Remember when Apple revealed the iPad Pro last year and Adobe went on stage to showcase the “real Photoshop experience” for the device? Well, it seems the software is not doing too well. The long-awaited app has been running in beta for a few months now and after users got their hands on the experience, they are still wondering where the app’s biggest features are. According to Twitter and YouTube, Photoshop on the iPad Pro is simply terrible.
Users are reporting the app saying it is a massive “disappointment” and “bad for colourists” saying the experience “just sucks”. According to user feedback, the app still fails to live up to the closest competition like Procreate and Affinity Suite which are both available on the App Store at a once-off purchase unlike Photoshop on the iPad.
The main reason for all the negative feedback stems comes from Adobe’s marketing which describes the app as the “real Photoshop” experience which should mirror the desktop version. This is not the case. Sure, the app uses the same codebase as the desktop version, you can sync files across from both platforms and make use of the Abode Cloud nonsense, but the app is far from the “full Photoshop” only offering a fraction of the basic features.
But Adobe is not apologizing. Scott Belsky, chief product officer revealed the company did not do enough with its messaging to emphasise that Photoshop for iPad Pro would not be the full thing. He claims the app was a minimal viable product and the first iteration would include basic features. He stressed that this could change in the coming weeks as it will allow users to work on the same PSD on the iPad as the desktop version. The company will also change the workflow and UI.
If you are planning on signing up for a subscription to Photoshop on the iPad, we urge you to stay away until things are better. The app is not what Adobe or Apple promised and will take a few months to get close to the user experience we say last year.