This addendum to yesterday’s entry (or diatribe) should in no way be construed as a retraction. It is after some reflection that I feel there were some omissions that I mean to correct in this installment.
First off let me reiterate that my comments were not meant to deride or demean in any way Thom Hogan or his expression of gratitude to Adobe. I read Mr. Hogan’s blog several times a week and have much appreciation and respect for his comments and opinions. Mostly my comments were about the “climate of the times” that make us feel we need to express our gratitude for some company (like Adobe) throwing us a bone.
Next I want to also say that my comments were not directed to the research and development team at Adobe, whom have been responsible for creating Photoshop. In 1993-94 when I first started using Photoshop, I had only been on a computer for two years. It would not be far form the truth to say I was “computer illiterate”. That someone like myself was able to get through the program was solely due to the fact of the creative genius of the developers. My admiration and gratitude for them knew no bounds. For that matter I still have much respect for them. It is the marketing or licensing or whatever department which has decided to implement the “one-version upgrade” and limited usage policies, that my comments were directed to.
Of course the argument from Adobe is that they feel they must make these drastic measures in order to counter the ever growing piracy to be found on the internet. However to “punish” the paying customers for the actions of the pirates seems ludicrous. And would in my opinion only go to create more pirating.
To close this entry I would like to add my “thanks” to all of the researchers and developers past and present whom have created Photoshop. Photoshop is a wonderful tool that I have used with enjoyment and success. It has helped many of us in the photographic and design communities during the transition between analog and digital. But sadly somewhere along the way, strange thinking by other departments has created something not very pleasant. For those of us that have become dependent on Photoshop, I suppose it is just something to grin and bear. However my plan is to explore other options. For the rest of you my best wishes.