Hey, We’ve Launched an iPad App – Adobe Ideas

Holy Digital Publishing Platform Wars Batman, Adobe has launched a cool new application for iPad!!! Yes it’s true, a brand new piece of software — Adobe Ideas — is now available on the Apple iTunes App store:


Adobe Ideas is a digital sketchbook, letting you capture and explore ideas anywhere you go — an ideal companion for the professional design applications from Adobe, such as Illustrator or Photoshop. You know, you’re down at Starbucks gulping a Plenta, see a lady in a red pashmina* shawl, blue dress and sporting an afro……and decide that she is your creative muse. Happens all the time. See below for details:


The redoubtable John Nack is taking your feedback, from the open-minded and the zealot alike, over on his blog: http://blogs.adobe.com/jnack/

* I only know about pashmina because my wife is in the fashion biz.

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    April 05, 2010

    Ben writes:

    That looks like a great app.
    The perfect app that should be available on every single iPad.
    Unfortunately, the rest of the world will have to way few extra week before giving you a feedback !

    April 05, 2010

    Angel Lamuno writes:

    Adobe ideas is a great start. Versions of AI, APS, and specially ALR would be fantastic!

    If ALR is better than Apple’s own Aperture, which shows that Adobe can do as well if not better that anyone else on OS X, I don’t see why we should not see these desired applications for the iPad rather sooner than later.

    BTW, the initial proportion between Keynote for iPad’s and Keynote for Mac’s functionalities seems to be just right. Go for the essentials and make them shine. Take heart Adobe!

    April 08, 2010

    Rodger writes:

    Great app! Need instruction manual to know if user is missing any useful features not readily apparent.

    April 09, 2010

    matt writes:

    I love this app

    April 09, 2010

    Jonny writes:

    Me too

    April 09, 2010

    eco_bach writes:

    Great stuff! Would be better if it were actually created using Flash CS5.
    Touch based applications like this that allow users to interactively create, rather than passively consume, might convince me to actually get an iPad. I watch enough TV as it is;)

    April 10, 2010

    Billy-Bob writes:

    Was it developed in CS5?

    Of course it wasn’t.

    April 16, 2010

    John Gerard writes:

    I use Photoshop, Premiere pro, etc. I have not used the app. describe here. I will give it a try when I get an Ipad. I would like to see photoshop on the ipad but notjust ports over but redsigned to take advantage of the multitouch screen and other feature such as the accelormitter (spelling). I am typing this on an iPhone. I am using some drawing/photo apps on the iPhone and I see some protential there but the screen is just to small.

    April 21, 2010

    Maurdel writes:

    Wünderbar! It’s what the iPad was made for. I agree with Rodger that a document or some sort of exposition describing usage is needed.

    May 14, 2010

    Barb writes:

    Please provide instructions. So far I love it -need to know more

    May 14, 2010

    Russell Brady writes:

    For those folks asking about instructions for Adobe Ideas, the product manager has posted a video. First of a series I believe. Apologies for late response — issues with my Movable Type account!


    May 27, 2010

    Michael writes:

    trying to get support for this wonderful app. my issue seems to be that saved images from email received on the iPad cannot be loaded into Ideas. The gui shows the preview thumbnail, but doesn’t load the image… any thoughts?

    June 01, 2010

    Stuart writes:

    Great app! Would be great (and correct me if I’m wrong) if I could draw a picture and then insert it into Pages document. At the moment it appears as though Pages doesn’t recognize it (tried to email picture and then saving the image and then inserting the image, Pages wouldn’t recognize it).

    June 07, 2010

    Antonio Gambale writes:

    So it’s been weeks now that Adobe Ideas is available for download on the US app store… but not in other countries.. Unless I’m mistaken, there’s pretty much no reason for this. I can’t install it because I happen to be in France and don’t have a US credit card.

    I really hope we aren’t waiting just because Adobe thinks apps need to be translated into different languages first.. there are plenty of internationals living and working all over the world who are native english speakers, so I really don’t get what the delay is about.

    Hopefully it’ll be present on all the itunes stores soon?

    June 08, 2010

    Claudia Wey writes:

    Adobe Ideas is a great drawing application, plus it is free, which makes it a must download. Give it a serious try – I actually discover this app while looking on it more in depth while writing this review, and this is, now, one of my favorite apps! And don’t forget to zoom, while you are sketching, which for me was the key of success.
    I have posted a full review on my blog:
    Adobe Ideas Review

    June 08, 2010

    Fee writes:

    I use this on my iPod Touch, and I love it! However, I’d love to see a version available for android (if there is one and I’m just more blind than I thought I was, please point me to it). So far, there isn’t anything on the platform that works as well for what I need to do.

    June 12, 2010

    terry writes:

    is there an instruction manual in the game?

    June 14, 2010

    Russell Brady writes:

    Check out our product manager’s video tutorial: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nILS13_b2p8

    June 14, 2010

    Russell Brady writes:

    I asked the product team and they definitely want to support other platforms down the line. No timing yet but once I hear I’ll post an update on this.

    June 14, 2010

    Russell Brady writes:

    Thanks for taking the time to review the product Claudia. Appreciate the heads-up.

    June 14, 2010

    Russell Brady writes:

    Antonio. Let me check on international availability. I must admit, I’m not really up to speed on the approval process for apps. I’ll find out if we have to submit it for approvals internationally.

    August 12, 2010

    Megan Page writes:

    I work in Design and would love to see Illustrator and Photoshop for the I-pad. It only makes sense right?!

    August 20, 2010

    Adrian writes:

    Please make an Adobe Acrobat app for the iPad.

    I hate all of the other PDF editing apps out there!!!

    September 16, 2010

    Harry writes:

    Great start!

    But I couldn’t find any mention of this or any other Adobe iPhone or iPad app on Adobe’s main site, even after I specifically searched for it! If I were a major shareholder in Adobe stock, I’d be a bit upset about that.

    Also, it would be fantastic if you created an app for the iPad specifically for reviewing and marking up artwork (JPEGs, PDFs, etc.) — Something simple. I’d buy that in a heartbeat.

    Good going so far though!

    September 23, 2010

    Louis writes:

    Great app, however since the created,edited resultant PDF file can only be exported via email it has some limitations. You should consider configuring it to work with DropBox.com so that files can be uploaded via secure transfer to a secure encrypted cloud platform, especially if ADobe Ideas is used for confidential business purposes. Additionally, it should allow the base file to be a PDF file in addition to a JPG file.

    September 25, 2010

    Tony Kambourakis writes:

    Any chance of you enabling video out? It would be great to draw whilst plugged into a project so others in a meeting room can see what I’m drawing.

    I actually am considering using this to quickly draw UML diagrams.

    Even better would be to have some software running on my laptop that receives drawing data from this app so I can then screen share to many people over the Internet.

    October 22, 2010

    Mike M writes:

    Nice, but needs a “help” document or site to help one explore and understand the features. How do I find the pics created in this app in other apps? For instance, what if I want to send one of the pics created in a text message? How?

    October 22, 2010

    Pooja Prasad writes:

    Hi Mike, http://blogs.adobe.com/adobeideas/ is a great resource for more info on the app. You can also ask the team questions there.

    Hope that helps!

    November 02, 2010

    petethebeard writes:

    Hi, it would be great if I could open and edit .ai files, or even better why not just make an Illustrator App! That would make a lot of us designers very happy indeed : )

    December 28, 2010

    Druido writes:

    +1 for video out: I’d pay for projector support!

    And left-handed people would like the toolbar on the right!

    January 16, 2011

    António Júlio Sousa writes:

    Everything is great about this app except (and this is a really big downturn) it doesn’t have palm protection. You can’t rest your palm over your iPad and just draw something with your stylus… It just don’t work that naturally… :( too bad!!

    May 02, 2011

    Milford CT Homes for Sale writes:

    I love my iPad, and I think with apps on this platform, simplicity is necessary, especially with the lack of a mouse and full, physical keyboard.

    September 25, 2011

    Angela writes:

    I’ve been an Adobe user since Illustrator first came out and I was so hoping this product could be my link between my iPad and my Design Suite on my Mac; however, I am sorely disappointed. Sadly, there are at least three other vector drawing programs available for the iPad and all three blow this product out of the water. IMHO, Adobe is seriously losing ground here and has not taken the iPad designers into account by treating the iPad as a toy instead of an important new design tool.

    November 23, 2011

    Borrys Hasian writes:

    Great app, and if Adobe adds Eye Dropper tool into Ideas, that would be very useful.

    March 01, 2012

    Dolly writes:

    I wish there was a trial available before I can commit to buy.

    May 02, 2012

    Preia writes:

    I can not find this on iTunes. Even using the link doesn’t work. Any ideas.

    May 03, 2012

    Russell writes:

    Hi Preia. It should be back up in a couple of days. It’s being reconfigured for latest iPad. Sorry about the delay.

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