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Photoshop Express Launch Round-Up

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Biggest design-y story of the week was likely Adobe launching their stripped down, photo-editing web program, Photoshop Express. Granted, no one thinks it’s going to change the world for anyone who uses Photoshop for professional use, but it could possibly have a big effect on casual users who want to get in and fix up their images. Although similar programs have existed for a while now, including Google‘s Picasa, we’re thinking that just having the Photoshop brand behind this launch will likely speak a lot more loudly to your average joe, the kind who helped introduce “Photoshoped” as a regular phrase within the common vernacular. We played around with it a bit and found it perfectly pleasant, but we thought we’d take a look around the web and see what was being said about it elsewhere, from all angles:

Webware: “…it succeeds as a proof-of-concept that Flash and Flex allow you to create robust online applications that look and feel like local ones.”

Comments on Metafilter: “Interesting. But yeah, I think anything with PS as the brand needs to do a bit more than this. Also, those gold colored cartoonish “albums” look horrible – who imposed THAT on the designers?”

The Motley Fool: “Consider it a marketing exercise — Adobe is simply spreading the good word about its powerful software packages and Web interfaces, and the direct payoff will likely be very small.”

Computerworld: “The good news is that it does the 20% pretty well.”

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