Adobe introduces Touch Apps series to the Android Market, Photoshop Touch now a reality
Adobe first demonstrated its Touch Apps suite back at MAX 2011 and left us impressed with the possibilities. Now, after long waiting for them, Adobe Photoshop Touch and the rest of the applications have hit the Android Market.
There are five more apps in the Touch Apps family - Adobe Ideas, Kuler, Proto, Collage and Debut. The apps will run on Honeycomb and future Ice Cream Sandwich tablets with a screen no smaller than 8.9 inches on the diagonal, and with a resolution of no less than 1280x800 pixels. Each one of them costs $9.99, but that tells little about the actual functionality, so let's take a separate look at each of the apps for that.
Adobe Photoshop Touch brings the "essence of Photoshop compositing," rather than fully replacing the ubiquitous image editing solution. It makes full use of the tablet form factor with an optimized user interface, made to be easy on your fingers with large, simple to tap buttons. There are some limitations you may also hit with Photoshop Touch - processed images are limited to 1600x1600 pixels and there is a cap of 16 layers.
Additionally, the application supports only the JPG and PNG formats, while when saving it uses its own proprietary PSDX format read by Photoshop CS5. The application however packs a lot of pre-installed fonts and more are coming soon as Adobe integrates recently purchased TypeKit assets.
Second on the list is Adobe Ideas, a sketchpad designed from the ground up with tablets in mind. Simple and with plenty of functionality, you can enjoy pens in different sizes, colors, all in a multi-layer environment helping productivity.
Adobe Kuler brings you color themes - something you'd find useful if you're trying to match and mix colors. You can create your own themes in two ways. The first one is via image extraction so you can instantly get the colors of say a photo that inspires you. The second one is going all manual with the palette. The app is not perfectly knit in the Touch Apps lineup, which is a downer, but you can still export your color themes to Adobe's Creative Suite and later leverage them from there.
Adobe Proto on the other hand makes perfect use of gestures - it's a wireframing tool for quickly drawing designs, which you can save in a WebKit preview and quickly show to your clients. Gestures seem very easy to get used to. For example, drawing a triangle inserts a video element, while a rectangle creates a box.
Adobe Collage is pretty straightforward in functionality allowing you to mash up images, drawings and text. You can combine moodboards and the app supports such formats as PDF, PSD and AI. You can also export your Collages to the Adobe Creative Cloud.
Last but not least is Adobe Debut which is Adobe's take on tablet presentation. You can import PDFs, AI and Photoshop files from Google, Flickr and the Creative Cloud and annotate them on the go. Moreover, Debut will automatically resize images and mash them up together in a presentation-friendly format.
Finally, it should be mentioned that the company is hard at work to implement Creative Cloud integration across its lineup. The Touch Apps family brings a much needed creative layer to the otherwise media consumption machine that a tablet usually is, and that means a lot. Luckily, Adobe seems to have gone at great length optimizing the experience for tablets. However, the applications don't match desktop versions in functionality and that's reflected in the price. Weirdly, the Android version of the applications come earlier than iOS Touch Apps, planned for early next year. Good news for Android lovers, isn't it? What do you think of Adobe's tablet suite, does it make the tablet a true creative tool?