Adobe has been making moves into the cloud for some time now (it is called Creative Cloud after all), so it doesn’t come as a surprise to hear that the long-awaited Chromebook Photoshop beta is finally live and ready for cloud computing early-adopters to start putting through the ringer.
In case you’re not familiar with Chromebooks and Chrome OS, the idea was to create an operating system that worked pretty much exclusively online/in the cloud. This allows it to run on very minimal laptops that can be much cheaper, because most of the hardcore computing is going on off-site on somebody’s server.
And now, Adobe is jumping in on the model by bringing a cloud-based version of Photoshop into beta, where select North American Creative Cloud educational customers will be able to pull it up on their Chromebooks (or on Chrome on a Windows machine) and edit their photos in the cloud.
This cloud-based version will always be up to date, will offer the same editing functionality as any standard Photoshop program, and is fully integrated with Google Drive so that file access and management is seamless.
It’s also said to be only the beginning. Other Adobe Creative Cloud applications will be making the jump into the cloud at some point as well, although nobody is saying when ‘some point’ actually is.