Photoshop has earned its reputation. But it's not the sprite it was at no.4 (I really enjoyed that release...and no.7...)
However, of late, it seems to be more about bloat and nickle and diming customers for the odd new feature.
And it seems slow in some areas...and took ages to take on board GPU rendering for filters etc.
And Adobe have become more about the 'sales guy' about it. They're at the top and don't need to try that hard...and are trying to force 'leech my bank account' on PS users. Some may well get off on that treatment or find it works for them.
And that's what happens when you don't have competition.
Fortunately, since the release of the iPad...there's been a boom of image apps. The best of which, for me, is Procreate which is lightning fast and makes PS look like the snail it is. Even on the Mac...you have Painter (which is still ticking along...), Pixelmator and Manga Studio.
I don't like Adobe. They got their trousers pulled down by Jobs over Flash. A program that pretty much sums up Adobe.
Pixelmator is a lovely apps. It's not the finished solution but it's growing at at incredible rate. Pretty small footprint. Very fast app. GPU acceleration. Keeps adding those 'key features' in it's own inimitable way. PS may have refinement and finesse but the new kid is showing some moves...and adding greatly to them over time. I have Pixelmator 3. It has layer styles. I guess Adjustment layers is next? At the rate they're going there are less reasons for me to shell out £650 for PS6.
In fact, I have Pixelmator (and loads of free updates to it...) and it cost me...£20? Astonishing value. *waves at Adobe. (I don't think I need them or MS on my computer. Greedy dinosaurs of a Wintel hegemony age. Now as computing goes 'mobile' and 'desktop class'...they look like the lumbering companies they are.)
I have Manga Studio 5EX. It kicks PS's arse when it comes to creating comics. It specialises in it. Better pencils and brushes. Perspective tools. Page management tools. Mezzotint...and loads more specialist areas that make PS look very 'generalised' indeed. You can blend and colour in it now pretty well too these days. It was this release (if not EX4) that made me think...you know...between Pixelmator and Manga Studio 5EX I don't need PS6 perhaps (which tries to be all things to all men...). Add Procreate (which I have on iPad...) and you have a blisteringly fast and great painting app for 4k res'...(speed that makes Painter blush...) on mobile too.
I do like PS of course. But I don't like Adobe all that much. I remember when PS used to have a realistic price. (and I do have a PS7...but unfortunately, only PPC. But I bought version 4 and 7. But as Adobe's upgrade path has got sharper....I thought, no. Just no.)
Props to the Pixelmator boys on a great release. And it's telling that Apple use them on benching their new machines and not PS.
They deserved their design award a couple of years ago.
They support them Mac (not trying to give us a half baked Windows port...) and embrace the latest Mac tech in OS X Mav'.
PS? All empires fail in time.
Lemon Bon Bon.