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Adobe Photoshop CS5.1 Gripes, Part 1

Here are just two three big beefs with Photoshop CS5.1 vs CS4 under OS 10.7:

  • You can’t change the document window size from all edges and corners anymore
  • Every time the cursor transforms into a spinner it disrupts my train of thought because it’s just wrong to do that. No other app does that. Stop reinventing the wheel just because you think you can make the wheel look cooler, Adobe.
  • Collapsing palettes requires a double click when it used to be a single click

Update: Wednesday, December 7, 2011

I forgot out this one:


There is no reason for Photoshop to be using this external disk. None. But if I’ve got it plugged in and Photoshop is running, I can’t dismount it. How long has Photoshop CS5.1 been out? Over a year? And there are still bugs like this? And if you are going to blame it on Lion, it’s not like Lion was developed in secret without developer releases intended to find bugs before the real product hit the market. Adobe acts like it had never even heard of OS 10.7 when it was released and many Adobe apps broke in various ways.

Update: Thursday, December 8, 2011

From time to time, Photoshop gets goofy and loses focus when I invoke Launchbar. Photoshop then gets hidden behind whatever app I was using right before Photoshop. Maddening!

And I can’t tell you how many times I create a selection or adjust a crop area to a precise size, say 56 pixels tall, and when I release the mouse to finishing making or adjusting the selection, it jumps to 57 or 55 pixels. Over and over again. Unpredictably. Forcing me to make the same selection six times before it’s finally correct. I’ve been using Photoshop since 1996 and this has never been an issue until CS5.1. Thanks for cutting my productivity in half and pissing me off in the process, assholes.

Update: Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Sometimes masks stop appearing in the Layer’s palette. The masks still work, but they are totally blank in the palette.

“Save For Web…” also can’t decide when it should warn me that I’m saving over an existing file. Sometimes it warns me, sometimes it blows away the original file without letting me know it’s going it.

Update: Thursday, December 15, 2011

Photoshop doesn’t play well with Exposé. Or even command-tab app switching. Often times when I command-tab from Photoshop to another app, a bunch of Photoshop docs will be sitting on top of windows/docs of the app I just switched to.

That issue I mentioned where marquee selections get adjusted a little when I release the mouse actually pertains to anything that involves dragging to make adjustments. Such as sliders. Get the slider perfect, then release the mouse, and the slider changed by a pixel. This is something that was never a problem in fifteen years of Photoshop use. Now it happens consistently. And it didn’t even happen with CS4 under Lion. How did Adobe fuck this up so badly?