Originally Posted by benanderson89
Maybe get a faster computer matey or optimise the one you have. I use/used Photoshop CS5.1 on a Core i3 Sandy Bridge, Core i3 380M, Core i7 Sandy Bridge and a Core i5 480M. All of them ran smooth as silk. Hell, even on a Pentium it ran okay and didn't flatten the computer into giblets.
Why would you assume that I or my many clients have slow computers? We don't... and in fact since the latest upgrades, all BTO fully loaded 27" i7 iMacs, with a smattering of 16-core/RAM-maxed MacPros. I personally haven't owned anything other than the fastest Mac that Apple can produce since 1985, and I tell my client's to not settle for anything less either. I recently advised someone on Adobe's forums to buy as much Mac/PC as possible and to whatever their budget would allow. There is no Mac or PC "fast enough" for the complete CS. Never has been and probably never will be.
The bugs, yes, I still see some residual quirks but nothing that causes me a major problem. I've had nothing crash on me (yet). The stuff you say should be the same across all the applications (such as the pen tool and the resize dialogues) - why make them the same? If the brush was the same in Illustrator as in Photoshop I wouldn't be too impressed since the former is a vector graphics editor and the latter is a raster graphics editor. Different requirements need different tools.
So where did you get the idea that I meant "every" tool? What I did mean, is that if you have a tool... for example the bezier Pen tool... it should work the same across the suite. And you surely can't give me a good reason why it shouldn't.
Talking of differences, the Interfaces; I used InDesign CS5.5 when working on some brochures for a chemical company and the interface had the same layout as Photoshop. Pallet, layers etc at the right. Tool strip at the left. Tool options at the top (these were the Macintosh versions as well).
Wow...you're easily pleased... because no... CS6 InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator do NOT have the same interfaces. Even Adobe admits that much. Where the toolbars or panels are located is completely irrelavent, because you can put them anywhere you want. Also don't forget that the docked panels were inspired by Macromedia mostly.
The interfaces I was okay with - its the keyboard shortcuts that drove me banana nut butters. I have them all mapped to my Wacom tablet only to found out the CMD+Option+Z was not undo in anything other than Photoshop and Brush was not always "B" (just to give some examples).
So I get this far along only to find out that you're not a power user and don't know how to change the keyboard shortcuts across the CS to anything you want. I've been using my own shortcuts now for some 20+ years, when you could change them using a little program called ResEdit. These days, it's built in and you can do anything you want, even exporting them so you can import them on different machines and across versions.
Those need unifying ....
No... not really, considering you can do it yourself.
- but at least they're not as horrible as GIMP's default shortcuts (where, for example, the eraser is Shift+E and E is something completely different).
Just because you throw the point in that you use an X11/Linux app... doesn't make you more knowledgable about Adobe's products. I've been a beta tester, presenter and trainer, and worked with Adobe products from their very inception and v1 of every program they produce.
Some things I agree with you, some others are just nit picks you're blowing a little out of proportion.
You should maybe visit the Adobe Forums some time, where I'm also a contributor for many years now. No. Sorry to say, I am not blowing things out of proportion. Adobe Photoshop CS6 Slow
... or in general look at the top postings re: CS6-CS5 and performance Illustrator
FYI: There's more than a few of us older graphic professionals from the beginning of DTP, with the original LaserWriter, MacPaint, PageMaker... through Illustrator, FreeHand, LaserPaint, ReadySetGo, ColorStudio, KPT, etc up to the present... that will say the exact same as I have, and will again.
Adobe's product palette has become unwieldy and darn near unmanageable, and the individual programs within their suite have become unnecessarily bloated and are not coherent in their tasks and feature sets. Thus causing unnecessary speed degradation as technology has become ever faster.
Add to that, the fact that marketing, sales and the "bean-counters" have more sway over the products than the engineers do... and you get unnecessary and bug-ridden releases. IF Adobe was making serious changes to their platform and re-writing their software for future computing needs (such as Apple with maps), I could be more forgiving. I only see (eventually) mandatory Cloud integration... which I consider a "bean-counters dream" only. It truly is not for the users at this point in time. That's why Adobe is "inducing" potential users to subscribe to the cloud with free and timely access to updates and other software, while holding those back from perpetual license users. Yes again... Adobe admits this, as it's a significant portion of their current business strategy.
While Adobe is without a doubt, the only company worth considering for professional design tools and are the lone "standard bearer, they have become very similar to Microsoft with Office over the years. Neither one of these software behemoths have the balls to really rock the boat at this point, and truly re-imagine and recreate tools for the future. They are complacent and "tack on" features, give a facelift every couple of years, and call it a day.
The code-base for either MS or Adobe products?....2 words: "legacy luggage". Millions upon millions of lines and bytes of it!
With that in mind, just take a look at what the guys coding Pixelmator
have achieved. A 70mb application vs. 543mb Photoshop (app only!), that does almost 75% of everything that Photoshop can do... 90% if you count daily tasks.
With that said, I'm still in Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator... all day... every day. However, I too like to dream: of a true Creative Suite, re-written and optimized, with a coherent and tight framework for each design process and task at hand. This was actually promised to the creative community already some 10-12 years ago. Sadly... we're still left to dreaming about it.
BTW: Keyboard Shortcuts management is at the bottom of the Edit menu of (almost) all CS software.