Adobe has announced a series of new products and services during the MAX 2011 technology conference.
Adobe Creative Cloud is a major new initiative from the company that redefines the content creation process. Adobe Creative Cloud will become the focal point for creativity, where millions can access desktop and tablet applications, essential creative services, and share their best work. These new apps bring professional-level creativity to millions of tablet users – from consumers to creative professionals – and utilize hosted cloud-based services to share files, view them across devices or transfer work into Adobe Creative Suite software for further refinement.
The initial introduction of Adobe Creative Cloud is centered around a collection of Adobe Touch Apps that enable tablet devices to be an integral part of the creative process. Adobe Creative Cloud includes 20GB of cloud storage.
The company says it will quickly develop into a service that will deliver access to Adobe’s flagship creative applications and services. By early 2012, Adobe Creative Cloud is expected to include access to the portfolio of Adobe Creative Suite tools as well as the six Adobe Touch Apps announced today. The offering will include industry- desktop tools such as Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, Premiere Pro, After Effects and new tools such as Adobe Edge and Muse.
As well as software, the service will offer key Adobe Digital Publishing Suite technologies, for delivering interactive publications on tablets; a tier of Adobe Business Catalyst, for building and managing websites; and new design services, such as the ability to use cloud-based fonts for website design, via technology acquired by Adobe through its acquisition today of Typekit Inc.
Also announced was Adobe Touch Apps, a family of six, intuitive touch screen applications, designed for Android tablets and Apple iPad that enable anyone to explore ideas and present their creativity anytime, anywhere. Inspired by Adobe Creative Suite software, these stunning new apps bring professional-level creativity to millions of tablet users.
The apps address multiple areas of the creative process: image editing; ideation; sketching; mood boards; website and mobile app prototyping; and presenting finished work. They are headlined by Adobe Photoshop Touch, a groundbreaking app that brings the creative and image-editing power of Photoshop to tablet devices for the first time.
The company took the opportunity to announce that LG and TiVo have become the latest partners to bring Adobe Flash-based applications via Adobe AIR to connected TVs and digital home devices. Content partners can now take advantage of AIR to deliver Flash-based console-quality gaming and premium video across TVs, Blu-Ray players and set-top boxes.
With the AIR SDK, Flash Builder and Flash Professional CS5.5 software, developers can build new applications for connected digital home devices or extend existing Flash-based experiences from desktops and mobile devices to TVs. AIR 3 brings a series of advancements to TVs including full hardware-accelerated rendering for 2D and 3D graphics to enable console-quality gaming applications.
Content publishers are able to deliver HD videos with Dolby and DTS 7.1 channel surround sound for full support of home theater systems. With the new Game Input API, developers can also make a range of devices an integral part of the gaming experience on TV screens, including joysticks, smartphones and tablets.