Last Wednesday, I shared the stage with Julieanne Kost at the Photoshop World keynote in Las Vegas and we had a lot of fun announcing and demonstrating Adobe Carousel. After the keynote, I spent the rest of the conference at our booth showing off Carousel to interested users. I’ve been reviewing your questions and comments on Facebook, Twitter and the blog. I’ve also personally received other inquiries from customers and wanted to address them here along with some answers.
The big idea around Adobe Carousel is that all your devices should have access to the same photos and photo editing tools. There is a Carousel desktop app, along with a tablet app, and a smartphone app. It’s up to you to decide how you want to engage with your photo library from each device. You also have a choice about which friends and family you want to team up with on a photo library.
This sounds like just another cloud service…
It’s not! Carousel is comprised of client applications that run locally on each device, and these client apps are connected to each other via a content-aware, mesh technology in the cloud. Sound scary? Well, what it essentially means is that your entire photo library is always up to date across all the devices with Carousel installed. That’s your entire library, not just the most recent 30 days of photos. And, you don’t have to worry about any manual syncing! Also, this means when you team up with friends and family on a library of photos, each person can use their own computer or devices. The mesh technology works behind the scenes to make all this possible. Carousel isn’t just a bunch of disparate apps, nor is it just a service. It’s all intertwined. That’s how we’re able to give you the connectedness of an online service and the smooth UI and powerful image editing capabilities of native apps.
So where are my files, exactly?
We’ve heard from customers that it’s really important to keep your original photos on your computer. Carousel on the desktop keeps a local copy of all these photo files. In your ~/Pictures directory there’s your Adobe Carousel Library. Your originals are also replicated to Adobe servers in the cloud and protected by your AdobeID. That way, your photos are accessible on the other devices where you have Adobe Carousel installed, and your desktop computer doesn’t have to be turned on or nearby.
On your tablet and smartphone, Carousel loads thumbnails and proxies of your photos for viewing, and only downloads an original if you edit a photo. That way, Carousel is moving the smallest bits whenever possible – meaning it doesn’t negatively impact storage or bandwidth on your device. When it’s necessary it will also grab the full res bits, enabling a full fidelity editing experience.
Since Adobe Carousel does end up copying my photos to the cloud, what are the limits on photos?
There are no limits on photos! Carousel 1.0 supports JPEGs and you can import as many as you want. No matter how many you import, we preserve your originals, and we don’t downsample them. Keep in mind that your desktop computer has copies of your originals, so you’ll need enough disk space on your computer to accommodate all your photos.
How much does Adobe Carousel cost and what do I get for my money?
Everyone gets 30 days complimentary. Carousel will be available at $5.99/month or $59.99/year.
One Adobe Carousel subscription allows you, along with up to 25 other close friends or family members, the ability to use Carousel on all of your supported devices and team up on photo libraries. In other words, the people you team up with don’t need to pay. (For more on how collaboration works, read on…)
If I team up with others, does this mean they see ALL my photos?
With a subscription, you can certainly use Adobe Carousel with your own photo library by yourself. You also have the option to give other users access to your full library OR you can choose to expose just a subset of photos you want to share and collaboratively edit. Each library is called a carousel. Ultimately, you decide what you want to grant access to and who you team up with. People you add to your carousels have full rights to add, delete, edit, and share photos.
With your Adobe Carousel subscription, you can create up to 5 carousels in total, and on each one you can add up to 5 other people to team up with, for a grand total of up to 25 people across all your carousels. None of the other people you add have to pay anything in order to collaborate with you. Collaborative editing is meant for a group that you trust and feel tightly connected to. You likely all share similar aims in what you plan to do with the photos. For instance, you might want to share a vacation carousel with your immediate family. That way, you can all see the same set of photos, edit them together from any device and each member of the family can add their photos from their individual cameras along the way.
When will Adobe Carousel be available and for what platforms?
Carousel for iOS and for Mac OS is coming soon. Carousel for Windows and for Android is coming in 2012. Sign up to be notified about availability at http://www.photoshop.com/carousel.
How can I use Adobe Carousel with Lightroom?
For now, Carousel is meant to be an independent solution for managing and enjoying your photo library across devices, editing photos with great image processing capabilities, and teaming up with friends and family. It is a photography platform. What that means is, it’s a solution that will evolve over time. In this first iteration, we’re exposing just a bit of the Photoshop and Lightroom technology that it’s built upon. We’ve started with solving the immediate pain points. You can expect that over time, we will expose more capabilities and meet the needs of more advanced workflows. Stay tuned for more updates…
We hosted a Twitterview yesterday and addressed questions from our fans and followers. If you missed it, check out http://storify.com/adobecarousel/adobe-carousel-twitterview to see the complete list of questions and my corresponding tweets. Or if you would like to share your thoughts on how you think AdobeCarousel should evolve, please tell us at http://feedback.photoshop.com/photoshop_family/products/photoshop_family_adobe_carousel.
Product Manager, Adobe Carousel