Photoshop CC 2018: Do you plan to include Device Preview?

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Today I installed new Photoshop update (Adobe Photoshop Version: 19.0 20170929.r.165 2017/09/29: 1138933  x64). And to my surprise, the Device Preview panel is missing. I thought that maybe it needed another preference reset as in past it disappeared couple of times from the Window menu, and was back after resetting preferences (https://forums.adobe.com/thread/2372210), but now it didn't help, so I had a chat with Adobe Representative and he informed me that Device Preview is not a part of the program anymore, and I can downgrade my program to previous version to use it. So my question is, do yo plan to put this feature back to Photoshop or people should move away from it to other apps like Sketch, or (arguably) XD? I design a lot of responsive websites and was using this feature very often. Thanks!
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@ Stephen Nielson
Can you please give us any other information about the removal about Device Preview? Your initial post is as vague as possible and your lack of response over these few months is concerning.

My questions, in short:
1) Can you tell us how removing Device Preview make Photoshop run faster?
2) Can you tell us what else needed to be done to Device Preview, as you claim you redirected resources to higher-priority needs? I haven't heard anybody complain about bugs, crashes or any other problems about this feature.
3) Related to #2 - why wasn't the feature left as is and not further developed instead of removing it?
4) How do you respond to accusations that this is a move that forces us to use Adobe XD and that this is the only reason behind the removal?

Thank you,
Chris.
PS: If you can't respond to these questions, for whatever reason, can you direct me to someone who can?
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why why why? put it back please 
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No matter what Adobe say the only reason I can understand why Adobe have removed this feature is to save money on developing the preview mobile app. It certainly hasn't made Photoshop lighter or faster so that's a silly comment (just be honest Adobe).

Because device preview was removed I thought I would give Sketch a go for UI design - it is sooooo much better than Photoshop for UI, love Sketch! - much lighter, faster and easier to use. It's also cheaper! BUT only for Mac - sorry Windows lovers

Highly recommend Sketch - I now wouldn't even return to Photoshop for UI design if they brought back the device preview!!

I still have Photoshop though as I'm an all round designer so it is still essential to my tool kit
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I don't do UI design so Sketch isn't an option for me. I design ads, graphics and illustrations that go on websites. I need to see what they look like, in real time as I adjust the layers to create the graphics and illustrations. It's not unusual for the final artwork to have hundreds of layers. 

Before Device Preview...  I would need to email the illustrations to myself to see how everything looked and check to see if all the text could be read, etc. Device Preview created a HUGE boost in productivity.

I've become totally dependent on it. I have two different sized iPhones mounted next to my monitor and often look more at the the phones when adjusting my illustrations than the monitor.
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Very sad and sad when developers spat on people for whom did your product!! You should be ashamed, when thousands of users asking to return one of the most convenient features!
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PUT IT Back!!!!!

#Put_It_Back

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Put it back, please.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Bring back Device Preview in Photoshop.

I get that this has been gone for a while now, but it is really frustrating exporting jpgs and then airdropping to my phone to see how my mobile ads will look. To have such an awesome idea that was extremely useful and time-saving, and then to remove it is absurd and really frustrating.
Seems to go against that core value of" Innovative," doesn't it? Adding this feature was Innovative and it showed that you were "Involved" with your people. I guess not so much anymore.
Sorry for the complaining, it's just annoying when Adobe can have such a great idea to speed up my process, and then just take it away to get in the way of creativity just makes no sense to me.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Please add Device Preview back into Photoshop.

I am a UX/UI designer and I do a ton of responsive web and mobile app design.  Device Preview is an invaluable tool for me to be able to design in real time on my phone.

I've tried Skala View as well as (literally) ALL of the alternatives. They do not work properly.  I understand that you're trying to focus on what you believe is important to Photoshop and that a preview has been moved to XD, which you probably prefer me to use, but most of my work requires a lot of photo manipulation and other effects and features not included in XD.  Having to work with BOTH applications is a bad workflow.  

As a workaround, I end up using PS2017 so that I can use Device Preview.  But then I'm left out of all the new functions and features included in PS v20+. 
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This is where I am. I'm now paying for a product that I can no longer update because Devise Preview is WAY more useful to me than any of the recent updates.
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Hi, you should really try "Design Mirror" (named psmirror before) that I made to replace Device Preview, it surely fit your need. I updated it alot last 2018, and now it even support sketch and xd. I could give you a free licence if it helps. just google the name, or contact me on twitter @_emptykid_ for tech support.
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Thanks! - I actually use Design Mirror sometimes already. I purchased it a while back. It works just fine and checks all the boxes for my user requirements. Thanks for developing a great substitute product for us. It's a good value for the cost.

Having said that... I still prefer to use Devise Preview. Not that your app doesn't work. It does! In fact it's the only one that seems to have all the functionality I need. It's just a personal preference for now.

However - It's only a matter of time until Adobe comes out with a new update with features I can't ignore and I'll be forced to use the new version. When that eventually happens I'll be using Design Mirror on a daily basis. Thanks again!

But - I'm still holding out hope that Adobe brings this feature back in a future update.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled How I can preview my work on mobil phone directly from Photoshop? Where is "Devic....

I have work in Photoshop.
I need verify it on mobile screen.
Since now "Device preview" works excelent for me, but disapear after update.

What now?
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Where is Window›Device Preview.

In PS CC '15 - When I go to Window, there's no option for Device Preview: http://cl.ly/image/1b1r0M13472Y

What's happening?
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Use the Canvas for Photoshop app to replace the Device preview app.  I've been using this for months now.  
http://appstore.com/garylaw/canvasforphotoshop
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Thanks. I'll give it a try!
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Email from Adobe: " Unfortunately, we have recently discontinued Photoshop 18.1.6 and earlier versions"

That's the end of that... People like me who were still clinging onto earlier versions so we could still use Device Preview are screwed.
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Is there still no response to this...???  Are they planning to bring this back or not? I still have yet to update from 2017, and I use this feature sooo much because it's so quick. I don't have time to deal with XD CC, and re-learn a whole new program just to view my design on a mobile quickly...
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Good morning. I was once like you, Sandra.  I was angry and frustrated about missing out on new features in PS updates because I was addicted to using Adobe Preview.

A few months ago the company that I work for forced me to stop using PS2017 because the IT department was no longer supporting it.  To my great annoyance, I was told I should use XD if I wanted a mobile preview solution.

I was angry.  I looked everywhere for a tool that would replace Adobe Preview.  I settled on PS Mirror (http://www.psmirror.net) - but the interface is slow and rigid and has to be reset multiple times throughout the day while using it.  Customer service is nonexistent. But I trudged though because, what else could I do... I couldn't possibly make time to learn Adobe XD.  How dare Adobe and what seemed like the entire design community tell me what programs I could and could not use.  How dare Adobe take away support for MY favorite tool.

Months went by. My company moved into a swank new office and I was relocated a cool new studio space where I could see the screens of others designers working.  I took notice of one of our Senior Designers creating wireframes in XD.  "Millenial", I thought. ::eyeroll:: Days went by and I noticed him using the wires he made in XD to create the design. I joked with him, I guess I'm going to have to learn XD now so I can work with your files - giving him a hard time.  A Junior designer jumped in, "you should, I learned it in like 2 hours last week."

So I downloaded it.  It was a total pain to get used to - for like 20 minutes - then the workflow just got easier and easier. I still need to hop into Photoshop and Illustrator throughout the day, but that's why we have a "creative suite".  Each tool does their job perfectly, and to expect one to do the other's job as well as it can do itself, is absurd.

And.. it's SOFA KING worth learning XD.  It has literally tripled my speed iterating through web pages and app screens.  Creating a mobile response to a desktop design is a cake walk. THEN, you discover Components (which are like smart objects that are actually smart) and you never want to use Photoshop again. Plus they were just updated so that you can have different states live IN the components. You can create working prototypes in minutes with animations and then share it all from the app.

Did I mention that Adobe XD Preview shows your design on your phone in real time?  If you make an edit on screen you see it happening instantly on your phone. It blows Adobe Preview off the planet.

Oh, and your graphics card will thank you for using XD because it's worlds lighter than Photoshop.

TLDR: Give XD a shot, you'll be glad you did.
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I don't design websites. I design internet memes, online display ads and other things for social media that gets promoted for people on the phone. I fail to see how XD would help me with the work I do. 
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I feel we can put this to bed now, we're upto CC 2020. Adobe isn't listening, has never listened and never will.
Sorry PC users, I feel for you but you're gonna have to buy a mac or keep using 2017.
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Windows user here. Design Mirror did not work for me, and my virus protection appears to have caught it trying to install a trojan virus.

BUT the "Canvas for Photoshop" iOS app is working! You'll need to google "Enable Remote Connection in Photoshop" to point you to a quick setup to get your IP address and set a password. But I was up and running in 60 seconds. The refresh rate can vary from maybe .5 seconds to 1 second, but I'll take it. Nothing to install on your computer. Simple app that works well.