Originally Posted by Lorin Schultz
While the cost/price equation may be a subject of debate, it's hard to disagree with your assessment of the product itself.
It may have been an attractive option for some users, but it's a bitter pill when it's the only method.
However the equation totally changes when you ask Adobe users if they believe their investment in the previous version was getting anywhere close to total value. Adobe needed to appease that building discontent, but they went the other way, getting more draconian and disconnected from their user base..
Problem is, if not Adobe, then what? Pixelmator still isn't Photoshop, and there isn't yet even a challenger for Illustrator's crown. Then there's After Effects, which despite its horrendous interface is also pretty much the only game in town. Alternatives are either jeezly expensive AutoDesk products or Motion which offers only a fractional subset of AE's capability.
I don't see a good path leading away from Adobe's crappy-but-dominant door.
I think that's the state of Adobe's user base now, they might still be stuck with it, but very few actually like the products. A precarious position for creative software, that caters to creative types, who are somewhat inclined to finding creative methods to create. The casual users are already gone, the middle is getting on the life boats, leaving only the professional minority stuck on deck while the ship sinks.
The only thing it sounds like I'd be missing from Pixelmator would be a few lingering CMYK cases, and thinking I might be more up for the adventure of making it work, than being forced to work for Adobe. If what I'm seeing from pro audio is any indication, going forward most will put their money into other cheaper tools on nicer Macs and displays. They'll lament a few features lost, but still get the bulk done with a lot less hassle and more pleasant experience overall. There's nothing quite like a nice ProTools HD system loaded up with DSP cards, it's like driving a big cushy convertible to Vegas, but it's getting harder to justify, much less sustain for Avid. Adobe doesn't even offer a comfy experience for its high end users, so there's even less loyalty.
Can't speak to Illustrator, because I'm a casual user at best. I have experience with Indesign, but that whole workflow is close to extinction, it's no big loss at this point. CS6 is still cooking along just fine, and I might as well get full value out of that overpriced, bloated package purchase.
I'm not sure there's a way around crappy software for video folks in the short term, cause that's the defining trait of video software. It's all clunky and stupid, from the tools to the clusterf*ck of redundant codecs to the camera UIs themselves, it's the weird, creepy, toothless uncle of the software industry. Even the end user TV/movie content is at best a fragmented, irrationally disjointed experience. Frankly, the best we can do is keep video people locked in the basement, and periodically distract them with a bucket of fish heads, just so the rest of the world can keep moving forward.