Originally Posted by nvidia2008
A few points... Firstly I'm surprised Randy's name hasn't come up more, as in people saying "I'm going to f**** kill him!". If he is primarily responsible, don't worry, Steve has got his back. It's obvious Steve is very proud of him from almost every keynote.
Oh he is definitely in the cross-fire on a number of blog posts out there. He and Apple could have done MUCH better communicating their intent with the re-write, why, what was going to be there and what was going to need more time. I think that is all that the pros are, and were asking for.
Also, that FCS wouldn't be pulled the very day an incomplete rewrite was available.
Adobe from CS2 to CS4 I can say is not bad. They sped things up, made little nitty gritty improvements here and there to Photoshop, Dreamweaver and Flash (yes).
Well, it was exactly that to which I was referring; nothing ground-breaking, but little improvements here and there. I'm not against kicking the bugs out and making it more efficient, but calling it a new release, at the prices Adobe asks, are stretching it, dontcha think? What ever happened to .5, .6, etc. updates? I believe the majority of Adobe's progs have not made it past .4 before a new CS is announced, if even that many. Considering the number of "nigglies" they "could" fix and add... not exactly admirable. Let's also take into effect that delivery is made over the internet these days and not on 4-6 discs in the mail... what pray tell is holding them back from releasing updates and fixes more often?
Re: Speed - I think that Moore's Law and the machines we have at our disposal had a lot to do with that as well. I'm not all that sure that Adobe's programs, or any other software for that matter, really makes good use of the power that's available.
When you take into consideration what an ARM processor and GPU can do on an iDevice, then multiply that by about 1000, are our desktop programs really 1000 times faster and more efficient? Could it be the software not hooking in well with underlying frameworks? Are the frameworks even being used correctly, or is there a lowest common denominator factor being used at the development stages and the programs are really only "ports"?
Which brings me full circle to why I believe, and fully back the idea that Apple decided to re-write from the ground up, the new FCP and it's code libraries. No doubt, this is the smart thing to do for the "Next Gen" software that can fully realize the massive power of 64-bit/multi-core processors and hardware. Repeat: Apple just "held it (out) wrong" to their pro user base.
The future is tools for mobile app development and deployment. Xcode is good but we need intermediaries. No, Adobe's Flash Builder doesn't seem right.
Well I agree with you there. However, there still is a large base of pro users, creative specialists, and content providers out there that need access to full-blown desktop apps for the time being and probably the next 5 years or so.
I also see a future that marginalizes "pro" creatives, and see the majority of content being produced be individuals and distributed through social networks, syndicates, and agencies of one kind or another. See reality shows and their popularity for instance. Also, nothing more real than the "Dude Perfects" of the world shooting on their cells and creating 1 Million hits on YouTube, integrated with FB, Twitter, etc. etc.? At some point though, they will out-grow their iPhone/FCPX setup. What do they move "up" too? And does Apple make that tool?
*For example: DudePerfect (a classic "consumer/prosumer"), keeps getting "fake" comments on YouTube, so they shoot with 3 or 5 iPhones, and an iPad to boot. FCPX doesn't have an easy way to do multi-cam. How ironic is that? So what DO they use? And what kind of work-arounds are necessary? Will those guys stick around, or will they move to Android and Windows/Vegas?
OK... I'm stretching a situation here, but me thinks the FCP Dev-Team better get crackin' on that update, because in certain situations, it could also not be ready for consumers even.
Re: Lion and iMovie and FCP "Xpress".
I'm rather curious how Lion is going to sync your FCPX folder to iCloud... or not? Can you turn that off? Will your movie folder on the iPhone, iPad, sync with your monster FCPX edit? Would you want it to? What kind of bandwidth are we looking at here as a minimum? Will Apple sell/rent a Terabyte space in the iCloud?