Adobe’s Mobile App Evolution

Adobe has always been a frontrunner when it comes to design software. Their Creative Suite is the standard for designers all over the world. It stands to reason they would get in on the mobile app game early.

Adobe released their first illustration app, Adobe Ideas, in 2010. Since then, designers have been patiently waiting for the day Photoshop would become truly mobile.

The introduction of Adobe’s new SDK for Photoshop had many of us on the edge of our seats, hoping for the answer to our Photoshop woes. Enter the next generation of Adobe Apps… Color Lava, Nav and Eazel.

But are these three really the answer to designers’ prayers or something entirely different than we had expected? Let’s see what we can find by looking at the features of these three apps.

Adobe Color Lava allows Photoshop lovers to mix custom palettes from the comfort of their iPad. Once the perfect combination is found, it can be moved straight to Photoshop for use in various projects.

Adobe Nav provides the user a link to the tools menu, changing from one tool to the next and flipping between open Photoshop documents.

Adobe Eazel is a back-to-basics illustration app that uses Photoshops own brush tool to do the work.

This is an overly simplified explanation of what these mobile apps do, but it gives an idea.

Though this isn’t quite what I think most of us expected, Adobe has bridged a gap previously insurmountable. Are these new apps as useful as having Photoshop on the iPad? Not by a longshot, however this is a step in an interesting direction.

As I’m sure most are aware, Photoshop CS5 has requirements that an iPad can’t come close to filling. This alone will probably prevent a full version of the software from being made available for tablets long into the future.

That doesn’t necessarily mean that its lost to all of us though. As Adobe has already shown us, they are taking steps to ease our pains. From the direction they are going in with these three apps, it’s quite possible that at least some reasonable functionality is soon to come.

From the iPad to Photoshop, these apps are designed to work seamlessly alongside their older brother, increasing usability and freeing designers from the confines of the desk. Maybe this first step, though not in the direction we at first assumed, will eventually lead to something much better than we could have anticipated.

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