Illustrator for iPad.

Adobe Inc. is bringing its second iconic app to Apple Inc.’s iPad tablet after a challenging rollout for Photoshop, part of the software maker’s effort to hold on to artists and designers shifting to work on mobile devices.

Illustrator, an app that lets users make graphics, logos and other ground-up designs, is now generally available to iPad users, the San Jose, California-based company said Tuesday in a statement. The app has been reimagined for the tablet, with a simpler interface but professional-level functionality, the software maker said.

“For Illustrator for iPad, what we did is what you could call the Nike approach, where you identify athletes you want to make this for,” Scott Belsky, Adobe’s chief product officer and the executive vice president of Creative Cloud, said in an interview. The company focused on how “really great illustrators” would want to use the software on the device, he said.

Adobe announced the app as part of its MAX creative conference, which is virtual to limit the spread of Covid-19. The company has aggressively developed new apps and features — especially for phones and tablets — as the almost 38-year-old business expands to keep up with its users beyond computer desktops.

Adobe has dominated the graphics and visual software industry for decades, and has seen its stock rise in the past 10 years almost 15-fold to a high of $533.80 last month. The shares, which have gained 50% this year, closed at $495.20 Monday in New York.

The transition to mobile devices has presented an opportunity for upstarts, which have been gaining ground while Adobe undertook the thorny work of re-engineering mature apps for a different platform. As a result, Photoshop for iPad came out very differently than the desktop app.

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