Looking for a tablet experience that runs from the sublime to the ridiculous? Meet Adobe Creative Cloud and the six tablet apps.
Creative Cloud (CC), which enters beta today, represents the nascence of Adobe's distributed design ecosystem. And it's a promising start. While it disappointingly lacks the syncing capabilities baked into Adobe Carousel or even Apple's iCloud, it does provide an intelligent drop box for working with design and imaging file formats (sorry, no video yet).
While there's direct upload and download capability via the applications, there's also a Web interface for the desktop--and for temporary compatibility with iOS devices until Adobe rolls out those apps next year. Some of the intelligence in the Web interface includes the ability to render a variety of Adobe file formats on the fly, show and hide layers in Photoshop files, and automatically generate and display a Kuler color theme pulled from images.
Oddly, though, it doesn't display any more than the most basic information for a file; for instance, it doesn't show image dimensions or any EXIF info. It also offers only the most basic sharing, which is e-mailing a link and allowing comments. Right now you're limited to the 20GB you get free with an app--that's 20GB total, no matter how many apps you buy. You don't seem to have to buy an app to use CC, which is attached to your Adobe ID. I'm not sure if that will stick past the beta period, however. You can sign up here.… Read more