In the words of Photoshop PM John Nack, "We swear because we care." If we weren’t using Photoshop everyday, reveling in its amazing almost magical powers, we wouldn’t notice all those little annoying things that make our work just a teeny bit irritating. Or a lot irritating if we have to repeat certain activities often. Regular loungers know that Deke and I even have a recurring segment of Martini Hour dedicated to our "pet peeves," in which we discuss those behaviors that just seem inexplicable or unneccesarily arduous to us. Well, it looks like we may have a little less fodder for that particular segment in the future.
In this week’s show, we have a delightful time with our old (younger than us) friends from Adobe, John Nack and Bryan O’Neill Hughes, who share with us the "Just Do It" list of everyday requests from users that they’re working on for potential future (code: next) versions of Photoshop. The idea here is that while they’re making sure Photoshop keeps up with cutting edge software possibilities, they also take some time to go back and fix smallish if long-standing irritations and work on suggestions that come from experienced users of the product.
Here are some of the JDI improvements you may see in the not-so-distant Photohsop future:
- Saving 16-bit files as JPEGs in one step, in which Photoshop does the downsampling of those raw files and high-end scans for you.
- Adjusting the opacity of multiple layers at the same time. (Nice!)
- Dragging and dropping an image from the desktop into Photoshop. (Very nice, and attended by a preference wherein it doesn’t add the word "copy" to the layer name of everycopied layer you add.)
- Having a one-click straightening button (that would completely address the secret handshake of using a command called "Arbitrary" to set something as highly specific as the horizon which Deke and I have ranted on in a past episode).
You can actually see some of these features in action here at Photoshop’s Facebook page, a place where you can also suggest JDI ideas of your own. Because as John points out, "You only worry when they stop bitching." By which he means, he knows that we love Photoshop and only want it to get even better.
Take a page from our Adobe pals and just do it (listen to the show, that is!) Here’s the regular-quality (128kbps) audio file. You can stream, or for best results, right-click and choose Download or Save. For you audiophiles out there, we’re working on the high resolution version to post shortly. And don’t forget the usual suggestion to subscribe via iTunes.
Hey, Audiophiles, here at last is the high-quality (32Kbps) version.
Thanks again to John and Bryan who love an excuse to drink at work as much as we enjoy giving them the opportunity! You can follow John on Twitter here and get sneak previews and other Photoshop goodies from Bryan and the other Photoshopperific folk here. Cheers!