Adobe Revel is a new app that was announced by the company in beta format a few months ago, and last week a revised version was released free of charge. As a photo sharing app, it boasts several features that claims to make it into an invaluable tool for artists. But is this a major release, or a forgettable tool? Here's a quick review.
First, Adobe Revel is only available on a couple of platforms, namely the MacOS desktop, iPhone and iPad. This means if you aren't using one of those, then this isn't an app for you. Once you install Revel, you will find that it looks very similar to other apps you may have used in the past. The first thing you need to do is login, and that can be done using an Adobe ID, Facebook or Google account. Then you gain access to the main interface, which gives you the basic features that this app contains.
The app itself is very basic. You can import images from the device itself, and store them in galleries. You can create new folders and sort them the way you want, and you can apply basic filters to those images. The app is also tightly integrated to the web presence at adoberevel.com
, which gives you a web based view of your images. One nice thing is that by default, the app will read the images metadata and can sort them by the date the photos were taken, or images created.
The problem with Adobe Revel is that it simply replicates what many other apps are already doing. The main point of a sharing app is to actually share that content with other people. Right now, very few people use Revel since it just came out. People who do share a lot of photos already use something like Instagram, or simply share directly to Facebook, which recently added the same type of filters available in the other apps. Revel doesn't add any significant feature that would make it a compelling tool for artists or photographers.
Finally, while the app itself is free, you only gain access to unlimited uploads for the first 30 days. After that, you need a pro account at $5.99 per month to upload more than a basic amount of images. In the end, there doesn't seem to be a lot of purpose to this app, unless you really want to stick with Adobe products. Even something like the Flickr app from Yahoo, which was recently improved
, would be a better choice for most people.