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Adobe, the masterminds behind the ubiquitous Creative Suite of products, has just announced Adobe Touch Apps, a set of apps aimed at Honeycomb tablets, allowing users to perform sophisticated design, editing, and generally creative tasks from just about anywhere.

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Perhaps the most exciting member of Adobe's new group of apps is Photoshop Touch, which is pretty much Photoshop on a tablet. The app allows for layer control, blending modes, curves adjustments, and almost everything you've come to expect from its desktop counterpart. Interestingly, Photoshop touch also makes it easy to grab a photo from your tablet's camera, Google Images, or social media sites such as Facebook.

Also included in Adobe's bevvy of new tablet apps are Adobe Collage, Proto, Kuler, and Debut.

Collage focuses around creating "modern moodboards" with a tablet, to convey the overall tone of a visual design project or photo session.

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Proto allows for the creation of "interactive wireframes and prototypes using touch gestures," making use of a handy grid system to make design and creation that much simpler.

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Kuler (a service that's been available online for a while now) allows the quick and snappy creation of color themes, as well as the ability to share color themes and search for new ones in the Kuler database.

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Finally, Debut allows users to pull their Creative Suite work from the Adobe Creative Cloud, Google Images, their tablet's camera, or Flickr. This app also allows for layer control, and opens up the possibility of quickly presenting your desktop design work from just about anywhere, as well as adding notations on the fly.

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Overall the new suite of apps sounds (and looks) amazing, and what's more exciting - CNET reports that the apps will be available exclusively for Android Honeycomb devices starting in November for the reasonable price of $10 each. In the meantime, head over to Adobe's blog for video demonstrations and full explanations of each app!

Liam Spradlin
Liam loves Android, design, user experience, and travel. He doesn't love ill-proportioned letter forms, advertisements made entirely of stock photography, and writing biographical snippets.

  • http://www.unwiredmedic.com Christopher Matthews

    How much of the market uses Honeycomb? I would have thought Ice Cream Sandwich a better choice to optimize for. I'm glad to see some Android love before iOS for a change, but unless you have a Xoom or Tab or a rooted tablet from another brand...

    I hope they intend to open this up in future updates to be compatible with where the bulk of the market is, and is going to be, along with some Windows 8 apps too.

    • ocdtrekkie

      Stuff built for Honeycomb will work on Ice Cream Sandwich. Ice Cream Sandwich is mostly Honeycomb with phone support.

      But I would doubt that these apps will work on phones, they look designed exclusively for tablet use anyhow.

    • http://creativezane.sg Zane

      Well, since Apple fell out with Adobe over Flash.. Adobe is obviously not going to create any of these awesome apps for iOS.

      Lucky for Android fans, these apps are going to increase the productivity for Android tablet users. Sure they are releasing for Honeycomb, but that doesn't stop the apps from being compatible with Ice Cream Sandwich when the update arrives.

      As for Windows 8, it's essentially a full Windows OS. We have Adobe CS for that. ;)

    • Phil

      I'm confused here. Where is the majority of the market now and where is it going to be??? Why would you need a Xoom, Tab, or rooted device? Just about all full sized tablets are running Honeycomb. And why would they have to optimize for ICS when ICS is nothing more than Honeycomb for phones?

  • kam

    i'm really excited about these application. now these apps can add some real productivity to tablets, especially to android tablets

  • Phil

    This is a very interesting turn in the tablet arena. Thinking about Linux the first curve people throw out about whether it can be used by the mainstream are Adobe apps. This kinda starts to solidify that argument for tablets and could very well negate the draw of Windows 8 tablets running desktop apps in a desktop mode. These apps are built for touch. They would have to be rebuilt for the Metro interface on Win8.

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