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March 30, 2015 /Mobile /The Latest /

Adobe Comp CC, The Best Thing To Happen to Layout Ideation Since The Cocktail Napkin

The latest addition to our family of mobile apps is a powerful tool for visual thinking and a new connection between the mobile and desktop applications in Creative Cloud.

Announcing Adobe Comp CC, a free app for the iPad that enables the rapid creation of layout concepts for mobile, web, and print.


The road to product launch

When we began adding connected mobile apps to Creative Cloud, we knew they would change the way people worked. We knew that enabling people to work (really work) away from their desks, capturing thoughts and ideas and concepts as they flew through their minds, that we could enhance the creative process.

Built on the Adobe Creative SDK, Comp CC couples intuitive iPad gestures, fonts from Typekit, and the personal assets stored in Creative Cloud Libraries to provide designers with the perfect mobile brainstorming and layout work surface. Then, with a single click, comps can be sent to Adobe InDesign CC, Adobe Illustrator CC, or Adobe Photoshop CC (where CC Libraries assets and fonts from Typekit are also synced) to fine-tune and finish the work. It’s this powerful connection back to the desktop, where designers do so much of their work, that makes Comp CC, and all of our mobile apps, so valuable.

The app made its first appearance at Adobe MAX in October 2014 when Khoi Vinh, former design director of the New York Times, revealed it, and his collaboration with Adobe, during the Project LayUp Sneak. He said of that collaboration, “The company’s deep expertise in creative software plus the comprehensive power of their Creative Cloud platform were essential to this product—only Adobe could have brought Comp CC to life.”

From brainstorm to layout

As energetic as sketching with pencil and paper, Comp CC, amps up the ideation phase of the design process. Then it enables designers to add polish to the quick-gesture comps with custom type and personal creative assets.

CompCC_4But the true beauty is in how those ideas, achieved rapid-fire no-holds-barred, are managed. No need to save ideas that may or may not make the cut. A single source file and a rich history feature mean that every iteration—that’s every single version of every single layout—is saved. No need to distinguish between creative genius and creative missteps; a quick drag of a few fingers left or right on the screen move through the file backward or forward in time, to view every comp.

What’s more, at any point it’s possible to pause. And export. Not just a .jpeg or .png, but an InDesign CC, Illustrator CC, or Photoshop CC file with live, native objects. So… Comp CC moves effortlessly between quick-sketching brainstorms on mobile, to our desktop application, to refined output. All without ever leaving Creative Cloud.

Scott Belsky, vice-president of products at Adobe sums up its power: “Comp CC takes advantage of the iPad’s advanced touch screen with an intuitive interface and makes the beginning of the design process integral to the finished result. Doing creative work on a mobile device is only useful if the results can be opened on the desktop, where the project can be perfected in a precise, professional-grade tool like InDesign or Photoshop.”

A family of connected apps

Comp CC joins Adobe’s family of Creative Cloud mobile apps: Adobe Illustrator Draw, Adobe Illustrator Line, Adobe Photoshop Sketch, Adobe Premiere Clip, Adobe Photoshop Mix, Adobe Shape CC, Adobe Brush CC, Adobe Color CC and Lightroom mobile for iPhone, iPad and Android.

Capture a layout wherever. Capture a layout whenever. Capture a layout now. Download Comp CC.

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  • By Michael W. Perry - 11:51 AM on March 30, 2015  

    Yeah, an iPad app for InDesign users! We’ve been feeling a bit neglected as everyone else got fun apps. Now we’re in the club. We have arrived.

    Just keep in mind that not all ID work is joyous creativity. Some of it is sheer drudgery in desperate need of relief. It’d be great to have a common-task-oriented app that’d run on an iPad and communicate a SERIES of steps to a Mac or PC-based version of ID. Examples:

    1. Applying paragraph styles to long documents. Have a screen that lists common or most recently applied paragraph styles. Say the cursor is sitting in the first of three paragraphs that need to be indented quotes. Users could enter “3” on a number pad and then tap the Quote style button. The Quote style would be applied to those three paragraphs and the cursor would move to the paragraph following those quotes.

    2. Applying any of a hundreds of index entries using that tiny Index panel is a pain. Have a screen that scrolls through the list with a flick of a finger. Tapping once on an entry would a ‘this page only’ index style. A double tap would open up a window for other index options.

    3. Multi-choice search and replace. Sometimes we want to treat a word in any of several ways. We may want to delete it, leave it unchanged, replace A with B, replace A with C, or add various formatting options. Create a search window where we can tap to get any of several search results.

    The key is to NOT to simply replicate ID’s panels and scrolling lists on an iPad. That would save little if any time. The key is to have an app whose windows makes common but tedious and repetitive tasks easier. The app wouldn’t do everything we can do through panels. It’d do a few important things much more easily, often combining several ID steps into one tap on an iPad.

    You might even call it Speed Touch or ID Speed Touch, depending on whether you’re interesting in creating similar few-but-easy task tools for other apps.

  • By Eirik - 11:58 PM on March 30, 2015  

    I’m really hoping this will be released for us with touch screen computers as well, my Surface would be perfect for this!

  • By Michael W. Perry - 2:18 PM on March 31, 2015  

    A quick tip and perhaps a bug report. Multiple tries to send the Comp CC documents that came with the app failed with an unable to open message on my Mac. The fix is easy. Quit and restart the Creative Cloud app and they’ll come through like magic.

    This app should be marvelous for designing book covers. Thanks1

  • By Juliano Santos - 7:49 AM on April 1, 2015  

    Excellent app! It is simple and powerful. Please add Adonit’s Jot Touch support!

  • By Nilesh - 3:33 PM on April 1, 2015  

    What stylus was the guy using in the video please?

    • By Sue Garibaldi - 6:17 PM on April 1, 2015  

      Hi Nilesh, It’s Ink but it’s being used only as a thin-tip, non-pressure stylus because Comp CC doesn’t support pressure-sensitive styluses. So, in that regard, you could use any non-pressure sensitive stylus.

  • By Cary Kelley - 8:44 AM on April 2, 2015  

    This app looks awesome, can’t wait to try it out!

  • By Ryan Rhoades - 1:04 AM on April 10, 2015  

    Adobe, THANK YOU.

    This is incredible.