Sometime earlier when an Adobe executive announced that the Adobe’s applications would be updated to support Microsoft Surface nothing special was noted. Fast forward five months, things have transformed! Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen were seen together on stage at Adobe MAX, discussing newly introduced features that would optimize Adobe Creative Cloud (CC) for Surface Pro 3.
Adobe Creative Cloud for Surface Pro 3
What brings the two champions together? Microsoft and Adobe have businesses tightly linked with the old era of PCs, but are taking efforts and exploring the all the possibilities of expanding to the new era of tablet and smartphone devices.
The partnership mainly aims to bring better touch and stylus support to apps from Adobe’s Creative Cloud.
“There’s a lot going on in the cloud between the two of us. This is the beginning of a journey that can be really exciting for the two companies and for the creative community”, said Nadella during the event.
Adobe and Microsoft alliance is not the exclusive one. Adobe is also pushing mobile apps, mostly for Apple’s iOS operating system.
A new component added to Adobe Creative Cloud, is an Illustrator. It brings to Surface a new workspace that is specifically designed for it. The Workspace exposes the core tools and controls for drawing and editing. Apart from the above, the blog post states that various tablet-enabled features, including touch gestures to edit curves and drop shadows, moving a tablet around to change the perspective in a 3D room view have found a special mention.
- Curvature tool — Helps draw curves and straight lines quickly and visually.
- Join tool — easily joins paths that cross, overlap, or have open ends.
- Area type auto-sizing —Resize frames automatically as you add, delete, or edit text.
- Layer Inspector – Provides a touch- and software-based lens which can be dragged around onscreen so you can inspect the underlying layers
Finally, what emerges is a far more elegant application.