Originally Posted by dualie
Go hang around the Adobe forums. It's full of shills and apologists. You'll feel right at home. I for one reserve the right to be critical of software I have used since version 2 and upgrade regularly - now annually as Adobe needlessly ramps up its development cycle to 12 months.
I have to agree with Prof. Peabody on this one. When it comes to Photoshop many changes are completely pointless, and expensive. And since Adobe is now charging full upgrade price for an annual point bug-fix "upgrade", it should expect a lot more criticism going forward. This is what happens when one company dominates. But, nothing lasts forever and one day Adobe is destined to become the QuarkXPress of publishing when some real competition comes along and people abandon Adobe after years of being fed up with its greed.
Have you hung around the Adobe forums? There you'll find alot of users helping others solve problems. you'll also find photoshop engineers and product managers answering questions. Have you been to the feedback/feature request site?http://feedback.photoshop.com/photos...mily_photoshop
You can particiapte in the community, be helpful and if you know what you are talking about maybe you can participate in the beta programs someday. Or you can whine on appleinsider without trying to get your issues resolved. Photoshop isn't perfect - it is quite involved so there can be issues - but they do actively try to fix them.
You dont have to upgrade to every version - I work as a retoucher and recently used CS3 at a studio and its perfectly fine to do pro work. And to complain about price? Its not cheap to the average non-pro but considering what it is capable of is is damn cheap. I might not need the 3D and animation tools but the next person might. And the price is nothing is you are using it to do your job, it pays for itself in no time.
If you dont use it for work there are cheaper alternatives - but the great thing about photoshop is that there is no other thing like it in the world. It is by far the best image editing program, again to me I think its a bargain.
And lately they're been on an 18-24 month update schedule. The recent CS5.5 update was part of a mid term update that added features to indesign, dreamweaver and after effects. Photoshop wasn't updated at all, they just changed the name to match the others. So no one is going to update photoshop CS5 to CS5.5 by itself.
Another great thing about photoshop is that we will never have a surprise Final Cut X update like Apple - the photoshop team values its pro users and actively seeks their input.