Adobe Systems has announced new desktop versions of its consumer photo- and video-editing software, with new features that remove distracting elements in photos and automate video editing. But the most interesting feature is that the programs will link to new online services and mobile phones.
When they arrive in September, the new versions of Photoshop Elements and Premier Elements will enable automatic backup to a storage and sharing site, to be called Photoshop.com. Free membership will come with a few gigabytes of storage, and $50 a year will buy 20 GB.
Syncing will work both ways. The software enables groups of photos to be arranged in albums that can be automatically synced to the online site. Changes made online likewise get sent to the desktop album.
Adobe is also demonstrating how some mobile phones will be able to upload photos to the Photoshop site, with similar syncing ability.
It's about time that Adobe got in gear—the company's been slow with its online and mobile efforts, points out Jessica Dolcourt at the Webware blog. And the folks at ReadWriteWeb are even tougher, saying it's too little, too late.