March 26, 2008

Photoshop Express RIA arrives!

I’m happy to report that Photoshop Express, Adobe’s new online tool for organizing, editing, and sharing images, has launched in beta form. Some highlights at a glance:

  • Includes tools for applying spot healing, distortions, sharpening/softening, color tweaks, image filters, and more
  • Offers 2GB of space for storing images
  • Supports tie-ins to Facebook, MySpace, and Picasa
  • Runs in any browser on Mac, Windows, or Linux using the Flash Player (v9) [Update: Sounds like there are some beta-ish glitches in some browsers]
  • Will include an AIR-based desktop version (useful for editing images offline) and printing services
  • Will remain free, with paid service adding more functionality

Adobe’s Terry White gives a great intro with screenshots, and you can jump right into using Express by hitting the “Test Drive” button on the right side of the landing page.  More info is in the press release, this CNET overview, and more stories that are popping up by the minute. [Update: Kelby Training has created an online learning center for Express.]

[Update 2: Here’s what Adobe SVP John Loiacono has to say about Photoshop Express, software as a service at Adobe, and more.]


Posted by John Nack at 11:44 PM on March 26, 2008


  • Paul Stamatiou — 12:23 AM on March 27, 2008

    Congrats on the launch! I’m looking forward to putting it through its paces as a long-time Photoshop user as well as Flickr user.

  • russell — 3:32 AM on March 27, 2008

    The copyright grab in point 8a of the terms and conditions is a really big turn off.

  • Rob — 5:01 AM on March 27, 2008

    Rats!, United States only right now! No fair, what about your Canadian pals. It looks really great though. Can’t wait to try it.

  • theturninggate — 5:28 AM on March 27, 2008

    I have to say, that’s very impressive for a web-app!

  • Joe Loehle — 5:47 AM on March 27, 2008

    The sign in button went nowhere on Firefox on a Mac. Had to switch to Safari to get it to work. Just went to a blank screen and did nothing.

  • jimhere — 6:51 AM on March 27, 2008

    Groovey (ish)
    I know it’s a beta but hopefully it’ll soon recognize my captions and other IPTC (or XMP) metadata. It does exif, but keywords would be nice.
    Are you all excited because you want the real PS to be web-based in 5-7 years and this is a start? Terry’s second paragraph is what you should have written in all those past post you wrote on “Flash in Photoshop”.
    And… does this replace Adobe “Share”, or is it an inter-departmental rival?

  • Adam Fields — 7:15 AM on March 27, 2008

    This is pretty badly broken in Opera. The top level links are https, but none of the api calls are, so every time the app makes an api call, the browser pops up a warning window.

  • keith — 7:26 AM on March 27, 2008

    Wow, nice looking platform and works great & is easy to figure out how to use it. Kelbys videos are very helpful in the figuring out process. Edits are easy to do too.

  • KenL — 7:31 AM on March 27, 2008

    I just created a account in with this new web app. Thanks Adobe for this.
    Nice tool to show my grandkids
    affectionately Adobe

  • Steven Erat — 8:15 AM on March 27, 2008

    @jimhere – I have a comprehensive enhancement request in for improving visibility of EXIF metadata (currently Lightroom makes many more data items available), and improving visibility and editing of IPTC metadata.
    Since you mention caption, currently an IPTC caption field will be automatically be converted to the PSX image caption field, but IPTC headline by contrast is not converted to the image title (as is the case on Flickr by comparison)

  • Joe Decker — 10:05 AM on March 27, 2008

    You guys really need to reexamine that section of the license agreement.

  • Brett Walker — 11:39 AM on March 27, 2008

    No offense John, but the features of this product don’t really match with its name. If you’re trying to get your average internet user who uses a pirated version of Pshop to create internet memes or crop out their ex-boyfriend from vacation photos, this doesn’t really hit that need. There are no real editing functions here, just a set of filters. I’m not sure what audience this is going to appeal to. This seems more akin to the kind of bundleware you get with scanners and digital cameras, rather than something befitting the Photoshop name. Just my two dimes.

  • Ernie Longmire — 2:19 PM on March 27, 2008

    Wow. Yeah, that license is insane. Adobe may not “claim ownership” of your work, but they claim pretty much every right associated with ownership short of being able to stop you from doing anything with it.
    I understand the legal intent, but other companies have managed to host other peoples’ copyrighted material without needing agreements this draconian.

  • Jeff Carlson — 11:36 PM on March 30, 2008

    Hi John,
    A little blatant self-promotion here, if I may: The first chapter of my book “Adobe Photoshop Express Pocket Guide” is available as a free download at
    [Good stuff, Jeff; thanks for sharing. –J.]

  • alex grace — 4:12 PM on May 12, 2008

    i’m using safari on a mac right now, and I can’t sign in to photoshop express. all i get is a blank screen, too.

  • Vlad — 3:45 AM on June 09, 2008

    Same problem here. Using Safari 3.1.1 on Mac. After I press on Sign In or Login buttons the browser shows “Initializing” progress bar that is not moving and nothing happens!

  • Rusty — 1:59 PM on January 23, 2012

    Awesome, I hope its not slower than mud for me tryig to use from the Philippines. My connection is not so great. I can’t wait to give it a try.

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