New in OS X: Get MacRumors Push Notifications on your Mac

Resubscribe Now Close

Adobe Photoshop Touch for iPad 2 Now Officially Available

Yesterday, Adobe prematurely launched its new Photoshop Touch app for the iPad 2, quickly pulling it amid claims that the official launch was scheduled for Monday, February 27.


The app has now returned to the App Store [direct link], where it is available for $9.99. As previously noted, the app is currently compatible only with the iPad 2 running iOS 5.
Transform images with core Adobe Photoshop features in an app designed for tablets.

Combine images, apply professional effects, share results with friends and family through sites like Facebook, and more – all from the convenience of your iPad.
Adobe Photoshop Touch is the flagship app from a group of six tablet apps that Adobe announced last October. The company has been taking steps onto the iPad and other tablets with a series of applications, although they have obviously yet to match the capabilities of the desktop versions of the Adobe's key software products.

Adobe's initial goal for the iPad was to explore how the device might be used as an auxiliary input for the desktop version, but the company has broadened its scope to now include at least some of the dedicated image editing features from Photoshop in its latest apps.

Update: MacStories has a nice early review of the app.

Related roundup: iPad Air 2

Top Rated Comments

(View all)

37 months ago

No iPad 1 compatibility? I thought fragmentation was supposed to be Android's Achilles heel? :rolleyes:


Fragmentation occurs when new devices come out with older, or different/cloned, versions of the OS. According to this article (http://pxldot.com/post/18281312362/android-measuring-stick), "Gingerbread is still adding devices 14 times faster than ICS".
Rating: 8 Votes
37 months ago

No thanks to watered down apps. I'll wait for a tablet with a full desktop OS. That would be Windows 8. That's when Photoshop on a tablet will be worth it.
No iPad 1 compatibility? I thought fragmentation was supposed to be Android's Achilles heel?


You can already buy a Windows tablet and run Photoshop on it. If you mean an ARM-based Windows tablet, well then just realize that they won't run any x86 applications. And there is no guarantee Adobe will port the full version of Photoshop; Considering that ARM-based Windows tablets will be targeted towards the same market as the iPad, it may in fact only get this version.
Rating: 7 Votes
37 months ago
To all those who are complaining about Photoshop not working on an iPad 1, that's just not true. I have a 1st gen iPad and Photoshop works fine on it.

I did a few of the tutorials and everything.

I think that it's not officially supported on an iPad 1 but it does run. There's no restrictions that prevent it from running on one.
Rating: 6 Votes
37 months ago

No thanks to watered down apps. I'll wait for a tablet with the power of a full desktop OS. That would be Windows 8. That's when Photoshop on a tablet will really be worth it.
No iPad 1 compatibility? I thought fragmentation was supposed to be Android's Achilles heel? :rolleyes:


A developer choosing to limit an app to second generation hardware is not fragmentation. Do you complain when all the new Xbox 360 games don't run on the original Xbox?
Rating: 5 Votes
37 months ago
Adobe sells their Creative Suite packager for delivering Flash apps to multiple mobile devices. But when Adobe makes their own software for multiple mobile devices, they avoid Flash entirely.

I wonder when someone in the media will ask Adobe about that. :eek:
Rating: 4 Votes
37 months ago

No thanks to watered down apps. I'll wait for a tablet with the power of a full desktop OS. That would be Windows 8. That's when Photoshop on a tablet will really be worth it.
No iPad 1 compatibility? I thought fragmentation was supposed to be Android's Achilles heel? :rolleyes:


Adobe Photoshop Touch for iPad 2 - $9.99

Adobe Photoshop desktop version for Windows 8 tablet - $699.99

hmm, I'll take the one for $9.99
Rating: 4 Votes
37 months ago

Nice price..but bits like "Maximum image resolution: 1600 x 1600 pixels" puts me off a little bit..


Probably due to memory.

As for running "the whole photoshop" on a windows tablet: Just cross your fingers that the windows tablet will arrive with at least 8GB RAM.
Rating: 4 Votes
37 months ago
Nice price..but bits like "Maximum image resolution: 1600 x 1600 pixels" puts me off a little bit..
Rating: 4 Votes
37 months ago

Any proof apart from it just appearing again on the App Store that it was finally officially released on Sunday? When it was supposed to be originally Monday?

(Sunday in the US. I'm sure they wanted a Monday US release)


There's life outside USA, but I am sure you are aware of that ;)
It's Monday here in Europe.
Rating: 3 Votes
37 months ago

It'll be interesting to see how well this app does. Some would say that tablets offer a better interface (touch) for manipulating images.


Yes, finger painting has been the superior way of manipulating images for the history of the world. :D

Stylus based tablets would be even better, evidenced by the decades of stylus based tablet designs for desktops, by vendors such as Wacom.
Rating: 3 Votes

[ Read All Comments ]