During the Max conference, as he was preparing to demonstrate some of the touch functionality baked into Photoshop CC on the Microsoft Surface Pro 3, Adobe’s Josh Ulm said, “when we started to explore touch, we knew that we would have to radically shift the user interface.”
What we didn’t know at the time is just what he meant by “radically,” but the ad above gives us a sneak peek at just how touch-capable Photoshop, Illustrator and other Adobe applications will eventually be.
For now, this is just a dream of what the future could be. The reality is still a ways away, but as Ulm showed in the short Photoshop demo of something called “Playground,” it’s getting closer. We’ve skipped forward to the relevant part of the video where you can see Ulm scroll through layers by simply sliding over them:
After seeing the video at the top, the functionality shown off in the video above seems like a bit of a letdown, but you have to start somewhere and it’s always nice to see a huge company willing to throw out the playbook and start designing from scratch.
We just hope the distance between the vision in the top video and the reality in the second doesn’t take too many years to traverse.