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Adobe outs Photoshop Touch for tablets

Adobe has announced details of its creative suite apps coming to Android Honeycomb tablets, with iPad versions following soon.

If you thought tablets were still lagging behind 'proper' PCs, then this range of Adobe apps should go some way to convincing you otherwise.

The company used its Adobe MAX 2011 technology conference in the US to announce a version of the hugely popular Photoshop program will be coming to Android Honeycomb tablets next month. A version for the iPad should follow soon after.

Photoshop Touch is part of Adobe Touch Apps, along with programs called Collage, Debut, Ideas, Kuler, and Proto. All will be Android only when they launch in November (except Ideas, which is already on the iPad for £3.99), though the Adobe FAQ states: "Look for an announcement from Adobe in early 2012 about Touch App availability for the iPad." The email to journalists also says the Touch Apps are "designed for tablets and Apple iPad," so it seems the company is keen to stress it's working on Apple-compatible products following the spat between the two companies over Flash and HTML5.

Though it's keeping its cards close to its chest regarding pricing, as it won't be announced until closer to launch. 

Photoshop is the world's leading image manipulation software, and you'll soon be able to use it by swiping and pinching on the screen; Collage lets you create mood boards from images, drawings and text; Debut is for creating design presentations; Ideas is a drawing tool; Kuler a colour theme generator; while Proto is a wireframe program for creating websites and apps.

The company also announced the Adobe Creative Cloud, which will let you transfer documents from your tablet to your desktop, and vice-versa, as well as sharing your work using the cloud.

Among other announcements were a publishing suite that allows designers to make their own apps without learning code, as well as Adobe's acquisition of Nitobi and Typekit, makers of mobile app development tools and typography innovators respectively.

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