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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walnut tree
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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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apoclypse Member since:

I personally used to love Freehand better than Illustrator. I found it more straight forward. I also hate the adobe interface and really don't understand why so many swear by it. The actual interface has changed very little from when the program was first created. Fireworks was coming along nicely until Adobe had to mess it up.

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Moochman Member since:

Indeed. I remember searching in PhotoShop 5 for 15 minutes to find out how to draw a rectangle with a black border. Then I tried doing it in Corel PhotoPaint and found it in about 15 seconds.

Actually, I think PhotoPaint is on the whole underrated. It's too bad Corel seems like it might be abandoning it for Paint Shop Pro, but I guess that makes sense since that's the more popular program.

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850csi Member since:

Agreed. Photo-Paint's interface was light years ahead of Photoshop in 1997. Remarkably, those old versions still put CS3's interface to shame.

Feature-wise, Photo-Paint was neck and neck with PS until a few years ago- but then Corel stopped competing for the pro market and development has languished ever since.

I now use PS exclusively because of its power- but it was sheer torture to learn.

Edited 2007-11-12 00:12

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