For god sakes Adobe, please build a separate UI design focused product and be done with it. This is getting even weirder.
But there is Fire... what? Illu..... what?
There's one guarantee with behemoth software companies.
There is a business and institutional incentive to layer pile upon pile of complexity on top of their products.
A wild guess, but perhaps all this feature and experimental hubris being piled on top of Photoshop is not aimed at independent designers, but rather the corporate purchasing departments who are getting requests for Sketch from their design teams.
Sorry for the rant, but - yes, I really don't understand their orientation to the market and the customers (designers) they are attempting to serve here.
Perhaps this update will do damage control for those PS designers who have their workflows and other constraints tied to Photoshop who may have been considering jumping to Sketch.
As for myself and someone that made the jump to Sketch 18 months ago, well, even though I still regrettably pay for a Cloud subscription for my business (hopefully those days will end sooner than later), there is no way I would go back to designing in Photoshop.
Yikes, again, sorry for the rant, but wow. Just wow.
A behemoth company like Adobe doesn't just instantly become what you want it to be.
This is a process.
And you can't deny that they've been trying. Hard. I'm no fanboy, I do my share of complaining about their dumber decisions. However, I think this is a step in the right direction.
Also, if they'd code something new, ground-up, people would whinge about "yet another piece of software". "Fireworks did all this and more". "It doesn't do [sketch feature x]". "It's less powerful than Photoshop]". Etc, etc, etc.
There's no way they can do everything at once, and this seems like a solid move in the right direction.
True, I understand they have product development cycles and they have been trying.
And, I understand, competing on features is a losing game.
And, I understand that this stab is aimed at addressing a common complaint amongst designers, which is - less not more features.
I'll be curious to see how this pans out.
It's not about doing everything at once, it's about doing smart things.
WHY was Fireworks dropped? Photoshop is not magically going to get all those features, and I don't want it to.
It feels ridiculous that PHOTOshop is now getting features from Illustrator, Sketch, etc that should be in a separate "UIshop" program.
I still love Photoshop. Guess I'm oldschool like that.
Oh right, and I'm on Windows.
Fair enough. Forgot about Windows. :)
Just tried downloading the update to see what the hype is about...
And of course, the Creative Cloud Installer is corrupted, again, for the third time.
Tried running that "Cleaner" - and no go.
Why HTML? and is it worth the performance hit over a native UI?
"Design Space (Preview) requires Mac OS X 10.10 or Windows 8.1 64-bit OS or higher and is currently displayed only in English."
Actually, I really like it.
I wonder if they are talking about just buying Bohemian Coding on the executive halls of Adobe...
And then proceed to sunset development post acquisition
Losing my mind right now