I have to admit that when I first saw the Adobe Photoshop.com app I was intrigued and did not hesitate to download it. Even if they charged a few bucks, I would have immediately downloaded it. More than $5, and I think I would have waited on a review, but at the $0 price, if you can even call it that, it’s an immediate download.
It’s a very nice app and I particularly like the side to side finger swipe that Adobe has used as an adjustment “slider”. I find the sliders in the other photography apps difficult to use, and with Adobe’s implementation, there is no little “knob” to grab on the screen. Overall the UI is well thought out and very much out of the way, something that is very important with the minimal screen real estate on a mobile phone.
It has a nice mixture of photo editing and canned effects. Most of the other photo apps that I have used are either canned effects or editing tools. Camera Bag is the epitome of canned effects, and Perfect Photo is all about the editing adjustments, but I think that the Photoshop app is the first to combine the two into a solid app. Best Camera approaches this a bit with layering canned effects, but they’re still canned and not adjustable. It will be interesting to see how this app effects the other photo apps’ sales. I still can’t believe that Adobe put it up for free.
Although it is a more advanced feature, but the one missing piece that I would like to see is color temperature adjustments. Maybe there is a technical reason for not including it, but there are times when it would be nice to adjust the temperature and green/magenta balances for those times when you’re shooting something with an odd color temperature/balance. Hue kind of gets at it, but only kind of.
It’s not the end all be all photo app on the iPhone that I thought it might be, but for the majority of images that I edit on the iPhone itself, this is my new go-to app.