Everyone knows that Adobe revolutionized the way we think about designing on a desktop computer. The Creative Suite is found at nearly every marketing firm, ad agency, and creative office all over the world. It has been a tradition for designers to set up their workspace at a Mac and stay tied down to a desk for the duration of the work day. This inhibits the creative mind from exploring different settings which could deeply impact the design process.
Tablets like the iPad, Samsung Galaxy, and Motorola Xoom are now catering to the design profession by carrying applications created by Adobe. Here are some of the tablet features that adobe software and hosting will feature to make design more accessible and creative:
Drawing Without a Mouse
There are ways to design on a desktop without a mouse. You can purchase a pen tablet that recreates a pad and paper, but fails to maintain an accurate interpretation of what you are drawing. You can also use a keyboard to manipulate the images on your screen. No matter how you look at it, there is no truly accurate way to draw on a desktop computer or laptop.
Adobe has created their tablet applications with human ingenuity in mind. Instead of stumbling with a clumsy mouse or other device, tablet users can use their fingers to input line strokes, painting, and effects to their designs. This allows greater control over design because of direct manipulation.
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According to PC World, Adobe’s Creative Cloud will be be released in early 2012. Designers with smartphones and tablets can use this hosting service to keep artwork created on a desktop stored for tweaks and adjustments. Users can also design projects on the go with a mobile device and use the familiar desktop software to make more powerful changes.
Saving your images on the Creative Cloud will also allow design students to present their portfolios to employers more easily. Instead of carrying around a large portfolio, it is possible to just bring a tablet and showcase your interactive designs on it.
A Bevvy of Apps
While the Creative Suite gave us innovations like Illustrator, InDesign, and Flash, Adobe wants to create a new software platform for use on tablets and smartphones. The Adobe Ideas app, which allows users to create drawings with their fingers, is already available to purchase for only $5.99.
The most anticipated app that will be available on devices is a mobile version of Photoshop. Now you have the ability to snap a mobile photo and manipulate it at any given moment. Other apps that will be available are Debut, Collage, Kuler, and Proto. All of these apps demonstrate the versatile interactivity that tablets allow designers.
With the introduction of CS5.5, Adobe came up with the brilliant idea to charge a subscription fee to their users instead of making them pay up front for software. An entire premium package from Adobe costs $1900 at Staples. By not charging an upfront price for software, Adobe will reduce piracy and allow more people access to its software.
Adobe has predominately been used on the Apple iOS platform. PC users have never had the same accessibility, features, or versatility that Mac-users have had. Because Apple decided disable Flash capabilities on their mobile devices, Adobe has decided to roll out their new touch applications on the Google built Android Market before the Apple App Store. Android will be accepting Flash designed websites and apps for a few more years and Adobe wanted to show their appreciation by releasing on the most loyal platform first.
With innovative touchscreen technology, designers no longer have to be shackled to a desk while working. Tablets will also make it easier for more people to get into the design world with the easy-to-use software and cheap features like cloud networks and subscription based software. This means that there will be much more innovative design work and more competition from people wanting to break into the field.
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