Thursday, March 27th, 2008

Adobe Photoshop Express Launches

Category: Adobe, Flash, Showcase

The launch of Adobe Photoshop Express has been much anticipated. We are seeing the move of a large software company going from desktop to Web for a major application.

As Erick Schonfeld points out “Photoshop Express is by no means just Photoshop ported onto the web.”

I am a big fan of Picnik and for awhile was using it quite regularly, so I wanted to see how they compared.

It seems like Photoshop Express is pretty limited and seems very much focused on taking images, putting them online, and doing little touch-ups. One of the things that I am always doing is taking a picture and adding text and shapes to it, and this isn’t available, so I kinda don’t know when I would use this other than for simple cropping and resizing.

The interface is sleek and Flash-y but somehow doesn’t feel as nice as Picnik to me…. I don’t know why.

View Source has some fun though:

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What do you think?

Adobe Photoshop Express

Posted by Dion Almaer at 2:14 am

3.2 rating from 17 votes


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Hahahahaha…!! :P
That image you’re editing says it all for me I think ;)

Comment by polterguy — March 27, 2008

Thats not very special indeed :/ Expected more from Adobe then just some simple effects and resizing/cropping.
Where are my layers??! :)

Comment by TommyMaintz — March 27, 2008

this is something anyone could have done with flex, in my opinion, it’s no big deal. if it didn’t have adobe’s name stamped on it, you’d probably never hear of it

Comment by jaimz — March 27, 2008

You might want to read number 8a of the terms (

“with respect to Your Content that you submit or make available for inclusion on publicly accessible areas of the Services, you grant Adobe a worldwide, royalty-free, nonexclusive, perpetual, irrevocable, and fully sublicensable license to use, distribute, derive revenue or other remuneration from, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, publicly perform and publicly display such Content (in whole or in part) and to incorporate such Content into other Materials or works in any format or medium now known or later developed.”

This means that you are basically giving Adobe all the rights to your images …. great idea!

Comment by juro — March 27, 2008

Nice EULA, not.

And indeed, although it’s nice, I have seen more impressive image edition apps in Flash. FauxTo to name one.

Comment by p01 — March 27, 2008

All your (base) images belongs to (us) Adobe!

Comment by Chris Phillips — March 27, 2008

Hmmm, how Adobe ever expect to move all of their apps online is beyond me.

While it is certainly impressive what can be done in a browser window these days, this is nowhere near what is possible on the desktop. And since it’s Flash, it’s performance (on the Mac in particular) sucks pretty badly.

Pretty interface though :)

Comment by blackmondo — March 27, 2008

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