Adobe ImageReady

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Adobe ImageReady
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Adobe ImageReady CS2 running on XP. The "Edit in Photoshop" button discussed in the article is visible at the very bottom of the toolbox.
Developer(s) Adobe Systems
Stable release CS2 (9.0) / 2005
Development status Discontinued
Operating system Windows and OS X
Type Bitmap graphics editor
License Trialware

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


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 a "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:

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


Adobe ImageReady 1.0 was released in July 1998 as a standalone application.[1] 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.

ImageReady release summary
Version Release date Bundled with
v1 July 1998 N/A
v2 July 1999 Photoshop 5.5
v3 October 2000 Photoshop 6.0
v7 February 2002 Photoshop 7.0
v8 ("CS") October 2003 Photoshop CS
v9 ("CS2") May 2005 Photoshop CS2

With the release of the Creative Suite 3, ImageReady was discontinued. According to Adobe, ImageReady's features were merged into Photoshop only by popular demand.[2] (Even before discontinuation, some of ImageReady's web optimization functionality could be found in Photoshop's Save For Web & Devices tool.) At the same time, Adobe published Fireworks, which was originally ImageReady's competitor before Adobe's acquisition of its developer, Macromedia.


  1. ^ 'Adobe ships ImageReady 1.0 (Product Announcement)' - MacWeek, July 13, 1998
  2. ^ Nack, John (6 May 2007). "Guidance on migrating from ImageReady". John Nack on Adobe. Adobe Systems.