’s Creative Cloud initiative, Adobe are releasing six standalone tablet apps that will finally give users mobile access to professional Adobe tools on their Android and iOS tablets.
While these apps are meant to work with Adobe Creative Cloud, they are standalone apps and don’t require tethering to the Creative Cloud or your computer (as I understand it).
Adobe Photoshop Touch is something that I think many tablet users, Android and iOS, have been waiting for. Adobe released a mobile Photoshop app a while ago for both Android and iOS, but it has very rudimentary features. The new Photoshop Touch app can do more complex things, like add multiple layers, choose different blending modes for those layers, warping transformations, use the camera on the tablet to create a background fill layer, just to name a few. Photoshop Touch can import photos from several different sources, including your photo albums on Facebook. You can just as easily share your Photoshop Touch creations with your Facebook friends or other online services, or sync them to the Adobe Creative Cloud to finish doing the work on your computer.
Adobe’s other tablet apps include (descriptions from Adobe’s site):
- Adobe Collage: “Assemble modern moodboards that combine images, drawings, and text.”
- Adobe Ideas: “ Design almost anywhere using vectors, layers, and color themes, and then easily access the results for finishing in Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop.”
- Adobe Proto: “Design interactive wireframes and prototypes for websites and mobile apps with the convenience of a touchscreen tablet.”
- Adobe Kuler: “Create, explore, download, and save color themes wherever you are inspired.”
- Adobe Debut: “Present your designs virtually anywhere with confidence and complete control…display them on your tablet, and conveniently gather feedback within the same app.”
As you can see, these are not just throwaway apps that Adobe’s putting out there. They are integrated well with their cloud storage, and are meant to enable users to access and work on their projects while out and about away from their computers. All of these apps, initially priced at $.99 each, will be available for Android users sometime next month. However, there isn’t a concrete release date for the iOS versions yet, only a nebulous, “early 2012″ target date. You can sign up to be notified when the apps are available on Adobe’s site.