Adobe plans a full version of Photoshop for iPad in 2019

Adobe Reportedly Bringing Full Photoshop to the iPad

Adobe Reportedly Bringing Full Photoshop to the iPad

As part of the platform rewrite, the Adobe apps would share more code and enable greatly-improved cross-device cloud sync and collaboration than what is possible today.

As Bloomberg points out, this move has been a long time coming, as Adobe has been making a concerted effort to modernize its slate of software solutions for more than five years.

Adobe Systems is planning to unveil a full version of its Photoshop app for Apple's iPad at its annual Max creativity conference in October according to sources familiar with the matter as reported by Bloomberg. Gurman reports that Adobe is working to both "satisfy the professionals who rely on its software for photo editing and illustration, and to capture casual users".

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Bloomberg says that Adobe has plans to rollout its other creative apps with the new architecture in the future, but the timeline is much less certain. Theres a lot required to take a product as sophisticated and powerful as Photoshop and make that work on a modern device like the iPad. If you're looking for full Photoshop rivals already on iPad, the best options available right now include the likes of Pixelmator, Affinity and Enlight Photofox. "We need to bring our products into this cloud-first collaborative era", said Adobe's chief product officer of Creative Cloud.

Adobe now has several mobile "Photoshop" apps on the App Store, but they constitute small slices of the full desktop app feature-set. Also, Apple has been pushing the iPad as a laptop replacement for a while now-showing off a full version of Photoshop could help it further convince some users to ditch their laptops and opt for Apple's tablet.

As someone who treats Photoshop like a third limb, I'm keenly interested in just what "full" means in this case.

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