So June 2014, Adobe releases new creative cloud apps – to everyone all at once. Does anyone with over a 3rd grade education think that would be a good idea?
(After a day of waiting for the Creative Cloud App to not lock up) It installs new programs names, mostly. But not for some (like Bridge), the user is left to guess what is what. I assume it used new names because the odds of something actually working is pretty slim.
I opened Speed Grade to look, it looked identical to the last one. It is not a new version, it is a few bug fixes at best. And probably more bug additions than anything. I opened a folder with video, and it crashed.
Let’s look at Lightroom. It is supposed to be 5.5 but the splash screen says 5 (then I notice 5.5 in tiny letters). It automatically opened my previous custom catalog, does this mean it is safe to uninstall the previous non-creative-cloud-installed version? I doubt it, but we will find out the hard way.
I look at prelude – no difference, same program.
Adobe never bothers to QA the Windows side of the house anyhow, so I am not surprised. Windows users just generate the most money for Adobe, not that Windows users are important in any other way.
Ok, so I can uninstall some of the old programs that I do not use – like After Effects. Nope, no uninstall from the creative cloud manager. Go to Windows control panel for the uninstall – double click inDesign, 10 minutes to uninstall – that is friggen longer than it took to download and install, WTF?
Uninstall old illustrator. WTF it wants to uninstall the old and the new versions? No consistency. Prelude, only uninstalls old version. Wait old InDesign is still there? I already uninstalled it. Oh, it requires a restart – none of the others do, but inDesign must have some system level driver files, yeah right or the install writers didn’t bother to really try.
I can tell, this is a rushed together, untested, barely a bug fix release. That cost me a ton of money. Time to really start looking elsewhere, and switch to the Photoshop only license.
All in all, I would say my experience with the Cloud has been miserable. Adobe has slowed their update cycles, included less in them, reduced QA in the process, and managed to squeeze 2-3 times as much money out of me. They force me to pay for all the programs because they know; I’m not buying them otherwise. And as long as they keep 1 or 2 of their apps decent enough to use, I’ll give in to the outrageous pricing.
update: BTW, uninstalling the old apps via control panel, does NOT remove them from the creative cloud app, it still thinks they are installed. Realistically, I’d think I’d hold off a month on this update, it is pretty bad at the moment, and seems to do very little.
Update: OMG! Even though it was never a problem, speed grade always handled GoPro footage correctly – it now actually plays!! This is a huge bug fix, err I mean new exciting feature!
In general JKL key handling is much smoother. Another nice bug fix … errr …. new feature.
Update: After using the new programs for a while now, I can reiterate my recommendation to wait. I can crash most programs easily, and have lost a couple hours work in doing so. The new bug fixes, err new features, are nice to have, but the instability is a joke.
Does this blank app serve any purpose other than to take up disk space? If so, it is not real obvious how that works;