I think I might be done bitching about Adobe now, because I’ll never say any of this as well as Merlin just did.
But I do have one thing to add that might put some of the massive failure that is CS4 into perspective: most of the mistakes Adobe is making on OS X can be explained by the fact that they also support Windows. In order to maximize the amount of code shared between the two platforms, they’ve been reimplementing standard Mac GUI elements (window title bars, dropdown menus, text fields) from scratch, or via the unusable mess called Adobe Air. This is far more work and gives worse results than just using the native Mac toolkits, though it may well be less work overall than writing platform-specific GUI code for two platforms.
But it’s a terrible tradeoff, because all the little niceties that make using a Mac worthwhile are missing: standard keyboard shortcuts, Services, etc. Yes, they’re saving a little bit of development time, and for a company as user-hostile as Adobe, development time is probably the foremost concern. But the degree to which they’ve sacrificed quality is impossible to ignore. No one will ever sit through their thousandth “Adobe® Illustrator® CS4 has unexpectedly quit” thinking “Well, at least I didn’t have to wait an extra six months for this.”
Available from Amazon (and to show you how much I mean it, that’s not even an affiliate link.)
You can buy it here through Team Lucy Kate’s Amazon.
OK, so the real reason that wasn’t an affiliate link is that Amazon closed its affiliate program to North Carolina residents due to tax laws. But yes, by all means, buy through this link and support Team Lucy Kate. Thanks, Shat. I’ll update the original post.
- Me: You're just going to have to get used to the fact that we Jews are not big people. We're tiny. Pixie-like.
- Wife: Yeah, right. Maybe fat pixies.
- Me: Well, you gotta eat.
but it strikes me that if you’re the minority party, and the opposition controls the executive branch and both houses of Congress, and they happen to want to pass a bill that will greatly improve the lives of a large percentage of your constituents, costing you even more votes in the next election, and while you have no moral basis on which to oppose said bill but your political base is for the most part uneducated and easily cowed, then the only viable strategy might be to invent a ton of insane shit that’s not in the bill, let the bill pass (because you have no other choice), and then afterwards—and this is the ingenious part—take credit for keeping the insane made-up shit out of the bill, so your constituents think it was you who saved them from the immigrant-loving grandma-killing Kenyan Hitler squads.
This kind of strategy fails, of course, in a society where critical thinking is a common skill, but don’t worry, we planned ahead.
It’s redundant to say “forward slash.”
No less pointless than “backward backslash.”
But only a fool
Would call a virgule
A right-leaning stroke oblique dash.
n. A collection of loosely related, non-interoperable, untested software, often with matching icons and coordinated marketing, sold for an insanely high price in one box. (See also: Adobe Creative Suite)
that when you implement a full-screen mode for multi-hundred-dollar Mac software, you have to test it:
- With multiple monitors
- With the Dock on the side and not just the bottom
- With Wacom tablets
- With Spaces
- With Exposé
- With Command-Tab
- With Show/Hide Application
- With your own bloody “Arrange windows” feature
- With the rest of your multi-thousand-dollar software “suite”
- At all
I’ll start over.
Will someone please tell Adobe that you have to test software?
Because holy shit.