Color-correction guru quits using Adobeâ€™s latest version, citing poor Bridge performance.
Dan Margulis, inaugural inductee into the Photoshop Hall of Fame and one of the worldâ€™s foremost color-correction experts, recently announced that, â€œwhile [Adobe Photoshop] CS2 is a usable program,â€ beginning August 1 he reverted back to using its predecessor, Photoshop CS, due to poor performance with the new standalone application Adobe Bridge combined with a less-than-phenomenal set of new features for this most recent upgrade.
In Margulisâ€™ semiannual newsletter, sent to more than 1,000 Photoshop and print professionals on August 15, he basically outlined how in his previous newsletter he had cautioned users â€œin acquiring software that involves the type of software protection (a.k.a. activation) that was introduced for Photoshop CS (Windows only) and now afflicts all Creative Suite apps on both platforms,â€ as well as recommending those itching to upgrade to monitor reactions to Bridge, hinting that beta versions of Bridge suggested â€œthere might be serious issues with speed and stability in the shipping product.â€
â€œ…the most buginfested piece of major software that the industry has seen since Quark 4.0.0.â€
Margulisâ€™ reaction to the activation conundrum was mixed, noting that â€œit seems that at least half the users [of the PC version] are never bothered by [activation].â€ But he also pointed out that this meant the remainder of users encountered spontaneous deactivations occasionally and in ten percent of cases a frequent activation malfunction that made the application not worth using. As for Mac users, â€œeither nobody is moving from Photoshop CS to CS2 or else the activation is working well, because I am not aware of any complaints.â€ Score one for Mac addicts.
As for Bridge, wellâ€¦ â€œthe most buginfested piece of major software that the industry has seen since Quark 4.0.0.â€ Ouch. Margulis cited several glitches and performance issues, including:
- Slow performance on many operating systems
- Loss of cache data
- Frequent crashing
- Bugs and errors when dragging and dropping image icons, including complete loss of image files
Being a beta-tester for Adobe, Margulis received a free copy of Photoshop CS2, but stated he would not have bought it himself because of stability concerns with Bridge as well as the activation procedure, â€œbecause I am so frequently without access to the Internetâ€ that is required to activate. Margulis used CS2 at his home from February until August, at which time he downgraded to CS for all future work. â€œThe performance hit with Bridge is just too severe to be compensated for by the other new features of CS2.â€ Margulis did add that he would keep CS2 for specific tools, including Camera Raw, the Surface Blur filter and new perspective tools.