Adobe has come under fire from Sebastian de Wit, co-founder of the popular iOS camera app Halide, for removing Apple’s ubiquitous AirDrop sharing feature from Photoshop and disrupting its workflow. De Wit expressed his frustration on Twitter directly to Scott Belsky, chief product officer at Adobe, asking “Can someone at Adobe please curb the consumer-hostile cloud bidding going on?”
After the release of Photoshop 23.3, Adobe required users to save their work as a cloud document before it could be shared directly with others. The company had previously revealed the change in May, noting that the Quick Share feature will be removed due to “low usage, a desire to simplify the options bar UI, and redundant functionality to other export features.” Earlier versions of Photoshop on macOS had several options for sharing files — including defaults like Mail, Messages, and AirDrop — directly from the File menu or by clicking Apple’s Share button in the app’s options bar.
In response, Adobe’s Belsky said cloud documents are necessary for sharing and collaboration, as their deployment helped bring Photoshop to the web and iPad, along with unlocking new version control features. Belsky also said that the inclusion of shortcuts to other export options in the share option will be discussed internally and assured those who accuse Adobe of bidding that “cloud features are included in the product at no additional cost.”
It’s true that Adobe Creative Cloud apps come with some 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 Can someone at Adobe please put a damper on the consumer-hostile cloud bidding going on?
Photoshop lost the ability to simply share a version of a document via AirDrop, Messages, etc. – instead we now get this when we hit “share”: pic.twitter.com/qWnjWpLKeD
— Sebastian de C (@sdw) September 19, 2022
De Witt is not alone in his frustration. Commenters on his Twitter battle with Belsky expressed similar criticism of Adobe’s decision to remove the Quick Share feature, recommending alternative services like Affinity. There are also requests to reintroduce the feature on Adobe’s community forums, p one user laments the loss of AirDrop saying “This was extremely convenient as I didn’t have to save/export a file to my hard drive every time I wanted to send something to my phone or tablet.”
Adobe has been watched with caution since the design giant’s recent $20 billion acquisition of competing design app Figma. Incidents like this are unlikely to help calm concerns among professionals about how Figma, a software suite known for its innovation and accessibility, can be managed under Adobe’s ownership.