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Adobe brings creative app package to Android

Adobe has launched a collection of apps aimed at making it easier to create content on Android tablet devices in a similar way to using its desktop Creative Suite tools.Collectively known as 'Touch Apps', the individual apps are: Adobe Photoshop Touch, Collage, Debut, Ideas, Kuler, and Proto.
Written by Ben Woods, Contributor on

Adobe has launched a collection of apps aimed at making it easier to create content on Android tablet devices in a similar way to using its desktop Creative Suite tools.

Collectively known as 'Touch Apps', the individual apps are: Adobe Photoshop Touch, Collage, Debut, Ideas, Kuler, and Proto. They will work on Android 3.1, or higher, devices with a minimum screen size of 8.9-inches and a screen resolution of 1280-by-800 pixels.

The apps are designed to be used on tablets, rather than smartphones running Android, and are available as individual downloads. Each will also be plugged into Adobe's subscription-based Creative Cloud, expected to launch in the first half of 2012, Adobe said on Tuesday.

"Adobe Creative Cloud will be a worldwide hub for creativity, with membership options that will enable users to access desktop and tablet applications, find essential creative services and share their best work," Adobe said in a statement. "Files created via Adobe Touch Apps will be able to be shared, viewed across devices or transferred into Adobe Creative Suite software for further refinement - all key features of Adobe's vision for the Creative Cloud."

Photoshop Touch brings some of the core functionality of its desktop counterpart, such as layer support and 'refine edge' technology. It also brings a tablet-exclusive Scribble selection tool which allows users to select parts of an image to keep or discard by scribbling on them.

Adobe Ideas is a vector-based sketching tool that accepts finger or stylus input and is already available for devices on the Apple iOS platform.

The other apps — Debut, Kuler, Collage and Proto — are for showing off tablet-compatible versions of Creative Suite files, creating custom colour themes, collating and capturing ideas, and for creating interactive wireframes and prototypes for websites or mobile apps, respectively.

Photoshop Touch, Debut, Kuler, Collage and Proto each cost £6.99 and are available from the Android Market. They are expected to be available on the iOS platform in early 2012, Adobe said.

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