Adobe Developing Six New Creativity Apps for TabletsBy
There are as many as six new apps being developed at the house of Adobe, all of which are aimed at letting users create and edit contents on their tablet devices. The announcement was made at the annual developer conference MAX 2011 held in Los Angeles. The apps will be equally functional in both the iPad as well as the Android based tablet PCs. However, Adobe has yet to offer any concrete release date for the apps via the iPad, with the earliest release date being pegged at around early 2012. For the Android based tablet PCs, however, the release date should be much earlier around next month.
The apps are part of Adobe’s new cloud based initiative, aptly termed “Adobe Creative Cloud,” which is being developed as a means of accessing apps relevant for desktop and tablet devices or for finding essential creative services. Of course, the cloud based initiative is also designed to allow sharing among various users. Adobe has also gone on to acquire two firms, Nitobi Software and Typekit, to ensure easy implementation of the new apps, though the financial aspects of the deal has been kept under wraps. Of the two firms, Nitobi Software offers the expertise that allows quicker development of mobile apps while Typekit offers a library of type fonts that are cloud based and are used by artists. Adobe has priced the apps at $9.99 each.
The six apps are:
Adobe Photoshop Touch: allows for editing of image files with core Photoshop features that has been optimized for operation in a tablet environment.
Adobe Collage: advanced drawing tool that allows importing of photos and transform into “modern, conceptual mood boards.”
Adobe Debut: enables users to showcase their designs and creations in a tablet device almost anywhere.
Adobe Ideas: a vector based drawing tool that is receptive to both stylus and finger inputs.
Adobe Kuler: allows to generate color themes with hundreds of thousands of color themes available via the creative community.
Adobe Proto: allows users to develop interactive wireframes and prototypes for application in websites and mobile apps on a tablet.
All the above mentioned apps are to be available for the iPad in early 2012. The sole exception is Adobe Ideas, which can already be purchased from the Apple App Store for $5.99.