Adobe has announced a really cool Touch SDK that allows developers to create tablet apps that communicate directly with Photoshop CS5. The company is inviting developers to create tablet and mobile apps that interact with Photoshop CS5 and CS5 Extended software. The Photoshop Touch SDK allows Android, BlackBerry Tablet OS and iOS apps to interact with the desktop version of Photoshop for some interesting cross-platform potential.
Using the Touch SDK, Adobe has developed three initial Photoshop CS5 companion apps for Apple iPad: Adobe Color Lava for Photoshop, Adobe Eazel for Photoshop and Adobe Nav for Photoshop. The apps are designed to enable users to create custom color swatches, paint and drive popular Photoshop tools from tablet devices
It should be interesting to see how SDK creates a new dynamic between the tablet and desktop. From an artist’s perspective, there may be some things that the touch tablet or mobile can bring to the Photoshop app or creative process that a mouse or Wacom couldn’t. The Adobe team, with their initial Photoshop CS5 companion apps, seem to be a little too focused on finger painting. We don’t see the ability to paint with your fingers as anything interesting for this SDK, but if it allows applications to create entirely new peripherals with the tablet, that could be really interesting. For example, could you somehow connect your smartphone’s media player to Photoshop to bridge color and other media types? That would be very cool.