Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 7th Nov 2007 10:12 UTC, submitted by wakeupneo
Graphics, User Interfaces Adobe Systems wants to transform its flagship Photoshop software with an interface customized to the task at hand, a potentially radical revamp for software whose power today is hidden behind hundreds of menu options. A new user interface will help Photoshop become "everything you need, nothing you don't," said Photoshop product manager John Nack, describing aspirations for the Photoshop overhaul on his blog Monday. "We must make Photoshop dramatically more configurable," Nack said. "Presenting the same user experience to a photographer as we do to a radiologist, as to a Web designer, as to a prepress guy, is kind of absurd... With the power of customizability, we can present solutions via task-oriented workspaces," Nack said.
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I've always felt that Adobe's products have horrible, clunky user interfaces. Microsoft (rightly) gets criticised for the usability of its products, but I'm always surprised that Adobe receives so little criticism.

In every product, they recycle the same tired floating palette interface. Everything is crammed into a never-ending profusion of dialog boxes, floating palettes and pop-out panels.

The main Adobe product I use at work is Illustrator. It's undoubtedly powerful, but the interface is awful and so inelegant.

Xara ( ) is an excellent example of an illustration program that doesn't copy the Illustrator interface and beats it hands down in the usability stakes.

Most people gravitate towards Adobe products because they are considered the "industry standard", but that certainly doesn't mean they're the best of their kind. Frankly, all of Adobe's products could do with a UI overhaul!

Edited 2007-11-07 21:10

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