February 07, 2012

Feedback wanted for Adobe Revel (formerly Carousel)

From PM Sumner Paine:

Calling all active and enthusiastic Revel users!

The team at Adobe is looking for people to join our prerelease program. We’re working on new features and we need your feedback and help with testing.

If you are a Revel subscriber and you have it on all three device types (iPad, iPhone, Mac) just send an email to sumner@adobe.com with a brief explanation covering 4 things:

  1. Your favorite thing about Revel
  2. The most important thing that’s missing from Revel today
  3. List of devices where you have Revel installed (e.g., MacBook Air, iPhone 4, etc.)
  4. Names of other photo apps you use on your desktop computer, if any

There’s limited space in the prerelease program so we can’t accept everyone who applies, but we look forward to your submissions.

Sumner Paine, product manager

Posted by John Nack at 8:22 AM on February 07, 2012


  • joram — 9:12 AM on February 07, 2012

    Just a question if I may, but could you tell me the reasoning behind a contract-based price (monthly fee of $5.99) instead of a fixed price per app-download?

    For some reason, paying a monthly fee feels like you’re also automatically stuck with it. Besides the fact that in the long run, it’ll turn into a huge amount of money right?

    Not trying to flame the product at all here, but somehow programs that are attached to a monthly fee somehow feel as if we’d pay more to get less (in the long run). Incremental updates of apps/programs have always been available for free for buyers of software, so I personally can’t really see the benefit for the users compared to a fixed “buy v1, get 1.x updates” price :)

  • PECourtejoie — 11:38 AM on February 07, 2012

    Joram, in addition to a program, Revel is also a hosting service. Do you pay your phone bill once for all?

  • Sumner Paine — 3:18 PM on February 07, 2012

    Hi Joram,

    Revel is meant to be installed on multiple computers and devices. In that sense, it’s similar to offerings like Evernote that have client apps for computers, phones, and tablets, that are powered by the cloud, and that keep your content up to date no matter which instance of the app you’re using.

    With Revel your photos are stored on Adobe servers and accessed by all the different devices and computers where you have the app. Import new photos, edit photos, delete photos, etc. and everything is automatically sync’d. A unique benefit is that there are no limits on the number of photos or size of photos and no storage caps.

    -Sumner Paine, product manager

  • joram — 1:21 AM on February 08, 2012

    Ahh, thanks for the clarification :)

    Guess I didn’t read into it well enough! I thought it used your local storage to store the images, and then stream it directly to your other devices. So in a sense completely ignore any “dropbox”-like hosting services but simply stream directly from device to device.

    Anyway, thanks again! :)

  • Josh — 9:47 AM on February 08, 2012

    John, any updates on the Android version of this?

  • Robert Tompson — 11:07 AM on February 09, 2012

    Don’t see the need to pay adobe for something I get for free with my iOS devices. Given Adobe’s so far poor performance with getting their apps out for both iOS and Android I find myself less and less interested in what Adobe has to say.

    Could it be that Adobe is loosing it status in the graphics industry? Seems that way. I think we will know the answer to this when Adobe releases CS6. That will tell me at least.

  • joram — 2:54 AM on February 10, 2012

    Hmm, I do agree that there are free alternatives. Dropbox combined with free or fixed-price apps come a long way. But in the end I think it depends on what Revel has to offer as a whole. If it’s a seemless experience, with excellent performance and ease of use, and with enough bells and whistles to keep things interesting, the price could actually be very valid.

    But for people who just want a simple “one-click-experience”, some of the free or fixed prive alternatives might be a better choice. It’s the same reason why some people choose to use Photoshop and others choose iPhoto for their foto adjustments I guess :)

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