Adobe shows full-featured Photoshop CC for Touch Devices
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Published on June 2, 2014
In the past, Adobe has created watered-down versions of Photoshop for use on tablets and smart phones, but there has not been a full-featured version of Photoshop that was fully optimized for touch devices. At the recent launch event for Microsoft’s new Surface Pro 3, Adobe’s VP of Experience Design, Michael Gough, showed a touch-optimized version of the full version of Photoshop, and hinted that touch optimized versions of the other Creative Cloud apps are also forthcoming.
Demonstrating Photoshop on a the Surface Pro 3 shows the difference of this touch computer compared to other tablets such as the iPad, as the Surface Pro is a full-featured computer running the complete Windows 8.1 operating system. The touch-optimized version of the Photoshop application includes support for high-density displays, tools that are enlarged on touch devices – making them easier to select, support for touch gestures such as pinch to zoom, and it is optimized for the use of a stylus as well
At some point in the not too distant future we expect our Photoshop training courses will incorporate touch devices, as Microsoft is pushing to make touch-devices more widespread. With the addition of Photoshop as a touch-optimized application running on Windows, Microsoft is developing a more robust library of applications which may help increase adoption of these devices.
About the author
Jennifer Smith is a user experience designer, Photoshop expert, educator and author based in Boston. She is the author of more than 20 books on design tools and processes, including Adobe Creative Cloud for Dummies, Adobe Creative Cloud Digital Classroom, and Photoshop Digital Classroom. She has been awarded a Microsoft MVP three times for her work with user experience design in creating apps for touch, desktop, and mobile devices.
Jennifer delivers UX training and UX consulting for large Fortune 100 companies, small start-ups, and independent software vendors. She has been hired by Adobe and Microsoft to deliver training workshops to their staff, and has traveled to Asia, Europe, India, the Middle East, and across the U.S. to deliver courses and assist on UX design projects. She has extensive knowledge of modern Windows UX Design, having worked closely with the Windows team to create educational material and deliver UX workshops to key partners globally on behalf of Microsoft. Jennifer works with a wide range of prototyping tools including Fireworks, Photoshop, Illustrator, Blend for Visual Studio, and Balsamiq.