Originally Posted by penchanted
What ever happened to Apple's Phenomenon? I thought was supposed to be delivered several years ago? Has Apple abandoned this effort?
It was never confirmed. Just some rumour that was probably made up.
Originally Posted by MoXoM
As much as I like Final Cut 7, having to constantly render video whilst working on a project is a real pain on my 3 year old iMac.
Yeah, I don't know why they insist on a render before playback. Even if it played sub-real-time, I doubt anyone would care. If you even so much as retime a clip, you have to render the whole thing.
They need to clean up their errors too - I tried to open a clip recently and it just said unknown file error. Dragging the clip onto the icon gave a different error, which said the clip used an unsupported framerate. The whole thing needs an overhaul.
Originally Posted by C C
I'd like to see Adobe's release dates driven more by significant features and improvements
I think the way the CS Suite is now, they need to change the pricing to suit. I suggested to the Adobe guy who was here asking about their CS Live features to go with subscriptions instead of packages but never charge for updates.
Right now, you pay for a Suite at great expense and that's it. No big updates, services are charged on top. I think a better option is to simply license it out so say the full CS Suite is $2000. Instead of Adobe charging you that up front, they just ask for say $70 per month. This includes all services and all updates free forever. You just keep paying $70 a month.
In the long term you might end up paying more but you never have to pay for upgrades, you get all the services free and you don't feel screwed over owning an old version nor cheated that an update wasn't worthwhile. If you stop using the Suite, you stop paying.
Obviously over a long period of time, people could end up paying way more depending on how they price it but Adobe would realise this after the first year and adjust pricing accordingly. If they assume that an average user buys a $1000 suite with 5 apps and upgrades every 4 years at $500 then over a 40 year working period, they spend $6000.
Dividing that out, you get $13 per month for the Suites and around double at $26 per month for the Master Collection. They can even price it per app. I'd say $5 per month per app would work. If you only use Illustrator on one project, you pay $5 for that month and that's it.
It means design companies can start on a shoe-string budget, it means you manage costs more easily and the companies can manage their income more easily. For a monolithic suite, it seems like the best option. Same with Final Cut, same with the Autodesk apps. You do remove the commitment to the package in many ways but I don't see it affecting the big suites. People commit to them because they are good packages anyway.
If they came to an agreement together, Apple and Adobe could do the same so you could license Final Cut, After Effects, Soundbooth, Photoshop and Color and build the best suite for yourself. Everybody wins. There would be one license granted for those apps together.