This week, I left the Adobe San Jose office to spend a few days in Monterey (just about an hour’s drive south of us, right along the coast) to immerse myself in the creative world of sculptors, painters, magicians, actors, poets, musicians, digital artists and…a cluster balloonist (yes, he was there! ) at the 5th annual e.g. conference. The e.g. conference is an intimate gathering where innovators and leaders come to be inspired – breaking free of society’s molds, fully embracing what they’re most passionate about and encouraging each other to re-think what’s possible.
It was fitting that I found myself in this melting pot of creativity, as Adobe steps outside of its traditional workflows and completely re-thinks how people interact with mobile and tablet devices. As evidenced at the conference this week, creativity and inspiration can happen just about anywhere and we want to ensure you’ve got what you need to also realize that spontaneous thought, idea or vision wherever you are. A few weeks ago, we shared a bit about what we’re doing behind the scenes to explore the possibilities with Photoshop and tablet devices.
Today, we’re officially announcing our first steps toward uniting the fun of touch with the precision and power of Photoshop on the desktop. With a free Adobe Photoshop Touch Software Development Kit (SDK), we’re essentially opening the doors to two way communication between mobile and tablet devices and Photoshop CS5, which allows developers to now offer a wide range of interactive apps. What does this two way communication mean for you?
As you’ve seen in the video, we have developed three initial Photoshop Touch apps, as examples of what can be done with the Adobe Photoshop Touch SDK from a creative standpoint: Adobe Color Lava, Adobe Eazel and Adobe Nav.
- Adobe Color Lava, allows you to mix colors on the iPad, creating custom color swatches and themes to transfer back into Photoshop.
- Adobe Eazel lets digital artists create rich realistic paintings with their fingertips. These paintings can then be sent directly to Photoshop CS5 for compositing or for taking the artwork further.
- Adobe Nav allows you to select and control Photoshop tools using the iPad as the input surface, customize the toolbar, browse and zoom in on up to 200 open Photoshop files or easily create new files.
Adobe Nav is a good demonstration of the potential for communicating with or “driving Photoshop.” If any device with a wifi connection – iOS, Android or Blackberry PlayBook – could interact with Photoshop, this could mean richer interaction in an instructional setting, like a classroom. Design students could all use their tablet devices to drive tools in Photoshop that would appear on the main projection screen for everyone to see. This type of interaction is not just limited to class lectures. It can also extend to “how-to” books where instead of flipping back and forth from reading text and performing the steps on the desktop, touching a button within your e-book would perform those actions for you directly in Photoshop. Everyone snaps spontaneous images with their camera phones and then the images remain trapped on the device. What if you could send those images direct to Photoshop for further refinement, printing or compositing? Hardware devices like printers or even cameras could also take advantage of communication with Photoshop and provide you with more options for sharing data between devices and Photoshop. There are so many possibilities…
In the coming weeks, we’ll share some more videos to give you a peek of what those apps look like, as they will be available in the iTunes store in early May. However, we’re more excited about what this means for the development community. We’ve already heard from a number of industry partners, authors, publishers and digital artists who see so much potential in this new interaction between mobile devices and Photoshop CS5. Now’s the fun part…as we sit back and watch what they dream up, create and realize with this new connection.
Product Management Director, Digital Imaging