SAN FRANCISCO — The maker of the popular photo-editing software Photoshop today launched a basic version available for free online.

Adobe Systems Inc., based in San Jose, Calif., says it hopes to boost its name recognition among a new generation of consumers who edit, store and share photos online.

While Photoshop is designed for trained professionals, Adobe says Photoshop Express, which it launched in a "beta" test version, is easier to learn. User comments will be taken into account for future upgrades.

Photoshop Express will be completely Web-based, so consumers can use it with any type of computer, operating system and browser. And, once they register, users can get to their accounts from different computers.