Adobe Systems Incorporated has announced the immediate availability of the Adobe Photoshop Touch apps - Adobe Colour Lava, Adobe Eazel and Adobe Nav - for Apple iPad in the Apple App Store. These three apps from Adobe were developed using the Photoshop Touch Software Development Kit (SDK) to demonstrate the potential for new interaction between Photoshop and tablet devices.
Adobe Colour Lava for Photoshop, Adobe Eazel for Photoshop and Adobe Nav for Photoshop unite the fun and interactive experience of touch devices with the power and precision of Photoshop by enabling users to create custom colour swatches, paint directly on screen and drive popular Photoshop tools from tablet devices.These applications take advantage of the iPad's touch screen for a truly immersive, tactile, on the go experience, and expand upon inroads made by Adobe in the mobile and tablet market initiated with Photoshop Express, Adobe Ideas and Adobe Connect Mobile.
Photoshop is a part of the recently announced Adobe Creative Suite 5.5 product family, enabling designers and developers to create for popular and emerging smart phone and tablet platforms. Current Photoshop CS5 owners can download a free update to enable new interaction between Photoshop and tablet devices.
Initial industry feedback for the Photoshop Touch applications has been overwhelmingly positive; in a First Look review by Macworld, Lesa Snider says that "By having nothing between you and your artwork, you can focus on creating in the purest sense." Snider also notes the excitement for the new Photoshop Touch SDK, saying, "I have no doubt developers will be burning the midnight oil to push the envelope of this new technology and create other useful Photoshop integrated apps."
The Photoshop Touch SDK makes development possible on numerous devices, including iOS, Android and BlackBerry PlayBook. Utilising the SDK, developers will have wide access to Photoshop functionality with the freedom to innovate and create new apps or add capabilities to existing ones. Adobe has already engaged with a number of developers to incorporate tablets and other devices into creative workflows that empower Photoshop users in new and groundbreaking ways.
Pricing and Availability The Adobe Color Lava, Adobe Eazel and Adobe Nav applications for Photoshop are immediately available through the Apple App Store. Pricing for the applications is £2.99 for Adobe Eazel, £1.79 for Adobe Colour Lava and £1.19 for Adobe Nav.
Current Photoshop CS5 customers can download and install the free update from within the application or via the Adobe Application Manager. Developers can access the free Adobe Photoshop Touch SDK for Windows and Mac OS platforms on the Adobe Application Manager.
Adobe Photoshop CS5 and CS5 Extended are available through Adobe Authorised Resellers, the Adobe Store and Adobe Direct Sales. Estimated street price for Adobe Photoshop CS5 is £548,and £794 for Photoshop CS5 Extended.