Loc: Hampstead, MD, USA
Creative Suite is entrenced in publishing/printing/web industries. Hell, printing and publishing and most of the creative industries wouldn't exist today without Adobe and Apple.
Adobe is much, much, much more than Flash, and far more important to Apple than Apple seems to realize. There is already a big crossflow to cheaper windows boxes because of the platform parity with creative suite.
Perhaps Apple should do a hostile takeover of Adobe.
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Loc: Finland, on the Arctic Circle
Yep. Sarge is right. (About the bloating as well) As hard as I try to think of viable professional alternatives to Adobe CS, none are exactly close contenders.
Toss away my CS5 (Design Premium) and lose about a decade's worth of accumulated experience, knowledge and files I can re-use and recycle? Perish the thought! OTOH, Dreamweaver and Flash I could drop, to be honest.
Not saying it wouldn't happen given no other choice, but for the whole publishing/printing/web industries move there, wouldn't happen overnight.
Okay, there's open source GIMP and Inkscape for Photoshop and Illustrator...hmmm, yeah...no dice.
Then there's Corel...wait, no there isn't. Best not to speak about it in professional context. For real.
I've already read about speculations that Apple might be able whip out their own alternative for the rest of the Creative Suite sooner or later. They already have Aperture and FinalCutPro anyways. And SoundTrackPro.
Edited by MicMeister (10/08/1009:01 AM) Edit Reason: Adding bloat
Loc: Pinellas Park, Florida
Adobe wants to continue with Flash as a web standard and HTML5 threatens that to the nth. degree. Flash will eventually die out as HTML5 (and better) begins to take over. Flash can't do (easily, nor as compactly) what HTML5 can do. I wonder if that is why Apple is letting QuickTime die a slow death.
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