This week we’re casting our discerning eyes over Adobe’s range of Touch Apps for Android tablets. We began our review extravaganza of this creative suite with Photoshop Touch and today it’s Adobe Collage’s turn to face the Life Of Android test. While most of this mood board app’s features work well, YouTube videos lag badly and at £6.99, it’s significantly overpriced.
Adobe’s idea to create a mood board app for Android tablets is fundamentally sound. We love to brainstorm features for the website on the go and the lack of creative tools to bring our strands of thinking to life can sometimes prove a stumbling block. Plus, a neat spread of text, pictures and videos is always a lot more encouraging than a hastily arranged bullet point list.
At a download cost of £6.99 however, we have to admit being rather trepid when preparing to review Adobe Collage. To justify the the same price tag as the phenomenal Photoshop Touch, this download was going to have to blow all our expectations out of the water and then some.
In fairness to Adobe Collage, it does have a fair bit of good stuff going for it. The controls for moving your materials across the screen, as well as downsizing and rotating them, are all super-slick and intuitive. This makes the process of compiling your mind map as effortless as you could possibly imagine.
Furthermore, although the app isn’t blessed with an extensive list of features, the ones it does have are well thought through. Text, drawing and picture import options are your main source of material and all come with a variety of colours, fonts and sourcing options. Picture import is the most noteworthy feature allowing you to grab images from your tablet, take a photo via its camera, use Google, Flickr or a screen shot from a web page and import YouTube videos as well.
Regrettably the YouTube import is temperamental at best, with videos frequently failing to work at all or suffering heavy lag times. Also should you seek to export your collage via an email, you’ll do so in the form of a jpg image making videos impossible to view anyway. Other inconveniences include an inability to copy images across mood boards and the lack of a folder to group collages together.
If you’ve got money to burn, Adobe Collage remains a decent download for creatives. If it were a couple of quid cheaper we’d be bumping our mark up significantly. The fact that a small scale app has been given a mega bucks price tag rankles a little too much for our liking though.
The Bottom Line
A pricey but decent design app lacking some functionality.
Version reviewed 1.0.0
Requires Android 3.1 or higher