Back a while ago, Adobe released the first ever version of Adobe Ideas (which Terry reviewed here). Now Adobe has come out with an update to the popular application with some highly anticipated features, turning this app more into a proper drawing application.
Layers are here!
Let’s get the biggest new feature addition over with from the start. You can purchase an in-app purchase that will enable layers in your document. For each sketch you are able to create ten layers with order and opacity controls available for each layer.
Surprisingly enough, layers work very well on a mobile device and it is really simple to work with them on both the iPad and the iPhone. Previously working with Adobe Ideas it has felt like going back a decade to before layers were introduced into Photoshop. Now, just being able to sketch well on a mobile device might seem good enough but if this is ever going to go beyond fun, this is what is needed and Adobe is showing that they seriously want this to work as an application for people.
There are more additions in Adobe Ideas 1.1 and while most of them are just small tweaks, they are as usual when it comes to software, very welcome small tweaks.
First and foremost you cannot just undo strokes but redo them as well, useful if you want to toggle between a before and after view after adding something to a sketch.
Another big improvement comes in the area of saving your photos and getting them out of the app. Previously this has been a major pain. This is now gone and you can save drawings out to the photo roll.
Finally a change that I think is deeply overdue, Adobe has added in support for the iPhone 4 retina display which makes drawing experience just that much more nice on the iPhone. Together with the iPhone 4 support also comes support for the multi-tasking features in iOS 4 as well as better handling of saving so that you can avoid losing data if you for example need to answer a phone call.
What should you use Adobe Ideas for?
Even though Adobe Ideas is now shaping up to look more like an application that can actually be used, I feel it is still very much a show of what is possible with our new devices. However comparing this to Photoshop running on the desktop is not far away, at least not when we isolate the drawing tools. What we have on the iPad is a way to interactively draw on the screen together with Adobe Ideas in a very powerful way.
This might not be enough for illustrators to start using their iPad as their main drawing device but I would like to think that it would be a viable solution when drawing.
Following the theme that Jason set last week with applications for toddlers, I can see this application being very useful for kids that like to draw.
In the end we are talking about a free application here with an in-app purchase for the layers capability, which is fairly if it is put in relation to what we are getting. Of course your usage of this app will differ depending on if you are an artist or not. If you are anything like me who cannot draw at all, you might not use this application to its full potential although if you are, I know that it is possible to create some stunning artwork with it.