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Following a recent Bloomberg report that Adobe continues to be committed to releasing the promised Photoshop CC for iPad app by the end of 2019, Daring Fireball's John Gruber has offered up some additional info on Adobe's plans.

Gruber says that Adobe is "all in" on photoshop for iPad, and that it's viewed as a "serious top-shelf project for creative professionals."

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The team of engineers working on it has grown significantly from a year ago, and they have plans to add features iteratively on an aggressive schedule. It's reasonable to be disappointed that it isn't further along feature-count-wise, but anyone who cares about Photoshop for iPad as a long-term product should be very excited about its foundation, direction, and the attention Adobe is paying to the fine details of a touch-first Photoshop UI.
In response to reports that Photoshop for iPad beta testers are unhappy with limited and missing core Photoshop features, Gruber explains that Adobe is positioning the software as "real" Photoshop as it's built using the same code base that's used for the desktop version. That's been interpreted as a "full" version of Photoshop, which isn't quite correct.
Photoshop for iPad is real because it is using the same code base that's been running on the desktop for decades. That's an amazing technical accomplishment. Photoshop for iPad is not full -- and the initial release was never planned to be -- because it only exposes a subset of features from the desktop version.
Adobe first announced its plans to introduce an iPad version of Photoshop CC in October of 2018, promising it for release in 2019. Adobe has been testing the app with beta testers since May, but there's still no specific word on when it will launch.


Though it won't be a complete mirror of Photoshop on the desktop, the Photoshop CC app for iPad is designed to let users open and edit native PSD files for cross-platform functionality. Adobe is planning to add several features later, including rotate canvas, shapes/paths, custom brushes and fonts, color swatches, curve adjustment, smart objects, and grids and guides.

In a separate report released this afternoon, Bloomberg says that Adobe is also working on a version of Illustrator that will work on the iPad. Adobe is said to be planning to preview Illustrator for iPad at its Adobe MAX conference in November before releasing the app in 2020.

Article Link: Adobe 'All-In' on Photoshop for iPad, Illustrator for iPad Coming Next Year
 

jerryk

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Nice. I wonder how this works with sidecar. Is it the iPad that is licensed or the Mac, or both? What happens if you run the full version on the Mac and use the iPad and Pencil as your editing interface?
 

Partron22

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Pads work best with low feature count Apps. As fundamentally consumer devices, adding features complicates the interface too much, too fast.
-Some apps do not belong on a pad or a phone.
It'll probably take a decade for the Pro/Sumer dichotomy to shake out neatly. There is going to be a lot of pain involved.
 

RevTEG

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Pads work best with low feature count Apps. As fundamentally consumer devices, adding features complicates the interface too much, too fast.
-Some apps do not belong on a pad or a phone.
It'll probably take a decade for the Pro/Sumer dichotomy to shake out neatly. There is going to be a lot of pain involved.

I'd love to read your research on this. Sounds like you're making definitive statements that are personal opinions?
 

BWhaler

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I’m sure they believe this, and they want it to be true.

Problem is they are years behind. And the competitors, who are less expensive and without subscriptions, will not stand still, And they are awesome today.

Yes, Adobe will make a lot of money because they will bundle and because of file compatibility, but my guess is the throne is lost.
 

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I think Mobile and wearables represent the most promising content creation platforms over the next decade. We are still only scratching the surface with content creation with mobile. Can you imagine how creation with wearables might represent the new frontier on the horizon?
 

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Well toy versions of them. We have toy versions of office on iPad too. But thats nothing new.
No, full blown versions. Have you not listened to what Adobe was saying?

Or......you could look at the demo Adobe did. They opened up a large 3GB 12,000 x 12,000 pixel image with 157 layers and it was able to function smoothly. This was last year. It was already well beyond a toy back then.

If you don't like Adobe, you can choose other options like Pixelmator or Affinity, which are very capable and light years beyond anything you'll find over on Android tablets (which are dead/useless).

Saying you can start working next year is the opposite of productivity.
I can be productive right now using Photoshop on my Mac. Or PC. Like so many people already do. The iPad will be another device you can work on, in a different form factor that's more suited to actually drawing/creating.

At least on iOS I'll have that option. On Android you won't since these types of high-end Apps simply don't exist in Fisher Price land.
 

Partron22

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RevTEG:
Started with a Rockwell Aim 65. Tape-> 8" floppy. VAX-11/780 too. I've noticed a few trends over the decades.
Disregard as you will. I've been pretty lucky moving in the right directions. We're going thru a huge transition these days.

Oh yes, Adobe's interfaces have always been a PITA. Remember ATM?
 
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Khedron

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No, full blown versions. Have you not listened to what Adobe was saying?

Or......you could look at the demo Adobe did. They opened up a large 3GB 12,000 x 12,000 pixel image with 157 layers and it was able to function smoothly. This was last year. It was already well beyond a toy back then.

If you don't like Adobe, you can choose other options like Pixelmator or Affinity, which are very capable and light years beyond anything you'll find over on Android tablets (which are dead/useless).


I can be productive right now using Photoshop on my Mac. Or PC. Like so many people already do. The iPad will be another device you can work on, in a different form factor that's more suited to actually drawing/creating.

At least on iOS I'll have that option. On Android you won't since these types of high-end Apps simply don't exist in Fisher Price land.

Why do you need to buy an iPad just to use Photoshop on your Mac? Fail.
 
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