Adobe has launched Touch Apps -- a family of six apps for Android tablets and the Apple iPad offering tools for sketching, image editing, creating mood boards and presentation -- at its MAX 2011 conference in Los Angeles. The headline app is Photoshop Touch, a tool based on Adobe's ubiquitous art and photo retouch tool.
Available soon as standalone apps, Touch Apps are also components of Adobe Creative Cloud, a combination of software and services that Adobe will be launching soon. Files created via Adobe Touch Apps can be shared, viewed across devices or transferred into Adobe Creative Suite software for further refinement -- key features of Adobe's "vision for the Creative Cloud". With stylus capabilities expected on some next generation tablets, Adobe Touch Apps are designed to work with both finger and stylus input.
Adobe Photoshop Touch (above) 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. The tablet-exclusive Scribble Selection Tool allows users to easily extract objects in an image by simply scribbling on what to keep and then what to remove.
With Refine Edge technology from Photoshop, even hard-to-select areas with soft edges, such as hair, are easily captured when making selections. 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 (above) 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 customisable 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 (above) allows users to present designs to clients from their tablet. 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 (above) is a 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 colour 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 (above) generates colour themes that can inspire any design project. Colour can be explored and discovered, with hundreds of thousands of Kuler themes already available via the creative community. Themes can be exported as colour swatches for Adobe Creative Suite projects.
Adobe Touch Apps will be available for Android devices in November 2011. Adobe expects to make an announcement regarding iOS availability in early 2012. Adobe Ideas is already available for the iPad. Access to the file viewing, sharing and transfer functionality of Adobe Creative Cloud is included in the price of each Adobe Touch App. Details regarding pricing of the Adobe Creative Cloud and its expanded capabilities around applications, services and community will be announced in November 2011.