Today at its MAX 2011 conference in Los Angeles, Adobe unveiled numerous cool new products, and I was very impressed by the Touch Apps Suite, a family of six applications for Android tablets and Apple iPad. I really love d these apps at first sight, maybe because I am a designer: they are inspired by Adobe Creative Suite software which I am very familiar with.
The Adobe Touch Apps are part of Adobe Creative Cloud, also announced today , an online service that includes 20 GB of storage where creative people will be able to access desktop and tablet applications, share files, view them on different devices, transfer work into Adobe Creative Suite software and find creative services.
Adobe Photoshop Touch looks like the tablet version of Photoshop Express for iPhone, an app that I tried but did not find as good as other mobile photo applications that allow user to shoot and edit images while on-the-go. From the screen shots, Photoshop Touch looks better than its smartphone sibling, according to the product page, it seems like more of the core Photoshop (desktop) features are integrated in the tablet version. (photo above)
Adobe Collage is basically a tool that enables creative professional (or amateurs) create conceptual mood boards. With this application, you can easily mix pictures, text, drawings, and colors. It is compatible with Adobe Creative suites files and assets, and it is possible to refine the result of Collage with Photoshop.
Adobe Debut is the perfect app for discussing iterations during a design project with a client and a creative team. Adobe Debut opens tablet-compatible versions of Creative Suite files for viewing on the tablet, including Photoshop layers and Illustrator art boards, then feedback is collected using a pen tool to write notes or draw on top of the artwork (see picture).
Adobe Ideas seems to be the tablet version of Illustrator, it is a vector-based drawing application that can be operated by using a stylus or finger.Just like in Illustrator, the artwork can be built using separate layers, ad the final file is accessible from Photoshop or Illustrator.
Adobe Kuler helps people build compelling color themes by browsing hundreds of thousands of Kuler themes already available via the creative community, which can also rates them as well. Color themes can later be exported as color swatches for Adobe Creative Suite projects.
Adobe Touch Apps will be available for Android devices in November 2011. iOS availability announcement is expected in early 2012. Adobe Ideas is already available for the iPad. Introductory pricing is US$9.99 for each app. Access to the file viewing, sharing and transfer functionality of Adobe Creative Cloud is included in the price of each Adobe Touch App. Pricing, availability, expanded capabilities around applications, services and community will be announced in November 2011.