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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Official Response
Yes, Device Preview was removed from the latest version of Photoshop. We always try to avoid removing features unless absolutely necessary. In this case, it was necessary to improve the performance of Photoshop, as well as focus our development efforts on higher-priority needs.

If you are on macOS, I would recommend you try out the free Skala Preview app as an alternative.  The client app is available for both iOS and Android: https://bjango.com/mac/skalapreview/

If you are on Windows, there are a number of alternatives available that you might try.
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The PsMirror App requires the corresponding PS Mirror Plugin costs $14.90.

I haven't tried it but it does seem to allow you to connect via USB which is critical for people like myself who work in an office and don't connect their computer to the internet via WiFi. THis is the first solution I've seen that might actually work.
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qiang0902

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the PsMirror has 15 days free trial. take a try, and ask for help from the author if anything wrong. they have tech support.
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Jordan Tavenner

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<removed swearing> I'll be exploring InVision Studio in 2018. Good job at losing people to your competitors.
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Stefan Daniel

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Can you tell me please, who decided to remove the Preview feature? Because that person must be removed IMMEDIATELY from Adobe! 
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As you say "If you are on Windows, there are a number of alternatives available that you might try." could you please suggest some app name which is available in google play store for Android device. 
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Well I for one will be skipping Photoshop 2018 altogether.

It's the buggiest release I've ever known (and I've only been using it for a couple of days) and this removal of an extremely useful and necessary tool (which seems as though it was done because your programmers just couldn't do their job and get it functioning properly) is the nail in the coffin.

Keep going with the way you're going Adobe, and I'll be burying that coffin and switching from Adobe altogether!
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I too can't believe this function was removed. I've been using it religiously to quickly view mobile sites and now it's gone?!? Thanks for suggesting Skala but I can't use it due to security issues, being that it isn't downloadable from the Apple Store.
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Adi Hayun

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Very, very, very disappointing. How do you want to keep users that way? No wonder everyone moves to Sketch. It wad one of the most important feature.
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James Kelly

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@Adobe - you have made a HUGE error removing this feature! An absolute stinker in-fact! I know tonnes of designers in the creative industry that were using this feature - it was awesome! You surely can't bring a feature into Photoshop, get everyone buzzing about it and using it in their day-to-day workflows and then suddenly remove it 2 years later... surely future updates are meant to improve users workflow, not  disrupt it

Yes, no wonder the industry is moving to Sketch - seems like Adobe have no interest in trying to keep UI designers using Photoshop

Can I revert back to Photoshop CC 2017? But keep the other apps as CC 2018?
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Can I revert back to Photoshop CC 2017? But keep the other apps as CC 2018?

Yes you can have both versions / CC17 and CC 18 alltogether. You have to chose the download you want in the Creative Cloud panel ... Like this, you can access DEVICE PREVIEW in the CC17 version ... :))
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Please bring this back ASAP!

This really sucks... I use this feature all day, every day. I even purchased an extra iPhone and have it mounted next to my monitor for ease of use.

I mostly design emails and other web graphics. I'm not a UX/UI designer. I don't need Adobe Xd. It's not a substitute for Photoshop. I can't be going back and forth all the time between the two programs just to see what my work looks like on the phone.

What's the point of paying a monthly subscription if I can't update the program?

Can anyone recommend an alternative app for Windows 10?

Is there another app out there for the iPhone that can mirror a Photoshop document in real time like Adobe Preview?

Thanks!
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How are you doing with photoshop mirroring in Windows 10?
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Simon Deighton

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Please put it back......
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Attila Szenczi-Molnar

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Put it back
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Daniel Sagi

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Sad, sad day
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Lisa Bamford

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Put it back!
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dick

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Put it back right now!  WTF?!
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Benjamin Taub

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Can't believe this has been removed. I used it on literally every project. Back to Skala I guess, but why ? 
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Yannick Sauro

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Please come back DevicePreview!!!
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Stas Smirnov

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In the times of mobile era you removed mobile device preview tool? Really?
My god, its worst decision ever. Im moving back to CC2017
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Hawaii SEO

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My thoughts exactly! WTF?!
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Doru Cristian Barin

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I've been watching this thread and there's only one thing that REALLY bothers me: the lack of an explanation. Ok, say they HAD to remove it. Explain! You have so many customers, why not explain how it ... drains the CPU or it's super memory intensive or something! Show us the improvement afterwards. Don't leave us in the dark! I posted on Twitter, but nothing ...

So that's what I suggest you guys ask for - an explanation!
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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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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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Frans Baud

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PUT IT Back!!!!!

#Put_It_Back

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Put it back, please.