Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 22nd Mar 2012 19:44 UTC
Graphics, User Interfaces "Adobe has been dropping preview links to its upcoming version of Photoshop CS6 for months now, even hyping it up with a Rainn Wilson cameo at MAX 2011. Photoshop CS6 marks one of the app's most drastic visual changes, with a darker visual redesign and streamlined toolbars, and it has all sorts of changes to cursors, filters, video editing, and more in tow. We got some quick hands on time with the app, so read on for our take on Adobe's next-gen installation of Photoshop."
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RE[2]: Rewrite?
by Moochman on Sat 24th Mar 2012 17:21 UTC in reply to "RE: Rewrite?"
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Contrast to other software packages of the same vintage. Word (1990) has a new rendering engine, a new styling engine, and a new file format. Excel (1987) has new formulas, a new formatting engine, and a new file format.

Comparing to Word or Excel is *really* a bad example. You realize the new file formats are basically the same as the old ones, just with the old binary commands mapped to XML tags? That Word does *not* have a new formatting engine, even though it needs one more than anything else--just a lot of auto-formatting cruft built onto the same old crap from the 90s, which is why you still can't rely on it to keep your formatting intact for long documents. And Excel--the rendering engine for the worksheets has got to be at least 10 years old, if you pay attention to the quirky behaviors it exhibits. That's probably also why it's the only Office app without a multi-window mode. And have you ever looked at the bindings for creating software on top of the Office apps? Behind the scenes, underneath layer upon layer of wrappers, it's COM... the same thing MS used in Windows 3.1....

Edited 2012-03-24 17:26 UTC

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