Manual syncing and device storage limitations are a thing of the past, claims Adobe Systems, as with its new Carousel software, “users never need to worry about wasting time syncing, remembering if a photo was saved to a particular device, or worrying about maxing out storage,” as photos are automatically accessible on any supported device through cloud-based “smart mesh” technology.
The new software service delivers “instant access to your complete photo library and the freedom to edit and share photos anywhere, any time.” Adobe says. Carousel is “designed for anyone who loves photographs,” the company adds, “takes a lot of them, and needs a simple way to view, browse, adjust and share them without worrying about manual syncing or storage.”
Carousel includes iOS client apps for iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, and a Mac OS desktop version. Support for Windows and other devices is expected in the first half of 2012.
Carousel uses the photo-processing technology from Adobe’s Lightroom to adjust exposure, shadows, highlights, white balance, vibrance, clarity and contrast. Edits, deletions or additions to the library made on one device are automatically updated across all devices linked with the account. “Photos look great and are easy to share directly with family and friends,” Adobe says.
Also, Carousel simplifies and enhances photo sharing by allowing subscribers to invite friends and family members to collaborate on a photo library, Adobe adds — so anyone with a Carousel-capable device can view existing photos and contribute new ones, apply adjustments and Looks to images, and easily grab and flag favorite photos. Users can also share photos by sending them directly to Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr or via email.
The service’s introductory price is $60 per year or $6 per month.