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Adobe launches Photoshop Touch apps for Ipad

Brings image creation and editing tools to tablets
Tue May 10 2011, 11:32

SOFTWARE FIRM Adobe has launched three Photoshop Touch applications for the Ipad.

The applications include Adobe Eazel, Colour Lava and Nav, based on Adobe's Photoshop Touch SDK. They provide Ipad users with many of the tools of Photoshop literally at their fingertips.

Eazel lives up to its name by giving users the chance to make realistic digital paintings with their fingers. It also allows a choice of wet or dry paints and the finished product can be sent to Photoshop CS5 for further editing.

This application is a little like the Art Academy title for Nintendo's DS, in that it allows users to make art while using a touchscreen device, but we cannot help but wonder if Eazel will suffer from the same failings as Art Academy, such as poor responsiveness. The fact that you might need to use the main Photoshop program afterwards anyway brings up the question of why you wouldn't just start there in the first place. At least the Ipad is a bigger canvass on which to work, however.

Colour Lava is a colour mixing application for creating swatches and themes. Again, these can be sent back to Photoshop.

Nav is the most interesting application, as it connects the Ipad directly to the Photoshop software on your PC, letting you use the tablet as an input device. Users can select all of the tools available within Photoshop, browse documents, zoom in and out, and even open up to 200 documents at a time. This has some good potential for enhancing the use of Photoshop.

The applications are based on Adobe's update to Creative Suite 5.5 that it launched recently, which includes additional Flash and HTML5 support.

"Tablet devices are destined to become part of creative workflows," said John Loiacono, SVP and GM of digital media solutions at Adobe. "With our Touch SDK, we are going to see some astonishing new ways to keep Photoshop at the heart of the creative process no matter what the device - desktop computer, Android tablet, BlackBerry PlayBook or IOS device."

Despite the strained relationship between Adobe and Apple after Steve Jobs slated Flash last year over supposed insecurity and obsolesence, Adobe is still working hard on delivering its software for IOS products. It's clear the company recognises that it cannot let its difficulties with Apple get in the way of delivering its products to a highly successful line of hardware devices.

All of these applications are available immediately in Apple's App Store. Eazel costs £2.99, Colour Lava costs £1.79 and Nav is priced at £1.19. They are free for current Photoshop CS5 customers. µ


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