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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. viperstarpoint9's Avatar
      viperstarpoint9 -
      This is a great alternative to photogene that has a few more features and options but has a price tag on it so for the money i say get photoshop.com
    1. cmwade77's Avatar
      cmwade77 -
      Honestly, there are other free apps available that can do more.
    1. sriks's Avatar
      sriks -
      not availble in the UK,

      had to get it through **********
    1. iphoneguy.'s Avatar
      iphoneguy. -
      free, ill take it.
    1. billchase2's Avatar
      billchase2 -
      I've been using Photogene for quite a while now and it's always worked well. I downloaded this to test it out and am pretty impressed, especially for a free app. For now, I've got both apps installed but will see which one I end up using more since they're so similar. Perhaps this will force the Photogene devs to add more features to their paid app...
    1. ericidle's Avatar
      ericidle -
      Its Photogene for me, quick and simple and does all I want for only a very few bucks
    1. HungryHungryNico's Avatar
      HungryHungryNico -
      Photoshop for the iDevice should definitely get many more useful functions to keep the Adobe name in the spotlight. It doesn't do anything different from other photo editing apps. However, for what it does do, it seems to do it a little better than the other apps. I like the colored Interface too. Nothing special yet, though.
    1. gQstatus05's Avatar
      gQstatus05 -
      Some people can't be pleased. If they set the bar with a really good photo editing app and charged for it people would still complain. It's free and it does as advertised.
    1. aries_green_monkey's Avatar
      aries_green_monkey -
      TRUTHFULLY, im not a fan of Adobe photoshop on the PC... i WAYY prefer Corel PSP, but even if they had an app, i wouldnt download it. In my opinion, if you plan on photo shopping a picture, get a computer. I dont have time to go one by one through my iPhone's library of pictures to edit. IF i really needed a picture cropped, i would zoom and screenshot, lol. I dunno, in my opinion it isnt anything to GET excited about. Im not surprised this app flopped.
    1. angiepangie's Avatar
      angiepangie -
      ^PS is definitely superior to PSP. I've tried both and couldn't stand PSP after having used PS.
    1. LGgeek's Avatar
      LGgeek -
      I looked at it as a method to promote photoshop.com more than anything else.
    1. iMister's Avatar
      iMister -
      NOT available to us in the UK. Why? and how can people moan about a free app? *disbelief*
    1. Fr3shm3n's Avatar
      Fr3shm3n -
      thought the app was great and the photos i have edited with the app have come out great, and its free so why complain, we need to be strong as a iphone family and respect our product
    1. aries_green_monkey's Avatar
      aries_green_monkey -
      Quote Originally Posted by angiepangie View Post
      ^PS is definitely superior to PSP. I've tried both and couldn't stand PSP after having used PS.
      Yeah, ive heard that before. But i've also heard of people who prefer GIMP or Paint.Net to either of these programs. I suppose its all about familiarity with the program. I've been using PSP since version 8 it was owned by Jasc. The interface and shortcuts are so different between the two, i just stick to what i know- and i can do pretty much anything with PSP.