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Adobe Carousel: 1 Million Downloads and Much More Ahead…

On October 27th we launched Adobe Carousel, and within a few short weeks we’ve already surpassed 1,000,000 downloads! We’re happy to see such a tremendous response — and want to thank everyone who jumped on board and downloaded the app on their iPhones, iPads and Macs.

To experience the magic of Adobe Carousel for yourself, install it on more than one device or computer and then import a lot of photos. Check out the image editing capabilities, and then after that invite a family member or close friend to collaborate with you on your photo carousel. (Hint: set collaboration for your photo carousel in the Settings menu). A photo carousel is meant for a large set of photos, not just for events or moments in time. And each photo carousel can also be a hub for all the photos that belong to you and certain family members or friends.

On Twitter, Facebook, and GetSatisfaction, interested customers have also posed a number of questions about where Carousel is going in the future. As a subscription service that just released version 1.0, we understand that many of you are curious about our roadmap. While we can’t announce specific release dates and feature sets, I can tell you that we’re planning several updates each year with new features and bug fixes.

Looking ahead, here’s a peek at what’s to come and some of the features we’re planning to add over time. This is a high-level view of what’s been on our minds lately thanks largely to customer feedback:

• Windows and Android: We’re currently building a version of the Carousel desktop client that runs on Windows desktop computers. We’re also working on an Android client that will bring photos from your Android smartphone into Adobe Carousel.

• Organization, starting with events: We’ll start by letting you assign event names associated with a date such as “Peter’s Birthday” to groups of photos. Later we’ll delve into albums and tags.

• Collaboration: We’ll be building out the collaboration capabilities. For example, many who are interested in collaborating with another person on a photo carousel also want to be sure the other person isn’t going to delete photos you care about. In addition, it would be helpful to know when there’s recent activity from collaborators.

• Multi-select actions: Deleting and sharing photos will get much easier with multi-select and the ability to take the same action on many photos at once.

• Image editing: We’re working on adding red eye removal, noise reduction, and sharpening. We’ll always be looking to expose more of Adobe’s industry leading image processing capabilities.

• Support for raw: Today Carousel imports only JPEGs, but many of our customers shoot in both JPEG and raw and we want to allow for that file format flexibility.

These are some of the things we’re exploring and that you can expect to appear over time as a part of your subscription. The beauty of this model is that we can dynamically iterate throughout the year, take your input and help further shape what Adobe Carousel will become. Also stay tuned for some new apps coming to the Adobe Carousel family. Integrated with your Carousel account, they’ll bring focus to other parts of the photography workflow and complement the library access and image adjustment capabilities inside Adobe Carousel today. More on that later!

The team would like to hear from you! Got an idea for how you would like these features to work? Which feature are you really loving right now? Or are there other capabilities not mentioned here that you think are must haves? Share it here in the comments or jump over to feedback.photoshop.com and tell us your thoughts. We’re always listening…

Thanks,
Sumner Paine, product manager – Adobe Carousel

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For future Windows, does it support external hard drive? or just the hard drive on your computer? please advise. I’m so anxious for the Windows version. Not a fan of Apple here (sorry).

    External hard drive support is something we’re exploring.

I am very impressed initially with Carousel but as an avid Lightroom user it messes up my flow. There is no way for me to import these edits into Lightroom, in the event that I want to finish the job, or at least coordinate my photo libraries. My 30 days are coming to an end and unfortunately I cannot in good conscience pay for a product that I dont think is complete. I was very disappointed to find that LR support was not an imminent improvement, because until the two of them can play nice together I am not going to subject myself to the above mentioned pains.

    I agreee with you on that Cameron

    I absolutely agree with this. In addition: why introduce “events” and only later on “tags”? Does this make such a big difference in development?

    As another avid Lightroom user, I agree 100% with the need for integration into the Lightroom workflow. I’ve tried the current iteration of the carousel family of apps, and for me, the lack of Lightroom integration as well as lack of current support for RAW files are dealbreakers.

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Congratulations guys! It’s an impressive achievement already, especially for a version 1.0 product! I look forward to watching its continued progress.

I hope you will release the Windows and Android versions before the introductory price of US$5.99 a month expires or that you extend the offer.

I was at PSW I Vegas when you announced this product, and honestly, I wasn’t that impressed. I already use Lightroom to manage my photo library, and this product has no integration with Lightroom (a glaring oversight). I can get most of the synching features for free through icloud, and I don’t care to edit photos on a portable device, so I don’t see a lot of benefit. Where is the benefit for those of us who have already invested time and money into Lightroom? And $60 a year seems like a hefty sum for the limited functionality, and that’s only the introductory price. I expect it will get a lot more expensive over time. I am not a fan of the subscription model at all.

What I really want is an easy way to organize my photos into galleries and be able to easily share them with lots of friends and family. This service fails in that task on multiple levels. Requiring others to register with Adobe or download an app in order to view my photos is a huge barrier.

A million downloads is impressive, but I will be surprised if that translates to very many paid subscriptions. Honestly, I wonder if Adobe isn’t losing touch with what their customers really want and need. Why not incorporate synching into Lightroom so that I can synch my Lightroom catalog across multiple computers in my own home? Then create a cloud-based gallery that I can upload to seamlessly from Lightroom and be able to share effortlessly with friends and family? I had this with Aperture and MobileMe Gallery, but Apple is phasing out the Gallery. If done well, this is something I would be willing to pay a subscription for.

I think you are on the right track here, I haven’t even been trying that hard but my home photo library has exceeded 67GB and the Apple ICloud freebie stuff is limited to 5GB then you can buy 50GB extension to ICloud for $100 which still would not fit my library and give it room to grow. Also, you differentiate your product by making it easy to share the library — as ICloud is getting rid of Photo Gallery that was available on MobileMe, I was in a a quandary about how to share my photos without getting a service that only allows low res downloads of shared photos — and then does not even had the utility of being able to share seamlessly with my IPad and iPhone. Keep up the good work, people who are complaining are all about free stuff and not your target market anyway. I really need the photo tagging and albums capability though — with so many photos, some used in business, some at home, and all the different family events to keep track of – it will be a nightmare to find stuff that I don’t remember the date for — so I am using this as eye candy only and will be keeping my main photo library backed up until you can upgrade so I can upload folders into albums and tag batches of photos with category information and names. I would also like to be able to assign names to photos (or see the original photo data/name) so we can identify which photo someone wants me to make a print out of.

Does this support Online Image Editing like Aviary? Or, is this still client-based?

    Brian,
    Carousel today is a combination of native client apps that are connected behind the scenes by the cloud. The clients mean Carousel takes advantage of local hardware capabilities for image processing and providing a fluid UI that’s capable of working offline. Are you looking for browser-based editing? If so, can you tell us more about why you would want that rather than a native client?

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