Transitioning out of a closed beta, Adobe is now inviting users to beta test an upcoming iOS release of Illustrator for iPad, according to reports from various customers who have received an invitation in the past few days.
Adobe has been careful to say that the tablet version of its desktop application would be “real” and has committed to expanding the capabilities of the iPad version of its image-editing software over time.
The user interface will likely be significantly changed in the first version, just as the desktop version of Illustrator was revamped for a touch-controlled tablet and not a mouse-driven Mac. Adobe previously said that it’s reworking Illustrator from the “ground up” for iPad, including the ability for users to take advantage of Multi-Touch and Apple Pencil support, as well as the iPad’s camera to input images for editing.
Adobe previously said it’s target for final release was this year, but has given no more specific time frame.
Users not already on the invite list can sign up for early access on the company’s website.