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Adobe Photoshop Touch updated to support iPad Retina display

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Adobe Photoshop Touch for the iPad has finally been updated. Yes, the most ironic icon on your Retina iPad has finally lost its ugly now that it has been updated to take advantage of the current generation iPad’s Retina Display. New features include the ability to work on and maintain the quality of images up to 12 mega-pixels, support for Russian and Brazilian Portuguese languages, and support for Photo Stream. The absence of Photo Stream in the past has been a hindrance to Photoshop Touch as convenient options for importing photos are limited on the iPad versus a Mac. Obviously Adobe would prefer that users utilize its Creative Cloud service over iCloud, but if Adobe is serious about diving into Apple’s current device ecosystem paradigm, it pays to support the features that the general user base depends on to keep devices working together simply.

Adobe user interfaces often feel very much like PC software running on Apple devices, and Photoshop Touch has been in the past, and continues to be very much in the same vein. One can’t help but think when using this application that in many ways, it looks like Adobe was shooting for a Metro/Google mash-up to run on iOS, which honestly seems stretched and awkward on an Apple device.

Version 1.3 includes two new effects, Shred and Colorize, along with smoother animation and scrolling in the organizer, tutorial browser, and file picker. There is also a new three-finger tap gesture which toggles the view to 100% and fit to screen. Additionally, PS Touch now boasts a new pixel nudging mode, which is intended to aid in precise movements, as touch screens are not generally renowned for easy pixel precision.

This update to Adobe Photoshop Touch is currently available in the App Store. Cleansing your screen of that non-Retina icon alone is worth hitting the update button this time around. Have you found any worthwhile uses for Photoshop Touch? Have you created a masterpiece or designed something you are proud of with it? Let us know. We’d love to see it!

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