November 10, 2009, 11:10 AM — Research In Motion (RIM) -- which makes BlackBerry -- and Adobe Systems have announced an expanded partnership in which Adobe's Creative Suite 5 will feature new software development tools for BlackBerry mobile application developers.
Adobe's CS5, currently rumored to be released this coming spring, and future version of the software package will include new utilities that allow designers to create various graphics, such as images and video, using a number of popular Adobe tools, including Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator and Adobe After Effects, for use in BlackBerry apps.
Graphics created using these Adobe tools can be imported into existing BlackBerry development tools like the BlackBerry JDE Plug-in for Eclipse and the BlackBerry Web Plug-in for Eclipse for use in applications and user interfaces. Graphics created with utilities like Adobe Photoshop will also work with RIM's new BlackBerry Theme Studio, which will be used by developers to create high-quality BlackBerry "themes" or software "skins."
The companies will also enable Adobe's Dreamweaver, Adobe Fireworks and Adobe Device Central software to support the creation and vetting of BlackBerry Widgets and other online content optimized for the BlackBerry Web browser.
BlackBerry users will be able to import and employ photos and video taken using the smartphone and then edit them using Adobe's Photoshop Elements and Photoshop.com.