Adobe has been criticized by Sebastiaan de With, co-founder of popular iOS camera app Halide, for removing Apple’s ubiquitous AirDrop sharing feature from Photoshop and disrupting its workflow. De With expressed his frustrations on Twitter directly to Scott Belsky, chief product officer at Adobe, asking “Could someone at Adobe please limit the user-unfriendly cloud upsell that’s happening?”
Since the release of Photoshop 23.3, Adobe requires users to save their work as a cloud document before they can share it directly with others. The company previously disclosed the change in May, noting that the Quick Share feature would be removed due to “low usage, a desire to simplify the options bar UI, and redundant functionality to other export functions”. Earlier versions of Photoshop on macOS had several file sharing options, including defaults like Mail, Messages, and AirDrop, directly from the File menu or by clicking Apple’s Share button in the toolbar. app options.
In response, Adobe’s Belsky said cloud documents were necessary for sharing and collaboration because its implementation helped bring Photoshop to the web and iPad, as well as unlock new features for version control. Belsky also said that including shortcuts to other export options as part of the Share option would be discussed internally, and assured those accusing Adobe of upselling that “cloud features are included in the product at no additional cost.”
It’s true that Adobe Creative Cloud apps come with cloud storage included in the subscription price: a standalone Photoshop subscription comes with 100GB as standard, for example. But upgrading that storage will cost you an additional $9.99 per month per terabyte.
@scottbelsky Could someone at Adobe please limit the user hostile cloud upsell that is occurring?
Photoshop has lost its ability to simply share a version of a document via AirDrop, Messages, etc. – instead we now get this when pressing “share”: pic.twitter.com/qWnjWpLKeD
— Sebastien de With (@sdw) September 19, 2022
De With is not alone in his frustrations. Comments on his Twitter beef with Belsky expressed similar criticism of Adobe’s decision to remove the Quick Share feature, recommending alternative services such as Affinity. There have also been requests for the feature to be reintroduced on Adobe Community Forums, with one user lamenting the loss of AirDrop saying, “It was extremely convenient as I didn’t have to save/export a file to my hard drive whenever I wanted. to send something to my phone or tablet.
Adobe is being watched with renewed caution after the design giant recently acquired Figma, a competing design app, for $20 billion. Incidents like this are unlikely to help assuage industry concerns about how Figma, a software suite known for its innovation and accessibility, might be handled under Adobe ownership.