The Touch is a cool-looking new way to control Adobe Lightroom, either using your Magic trackpad or your iPad. It’s a small app that runs alongside Lightroom (or Final Cut Pro X) and lets you control it using all manner of gestures, taps, and swipes, letting you focus less on which slider to grab and more on looking at the image itself.
The $20 app take over the trackpad and lets you use one, two, three, four or five-finger gestures and taps to control things like exposure, color balance, masking and just about anything else you’d use to quickly fix and enhance an image. To make things easy, a HUD pops up on screen to help out, and you can disable this when you can do the whole thing by touch.
It’s pretty neat, although you’re going to have to spend some time with it to get used to the controls. I’m pretty good with a trackpad, as is anyone who uses a laptop or Magic Trackpad, and I felt like I was trying to trim my toenails with a shotgun.
The iPad app does the same, but uses your $500 tablet instead of your $70 trackpad, and has some special networking sauce that apparently makes it just as fast to respond as the trackpad. The iPad app is free, although you’ll need the Touch app to use it.
Try it out. If I was a still using Lightroom as heavily as I used to, I’d be sold. And if I was using Lightroom on a MacBook I’d be doubly sold as this app means you can close the side panels and see the photo full-screen.