Comment on Adobe Photoshop

I've used Photoshop for Windows professionally in all its versions since 5.0. Moving to the mac, I was looking forward to finally using the app on it's 'home turf'. But somehow they have managed to make Photoshop even less pleasant to install, configure and use on Leopard than it was on Windows. That's got to be some kind of engineering miracle.

Leaving aside the myriad interface woes, which there is not enough time in the day to describe, what galls me most about Photoshop CS3 on the mac is how un-neighbourly it is. After installation I found my Applications folder cluttered with Adobe subfolders, one for each component of the application - including several I hadn't agreed to install (Adobe Bridge, anyone? Adobe Device Central? Adobe Stock Photos? "Adobe Help Viewer 1.1", an application I am never going to run separately in my life?) Each of these folders was full to the brim with licensing agreements I'd already agreed to, and support files that should be living in /Library/Application Support/. None of these folders or applications can be renamed or moved after installation, otherwise the applications stop working. None of these components can be uninstalled without uninstalling the whole application - and you cannot even start the uninstaller without closing all your browsers first. This same casual, careless contempt for the user and their system extends to the design of the entire application.

After 7 years, trying it on the mac was the last straw; I have come to thoroughly resent this application and Adobe's attitude to software design. I'm frantically exploring alternatives because I do not want to be beholden to Photoshop for another minute of my professional life.

The only way Photoshop will get measurably better, faster or more pleasant to use is if they start again with a clean sheet of paper. I'm not holding my breath.