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Friday, November 09, 2007, 07:00 am PT (10:00 am ET)

Adobe says Photoshop Express beta due by year's end

Adobe has confirmed it will make a beta version of its online Photshop Express software available before the end of the year, with a finalized version penciled in for availability sometime in 2008.

Photoshop Express will be an online version of the San Jose, Calif.-based company's industry standard image editing software, Photoshop.

The software, reports Macworld UK, will run under existing web browsers, letting users perform basic image adjustments, such as red-eye removal, cropping, colour adjustment and image retouching.

Adobe is introducing limited functionality Photoshop Express as part of its move to providing software as a service. Company chief executive Bruce Chizen has recently vouched his belief that online software will become the de facto standard for software distribution within the next decade.

Adobe presently plans to license Photoshop Express to photo-oriented website including Shutterfly and Photobucket.