Adobe says this is to help familiarize users with the offline software version as well as help those who need quick editing
Adobe has announced that they are testing plans for a freeware version of Adobe Photoshop for web. Currently, a limited amount of users can access this test version, in particular, users in Canada who has an Adobe account
The web version isn’t all for free though as Adobe is planning to profit off of it by turning it into a “freemium” model, with some features locked through a paywall. Knowing Adobe, it’s more likely a subscription-based feature similar to the desktop program. Adobe will only let users tools that it thinks are enough to be the main app’s core functions.
“We want to make [Photoshop] more accessible and easier for more people to try it out and experience the product,” says Maria Yap, Adobe’s VP of digital imaging.
The web version of Photoshop was first released back in October, intended to make quick edits. It is a very light version and less advanced than the main program. Layers and other core tools such as the select tool and marquee tools made the cut, however. The program is also intended to be more collaborative so that creative users can quickly share it among other Adobe users as well as on social media sites
The freemium version will make Photoshop more accessible to anyone and can also potentially entice users onto buying the actual program. It’s a win-win for both the consumer and the company.
You can go to Photoshop for web’s website to access it, but remember it’s in the beta phase and only a select few could actually access it.
Source: The Verge