At Adobe MAX, the creative software company announced some cool products for mobile users, including some updates to their Adobe Creative Cloud desktop apps that work with their new mobile apps. These new apps and the syncing features now built into Adobe CC allow creative professionals and enthusiasts to use their tablets and phones to not only shoot but do professional level video editing. They can also take photos and turn them into brushes and shapes for Photoshop, Illustrator or more to make some artistic or commercial layout projects.
Adobe holds their Adobe MAX conference each year at this time and usually announces new products or updates to those already out. This year they focused some of their time on mobile.
Adobe Mobile Apps
Get a preview of one of the new mobile apps, Adobe Premiere Clip with a list of the new or updated mobile apps below the video.
- Adobe Premiere Clip – We get some advanced video editing on an iPhone or iPad. With the larger iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus screens and stellar cameras, shooting video continues to happen. Now, those mobile video shooters can also edit their videos on the go and then sync the project up with their computer to finish it off in Adobe Premiere CC.
- Adobe Brush – Create beautiful brushes for use in other Adobe tools. Grab a photo and convert the image into a brush to paint inside Photoshop CC or Illustrator CC on the desktop. The Live Preview features lets the user test out their brush live inside the app. Thanks to the new sync features (see more below) in Creative Cloud, these brushes will become available on the desktop almost immediately.
- Adobe Shape – Turn photos taken on the iPhone into vector-based shapes for use in creative projects in the Creative Cloud programs. The app takes the camera image and turns it into a vector based drawing for use in Illustrator, Draw or some other tool. See it demoed on the Adobe tutorial page.
- Adobe Color – Color hit the iOS App Store earlier, but this update brings in a new name (changed for Kulor to Color, thankfully) and brings the Creative Cloud sync integration that we get with the other apps.
- New CC SDK – The three new mobile apps and updated mobile apps were built on Adobe’s SDK that’s now available for third-party developers who want to use the features available in these apps in their own apps. Developers can make their apps work with Creative Cloud. This lets them work with the libraries of files, photos, colors, shapes and brushes to enhance their creative apps on iPad and iPhone.
- Other Mobile Apps – Adobe updated many of their other mobile apps to make them work with the new tools in Adobe CC.
These apps all come free as part of a user’s Adobe Creative Cloud subscription, which starts at $9.99/month and costs up to $50/month for the whole suite of software, apps and services.
Adobe Creative Cloud Sync
We’ve already mentioned that these new mobile apps will sync up to the desktop. The new sync features make these apps work with mobile and with the CC apps on their desktop or laptop. Save once and it becomes available everywhere a user signs into their Adobe CC account. This means using the Brush app on the phone lets a creative pro quickly capture a texture that the person wants to use as a background in a layout design on an Illustrator document or to paint onto a photo to get a creative look for an enhanced image. Shoot a simple project with the video camera, including the super slow motion feature on the iPhone 6 Plus, do some initial editing on the phone, and then it will sync with the desktop Premiere app. Finish it up on the computer and saved it to an Adobe account and then view it again on the iPad to show to clients or to stream to an Apple TV for a presentation at a trade show, school or church.
Adobe Desktop Enhancements
While the most exciting changes come to the mobile versions of Adobe’s apps, we also see some new desktop tools or updated versions of the Creative Cloud applications. Here’s a quick list of some of the changes.
- Sync gives access to photos, video editing projects, brushes and shapes created on mobile.
- Parts of a Photoshop file can quickly be unlocked and transformed into web elements and this creates web files like CSS or fonts to put on a web site right from inside Photoshop CC.
- Touch features on the Windows side get enhanced making the Adobe Creative Cloud apps work better on devices like the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 or other touch-enabled laptops or two-in-one or three-in-one Windows 8 devices.
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