It was supposed to happen last week, but today Adobe finally released its three iPad apps that use the Photoshop Touch SDK. The three apps, including Adobe Eazel, Adobe Nav, Adobe Color Lava, were built be Adobe to demonstrate the potential of the Photoshop SDK for creating powerful companion apps for mobile devices from the iPad and iPhone to Android and BlackBerry. See below for brief descriptions of each of the three apps and if you want more information be sure to check out our original coverage of the apps and the Photoshop Touch SDK. Screenshots are included after the break.
Adobe Color Lava ($2.99) is a simple utility that allows you to mix colors, organize and save palettes and color groups to send to Photoshop wirelessly. Upon sending a palette to Photoshop, you’ll be able to see details on the colors you mixed, and send via email to someone else if you don’t want to share colors with your local Photoshop installation. The colors will appear in the Swatches panel of desktop Photoshop.
Adobe Eazel ($4.99) is perhaps the most innovative app of the initial rollout, as it features some interesting multitouch controls and menu choices I haven’t seen in any other iPad app before. Eazel is a drawing app, but instead of placing controls for brush sizes, colors, or opacity in dedicated toolbars, Adobe decided to develop a “five-finger touch UI” that takes a bit of learning, but it’s actually pretty clever once you get used to it. Basically, controls are placed above each finger, through a series of overlays that you can interact with using your fingertips after selecting an item. Sounds more complex than it really is, at least after some practice. When you’re done painting, you can send your creation to Photoshop and keep editing or refining there.
Last, Adobe Nav ($1.99) is the app we believe will be most successful among Photoshop users, as it drives the application’s UI remotely and allows you to see open documents on the iPad’s screen. Most of Photoshop’s tools and palettes are displayed on the iPad’s screen as bigger buttons meant for touch interactions, enabling you to select and modify the controls that you see on the desktop. There’s no doubt Nav will be tested by many as a complete replacement for Photoshop’s on-screen controls, which may get a little obtrusive on smaller portable computers. Alternatively, you can also browse open documents in Nav and instantly change the file you’re working with in Photoshop for Mac or Windows.
Adobe’s new iPad apps are available for download on the company’s App Store developer page. Check out the official promo videos and screenshots after the break.
Adobe Color Lava