Last year, Adobe took its first foray into the hardware world with two cutely named digital drawing devices, projects Mighty and Napoleon. The software giant is now ready to launch the fully-formed duo under new monikers. Meet Ink and Slide. They're (mostly) pretty great.
The idea behind Ink and Slide is to give designers a tablet drawing experience that goes beyond the simple stylus. While Ink is in fact a stylus, a very sleek one made from a three-sided aluminum shell, Slide is a digital ruler of sorts, allowing the quick plotting of straight lines and pre-made shapes.
Together, the pair is supposed to provide more precision and versatility to sketchers, product designers, architects, and all manner of doodle-crazed iPad owners. Adobe has created two new apps to utilize the hardware.
The first is called Line, and it encompasses everything you can do with the Ink and Slide devices: sketch freehand with a number of customizable pen and brush types, create straight lines and shapes, import photos to trace, and finally, export drawings to your Creative Cloud storage. The second app is called Sketch, and it does almost the same things, except the drawing tools aren't customizable and you can organize your drawings into Project categories. Adobe is marketing Line as being for more precise straight-line drawing, while Sketch is more for sharing quick ideas.