Why Adobe’s Photoshop for iPad is a disappointment

Jason Aten for Inc.:

I remember watching Adobe demo the iPad version of Photoshop at the iPad Pro launch event just over a year ago. It was impressive. Designers everywhere started imagining what it would mean to have a mobile device as powerful as the iPad Pro running Photoshop — the real Photoshop… Except, it turns out that the real Photoshop isn’t actually the real Photoshop. And users aren’t having it. In fact, the response has been really bad, especially for a brand like Adobe, which prides itself on catering to the needs of real professionals…

Of course, it’s not that Adobe exactly promised it would be the full desktop experience on the iPad. The company was clear that it was focusing on bringing the ability to work with layered PSD files to the iPad, so that you could easily transfer your work back and forth. It also talked about building on the existing code base to provide an app that works with the Apple Pencil and a touch interface.

All of that is great, but it’s still not what people expected. And that’s the entire point.

MacDailyNews Take: Underpromise and overdeliver, not vice versa, Adobe.

The missing features will come to Photoshop in time. Too bad a single purchase option likely won’t.


  1. Adobe has had years to get this worked out. On June 5, 2017 Serif released their FULL-FEATURED photo editing app: Affinity Photo for iPad. That is 2 years, 5 months ago. And for those who don’t know, Affinity Photo desktop is very similar to Photoshop. Every month I pay $9.99 just to use Photoshop. Lightroom has issues, so I use Capture One instead of Lightroom. I really need to give Affinity Photo’s desktop and iPad versions a look.

    The subscription model has made Adobe a fortune. But, it has also made them lazy when it comes to certain products.

  2. The Affinity suite of Apps (Photo; Designer; Publisher) is amazing for its price and performance, flexibility and outright ingenious way of non-destructive workflows

  3. I couldn’t agree more, this is not ‘full Photoshop’. The iPad is cool, it is useful, but it just can’t replace better tools. It’s getting to the point where I think Apple honestly wants us to magically forget that there are better ways of doing things.

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