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Finally! Adobe rolls out Photoshop and Illustrator for DaaS users

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For years now, we’ve been moving from a PC-centric IT world to Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS) models. It’s been driven by the rise of working from home, companies wanting to secure their end-users, and the convenience for IT of centrally managed user end-points. There was only one hitch: A handful of popular programs were only available on PCs — chief among them, Adobe Photoshop.

Now, finally, Adobe is bringing not just Photoshop but Illustrator to Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) users. The company unveiled its plans last week at Adobe MAX 2021.

You might think, “What’s the big deal? Hasn’t Adobe been releasing its programs as SaaS for years as Creative Cloud?”

Actually, no. Adobe Creative Cloud is neither a cloud nor a SaaS; it’s a software rental licensing business model. True, you can share files using its infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) storage, but you could always do that with network file-sharing or third-party cloud services such as Dropbox.

So, if you thought Photoshop’s been available in the cloud all along, you thought wrong. This more is a case of cloud-washing: Slapping a cloud coating on essentially the same old program.

To use Creative Cloud Photoshop, or Creative Cloud Anything, you had to download a fat client to use it. Despite the name, it’s not a SaaS offering. Today, if you want to run Creative Cloud Photoshop, you need a high-powered Windows PC or macOS Mac.

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