[TriLUG] Adobe Photoshop going online
mrkevinj at yahoo.com
Fri Mar 28 13:56:08 EDT 2008
Check out http://www.adobe.com/products/air/ to get an idea for what's coming. Adobe is developing an AIR player for Linux. With Flex now open source and Adobe the only game in town for Linux (M$ Silverlight will only have limited support on SUSE), there will likely be a ton of RIA's that will run just fine on Linux.
Personally, I see this as the killer app for Linux. AIR is probably about as close to true cross-platform application compatibility as we're likely to get.
----- Original Message ----
From: Ryan Leathers <rleathers at americanri.com>
To: Triangle Linux Users Group General Discussion <trilug at trilug.org>
Sent: Friday, March 28, 2008 11:22:25 AM
Subject: Re: [TriLUG] Adobe Photoshop going online
Adobe, and a lot of other folks, are using Flex to great effect for
applications like this one. Of course Flex isn't the only game in town,
but I'm a huge fan if for no other reason than the one you're pointing
out Douglas: there is stuff being written in Flex that is useful, cool,
and platform independent. Thats great news for Linux users.
Douglas A. Whitfield wrote:
> Big news for desktop Linux??? Emphasis added if you're not reading in plain
> text. :)
> *Associated Press*
> March 27, 2008; Page B7
> SAN FRANCISCO -- The maker of the popular photo-editing software Photoshop
> on Thursday launched a basic version available for free online.
> San Jose, Calif.-based Adobe Systems Inc. says it hopes to boost its name
> recognition among a new generation of consumers who edit, store and share
> photos online.
> While Photoshop is designed for trained professionals, Adobe says Photoshop
> Express, which it launched in a "beta" test version, is easier to learn.
> User comments will be taken into account for future upgrades.
> *Photoshop Express will be completely Web-based so consumers can use it with
> any type of computer, operating system and browser. And, once they register,
> users can get to their accounts from different computers.
> Web-based software is increasingly popular, and Adobe knows it's got to get
> on that train, said Kathleen Maher, an analyst at Jon Peddie Research.
> Many kinds of software are available for use online in a trend known as
> "software as a service," or "cloud computing." The earliest were e-mail
> programs, but they now include services to create and manage content and
> even whole operating systems. And they don't require time-consuming upgrades
> because they're maintained by the service provider.
> Google Inc. provides a host of such services, as do Microsoft Corp. and
> "This is the battlefield where Adobe and Microsoft and Google are going to
> fight some pretty big battles," Ms. Maher said.
> Photoshop enters the online photo-management arena many years after such
> services first appeared. Some companies have already made a big name for
> themselves, like 9-year-old storage solution Shutterfly Inc., photo-editing
> service Picnik or image-sharing site Photobucket Inc.
> Adobe says providing Photoshop Express for free is part marketing and part a
> strategy to create up-sell opportunities. It hopes some customers will move
> from it to boxed software like its $99 Photoshop Elements or to a
> subscription-based version of Express that's in the works.
> Ron Glaz, a research analyst at IDC, says the move was necessary for Adobe
> to keep pace. Users are less likely to switch to a software they aren't
> familiar with, he said.
> "They have a whole market that they are missing out on, and they need to
> make sure that the market is aware there is a Photoshop solution for them.
> As that market grows and becomes more sophisticated, hopefully it will
> generate money," Mr. Glaz said.
> "It's one of those things, if you can't beat them, join them," Mr. Glaz
> said. "If they don't join them, the long run could be really painful."
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