Sharma foresees a time when apps aren't just limited to single features (like Photoshop Fix) or ideation (like Adobe Comp) - but full tools that you use on the move or in meetings, that sync your work to the cloud when you get to your studio (or during the meeting), and then you continue seamlessly on your desktop applications.
From Adobe's current app line-up, we're still some distance from there - but most creatives would like to be able to work from iPad to desktop as effortlessly as they can with email, Slack or Evernote.
New from Adobe Stock: 3D, video and fonts (possibly)
Adobe has invested a lot of resources into its Adobe Stock library of photos and illustrations, and Sharma sketched out what's coming next there. Expect to see stock video and 3D models and textures on sale through Adobe Stock - as well as possibly fonts too. Creatives currently get a library of fonts through Adobe's TypeKit service - but the number available inside tools such as Photoshop, InDesign or Premiere is much lower than those available as Web fonts. Sharma said that Adobe may let you buy perpetual licences as you can now from foundries themselves or the likes of Fonts.com.
Sharma also said photographers and illustrators will be able to submit work to Adobe Stock from within Adobe's tools in a similar way to how they can currently download them using the Libraries panel.
While creatives are its core business, Adobe sees consumers and large enterprise companies as being the big growth areas when it can expand its market. We can hope that putting resources into developing creative tools for home users won't distract Adobe from adding new tools to professional apps (which we've seen from many companies in the market in the past).
Adobe for the enterprise
Adobe's enterprise tools are more interesting. The 'big news' that Adobe is bringing together Creative Cloud, Marketing Cloud and Document Cloud to offer large companies a single 'Adobe Cloud' won't get anyone reading Digital Arts excited, but the ability to move seamlessly from prototyping an app in Adobe XD (part of Creative Cloud) to building and distributing it and updating its content using Experience Manager (part of Marketing Cloud) sounds like it could save a few headaches.
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