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29 September 2014

According to Google's John Nack, a streaming version of Photoshop has been developed that lives in the cloud but runs on a $200 Chromebook. You can save your files on Google Drive and never worry about updates.

In announcing the new version today, Chrome Produce Manager Stephen Konig, said:

This streaming version of Photoshop is designed to run straight from the cloud to your Chromebook. It's always up-to-date and fully integrated with Google Drive, so there's no need to download and re-upload files -- just save your art directly from Photoshop to the cloud. For IT administrators, it's easy to manage, with no long client installation and one-click deployment to your team's Chromebooks.

Project Photoshop Streaming includes:

  • Creative tools: Streaming access to Photoshop with other products coming soon
  • Access from any Windows device with a Chrome browser or from a Chromebook
  • Learning tools: Access to Adobe Education Exchange learning content and an in-app Learning panel called "Learn Now"
  • Project Photoshop Streaming Feedback and Forum support

In a FAQ on the project, Adobe said "this is the same build of Photoshop you'd typically download and install from Creative Cloud, however, instead of being installed on your local machine, it is running in a virtualized environment so can be accessed from any Chrome browser or Chromebook. Because this version of Photoshop is running in a virtualized environment, you open, save, export and recover files from/to your Google Drive rather than your local file share."

The streaming version will be available first to U.S.-based Adobe education customers with a paid Creative Cloud membership, Konig said. You have to apply on the Adobe Education Exchange page for access. It will run for six months starting Sept. 29.

"I got to kick the tires before I left Adobe," Nack says in a blog post today, "and performance (at least over a fast network connection) was strikingly good even on a $200 Chromebook. The only limitation I noticed was the lack of GPU-powered features (canvas rotation, a soft-edged cursor for brush resizing, etc.)."

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