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Adobe’s Photoshop.com has mobile apps for both iPhone and Android. Each platform features a similar set of features.
However, in an interesting twist today, Adobe announced that other Android application developers would be allowed to call up the Photoshop.com application to do photo editing inside their own applications.
Adobe has announced the international introduction of the iPhone version of its Photoshop.com online image editing service.
The app was originally introduced in the US only in October, but is now available worldwide in any country that has an app store.
Photoshop.com, the online, Flash-based version of Photoshop has made its way to the iPhone. Of course the iPhone version doesn’t use Flash and isn’t quite as robust as the desktop or web counterparts. That being said, it does offer some nice touches including:
- Basics: Crop, Rotate, and Flip
- Color: Exposure, Saturation, Tint, Black and White
- Filters: Sketch, Soft Focus
- Effects: Vibrant, Pop, Border, Vignette Blur, Warm Vintage, Rainbow, White Glow, Soft Black and White
I’ve installed the application and it performs fairly well. Strangely, it doesn’t appear that you can edit your online photos from the app. You can edit photos in your library and upload them to your account but not the reverse. Once it is uploaded, you’ll need to go to the Flash based Photoshop.com to continue to edit.
Also, I would have like to have seen some Level/Auto-level options. Otherwise, great product!
Get the iPhone app here (App Store link) free. More info from Adobe and screenshots below.
Adobe has this afternoon posted a video detailing some of the new features it is developing for Photoshop.
Hosted by the company’s Photoshop genius, Russell Brown, the video is available online now – the only catch is, it’s only presently accessible through Facebook. (Adobe should do the world a favour and shove it up on YouTube, we think).
The video shows a selection of features as demonstrated at Photoshop World. These include a new warp tool, Painter-style brushes – which aim to emulate the features found in Corel’s flagship Painter product, and much more.
A new Warping technology is also pretty interesting. Basically this means that by locking down certain parts of an image an image editor can alter other parts without altering the overall subject. The illustration shows what can be done with a man’s arms, which can be moved around the subject’s body….
Adobe continues to insist Mac users won’t miss 64-bit support in its newly-introduced Adobe Photshop CS4 products.
The reason it’s lacking is because Apple ditched a section of underlying OS X code that Adobe used for the creation of 64-bit support, meaning the developer would have had to invest significant resources re-building its app.
But Bruce Bowman, product manager of Adobe Premiere Pro, says Mac CS4 users won’t miss 64-bit – “much”.
OK, perhaps that is a bit of an overstatement. But it is really cool. I briefly reviewed Photoshop Express for Computerworld and came away reeling at the possibilities. While we all knew this application was coming down the pipe, Adobe made great use of Flash and delivered a very polished product.
Facebook(!!), Picasa and Photobucket direct access shows the amazing possibilities this web application has. No doubt, more services will be coming soon. If you can give Photoshop Express access to your blog images directory, you could do all of your image editing inline – without having to upload or download between edits. How about Google documents or presentations? Editing photos inside the web browser would make those services all the more valuable. Oh, and move to another computer and your 2 GB library goes with you.
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