September 20, 2013

Adobe’s drawing hardware due next year; hints at new touch apps

Design VP Michael Gough writes,

Adobe is moving our cloud pen, Project Mighty and our digital ruler, Project Napoleon, from a technology exploration to a planned product. We are teaming up with Adonit… to manufacture and ship Mighty and Napoleon in the first half of 2014.

 He also hints at forthcoming drawing apps:

Today we are unveiling two sneak peaks in this realm that we think really move the combined hardware and software experience forward: Project Parallel, a drafting iPad app designed and developed from scratch for the Project Napoleon hardware. The second, Project Contour, is essentially Kuler for shapes – take a photo of a favorite object or shape on an iPhone and access it with Napoleon on the iPad to simplify architectural line sketching, drawing and ideation. [See brief Instagram video.]

In case you missed it the first time around, here’s a quick demo of Napoleon & Mighty:

Posted by John Nack at 8:13 AM on September 20, 2013


  • gregorylent — 8:33 AM on September 20, 2013

    since adobe software is so commonly used with a waccom, adobe decides it wants that action for itself ..

  • Elliot Geno — 9:44 AM on September 20, 2013

    I really hope they build an Android version of this. That stupid rubber nub is too inaccurate. With tools like Samsung Galaxy Note you get real pen support with a fine point nib. I’d much rather use a fine tipped nib that something that is as crappy as those rubber nubs.

    But the way Adobe is going recently… You will suck up to Apple for all it’s worth. Bleh.

    [No, we can try to make creative people happy & profit by doing so (or, alternately, we can dwell in the past). –J.]

  • Brian Spence — 9:58 AM on September 20, 2013

    I agree that the rubber nub just isn’t good enough. It looks ok for the kind of rough sketches as shown in the video, but for serious work, you need to be more accurate. Hopefully Apple will up its game and add pressure sensitivity natively, like Windows Surface tablets. That’s the future. I just feel like Adobe’s wasting their time with this hardware.

  • Durk Pearson — 10:10 AM on September 20, 2013

    “Project Napoleon”… What does that suggest about Adobe’s CEO…

    [Nothing. The joke is that it’s a short ruler. –J.]

  • Jeff Dalzell — 7:55 AM on September 21, 2013


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