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Adobe’s Plan to Make Your iPad as Good as Your Desktop

Sync represents Adobe’s latest push to bring professional creativity to mobile devices.

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This WIRED article picqued my interest. Adobe was definitely one of the first software companies to try to embrace iPad tech early on. I think I have almost every iPad app they’ve made, and I applaud them for their work towards working in a mobile medium. However, there will always be tools, like Framemaker, that I can’t imagine being translated into an iPad app, even with the iPad Pro. Perhaps I’ll be proven wrong at some point in time, but it leaves me with the question that’s been hounding us since tablets–especially the iPad came out, namely, are we truly going to be a society using only mobile tools like smartphones and tablets, and the laptop/desktop will be obsolete? I think this move by Adobe shows that we are headed in that direction, but I suspect it’s still not as close to being 100% mobile as people suspect. Unless storage memory, RAM, and processor speeds get to the point that they can process what’s in a laptop as well for programming–or projects that would be made on tools like Framemaker (which is, by the way, an Adobe product, coincidentally enough), it’s going to be a while until we are completely mobile. In many cases, even the some of the apps on the iPad that Adobe makes are watered down versions of the desktop/laptop versions, which in many cases is enough, but there are always exceptions. Is all of Creative Cloud in app form? I don’t think so. But give it time…give it time…


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Danielle M. Villegas is a technical communicator who currently employed at Cox Automotive, Inc., and freelances as her own technical communications consultancy, Dair Communications. She has worked at the International Refugee Committee, MetLife, Novo Nordisk, BASF North America, Merck, and Deloitte, with a background in content strategy, web content management, social media, project management, e-learning, and client services. Danielle is best known in the technical communications world for her blog,, which has continued to flourish since it was launched during her graduate studies at NJIT in 2012. She has presented webinars and seminars for Adobe, the Society for Technical Communication (STC), the IEEE ProComm, TCUK (ISTC) and at Drexel University’s eLearning Conference. She has written articles for the STC Intercom, STC Notebook, the Content Rules blog, and The Content Wrangler as well. She is very active in the STC, as a former chapter president for the STC-Philadelphia Metro Chapter, and is currently serving on three STC Board committees. You can learn more about Danielle on LinkedIn at, on Twitter @techcommgeekmom, or through her blog. All content is the owner's opinions, and does not reflect those of her employers past or present.

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