Posts Tagged 'Photoshop'

I hate Photoshop’s user interface

I have been thinking about buying a copy of Photoshop CS to use on my digital photos. So, some time ago I downloaded a demo version and decided to experiment with it a little bit before making my decision.

I have used the demo to edit and fix some photos. After some experience with it, all I can say is that I am dazzled by its features and power, but I hate its user interface. Why is it so unresponsive? Let me explain.

I am not using a very fast computer, and I imagine that you are supposed to use a top-notch machine if you buy Photoshop. However, my complains are not about the overall speed but of how the user interface works. For example: any operation that you request via a menu command or a button click will block the whole application. Haven’t these guys at Adobe heard of multithreading? Corel got it right here. Saving a file is a perfect candidate for multithreading: when you click Save, the app spawns a new thread that saves the file, as Word or Corel PhotoPAINT would do, and let the user meanwhile continue with other things. Photoshop chooses to amuse you with the progress bar while it display the nasty hourglass…

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