Adobe announced the release of the first version of Photoshop that runs natively on Macs with the new M1 chip.

San Jose’s company said that its internal tests showed significant performance gains throughout the application on the latest Macs with Apple Silicon architecture.

In particular, according to Adobe’s internal tests a wide range of functions are performed, on average, with a 1.5-fold increase in speed compared to the previous generation Mac systems configured in a similar way.

Adobe has tested a wide range of typical activities for Photoshop users, including file opening and saving, filtering and heavy computing operations such as Content-Aware Fill and Select Subject,

Although defined as important, these performance improvements are only the beginning, for Adobe, who assured that he will continue to work together with Apple to further optimize performance over time.

Adobe had distributed Photoshop’s public beta builds through the Creative Cloud Desktop app as soon as the M1 chips had become available. This had allowed both to share the progress made with the application and to collect important feedback from the customers who helped the company in finalizing the porting on this new architecture.

However, Adobe has also pointed out that there are still some features whose porting to work on the new M1 chip has not been completed, especially a couple of those implemented more recently (Invite to Edit Cloud Documents and Preset Syncing

Despite this, the performance gains recorded throughout the rest of the application were so great, said the company, that Adobe did not want to delay the release in the meantime that the Photoshop team ended working on these last features.

To users for whom these features are fundamental to their workflow, Adobe simply suggests returning to the version that is based on Rosetta 2 until these features are added to the official build.

In parallel with the desktop version of Photoshop for Macs with M1 chips, Adobe has also released two new features for Photoshop for iPad.

The first is Cloud Docs Version History. Since cloud documents are automatically saved, each document also has a version history. Now the user can browse and go back up to 60 days in the history. Versions can also be marked so that they do not expire, renamed and saved permanently.

The second new feature is Make it available offline, on the Cloud Documents tab. You can now select the cloud documents you want to store locally and which you want to access when you are offline.

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