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Adobe MAX 2019: All the news as it happens

Adobe MAX 2019
(Image credit: Future)

Adobe MAX 2019 is in full swing! Creative Bloq is at the event, and we'll be updating this article with all the hottest news and product updates as soon as they break. It's already shaping up to be a very exciting year for Adobe tools.

Adobe traditionally uses MAX to announce major changes and new features in its suite of creative apps, Creative Cloud. Recent weeks have seen a number of app updates released by Adobe, but these are the big stories from the conference so far...

Adobe MAX is the world's biggest design conference

Adobe MAX is the world's biggest design conference (Image credit: Future)

Illustrator for iPad is on its way

The rumours have been confirmed: Adobe is working on Illustrator on the iPad.  We don't know a massive amount just yet as the tool is still in its early stages, but the preview we were treated to certainly looks promising. The app is currently in exclusive private beta, and we don't yet have confirmation of when the first market version will be released. Adobe says it's rebuilding Illustrator from the ground up to take advantage of touch UI and the possibilities offered by the Apple Pencil. Exciting stuff.

Photoshop on the iPad has launched! 

The wait is over: Photoshop on the iPad is here. This powerful app has been built from scratch specifically for tablet users, with the interface optimised for touch and for use with the Apple Pencil. However, it's not quite a complete version yet – this first iteration focuses on core tools such as those for compositing and retouching workflows. Photshop for iPad is included with all Creative Cloud subscriptions, and also available to download from the app store.

Photoshop Camera: New AI-powered photo app 

Adobe has unveiled a brand new photo app called Photoshop Camera. The AI-powered app aims to bring the power of Photoshop to the point of capture on a smartphone. Sensei technology enables the app to intelligently recognise the subject of a photo and apply effects, both realistic and creative. It's open for early access now, with general release planned for early 2020. 

Adobe Fresco comes to Windows

Adobe's dedicated art app Adobe Fresco launched earlier in the year (read our Adobe Fresco review), but it was just for iPad users. Quick work from Adobe, because now there's a Windows version of Fresco available too. At the moment it’s for users of Microsoft Surface Pro X devices and Wacom MobileStudio Pro hardware only, but Adobe is working on expanding that list.

Adobe pushes AR boundaries with Project Aero

It was previewed at last year's MAX, and now Adobe Aero has been officially released. This iOS mobile app is the first tool to enable designers to create and share immersive experiences in AR, without the need to code. Download it for free, for phones and tablets, from the App Store. Alternatively, read more on the Adobe blog.

"Immersive media is proving to be a powerful storytelling medium, and completely changing how we interact with the world around us," says Stefano Corazza. "With augmented reality (AR), we can merge digital content with the physical world to create and deliver next-generation experiences."

Coediting capabilities added to Adobe XD 

Adobe has added coediting capabilities to XD, enabling multiple designers to collaborate on a project at the same once, and see changes in real time. A Different designers can have the document open on their personal device, with any updates appearing in real time for all co-editors. This update could be a real game-changer for product designers.

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