At its annual Adobe Max conference, Adobe announced plans to bring a complete version of Photoshop to the iPad in 2019.
Photoshop CC for iPad will feature a revamped interface designed specifically for a touch experience, but it will bring the power and functionality people are accustomed to on the desktop.
This is the real, full photoshop – the same codebase as the regular Photoshop, but running on the iPad with a touch UI. The Verge’s Dami Lee and artist colleagues at The Verge got to test this new version of Photoshop, and they are very clear to stress that the biggest news here isn’t even having the “real” Photoshop on the iPad, but the plans Adobe has for the PSD file format.
But the biggest change of all is a total rethinking of the classic .psd file for the cloud, which will turn using Photoshop into something much more like Google Docs. Photoshop for the iPad is a big deal, but Cloud PSD is the change that will let Adobe bring Photoshop everywhere.
This does seem to be much more than a simple cash grab, and I’m very intrigued to see if Adobe finally taking the iPad serious as a computing platform will convince others to do so, too – most notably Apple.