“The main appeal for Photoshop has always been derived from a rich and powerful desktop user experience that will be near impossible to replicate in a web app. How do you create a 20MB proof online,” writes Wired Journal. Good point!
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Well, what’s the appeal of any Web app then, relative to a more full-featured desktop app? It’s almost too obvious to state, but I will. Adobe’s going here because they want to extend the brand online. Other companies are already moving into this space, but their offerings are far from mature. If Adobe can build a basic version of their App with only a few essential features (e.g., color filtering / some effects / text / basic layer functionality), they’ll be the immediate leader in the ad supported photo editing field. Especially if they can make use of Flickr / Photobucket functionality.
They don’t have to build a rocket ship. A go cart will be just fine, and probably better than any other web offering in existence. It’s also a great opportunity to show what they can do with Apollo.
We have a product called Online Image Editor (OIE), first version was launched back in 2002. It’s a component that has to be downloaded only once and from that moment on the user can edit/create images directly from within their browser.
Together with an US-based partner we are currently working on OIEPrint. It will use server-side high DPI ‘templates’ and serve automatically a low DPI template to the client. The client can edit the low dpi template and upon uploading it to the server, the server side OIEPrint will automatically process any changes made to a high dpi version.
I dont think the wired idea makes sense. Adobe need not put the entire photoshop on the web. The web app should be a toned down version of the product.
And dont you think that a product like this will also help them in fighting piracy?
ALso, the target audience will be completely diff from the regular photoshop users!
“Damn! I saw a great ad for FREE Cialis while I was cropping my summer vacation photos.. I clicked on it and now everything’s lost!”
Wired Journal misses the point. This is a brilliant if not inevitable move by Adobe. Indeed, it is clearly not aimed at the creative professional. The scope is vast, but it’s more than just a brand thing.
As the average person for a tissue and they might not know exactly what you’re asking. Now ask them for a Kleenex.
Is it completely off base to compare Photoshop to Kleenex and Adobe to Kimberly-Clark?
They could do it without any porting if they used something this:
but really… if you can edit a video with a web service like http://www.jumpcut.com/, you should be able to edit photos the same way.
Am I the only one out in Web 2.0 land that actually likes my desktop user experience? I know it’s not a popular position, but Microsoft actually has some things right with desktop integrated web applications (I’m on a mac).
While it may be a boon for consumers, professional-grade image editing shouldn’t be done in a web browser. It’s just not a controlled enough application to guarantee the stability needed for production applications (for now). I don’t want my popup blocker messing with my color pallettes, do you?
I can see it now! The printer couldn’t deliver because the SaaS was down. Haha!
Web apps have never been as good as desktop apps but they are still gaining traction.. Why ? … The answer is that they bring lot of new things to the table like I social/collaboration, no software installation and anytime anywhere access. Did I also mention that most of the good ones are free…
Web photoshop to me is so obvious, I am wondering what took them so long … webphotoshop may not be good for laying out a magazine cover, But most of the time all I need simple graphics manipulation tool. Gimps UI is hard to get used to and a lot of the other tools are lacking.
The best feature of webphotoshop will be that it is free. If it is not, Dont bother doing it …
And Om , I think you should be able to see the utility of web photoshop especially for your website for quick, dirty (and hopefully free) graphics manipulation for blog entries