Adobe Photoshop Touch and Adobe Proto, two of Adobe’s Touch Apps designed for tablets, were updated in the past month. Today, Photoshop Touch was updated to version 1.3 with a few new features designed for iPad users with Retina screens. Last month, the web design app Proto was updated to version 1.5 with more integration between desktop and cloud applications.
Photoshop Touch 1.3: High-resolution improvements
According to Adobe’s blog post, Photoshop Touch 1.3’s primary goal is to support the new batch of high-resolution Retina screens being used by Apple in their new iPads (3rd generation). The app also supports images up to 12 megapixels, including print-quality resolutions. (The blog post makes it sound like you have to sacrifice the number of layers you can work with in order to gain the extra pixels.)
Other improvements include:
- Two new Effects: Shred and Colorize
- Smoother animation and scrolling in the organizer, tutorial browser and file picker
- New three-finger tap gesture to toggle 100 percent view and fit screen
- New pixel-nudging mode for precise movements
- Support for Apple Photo Stream on the iPad
Adobe Proto 1.5: Little improvements can mean a lot
Proto is one of my favorite Adobe Touch Apps (see my review of it here), but Proto 1.5 provides some very useful improvements that should have been in the original release. The more comprehensive list of improvements is here on John Nack’s blog, and here’s a selection of that list:
- Email interactive wireframe as attachment or share via Dropbox and other Adobe Touch Apps
- Copy and paste objects to different pages
- Share common objects across pages
- Navigations can now be pinned on all pages
- Z-index (stacking over) can be changed via Context Menu
- Show undo/redo count
- Objects snap to both CSS Column and Design Grid
- Code generated is now ordered according to the appearance in the page
- All pinned objects generate a separate common CSS file (common.css)
Generally, the improvements provide a more productive workflow within Proto, a more efficient use of materials like common navigation elements, and more useful code outside of the Proto environment. Dreamweaver users should watch this Adobe TV clip to learn how to bring native Proto files into Dreamweaver CS6.
For more information, check out the product pages for Photoshop Touch and Proto or the Adobe Touch Apps homepage.
Today Adobe officially released their lineup of Touch Apps for Android tablets, deepening their dive into products for mobile devices. The company has devoted considerable resources to mobile applications for a few years now, so the Touch Apps represent a major investment for Adobe.
The Touch App lineup released today includes six applications:
- Adobe Collage, for creating “moldboard” layouts including photos, drawings and text.
- Adobe Debut, a presentation tool for mockups and Touch App projects.
- Adobe Ideas, which is similar other vector drawing programs like Illustrator.
- Adobe Kuler, a color palette builder.
- Adobe Photoshop Touch, which is designed to deliver core Photoshop features on a tablet.
- Adobe Proto, for building interactive prototypes of websites and mobile apps.
Even though it’s considered part of the “Touch Apps family,” the previously-announced Adobe Carousel photo management app isn’t listed as one of the “Adobe Touch Apps.” It also is only available on iOS devices at the moment; see below for more details. Kuler and Ideas both exist in other forms as well.
I received a demo tablet from Adobe just last Saturday and I’ve just started to work with the applications, so no review for now. However, these applications were shown extensively at Adobe MAX (including the Day 1 keynote) and I’m fairly familiar with how they work. Together, they provide a solid collection of core tools from most of the major Creative Suite products—Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Dreamweaver and minor elements from a couple others. The hurdle Adobe has to clear is to provide a user interface that works in a tablet but has the power and flexibility to get serious work done in a variety of environments.
The Touch Apps are on the Android Market now and sell for $9.99 each, a price well over the $3.13 average price of paid Android apps. Adobe will have to appeal to the professional community to justify the price. The apps are also restricted by language (English only) and by hardware specs: 8.9-inch, 1280×800 minimum screen size and resolution with Android 3.1 or higher, which eliminates all current Android non-tablets. The apps are currently available only on Android, but they will be ported over to iOS devices in early 2012. There’s no word yet whether the apps will be restricted to the larger iPad.