Adobe offers better Windows 8.1 touch support for Photoshop CC and Illustrator CC

Adobe made a number of announcements today as part of their Adobe MAX 2014 conference, including the launches of new desktop versions of many of their powerful applications. Two of them in particular, Photoshop CC and Illustrator CC, have received improvements for touchscreen devices running Windows 8.1 such as the 12-inch Surface Pro 3.

While Adobe has released apps made specifically for Windows 8.1 in the past such as Photoshop Express, these new versions of the Photoshop CC and Illustrator CC desktop apps will allow more touchscreen gestures to be supported. For example,. Photoshop CC lets users pinch, zoom, pan, and rotate the app with their fingers.

As far as Illustrator CC, the app now allows touch-based users to select objects in the app and even to join lines with a finger touch. The company also offered up some new features in the Curvature tool. It states:

"It's easy to use the Curvature tool in the Touch workspace. Simply tap once to place smooth points and watch the path "flex" around the points dynamically. Double-tap to create corner points for straight lines. Edit your paths with the same tool; simply tap to create new points along the path, or tap and drag existing points to adjust your curve."

Today's updates to Creative Cloud are expected to be available to Creative Cloud members by the end of the day as part of their membership at no additional cost.

If you use Photoshop CC and/or Illustrator CC, what do you think of these improvements specifically for Windows 8.1 touchscreen device owners?

Source: Adobe

John Callaham