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Updated: Adobe's Ink and Slide for the iPad finally available in the UK

Michael Burns | Dec. 18, 2014
Adobe and Adonit's Creative Cloud-connected Ink pen and Slide ruler are now available in the UK - and Adonit has now clarified UK pricing and shipping.

Adobe Slide, formerly 'Napoleon' ('a short ruler') can be used to draw straight lines, as you might expect, but buttons on the surface also allow you to apply templates and objects you can trace around, as well as draw circles and create French Curves: 'the easiest way to draw rounded shapes and precise sketches on the iPad', according to Rufus.

Adobe Illustrator Line (above) has a 'paper feel' according to Rufus, and enables users to draw straight lines and perfect shapes as well as use templates to create very precise drawings on the iPad. Tools include pencils and pens based on real life versions (2H, HB, brushes and markers) as well as colours (accessed by touching a Kuler icon). Size and opacity of the pencil can be adjusted, as you might expect. Template stamps and perspective grids can also be applied and used and circles and other shapes can be created and adjusted by tapping on the screen.

When the apps are used in conjunction with Ink, Deuchler said the experience was like using a real pen on paper. Finger gestures allow Undo and access to History and both apps can store and access saved drawings (via the app itself or the Ink pen) and Kuler colour themes They also allow direct access to the Behance community, with feedback and comments available from other users appearing within the app itself.

All of the mobile apps (except Brush CC, realistically) can be used without the devices, though that may make them of limited use.

Adobe's aim is apparently to keep creatives entirely within a digital world. It makes sense then that it wants partners to help in this aim. The Adobe SDK is also being made available today, allowing third-party developers to tie their tools into the Creative Cloud and access some of the unique technologies in Photoshop and other applications. Does this mean we'll see Wacom, for example, bringing out a Creative Cloud-connected Cintiq? It's probably more likely than a rival version of Ink and Slide. More details are to be announced at Adobe Max this coming October, so stay tuned.


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