Just in case Chromebooks weren’t appealing enough, Google has just made them even better by announcing that Adobe Photoshop will be available on them.
Schools and students already represented one of the main audiences for Chromebooks, and young professionals are to be attracted with this new addition to Chrome OS. Google just announced that it partnered with Adobe to bring a cloud-based version of its photo editing suite to the Chrome OS notebooks.
Mountain View said in a blog post written by Stephen Konig, Product Manager and self-proclaimed Sunset Photographer that “Chromebooks are fast, easy to use and secure. They bring the best of the cloud right to your desktop, whether that’s Google Drive, Google+ Photos or Gmail. Today, in partnership with Adobe, we’re welcoming Creative Cloud onto Chromebooks, initially with a streaming version of Photoshop. This will be available first to U.S.-based Adobe education customers with a paid Creative Cloud membership—so the Photoshop you know and love is now on Chrome OS. No muss, no fuss.”
Well, Chromebooks are everything about the cloud, so a cloud version of the world’s best known photo editing software makes perfect sense. In schools, these machines require little to no maintenance, since cloud apps have great safety measures (well, the iCloud doesn’t), and the Chromebooks themselves are at least in theory immune to viruses and malware, in general.
Google added that “This streaming version of Photoshop is designed to run straight from the cloud to your Chromebook. It’s always up-to-date and fully integrated with Google Drive, so there’s no need to download and re-upload files—just save your art directly from Photoshop to the cloud.”
Chromebook users wanting access to the new Project Photoshop Streaming will need to visit Adobe.com and apply there.
With each passing day, Chromebooks are getting better, partly thanks to Google, and partly to developers. The tech giant encourages people to develop apps not only for Android, but also for Chrome OS, and the app-ecosystem is indeed growing at a rate that’s envied by others. The company even showcased the Chromebook-compatible Android apps Duolingo and Sight Words at Google I/O earlier this year, thus hinting at its intentions of tightening the relationship between its two mobile operating systems.
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