February 19, 2010

Photoshop 1.0.7 running on an iPhone!

Always up for a crazy challenge, Russell Brown teamed up with the folks at Ansca Mobile to bring Photoshop 1.0.7 (released Feb. 19, 1990) to an iPhone in 2010!

Posted by John Nack at 7:14 AM on February 19, 2010


  • George Penston — 7:52 AM on February 19, 2010

    Very cool. It really brings me back. I feel like I’m am old-timer with all this since I remember using this Photoshop before it had layers and can probably tell you how to apply a shadow using Channel operations (or chops) in six easy steps. And I had to do it all uphill, both ways! Kids these days don’t know how easy they have it with their fancy Layers and all.

  • Richard Earney — 8:04 AM on February 19, 2010

    If it could be 1.0.4, I think that was the version I first used! I’d pay 99c for the memories :)

  • ron — 8:56 AM on February 19, 2010

    while this is a fun project (and an impressive one at that) it clearly shows why you shouldn’t put a desktop ui on a mobile phone. apple was right in creating an entirely different ui for the iphone.
    microsoft finally got the message as well but they botched every version of windows mobile prior to version 7 this way.

  • Glyn Dewis — 9:03 AM on February 19, 2010

    Superb! To be honest…I thought this was a wind up…in fact, I’m still not convinced.
    Still, very cool…lol

  • Carlos — 9:37 AM on February 19, 2010

    Read about how we made the 20th Anniversary Photoshop 1.0 app at http://bit.ly/blDerU
    Thanks John!

  • Ben — 10:16 AM on February 19, 2010

    Memories, memories…
    And I agree with Ron. When I was watching the video I thought it seems easier to use on a Mac Classic than an iPhone!

  • Eduardo Moura — 10:39 AM on February 19, 2010

    I though the 1.0.7 did something more than applying levels :)
    Jokes apart, that video shows how badly the iPhone needs a stylus. I can’t think how hard it should be to perform any slightly detailed correction in an image using just my fingers.
    BTW, I just had to say: Happy Birthday Photoshop!! :D

  • n — 12:23 PM on February 19, 2010

    It needs a stylus so you can use photoshop? I think you’ll find that was never an intended function.

  • Nicholas Woolridge — 1:43 PM on February 19, 2010

    Seriously? There are many photoediting apps for the iPhone (including PhotoShop for iPhone!). You don’t need a stylus, you just need an app UI designed for a touch interface.
    I’ve never wanted for a stylus when using an iPhone.

  • HeHim — 4:23 PM on February 19, 2010

    A stylus is an absolutely terrible idea, though you can buy one from a third party to use with your iPhone if you really want to….

  • Evan Kirchhoff — 5:09 PM on February 19, 2010

    Eduardo — you’re right, but our trick in the app is to use large invisible hit areas combined with restacking the display list so the item with focus pops to the top (see the explanatory diagram about halfway down this page: http://bit.ly/b3pwQc ).
    It actually works surprisingly well, considering that the UI design is basically governed by nostalgia.

  • Mark Alan Thomas — 9:36 AM on February 20, 2010


  • vanzare apartamente — 2:37 AM on February 22, 2010

    I think it’s fun it’s the iPhone even if you are not a nostalgic

  • Craig — 10:14 AM on February 22, 2010

    I have one of the cards with the 20th Anniversary edition of 1.07 for the iPhone but the instructions could be improved (read: there aren’t any). What exactly are you supposed to do with it to get it installed on an iPhone? On windows it doesn’t recognize the drive and on a Mac it show it as 1.87GB and no files on it?

  • Blogger Den — 4:15 PM on February 22, 2010

    This is really cool! I’ll have to try this out and get Photoshop onto my iPhone. It would make editing photos on the fly so easy

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