I somehow feel that this project will go through a phase similar to this:
- Hype: It’s starting now.
- 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.
- 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?