well they did one thing fast - they turned me off buying any more of their products. Seriously this new subscription-only model, a.k.a. Pay Every Month OR ELSE (or else the software stops working) is for the birds. Once I buy my license for CS6 I'm done handing over money to Adobe.
I rarely get that Wow! feeling working inside Adobe's apps (video apps) because they can't give me real-time feedback for anything but the easiest codecs at SD rez. For high-rez or difficult codecs experimenting/tweaking means 90% waiting / 10% creative thinking/tweaking. Using proxies, low-rez (and other workarounds) kind of sucks. That's why I had such high hopes for this Global Performance Cache in AfterFX but from all I gather it's more "meh" than "wow."
Even still images in Adobe's premier app, Photoshop, though it's finally 64-bit it still takes forever to save large-ish (>=200MB) .psd files. Why? Because Adobe hasn't optimized the code for multi-threading for opens or saves. Worst of all once you hit "save" Photoshop is frozen until it finishes. That's just corny, ridiculous in 2013. Uncompressed TIFFs are the answer but ... I mean ... "thee" premier image-editing program can't save its native files faster than we did in the Win95-era?
Maxon leverages all 12 threads + OpenGL for nearly everything I ask it to do... it seems like Adobe ought to be able to as well. I realize they're completely different tools and it's really not a fair comparison but in C4D I start the playhead and tweak to my heart's content in real-time. Even complicated animations - particle systems, hard/soft body dynamics, etc. - update while they're running (there are exceptions of course, mostly the result of generating too many particles). But in Premiere Pro even ONE stream (without any FX), you play the timeline that's it. You can sit and watch it, period. As soon as you grab a tool or touch anything in the UI (almost anything) your movie stops. Supposedly that's been fixed in CS6; I hope so, that would be huge.
// Adobe rant. Even with its limitations I love their software. But as far as renting it, paying monthly? No thanks.
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