Adobe Teams Up With Google To Bring Online Photoshop
We all love Photoshop. Though it has changed lives in media, graphic designing, photography, and what not, it does have some issues on the way. First off, it requires a heavy duty computer, which limits many potential users from using the digital editing service.
Thankfully, Adobe has been rigorously working with Google to solve this problem since two years. Both tech giants have been putting their heads together to bring Photoshop to the browser, and have finally come up with a beta version called Photoshop Streaming that educational institutions will be allowed to test over the next six months.
So how does it work? It is seemingly pretty simple. And here’s a brief overview:
- The application is downloaded through the Chrome Web Store
- When the app is run, you’re connected to a server running the desktop version of Photoshop CC 2014
- The User Interface of the desktop Photoshop is captured as a video
- The video stream is then sent to your browser
Similar to a virtual machine setup, this remote streaming application will be able to run in the browser on any computer, even Chromebooks.
Remote streaming consumer computing uses programs reciprocally with the local apps, some of which are even run entirely on a server. It comes with pros and cons at the same time, though. Depends on the way you see it.
For users, they don’t have to fret about their OS, hardware or the form factor of the device. But on the other hand, there have been many issues with connection, up and downstream speeds and so on.
Right now, Photoshop Streaming works only on the files hosted on Google Drive, but Adobe is looking forward to adding other cloud storage services soon. Moreover, some functions like printing, 3D functions involving GPU, don’t work, though everything else does, thankfully.
Adobe will use this six month trial period to iteratively build the functions and troubleshoot experience based on the users’ feedback. Most of the educational institutions hold people working on low-end hardware, so this is the ideal situation for Adobe as this area is what the company is seeking to optimize.
Once Adobe feels that the experience is comfortable enough for the users, the trial will be made available to a broader audience.