A report from last week claimed that Adobe still intends to launch Photoshop for iPad before the end of this year. It further claimed that the app was rudimentary in nature and not a full-fledged replacement of the desktop version that many users were hoping for. John Gruber from Daring Fireball has provided more information about Photoshop for iPad and how it is the real deal.
Gruber says that Adobe is “all-in” on Photoshop for iPad with the company is viewing it as a “serious, top-shelf project for creative professionals.”
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.
The initial version of Photoshop CC for iPad will miss out on a number of key features. However, since it will feature the same code base and rendering engine as the desktop app, it will be able to open any PSDs files created on a PC. After the initial release, Adobe will start working on the UI and add more features to the app. The company has an aggressive timeline in terms of adding features to Photoshop for iPad, though bringing in all the features from the desktop app to the iPad is still going to take some time.
Another report from Bloomberg claims that Adobe will launch Illustrator for the iPad in 2020. The company will preview the app on the device at its upcoming Max conference in November. It did something similar last year when it previewed Photoshop for iPad and set a release of 2019 for it.
Adobe understands that most of its users are looking to ditch their laptops and work on something more portable while on the go. The iPad Pro with its powerful internals and long battery life is that device which is why Adobe is trying to bring its desktop apps to the platform.
[Via Daring Fireball]