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Adobe launches Touch apps, Creative Cloud

Adobe's pro-focused cloud-based storage solution and suite of six Android tablet apps are ready for your scrutiny.

Last month, Adobe announced its Creative Cloud intelligent dropbox service and six pro-targeted tablet apps; now Creative Cloud (CC) has entered public beta and the apps are available to the select few with Android tablets running Honeycomb 3.1.

I've had a few days to work with the apps, which consist of Photoshop Touch, a tablet-size version of Photoshop from the days when it was just a photo retouching and compositing program; Proto, a Web wire frame-creation tool; Ideas, a vector drawing tool that has been available for a while on iOS; Collage, a tool for assembling random elements to create mood boards; Debut, a tool for assembling elements for presentation and mark up; and Kuler, a tablet-based version of its Web-based palette-inspiration tool.

The apps are "introductory priced" at $9.99 each; I use the scare quotes because Adobe hasn't yet revealed how long the introductory period lasts or what the "real" price will be at that point. Because of constraints within the app environment, there's no way to bundle the apps for some sort of discount. That said, I find it irritating that, say, Kuler costs the same $10 as Photoshop.

iOS versions of the apps are still on target for early 2012, as is a (hopefully) more sophisticated slate service for CC that should include the ability to purchase more than the standard 20GB of storage space that comes with the app (and no, you don't get 20GB with each app).

There's a lot to like about the apps and the ecosystem they form when tied to CC and by that to the desktop applications. But there are also some seriously annoying (if not deal-killing) issues that crop up with some of the apps in their current state. As such, I'll follow up with my detailed discussion of all the products once Adobe has responded to my barrage of fact-checking e-mails.