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Adobe Photoshop Touch: Adobe Nav Review

Nav is  not particularly ambitious, and basically looks to customize/replace the Tools Bar in Photoshop. What’s really exciting is not what it does, but all the things it doesn’t do that you immediately realize you want it to.

This is kind of lame, since Tools Bar hardly takes up any space on screen. Plus, most of the tools on the Tools Bar already have keyboard shortcuts assigned. If you are a power user, you should already know your keyboard shortcuts. Also, Photoshop has a temporary toggle for tools, which the Nav doesn’t have. This makes using Nav Buttons a worse experience than regular Photoshop. I was really hoping it was more like Adobe Configurator.

I ended up putting the Smudge/Sharpen/Blur tools on there, because there is no default shortcut for these tools. Especially the Smudge, since [R] is now used for the rotate canvas tool.

The Document Thumbnail View is nice. It lets you see an open list of documents, with a nice big thumbnail, up to 200. But it just make me wish I could also use it as Bridge.

I wish it could:

  • Override iPad’s native time-out session
  • Access Menu Commands
  • USE some of the tools in the tool button. Pinch on my iPad to zoom in and out of my PSD document, how awesome would that be. or rotate view!, common!!!!!
  • See layer information
  • See recent documents information
  • See and run actions (as buttons)
  • Open up individual panels on the iPad.
  • Be nice if there is Adobe Bridge for iPad.

It’s all very one-point-oh. And, I’m sure there will be tons of improvements to come. But so far, I’m more excited by the possibilities that are to come, than what has been delivered so far.

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