Adobe Photoshop could arrive for the iPad

Donna Miller
July 14, 2018

Bloomberg reports that Adobe is now developing a cross-platform Photoshop app for iOS, described as a "full version" of the popular desktop image editing suite. The company is now going through a multi-year strategy-shift which involves transitioning its desktop apps to a cross-platform architecture. Adobe has been working on modernizing its software for years-the company switched to a cloud-based subscription system for all of its programs, including Photoshop, back in 2012.

The software company is planning to reveal the app at its annual Adobe MAX creativity conference in October, people familiar with the matter tell Bloomberg. A public release won't happen until 2019, though.

In an interview with the publication, Belsky said his aspiration is to get the apps on the market as soon as possible but conceded that there's a lot required to take a product as sophisticated and powerful as Photoshop and make it work on a modern device like the iPad. "We need to bring our products into this cloud-first collaborative era".

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Adobe's next-gen applications will also bring the ability to make edits on the fly. The ports will however not rely on a remote desktop-style solution, with the apps having user interfaces created to be mobile-friendly.

Adobe now has several mobile "Photoshop" apps on the App Store, but they constitute small slices of the full desktop app feature-set. Adobe's Lightroom, which is now available for iPads, might provide a decent working model for how that could work. Newer versions of the iPad Pro are now powerful enough to support Adobe's apps, Belsky said.

The definition of a "real computer" for many creative professionals has long rested on one question: "can it run Photoshop?"

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