Adobe to Release Three Photoshop Companion Apps for iPad

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Adobe is set to release three new applications for the iPad to accompany the new Creative Suite 5.5 software. Set to hit the App Store next month, Adobe Eazel, Adobe Nav, and Adobe Color Lava will cost between $2 and $5 and are designed to enhance your Photoshop experience by integrating smartphones and tablets into your workflow.

Adobe’s Chief Technology Officer Kevin Lynch announced at a conference last November that the company would be building iOS applications to work with its desktop software, and these are the first three:

Adobe Eazel enables you to use your fingertips to paint a work of art on your iPad. Take advantage of the iPad’s large touchscreen to create your masterpiece, with easy access to all the tools you need. When it’s ready, send your painting to Photoshop CS5 from any location – all you need is a network connection between your iPad and your computer.

Adobe Nav works with Photoshop over your network connection to provide you with easy access to the tools you need. Browse, reorder, view, and zoom in on up to 200 open Photoshop documents and customize the toolbar to suit you. Selecting a document or tool on your iPad makes it active in Photoshop on your computer, and provides the easiest way to access items without taking your eyes off your work.

Adobe Color Lava is a digital paint mixer; allowing you to use your finger tips to mix up colors on your iPad and create custom swatches. Create the colors you want easily on a touchscreen and access them instantly in Photoshop on your computer.

The companion applications from Adobe are a great way to combine your iPad with applications you use on a daily basis to maximise your productivity. These applications promise to enhance the way in which we use Photoshop and make life a little easier; an approach I’d love to see other developers take with other applications.

How could iOS apps enhance the applications you use frequently on your computer? Let us know in the comments.


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