Adobe working on a full featured version of Photoshop for iPad

During the Photoshop World 2011 keynote, Adobe showed off a version of its popular PC and Mac application, Photoshop -- running on an iPad. This is a totally different version to the Photoshop Express app which is already available. The new Photoshop app was given a short demo, which showed off the use of layers and a few other new features

There was no mention of when this app will be released or if it will be iPad only (or iPad 2 only due to the power needed to run it) but we will keep you in the loop as soon as we hear. If you want to catch a short video of the app in action, head over to Photography Bay.

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Aliff says:

$100+ for a ipad app anybody?

n0thinghead says:

i knew it. in about a yr or 2, maybe less, flash will be on iOS devices.

DvS says:

That will never happen.

iSRS says:

More like in 2-3 years, Flash will be a development platform for creating apps, html 5 sites, etc. Flash Player will go away...

Thorndy says:

Why would you think that because Adobe shows a Photoshop app? This is how rumors start. People making up their own ideas because there was some... anykind of news about a company.
I bet you think T-Mobile will be getting the iPhone 5 this June. Ha!

chuck732 says:

Adobe's Photoshop for PC go's for around $600.00. So figure what there going to try to get for a iPad version.

Dood says:

Odds are it won't be as full featured as the desktop version, but offer more functionality than Express.

jasondeno says:

I'm not sure how we inferred 'full featured' from that demo video, but kinda cool.
I don't feel a gesture input on a small display would be the ideal input method for most work though. Assuming it integrates with Dropbox, you'll probably see me at least mess with it. :)

DvS says:

It will be overpriced and buggy, just like the desktop version.

SimpleAsItSeems says:

What do you mean "buggy"? I've only encountered "bugs" on a low end computer. Besides, what other software even comes CLOSE to what Photoshop can do?

Dood says:

In the last 5 years I've never found Photoshop to be "buggy", at all.

Jonblaze says:

The only thing buggy about Photoshop is the pc ur using it on.. As a designer Photoshop is my bread & butter. If it ain't 100 then I'm not working!! Photoshop runs smooth on macs!

Carioca32 says:

It runs quite smooth on PCs too. The problem with Photoshop is the brand Adobe, which now causes repulsion on fanboys.

(Copy of) Dev says:

The big question is not if the iPad has the power to run it, but how a Photoshop (and its users) will respond to the lower resolution input. Mice have pixel-perfect accuracy, whereas fingers, obviously, do not. A stylus is a little better, but a mouse still has it beat hands down. There is a lot of work in Photoshop that requires that level of precision, and it will be interesting to see how (if?) a tablet UI can provide one.

fastlane says:

Absolutely. At least for now, a stylus or mouse will be necessary for Pen tool use, anyway. Maybe they'll come up with some way around that, the way Apple did with the magnifying glass. But, I can't imagine anything that would possess me to do major Photoshop work on the iPad (for now, at least), even if all the features were there.
I haven't used a mouse in at least ten years... but the on-screen cursor is still necessary for preciseness.

sfwrtr says:

I hope Adobe remembers the photographer in iPad Photoshop. The Camera Raw plugin and it's analog Lightroom are essential tools. That would get me to buy something in the $100 range for the iPad, and I'd be leave my laptop behind. Of course, I'd want a 128GB iPad 3 next year to support it.

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