If you thought that Adobe – the company behind industry standard Photoshop, Premiere, and InDesign – was going to sit back and let tablets rise in popularity without releasing anything, think again. We’ve been given a brief play with its new line of apps, coming to a tablet near you.
Designed to change the workflow of students and professionals alike, we were given hands-on time with new tablet apps aimed at bringing touch to the jobs that designers, developers, and students demand.
First up there’s Photoshop Touch, Adobe’s proper answer to Photoshop for touchscreen devices. While the company has previously released an “express” app for iOS and Android, it gave tablet users little control for making images, with customers turning to new applications such as Snapseed, Filterstorm, PhotoForce, and many others.
Photoshop Touch is exactly what it says: it’s Photoshop for the touch environment. The regular set of tools are at your disposal, with marquee selections, magic wand, paint brush, clone, healing brush, erase, crop, warp, dodge and blur, as well as the layers we all know about. Effects are also there, allowing you to paint blurs, tinting, convert to black and white, and other effects.
What we love here is the internet integration (above), allowing you to head online and download images from Google and Facebook, making it possible for you to touch-up photos in your connected world easily.
Designers and anyone studying design have probably played with Kuler before, an app that allows you to come up with colour themes and swatches that can be applied to projects easily.
Kuler’s tablet app allows you to really get your hands and fingers in there, playing with colour combinations and drawing inspiration from photos you find on the web or images you photograph using the tablet’s own camera.
Finally, let’s talk Proto, or rather prototyping. Designers and developers know that when they start a project, they’re going to have to prototype it, that is to design a basic mockup of how it’s going to look and then turn that into a working version.
Quite a lot of websites are made this way these days, and Adobe’s Proto app is designed to make this process easier.
Designed as a prototyping workshop for your tablet, you can either draw elements by selecting the tool (like selecting a tool in Photoshop) or use gestures to call on those elements quickly. The gesture concept is quite cool, and you can see it working well for someone making a fast mockup if they’ve memorised all the moves, but otherwise, we’d stick to the toolbar.
We had fun making our prototype websites, but what was really impressive was knowing that later on, we could upload it to Adobe’s site and the prototype would already have code behind it, making our workflow even easier to work with.
For the moment, these Adobe touch apps are an Android-only affair, although we’re led to believe that at one point, you’ll see them grace the iOS platform. On our test Galaxy Tab 10.1, we certainly had fun, although platform-agnostic Adobe should really spread the love sooner rather than later.
At $10.49 each, they’re not ridiculously cheap, and we can’t imagine anyone going out and buying all of them. Certainly, PS Touch is very impressive, and if you miss the workflow and effects that Photoshop gives you on your computer, you’ll want that here.