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So, a while ago, I decided to try Adobe Creative Suite 3. The trial expired yesterday, and I can say quite confidently that Adobe is quickly sliding into a deep pit of warm dung. (To put it politely.)

This is partly due to a complete loss of any design sense. I assume they fired everyone with any art sense and put *shudder* marketing in charge of everything. They're more obsessed with branding than a psychotic cowhand with a forge.

First, there's the icons. Lets take a gander, shall we?
"Thou shalt not display gaudy icons." Oops. )
The top icons are CS2, the bottom ones are CS3. Now, the former are clearly distinct, having distinct shapes. This makes it much easier to distinguish. CS3, on the other hand, goes with colored squares. What the hell? Without the colors, it's difficult to tell the difference at a glance. And generally, users take very little time examining icons when they launch things. Then you'll have to wait a while while the damn thing loads so you can close it. Hope ya like twiddling your thumbs.


Speaking of loading...
Photoshop is blue in the face. )
Photoshop splash screen. Compare to previous versions. What impression do you get from the old ones? I get a sense of artistic professionalism. But the new one is different. It's more of a "LOL hay guys guess what I just discovered gradients aint it awesome doods?!" vibe. Ick. And if you think that's bad...
Even traffic cones think Illustrator's too orange. )
Oh dear god no. No. No no no no. Bad Adobe. No cookie for you. Also, you owe me new eyes.
It wasn't always so bad. But when the Creative Suite, started, they inexplicably dropped the Venus de Milo. What the hell, Adobe? That was iconic. It was brilliant! You could go into a software store and just look for the box with her on the cover. Hell, whenever I saw that picture I thought of Illustrator! Now that's brand recognition.
And what happened to subtlety? The screaming orange rage just reeks of yet more unprofessionalism. See previous "LOL hay guys" statement.

Design issues aside, the programs take forever to launch. And once it does launch, things don't improve much.



Oh look, it's finally launched. Now I can work on-- WHY IS THAT ON TOP THE TOOLBAR? Seriously, Adobe. I know you're trying to build a cohesive brand image through stylistic innovation of common themes, (or some other marketing doublespeak bullshit) but this is ridiculous. If we're already using your program, you don't have to advertise it. Really. We're not going to suddenly forget what we're using halfway through a project and stumble over into MSPaint. Heck, most people using your stuff probably don't have much of a choice, with it being an industry standard (or whatever buzzword du jour it is). Having a little bright rectangle staring lifelessly out just irritates me more.

And the actual programs run like crap. I'd call it a resource hog, but that would be insulting to actual resource hogs that take pride in laying waste to your RAM and CPU. Heck, I think Vista might even be more efficient. And with the "Kulur" palette - which is being hailed as the omg the best thing evar!!!!!1! in some places - the computer ceases to be a computer and instead becomes an incredibly expensive space heater.


One last thing. It's bad enough that Adobe abandoned all design sense with this. But why, oh why did they go with the Periodic Table of the Elements motif? I mean, come on people! Have you ever really seen an artist obsessed with chemistry? Are there artists that paint redux reactions while swooning over Dmitri Ivanovich Mendeleev? Because I haven't ever seen an artist rockin' the Periodic Table. Nor have I seen a chemist with a penchant for painting happy trees. You'll notice there's a distinct lack of elements named things like Picassoium, Remrandtium, or Salvadordalismoustachium.

Bleh. I'll be over here with my old software for quite a while.

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