New Patent Suggests Apple Could Be Thinking About Their Own Answer To Photoshop

New Patent Suggests Apple Could Be Thinking About Their Own Answer To Photoshop

Could Apple be working on their own answer to Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator: a sophisticated program for professionals doing photo manipulation and digital illustrating? If a new patent is anything to go by, yes, and it won’t just be a major innovation on the Mac… it will work on the iPad as well.

The patent, published today by the U.S. Patent Office, is complicated, but this seems to be the jist: Apple is patenting a way in which someone using an illustrator of digital image editing program can adjust the settings of the current tool they are using — such as a brush’s size or opacity — by using gestures at or near that tool, which would then visually change the tool to represent the changes.

You would also be able to change tools with gestures. And these gestures would work using a mouse, a trackpad or a touchscreen. There’s a lot more to this patent, so you should read more about it here.

Apple patents don’t always — or even usually — end up in real world products, but they are useful in giving us an idea of the products and directions Apple is thinking about. Certianly, the idea of an Apple-made Photoshop or Illustrator-like app is exciting, especially if it launches on both the Mac and the iPad.

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  • oldsweng

    I have no confidence Apple will develop a software product to rival the Adobe products. Creatives are fleeing their latest versions of FCP and Aperture.

  • mr_bee

    Well actually, Apple already has it’s “answer to Photoshop” for iOS in that iPhoto for iOS includes more image editing options and features than “Photoshop for iOS” does.

    There are also at least five other image editing programs for iOS that leave “Photoshop for iOS” in the distant dust. So while this is great news, Adobe’s products are not really the ones to bet here. They suck rather badly compared to the competition already.

  • Unis Zuurmond

    Google got Sparrow, so make sure you get Pixelmator, Apple. You have home and pro versions of Music and Movie editing software, but Image editing per se has been missing all along.

  • technochick

    I have no confidence Apple will develop a software product to rival the Adobe products. Creatives are fleeing their latest versions of FCP and Aperture.

    Based on what. That you don’t like them. I doubt you could actually get any major cut of creatives on record saying the same thing.

  • Tallest_Skil

    I have no confidence Apple will develop a software product to rival the Adobe products. Creatives are fleeing their latest versions of FCP and Aperture.

    Except they aren’t.

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