Adobe debuts Touch Apps for Android


posted Tuesday, November 15, 2011 at 11:02 PM EDT

Adobe's logo. Click here to visit the Adobe website!Adobe Systems Inc. has today announced immediately availability of its Adobe Touch Apps products--including Adobe Photoshop Touch--for the Android platform.

Announced last October at the MAX 2011 conference, the Adobe Touch product line includes six apps designed to be controlled using either finger or stylus input. The first to ship was Adobe Ideas, which actually launched for iPad and iPhone devices way back in April 2010, although it's now officially a part of the Touch lineup. Today's launch sees Ideas now available on both Android and iOS platforms, while the remainder of the series--including the flagship Adobe Photoshop Touch--debut for Android in advance of their iOS equivalents.

All six apps for the Android platform require at least version 3.1 of the operating system, also known as Android Honeycomb, which is only officially available on tablet devices. They should also be compatible with Android v4.0, aka Ice Cream Sandwich, which is due to arrive imminently for both smartphones and tablets, making it the first Android release to support both form factors. Each of the six apps is priced at around US$10 on the Android market, making the full suite available for approximately US$60.

Adobe Photoshop Touch is significantly more sophisticated than the company's earlier, free Photoshop Express / Mobile app, which shipped from late 2009 on both iOS and Android platforms. Features like layers, selections, local adjustments, and filter brushes make Photoshop Touch much more versatile than the Express variant, and Touch evem includes a few unique capabilities not found in the desktop version of Photoshop, such as a "camera fill" feature that inserts input from the tablet or smartphone's camera into a layer, allowing it to be integrated into an existing image. There's also an integrated image import function that helps locate photos from Google Image Search and social networks such as Facebook. Photoshop Touch accepts images up to 1,600 x 1,600 pixels (2.6 megapixels), syncs with the upcoming Adobe Creative Cloud, and outputs layered image files that can be opened by the desktop version of Photoshop.

The other apps in the Touch Apps suite include Adobe Collage (creates 'moodboards' mixing images, drawings and text), Adobe Debut (displays various Adobe image and other file formats from Creative Cloud, and allows markup), Adobe Ideas (vector drawing), Adobe Kuler (creates color themes), and Adobe Proto (creates wireframe layouts for websites and apps). Versions of the remaining five apps for iOS devices are expected to be available early next year.

Selecting preset effects in Adobe's Photoshop Touch. Screenshot provided by Adobe Systems Inc.

Selecting preset effects in Adobe's Photoshop Touch.
Screenshot provided by Adobe Systems Inc.


Press Release

Adobe Touch Apps Available in Android Market

Six New Tablet Apps Enable Creativity Anywhere, Anytime

November 15, 2011 12:46 AM Eastern Time -- SAN JOSE, Calif.--()--Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced the availability of the Adobe® Touch Apps in the Android Market. Adobe Touch Apps are a family of six intuitive touch screen applications, inspired by Adobe Creative Suite® software, to bring professional-level creativity to millions of tablet users. Designed to work with both finger and stylus input, the apps address multiple areas of the creative process: Adobe Photoshop® Touch for image editing; Adobe Collage for moodboards; Adobe Debut for presenting and reviewing creative work; Adobe Ideas for sketching; Adobe Kuler® for exploring color themes; and Adobe Proto for website and mobile app prototyping. Announced at MAX 2011 in October, the apps are available today for Android 3.1 or higher. Adobe Ideas is already on iOS and Adobe expects iOS versions of the other five apps to be available in early 2012.

In addition to availability as individual apps, Adobe Touch Apps will be essential components of Adobe Creative Cloud™, a new initiative expected in the first half of 2012. Adobe Creative Cloud will be a worldwide hub for creativity, with membership options that will enable users to access desktop and tablet applications, find essential creative services and share their best work. With the creative file capabilities of Adobe Creative Cloud launched today, files created via Adobe Touch Apps will be able to be shared, viewed across devices or transferred into Adobe Creative Suite software for further refinement – all key features of Adobe’s vision for the Creative Cloud*.

“Adobe Touch Apps will transform how people use tablets – from mere consumption devices to vehicles for expression and creativity,” said David Wadhwani, senior vice president and general manager, Digital Media Business Unit, Adobe. “Our touch apps will be a key component in Adobe's full Creative Cloud offering, coming in 2012.”

Headlined by Adobe Photoshop Touch, a groundbreaking app that brings the legendary creative and image-editing power of Photoshop to tablet devices for the first time, the new Adobe Touch Apps include:

  • 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 essential 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 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 Adobe Creative Cloud, files can be accessed and 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 moodboards. 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 using Adobe Creative Cloud.

  • 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 Ideas is also currently available for iOS.

  • 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.

To learn more about the Adobe Touch apps, please visit Adobe.comAdobe TVFacebook or Twitter. News about the Adobe Creative Cloud can also be found on the Creative Layer blog or Facebook. The new Adobe Touch Apps follow the launch of the Adobe Carousel™ application for iPad, iPhone, iPod touch and Mac OS – an all-new way to browse, enhance and share photos across devices.

Working with layers in Photoshop Touch. Screenshot provided by Adobe Systems Inc.

Working with layers in Photoshop Touch.
Screenshot provided by Adobe Systems Inc.

Pricing and Availability
The six Adobe Touch Apps for creative professionals are immediately available on the Android Market, at an introductory price of $USD9.99 each. The Touch Apps are available in most geographies in English. The Adobe Touch Apps will run on tablets running Android 3.1 or higher with a minimum 8.9” screen size and resolution of 1280 x 800. Adobe Ideas is currently available in the iTunes App Store for $USD5.99. Adobe expects iOS versions for all Touch Apps to be available in early 2012. The Adobe Touch Apps integrate with the creative file viewing, sharing and transfer features of the Adobe Creative Cloud also made available today. More information regarding the additional capabilities of Adobe Creative Cloud, including applications, services and community and full Adobe Creative Cloud paid membership options will be available in the first half of 2012.

Helpful Links

  • Kyle Lambert & Adobe Ideas – Learn about Kyle Lambert's approach to working and get inspired as you watch how he creates using Adobe Ideas.

  • Brian Yap & Adobe Ideas – Artist and Creative Director, Brian Yap, pushes the boundaries by being among the first to implement Touch app technology to design in a new way.

  • Adobe Photoshop Touch Overview – Learn how you can use Photoshop Touch to combine images, apply professional effects and share the results on social networks like Facebook and more, from your tablet.

  • Adobe Collage Overview – Learn how you can use Adobe Collage to create modern, conceptual moodboards on your tablet, combining inspirational images, drawings, text.

  • Adobe Debut Overview – Learn how Adobe Debut lets you present your creative designs in high fidelity on your tablet and easily capture feedback.

  • Adobe Ideas Overview – Learn how Adobe Ideas, the essential digital sketchpad tool, lets you design anywhere using vectors, layers, and color themes to create finished design work ready for production.

  • Adobe Kuler Overview – Learn how Adobe Kuler lets designers, artists, developers, hobbyists and others create harmonious color themes to inspire any project with easy-to-use tools.

  • Adobe Proto Overview – Learn how you can design interactive wireframes and prototypes for websites and mobile apps on your tablet with the convenience of simple touch gestures.

*Please note Internet connection required. Adobe online services, including the Adobe Creative Cloud service, are available only to users 13 and older and require agreement to additional terms and Adobe's online privacy policy. The applications and online services are not available in all countries or languages, may require user registration and may be subject to change or discontinuation without notice. Additional fees or subscription charges may apply.

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Photoshop Touch can import and export images from social networking sites like Facebook. Screenshot provided by Adobe Systems Inc.

Photoshop Touch can import and export images from social networking sites like Facebook.
Screenshot provided by Adobe Systems Inc.