TourBox is a new photo editing controller designed for Photoshop and Lightroom. Designed to be compact, it looks more like a video game controller than a keyboard-style console.
The palm-sized device features a fully-customizable UI with a knob, wheels, and buttons. The idea is that photographers can take 90% of their most repetitive tasks and move them from mouse and keyboard into simple twists, scrolls, and clicks.
TourBox isn’t designed to completely replace your mouse and keyboard though, but instead it works in conjunction with a mouse and graphics tablet to “enhance tool control.” Compared to other editing consoles on the market such as Loupedeck and Palette Gear, TourBox has smaller size and scope.
Tasks that can be improved with TourBox include brush control (e.g. size, hardness, flow, and opacity), navigation (zooming, dragging, and fit to screen), history (undo and redo), tool selection, parameter adjusting, and more.
“TourBox has advanced features and control but is incredibly easy to use, even for beginners,” TourBox says. “After controls and shortcuts are assigned, it just takes minutes to master control. During beta testing, users reported that they felt comfortable with the device in less than 5 minutes and would continue to use it daily.”
TourBox is compatible with both Windows and Mac and features plug-and-play installation for instant use on any modern version of Photoshop and Lightroom. It’s also compatible with other software such as Capture One, Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere, and more.
The product is being launched on Kickstarter, where it has already blown past its original $10,000 goal. A pledge of $89 gets you a TourBox when it ships in December 2018, assuming the project delivers on its promises.