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Adobe Launches Carousel App and Photo Service for Mac and iOS

Adobe has launched the Universal iOS app and Mac app for Carousel this evening. Carousel is Adobe's cloud storage service that allows you to access your entire photo library from all your devices.
Adobe® Carousel is the only photography solution that gives you access to your entire photo library from all your iPad, iPhone, and Mac—no storage issues, no manual syncing hassles. Enjoy your photos anywhere you are, and make them look terrific using the same powerful photo-processing technology that's used in Adobe Photoshop® Lightroom®, so you get the finest photo-editing results delivered consistently no matter what type of device you are using. Create the ultimate family photo hub by sharing a photo library with family members to contribute shots and weigh in on favorites.
The service was first announced back in September and will support Mac, Windows, iOS and Android platforms.


Beyond just online storage and syncing, the Carousel app also offers photo editing as well. The service is a paid subscription that starts at a discounted $59.99 per year or $5.99 per month. Normal pricing will be $99 per year or $9.99 per month. There is a free 30-day trial offered at launch.

Some of the features listed by Adobe include:
- Simply add photos to your Adobe Carousel photo library on your iPad, iPhone, or Mac, and you’ll instantly have access to them in Adobe Carousel on your other iPad, iPhone, and Mac devices.
- Easily crop, rotate, adjust exposure, and make other corrections, or lend your photos serious style with unique looks.
- Create a family photo library without the hassle of sending emails, handing off drives, and trying to figure out which photos to touch up or use in special projects. Simply invite family members to add photos to your library via their own Adobe Carousel apps, and let them flag their favorites so everyone can quickly find the best-loved shots.
- Share those moments that matter by sending your photos straight from Adobe Carousel to Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr.
- Snap new photos right from Adobe Carousel on your iPhone or iPad, and they’ll instantly appear in your photo library on all your devices.
Both the iOS and Mac apps are free downloads in their respective App Stores (iOS, Mac)

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38 months ago
Sounded good till up until the subscription cost.
Rating: 13 Votes
38 months ago
Oh yeah ... free app....:D

but

:rolleyes::mad: $99/yr subscription for a photo album?
Rating: 9 Votes
38 months ago

I'm really interested in this product. I've been chatting with John Nack about it on Twitter. Adobe seems to be heading in all the right directions lately. It's so wonderful to see a great company that was beginning to become a little bit lethargic alter their course and head for the future. I'll be applying at Adobe (among other places) when I graduate this May. Wish me luck!


It may just my perception but Adobe seems to have really woken up after Jobs put a cattle prod to their posterior in 2007.
Rating: 7 Votes
38 months ago
$99 a year is a rip-off!!

I wouldn't pay that much for an app. Even the Adobe Lightroom isn't cost that much, student price.
Rating: 5 Votes
38 months ago
Just one more service I would have to sync my photos to. Not buying it until I can have full blown Photoshop or Lightroom on my iPad. Until then, I have no need to have Adobe photo storage.

For those wondering, I do in fact pay for photo storage presently - SmugMug. But even that is only $150 and allows me to sell my photos. Cheaper plans are also available. Why would I want to pay Adobe $100/yr just to do some low-scale editing on my iPad? Now if they had a truly great Mac/PC companion app *cough*Lightroom*cough* which the photos synced to and if I could sell my photos through Carousel, that would be absolutely amazing.

All I want is one service to 1.) host photos 2.) sell those photos 3.) edit them anywhere with powerful editing tools 4.) sync all the photos automatically to the Cloud from my Mac/PC.

Give me that, Adobe, then I'll bite.
Rating: 3 Votes
38 months ago
Adobe must be getting high off their own supply!
I ain't paying no effing subscription fee for that BS!
Rating: 2 Votes
38 months ago
Just get MyPics and use Picasa where you can store your photos for free... and not just for 30 days
Rating: 1 Votes
38 months ago
It's not worth the price for me.
Rating: 1 Votes
38 months ago

Does anyone know if it integrates with lightroom?


From what I remember, it does not. It works with JPEGs only so if you're a prosumer user who uses RAW images and Lightroom, then this is probably not for you. I haven't installed Carousel on my iPad yet though, so maybe things have changed. I saw it a month or two ago in a press demo.

Others have asked what "the same powerful photo-processing technology that's used in Adobe Photoshop® Lightroom" means, I'm pretty sure that means Carousel uses the same algorithms Lightroom uses for photo display, noise reduction and such. Carousel doesn't share the same UI as Lightroom.

Jeremy
Rating: 1 Votes
38 months ago
I'm a bit surprised at all the negative comments and some of the seeming hate. Especially since most are commenting without even trying it first.

Theres a thirty day free trial so I decided to test it out.

I first tried the iPhone app as I think that's the primary user Adobe is targeting with this service and app.

The app in and of itself is not bad. First you import the pictures you want. You don't have to import your entire library of pictures if you don't want to. And yes it's a batch import, not one at a time.

It organizes the pictures by date and I see no way of changing that. There's no way to edit the name of pictures either.

There are however some very nice editing tools. You add one of about 15 special effects, adjust contrast, brightness, temperature, exposure, tint, highlights, shadows, vibrance and clarity. You can also crop flip and straighten the horizon aspect. All very easy and intuitive.

Once done editing you don't have to do anything for the edited image to be synced. It's done automatically. You can also share by email, Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr.

You can share an entire Carousel with up to five users but the must have the Carousel app installed on their devices. They can however add to or edit the Carousel you share with them. A nice feature but it's unclear if you both need to have a subscription.

The Mac app is identical to the iOS app and this is where it starts to fall short. I would have thought that Adobe would do some kind of integration with Lightroom if you have it installed on your Mac. I saw no way of being able to work with the two cohesively. You can of course edit images in Lightroom and then import them into Carousel but that's not what I think most would want to in terms of work flow.

While the iOS app is nice, it doesn't really do anything special that other apps don't already do like Luminance or Photo Studio or even Camera+ or Camera 360.

There is potential here but Carousel is needs more tools and a better Mac experience before it can be a stand out.

Then of course is the question of price. I use Smugmug so I am willing to pay for an online photo service. The problem with Adobe Carousel is that there is no web interface or app to allow you to share a link or if you wanted to showcase your talents. To be fair that's not what Carousel was built for. But with the introduction of iCloud it has become an also ran.

Carousel's time was two years ago. Then it could have been a viable solution. Today though it doesn't make sense to spend any money on a service that users get for free.

Please excuse any grammatical or spelling errors:)
Rating: 1 Votes

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