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: Rewrite?
by tanzam75 on Fri 23rd Mar 2012 00:19 UTC in reply to "Rewrite?"
tanzam75
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2011-05-19

Indeed.

Photoshop is getting *very* creaky, and it's not just the UI. The core codebase has not been substantially overhauled in quite some time, so it just keeps getting stuff added onto it. Heck, you can find relics from Mac OS Classic in the PSD file format!

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.

Photoshop compares poorly even to other Adobe products. InDesign has a much more flexible architecture than Photoshop, because Adobe tossed out Pagemaker and did a ground-up rewrite in the late 1990s. Premiere Pro is a total rewrite of Premiere. But then, those other products faced stiff competition -- Quark and Avid.

In contrast, Photoshop has been top dog since 1989. Illustrator is similarly creaky, and for similar reasons.

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RE[2]: Rewrite?
by Moochman on Sat 24th Mar 2012 17:21 in reply to "RE: Rewrite?"
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2005-07-06

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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