What is "cai-helper" installed by Photoshop 22.4 on macOS?

New Here ,
May 13, 2021 May 13, 2021

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My Photoshop auto-updated to 22.4 earlier today, and I noticed an application called "cai-helper"appeared in my /Application directory. I thought it was malware, then I noticed that Photoshop mentioned it in "What's new" (but only there), and it was installed around the same time as Photoshop itself.

 

The app bundle did not give enough info to deduce what this is for. So the question is what does this thing do, and why is it not mentioned anywhere else? And why is it not inside the Photoshop directory?

 

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Community Beginner ,
May 23, 2021 May 23, 2021

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I imagine it is associated with the "Content Authenticity Initiative". More info. here:

https://blog.adobe.com/en/publish/2020/10/20/content-authenticity-initiative-unveils-content-attribu...

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Aug 11, 2022 Aug 11, 2022

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This is a huge over reach and a massive trojan horse for something insidious...Seems like i can see which way photosop is leaning politically because no corporation does anything like this out of the goodness and kindess of their heart....for the "artist" much less. No one give a crap about artists. They are free marketing and image generators. If adobe really cared about artists they would do something about marketing firms and other massive companies that rob artists of their work. 

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Aug 25, 2022 Aug 25, 2022

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@Jon23448731rtq2 wrote:

 If adobe really cared about artists they would do something about marketing firms and other massive companies that rob artists of their work. . 


 

The Content Authenticity Initiative largely exists because artists got sick of people ripping off their work, or altering their work without permission to create inflammatory images. It is a way to help prove who truly created and has the rights to an image, to distinguish it from unauthorized copies with a voluntary provenance trail.

 

From the CAI home page:

“We are a community of media and tech companies, NGOs, academics, and others working to promote adoption of an open industry standard for content authenticity and provenance.”

 

It is not tied to one corporation. It is a technology arrived at after discussions that included nonprofits and news organizations.

 

And no, a corporation probably wouldn’t do this out of the “goodness of their hearts” but if you follow the money, the motivation for Adobe would be better PR for Photoshop. For example, to a lot of people the term “Photoshopped” already means “faked image,” so they could have some self-interest in adding technology that helps prove how images have been modified or not modified, and also prove which creator really owns it. In other words, Photoshop is currently part of the problem of image copying and theft, so adding CAI would also now make Photoshop part of the solution.

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Community Beginner ,
Sep 14, 2022 Sep 14, 2022

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Jon how often do you go directly from discovering something new into complete paranoia, without first googling it?

I have good news for you; this condition is curable. 

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Aug 24, 2022 Aug 24, 2022

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I just had the pop-up from cai-helper asking for access to all my files, I paniced, shut down my PC and turned off my router to reset my IP address 😝
They really should have come up with a better name for this app that gave a clear link to it being part of Photoshop.

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Aug 24, 2022 Aug 24, 2022

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Same thing just happened to me

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Aug 25, 2022 Aug 25, 2022

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on my machine as well. Very annoying 

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Aug 25, 2022 Aug 25, 2022

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Not on my Mac. But see: 

https://community.adobe.com/t5/photoshop-beta-discussions/gett-rid-of-cai-helper/m-p/13107262

Author “Color Management for Photographers" & "Photoshop CC Color Management/pluralsight"

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Sep 14, 2022 Sep 14, 2022

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Hello, a google search also gave me this helpx page: https://helpx.adobe.com/uk/photoshop/using/content-credentials.html

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