Adobe Illustrator Ships on iPad Next Month

Posted on September 15, 2020 by Paul Thurrott in iPadOS with 10 Comments

Adobe announced today that Illustrator will ship on iPad next month, the second major CC application to make the leap to mobile.

“Previewed at Adobe MAX last year, Adobe Illustrator has been reimagined for the unique capabilities of the iPad and the Apple Pencil,” an Adobe representative told me. “Graphic designers, illustrators, and anyone looking to create beautiful designs can now create from anywhere with the desktop or the iPad in an all-new delightful experience.”

As noted, Adobe announced last year that it would bring Illustrator to the iPad, joining Photoshop. “We’re reimagining the Illustrator experience from the ground up to take advantage of the unique capabilities a tablet offers in terms of touch and Apple pencil,” Adobe’s Scott Belsky said at the time. “We’ve connected with thousands of designers to understand how they could use a tablet in their creative process.”

Illustrator for iPad is free for current Creative Cloud members who have access to Adobe Illustrator. You can preorder the app from the Apple App Store.

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10 responses to “Adobe Illustrator Ships on iPad Next Month”

  1. RM2016

    Yet they can't take the time to better port it to AMD.

  2. djr1984

    It's interesting, the iPad is moving from the status of being "just a toy" computer to a platform where you can actually do real work on.

    I'll not be looking to move from my MacBook Pro any time soon, but I can see a world where most people use devices like this and I'm the dinosaur still using the "proper computer".

    • SvenJ

      In reply to djr1984: It's always had the potential to do real work on it. It was just a matter of what that work was. I've had mortgage closings completeled entirely on an iPad. My solar energy contract was completed on an iPad. Real Estate agents use them extensively. All of that is real work.

      • ragingthunder

        In reply to SvenJ:

        I assume he/she is referring to real "computing" work, as opposed to "work" that may as well be completed using any phone/browser. Being able to run a full-fat version of Illustrator on the iPad is very different to you signing contracts.

  3. mattbg

    Very interested in this - mainly to see how they have updated the clunky interface of Adobe Illustrator. This is one of those apps that could potentially end up being better on the iPad than the desktop for many people :)

  4. Chris_Kez

     “We’ve connected with thousands of designers to understand how they could use a tablet in their creative process.”

    I wonder how many of those designers they talked to about Surface Pro/Go or Windows 2-in-1 devices.

  5. SvenJ

    Cool, wish I had an ounce of talent.

  6. RM2016

    In reply to lvthunder:

    The development by Adobe for Ryzen is subpar compared to Intel. You can see it in comparative benchmarks.

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