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Photoshop CS5 update

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The proliferation of devices beyond the desktop or laptop is changing virtually everything in the computing world, and software applications that have been around for years, like Adobe's Photoshop, are having to change right along with it.

"There's a very exciting free update coming for everyone who has CS5 or anyone who gets it after the update, and it's going to allow Photoshop to communicate with devices," explains Bryan O'Neil Hughes, Senior Product Manager for Photoshop at Adobe. "Obviously, we have a lot of different devices out there, and suddenly Photoshop will be able to communicate back and forth with all of them. It's platform agnostic, so iOS, Android, RIM, pretty much anything with a Wi-Fi connection can now talk to Photoshop."

The update will allow Photoshop to communicate via scripting with virtually any device—camera, phone, tablet—over a local network that is password protected. If there is an interruption in this connection, the communication picks up right where it left off once communication is re-established.

The version of Photoshop that users will see on one of these devices, however, is not the full version that one would see on a computer. "We're not taking Photoshop and pushing it onto the tablet," says Hughes. "The tablet doesn't have the hardware chops for that. But what we're doing is leveraging the strengths of the tablet—touch, interaction, a lot of the fun of it—but then picking up where that leaves off with the power and precision and editability and millions of things you can do in Photoshop passing those files over."

Adobe has built three apps for the iPad to demonstrate the concept of how devices can work together. The first is called Color Lava, and it allows you to mix colors on the iPad. The second is called Nav, and it shows how you can drive Photoshop from the iPad by exchanging files, calling individual tools and building your own subset of tools. You can also push up to 200 files back and forth from a desktop or laptop to your iPad, which allows for a nice browsing and viewing experience. The third app is called Easel, which is a finger painting application that is unique in that the interface is only present when your five fingers are on the screen. Once you lift them, it disappears.

"I think a lot of what you see with these mobile applications is people stuffing a desktop UI onto a small device that doesn't really have that precision," explains Hughes, "and so we really challenged ourselves to think outside the box, and in [regards to Easel] really dismiss the UI and have fun with it, because that's the common thing with all these apps is they're all fun and tactile and interactive. We wanted to really play into that on the mobile device and the iPad especially, and then when you get to Photoshop, you have that precision and power."

More info:

Adobe web site: http://www.adobe.com/
Photoshop web site: http://www.photoshop.com/
Photoshop on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Photoshop
Photoshop profile on CrunchBase: http://www.crunchbase.com/company/photoshop
Photoshop on Twitter: http://twitter.com/Photoshop

The proliferation of devices beyond the desktop or laptop is changing virtually everything in the computing world, and software applications that have been around for years, like Adobe's Photoshop, are having to change right along with it. "There's a very exciting free update coming for everyone who has CS5 or anyone who gets it after the update, and it's going to allow Photoshop to communicate with devices," explains Bryan O'Neil Hughes, Senior Product Manager for Photoshop at Adobe. "Obviously, we have a lot of different devices out there, and suddenly Photoshop will be able to communicate back and forth with all of them. It's platform agnostic, so iOS, Android, RIM, pretty much anything with a Wi-Fi connection can now talk to Photoshop." The update will allow Photoshop to communicate via scripting with virtually any device—camera, phone, tablet—over a local network that is password protected. If there is an interruption in this connection, the communication picks up right where it left off once communication is re-established. The version of Photoshop that users will see on one of these devices, however, is not the full version that one would see on a computer. "We're not taking Photoshop and pushing it onto the tablet," says Hughes. "The tablet doesn't have the hardware chops for that. But what we're doing is leveraging the strengths of the tablet—touch, interaction, a lot of the fun of it—but then picking up where that leaves off with the power and precision and editability and millions of things you can do in Photoshop passing those files over." Adobe has built three apps for the iPad to demonstrate the concept of how devices can work together. The first is called Color Lava, and it allows you to mix colors on the iPad. The second is called Nav, and it shows how you can drive Photoshop from the iPad by exchanging files, calling individual tools and building your own subset of tools. You can also push up to 200 files back and forth from a desktop or laptop to your iPad, which allows for a nice browsing and viewing experience. The third app is called Easel, which is a finger painting application that is unique in that the interface is only present when your five fingers are on the screen. Once you lift them, it disappears. "I think a lot of what you see with these mobile applications is people stuffing a desktop UI onto a small device that doesn't really have that precision," explains Hughes, "and so we really challenged ourselves to think outside the box, and in [regards to Easel] really dismiss the UI and have fun with it, because that's the common thing with all these apps is they're all fun and tactile and interactive. We wanted to really play into that on the mobile device and the iPad especially, and then when you get to Photoshop, you have that precision and power." More info: Adobe web site: http://www.adobe.com/ Photoshop web site: http://www.photoshop.com/ Photoshop on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Photoshop Photoshop profile on CrunchBase: http://www.crunchbase.com/company/photoshop Photoshop on Twitter: http://twitter.com/Photoshop