Adobe becoming another Microsoft

Posted by Pierre Igot in: Technology
May 13th, 2003 • 9:18 pm

Last June, Photoshop book author Don Margulis wrote an extensive and scathing review of Photoshop 7 and the many infuriating and totally unnecessary quirks it introduced:

The Upgrade from Marketing” by Don Margulis, Electronic Publishing

We can all applaud the new brushes, Healing and otherwise, the Patch tool, the File Browser, and most of all, the difficult programming that enables Photoshop to exploit the new operating systems… But in our industry, one Microsoft is enough.

It’s not news, but it is still very valid, especially in light of the fact that Adobe, like Microsoft, has apparently given up on releasing small, incremental updates in answer to user criticism. (We’ve been stuck at Photoshop 7.0.1 forever.)

The whole thing has a particularly strong resonance for Mac OS X users, who’ve been pretty much forced to upgrade to 7.0 in ORDER to be able to use the application natively in Mac OS X.

While I am a regular user of Adobe products, I have to agree with the author that these latest developments are a source of great concern. Like Microsoft, Adobe appears to be losing touch, slowly but surely, with the realities of day-to-day computing.

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