Adobe Extending Desktop Applications with Tablets

This is very exciting. Adobe has unveiled concepts that use touch-centric tablet devices to extend asset creation as well as control of their applications.  We’ve all thought about it, we’ve all wished for it, and now it looks like Adobe is rolling it out.

They are starting with Photoshop, releasing a multi-touch paint application, an advanced color picker (with paint mixing), and a UI extender that lets you view open documents or choose tools with the tablet. I’m most excited about the last one, since it will grant notebook users the power of a dual display workstation without the bulk of dual displays. You’ll be able to prop your iPad up on the table and transmit everything wirelessly.

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HTC Flyer – Sketcher’s Dream?

via Engadget

HTC has announced the Flyer, a 7″ Android tablet. HTC’s first entry into the tablet market is pretty unique, in that it features a pressure sensitive stylus on top of the (now) standard capacitive screen.

If the stylus can work smoothly enough, and programs like Sketchbook Mobile can find their way onto the device optimized for the stylus input, this may be a mobile dream come true for sketchers and artists.

Via Engadget

[Update]

Engadget has posted more about the technology being used in the touch panel for the Flyer, as well as a quick video showing it in action.

Wacom Bamboo Touch

OS X Trackpad Gestures

In the past few months I have transitioned from mainly using a desktop computer to being a full time notebook user (outside of work.) When I picked up a late 2008 Macbook Pro with the new extra-large multi-touch trackpad I knew I liked the gesture features, but I didn’t realize that I’d come to depend on them so much. It’s now second nature for me to use gestures to navigate webpages, switch tabs in my browser and iChat, activate Exposé (my most critical use for gestures actually,) and even switch between iTunes UI modes. Trackpad gestures have become a great compliment to all of the quick keyboard shortcuts that exist in software. (And you should check out KeyCue if you don’t know what shortcuts your applications have.)

Now, whenever I use a desktop, I find myself feeling like a technological amputee. I know what I want to do, but the second-nature link between my mind and the computer is missing. Customizable buttons on a mouse solve a lot of this, but there’s a limit to how many buttons you can cram onto a mouse before it starts to become cumbersome.  Keyboard shortcuts are useful, but aren’t a direct replacement for many of the analog gestures you can accomplish on a trackpad like zooming, rotating, and axis-free panning.

Engadget is reporting, and readers are confirming, that Wacom has started shipping the Bambo Touch input device, which can potentially bring the gesture based input I’ve become so dependent on to the desktop space. For $70, you get a capacitive touch tablet that recognizes multi-touch input. Engadget reader Adam reported that $100 and $200 gets you tablets that accept touch and digitizer pen input in two different tablet sizes. A larger tablet that can be used for gesture input full time and provide accurate digitizer input for creative applications use is a no-brainer to me. I also hope we see this functionality make its way into the Intuos line of tablets soon.

Wacom Bamboo Touch

I haven’t seen any reports of operating system requirements yet, and oddly, any mention of the product is absent from Wacom’s own website. The Bamboo Touch is being launched at a great time, with Windows 7 supporting multi-touch input. I’m hoping, hoping very-very hard, that the Bambo Touch also supports OS X. I’ve wanted a Macbook style trackpad on a desktop for use with OS X’s gestures for a long time, and I’m hoping that this product can be the answer. I think it could even replace a mouse for most casual computer use.

Via Engadget