The Accidental iPad – Photoshop Apps

Is this some new Minimalist art? No, it’s the interface for Adobe NAV iPad App!

I just love it when I find a practical use for a gadget! When Adobe announced last month that they would be releasing the Photoshop SDK to iOS developers, my imagination raced at all the potentially cool ways that an iPad could be integrated into an image processing workflow. To get the ball rolling, Adobe also announced that they would be releasing a trio of Photoshop Apps for iOS to seed the market and inspire developers. Those Apps were released today and are now available at Apple’s App Store, ranging in price from 99¢ to a fiver. You can read the full Adobe press release here. To learn more about individual Apps, click the name for more info. For Adobe technical info and support, click the App icon.

Adobe NAV -$1.99

For the control freak… For my money, this simple App is incredibly useful. After enabling remote connections in Photoshop CS5, Adobe NAV is able to connect and control many common Photoshop functions. Users can build a custom list of tools to switch between; browse and switch between open documents; cache all open images on the iPad and show full resolution previews on the iPad. Not bad for two bucks!

Adobe Color Lava for Photoshop -$2.99

For the design oriented… Color Lava enables users to intuitively mix colors utilizing a “wet” paint interface on their iPad. Up to five color swatches can be saved in a theme with can be immediately accessed in the connected Photoshop. You can also use this App for mixing colors when you’re away from your computer. More fun than a barrel of monkeys, but less fun than paintball!

Adobe Eazel for Photoshop – $4.99

For the (artistically skilled) inner child… Finally! Finger-painting without having to wear one of your dad’s old shirts. Adobe Eazel is an elegant, high-tech way to create stunning images with your finger tips. An innovative GUI enables users to access tools when necessary, but without gobbling up the iPad screen’s working space. You’ll have to watch the instructional video to see what I mean.

So, when added to Adobe’s existing mobile App portfolio (Photoshop Express, Adobe Ideas and Adobe Connect Mobile), these new Apps represent a pretty impressive start on what’s destined to become flood of new productivity tools for image manipulation (and Photoshop geeks).

I can’t wait!




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