Adobe Shows Off Photoshop for iPad With Layer Support

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    As covered by Photography Bay, Adobe yesterday used its keynote address at Photoshop World 2011 to briefly show off a new concept for a Photoshop app for iPad offering support for layers, a significant leap beyond the capabilities found in the company's current Photoshop Express app.

    Photography Bay has also posted a brief video of the demo showing how layers can be used on the iPad.

    The functionality remains a demo concept with no word on when or if it will make it to a public launch, but Adobe has openly acknowledged that it is looking at ways to support more complex Photoshop functionalities on tablets such as the iPad, and has even shown off concepts for how some of those tools might be implemented.

    Article Link: Adobe Shows Off Photoshop for iPad With Layer Support
  2. macrumors regular

    Nov 1, 2007
    Adobe finally made something useful on the iOS platform.
  3. macrumors 603


    Jan 20, 2010
  4. macrumors G5


    Nov 14, 2007
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
  5. macrumors 68000

    Aug 15, 2008
    Very cool. Though I still can't see something like this reaching its full potential without a pressure sensitive stylus.
  6. macrumors 68000


    Apr 17, 2008

    Impressive. I for one think they have something there. Wonder how much farther they will take this. :rolleyes:
  7. macrumors member

    May 15, 2008
    It may be fun for play, but I cant see anything real being done on that. Most high end photo editors wont even use a trackpad/laptop...

    Now if they can make it double as a wacom for a desktop and mirror the image form the computer.. now youre talking :)

    And from a user standpoint, having all menus buried and no keyboard shortcuts, you're expanding the time to edit drastically.
  8. macrumors member

    Apr 29, 2007
    London, England
    To me it looks like necessary groundwork to bring this kind of functionality to touch devices, but I hope there are people out there who can create a more intuitive interface paradigm than just having a ton of dense pop-over palettes etc.

    Good to see Adobe's working on this, though.
  9. macrumors 6502a

    Jan 16, 2011
    Soon we will only have one OS called iOSX

    OSX 10.7 has iOS features that were sent "Back to the Mac"
    iOS is getting OSX apps (Photoshop, Garage Band, iMovie, Pages, Numbers, Keynote, Photo Booth.......)
    OSX is getting apps originally designed for iOS

    If you imagine iOS and OSX on a line


    They are moving in opposite directions toward each other.


    Eventually, they will meet in the middle and we will have either 2 similar operating systems or simply a mix of the two.

    I think Apple thinks that by taking the best of the two worlds they are creating a "better" user experience. I don't know if this is the case but I think that this is clearly the inevitable long-term outcome. Time will tell.
  10. macrumors 68030


    Oct 15, 2008
    Which is kind of hard on such a restricted and limited platform. There would be more useful software for the iPad if it ran a 'real' operating system like Mac OS X -- meaning full file system access and not being tied into ONE App Store with arbitrary rules for what a program is allowed to do.
  11. macrumors regular

    Nov 29, 2010
    Dallas, TX
    Does anyone else think this is a desperate attempt by Adobe to stay in the tablet game?

    They're making software for a device produced by a company that wants nothing to do with them.

    Does the software use Adobe's AIR?
  12. macrumors newbie

    Jan 11, 2011
    Too novelty like

    That is a nice step in the right direction. I would like to see more practical
    productivity apps on the iOS platform, but even for on the go conceptual work, this is still pretty much useless for my studio. Needs precision and the touch interface is not the answer. Bring a pen/stylus or similar device to the mix and then we'll talk.
  13. macrumors 68030

    Sep 20, 2006
    Aussie living in Canada
    Looks like they put a lot of work into this, very cool.

    And in 500 simple hand gestures you can create a vignette!
  14. macrumors 68040


    Jan 14, 2002
    I'd rather use photoshop on a laptop with a wacom tablet. But lightroom on the ipad-- theres an idea.
  15. macrumors 68030


    Oct 16, 2007
    Very Cool demo. Really shows off the true horsepower of the Ipad as well
  16. macrumors 68040

    Lesser Evets

    Jan 7, 2006
    Excellent. I was waiting for photoshop on an iPad. Even if not yet released, they are getting there. Another 2 or 3 years and the iPad will be able to do 99% of everything I use my current Mac for.
  17. macrumors 6502

    Jan 22, 2009
    U, S, and A
    As a hobbyist photographer, this is welcome news and even more reason to bring my iPad along with me during shoots.
  18. Guest


    May 13, 2010
    On Mars, thinking about my father...
    #18 all Apple needs to do is provide higher trace capabilities on their touch panels...then we can have some awesome styluses.
  19. macrumors 601


    Jan 6, 2004
    Western US
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    You post an article about the iPad with video that can't be viewed on an iPad? Thanks.
  20. macrumors 65816

    Oct 24, 2002
    I wish Apple would come out with their own suite of apps. There hasn't been any competition with Adobe since CorelDraw.
  21. macrumors 6502a

    Jul 25, 2006
    San Francisco Bay Area
    If anyone can do it, Apple's the company. They'll take their time, refine it, make it useful, get hardware support, etc.

    So far, Microsoft's idea of touchscreen is "the finger tells the cursor where to go". Or HP overlays some terrible "Front Row"ish interface on TOP of Windows. :rolleyes:

    This is probably at least 3-5 years away if at all. I'm imagining an updated second-gen iMac (sunflower style), with a big iPad-ish display that can go up down, close, far, etc. OS X with mouse when it's far, switches to a touch-optimized view when you bring it close. Or something. My imagination is probably too "inside the box" for this sort of thing.
  22. macrumors regular

    Dec 29, 2010
    Erm, so?

    There are a huge number of people that use photoshop on macs...
  23. macrumors 6502a


    Jan 27, 2004
    St. Louis, MO
    Wow. I like that a lot.

    Hopefully it will be priced reasonably.
  24. macrumors member


    Apr 23, 2010
    with tens of millions of iPads sold... Adobe would be stupid not to work hard on making an intuitive powerful Photoshop app for the iPad... very Post-PCish is you ask me
  25. macrumors 6502


    Mar 23, 2010
    United States
    It's cool, but totally pointless other than being used as a tech demo.

    I fully expect that the control will not be fine enough on the layers / brushes, etc to be acceptable for commercial or even personal use. It's hard enough to select and erase layer parts when using a WACOM tablet on a PC or Mac... Now we do the same thing with fingerpaint precision....

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