Adobe leans a little more on the benefits of a cloud-based architecture with the rollout of a simple collaboration button and asynchronous editing in Photoshop, Illustrator and Fresco. The “Invite to edit” button is available from today.
The update allows asynchronous editing across all supported surfaces (iPad, iPhone and desktop) via the recently added Invite to Edit button located on the application’s taskbar at the top right. Although it does not allow multiple people to edit a document at the same time, it makes collaboration much easier.
When updating Photoshop to the latest version, you will first click the Invite to Edit button to save the document in the cloud so that you and others can access it across devices.
The next screen prompts you to save the document, and will also display any other cloud documents you may have. Once the file is uploaded, adding a partner is as easy as inviting them via email address.
An interesting side effect of using this feature is that a file that you save as a cloud document does not seem to allow you to easily save it on your computer. The “Save As” feature appeared in a different window than the typical one, and saving a version on a local machine did not seem easy.
In addition to the collaboration feature, Adobe has added preset sync in Photoshop to your desktop, which lets you sync brushes, swatches, gradations, patterns, styles and shapes from your Adobe Creative Cloud account to any desktop you currently find yourself on.
The add-on to these features is now available via an update from the Creative Cloud app on the desktop and through an app update on iPad and iOS.