For now, it’s just iPad owners who get to look forward to these apps and devices, and there are a few to talk about.
Starting out, there’s Photoshop Mix, a new condensed version of Adobe Photoshop made for the iPad that offers some of Photoshop’s functionality on a device that normally wouldn’t get to touch much.
Some of the advanced Photoshop functions for the iPad include content aware fill, camera shake reduction, and even the ability to open and save Adobe’s PSD files right there on the iPad, but the application will also be aware of the hardware shortcomings of the iPad, and when it needs more hardware power than it can use, will send the file to Adobe’s online servers — that “cloud” we keep talking about that is referenced in the name of Adobe’s products — and take advantage of the processing power there, where the servers will do the work and send the file back to the user.
That last part takes advantage of Adobe’s “Creative SDK,” which the company says will eventually be made available to more developers, and will allow access to Adobe’s technologies for other applications. It could make its way into more video and photography apps later on, made by other companies, but right now, it’s just Adobe getting in on the fun.
“Adobe’s new mobile apps, hardware and Creative SDK are perfect for creative professionals but, equally importantly, are designed for anyone with a creative spark,” said Scott Belsky, Vice President of Product and the Creative Community at Adobe.
Another application is called Adobe Sketch, and it’s a new free-form drawing app for people who, well, love to draw. And if this is you, the app will be compatible with Adobe’s first piece of hardware, the Adobe Ink pen.
It’s not a real pen, mind you. You can’t write notes on paper with it, but the Adobe Ink does take advantage of a relatively fine-tipped nib and some wireless smarts to let you draw on your iPad using Adobe Sketch, and likely other apps later on.
Built with Adonit, another stylus maker, the Ink uses PixelPoint technology to provide pressure-sensitivity, making dark strokes when pushed more heavily, and light strokes when drawing with that light touch.
Adobe’s other foray into hardware comes in the form of something a little different, creating a ruler, or rather, the Adobe Slide. A small accessory, this little gadget uses wireless technology to let you quickly and easily draw straight lines and shapes on another piece of software, this one called Adobe Line.
Line is a little different from Sketch, too. While Sketch is built to let people draw out ideas, Line is more for architects, engineers, landscape and interior designers, and anyone keen to have a go, which could make it ideal for students in these categories. To assist with these areas, Line lets you set a 3D space and angle, and then draw lines and shapes that work in conjunction with that space, making it possible to draw perfect interiors and exteriors when you need them.
All of these iPad applications are free now, provided you have an iPad, while the hardware to make better use of them will be available at a cost later this year. We’re told you can use some of these functions without the hardware, taking advantage of gestures, but the hardware accessories will be faster and better for some things (pressure sensitivity, for instance, because the iPad can’t tell if you’re drawing with different pressure on a passive rubber-tipped stylus).
Outside of the apps, Adobe’s Cloud updates are also free and rolling out today if you have the Adobe CC subscription. If you don’t, Adobe’s apps are available on monthly and annual plans, with the company also adding a $9.99 per month plan for photographers providing access to Photoshop on the desktop and Lightroom on desktop, mobile, and web.