Adobe goes seriously mobile

Looking for more ways to make an iOS device useful for business? This week Adobe released a set of new or rebranded free mobile apps at its annual MAX conference that lets users sketch, draw and edit photos and videos.

According to, these apps leverage Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and Premiere Pro. But, the writer adds, to realize their full potential, you need to be a Creative Cloud subscriber (US$50/month for the complete set of apps, $30 for Creative Suite users or $20/month for a single app).

One goal is to let creative types use their iOS devices to capture images of things they see around them, then transfer to the desktop for further processing.

“These new Adobe apps let you work non-destructively on full-resolution files,” writes Anthony Win Kosner, who was at the event. “This means that you can fool around on your iPhone knowing that Adobe’s Cloud preserves the original files. This also means that the work you do on your phone is not a sketch but a step to the finished product, or that product itself.”

This comes as Adobe releases a new version of its Creative Cloud that includes the new Creative Profile, which connects CC desktop tools to the  new mobile apps. Adobe says it extends the power of the Photoshop, Lightroom, Illustrator and Premiere onto mobile devices.

The new apps include

–Adobe Brush CC lets designers craft unique brushes, on iPad or iPhone, to use in Photoshop CC, Illustrator CC or Adobe Illustrator Sketch. Any photograph can be made into a brush, which can range from photorealistic, to organic, painterly or graphic;

–Adobe Shape CC  can capture and create shapes. A high-contrast photo of anything – a chair, a pet, or a hand-drawn font – is converted into vector art that can be used immediately in Illustrator CC and Adobe Illustrator Line via Creative Cloud Libraries.;

–Premiere Clip transforms the video shot on iPhone or iPad into edited videos that are simple to share. Compositions can be forwarded to Adobe Premiere Pro CC for advanced editing and finishing.

Howard Solomon
Howard Solomon
Currently a freelance writer, I'm the former editor of and Computing Canada. An IT journalist since 1997, I've written for several of ITWC's sister publications including and Computer Dealer News. Before that I was a staff reporter at the Calgary Herald and the Brampton (Ont.) Daily Times. I can be reached at hsolomon [@]

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