ⓘ Adobe ImageReady


ⓘ Adobe ImageReady

Adobe ImageReady is a discontinued bitmap graphics editor that was shipped with Adobe Photoshop for six years. It was available for Windows, Classic Mac OS and Mac OS X from 1998 to 2007. ImageReady was designed for web development and closely interacted with Photoshop.


1. Function

ImageReady was designed for web development rather than effects-intensive photo manipulation. To that end, ImageReady has specialized features such as animated GIF creation, image compression optimization, image slicing, adding rollover effects, and HTML generation.

Photoshop versions with which ImageReady was released have an "Edit in ImageReady" button that enables editing of image directly in ImageReady. ImageReady, in turn, has an "Edit in Photoshop" button.

ImageReady has strong resemblances to Photoshop; it can even use the same set of Photoshop filters. One set of tools that does not resemble the Photoshop tools, however, is the Image Map set of tools, indicated by a shape or arrow with a hand that varied depending upon the version. This toolbox has several features not found in Photoshop, including:

  • Export Animation Frames as Files option: saves all or specified frames for an alternate use, e.g., to e-mail slides for review
  • Edit in Photoshop button: opens the current image in Photoshop
  • Preview Document tool: provides a preview of rollover effects in ImageReady rather than previewing them in a browser
  • Toggle Image Map Visibility and Toggle Slice Visibility tools: toggle between showing and hiding image maps and slices, respectively
  • Preview in Default Browser tool: previews the image in a browser, including any rollover or animation effects

2. History

Adobe ImageReady 1.0 was released in July 1998 as a standalone application. ImageReady was packaged with Photoshop versions 2.0 through 9.0 CS2. Starting with Photoshop 7, Adobe changed the version numbers of ImageReady to 7.0.

With the release of the Creative Suite 3, ImageReady was discontinued. According to Adobe, ImageReadys features were merged into Photoshop only by popular demand. Even before discontinuation, some of ImageReadys web optimization functionality could be found in Photoshops Save For Web & Devices tool. At the same time, Adobe published Fireworks, which was originally ImageReadys competitor before Adobes acquisition of its developer, Macromedia.