One common criticism people have against Chromebooks is that they’re not powerful enough to run the same software you’d find on a PC or Mac. For students and professionals who have the most basic of needs (Google Docs, Drive, etc.), they’re excellent and affordable machines. Beyond that, you’re better off looking elsewhere. Or, you were.
Google and Adobe on Monday announced a new partnership that will bring Creative Cloud to Chromebooks, starting with a streaming version of Photoshop. Availability will be limited to U.S.-based Adobe education customers with a paid Creative Cloud membership at first. But, hey, at least you’re (mostly) getting the same Photoshop you know and love on a Chromebook. These machines still aren’t quite on par with today’s more powerful desktop and laptop machines, but a great start toward becoming viable replacements.
The streaming version of Photoshop runs straight from the cloud, and will be fully integrated with Google Drive, giving users access to their files wherever they go. One of the cool things about running a program like Photoshop from the cloud is that it’s always up-to-date. However, some features won’t be available for the Chromebook version due to hardware limitations. But that’s a small price to pay for access to such powerful editing software.