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Adobe Nav is not a standalone version Photoshop for iPad

10 May 2011 1,794 views No Comment

The long-awaited version of Photoshop has arrived for iPad, but it’s not what you think. This is an adjunct, an add-on for the desktop version of Photoshop CS5 and it won’t work with earlier versions. If you’re looking for a stand alone iPad app to edit photos and images, this isn’t it.

Piczilla has shipped Adobe Nav for Photoshop CS5 (iTunes, $1.99) and it comes to market with the following features and requirements:

• Touch control of Photoshop CS5 tools
• Customize the Photoshop CS5 toolbar on iPad
• Browser, re-order, view and zoom in on up to 200 Photoshop docs
• Tap to make a document active
• Must have Photoshop CS5 12.0.4 or later
• Will not work with Photoshop CS4 or earlier
• Support for French, German and Japanese

What you do get is a decidedly tablet-style interface for Photoshop CS5.

However, with the addition of Adobe Eazel (iTunes, $4.99) and Adobe Color Lava (iTunes, $2.99), you get most and then some of what a Wacom tablet does. Again, Lava and Eazel require Photoshop CS5.

Thereupon, Adobe Photoshop Express (iTunes, free) is unusable as a stand alone image editor as you can’t perform a whole host of basic image editing functions, including resizing, and there are web dependencies to Adobe’s Flash only online version of Photoshop.

Whereas Photoshop CS5 users have what appears to be a powerful new way to edit, the rest of us are still waiting for full-featured standalone image editor for iPad from Adobe.

What we need is Acorn for iPad…

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