I just want to say first off I didn’t even know they were going to release this today. I was on my iPad and went to download the iPhone version of the app and BAM! There was a universal Photoshop app. So lets get into the review.
Adobe has given their once iPhone-only Photoshop app a bit of an overhaul. Not only has it received a name change, going from Photoshop.com Mobile to the more appealing Adobe Photoshop Express, but it’s now a universal app that sports iPad-specific features.
Adobe Photoshop Express now allows iPad users to edit and upload their photos with ease. The optimized UI gives you the ability to apply effects, borders and artistic filters with only a few taps, crop, rotate, straighten or flip by simply dragging your finger, and just do so much more with your photos. Photos can be uploaded to Adobe’s own Photoshop.com to be shared, or you can take the Facebook route.
But this isn’t merely an expanded iPhone app clone, it contains features specific to the iPad as well, including:
• Support for portrait and landscape orientations
• Redesigned Online, Edit, and Upload workflows
• Ability to work on multiple photos in sequence from within a single workflow
• Redesigned Organizer view with simplified album sharing
• Updated icons and visuals that make it easier to navigate and use the Editor
• Ability to upload to Photoshop.com and Facebook simultaneously
It definitely isn’t a full-fledged Photoshop experience with layers and all, but it does the job while on the go.
Apparently the iPad version isn’t perfect, however, as some users are reporting issues when launching the app:
“We have received reports of some users having difficulty launching the application on an iPad in landscape orientation with certain productivity and printing applications installed. We are investigating these reports. In the interim, you can work around the problem by launching the application in a portrait orientation on the iPad. We are continuing to investigate and will post an update to address these issues as soon as possible.”
I have yet to experience the issue myself, but if you are unlucky enough to, just do as Adobe states and launch it in portrait mode for the time being.
Adobe Photoshop Express is available in the App Store for free.