Mobile – Review

On October 14, 2009

App Type: Uncategorized Mobile – Review

Our rating:

By: Mobile

Version #: (iPhone OS 3.0 Tested)

Date Released: 2009-10-08

Developer: Adobe Systems, Inc.

Price: 0.00

User Rating:

Adobe and the Mac have always gone hand-in-hand, it seems.  Leave it to Adobe to take their most popular piece of software and insure it as the top app in the App Store by giving a toned-down version for the iPhone and iPod Touch away for free.  They could have easily charged a fortune for a "lite" version of Photoshop in iTunes but they didn’t.  Rather, they use their core software as a promotional tool for their online service.

This isn’t actually Photoshop, you see.  This is Mobile.  It’s a way to back up your photos online (like Apple does with your data and Mobile Me).  Anything manipulated on the device can be saved and uploaded to a account.  Of course, you can still save it to your local device and e-mail it to yourself.  With that in mind, I’m wondering exactly what Adobe’s logic was in giving this application away.  Are they collecting e-mail addresses?  Are they trying to compete with Flickr?  Are they trying to simply drive all other photo manipulation software for the iPhone out of business?  Is this "lite" version a precursor to a version with more features that is aimed at professionals?  I’m not sure of the answers to any of these questions, but meanwhile the consumer reaps the benefits of a free app from a name brand.

As for the software itself, it’s pretty cool.  You can select a photo from your library and do all kinds of nifty manipulations and save the new picture file.  You can crop, flip, rotate and do all sorts of color and line manipulation.  You can even create your own color effect theme.  However, despite the price the app is somewhat limited.  It’s not quite up to the capabilities of other, similar software for the iPhone/iTouch like Photogene, but it’s tough to beat the price.  I give a big thumbs up for this one.

Quick Take


Would I Buy Again:Yes, particularly for this price.

Learning Curve:Low

Who Is It For:Those who enjoy basic photo manipulation on the go.

What I Like:Ease of use.

What I Don't Like:Lack of features.

Final Statement:Definitely worth the download, but don't be surprised if there's a better, paid version in the future.

Read the Developer's Notes: Mobile for iPhone: Edit and share from Mobile for iPhone lets you quickly and easily edit and share your photos with simple gestures directly on your iPhone. Mobile is like having your entire photo library in your pocket without wasting your phone's valuable storage Mobile is your iPhone companion to, your online photo sharing, editing and hosting resource. Create a free account to upload and store 2GB of photos online.MORE FUN ON THE RUNIt's now easy to improve photos on your iPhone. Choose between a variety of one-touch Effects, or simply drag your finger across the screen to quickly crop, rotate, or adjust a photo's color. Get artistic by applying Filters like Soft Focus or Sketch. Never fear. Mobile lets you undo and redo changes until you get just the picture you want, and we always save a copy of your original photo.Top edit features• Basics: Crop, Rotate, and Flip• Color: Exposure, Saturation, Tint, Black and White• Filters: Sketch, Soft Focus• Effects: Vibrant, Pop, Border, Vignette Blur, Warm Vintage, Rainbow, White Glow, Soft Black and WhiteSHOW ON THE for iPhone gives you complete access to your entire online photo library directly from your account. Relive the memories and laughter with your friends and family anytime, anywhere. Show off all of your favorite photos with instant slideshows. It's like keeping thousands of photos right in your pocket!Brought to you by Adobe, the makers of the Photoshop Family of products.
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