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  • Adobe Brings Photoshop to the iPhone and Nobody Seems to Care

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    On Friday, Adobe rolled out Photoshop.com Mobile for the iPhone. A straightforward and free mini Photoshop app that lets you tweak and add effects to your photos taken with the iPhone, this app brought with it a great deal of initial excitement and curiosity. Eric Zeman at InformationWeek was clear in his own excitement as he revealed the news.

    Adobe surprised more than a few people when it made free (yes, free) photo editing software available for the iPhone. Given what Adobe charges for Photoshop CS4, you'd think this software would cost a pretty penny. Nope. It's gratis.
    In the last 72 hours, nearly one hundred major media outlets (by my count) covered the unveiling of the Photoshop app. And then, suddenly, people simply stopped talking about it.

    The buzz and excitement quickly faded when, apparently, some folks started realizing that the iPhone's version of Photoshop can't replace Photoshop's $599 desktop application.

    So, I guess at the risk of offending some, I'll go ahead and ask the obvious but awkward question that this reality begs to be asked. Was anyone really dumb enough to think that the Photoshop app would really offer the full range of complex functions native to the desktop version of Photoshop?

    The most basic features offered by the software include cropping, rotating and flipping; ways to alter color exposure, saturation, tin, white and black; filters that apply sketching or soft focus; as well as effects such as vignetting, borders white glow and so on.
    For a free app that embellishes the pics we take on the iPhone (which, let's face it, aren't always the most visually striking) I think its difficult to not be impressed. But, obviously, a lot of people were expecting a lot more. And their silenced excitement is communicating that reality loud and clear this weekend.

    We've obviously grown to depend on our iPhone as much as we depend on our computers, but this is one example where we may have simply expected too much from an app that, in my opinion, is still worth having and getting excited about. Of course, if you feel differently, I would love to hear why.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Adobe Brings Photoshop to the iPhone and Nobody Seems to Care started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 54 Comments
    1. se23's Avatar
      se23 -
      I dl it wasn't impressed at all, photogene blows this away! Ok it's free and maybe there's a fuller app coming but this programme is like apple, half baked hype promoted by the brand name.
    1. Blue's Avatar
      Blue -
      SO to answer your Question (wich is very simple):
      Adobe comes ONE YEAR to LATE with a app that can do only half of the most foto-apps !

      Even its free, its definitlys nothing special. Sad but true Adobe !
      After over one year they could bring somthing better, even if it would cost one or two dollars.

      Some flipping and only a handfull of filters ? They know why the canīt sell this for money
    1. robbpell's Avatar
      robbpell -
      Quote Originally Posted by petterloco1 View Post
      This free app is like a demo of wath is about to come. I know adobe is doing this to get us interested in the app, untill they finish the full version.
      yea right exactly we didnt mean to release a crApp it was to invoke interest while we "finished" our full version or while we start our full version lol kinda like wm6.5
      Yeah like we don't all know the app store is full of redundant or useless apps.
    1. metaserph's Avatar
      metaserph -
      I'm a Photoshop user. While it could be "cool" to have a full fledged PS on the iPhone, the screen size alone would severely cramp the productivity, most pro users are always buying larger real estate for serious imaging (both HD space and RAM). Adobe has been at this game the longest, I am certain though the iPhone has become a viable platform for most business users it is not, in it's present incarnation, nor will be, imho, a realistic platform for serious PS use. The iTablet (we're hoping for) or current hardware are better suited. There's a big difference in designing icons and themes and professional-level imaging work.
      Just my two cents...
    1. The Maestro's Avatar
      The Maestro -
      Any app that makes everything black and white but I can pick one color like blue to still show?
    1. tudtran's Avatar
      tudtran -
      I care. I downloaded the app as soon as I saw the post on MMI. I been using it. Isn't the photoshop as I expected. But overall it's pretty cool.
    1. jbreak23's Avatar
      jbreak23 -
      I found this app very useful!!! Can't complain when its free.
    1. romeo_herman's Avatar
      romeo_herman -
      I don't care.
    1. dsg's Avatar
      dsg -
      I'm interested, but can't get it because I'm in the uk
    1. Rescuer's Avatar
      Rescuer -
      why are there two news articles?...

      Free Adobe Photoshop for iPhone/iPod touch Released
    1. Jahooba's Avatar
      Jahooba -
      I had the idea that I would take an avatar-creating program and make faces of my friends and family, crop them with this Adobe program, and then use Saurik's "Cyntact" to put their faces in my contacts page.

      I may get it to work. I'll let you know.
    1. adp's Avatar
      adp -
      I'm really not interested in this app...but what's with the title? It reminds me of a 6th grade essay paper. It's generalizing and unprofessional. Not to mention that the same news article was released a few hours earlier on the same app. I'm not bashing the staff writers here, but I'd try to go to the news page before double posting on the same news.

      Or maybe college is just taking over my head and I'm the crazy one...
    1. big poops's Avatar
      big poops -
      I'm an expert on PS 4 and I've gotta say that this app is definitely missing some of photoshops most fascinating features such as, Filter and even text would be awesome to have! Yeah it is free and I do expect more from them, but like someone said you can't complain about free!!!!
    1. alan2022000's Avatar
      alan2022000 -
      i would like it, but itunes in the uk say its not available yet, bummer
    1. romeo_herman's Avatar
      romeo_herman -
      I don't care but it's free niceee.

    1. Kruejl's Avatar
      Kruejl -
      Works great for rotating images. I like it and its free so who cares?
    1. Schory's Avatar
      Schory -
      people really are complaining way too much for something that's free. FREEEEEEEEE!!!!! I find it very useful
    1. leletyM3's Avatar
      leletyM3 -
      I tried it and it works fine...maybe they came out a bit too late but it is FREE so no complains!
    1. lucasjd23's Avatar
      lucasjd23 -
      you say nobody seems to care that adobe made photoshop for the iphone like you went and asked everyone. what are people supposed to do when theres a good app out jump up and down and post all over the web lol. people do care its just not a big deal at this point. the iphone has become so advanced that photoshop on the iphone is expected by now. so people do care you need to take that into consideration the next time you post somthing like that.