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Adobe Takes Cloud Based Version Of Photoshop Into Chromebook Beta

By Anthony Thurston on September 29th 2014

I own a Chromebook, I know many other who own Chromebooks, and what is probably the most common complaint that I hear? “I can’t use (insert favorite/work related software here) on my Chromebook.” Well, my dear friends, that is about to change… at least in regards to Photoshop and other Adobe products.


Adobe has announced the start of their long awaited cloud based beta for Photoshop on Chromebook. The new beta is only open to Adobe Education Exchange members that meet certain criteria, but if you want to apply and see if you can get access, you can do so on Adobe’s website here.

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One might wonder about the computing power of these Chromebooks when running Photoshop, but that is the glory of the cloud based setup. All of the hard work is being done by Adobe’s big expensive server farms, not your meager Chromebook. So performance, at least once the kinks are worked out, should be comparable to what you would experience on a standard desktop or laptop device.

As an owner of a Chromebook, this greatly excites me, as one of the biggest things that has been preventing me from using it regularly has been the lack of Photoshop. Once this goes public, I will literally have everything I need from my Chromebook.


What are your thoughts on this? Would having access to Photoshop on Chromebook make the OS more interesting to you as a photographer? Leave a comment below!

[via Google Chrome Blog]

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Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Peter McWade

    For me its like using public transportation vs my own private vehicle. I have tried web based before and for me it still has a very long way to go. I prefer to have my own server at home and my own storage at home and I don’t have to pay monthly fees for what I can do at home. 6 terabytes is plenty for now.

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  2. Facundo Luzardo

    Let us know when they get Lightroom and Premiere ready and I`ll be sold!

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  3. Austin Swenson

    The chromebooks do have a little bit of a problem with compatibility it’s true, but I think their biggest disadvantage is their lack of serious hardware for people to be able to accomplish things. They don’t have the RAM or the processing power, and then most of everything is backed up online because there is really not too much storage in the notebook to begin with. I seriously hope this works out though.

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  4. John Cavan

    Sun Microsystems used to have a slogan: “The Network is the Computer” back in the day… Sadly, the inventors of Java, and one of the major forces in the growth of the Internet, isn’t a company any longer to make the claim that they were right. A little before their time I guess…

    I think the performance of networks and the ubiquity of high speed access, that is only getting faster, makes this sort of technology much more viable. I expect initial versions to probably be a little feature light and aimed a bit lower than professional usage, given the education focus of the beta, but catch ’em early and they’ll have a lot of “upgraders” to the CC line in due course.

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  5. Joseph Wu

    I’d like to see how they figure out the latency part of the equation. My thought is if a user is on a chrome book, they more than likely won’t have a stable connection.

    Still interesting though, desktop apps on the cloud could be the next big push towards better network connections around the world. Eventually everything is going to move into the thin client computing concept.

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