Adobe has announced a slew of new products today, including the “Ink” digital pen and “Slide” digital ruler. The new hardware, which was created in a partnership with Adonit, is also shipping with a suite of new software for iPad including three new apps: Adobe Sketch, Adobe Line, and Photoshop Mix.
Made for use with the Apple iPad, the new hardware is pressure sensitive and intends to allow the artist to do things previously not possible on a touch screen including drawing “straight lines, perfect circles, and balanced shapes.” It does this, all while giving you access to the Creative Cloud which gives you access to things like your photos.
Adobe Sketch is an app for social free-form drawing, packing a set of tools you’d expect from yet another iPad drawing app. Alternatively, the Adobe Line app is more about creating more precise drawings, with new, digital versions of rulers, T-squares, and shapes being brought to the iPad.
Finally, Photoshop Mix is intended to be used in tandem with the desktop Photoshop application, allowing the user to quickly and easily make masks the touch screen. These can be sent to the desktop app to be further manipulated. This app can open PSD files and includes “Content Aware Fill and Camera Shake Reduction” according to MacRumors.
To wrap things up, apps for the Creative cloud were announced for the iPad as well, allowing you to mange your assets and files on the game. This comes paired with the debut of Adobe Lightroom for iPhone, an app which has long been available on the iPad. The aforementioned hardware, Ink and Slide, are available right now on the Adobe website for $199.
Currently, this hardware is only available in the US, but Adobe supposedly has plans to bring the new products elsewhere soon. The new apps are all available right now for free, but they’re notably much more useful when paired with the relatively pricey hardware.
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