Yesterday, Adobe introduced Creative Suite 5.5. While this means new features for InDesign, Dreamweaver, and Flash, those of us who spend most of our time in Photoshop and Illustrator can (thankfully) ignore it. That is to say, neither Photoshop nor Illustrator will receive the CS5.5 moniker.
But while that’s likely to confuse a lot of users (I’ve already read about a dozen tweets from folks proclaiming their love for Photoshop CS5.5—which, I stress, does not exist), that doesn’t mean Photoshop has received no attention whatsoever. Free to registered users, Photoshop 12.0.4 offers the ability to communicate—entirely wirelessly—with mobile apps. For now, that means apps running on an iPad, like the one you see me using below.
Many third-party apps are on their way. In the meantime, Adobe will shortly release three proof-of-concept apps under the name Photoshop Touch. (Apparently, they’ve been approved in the Apple App Store; we’re just waiting for them to appear.) The apps in question are:
- Color Lava, which lets you mix colors as pigments
- Eazel (the one you see me using above), which lets you create digital finger paintings
- Adobe Nav, which lets you organize tools, select open images, and even offload Photoshop art to your iPad
To give you a sense for how these apps work, I’ve recorded a short, six-movie video course called Photoshop Touch First Look for lynda.com. And unlike the apps themselves—which will cost a few bucks apiece—my movies are free for immediate viewing.
By the way: In the second movie, “Synchronizing the apps,” I show how to confirm that you’re running Photoshop Version 12.1, which ships with Creative Suite 5.5. But the iPad apps will work just fine with the free update to Photoshop CS5, which is Version 12.0.4.
And now, if you’ll excuse me, my head hurts.