Loupedeck has announced a new editing console for creative work called the Loupedeck Creative tool. It is designed to bridge the gap between the infinite toolbars and switching apps such as Photoshop, Lightroom or Final Cut to the real world through a series of customizable buttons and knobs.
It's a similar concept to the company's original Loupedeck and Loupedeck + consoles, but the Creative Tool goes one step further by having a much more customizable user interface. Where the original Loupedecks offered a mix of pre-labeled dials for things like contrast and exposure in addition to non-labeled user-customizable dials, the Creative Tool uses miniature screens for whatever tools or functions you want to assign to the buttons and dials on the device.
There is also a giant customizable touchscreen wheel that acts as a touchscreen display for controls and a programmable dial for things like scrubbing through a track or adjusting an image.
It also supports many more programs: in addition to Adobe Lightroom Classic, Photoshop, Premiere Pro and Final Cut Pro X, the Creative Tool supports Ableton Live and Adobe Illustrator, with Autodesk Fusion 360 scheduled for the end of 2019. The company also plans future app support for next year. Developers who are interested in working with Loupedeck to add support for their own apps can do that also contact the company here.
For $ 549 – which is more than double what the company's Loupedeck + console console costs – it's not cheap. But if you are the type that spends all your time in a creative app, it might be worth the investment. As someone who loves creative hardware solutions for digital software, the idea of something like the Creative Tool really seems great, giving a more refined and tactile approach to interacting with these purely software-based tools.
The Loupedeck Creative Tool will be available from 11 November in the online store of Loupedeck and B&H.