Adobe is expanding Adobe Photoshop Services through new partnerships with leading data backup company Iron Mountain and photo sales service,

In the first partnership Adobe will introduce a subsription-based online data backup service in Q2 2006. The second deal brings integrated access to online proofing and photo sales tools, the company said.

"We're committed to continually bringing the best products and services possible to professional photographers," said Deborah Whitman, vice president of product management for digital imaging at Adobe. "The integration with Iron Mountain, and Adobe software brings photographers a single source of support for business management, so they can spend less time worrying about how to protect and manage their digital images and more time focusing on a smooth workflow and creative expression."

Online image back-up

Adobe is working with Iron Mountain to provide a subscription-based online photo backup service to protect against accidental loss or corruption of digital photos. Photographers will also be able to back up other design files, financial files, documents, spreadsheets and presentations. The new service integrates with Adobe Bridge as well as Adobe Photoshop Elements 3.0 and 4.0, and Adobe Photoshop Album Starter Edition 3.0.

Integrated proofing tools

The partnership means Adobe's pro-photographer customers will get integrated access to online proofing and sales tools. The secure service lets photographers upload images to the web so that clients can check and purchase them. Photographers use Adobe Bridge to select and transfer images to president and CEO Mike Connors said: "Photoshop users represent the largest population of professional photographers out there, and I know they will be excited to be able to upload, proof and sell their images online without any new technology requirements."