April 8, 2008

Adobe takes Photoshop software online... for free!

[I'm participating in Techie Tip Tuesday! Read more about it here.]

A little more than a year ago, I decided to break my blogging hiatus by writing a nice blog entry about Adobe's announcement of a free online version of Photoshop that they would be releasing in the future. Well as you can read here, that was before Blogger had implemented the "Auto Save" feature and a bug in their new system caused me to lose my whole post! Discouraged, I never rewrote that original entry...

Well now I can write it again, because Adobe has finally released the Photoshop Express Beta! Here's an announcement I got about it a couple of weeks ago:
Today Adobe announced Adobe Photoshop Express public beta, a free Rich Internet Application (RIA) available to anyone who wants to store, sort and show off digital photos with eye-catching effects. During the public beta period, Adobe will solicit Photoshop Express user feedback on product features and functionality, which will continue to evolve over time. As the newest addition to the Photoshop family line, Photoshop Express has taken much of Adobe's best image editing technology and made it simple and accessible to a new online audience. Photoshop Express allows users to store up to 2 gigabytes of images online for free, make edits to their photos, and share them online in creative ways, including downloading and uploading photos from popular social networking sites like Facebook.
2 GB of online image storage and instant access to Facebook... I don't think it will take very long for this thing to take off! I wonder if it will really help sales of the full retail version of Photoshop like Adobe hopes it will. I suppose there will be people formerly intimidated by Photoshop's price tag who can finally learn a simplified version of it now and upgrade later. But then again, this version is free and sounds like it will do a lot, so unless you're a graphic designer, is it really worth forking over hundreds of dollars for the full package? I guess we'll see.

In the meantime... I can't get the PS Express beta version to work! Firefox and Safari both give me a blank white screen and my copy of Internet Explorer is currently having problems with the Flash plugin. (Guess that's why they call it a "beta"!) So I can't really comment on how I like Photoshop Express just yet, but I'd be interested in hearing what you think of it. Leave me a comment below!

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