September 7, 2011
Adobe Systems Incorporated today unveiled a new product called Carousel for the iPhone/iPod touch, iPad, and Mac OS. The product uses the company’s Adobe Photoshop Lightroom technology and allows customers to access all of their photos across various devices. The product is expected to arrive later this month. When customers import their photo library into Adobe Carousel, or take new photos using Adobe Carousel on an iDevice, those photos are automatically accessible on any supported device through a cloud. Once imported, any edits, deletions or additions to the library made on one device are automatically updated across all devices linked with the account. Best of all, Adobe Carousel requires no manual syncing or storage limitations. According to Winston Hendrickson, vice president of Digital Imaging Products Adobe:
“With Adobe Carousel we are extending the power of Adobe’s imaging expertise beyond the desktop and onto tablets and smartphones, delivering instant access to your complete photo library and the freedom to edit and share photos anywhere, any time. Thanks to Adobe Carousel, users never need to worry about wasting time syncing, remembering if a photo was saved to a particular device, or worrying about maxing out storage on their iPhone or iPad.”Carousel arrives for Mac and through the App Store later this month for a special introductory price of $59.99/year or $5.99/month. After January 31, 2012, the price will increase to $99.99/year or $9.99/month. Customers will receive a complimentary subscription for up to 30 days and can purchase a monthly or yearly subscription at any time from their iPad or iPhone. A Windows version of Carousel is expected in 2012. Check out this video: Adobe Carousel looks fantastic and will definitely make a splash with professional photographers, who have been asking for such a service since iDevices came to market. Still, we're not sure the price - introductory or otherwise - will be welcomed by casual photographers. These users will most likely use Apple's free Photo Stream service, but you never know. Once Adobe Carousel is released, will let you know what we think.