MWC roundup: Adobe, Polycom bringing more media to iPad, iPhone

Adobe steps up the artistic abilities of the iPad 2, while Polycom extends its video collaboration platform to the iPhone 4S.
Written by Rachel King, Contributor

Amid Mobile World Congress 2012 kicking off in Barcelona today, several companies are bringing new apps or extending support for their solutions to more devices this week. Here's a roundup of two big releases.

First, Adobe is rolling out Photoshop Touch to the iPad 2, making the 9.7-inch Apple slate a little bit more competitive to the Samsung Galaxy Note (among other devices) when it comes to attracting artists and designers to the tablet market.

Adobe Photoshop Touch includes many core Photoshop features, as well as a few new ones fashioned especially for tablets. These features include layering images, basic touch-ups, and sharing creations via Facebook and Google Image Search.

Two features that stand out are the Scribble Selection tool (allows users to extract objects from an image by scribbling what to keep/remove) and the Refine Edge function, which captures harder-to-select components with softer edges.

Requiring at least iOS 5, Adobe Photoshop Touch is available today in the iTunes App Store for $9.99. Adobe also promises to bring more of its creative software solutions to the iPad in the coming months, including Adobe Collage, Debut, Ideas, Kuler and Proto.

Continuing on to a smaller iOS device, Polycom is extending support for its RealPresence enterprise-grade, video collaboration platform to the iPhone 4S.

Users can view content (i.e. presentations) while in the midst of a video conference call while toggling the view between the content and conference participants.

A new feature rolling out for RealPresence Mobile for the iPad2 today also includes the capability to share PDF files from the tablet with other video meeting participants. Polycom will be adding this functionality, as well as additional language options, to the iPhone 4S and Android mobile devices in the future.

Polycom RealPresence is already supported by multiple other smartphones and tablets, including the iPad 2, Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, and the Motorola Xoom and Droid XYBoard.

Polycom also promises that RealPresence is headed for Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) devices next.

Image via Polycom


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