For the photographers out there and pushers of pixels, you likely heard that Adobe released a beta of Photoshop right before the new year.
Its biggest feature is that it runs natively on Intel Macs. The other major change is that it sports a new application icon. It’s part of a much bigger scheme to play across the entire Adobe family—every app gets two letters and a color code. This is a big shift for Adobe which traditionally associated applications with abstract representations like eyeballs, feathers, and shells.
As I write this, I realize how completely uninteresting this topic may seem.
My knee-jerk reaction after installing the beta? Ew, that temporary icon must go. Then I added this new system of icons to the old Macromedia programs I currently use daily to make the picture more complete.
And what did I find out after using this icon language for several weeks? They work great.
Yup, they perform just as I would imagine. Clicking on an icon opens the program, dragging a file over the generous hit area works too. I’m not colorblind so finding the right application is a breeze. It’s uncanny.
And yet, I still don’t like them. (Well, Adobe Reader I like all around, but that’s not the issue).
So I’m left to toil using something that works perfectly fine, but feels empty. I’d create an analogy to GM cars, but I loved my Geo Metro.
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