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Introducing Adobe Carousel: Your Photos Everywhere You Are

This morning, I delivered my first keynote address at Photoshop World Las Vegas before thousands of Photoshop power users. Scott Kelby and his crew kick it off with a creative theme each year and we’ve seen it all – from a regulation boxing ring, to a KISS band in platform heels, to this year’s runway fashions inspired by Photoshop tools. There’s nothing quite like it. Energy is high for an early morning on the Las Vegas strip!

We typically take the stage to reveal new workflows we’re exploring and provide a sneak peek of what the engineering team is currently working on. But today, we used the stage to give attendees the first look at Adobe Carousel – a brand new photography solution that brings all your photos into one single library you can access from any device – iPhone, iPad or Mac computer. This means, no matter where you capture or edit, your photos are easily accessible from the device you happen to have on hand.

I noticed over 700 Facebook fans “liked” our recent blog post, where fans and followers expressed some of the pain points they experience when trying to track and sync photos across their devices. There hasn’t been a consistent experience to date that allows people to do what they want to after they spontaneously capture a number of photos on their smartphone or tablet. We heard from so many of you that a solution is needed…

Anna said: Can’t wait to see what you come up with!

Aimee said: Do you have any time frame of delivering such a solution? I am anxiously waiting. Right now a cloud seems to be the best option. Thanks for posting.

Januso said: Just can’t wait. My pictures library is 300gb big plus loads of photos on iphone

Espen said: Whoever comes up with a good and easily manageable solution to the problem om how to organise, save, keep track of and update photos across multiple platforms, devices, formats and years will have laid a very golden egg indeed.

We realize you live in an instant, in-the-moment, Facebook, Twitter, photo sharing world. If this is the case, why shouldn’t editing be a more social and collaborative process? Adobe Carousel allows you to invite your closest friends and family to view, edit and favorite your photos. The app leverages powerful Photoshop and Lightroom technology to help you adjust the exposure, boost vibrance and conduct other fixes in seconds. We think you’re going to enjoy experimenting with all kinds of unique Looks and we’re making sure you have plenty of room for re-do’s or undo’s. Non-destructive editing means your original file always remains intact, no matter what adjustments you make along the way.

We’ve got a team of passionate people who have been focused on building the right solution for themselves, their families, their friends and for just about anyone who has struggled with the limitations of their devices and their connection to photos. Here’s a behind the scenes look at how Adobe Carousel came to be…

At Adobe, we’re exploring solutions that extend beyond the desktop to the places and devices that live with you – whether you’re relaxing at the park, hanging out at your favorite art gallery or meeting friends at the local coffee shop. Adobe Carousel is a photography platform that we will continue to evolve and iterate over time. It’s built on a powerful technology foundation that we’ve only just begun to expose. Today, we’re focused on solving the most pressing need – accessing all your photos anywhere you are. You can imagine that in the future, this can extend to potential integration with other desktop products, feature sets and file types. This is the beginning of a much longer journey ahead…

To say that my team lives and breathes all things digital imaging is an understatement. I’m fortunate to work with a dedicated and talented group whose personal interests just happen to intersect with their professional aims. Today we also celebrated Bryan O’Neil Hughes’ (Photoshop Senior Product Manager) induction into the Photoshop World Hall of Fame. We’re certainly proud of him and his commitment to listening to our customers, collaborating with our engineers to address their requests and participating in videos and seminar sessions to help people bring their vision to light in Photoshop.

It’s been an exciting morning for us! For those who couldn’t be here in Vegas, stay tuned for the availability of Adobe Carousel in the iTunes store later this month. Follow us @AdobeCarousel and become a fan of our Facebook page. We’ll be posting information and updates and look forward to hearing your feedback.

Winston Hendrickson
VP of Digital Imaging at Adobe


Will there be Aperture integration? I would like to have Carousel linked to my Aperture library (there are some Aperture-specific features I depend on). See for more details.

Maybe this is implied, but it sais iPad, iPhone and Mac. Will this run on a PC? Androids in the future?

    I saw the schedule briefly on screen. As I was also looking for the PC reference I saw it say either Jan 2012 or just 2012 but apparently it is coming.

      a failure not to release at the same time.

        Me upset cuz you have to wait 3 months longer maybe? So you’re saying everyone should have to wait even though Mac and iOS is ready now? Crazy. WinBlows and Androol is coming. Relax, you’ll get to spend your money in a few months.

My only concern is the pricing on the storage element of this product. I have not been able to find any information on the amount of storage the $99/year provides.

…. Assumes everyone has a super fast broadband link! Mine is just under 1Mb on a good day brakes me hours to upload photos so doing that for the 50k raw files I shoot per year is out of the question!

I’m really nervous about this being done by Adobe. Not about producing some thing that works really well, but that Adobe doesn’t seem to understand consumer pricing. Someone mentioned $99 a year… for what? Unlimited storage? Probably not. 1TB? 500GB? Some ridiculously low amount like what would fit on a couple of SD cards… 30GB? That’s what I’m afraid of. I hope Adobe really does things right with this.

    Just read this – “$59.99 per year. Users get unlimited storage space, and there are no limits to photo size or resolution.”

    Um…. SOLD.

adobe how?

Really excited to see Carousel hitting the markets…

Really interested in this, hopefully there will be some kind of iPhoto integration due to the Apple Gallery shutting down. But this looks like it is an excellent…if not better…replacement! Well done Adobe.

Bad idea. It’s too expensive compared to other services which are free or lower in price. Also, Adobe failed to go after an open market, which is Android and Windows first. Why? Because most mac users have iphones and they use Instagram and Flickr to upload photos. i’m not sure whose bright idea this was at Adobe but it’ll be DOA.

wow another useless cloud website for data mining. or as south park put it so well, ” now everyone can move their s*#!!* pictures from one device to another.

Unlimited storage space and web-based photo correction tools. Not exactly “revolutionary”, but an interesting step for Adobe. How? My guess is through sponsored advertising and the coming third party solutions for taking your stored pics to the next step of printing, postcards, mugs, etc… The question of how they do it also may come down to what consumers will endure and your own connection speed. How long will it take to transfer a 16GB card or RAW files up to their site? Many people may jump on board only to get speed frustrated and go back to local storage. We’ll see.

Looks great, but… no integration with Lightroom, and I’ve already shelled out lots of money for Adobe products. Now, if this worked with Lightroom and was free/cheaper for those of us who have already paid out for LR and CS5, it would be very intersting indeed.

Will there be an enterprise version of this for companies with more than 25 locations to use? This would be the perfect solution amongst our districts for sharing a large photo library.

This is a very intriguing solution for professional photographers. Has DNG support been included, or just JPEG?

why not OSX 10.6!!!


CS5 all

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