If you are creative professional, you definitely know about Adobe Systems, Inc. If you are a media professional,, you're using at least one of Adobe's products on a regular basis. However, there’s a lot more to Adobe Systems than meets the eye. If you are deeply involved with Adobe software on a fairly geeky level you know about Adobe Labs. Adobe Labs is where Adobe introduces new technologies that not all their users can appreciate, at first. Tools like Lightroom began at Adobe Labs. So did all of the Edge Service like Edge Animate and Muse, which are now full members of the Adobe Creative Cloud 2014. However there’s one more subterranean level to Adobe Labs, and its Adobe Research.
Now I’m pretty geeky and I have heard of Adobe Research in passing a few years ago when there some talk about creating color profiles for camera and lens correction profiles. While that was all pretty exciting stuff, Adobe Research fell off my radar screen during the time I was beta testing Photoshop CS5. However, I have been re-introduced to Adobe Research on hearing about two new mobile tools, Fixel and Twixt. Both are ready for download at the iTunes store now. Follow the links in this article.
First, Fixel is an Universal App for iPad, iPhone or iPod touch. Geek Alert! “A Universal app is optimized to run on all iPhone OS devices—itʼs essentially an iPhone app and an iPad app built as a single binary”. In other words, the same app will work on both an iPhone and iPad running iOS7 or greater. Fixel does one thing, it removes stuff in your photos. Using a technology similar to Photoshop’s Content Aware Fill, the technology will probably finding its way into Other Adobe mobile apps.
The next app is Twixt. This little app allows you to remix your phone photos by swapping out one element for another. You “simply” run your finger or stylus over an element and Twixt will “select it” to be replace by another image that resides in an image library or collection. It looks like it uses the technology of the Photoshop’s Quick Selection Tool and uses some power of Adobe’s Cloud Servers to process the image. You use your Facebook login to use the app.
Both of these apps are from Adobes Research’s Disruptive Innovation Group (DIG). The mission of DIG is to, “...embed a small crew of entrepreneurs into Adobe’s research labs, treat them like a start-up, and see what products they might come up with.” These apps are just two from over one hundred projects and several hundred research papers. So, check out the publication on “Still-Frame Simulation for Fire Effects of Images”, if you're so inclined. If not, there’s a bunch more stuff of interest lurking the vaults of Adobe Research.