I've been working in Windows for years, but I'm also a ardent Google junkie. And of course I own an iPhone and an iPad so my challenge has always been to have a computer that could communicate with them all seamlessly. Or at least be able to access everything from each device in some central location on the web.
My Windows laptop has been out of commission for the past couple of weeks, it needs a new CPU fan. While I wait for the part (yes, I'm going to repair it myself) I've been alternating between using my daughter's Windows desktop and her brand new Chromebook. Not wanting to install all of my stuff onto somebody else's computer I've been looking for ways to run all of my usual stuff from the cloud.
To be truthful, I transitioned to Google Docs and Sheets a long time ago. Even Microsoft offers Office Online for free when I need to use Excel for something Sheets won't do, but that's rare. So I've been doing most of my computing in the cloud anyway.
My last two holdouts have been Adobe Photoshop and Quark Xpress.
I know a lot people have transitioned from Quark Xpress to Adobe InDesign. I really don't do much print design anymore so it seems silly to pay to upgrade, or learn a new software that I use only sporadically. If Quark offered something in the cloud I'd probably use it, if only to open my old designs.
For my purposes, Canva has been working out just fine as a replacement. I created a handsome brochure last week with it. Canva is simple to use, has tons of free templates and elements and when the time comes that I want or need more, I can pay for it.
Adobe has the Creative Cloud but unfortunately, you still have to download the apps to your computer to use them. There is a free version of Photoshop Online but it is extremely limited. I do hope Adobe plans to make all of their programs available in the cloud at some point because I love Photoshop but there are other decent image editors available... for free. One being Pixlr
Adobe is releasing six of it's Android Creative Cloud Apps to Chromebooks according to this article from Engadget which is what inspired me to write this blog post. It's exciting to read that I'll be able to install a version of Photoshop on a Chromebook. That gives me options when the time comes to start looking for a new computer.
I'd still like all of my apps to live in the cloud and just have my files available locally. But having Creative Cloud apps on Chromebooks is a step in the right direction.