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Adobe shows off proper Photoshop running on an iPad with layer editing

Adobe has given designers a sneak peek at a new version of Photoshop designed for the iPad, offering fuller editing features than the existing iOS Photoshop Express app.

Itching for full image-manipulation capability on your iPad? We know you are. Adobe's Photoshop Express app goes part of the way, letting you monkey about with filters on your photographs before sharing them with the Photoshop.com community. Now the company is going further, bringing proper Photoshop to Apple's tablet.

But there's a caveat: the version of the new app shown at Adobe's Photoshop World conference appears to be a work in progress, and there are precious few details about when -- or if -- we can expect to see it on the App Store, let alone how much it will cost.

Even so, it's pretty slinky. Behold:

The demonstration shows how full layer editing will work on Photoshop for the iPad, with gesture controls filling in for the lack of a mouse and keyboard.

We want it, even though our creative ambitions stretch little further than making a few LOLcats. It's not clear whether these features would be added to the existing Photoshop Express or kept for a new, more expensive, standalone Photoshop app, but we're betting on the latter.

One company for which this may not be super news is Microsoft. It recently released a video ad designed to promote the merits of Windows 7 tablets, such as the Asus Eee Slate, over the iPad.

"The good thing about the Eee Slate is it's a full computer -- you know, it's Windows 7. I've got everything I need. I'm not limited to, like, what applications I can put on it and I don't have to go to an app store. I put Photoshop on this thing," said a character in the ad.

The question is whether full desktop Photoshop running on a Windows 7 tablet is better than a version of Photoshop designed for the iPad. Place your bets now.