Adobe Inc. said new features will come to its Photoshop application for iPad, in response to criticism that the first version lacked the basic features that users expected them to retain from the desktop model of the best-selling image editing software.
The company said Thursday that before the end of the year it would add a “Select Subject” mode, which uses artificial intelligence to automatically identify and select a subject in an image, and an improved version of the cloud document function, which synchronizes the Photoshop files between desktop and iPad applications. In the first half of 2020, Photoshop for iPad will get support for Curves, which adjusts the color of an image and improves the layers, the sensitivity of the brush, the rotational capacity of the canvas and the integration with the Lightroom application, the company said in a blog post
Adobe did not address other missing items that users have complained about, such as editing RAW images and smart objects. Bloomberg News reported earlier this year that Photoshop beta testers for iPad had said the application was much more diluted than expected.
Earlier this month, Scott Belsky, product director of the Creative Cloud division of Adobe, tweeted about the “painful” criticisms of a product that his team has worked on for years. Right now, Photoshop for iPad is rated two stars out of five in the Apple App Store.
Adobe strives to move its most successful software franchises to mobile devices as a way to increase revenue and maintain its reputation as the world’s largest manufacturer of creative software. The company based in San Jose, California, also recently said that Illustrator will arrive for iPad in 2020.
While the applications are aimed at creative professionals who seek the ability to work while traveling, Adobe also tries to expand the appeal of its photo editing and illustration software to amateurs.