Adobe delivers a new Photoshop Touch software development kit for developers to create interactive apps for mobile and tablet devices using Adobe's core creative technology.
Hoping to better enable developers to
build applications for tablet devices, Adobe Systems has announced the
Photoshop Touch Software Development Kit.
The new Touch SDK enables developers to
create mobile and tablet applications that interact with Adobe Photoshop CS5
and Photoshop CS5 Extended software, uniting the fun and interactive experience
of touch devices with the power and precision of Photoshop.
On April 11, Adobe announced the
Photoshop Touch SDK and a new scripting engine in Photoshop CS5, which now
opens the door for Android, BlackBerry Tablet OS and iOS apps to drive and
interact with Photoshop on the desktop. Adobe also launched Creative Suite 5.5,
a significant midcycle release to the industry-leading design and development
software for virtually every creative workflow across print, video, mobile and
Using the Touch SDK, Adobe has
developed three initial Photoshop CS5 companion apps for Apple iPad: Adobe
Color Lava for Photoshop, Adobe Eazel for Photoshop and Adobe Nav for Photoshop.
The apps are designed to enable users to create custom color swatches, paint
and drive popular Photoshop tools from tablet devices.
"Our research shows that creatives are
adopting tablets faster than any other group, and we heard loud and clear that they
want to use their devices to interact with Photoshop, the tool they depend on
most of all," said John Loiacono, senior vice president and general manager of
Digital Media Solutions at Adobe, in a statement. "The apps that we announced
today show some of the creative ways tablets can work with Photoshop, and over
the next few months Photoshop's vibrant developer community is going to dazzle
us with innovative apps that further integrate tablet devices into creative
"There are many other fun things in
this new release, but this caught my eye: Photoshop Touch SDK," said Al Hilwa,
an analyst with IDC. "Will this turn tablets into artist devices in a really
creative way? Can you imagine scenarios or whole new genres of art where
artists author on the move? What I find interesting is that here the palette is
As stated, Adobe has developed three
initial Photoshop Touch apps: Adobe Color Lava, Adobe Eazel and Adobe Nav.
Adobe Color Lava, allows creative professionals to use their fingertips to mix
colors on the iPad, creating custom color swatches and themes to transfer back
into Photoshop, Adobe said.
Adobe Eazel, which takes advantage of
the latest painting technology, enables digital artists to create rich
realistic paintings with their fingertips and introduces a new kind of
interaction between "wet" and "dry" paints. These paintings can then be sent
directly to Photoshop CS5 for compositing or for taking the artwork further.
And Adobe Nav increases workflow
efficiency by enabling users 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, and easily create new files.
All three applications take advantage
of the iPad tablet's touch screen for a truly immersive, tactile, on-the-go
experience. While the first applications available are for the Apple iPad and
the iOS, the Photoshop Touch SDK makes development possible on other devices,
including Android and BlackBerry PlayBook.
Utilizing the Touch SDK, developers
will have wide access to Photoshop functionality with the freedom to innovate
and create new apps or add capabilities to existing ones. Adobe has already
engaged with a number of developers across the industry to incorporate tablets and
other devices into creative workflows that empower Photoshop users in new and
In an April 10 blog post
on the news, Russell Brady,
Adobe's director of public relations, said:
"Holy tablet-revolution Batman
! Today also sees Adobe extend the
creative process beyond the desktop by helping integrate tablet devices into
creative workflows. The new Adobe Photoshop Touch Software Development
Kit (SDK) enables developers to build tablet applications that interact with
Photoshop from Android, BlackBerry PlayBook and iOS devices. Adobe also
announced three new iPad applications that demonstrate the creative
possibilities of using tablets to drive common Photoshop workflows-Adobe Color
Lava for Photoshop, Adobe Eazel for Photoshop and Adobe Nav for Photoshop. Letting a hundred flowers blossom and a hundred schools of
thought contend is our policy
to turbo-charge Photoshop's
integration into the tablet revolution, comrades
. Unlike some companies we think
tablets are here to stay and creatives want to use them for their work."
Developers can access the free Adobe
Photoshop Touch SDK today for Windows and Mac OS platforms on the Adobe
Application Manager at www.adobe.com/devnet/photoshop
. Current Photoshop
CS5 customers can experience the value of the connection to devices by downloading
and installing a free patch available on www.adobe.com
or via the Adobe Application
Manager, beginning May 3, 2011. The Adobe Color Lava, Adobe Eazel and Adobe Nav
applications for Photoshop are also expected to be available in early May 2011,
ranging in price from $1.99 to $4.99, on the iTunes App Store. For more
information or to sign up to be notified when the apps become available for
purchase, visit www.photoshop.com
Adobe Photoshop CS5 and CS5 Extended
are available through Adobe Authorized Resellers, the Adobe Store and Adobe direct
sales. Estimated street price for Adobe Photoshop CS5 is $699, and $999 for
Photoshop CS5 Extended.
With the April 11 launch of the Adobe
Creative Suite 5.5 product family, Adobe also announced a new flexible
subscription-based pricing plan. With subscription pricing, customers can use
Adobe Photoshop for as little as $35 per month.