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The Adobe Comp App - a self-experiment

Adobe has launched a new application on the market: Adobe Comp. It is intended for tablet based sketching and drafting designs for different purposes. A self-experiment:

The Adobe Comp App is free and I downloaded it on my iPad.

adobe comp

For my test, I select my desired format – practical!

adobe comp format

A canvas opens up with the selected dimensions. Here I can do different things: placing pre-defined shapes, photos (Attention: Other graphic designers report about very bad photo resolutions when exporting!), writing text – as expected, TypeKit is implemented.

adobe comp typekit

adobe comp shapes

Drawing a simple circle works out fine and the Adobe Comp App translates that correctly into a neat circle – as if I had made it with Illustrator. Very nice.

adobe comp draw

adobe comp vector

But when I draw more complex shapes, this does not work. As you can see in the example shown below, the Adobe Comp App translates my individual shape into a „nothing“ – empty space. This is where the magic of Adobe Comp already stops. Very disappointing.

adobe comp draw

adobe comp vector

At the end of your sketching process, you can upload your „compositions“ into your Adobe Creative Cloud account and get the file from there and continue working on it on your computer/laptop.

My conclusion: Again, Adobe have invested money, time and staff into something that is not fully sophisticated and does not provide much additional value to professional designers. The time you invest in working with Adobe Comp, you might as well invest in the software product best suited for your design project. Adobe Comp can be considered as some sort of substitute for a sketch book – if you’re on the road and want to quickly create a „professional“ design on the go. It’s a typical cloud feature for people who prefer drawing their sketches on a tablet rather than a piece of paper. I think I won’t ever use Adobe Comp myself.

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