Adobe Announces New Apps for Tablets

At the Max 2011 technology conference today, Adobe announced the upcoming release of Adobe Touch Apps, six new touch screen applications for the iPad and Android tablets.

Additionally, the company announced the upcoming release of Adobe Digital Publishing Suite, Single Edition, which is an end-to-end workflow for designers to publish a single-issue application for sale or distribution through the Apple App Store.

These new apps are all part of the company’s new campaign, Adobe Creative Cloud. The Creative Cloud will be a hub for access to desktop and tablet applications, finding essential creative services, and sharing work with others.

Single Edition is a program that will allow creators to develop single-issue content, like a brochure or annual report, as an app for the iPad. It also enables users to leverage Creative Suite® 5.5 workflows, allowing for iPad app creation. Single Edition is poised to benefit small businesses looking to build an iPad app, that don’t want to invest in a full-time developer department.

Adobe Touch Apps are designed to be shared and viewed across devices or transferred to Adobe Creative Suite for additional alteration.  It will also be stylus-friendly for tablet users that will not be using a touch screen device.

The six apps included in Adobe Touch Apps are summarized below:

  • Adobe Photoshop Touch 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 Adobe 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 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 customizable 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 allows users to present designs to clients and stakeholders virtually anywhere. 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 is an easy-to-master, 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 color 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 makes it easy to generate color themes that can inspire any design project. Color can be explored and discovered, with hundreds of thousands of Kuler themes already available via the creative community. Social engagement in the community is enhanced by rating and commenting on themes, which can be exported as color swatches for Adobe Creative Suite projects.
  • Adobe Proto enables the development of interactive wireframes and prototypes for websites and mobile apps on a tablet. Ideas are communicated and shared with teams and clients using a touch-based interface. Gestures quickly express a design concept, explain website structure or demonstrate interactivity. The wireframe or prototype then can be exported as industry standard HTML, CSS and JavaScript, and shared in popular browsers for immediate review and approval.

Single Edition for iPad is scheduled to be available for purchase at the end of November 2011. It will be offered via adobe.com. Users will be able to publish to the App Store through Single Edition for $395 per app.

Adobe Touch Apps will be available for the iPad sometime in early 2012 (except Adobe Ideas, which is already available in the App Store for $5.99), but will be available for Android tablets in November 2011. Each app and its sharing capabilities will cost approximately $9.99

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