Fair enough, they started over, which is commendable. But they forgot to put "back" some essential features. Microsoft Office is full of bloated nonsense, I agree. But unfortunately nobody has really gone for their jugular, even though some have made attempts that got halfway.
Adobe is slightly different... There are a lot of features but CS4 and CS5 are fairly smooth to operate on a recent Mac. Adobe did a lot of re-writing along the way, without having to start from scratch. They did the transition to Intel, then Cocoa and 64-bit as well. No small feat.
Yes... agreed: no small feat.
HOWEVER... that is ALL they are expected to do, and that is write good software. Now...
- hows Flash going for them?
- why kill a better program, and try to bolt on stuff over 6 years with a program like Illustrator vs. FreeHand, and still failing to match today what FH had 10 years ago?
- At what point will "bolting on" stuff just not work efficiently any more, and a rewrite will be in order?
- Photoshop I dare say could be probably 10x faster than it is today, if they were concentrating on using Core frameworks, rather than programming for the lowest common denominator i.e. Windows.
Waiting until tomorrow what should be done today, is not Apple's modicum of operation. When does the competition think they will ever catch up, regardless of hardware or software?