Adobe has released CS 5.5, which brings Adobe’s Photoshop Touch apps and SDK. What this means for Photoshop users is that you’ll have new and exciting ways of using Photoshop via tablet devices, starting with iPad. The first apps announced are Eazel, Color Lava and Nav. Eazel is a finger painting app, Color Lava a color mixing app, and Nav puts Photoshop shortcuts at your fingertips via virtual buttons on your iPad. Apps will be priced between $1.99 and $4.99 and should make their way to the App Store shortly.
Adobe’s first Photoshop Touch apps are pretty neat and showcase some of the possibilities and power of Adobe’s Touch SDK. Eazel is a finger painting app that supports up to five fingers at a time and lets you get out all the finger painting you’ve been holding in since the age of seven. Color Lava is an interactive color palette allowing you to mix what amounts to virtual paint, again, with your fingers. It’s basically a sophisticated color chooser, albeit much more hands on. And finally, Nav gives you quick access to Photoshop shortcuts by utilizing an iPad screen as a virtual button interface. All of these apps require you to be connected to the same network as a machine running the latest version of Photoshop.
These three apps are certainly a pretty cool starting point, but where developers take Adobe’s SDK will inevitably be much more exciting. I, for one, can’t wait to see what developers will do with this.
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