Adobe is releasing Illustrator to your iPad today, delivering a compact version of its desktop vector graphics app that’s been redesigned to utilize touch controls and a stylus. Just about everything you’d expect from a mobile version of Illustrator is here, in the pencil, pen, and brush tools, to layers, possessions, and grid options, to basics like the type tool and route choices. Some more specific attributes are still missing, but they may not be items you require daily.
Illustrator is a large release for Adobe. It is the third Adobe program to make the leap from a desktop app — where it’s among a bundle of industry-standard imaginative tools — to a iPad app. As individuals increasingly purchase tablets, need to do work on the go, and locate the touch-first interface useful for illustration, Adobe has its work cut out to create its key programs transition across programs, without slowing users down. Lightroom has been around the iPad since 2014, but Photoshop just made the jump last year.
The iPad version of Illustrator may feel very different to longtime users, but it’s intended to be capable enough to send documents seamlessly back and forth with the desktop version. Core tools are redesigned to work more conveniently onto a tablet, using a toolbar popping up under choices to let you make or lock changes, without having to move your hand dip or much into menus. Apple’s Pencil stylus is supported, too.
When Photoshop premiered for the iPad this past year, Adobe was inundated with criticism over missing features. Illustrator is an even older software app than Photoshop, so the company faces the exact same pair of hurdles — bringing the heart features to a new platform, without missing so much that users can not get their work completed. There is already a lot , but Adobe is still trying to establish expectations that this is only version one. Effects, more brushes, and Sensei attributes are already in the works.
“This is only the start of our journey,” writes Adobe layout VP Eric Snowden in the organization’s announcement.
The program is open to Creative Cloud readers using the desktop version of Illustrator.