Bill Perry, who manages global developer relations for mobile and devices at Adobe, has posted a quick walk-through of creating & previewing artwork using the Photoshop CS3 beta together with the new Adobe Device Central. ADC lets you browse among device profiles*, then preview your artwork on the devices while simulating screen glare, changes to backlighting, and more.
I have to say, I’m really glad to see mobile authoring get some love and attention at Adobe. It’s not that the company didn’t have ideas and tools prior to the Macromedia integration; in fact, GoLive included a variety of mobile emulators & authoring tools. It’s just that we could not, for the life of us, adequately get customers’ attention. I always envied Macromedia’s resolve to make its work known & would rant to fellow PMs: "Look at these guys: they’re giving away a plasma TV to whoever creates the best content with their tools. What do we offer–an ’82 Dodge Rampage and half a can of Schlitz?"
Now, however, we have a chance to bring the tools together to form an end-to-end solution. I’m very curious to see what people will create, and where we can take these tools going forward.
*A short list during the beta, but that’s temporary