Adobe targets tablets with Creative Suite 5.5

Adobe has released a major update to its Creative Suite line-up, increasing support for tablets with version 5.5.

Adobe targets tablets with Creative Suite 5.5

The update makes it easier to use HTML5 and Flash to develop content for smartphones and tablets using Adobe’s software, the company claimed.

Dreamweaver, for example, features a new preview system that lets users see their creations across different platforms, while InDesign’s Folio Producer makes it easier to add interactive content to layouts.

Alongside the updates to the Creative Suite, Adobe released the Photoshop Touch Software Development Kit (SDK), letting developers use touchscreen devices such as tablets to interact with a desktop version of the imaging software.

“The Photoshop Touch SDK and a new scripting engine in Photoshop CS5 now opens the door for Android, BlackBerry tablet OS and iOS apps to drive and interact with Photoshop on the desktop,” the company said.

The SDK is available free, and Adobe will release a free update to Photoshop 5 on 3 May to support the system. The first three apps, for the iPad, will arrive in early May via the App Store.

Adobe said it will start releasing full updates every two years, rather than every 18 months, but major updates such as today’s will arrive annually.

The company also revealed a new monthly subscription plan, which it said would let customers use the “most up-to-date versions of the software, without the upfront cost of the full pricing”.

Photoshop, for example, will start at £28 monthly, while the entire Master Collection will cost £128 monthly. The Master Collection would cost £2,303 excluding VAT to buy outright.

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