Adobe might not be the first name that springs to mind when you think smartphone and tablet apps, despite a gradual encroachment into mobile over the last few years. On Monday, the revered software publisher solidified that commitment with the launch of nine new and updated apps and connected services.
The timing coincides with the company's annual Adobe MAX creativity conference, which kicked off at the Los Angeles Convention Center over the weekend. During a livestreamed keynote, executives laid out Adobe's sweeping plans for a "new mobile canvas" that better unites iOS devices with the existing universe of Creative Cloud desktop applications.
What's old is new again
Kicking off the lineup is a pair of existing apps, which have been reinvented for artists who dabble in vectors. Branded after the revered desktop software, Illustrator Line (previously Adobe Line) offers a modern approach to shapes and curves, while Illustrator Draw (formerly Adobe Ideas) provides a mobile canvas with rich tools for bringing creations to life.
On the mobile imaging front, Photoshop Mix is now a universal app that works on either iPad or iPhone, with the ability to capture images using the built-in camera, and full support for Ink, the hardware pen Adobe released earlier this year. Lightroom Mobile has also been updated to import GPS information from iPhone photos, while comments made on web images now sync back to the app as well.
Featuring six new tools such as watercolor, charcoal, and custom brushes, the latest family member Photoshop Sketch (formerly Adobe Sketch) has now become a dual-purpose app capable of creating fully editable vector-based files for use in Illustrator, or traditional bitmapped images intended for Photoshop.
Adobe also launched a third lineage of mobile apps aimed at the video crowd. Essentially a simplified version of the industry-leading Premiere Pro, Premiere Clip has been optimized for quickly creating projects on the go, automatically syncing content in the background to Creative Cloud without consuming your existing storage space.
Like Apple's iMovie, Premiere Clip offers a streamlined way to leverage new or existing videos and photos shot with an iPhone. You can rearrange and trim clips in just a few taps, and the app includes 10 royalty-free soundtracks to mix into your project, alongside existing tracks from iTunes. Smart Volume and Auto Mix options add another layer of polish to your audio, with minimal effort.
On the video front, Premiere Clip features several finishing touches like titles, speed control, creative "looks" intended to produce amazing results quickly, and fade in/out or crossfade between clips. After roughing out a project on iPhone, you can pick up right where your left off on the more expansive iPad display.
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