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Adobe Creative Cloud Optimized for Microsoft Surface Pro

  • Published on October 22, 2014
Adobe Creative Cloud Optimized for Microsoft Surface Pro
Earlier this year Adobe committed to updating its Creative Cloud suite of programs to take full advantage of the touch screen used in Microsoft's Surface Pro 3. At the recent Adobe MAX conference Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen unveiled the changes to Adobe CC that create a unique and powerful experience for Surface Pro 3 users.
Adobe created a brand-new UX for the Adobe CC users by separating the applications user interface from the underlying programming code. Buttons are now large enough to be accurately touched by a finger, and the side docking station is removed when working on the Surface Pro 3. This gives users more room to work and a better perspective on their design, allowing them at-a-swipe access to panels.
Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator are taking a grab, drag, and drop approach allowing users to click an element, drag it into place with their finger, and manipulate it without the need for a mouse or keyboard. By adapting the layers panel for touch screen, users can more easily inspect and edit designs. Adobe is taking a similar approach with a new animations tool, tentatively called Animal. This allows designers to adopt a more native touch when designing with the Surface tablet, while still accommodating the powerful and familiar elements of Adobe Creative Cloud.
Surface Pro users will appreciate having creative apps from Adobe that take full advantage of the touchscreen interface in the design process. Many designers from the touch devices to be more intuitive and expressive, and having the Adobe Creative Cloud applications optimized for these devices may cause more designers to consider the Surface Pro 3. Microsoft also provide all participants of the Adobe Max conference with their own Surface Pro 3, so you may be able to hear first-hand from many designers about their personal experience with Creative Cloud tools such as Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign on the Surface Pro 3.
The training programs at American Graphics Institute may eventually integrate touch-screens in its Adobe training classes, especially Photoshop and Illustrator. and are already seeing some users with Microsoft Surface devices in the private courses delivered for individuals and corporations. These new generation of touch screen devices offer a high level of creativity and productivity to creative professionals.

About the author

Christopher Smith is president of American Graphics Institute in Boston, Massachusetts. He is the publisher and editor of the Digital Classroom book series, which have sold more than one million copies. At American Graphics Institute, he provides strategic technology consulting to marketing professionals, publishers and to large technology companies including Google, Apple, Microsoft, and HP. An expert on web analytics and digital marketing, he delivers Google Analytics training along with workshops on digital marketing topics. He is also the author of more than 10 books on electronic publishing tools and technologies, including the Adobe Creative Cloud for Dummies. Christopher did his undergraduate studies the at the University of Minnesota, and then worked for Quark, Inc. prior to joining American Graphics Institute where he has worked for 20 years.