Adobe is diving headfirst into the tablet market, as it just announced the Photoshop Touch software development kit. The SDK works in conjunction with Photoshop CS5 and a new scripting engine and lets devices on Android, BlackBerry and iOS tablets to interact with Photoshop on the desktop.
Adobe went ahead and has developed a trio of apps for iOS -- Adobe Color Lava, Adobe Eazel and Adobe Nav. They let you create custom color swatches, paint and use Photoshop tools directly from the tablet. The SDK will allow apps to be developed on Android and other platforms.
We took a quick tour of the suite and the premise is simple enough. Your tablet connects to the PC via a secure connection, and away you go. Adobe Eazel works, well, like an easel. You can create content on the tablet and have it seamlessly imported into Photoshop. Actually, it's smoother than that. You create on the tablet and it's just there in Photoshop on your desktop or laptop. Pretty slick.
In addition, Adobe's Creative Suite has been bumped to Version 5.5. Developers can access the free SDK at www.adobe.com/devnet/photoshop. Current users of Photoshop CS5 can update starting May 3, and the iOS versions of Lava, Eazel and Nav should be available in early May. And Adobe also is launching new subscription-based pricing for Photoshop, for as little as $35 a month. More on subscription pricing is at adobe.com/cssubscription.
More pics of the new Adobe products in action are after the break. [Adobe]