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Adobe Photoshop now optimised for Macs with the M1 chip

Adobe Photoshop will now run natively on M1-based MacBooks bringing huge relief for creators globally.

twitter-logoIndia Today Tech | March 11, 2021 | Updated 14:19 IST
MacBook Pro running Adobe Photoshop app natively
MacBook Pro running Adobe Photoshop app natively. (Image: Adobe)

Highlights

  • Adobe claims that its internal tests have shown that Photoshop delivers performance gains across apps on the new M1.
  • The company released a beta version of Photoshop for Macs with M1 chips.
  • Adobe also teased that it would add new features for customers using M1 Macs in future updates.

Adobe has announced that Photoshop will now run natively on Macs that are powered by the new M1 chip. This is the second app that's getting optimised for M1 Macs after Lightroom. Adobe's Lightroom was released in December and could run natively on Macs with M1 chips. We have to point out that Adobe did release a beta version of Photoshop for Apple's M1-based MacBooks last year. Though, the new Photoshop version is now widely available for everyone, including Creative Cloud customers.

The Photoshop app is now fully optimised for the new Macs and can now run natively on the MacBook Air, 13-inch MacBook Pro, and Mac mini.

Talking about the new app release, Adobe's Pam Clark said, "Our internal tests show a wide range of features running an average of 1.5X the speed of similarly configured previous generation systems. Our tests covered a broad scope of activities, including opening and saving files, running filters, and compute-heavy operations like Content-Aware Fill and Select Subject, which all feel noticeably faster. Our early benchmarking also shows that some operations are substantially faster with the new chip."

Adobe says that the public beta builds of Photoshop for Mac customers with M1 chips helped the team with feedbacks that helped it make the native app available for the new architecture.

Adobe also hinted at more features being rolled out for users on new Macs with M1 chips. "These great performance improvements are just the beginning, and we will continue to work together with Apple to further optimise performance over time. We think our customers using these new Macs will love the difference, too," Clark added.

The company talked about some features that it hasn't ported as of now. The features include Invite to Edit Cloud Documents and Preset Syncing. "However, the performance gains across the rest of the application were so great we didn't want to hold back the release for everyone while the team wraps up work on these last few features," Clark added.

Adobe also announced two new features for Photoshop on the iPad. The company announced Cloud Documents Version History and the ability to work on Cloud Documents while offline for its customers on the iPad. The company says that Cloud Documents are auto-saved, and every document has a version history which means users can revert for up to 60 days. Notably, versions can be bookmarked, so they don't expire, renamed and saved permanently on the iPad.

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