What happens when you bring together Adobe and Google? You get Project Photoshop Streaming. Is this Photoshop on Android? Not quite. Adobe already has two Android versions of Photoshop, Photoshop Express and the more robust Photoshop Touch. So what’s new with Project Photoshop? This new collaboration between Google and Adobe brings Photoshop to Google’s Chrome OS for use on Chromebook computers.
So why would Adobe what to do this? Well, Chromebooks are becoming very popular in the educational space because of their low cost and light weight. Light weight indeed. Most Chromebooks only have 2GB of RAM and 16GB SSD drives. How could a graphics behemoth like Photoshop run on such a machine running that’s Chrome OS. The answer is streaming. The idea behind Project Photoshop Streaming is to have the app run in “the Cloud”. Adobe is already working with this concept in their latest iPad app, Photoshop Mix. Mix is a mobile compositing app that uses Adobe’s Content Aware technology. Content Aware commands require large amounts of processing power. Much more than an iPad or any tablet can provide. So what Adobe has done is have dedicated banks of servers do all the heavy lifting in the cloud and push the finished data back to the user’s iPad.
Google and Adobe are exploring this streaming technology in the educational space, preparing to bring creative tools to educators and their students as part of making Art part of the core education standards. Turning STEM (Science, Technology, English, and Math) to STEAM (Science, Technology, English, Art and Math). American business leaders, for the past two decades, have engaged in discourse about education’s importance in maintaining an edge in the new world economy. Along with that comes the realization that students must be innovative. And for that to happen, they must learn to think creatively. For that to happen, art and design can longer be thought of as electives, but a core part of every curriculum. While not every school district can afford a $1000 Macbook Pro per student, most can afford $200 Chromebooks in a portable computer lab.
Adobe is experimenting with their flagship app, Photoshop and hopefully will be able to bring their “industry-defining desktop apps” to a platform that will offer greater students access to these powerful creative tools across the K-12 educational space. The great thing is all this is happening right now and you can be part of it, if you meet a few prerequisites. First you must have an educational (North America only) membership to the Creative Cloud (educator or student), and a member of the Adobe Education Exchange. So, if you’re interested, simply follow this link to find out more and apply to the beta of Project Photoshop Streaming.