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A full version of Photoshop on iPad will become a reality in 2019

Although Photoshop is likely to be first out of the gate, other Adobe apps should be coming to iPad in the future.

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Adobe plans on bringing a full version of Photoshop to iPad in 2019. In doing so, the San Jose, California-company appears to be going all-in on mobile, finally, according to Bloomberg.

In what’s being described as a “strategy shift,” offering Photoshop on iPad is being seen as a twofold mission by the company to satisfy both professional and casual users.

Although he declined to discuss Photoshop on iPad specifically, Adobe’s Scott Belsky did confirm with Bloomberg that the company was working on a new cross-platform version of Photoshop and other applications. The chief product officer of Creative Cloud explained:

My aspiration is to get these on the market as soon as possible. There’s a lot required to take a product as sophisticated and powerful as Photoshop and make that work on a modern device like the iPad. We need to bring our products into this cloud-first collaborative era.

Since 2012, Adobe has tied together its main suite of media-editing products with Creative Cloud, a subscription service that allows users to access full version apps on Mac and Windows computers. On mobile, Adobe has only provided companion apps so far such as Photoshop Fix and Photoshop Mix.

Bloomberg explains,

The new versions of the apps will allow users to run full versions of the programs on Apple’s iPad and continue edits on different devices, the people said. The moves are similar to ones Microsoft Corp. has made as part of its software and services-focused turnaround in recent years.

Although Photoshop is likely to be first out of the gate, other Adobe apps should be coming to iPad in the future. This should include Illustrator, among other current products.

For anyone working in media, this is huge news and will lead to a further blurring between traditional computing and mobile. Hopefully, Adobe doesn’t drag its feet on this one for too long. Photoshop for iPad is likely to be announced this fall with a release sometime next year.

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Bryan considers himself a well-rounded techie, having written articles for MakeUseOf, KnowTechie, AppAdvice, iDownload Blog. When he's not writing, he's being a single dad and rooting for his alma mater, Penn State, or cheering on the Patriots.

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