Photoshop, Adobe's Flagship Software, Comes to Google's Chromebook
Article by George Norman
On 30 Sep 2014
Chromebooks are affordable, Chrome OS-powered laptops that use the cloud to provide easy access to Google Drive, Gmail, and other cloud-based applications. Chromebooks are great for surfing the web and getting things done online – they’re not exactly known for running top shelf image editing programs like Photoshop, are they?

But you see, that is precisely what Google and Adobe are cooking up. Chromebooks don’t run Photoshop right now, but they will soon. The two companies recently presented Project Photoshop Streaming, a partnership between Adobe and Google, partnership that aims to provide streaming access to Photoshop and other creative tools.


“In partnership with Adobe, we’re welcoming Creative Cloud onto Chromebooks, initially with a streaming version of Photoshop. This will be available first to U.S.-based Adobe education customers with a paid Creative Cloud membership—so the Photoshop you know and love is now on Chrome OS. No muss, no fuss,” announced Stephen Konig, Product Manager for Chrome at Google.

You are used to running cloud-based apps from your Chromebook. The streaming version of Photoshop mentioned above by Stephen Konig will run from the cloud as usual. By running Photoshop from the cloud, you’re always running an up-to-date version. It must be mentioned here that the streaming version of Photoshop is fully integrated with Google Drive. This means that you don’t have to download and re-upload files; you can save your work from Photoshop to the cloud.

IT admins who manage Chromebooks in a work environment will like that there’s no client installation that takes forever to complete. Deploying Photoshop to a team that uses Chromebooks is a “one-click” matter, explained Stephen Konig.

The streaming version of Photoshop runs on any Chromebook or Chrome web browser installed on a PC powered by Windows 7 or Windows 8 (only Microsoft’s Windows operating system is supported at this time). To run the streaming version of Photoshop you will need an Intel Pentium 4 processor or better, at least 512MB of RAM, some 350MB of free disk space, Chrome 35 or newer, current generation Chromebook released within the last two years.

Additional information on Project Photoshop Streaming is available here.

Tags: Google, Chrome OS, Chromebook, Adobe, Photoshop, Creative Cloud
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