Adobe brings new Creative Cloud apps to M1 Macs and the web

The somewhat inscrutable branding for Adobe's MAX conference.
Enlarge / The somewhat inscrutable branding for Adobe’s MAX conference.

Today is the first day of Adobe Max 2021, the software-as-a-service company’s annual conference where it announces major features for Creative Cloud products like Photoshop.

This year’s event kicked off with announcements of several new features for Creative Cloud’s various iPad apps, two more applications running natively on Apple Silicon Macs, and new web versions of some apps, among other things.

Adobe said it is adding or improving AI-driven tools across the suite, including an updated Object Selection Tool for Photoshop on Desktop. And some AI tools previously seen in Photoshop, like the Sky Replacement tool, are headed to Lightroom on Mac, iPad, and iPhone for the first time.

The iPad version of Photoshop will gain support for RAW images and is getting several new tools and the ability to convert layers into Smart Objects. Illustrator for iPad is getting some improvements, too, most notably the ability to vectorize images and track version history and revert to earlier iterations.

Further, After Effects and InDesign are getting Apple Silicon support on recent Macs.

It’s not all about native applications, though—Adobe announced this week that it will bring versions of Photoshop and Illustrator to the web.

The web versions won’t be as robust as the desktop versions, but they will let you make minor edits and provide a way to share and discuss work with colleagues or clients. The apps will allow users to review work and leave comments without launching a native version of Photoshop—think of it a bit like a stripped-down version of InVision that exists directly inside the Creative Cloud ecosystem.

There are numerous other changes and features headed to Adobe’s apps, and you can read about most of them on Adobe’s blog or by watching Adobe’s Max 2021 presentations.

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