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Is An Online Photoshop Feasible?

I read with interest this article from CNet regarding Adobe’s planned implementation of an online Photoshop.

I somehow feel that this project will go through a phase similar to this:

  1. Hype: It’s starting now.
  2. Built Up Expectation: More and more people will be looking forward to an Adobe quality Web 2.0 app mimicking the Photoshop they’re familiar with and love.
  3. Disappointment: When the finally released product resembles an AJAXed MS Paint more than Photoshop.

I know there’re probably many Adobe fans reading this post, let me assure you that I’m one of you guys! I know Adobe is good at what it does, and in the desktop imaging software segment, they’re definitely the best of the best. And yes, I do realise the capabilities and potential of Flash and Flex.

The main reason for my skepticism comes from a key function that’s essential for any image manipulation application. No, not brushes and filters, but something even more basic; file manipulation. At any given time using Photoshop, I find myself opening at least two images at once. It could be a copy of an image I’m working with, or it could be a separate image which I’m integrating into my primary canvas.

As much as I admire AJAX in enabling developers to create vibrantly rich and interactive web apps… it’ll be almost overlooked if multiple image manipulation in a workspace is somehow given a miss.

Hopefully, I’ll be proven wrong and the online Photoshop turns out to be a really innovative web application that takes Web 2.0 to a whole new level. Adobe definitely has the heritage, but do they have what it takes grab a big share of the Web 2.0 market?

What do you think?

4 responses to “Is An Online Photoshop Feasible?”.

  1. Edrei Says:

    That’s why God invented GIMP…which can be loaded onto your thumbdrive. In fact, I bring that along with me everywhere in my thumbdrive along with my Firefox and Gaim. It’s my whole computer in a stick.

  2. Site Admin Azmeen Says:

    No offence Edrei, but as much as I’m an Open Source advocate, I don’t think that Gimp is even in the same league as Photoshop. Perhaps it’s personal bias, perhaps it’s my extreme dislike of how Gimp lays out its windows.

    If the images you use on Kamigoroshi are all your Gimped creations, I must say that I admire your work. You’re probably one of the leetest Gimp users in Malaysia!

    The main focus of my post here is to find out what my visitors think of the feasibility of an online photo editor in the league of Photoshop (and probably Gimp)… which I personally think is definitely not possible.

    Appreciate your feedback though 🙂

  3. Dabido Says:

    I also use GIMP. I was talking to a professional photographer the other day who’d never heard of GIMP and insisted that it can’t do anything like Photoshop! lol

    We’ll have to wait and see if Photoshop is feasible on-line. I don’t think so, after all, a lot of photos are rather large to begin with, and I don’t really want to manipulate an extremely large photo on line. So, as you’ve pointed out, will probably be a striped down version which won’t have the usefulness of Photoshop.
    But, we’ll wait and see. Maybe it is only for people who have machines with extremely fast broadband or something … else the upload and download times would take forever on the large photos.

  4. Ben Says:

    I’m skeptical of Web 2.0 apps in general, but this has me astounded. It’s taken close to 20 years for computer hardware to advance to the point where designers can create their work (almost) without interference or hindrance from slow processors and limited memory; and now, someone thinks they can just rewrite the thing in ActionScript and actually end up with a useable application.

    Forget online MS Paint: this thing will barely give MacPaint 1.0 a run for its money.