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iPad Integration with Photoshop - What do you think?

When we saw the videos following Adobe's iPad app announcement last week we were excited. It is obviously not just about the iPad, but what other tablet is currently out there in the hands of millions of users?

Three New Apps

Adobe Eazel looks nice with some innovative multi-touch UI design, including using all 5 digits at once, but what got us most excited is the use of the iPad as an extension to your Desktop working space with Adobe's Color Lava and Nav apps. None of these apps are released yet but pre-release copies have been reviewed already and you can see them in action in the video above.


The new apps use the Adobe Photoshop Touch SDK to enable direct interaction with Photoshop CS5 (newest update required). This SDK is already available to Developers so we can hope to see a whole little industry open up around tablet integration with Photoshop and we will be keeping an eye on this area in future.

What Do You Think?

We will no doubt have more to say about each of these apps as they are released, but for now we want to know what you think? Are you a Photoshop user? Can you see these apps fitting into your creative workflow? Or is it all a fuss about nothing? Let us know in the comments.

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Obviously Adobe is interested in developping PS for the iPad, but with the banhammer-happy Apple it won't happen. So this is Adobe getting their toes wet, doing baby steps and looking what Apple with allow and what they will ban from the store.

The overarching story here is that without a way to create iPad apps and be guaranteed that they will reach customers, investment in complex apps will remain low. No third party will develop a GarageBand, a Pages or a Numbers for this platform without any such guarantees.

April 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHarga

I dont agree with you sorry Harga and if Adobe did produce PS for the iPad then why would Apple automatically ban it? Apple have (in my opinion) valid reasons for not using the Flash extensions on their iOS devices but that wouldnt prevent a release of Photoshop.

Your implied comment of anybody other than Apple releasing complex apps is ludicrous, browse through the range of apps available and you will find amazing apps not from Apple. yes Apple have produced some amazing apps but thats got to be expected, they are hardly first time developers!!
This is off topic thou.

I'm a PS user and have been for years however I wasn't overly excited at these new apps, I like the idea of the interaction between sketch and desktop but I would like a more 'finished' app which allowed a piece to be completed more than simply 'scribbles'.

April 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterShaun Mullen

Well tell me what is as complex as the apps I listed? Back up your arguments with data, please.

April 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHarga

Here are a few ground rules:
- no Games, because Apple is very lax about throwing those out
- no Apps that already exist on an other platform, because my Argument is about "big investments not being made". Porting an app is a smaller investment.

If you start pondering that iPad could be the next general computing platform, it really gets to you:
- where is the next Word, Excel and Powerpoint? Sure there are those 3 by Apple, but where is the competition that would exist on an open platform...
- where is Photoshop?
- where is vmware, or any general platform emulator? Apple explicitly killed those...
- where are the programming environments like Eclipse, XCode, Visual Studio? Apple explicitly banned those, too.
- Where is Firefox, or any browser with an extensible plugin architecture? All banned.
- Bittorrent clients? Banned.
- Where are the DAWs? ProTools, Cubase, Logic, Live? All missing.
- Where is AVID, FCP? Missing.
- Where are the 3D apps? Maya? Blender? Max? Softimage? Not there.
- Where are the Video postproduction apps like After effects? Not there.
- Where are complex web design apps like Dreamweaver? I have not seen them yet.

I could go on and on, but I'll stop here. Fact is: no big investments done by third party for iPad-only titles. Except Murdoch's Daily, but the guy got a guarantee from Jobs that it will be published (heck Apple created special features just for him). No one else.

Not. a. single. one.

Except Apple, but they have got a guarantee that it will be allowed into the Store.

A really sad affair.

April 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHarga

I'm not going to get into deep discussion over Apple's policies with you, or your perceived opinion on what you think they are.
I think its rather obvious why many of the applications you listed above are missing from the iPad platform (hardware and legal reasons) but this is a blog about the creativity of iPad owners and the range of apps available to them.
I'm not here to argue with anyone, I'm here to simply to enjoy the creativity and the great job iPadCreativity do at highlighting new apps for the iPad.

April 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterShaun Mullen

Well, making a point and not backing it up with data is the same thing as not making a point.

But that's all fine and dandy. Keep enjoying the iPad.

April 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHarga

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