Adobe is currently in the process of developing a suite of apps for their Creative Cloud ecosystem that will allow designers to create on the fly. These apps are intended to be run on IOS mobile devices such as the iPhone and iPad and can then be integrated into desktop Adobe software such as Photoshop, Illustrator… This is great news! Designers can be in the environments that inspire them and use their mobile devices to capture these design ideas and use them later!
Project LayUp is one of these new Adobe CC apps being designed Khoi Vinh. This is the first app of its kind which allows designers to sketch their designs using only an iPad and export them to Adobe desktop products.
Just like when you draw with a pen and paper, you use your iPad to draw your design ideas. You can draw shapes, add text, headers, images. What is really cool is it lets you add your actual images from your Creative Cloud and different fonts. Another neat feature is it has a “timeline” which allows you to scroll back through the different iterations of your design and see the different version of your mockup. You can then export your mockup to different Adobe desktop applications such as Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign. So you can then work directly in the mockup developing it further after the design has been approved.
This awesome app creates the exact same environment and feeling of sketching out ideas on a paper pad with a pen. I know when I am creating new learning solutions I always quickly sketch out a rough mockups with pen and paper of what I am going to do before working in an eLearning authoring environment. This can also bring brainstorming to a whole other level. Working with SMEs will be amazing with this; they will be able to visualize quickly your design! Storyboarding is going to be amazing using a tool like this!
Here is the video of Khoi demonstrating Project LayUp at the Adobe Max conference in October.
Unfortunately there is no roll out date for this app yet, but I am pretty sure from the eager interest and positive reaction it got Adobe will not wait too long to release it. However, being an Android user myself, I am disappointed this is not being rolled out for other devices. :( It is seriously making me consider getting an iPad just to get access to all the Creative Cloud Mobile Apps and using the Ink and Slide.