Adobe is shipping Photoshop 7.0, the latest, Mac OS X-supporting version of its industry-standard imaging application.

As well as OS X support, the application offers a painting-engine, a new file-browser, customization options, and a variety of Web-ready features.

“Adobe and Apple are committed to working side-by-side to deliver the best-quality, highest-performance products possible for creative professionals,” said Bruce Chizen, president and CEO of Adobe.

“The release of Photoshop for OS X is a major milestone for both Adobe and OS X,” said Apple CEO Steve Jobs. “We have a lot of joint customers who can’t wait to get their hands on the unprecedented graphics capabilities and power that Photoshop 7.0 on OS X provides.”

Healing touch Photoshop 7.0 introduces the Healing Brush, which offers advanced image-retouching functions to help smooth blemishes or bumps on pictures.

It also features Viewpoint’s ZoomView technology, so users can link to a site and deploy images online.

The new File Browser feature creates an image-directory of thumbnails. These can also be rotated, ranked and batch renamed. The function also provides access to images stored on digital cameras. A new Auto Color function works like Photoshop’s existing Auto Contrast and Auto Levels tools – it lets users automate those functions, and then refine the image manually.

Adobe also released a free Scripting Support plug-in this week. This lets Photoshop 7.0 users automate repetitive tasks, such as applying commands to multiple documents and automating workflow.

Web feat ImageReady 7.0, which ships with Photoshop, supports Web-production tasks involving Web-graphics and animation, and integrates with AlterCast, Adobe’s image-server software.

Adobe has also added Photoshop 7.0 to its Adobe Collections suites. These include the Design Collection, Digital Video Collection, Publishing Collection, and Web Collection. All four collections are available directly from Adobe and all its authorized resellers. They cost £819, except Adobe’s Digital Video Collection, which costs £985. Prices exclude VAT.

“By combining all the tools that a creative professional needs in one single package, the Adobe Collections offer both significant value and the benefit of working on a single platform where all the applications work naturally together,” said Shantanu Narayen, Adobe’s executive vice president of worldwide products.

Photoshop 7.0 costs £450.