Lots of big news from Adobe today – Adobe has announced a May 3 release for a handful of new programs that will work on the Apple iPad, as well as their Photoshop Touch SDK, which can be used to create additional programs that work with the Creative Suite. The three programs, canned Nav, Eazel, and Adobe Color Lava, aim to make the iPad a useful asset in working with Photoshop and other Adobe programs.
The first of their new programs, Nav, is used to quickly shift between tools or open photos. Another, Eazel, turns your iPad into a hi-tech finger painting and design pad, and the third, Adobe Color Lava, turn’s the iPad into a fancy color-mixing palette.
The new Photoshop Touch tools are being shown as part of a series of enhancements coming in version 5.5 of it’s popular Creative Suite software. The iPad apps are aimed to hit the App Store at the same time as Creative Suite 5.5, with prices ranging from $1.99 to $4.99.
Also notable today is their announcement of Creative Suite 5.5, as well as a new release schedule they have decided on, which we reported on earlier today.
Adobe plans to demonstrate some new programs and tablet-related features on Monday. The company is also trying to quickly shift its publishing tools, such as InDesign, to be able to publish the kind of digital magazines being created for the iPad and other tablets. The new 5.5 version will make it easier to integrate video and other multimedia into a magazine-style layout.
Check out the below video from the All Things Digital to see some of these ideas in action: