Adobe will be showing off a full version of Photoshop for the iPad at its annual MAX creative conference in October this year. The app has been in development for 3-4 years and will be released in 2019. Adobe is making this move under its new strategy that will see it bring many of its other apps to the iPad as well.
For Photoshop, the company is looking to bring the full-fledged version of the app to the iPad with almost all the features found on the desktop counterpart. The app is being built keeping the touch interface of the device in mind and is not a port of the existing desktop app.
The move will allow Adobe to boost its subscription sales while also bringing hobbyists and casual users in its user base. Many professionals are now also working on their iPad due to the flexibility they offer with their ease of use and portability, and Adobe wants to ensure that such users don’t end up jumping ship due to the lack of options from its end.
Scott Belsky, Adobe’s chief product officer confirmed that the company is indeed working on a new version of Photoshop for iPad.
My aspiration is to get these on the market as soon as possible,” Belsky said in an interview. “There’s a lot required to take a product as sophisticated and powerful as Photoshop and make that work on a modern device like the iPad. We need to bring our products into this cloud-first collaborative era.”
The Bloomberg report details that the iPad version of the app will allow users to continue making edits on projects that they were working on their PC and vice versa. After Photoshop, Adobe plans on bringing its other apps to the iPad as well. This includes a new version of Illustrator that has been in development but it is still some time away from its final release.
While Adobe may offer the app as a free download, its advanced functionality will be linked to its Creative Cloud subscription which will allow for cross-device syncing and more.
By bringing Photoshop and its other suite of apps to the iPad, Adobe will help many casual users and professionals to make the switch from their desktop to the iPad as their primary workstation. Apple has been pushing the iPad as a computer replacement through its ads but the lack of full-fledged apps on the iPad have prevented professionals from making the jump.