16 April 2007

Adobe CS3 (Creative Suite 3) Ships!

And the crowd goes wild! Yep, Adobe CS3 started shipping today. Check out the site. I'm proud to have contributed to Photoshop ("Ps") CS3. Specifically I worked on Photoshop Extended, on the measurement bits, and some small scripting bits.


Joshua Maines AKA FJGamer said...

Photoshop has nothing on GIMP. Flash stands out, but there are freeware alternatives, and Adobe didn't create Flash. (I miss Macromedia.) I would rather make games on Flash, but for applications in general, I would use Python.

Chris said...

If you think Photoshop has nothing on Gimp, then clearly you haven't looked at it more than superficially. Gimp is a great tool on Linux, and it absolutely can serve the needs of many many folks. I know lots of people who buy Photoshop and don't need even 5% of what it can do. But, Photoshop is an incredible wealth of image editing, and the Gimp doesn't even come close. There's a reason that Ps is the bread and butter of professionals. Note that I have used Gimp in my work before, and I worked with Spencer for a year or so; I do respect Gimp, but again, let's be real here. It's like saying that Notepad has nothing on Word. Your needs might be handled by Notepad, but it doesn't mean they are comparable products.

As for Flash, I'm not a fanboy. I don't actually use Flash, although I find Flex and AIR interesting for a few things. I think Flash has some great stuff, is certainly extremely useful, and has made a huge impact on the industry. If you use Flash for its intended purposes, I don't see that many viable alternatives, but Flash is also used in various cases where it's not needed (although is certainly a choice).

For apps, ya, I don't write apps in Flash. If I did, I'd use Flex (and have in the past). These days I spend the bulk of my time in Rails (Ruby), JavaScript, and so on. I've written a few things in Python, and of course have a long history with C, C++, Objective-C, Java, and so on. I also find things like Lua interesting, and I'd like to take a closer look at various "newer" languages like Scala or Factor simply out of interest.