Creative Cloud and Microsoft Surface Pro 3
The new Touch workspace in the latest release of Adobe Illustrator CC is the long-awaited return of the artist’s canvas recreated on the Microsoft Surface Pro 3.
While Microsoft Surface Pro has had the power to run Adobe apps like Adobe Photoshop CC and Illustrator CC, small UI controls (which were optimized for desktop use), and a lack of touch support made using the apps a cumbersome experience. For over a year, Adobe and Microsoft have been collaborating to bring the full power of Creative Cloud to a mobile experience optimized for pen and touch.
New Touch workspace in Illustrator CC
Illustrator CC has introduced a new workspace designed with Surface Pro 3 in mind. This Touch workspace lets designers create on the go what they could once only accomplish sitting at their desks. This new workspace exposes the core tools and controls for drawing and editing, optimized for multi-touch gestures and a pressure-sensitive pen.
Enabling productivity in a touch environment with a complex desktop application like Illustrator CC meant rethinking it for the touch metaphor. In the Touch workspace, the user interface is streamlined to expose the most used/most needed tools and controls, with larger icons that can be easily targeted with a stylus or finger on a small screen. Common key commands, such as Ctrl-Z to undo, have been accommodated in a working environment where a keyboard may not be available, or only available as a digital keyboard that requires extra actions to open/close.
The usage data has been very encouraging with around 80% of first-time users becoming active users of the new Touch workspace. The tendency has been that once you try it, you continue to use it for creation. We are seeing exponential growth in the number of users using Illustrator CC on touch-enabled devices like Microsoft Surface Pro 3, and the Touch workspace allows users to get the most out of their investment in new hardware.
An illustrated presentation of how to draw in this new Touch workspace can be found here.
Photoshop CC and Illustrator CC: Optimized for touch and pen
With enhanced pen and stylus support in the latest releases of Photoshop CC and Illustrator CC, the user experience is better than ever, enabling users to create on the go, closer to their inspiration or while just kicking back on the couch at home.
The active stylus on Surface Pro 3 provides on hover functionality—a better user experience than what is possible via passive styli. Further, the very high-quality stylus allows creative professionals to draw directly on the device, with pressure sensitivity, thus freeing them from the typical, “look here, draw there” way of working.
Additionally, pen and touch can potentially eliminate the need to have your non-dominant hand on the CTRL, SHIFT, ALT, and Z keys on the keyboard as you use apps like Illustrator CC and Photoshop CC. The movements are now as natural as if you weren’t on a computer at all and were just doing brush strokes on a canvas.
More to come
The future offers very interesting possibilities for user interface innovation on touch- and stylus-enabled devices like Surface Pro 3 that are capable of running Illustrator CC and Photoshop CC. Watch these two videos to get a glimpse into what’s coming:
Now, you can take that vacation in Paris and sit on the Left Bank of the Seine to create your masterpiece in an environment that allows your creative genius to roam freely and naturally.