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| p.6 #8 · What the H E double toothpicks was Adobe thinking? |
MS even agrees bad
Within a decade, we think everyone will choose to subscribe because the benefits are undeniable.
But it's funny how they believe
Movie rentals have been around for way longer than a decade. So has everybody switched to renting movies "because the benefits are undeniable"?
They keep talking about undeniable benefits because they've artificially created those benefits. They say that they're wasting development resources because cloud is different than standalone and that cloud is so much better because they can get new features to users immediately with cloud. So, why can't they do the same with standalone? They could, if they wanted to do so.
The problem is that cloud is probably beneficial to a large portion of their user base. They don't want to acknowledge that the other portion of their user base loses with that scheme. If I needed/wanted to use the suite and always wanted the latest tools, I would probably be happy with the new scheme, especially if a big part of my income was tied to the use of many of their applications. But, CS is the only thing I use and, to be honest, I don't really need what it does, other than the PSD edit capability.
For years, people complained about DNG being a bad format because Adobe controlled it. Well PSD is no different. I don't use DNG, but I do enjoy saving complex edited files in PSD, to preserve the layers and other complex editing that I'd done, while allowing me to use new tools from future releases.
That means that now I'll have to slowly convert all of those old PSD files to a different format. I'm not savvy enough to know what, if any, other programs can utilize all of the PSD features. So, as I said before, it makes sense for me to use CS6 until it's no longer viable and then switch to some other editor or editors.
Someone mentioned Silkypix. I'm totally unfamiliar with it. It's not cheap either, at around $250, but it would appear to be a viable option.
Picture Window Pro is also a decent editor, that's been around for a very long time and costs $90. The same folks make Color Mechanic Pro, a PS plug-in that I've been using for many years. This is an option that I'll be looking at very hard. You can find it at this link.
I used to love using Paint Shop Pro, many years ago and was even a private beta tester for a couple versions. I just looked up the new version, PSP X5, which is on sale for $60, which is apparently a $20 savings on the normal price. It can be seen by clicking here. Of course, it has a trial version. At $60, I may just buy it to see what it can do. Years ago, it had layers and lots of other high end goodies, including the ability to make your own custom user interface. That custom UI was a wonderful tool that I really missed when I switched to PS.
If anyone knows of an editor or editors that will also edit PSD files without goofing them up, I'd like to hear about them.
For the folks that may benefit from this new scheme, I wish you well and hope that it works out better for you than you anticipate.