Adobe planning a full version of Photoshop for the iPad

Adobe planning a full version of Photoshop for the iPad
As far along as devices like the iPad or Chromebooks have come in terms of productivity, one main sticking point for many users has always been in the professional line of creative apps, like those used for video or photo editing. Now, a new report claims photo editing on the iPad may about to receive a major boost with a "full feature" version of Adobe Photoshop.

According to the report, Adobe wants to make its apps more compatible across platforms in an effort to attract more subscribers to its Creative Cloud. The main piece of that strategy will be a fully featured version of Photoshop coming to the iPad sometime in 2019, athough Adobe has been somewhat cagey about putting down a proper timeline in case there are delays. Adobe is expected to show off an early build of the app at its MAX conference in October.

Adobe is reportedly planning to update all of its apps -- Photoshop, Premiere, Illustrator, and Mix -- with options to have full versions run on the iPad and desktops and continue work on another device. However, the timeline for all of this is still very unclear. It sounds as though Photoshop will be the first app to get the update and Illustrator will come at an unknown time in the future. No word on Premiere on the iPad though.

It's also a bit unclear what exactly will constitute a "full featured" version of Photoshop on the iPad, because the report claims the app won't be a proper replacement for Photoshop, at least not at first. It will start out as more of a companion and potentially expand from there. We'll have to wait and see what Adobe shows off in October for more details, it seems.

source: Bloomberg

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12 Comments

1. midan

Posts: 3112; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

They are quite scared after Affinity photo came to iPad and been very popular app. This week they also released Affinity designer (vector app) for iPad. Those are full desktop quality apps which competes directly against Adobe software.

8. Nine1Sickness

Posts: 896; Member since: Jan 30, 2011

Has full version of Photoshop. Can’t export files.

2. iPhoneFanboy

Posts: 286; Member since: Apr 21, 2018

This will be great for the industry. Content creators have already dropped their Wacoms in favor of the iPad Pencil and Pro combo - Disney for example. Photographers and illustrators will be eager for this.

3. Zylam

Posts: 1822; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

Awesome, just in time for the new iPad Pro's!!! Come on Apple!!!!!!!

4. kryme

Posts: 469; Member since: Oct 24, 2013

I think we need premiere pro for iPad..... yes I kno about LumaFusion

5. Zylam

Posts: 1822; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

Do know about LumaFusion?

6. path45th

Posts: 407; Member since: Sep 11, 2016

It seems that Adobe wasted too much time believing that the iPad is a toy. Like many PC guys, Adobe made the same mistake. At the moment some iPad apps like Procreate and Affinity are already like legacy apps for the iPad. I know people who buy the iPad just for those apps.

7. peace247 unregistered

if only the file management system of ios was half as good as windows or mac..... until that happens, lots of professionals are going to stay away from it.

9. path45th

Posts: 407; Member since: Sep 11, 2016

I don’t mind the lack of file management system because there are many third party apps that do file management. I quite like Documents app because it intergrates with apple’s Files as well with most native and non native apps. I think what Apple does is clever. Instead of having file management baked into iOS and thus making the whole system slower, it allows third party to do the management from app level. Enter a file management app and it is possible to do the same like a pc like create folders and sub folders, nane or rename files, open a file from the file management app with another app or save a file created by another app into the file managemts app.

10. deleon629 unregistered

I will most certainly believe this when I see it. And it better not be a “Lite” version, either, and something tells me Apple is not gonna let anyone using pro-model iPads of yesteryear are gonna be allowed to take advantage of this app because, well, Apple and the word “innovations usually means the public is gonna find a magical way to pull money from your wallet...through your arse...smh

11. Krjal

Posts: 438; Member since: Dec 19, 2013

My work's already started transitioning to the Affinity family with Photo and Designer. Adobe is just finally *finally* losing some ground. The full versions of all these things work perfectly on my Galaxy Book 12 anyway. As full-featured Windows tablets and convertables become lighter and more affordable they'll eat into iPad's slowly decreasing sales a little more as well.

12. Krjal

Posts: 438; Member since: Dec 19, 2013

Just been told Serif is preparing Affinity Publisher as well. Adobe's reign is over.

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