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New Photoshop iPad apps for CS5

Adobe has announced three dedicated iPad apps to interface directly with Photoshop CS5, as well as an SDK for developers to design their own.

Adobe has been working on dedicated tablet apps for some time and has now announced three iPad apps to interface directly with Photoshop CS5.

Tablets like the iPad are not powerful enough to run fully-fledged versions of Photoshop and perform image-intensive processes, so these applications let the tablet act like a second screen. There are three dedicated Adobe apps that will be available soon from the app store, including:

  • Eazel: a painting app where the paint dries over time;
  • Color Lava: lets you mix colours on the tablet screen like paint to create custom swatches — but there is no colour-matching between tablet and PC screen; and
  • Adobe Nav: customise the toolbar on the iPad to re-order them to your liking.
Adobe Eazel
The instruction screen in Eazel. When you put your fingertips on the screen, each option (colour, size, opacity, undo/redo and new) appear. (Screenshot by Lori Grunin/CNET)

Along with the dedicated iPad apps, the Photoshop Touch software developers kit (SDK) lets others design dedicated apps for Android, BlackBerry and iOS platforms, as well as on Windows and Mac OS. While the Adobe-designed apps themselves aren't going to set the world on fire any time soon, we can't wait to see what other developers release.