Adobe announces Photoshop SDK, 3 new Photoshop companion apps for iPad

Adobe is releasing an official SDK for Photoshop and kicking it off with a trio of new iPad apps, Adobe Color Lava for Photoshop, Adobe Eazel for Photoshop and Adobe Nav for Photoshop. iPad links to Photoshop on the desktop via Wi-Fi and passes scripts back and forth, enabling a very impressive environment for interactivity.

Adobe Color Lava lets you create color palettes using your fingers as mixers and any photo stored in your Photos gallery as sampling source. Colors can be beamed back and forth to Photoshop on your desktop. Adobe Eazel is their take on a finger painting program with an interesting dynamic UI that springs out from each touch point. Adobe Nav lets you see thumbnails of all currently open image windows, get info on them, and arrange your toolsets.

While the Photoshop SDK is debuting on iPad, BlackBerry PlayBook, Android, and other apps should follow suit. Likewise, while the first three apps are more proofs of concept. Phil from Android Central and I got a sneak peak last week and suffice it to say, I was impressed. They provide a hint of a future I'm really interested in -- carrying around my iPad, PSD files stored in the cloud, having any local instance of Photoshop I connect with automagically adopt my preferred working environment, have any changes I make synced back to the cloud... Designer bliss to say the least.

This is exactly the kind of stuff I hope we see more of from Adobe. Creative tools have always been the forte and it's great to see them bringing those tools to a new generation of devices. Kudos.

(At the same time, Adobe has announced an update to their cross-platform developer environment, Adobe Flash Builder, allowing Flash apps to be more quickly and easily deployed to a wide range of devices, including iPad, iPhone, Android, and more.)