Desktop Photo Apps Get Updates, But Video Pros Will Have to Wait a Little Longer

Adobe is connecting more of the dots in Creative Cloud this week with the expansion of Adobe CreativeSync to mobile-to-mobile workflows. That means users can start working on a project with one mobile app, then continue developing it in another.

Photoshop-Fix-LiquifyThe functionality will be most useful to Adobe's photography user base, who will use CreativeSync to get images from LightRoom mobile into the brand-new mobile photo-retouching app, Photoshop Fix, or to roundtrip images between Fix and the existing image-compositing app, Photoshop Mix. There's also a path to Premiere Clip that allows videos to be created from Lightroom collections without leaving the mobile arena. The latest mobile apps are now available for download from the Apple App Store and Google Play.

Also debuting today are a slate of new features that are being added to the desktop versions of Lightroom and Photoshop apps. Lightroom and Adobe Camera Raw in Photoshop are both getting something called Local Dehaze, which allows a dehaze adjustment to be applied locally, only to specific areas in an image, rather than to the entire photograph. Photoshop is getting the new Bird's Eye View, which is said to make it easier to move around an image when zoomed in. And both apps have been optimized for use with Windows 10 touchscreens.

Video pros who may have been hoping to get their promised updates on the desktop this week may be disappointed. The previously announced slate of updates to Premiere Pro, After Effects, and Audition — including a new optical time flow re-mapping feature in Premiere Pro and the very intriguing-sounding Remix function for tailoring sound to video in Audition — is coming before the end of the year, but Adobe would be no more specific.

Also coming later this year is a video library in Adobe Stock, which currently offers photos, images, and graphics. Also, new business licenses for Adobe Stock will offer pooled images for team users. 

For more on Adobe Max, including live streams of keynotes on day one and day two of the conference, visit the dedicated Adobe Max website.