Photoshop Mobile: 3rd Party Plug-in support

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Please add the ability to add plugins like from Topaz, NIK, etc... if possible. Especially if you have purchased them.
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Cristen Gillespie

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It would be nice, though I expect it would have to be reworked for the iPad (can't even imagine how it wouldn't have to be), so even if Adobe provides the architecture that allows for plug-ins, it will have to be up to each company to provide an updated interface and hooks into the iPad OS that works with the iPad version of Photoshop.

It is, however, very easy to go back and forth through Cloud Documents between desktop and iPad to use the plugins on the desktop and go back to the iPad for further work —assuming, of course, that you're close enough to your desktop that you don't have to wait until you get home or back to the office—in which case not having your plugins will simply be frustrating until they figure it's profitable enough to revamp their plugins for the iPad version.

IOW, don't hold your breath, but work with the idea of working around not having it on the iPad.
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Until I can get a new computer I will have to wait for that.
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In my first post it was suggested that I shouldn’t list everything together like I did. So I listed things separately and that’s now wrong. I guess I don’t know how these things work. And it’s true I haven’t completely explored the app. I do have a memory problem, so when I remember things I will get them said or wrote down. Didn’t mean to offend anyone. Thanks for pointing out my mistakes to everyone.
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> Until I can get a new computer I will have to wait for that.

Ahhh, you're currently stuck with iPad or nothing? I'm almost at that point, hoping Apple gives me more choices in my next computer before my aging laptop dies. That makes it much, much harder for you if you can't switch to the desktop when something is missing from PS. I'm afraid the iPad app is just too much of a v1 to replace your need for a desktop version of PS to fill in a TON of holes in the app.

On the other hand, my art teachers ages ago said that learning to work with severe limitations was a boost to creativity. Even photographers used to recommend working with one lens for everything in order to learn to "solve" problems creatively. So I'm "boosting" my creativity levels by working with PS iPad's limitations.  Or I try to think so. LOL
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I’m still hoping for more soon from the Photoshop iPad. If it fills out I maybe using just the iPad because of my eyesight. Just can’t decide if I want a new computer or iPad Pro. If I could do it that is. Earlier this year I had a free trial of the Photography Plan and I could do the 2018 CC now none.

I know what you mean. I do use Photoshop CS6. I will try that if it lets me. I have heard both the artist and the photographer. I’ve had to put together a paper in a computer class with no help from the book. Also worked at the local newspaper and had to train myself. I will do this too. Well I’m going to get creative too. Where there’s a will there’s a way. LOL
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CS6 won't have Cloud Documents, so you're going to have to save to your iPad and use something else, such as AirDrop or a 3rd party Cloud service to get your image over to CS6. In iPad PS' document window, there's a Share button that lets you bypass using Cloud Documents to get to CS6. But I use AirDrop  all the time to go directly to my laptop, and from there I can go to any program I want. You've saved a PSD for CS6, so I don't think there should be a problem opening it in CS6. Or vice versa.

I bought the iPad Pro when I heard they were coming out with this. It IS nice that I can attach a portable drive directly to the iPad and use that through the Files feature. You're obviously already creative—now you just have to boost that power because you'll need the will to find the way. LOL 

It was nice early this morning to start an idea on the iPad with my first cuppa, but it's pretty obvious I'll not finish it there. Still, I only had the vaguest idea to start with and now it's pretty clear what I'm wanting to do with it—and I could do that sitting very comfortably where I wanted to without a heavy laptop burning a hole in my legs. So even not being anywhere near to what I want in PS iPad, it's fun to try to get enough accomplished that at least the preliminary stages are done. 
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Cynthia, in the future, please put these all in a single thread.
Also, this is v1 of Ps for iPad and it's still got a long ways to go.
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Yes, it does sound like the poster hasn't spent much time trying to use the app. I would hope that in future, anyone reading this thread will try to first learn what's in the app—that's what the tutorials are for.

And also, since this is a brand new app, I would hope people in general would take a serious look first to what they really need to be able to use the app. We all have so many wants, they just become so much clutter to Adobe's teams. Make the early feature requests, anyway, the things you simply can't live without.

For me, that's going to be all the Adjustment layers—feature complete. Smart Objects. Layer Styles—complete. And my own brushes with as much built-in sensitivity as the iPad itself allows, plus the ability for me to modify the brushes (brush settings) to compensate for any difficulties using the Apple Pencil on the iPad. In any order, those 4 things I need just to fulfill the dreams of compositing on the iPad. I can go a little longer without the Pen tool, but there are those who can't. I can live without Raw editing just yet—easy enough to do that elsewhere. But if they can't live without these things to use the app, and if they say what really is a big deal instead of a long list to Santa Claus, Adobe can make priorities based on what we ask for.
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Just wanted to get my ideas out there. I will refrain from participating any more (this was my first time).
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Feature requests and bugs need to be entered as one item per post.  You were correct to post them individually. 
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> I will refrain from participating any more

I don't think anyone thinks that's necessary. You're far from the first to miss features you were looking for. Others here, myself included, haven't been able to find every feature we looked for, even when it was there.  Everyone has trouble learning a brand new app, having to practice and stumble about for some time, and some of the interface is not exactly in plain sight or obvious where we can find it when we're relying upon our knowledge of PS. This is the "real" PS, but it's not the same interface as PS has.

Just use the iPad as intensively as you have the time for a few projects, using as much as you can figure out from the tutorials, realising you, like the rest of us, will need to view the tutorials more than once to start feeling comfortable with the program. Since it's so new and has so few of the desktop features, we'll also have to struggle to find workarounds if we can.

By that point, once you've completed 2 or 3 projects that use as many of the features as you can find (or ask here for help finding it), you'll know what features you can work with, and what you absolutely can't do that's critical to your work. Since this is such a new program, I think that's what the team will be focused on—those features that are missing in such a big way that we can't get to the point where we're only putting on the finishing touches on the desktop.

I think they need all of us testing and contributing so they can more fully understand what is missing for what type of work we're doing (and we're all different there), and that's what will move this app forward. At MAX, both last year and this, they said they were starting with compositing. Who knows what is next. But unless we take the time to learn the app and respond, this app won't necessarily be responsive to our most important needs. Not my most important need or yours or anyone else's, but "our" most important needs. If they get 55 people saying they need brushes and only 20 saying they can't live without the Pen tool, then my bet is they'll take bringing brushes on board very seriously and will be working very hard on getting that out to us. (I have absolutely no idea what's involved vs giving us a Pen tool<G>)

I personally seriously want this project to succeed going forward. I'm welded to the desktop and eager to get away from it and still have "Photoshop." I'm finding it more fun than Affinity to use, despite that Affinity Photo has far more of the features I want. That's a good temporary solution on the iPad if I have to edit my photos, for example, but it's not as seamless as using the PSDC format on the iPad to get back to my desktop for finishing a composite. Layers work in a very different way, etc. So I'm rooting for Adobe here, and will try to take my own advice to struggle, learn, and when I know exactly what's missing that I most need, post one thread per feature, or find the thread to add my vote to.  '-}
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Thank you for the words of encouragement. I will work with the iPad app than I have. I also will watch the tutorials more.